Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/29/12

Anthony Ferrara tossed one-run ball for six innings as Palm Beach managed the only win on a 1-3 Saturday for the Cardinals minor league system.

Omaha 12 at Memphis 4

The Storm Chasers collected 18 hits, with every starter having at least one. They scored early and often, starting in each of the first three innings and six of nine frames in total.

Loser Brian Broderick allowed six runs through three innings, with two scoring on errors. The right-hander yielded nine hits and two walks. Omaha completed the drubbing with six more runs in the final three innings. Three were charged to lefty Nick Greenwood.

There were a few offensive highlights for the Redbirds. Adron Chambers went 4-for-5 including a double and triple, two runs scored and one RBI. Zack Cox hit his second home run of the season. As previously announced, rehabbing Cardinal Allen Craig sat out.

Sunday's game: vs. Omaha, 1:35 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-1. 2.35 ERA), MiLB.TV

Tulsa 3, Springfield 2

The Cardinals dropped their eighth straight for their longest losing streak since 2009. John Gast went five innings in his start, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four.

The offense started slowly as Springfield had just one hit through six. They finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth. Jake Shaffer started it with a one out double, Jose Garcia followed with a single and Kolten Wong delivered an RBI fielder's choice. Oscar Taveras then singled and Kyle Conley singled to left center to score Wong to bring the Cardinals within a run. With runners on the corners and two out, Rainel Rosario struck out to end the inning, stranding the tying run at third base. It was the outfielder's fourth strike out of the game.

Sunday's game: at Tulsa, 2:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (1-2, 3.54), MiLB.TV

Palm Beach 2 at Charlotte 1

The Cardinals made the most of their five hits and just three runners in scoring position all night long. Palm Beach came back to score one run in each of the final two innings. Nick Longmire went deep and Chris Edmondson plated the game-winner on a single.

Cardinals starter and our Player of the Day Anthony Ferrara kept the Stone Crabs at bay, tossing six innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and two walks. Chase Reid shut the door on the home club over the final two innings to record his second victory of the season.

Sunday's game: at Charlotte (TB) 5:30 pm ET, Drew Benes (0-2. 6.43)

West Michigan 8 at Quad Cities 6

Before the home fans were all in their seats at Modern Woodmen Park, the visitors plated three in the top of the first. By the sixth, they led 6-0 before the Bandits finally put three on the board.

It was a night to forget as the Bandits staff uncorked five wild pitches and issued seven walks. The defense made a pair of errors as well as Quad Cities lost its season series with West Michigan for the first time since 2009.

Loser Sam Gaviglio was touched for five runs, four earned in four innings. The right-hander yielded six hits and three walks while fanning just two. Willy Paulino (two, plus three wild pitches) and Robert Stock (one) were charged with the final three tallies.

The offense managed just five hits, but were the recipients of 10 free passes. Nick Martini was on base four times with two singles and two walks but scored just once. Roberto De La Cruz collected two RBI while Jesus Montero had the only extra-base hit for Quad Cities, a double. First baseman David Medina walked to extend his on-base streak to a Midwest League-leading 21 games.

Sunday's game: vs. South Bend, 2:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (1-1, 4.67)



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