Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/12/12

Palm Beach was the only winner on Friday. Memphis and Quad Cities both lost by a single tally while Springfield fell as well.

Reno 7 at Memphis 6

Memphis battled back to lead going into the seventh but could not hold on as they lost to Reno 7-6. The loss resulted in a four-game sweep by the visiting Aces. Memphis (13-22) now sits in third place in the American Northern Division, 9 ½ games behind Omaha (KC).

Barret Browning did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the seventh as he took his second loss. The southpaw allowed three runs, earned, on three singles and a walk. Two of the three runs were charged to Maikel Cleto via a sacrifice fly and wild pitch. Nick Additon started and gave up four runs, earned, on six hits and two walks. Three of the four runs came across in the first, two of them on a home run. Additon struck out five. Eduardo Sanchez had his fifth consecutive scoreless outing but did walk two.

The long ball was the order of the day for the Redbirds. Five of Memphis' six runs were the result of home runs, starting with Matt Adams' sixth bomb of 2012. It came in the third and was one of his four hits. Adams singled with one out in the fifth and came across on Mark Hamilton's first home run of the season. The inning's second blast was off Pete Kozma's bat and also scored Bryan Anderson. Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to center in the first that brought Eugenio Velez across.

Saturday's game: vs. Colorado Springs (COL), 6:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (2-2, 3.12 ERA)

NW Arkansas 8, Springfield 2

Springfield lost the second road contest of the series, falling at NW Arkansas 8-2. The Double-A club (14-20) is tied for third place with Arkansas (LAA) in the North Division of the Texas League, eight games behind Tulsa.

Michael Blazek was charged with his third loss and it came in only a three-inning outing. Blazek gave up a run, earned, on two hits and three walks. He threw 74 pitches during that span, 37 for strikes. Scott Schneider added gas to the fire by allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in two frames. The big blow was a three-run home run in the righty's second inning of work.

Justin Wright tossed a scoreless 6th but could not retire any of the four batters he faced in the seventh. He was charged with three runs, earned, on two hits and two walks. Two of the three runs scored with Jorge Rondon on the mound via a groundout and a wild pitch. Keith Butler tossed a perfect eighth.

In the fifth, the S-Cards scored for the first time in over 31 innings when Greg Garcia drew a two-out walk and came around to score on a single by Kolten Wong. This was the same inning that Springfield manager Mike Shildt got bounced from the game by the home plate umpire. Oscar Taveras' third triple of the season led off the sixth. He came across on Chris Swauger's groundout. Taveras had two of Springfield's six hits.

Saturday's game: at NW Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-3, 3.34 ERA)

Cards' Taveras is an underage overachiever (Springfield News-Leader)

Palm Beach 7 at Lakeland 2

Palm Beach rode a 12-strikeout performance to a 7-2 victory at Lakeland. The PB-Cards raise their record to 18-17, good for second place in the Florida State League South Division, 10 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).

Our Player of the Day Drew Benes struck out 12 on a night that saw his father, Andy, and Uncle Alan honoring Tony La Russa in St. Louis. Benes allowed a single run in the second and fourth innings, both on home runs. Otherwise, he gave up just two more hits and a walk in seven innings. Aidan Lucas and Chase Reid each tossed a scoreless frame to seal the win.

The Cardinals pecked the Flying Tigers for four runs in the second with six different players contributing. Jonathan Rodriguez drove home the first run with a bases-loaded single that came with none out and Niko Vasquez promptly did the same. Groundouts by Geoff Klein and Mike O'Neill plated the inning's final two tallies. Palm Beach added two more in the fifth and a a final run in the ninth. Alan Ahmady was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, two driven in and a run scored. Starlin Rodriguez had three hits, including a double, and scored twice.

Saturday's game: Palm Beach plays the next four against ‘bunkmate' Jupiter. The first is designated as a home game while the other three are road contests. Game one at 6:35 pm EST, Kevin Siegrist (0-0, 10.38 ERA)

Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 4

A seventh-inning home run was the difference in the game as Quad Cities was edged at Wisconsin 5-4. The River Bandits (18-17) fall into a tie for third place with Kane County (KC), four games behind Wisconsin (MIL).

Dail Villanueva absorbed his second loss of 2012. The long ball was a particular problem for the lefty as four of the five runs he allowed were the result of home runs. Villanueva gave up just two more hits and two walks in his seven-inning stint. Danny Miranda pitched a one, two, three eighth.

Quad Cities had their own home run outburst, too. Matt Williams led off the game with his second home run of 2012 to give the River Bandits a 1-0 lead. Colin Walsh singled home Luis Mateo in the third to make the score 3-2 Wisconsin while Juan Castillo hit a two-run home run in the fourth. That blast put Quad Cities up 4-3 but the lead did not hold. Mateo had two of the River Bandits' six hits on the game.

Saturday's game: Quad Cities comes home for four against Cedar Rapids (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (2-2, 3.45 ERA)

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