Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/13/12

Three of four affiliates won Saturday, headlined by Kevin Siegrist's six innings of no-hit ball for Palm Beach.

Colorado Springs 8 at Memphis 3

AutoZone Park's largest crowd of the season, 14,208, went home disappointed as the Redbirds fell for the fifth straight game in the current homestand and seventh overall.

Former Memphis star Andrew Brown exacted revenge for being taken off the Cardinals 40-man roster last fall. With one out and the bases loaded in the first, he hit a grand slam to left field on a 2-0 pitch against Memphis starter Brandon Dickson.

Memphis closed to two in the bottom of the first via a sacrifice fly by Matt Adams and a ground out by Steven Hill. They further reduced the deficit to one run in the seventh via a pinch-hit RBI-double by Cedric Hunter.

Redbirds reliever Nick Greenwood took over for Dickson in the eighth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning before getting into trouble in the ninth, giving up four runs, three earned.

Dickson took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over seven innings while walking two and fanning two. Leadoff man Adron Chambers went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Sunday's game: vs. Colorado Springs (COL), 1:35 pm CT, Brian Broderick (1-4, 6.55)

Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 2

The Cardinals had room to celebrate as they snapped their 10-game road losing streak, the longest in franchise history. Their last prior road win was April 17.

Springfield got on the board in the fourth. They loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks and the game's first run scored on Nick Derba's RBI sacrifice fly.

Left-handed starter Tyler Lyons was dominant for his third straight outing as he pitched into the seventh inning without allowing a run on just one hit. In the seventh with one on, Mario Lisson launched a 2-0 mistake from Lyons over the left field wall to give NW Arkansas the lead.

The Cardinals answered right back in the eighth as Jermaine Curtis walked and Oscar Taveras followed with a two-run home run, his 10th of the year. That gave Springfield a 3-2 advantage and put Lyons in line for his third straight win.

Eric Fornataro threw a scoreless eighth and Keith Butler pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.

Sunday's game: at NW Arkansas, 2:00 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-3, 3.63)

Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 0

The Cardinals got their Roger Dean Stadium series against their Marlins partner off on the right foot. In just his second start of the season, lefty Kevin Siegrist carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

The Birds broke open the scoreless tie in the sixth. Alan Ahmady's single plated the first run as he extended his hitting streak to six games. The other two runs scored just after on a run-scoring ground out and as the result of a fielding error. Ahmady was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, finishing with a 3-for-4 night, while Mike O'Neill, Ronny Gil and Chris Edmondson each scored.

But Siegrist was the big story. Our Player of the Day left after a Hammerheads single and walk leading off the seventh. He fanned five, walked two and hit a batter in his six-plus innings. Siegrist had just one fly ball out. Iden Nazario escaped the inherited jam and added a scoreless eighth with Dean Kiekhefer pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save of the season.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach is off.

Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 2

Quad Cities gained sole possession of third place in the Midwest League Western Division with the home win. The River Bandits trail Wisconsin by four games and lead Kane County by a game.

Left-fielder Colin Walsh went 2-for-2 with two RBI, while second baseman Luis Mateo had two hits in four at-bats and right fielder Roberto Reyes made a 3-for-4 showing.

For the eighth straight game, Quad Cities scored first, this time with a first-inning run. Shortstop Matt Williams singled out of the leadoff spot and scored when Walsh singled straight up the middle for his team-leading 24th RBI of the season.

Quad Cities added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Reyes led off with a single and advanced on back-to-back wild pitches. Center fielder Nick Martini singled to score Reyes, and Walsh drove in Martini with his second RBI single in as many at-bats. In the fourth, third baseman Garrett Wittels hit a sacrifice fly to right, and Reyes added a run-scoring single to center, giving the River Bandits a 5-0 lead. In the sixth, Mateo's RBI double to left scored Walsh to make it 6-0.

Hector Hernandez pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings, facing two batters over the minimum through six innings on his way to a win in his second straight start. The left-hander set down eight batters in a row after allowing a leadoff walk. Hernandez allowed only two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two.

After allowing two runs in the seventh, Hernandez struck out the leadoff man in the eighth before exiting. Right-hander Willy Paulino allowed just two hits while holding Cedar Rapids scoreless in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Sunday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids, 2:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 1.96)

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