Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/02/12

The minors went 2-3 on Tuesday with Springfield and Palm Beach both winning. Memphis lost while Quad Cities was swept in a double-header.

Iowa 13 at Memphis 4

Iowa rode a big first inning to a 13-4 pounding of Memphis on Tuesday. The Redbirds fall to 10-15 overall and slip to third place in their division, ½ game behind Iowa.

Two of Memphis' five pitchers were the culprits in Iowa's 20-hit attack and it began with Nick Additon. Additon (L, 0-2) was knocked around for 11 hits and two walks that resulted in eight runs, earned, in just 3 2/3 innings. Jess Todd followed and allowed another six hits and a walk for three runs in two innings. Maikel Cleto entered the sixth and stranded the bases loaded to limit the damage to Todd. Chuckie Fick tossed a scoreless eighth but the final two runs were charged to R.J. Swindle when he coughed up a two-run bomb that was just icing on a miserable cake.

The Redbirds managed eight hits on the night that resulted in a run in the first, two in the third and another in the seventh. Matt Adams appears to be back in the swing of things, doubling twice, scoring once and driving in another. Amaury Cazana drove in two. Adron Chambers went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk and scored three.

Wednesday's game: vs. Iowa, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (1-1, 3.29 ERA)

Springfield 12, NW Arkansas 5

Springfield rode a big first inning to a 12-5 victory over NW Arkansas at Hammons Field. They snapped their 10-game losing streak in the process while upping their record to 9-16.

The S-Cards plated six in the first with the big hits being a double by Audry Perez and a triple by Greg Garcia that each scored two. Oscar Taveras' seventh bomb of the season was a two-run shot in the second that brought the score to 8-1. Taveras, our Player of the Day, currently stands second in the league in that category. He also walked. Kolten Wong singled home one of Springfield's two third-inning runs. The second baseman scored one of Springfield's final two runs in the eighth when he walked and eventually crossed home on a fielding error.

Tyler Lyons (W, 1-3) picked up his first Double-A win. He allowed a solo blast in the first but then shut down the Naturals on just three more hits and a walk in six innings. Lyons struck out seven while getting eight groundouts to just one fly out. Scott Schneider gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Two of those runs came across with Jesse Simpson on the mound. Simpson allowed a run of his own when he gave up a three-run bomb in the eighth. Justin Wright pitched a perfect ninth to finish the game.

Wednesday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 12:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-2, 4.38 ERA)

Palm Beach 9, Fort Myers 3

Palm Beach broke open a 3-3 tie with a big eighth inning as they downed Fort Myers 9-3. It was the Cardinals' fifth consecutive victory and raises their record to 12-13 overall.

Fort Myers' defense unraveled in the eighth when the first two of Palm Beach's six runs that inning came across due to a throwing error by the Miracle's second baseman. Ronny Gil doubled home two more and scored on a single by Mike O'Neill. The latter crossed home plate when Michael Swinson tripled to right. Jonathan Rodriguez went 3-for-4, including a solo shot in the sixth that was his first bomb of the season. He scored three runs as well. Nick Longmire drove in three runs on a 1-for-4 night and Geoff Klein went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Iden Nazario (W, 2-0) picked up the win with two scoreless frames of one-hit, two-walk ball. Nazario pitched in relief of Seth Maness who gave up three runs in seven innings. Two of the three runs plated in the fourth on a two-run home run and was part of the eight hits he allowed. Maness struck out one and did not walk a batter.

Wednesday's game: vs. Fort Myers, 6:35 pm EST, Richard Castillo (1-3, 1.40 ERA)

South Bend 6 at Quad Cities 2 (7) – game one
South Bend 8 at Quad Cities 0 (7) – game two

Quad Cities managed just two runs over 14 innings as they lost both ends of a home double-header to South Bend, 6-2 and 8-0.

In game one, the River Bandits took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before Heath Wyatt (BS, 2)(L, 0-1) gave up a two-run home run. Wyatt allowed five runs in all, two earned, on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Starter Tyrell Jenkins held the Silver Hawks to an unearned run on two hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

Quad Cities plated single runs in the first and second. Matt Williams doubled and scored the game's first run when he was singled home by Colin Walsh. Virgil Hill's first home run of the season accounted for the River Bandits' other score. Tyler Rahmatulla had his first game action since April 19th as he appeared in both games. He went 1-for-1 with two walks in game one but was hitless in the second.

In game two's 8-0 loss, Hector Hernandez (L, 1-2) lasted just three innings as he yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks. The southpaw allowed four tallies in the first and another two in the third. All of the runs were earned. South Bend's final two runs were against Robert Stock. Stock allowed two hits and two walks in his only inning of work. Kevin Jacob retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeout, as a bridge between Hernandez and Stock while Ethan Cole tossed a perfect seventh.

The River Bandits managed just two hits and four base runners. Roberto De La Cruz led off the fourth with a double but was stranded there. Anthony Garcia tripled to center with one out in the seventh but was also stranded.

Wednesday's game: at Burlington (OAK) for three games, 6:30 pm CT, Todd McInnis (2-0, 3.00 ERA)

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