Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/04/12

The system went 3-1 on Thursday. Memphis, Palm Beach and Quad Cities were all victorious but Springfield fell.

Memphis 7, Iowa 6

Memphis walked off with a 7-6 win over Iowa at home on Thursday. The victory gives the four-game series to the Redbirds 3-1 and ups their record to 12-15.

Memphis battled back from a 6-2 hole through five by scoring one in the sixth and three in the seventh to tie the game. The winning run came about when Eugenio Velez singled home Adron Chambers after the latter doubled to right with two outs. It was Velez' only hit of the game and Chambers' only at bat after coming into the game in an eighth-inning double switch.

Steven Hill swung the Redbirds' big bat in his first action in almost a month. Hill played first and had a two-run slam in the first to go along with a double and two more driven in. Ryan Jackson walked and scored ahead of Hill in the first, singled and scored in the sixth on Hill's double then doubled home Mitch Canham and Velez in the seventh.

Nick Greenwood (W, 1-1) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win. That was part of a four-inning scoreless streak notched by Memphis relievers Barret Browning (two) and Adam Reifer (one). Brian Broderick coughed up two long balls as part of the seven hits and two walks he gave up in his five-inning stint. Those home runs resulted in three of the five runs allowed, four of them earned.

Friday's game: Memphis starts a four-game series at Round Rock (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-1, 2.17 ERA)

NW Arkansas 4 at Springfield 3

Springfield blew a 3-1 lead through five as they were edged by NW Arkansas 4-3. The S-Cards (10-17) lead the four-game series 2-1.

John Gast held the Naturals to a single run through five but served up a two-run blast in his sixth and final inning of work that tied up the game. Gast walked more (four) than he struck out (three) to go with five total hits allowed. Jesse Simpson (L, 1-1) gave up a home run to lead off the seventh that was the difference in the game. Jorge Rondon struck out three of the four batters he faced while Eric Fornataro pitched around three singles and an error to toss a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals plated single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Xavier Scruggs' fourth bomb of the year came in the second. Kolten Wong singled with one out in the third and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Conley. Audry Perez opened the fourth with his first home run of the season, one of his two hits in the game.

Friday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (1-3, 3.86 ERA)

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 0

Palm Beach shut out Fort Myers 5-0 at home behind a masterful pitching performance by Chris Corrigan. The win is the PB-Cards' sixth in their last seven contests and raises their record to 13-14. They have won their last three series.

Corrigan (W, 1-1), our Player of the Day, retired the first eight batters he faced before a runner reached on a fielding error by shortstop Ronny Gil. He then retired the next six batters before a two-out single broke up his no-hitter. A sixth-inning walk accounted for the only other Miracle base runner and none reached scoring position. Corrigan struck out four in six frames with eight ground outs and four fly outs. Zack Russell. Ricky Martinez and Logan Billbrough combined for two hits and five walks in their three innings of scoreless ball.

Palm Beach went ahead 1-0 in the first when Mike O'Neill drew a lead-off walk, advanced to third on Vance Albitz' single and scored on a wild pitch. The lead doubled to 2-0 in the third as Ronny Gil hit a lead-off double that carried to the wall in right center. He was then sacrificed to third and scored on Albitz' sacrifice fly to center. Albitz hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth also that brought Nick Longmire home to up the score to 3-0. The Cardinals' final two runs were plated the next inning when Chris Edmondson hit a lead-off double and scored on a throwing error that allowed Longmire to reach base. Longmire then came home on Travis Tartamella's double to left.

Friday's game: Palm Beach starts a four-game series at home versus Brevard County (MIL), 6:35 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (1-1, 2.74 ERA)

Quad Cities 3 at Burlington 1

Quad Cities downed Burlington 3-1 on the road on Thursday in a contest that included contributions from many different sources. The River Bandits (14-12) are now in third place in their division, 1 ½ games behind Wisconsin (MIL).

Quad Cities' pitching staff got the big outs when they counted as they stranded eight Bees on base in a game that saw Burlington go 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ethan Cole (W, 1-0) picked up his first full season win by shutting out the Bees for 2 2/3 innings on a hit and three strikeouts. He pitched in relief of Todd McInnis who yielded only one unearned run in his 4 1/3 innings of work. McInnis gave up five hits and two walks while not striking out a batter. Danny Miranda allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth while Heath Wyatt (S, 3) closed out the win with a scoreless ninth.

The River Bandits' three runs were the result of contributions by five different players. They got on the board in the first when Nick Martini drew a free pass. He eventually scored on Colin Walsh's sacrifice fly. Walsh doubled with one out in the fourth and came home on Juan Castillo's two-out double. That tally broke a one all tie. Quad Cities' final run came in the seventh when Anthony Garcia walked and eventually scored on a double by Tyler Rahmatulla.

Friday's game: Make-up double-header at Burlington (OAK). Game one: 5:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 5.74 ERA); Game two: at game one's close, Sam Gaviglio (1-2, 4.35 ERA)

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