Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/11/12

The Cardinals system went 1-3 on Thursday with Quad Cities the only victor. Memphis and Palm Beach both fell while Springfield came out on the wrong end of a no hitter.

Reno 6 at Memphis 4

Memphis fought back from a 4-1 hole only to lose in the late innings, dropping their home contest with Reno 6-4. The Redbirds' record falls to 13-21, 8 ½ games behind Omaha.

Adam Reifer was charged with his second loss when he gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth on a triple and sacrifice fly. It was the only hit the righty allowed and came in his second inning of work. Chuckie Fick allowed a run in the ninth on two hits and a walk. Reifer and Fick pitched in support of Shelby Miller who was charged with four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk in six frames. Miller struck out six.

Adron Chambers singled and scored the game's first run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Steven Hill. Hill led off the sixth with one of his two hits and came home on Mark Hamilton's double. That was Memphis' only extra base hit of their nine total hits. Bryan Anderson's sac fly plated Hamilton and Hill's second single of the contest drove home Eugenio Velez who reached on a single. The three-run sixth tied the game at four all but it was not enough.

Friday's game: vs. Reno, 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (0-3, 6.06 ERA)

NW Arkansas 2, Springfield 0

Springfield began their current road trip with the same results as their last road trip, with a loss. This defeat was a 2-0 no-hitter by NW Arkansas and drops the Cardinals' record to 14-19.

Trevor Rosenthal threw 92 pitches, 56 for strikes, in just 4 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits and two walks that resulted in two runs, both earned, in taking his fourth loss against two wins. Rosenthal struck out six. Kevin Thomas (1 2/3), Jorge Rondon (one) and Justin Wright (one) combined to shut out the Naturals the rest of the way. Rondon's single and walk were the only base runners the trio allowed.

NW Arkansas's starter struck out the side in the first. He lasted only one inning but that did not improve the S-Cards' results the rest of the game. Springfield could not get a hit off any of the four Naturals pitchers, particularly southpaw Chris Dwyer who picked up his second win by shutting down the Cardinals over 6 2/3 innings.

Springfield managed just four base runners on a night that saw Kolten Wong return to the line-up after having turned his ankle on Sunday. The second baseman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Friday's game: at NW Arkansas, 7:30 pm CT, Michael Blazek, (1-2, 6.99 ERA)

Lakeland 4, Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach could not recover from an early three-run deficit as they fell to Lakeland 4-1. The road loss evens the PB-Cards' record to 17-17.

Anthony Ferrara hurt his own cause when he was unable to complete a sacrifice bunt attempt by Lakeland in the first. The resulting error led to three runs being charged to him, only one of which was earned. The lefty grounded the Flying Tigers for the balance of his five innings on seven hits and three walks in total but it was too late as he was charged with his third loss of 2012. Chris Corrigan gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the first of his two-inning stint. Logan Billbrough struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth.

Palm Beach managed eight hits on the night but only plated a single tally as they stranded eight. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Cards' only run came in the fourth when Alan Ahmady's sacrifice fly to left scored Starlin Rodriguez. Rodriguez was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Friday's game: at Lakeland (game four of four), 7:11 pm EST, Drew Benes (1-2, 4.33 ERA)

Quad Cities 5 at Wisconsin 3

Quad Cities emerged with a 5-3 road victory over first-place Wisconsin behind a superb pitching performance. The win puts the River Bandits in third place with a 18-16 record, three games back.

Our Player of the Day, Sam Gaviglio, limited the Timber Rattlers to just three hits and a walk in eight frames. Gaviglio did hit two batters, one of which scored one of the two runs the right-hander allowed. He struck out six in evening his record to 2-2. Heath Wyatt gave up a run on two walks and a groundout in picking up his fifth save.

Juan Castillo had a big day at the plate. His two-run blast in the second was one of his two hits on the night and put Quad Cities temporarily up 2-0. The catcher walked to lead off the fourth and came home on Luis Mateo's fourth bomb of 2012. That put the River Bandits back up 4-2. They added a final run in the eighth when Garrett Wittels doubled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on Nick Martini's sacrifice fly. Anthony Garcia had three hits in five at-bats and scored ahead of Castillo in the second.

Friday's game: at Wisconsin, 6:35 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-1, 2.97 ERA)

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