Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/10/12

Palm Beach notched the system's only victory on Wednesday. Memphis and Quad Cities both lost while Springfield had the day off.

Reno 8 at Memphis 3

Memphis lost for the fifth time in the last six games as they were defeated by Reno 8-3 at home. Memphis trails 0-2 in the four-game series.

The Redbirds had eight hits to the Aces' nine but continued to have difficulty producing results. Amaury Cazana's second home run came in the fourth and made the score 3-1. Ryan Jackson doubled with two out in the eighth and was plated on Steven Hill's single to center. Eugenio Velez led off the ninth with a solo shot but that was the extent of Memphis' scoring. Hill and Velez each had two hits for the Redbirds.

Joe Kelly was charged with his third loss of 2012 when he gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks in five frames. The big blow was a three-run bomb in the first that put Memphis in an immediate hole. Maikel Cleto struck out four of the six batters he faced but Nick Greenwood gave up three runs on five hits in his second inning on the mound.

Thursday's game: vs. Reno, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (3-2, 4.45 ERA)

Springfield - off

Thursday's game: Begin a four-game series at NW Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (2-3, 3.82 ERA)

Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 3

Palm Beach notched their fourth win in five tries on Wednesday, downing Lakeland 5-3. The victory evens the four-game road series at one win apiece.

Richard Castillo, our Player of the Day, received his second win against three losses. Castillo gave up three runs, earned, on six hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Iden Nazario tossed a scoreless eighth and Dean Kiekhefer pitched around two his in the ninth to hold the Flying Tigers scoreless and notch his second save.

The PB-Cards scored in the second, third and fourth innings as they banged out 11 hits. Starlin Rodriguez and Nick Longmire had three each. Both players scored once and Longmire drove in a run as well. Niko Vasquez had two hits, including a double, and scored once. Luis De La Cruz' only hit singled home Alan Ahmady for the game's first run. De La Cruz subsequently scored.

Thursday's game: at Lakeland, 6:30 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (1-2, 2.57 ERA)

Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities 5

Quad Cities blew an opportunity to gain ground on first-place Wisconsin as they went down 8-5 to them on the road. It is the team's third consecutive loss and lowers their record to 17-16.

Brandon Creath inherited a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth but promptly handed it over by giving up four singles and a double. That resulted in a 7-4 deficit from which the River Bandits never recovered. Creath allowed six hits as he absorbed his second loss. He did not walk a batter in his two innings. Starter Kyle Hald had minimized the damage though his 10 hits allowed led to three runs scored, all earned, in five frames. Ethan Cole pitched the eighth with a run scored on two hits.

Six different River Bandits scored or drove in runs with the biggest blow being Luis Mateo's two-run blast in the fourth that broke a one-all tie. It plated David Medina and was Mateo's fourth home run of 2012. Roberto De La Cruz sent one of his two hits over the left field wall in the seventh, a solo blast that narrowed the deficit to 7-5. Matt Williams doubled and scored a run while both Anthony Garcia and Garrett Wittels doubled in a tally.

Thursday's game: at Wisconsin, 6:35 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-2, 5.04 ERA)

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