Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/14/12

The system went winless on Sunday. Memphis was shut out while both Springfield and Quad Cities lost close contests.

Colorado Springs 3 at Memphis 0

The losses keep piling up for the Redbirds who lost their eighth consecutive game on Sunday, this time 3-0 to Colorado Springs (COL). The team remains winless during their homestand as their record falls to 13-24.

Brian Broderick had one of his better outings of the season as he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Only one of the three runs was earned but the right-hander still picked up his fifth loss against one win. Jess Todd retired all six batters he faced and Chuckie Fick worked around a one-out walk and a fielding error to toss a scoreless ninth.

Memphis came within one of the Sky Sox' seven hits but could not plate a runner. Half of the Redbirds' six hits came from the pitcher's position as Broderick had two, including a double, and Mark Hamilton had one when he pinch hit for Todd in the eighth. That is not going to generate much offense.

Monday's game: vs. Colorado Springs, 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-3, 2.77 ERA)

NW Arkansas 6, Springfield 5

The S-Cards battled back twice but fell just short in the end, losing to NW Arkansas 6-5. NW Arkansas won the series 3-1 as Springfield's record slips to 15-21.

Reliever Sam Freeman absorbed his third loss when he gave up a solo shot in the eighth that broke a five-all tie. He was the last of five Springfield pitchers that took the mound, beginning with Scott Gorgen, who did not last long thanks to two separate rain delays that impacted both starters. Gorgen gave up two runs in the first then waited out a 35-minute rain delay between recording the second and third outs of the frame. Gorgen retired two batters in the second while allowing another run to score. A 45-minute rain delay ensued and the night was done for both starters.

Kevin Thomas inherited a two-on, two-out situation when the delay ended and gave up a double that brought another Gorgen runner across. Thomas allowed a run of his own in the fourth to bring the score to 5-2. Justin Wright and Jorge Rondon combined for 2 1/3 scoreless frames that bridged the gap between Thomas and Freeman.

The Cardinals had their only lead of the game when they scored in the first to go up 1-0. They tied the score at two in the second before falling behind 5-2 through five. The visitors continued to battle with one in the sixth and two more in the eighth that re-tied the contest at five all.

Chris Swauger's two-out single in the first plated Jermaine Curtis while Curtis' second-inning single scored Adam Melker. Xavier Scruggs doubled to open the sixth and came home on Jose Garcia's ground out. Kolten Wong's sacrifice fly plated Scruggs for the first run in the eighth and Jose Garcia drove in his second run of the game when he singled in Greg Garcia.

Monday's game: Third-place Springfield begins a four-game series at fourth-place Arkansas (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, John Gast (4-2, 2.03 ERA)

Palm Beach - off

Monday's game: Palm Beach remains home for a three-game set in which they are the visitors to Jupiter, 10:35 am EST, Carlos Martinez (2-1, 2.17 ERA)

Cedar Rapids 2 at Quad Cities 1

Visiting Cedar Rapids made an early score hold up as they edged Quad Cities 2-1.

Tyrell Jenkins, our Player of the Day, was wild in the first when he walked two batters and threw two wild pitches that plated the game's first run. A two-out single scored the tally that ended up being the difference in the contest. Jenkins went on to allow just two more hits and two walks in the rest of his six-inning stint. He did throw another two wild pitches. Robert Stock struck out five in three innings with just one hit.

The River Bandits managed just two hits and neither of them contributed to a run. The team's only score was in the fifth when two Kernels pitchers combined to walk four batters and push across a tally. Anthony Garcia, Colin Walsh, Juan Castillo and Roberto Reyes each walked twice. Walsh had one of the team's two hits and their only extra-base hit, a double that led off the eighth inning. But he was stranded there and an excellent scoring opportunity went for naught.

Monday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids, 7:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

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