Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/09/12

Springfield was the only team to emerge victorious on Tuesday as Memphis, Palm Beach and Quad Cities all fell.

Reno 9 at Memphis 8 (13)

Memphis could not hold an early 6-1 lead at home as they lost to Reno 9-8 in 13 innings. The Redbirds (13-19) fall into third place in their division, ½ game behind Iowa.

Brian Broderick was staked to a 6-1 lead after one but almost immediately gave it away by coughing up four runs in the third and the tying run in his fourth and last inning on the mound. Five of the six runs allowed were earned and came on eight hits and three walks. Jess Todd replaced Broderick and was not particularly effective, giving up two runs, earned, on four hits in 1 2/3 innings. Four relievers bridged the gap from Todd to R.J. Swindle who yielded the game-winner in his second inning of work.

The Redbirds plated six in the first but saw the game tied by the end of the fourth. Each team scored a single tally in the fifth before the Aces took an 8-7 lead at the end of six. Memphis once again battled back to tie it up at eight all in the seventh where the score remained until the unlucky 13th.

Bryan Anderson drove in three runs on 2-for-5 hitting, including a double, while Pete Kozma drove in two. Kozma also had two hits, one of them a double. Ryan Jackson had four of the Redbirds' 18 hits and scored once. Adron Chambers had three hits and scored once. Cedric Hunter scored three times on three hits with a run driven in.

Wednesday's game: vs. Reno, 11:05 am CT, Joe Kelly (1-2, 2.65 ERA)

Springfield 4, Arkansas 0

Springfield battled Arkansas for third place in their division at home on Tuesday and came out on top, shutting out the Travelers 4-0. The S-Cards took the series 3-1 and now have a 14-18 record.

Our Player of the Day, John Gast, allowed only one runner to reach second base in seven frames as he picked up his fourth victory against two losses. The southpaw scattered five hits and a walk while striking out five. Sam Freeman and Eric Fornataro each tossed a scoreless inning to seal the shutout.

Oscar Taveras returned to the line-up with a bang, sending his ninth bomb of the year over the right field wall in the eighth inning. The home run came with two aboard and gave the Cardinals a 4-0 cushion. Taveras singled in the sixth as well. Kyle Conley singled in Greg Garcia in the fourth for the game's first run. Garcia scored twice on a 2-for-3 night in which he also drew a free pass.

Wednesday's game: Off. Springfield begins another eight-game road trip on Thursday at NW Arkansas.

Lakeland 5, Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach traveled to Lakeland on Tuesday where they fell 5-1. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak by the PB-Cards (16-16).

Seth Maness had his first truly sub-par outing of 2012 in absorbing his first loss. He gave up nine hits, including a three-run bomb, that resulted in five runs, all earned. Maness did not walk a batter in his six-inning stint, keeping his no-walk season alive. Zack Russell and Chris Corrigan each threw a scoreless frame.

Palm Beach's sole tally came in the eighth when the PB-Cards got into the Flying Tigers' bullpen. Nick Longmire reached on a force out and eventually came home on Rainel Rosario's single to center. Vance Albitz and Alan Ahmady each had two of the Cardinals' five hits.

Wednesday's game: at Lakeland, 10:30 am EST, Richard Castillo (1-3, 1.42 ERA)

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities was bitten by the big inning bug as they fell to Peoria 7-2 at home. The River Bandits (17-15) split the four-game series with Peoria at two wins apiece.

Jonathan Cornelius could not retire a batter in the fourth inning of his 2012 debut in taking the loss. He gave up five hits and three walks in three plus innings while striking out five. Two of the five runs charged to the lefty, three earned, were plated with Danny Miranda on the mound. Miranda gave up two runs of his own, although both were unearned, on three hits and a walk in two innings. Kevin Jacob and Robert Stock each tossed two scoreless innings to finish out the game.

Nick Martini singled with one out in the first and eventually came home on Anthony Garcia's single to left. Roberto De La Cruz' second home run of 2012 came in the fifth and brought the score to 7-2. Garcia had three hits while De La Cruz, Matt Williams and Casey Rasmus each had two. Each team had 11 hits but the River Bandits stranded 12 and were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Wednesday's game: Quad Cities travels to first-place Wisconsin for three games, 6:35 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 4.57 ERA)

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