Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/05/12

The minors had a 2-3 day on Friday. Springfield won, Quad Cities split a double-header while Memphis and Palm Beach both lost.

Round Rock 8, Memphis 1

The timely hit eluded Memphis as they fell to Round Rock 8-1 on the road. The Redbirds remain in second place in their division with a 12-16 record.

Memphis' bats managed eight hits but went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position as they plated only one runner. That came in the third when a Matt Adams sacrifice fly scored Pete Kozma. Kozma singled to open the frame, one of his two hits on the night. Zack Cox led the Redbirds with three hits, including two doubles.

Joe Kelly (L, 1-2) went just five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. All of the runs were earned. Kelly struck out two. Maikel Cleto gave up a run on two hits in the sixth but the big inning came against R. J. Swindle. Swindle gave up four runs on three hits, including a two-run bomb, but only one of the runs was earned. A fielding error by third baseman Cox impacted the inning substantially. Chuckie Fick pitched a scoreless eighth.

Saturday's game: at Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (3-2, 5.09 ERA)

Springfield 14, NW Arkansas 9

Offensive fireworks erupted at Hammons Field Friday evening as Springfield downed NW Arkansas 14-9 in a game that included a combined 29 hits. The S-Cards' took the series 3-1 and saw their record go to 11-17.

Every Springfield player had at least one hit and eight of the nine scored. The biggest bat was that of left fielder Jake Shaffer. Shaffer, our Player of the Day, drove in six runs and scored twice. He came up to the plate in both the third and fourth inning with two aboard and two outs and both times hit a three-run blast. He singled as well. Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong each scored twice on a hit and a walk in four at bats. Taveras' hit was a double. Kyle Conley, Chris Swauger and Jose Garcia each drove in two runs.

Trevor Rosenthal (W, 2-3) gave up two runs, earned, on six hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out five. Justin Wright was not effective in his 1 1/3 innings on the mound. Wright allowed three runs, earned, on four hits and a walk. Scott Schneider followed and was not scored upon in 1 2/3 innings. Kevin Thomas began the ninth but was not able to finish the frame. Thomas gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits in 2/3 inning. Sam Freeman secured the final out, stranding two in the process.

Saturday's game: Springfield begins a four-game set with Arkansas (LAA). The Naturals are a game up on the Cardinals in the division. 6:08 pm CT, Michael Blazek (0-2, 8.06 ERA)

Brevard County 3 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach was shut out at home by Brevard County 3-0 on Friday. Both teams now sport a 13-15 record.

The PB-Cards out-hit the Manatees eight to six but were not only unable to push runs across, they could not even get many runners into scoring position as only four made it at least to second. Mike O'Neill had three of the team's eight hits to raise his average to .340, which places him third in the Florida State League in that category. No other Cardinals player had more than one hit.

Anthony Ferrara (L, 1-2) took the tough luck loss. The southpaw allowed just three hits but had control issues with five free passes. The Manatees notched one run against him with two strikeouts. Aidan Lucas tossed two scoreless frames before Iden Nazario coughed up a two-run bomb in the eighth to increase Brevard County's lead to its final edge. Logan Billbrough struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

Saturday's game: vs. Brevard County, 6:35 pm EST, Drew Benes (1-2, 4.29 ERA)

Burlington 3, Quad Cities 2 (10) – game one
Quad Cities 6 at Burlington 5 (7) – game two

The River Bandits split a double-header on Friday, losing the opener at Burlington 3-2 in ten innings before taking the nightcap 6-5 in seven. The split gives the series to Quad Cities 3-2 and puts their record at 15-13.

Kyle Hald started game one and held the Bees to two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Willy Paulino worked around a hit and a walk in the seventh by striking out two. Brandon Creath (L, 2-1) gave up the walk-off on a one-out single and two-out double.

Both of Quad Cities' runs came on solo blasts in the fourth inning that gave the River Bandits a temporary 2-1 lead. Tyler Rahmatulla and Juan Castillo each homered to left. Anthony Garcia was the only Quad Cities' player with two hits.

The River Bandits battled back from a 3-0 deficit in game two by scoring six in the fifth and held on for the 6-5 win. Robert Stock (W, 2-0) was the pitcher of record during Quad Cities' offensive outburst. Stock did not allow a hit in his inning on the mound but did walk the bases loaded for Heath Wyatt. Wyatt (S, 4) gave up a sacrifice fly that plated one of Stock's runners before tossing a scoreless seventh. Both pitched in support of Sam Gaviglio who started the game. Gaviglio allowed four runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Seven different River Bandits contributed to the six-run fifth beginning with a double by Garrett Wittels that plated Luis Mateo for the team's first run. Roberto De La Cruz singled in Wittels while singles by Anthony Garcia and Virgil Hill drove in two runs apiece.

Saturday's game: Quad Cities comes home for four against Peoria (CHC), 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (2-1, 3.47 ERA)

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