Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/15/12

Springfield won in extra innings as the Cardinals system's sole victor on Monday. Memphis and Quad Cities lost by identical scores while Palm Beach was shut out.

Colorado Springs 5, Memphis 3

Memphis dropped their ninth consecutive game on Monday, falling to Colorado Springs 5-3 at home.

Joe Kelly gave up a season-high 11 hits that resulted in four runs, earned, over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five. The final tally against Kelly scored on a sacrifice fly with Maikel Cleto pitching. Cleto went on to face the minimum in his 1 2/3-inning stint, erasing his only hit allowed on a double-play ball. Adam Reifer allowed an earned run in the eighth without a hit on a one-out walk, balk, steal of third and sacrifice fly.

New arrival Shane Robinson swung a hot bat for Memphis, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Pete Kozma's sacrifice fly in the second plated Robinson for the game's first run. After the Sky Sox tied the game at one, Bryan Anderson had his own sac fly in the fourth that again brought Robinson across to put Memphis up 2-1. Mark Hamilton's second bomb of the year came in the sixth and tied the game at three. Anderson and Adron Chambers each contributed two of the Redbirds' nine hits but in a familiar theme, Memphis was unable to mount a consistent offensive attack.

Tuesday's game: Memphis finishes up a dismal home stand with a game vs. Colorado Springs, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (3-2, 4.46 ERA)

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 2 (11)

An 11th-inning walk and a steal set up the winning tally as Springfield edged Arkansas 3-2 in game one of a four-game series. It was the S-Cards' second victory of their current road trip and ups their record to 16-21.

Greg Garcia coaxed a two-out walk in the 11th, his fourth free pass on the night, and pushed the matter by stealing second. Garcia advanced to third on the resulting throw. Xavier Scruggs took advantage by driving a single to left that broke a tie that had stood since the fifth inning. Garcia and Scruggs are the co-Players of the Day.

Arkansas scored first when they plated two runs on three singles in the third, one earned, off Springfield starter John Gast. The southpaw limited the Travelers to just five hits overall while walking one in seven innings. He struck out four. Kolten Wong's single to center in the fifth knotted the contest at two all when he brought home both Garcia and Scruggs. The latter two got aboard via a walk and single, respectively. Scruggs, Wong and Chris Swauger each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Eric Fornataro shut down Arkansas on just a hit in two frames for his seventh scoreless appearance in a row. Keith Butler picked up his second win by working out two bases-loaded jams, the first with none out in the 10th and the second with two gone in the 11th. He allowed three hits and two walks in his two innings and was the unlucky recipient of two fielding errors by Wong in the 11th.

Tuesday's game: at Arkansas, 11:00 am CT, Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 3.86 ERA)

Jupiter 7, Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach had shut out Jupiter on Sunday and the Hammerheads returned the ‘favor' on Monday as the PB-Cardinals lost 7-0 in the ballpark the teams share.

Carlos Martinez absorbed his second loss in his worst outing of 2012. The Hammerheads scored three in the first and added two in the second and all runs were charged to Martinez, who lasted four innings. Seven of the eight hits the righty gave up came in those two frames as well as his sole free pass. Jupiter plated two more runs on three hits in the sixth. Those were charged to Zack Russell during his second and last inning of work.

Logan Billbrough tossed a perfect seventh for his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance covering nine innings. Billbrough now sports a 1.38 ERA and holds the opposition to a .174 batting average. Chase Reid pitched a scoreless ninth.

The PB-Cards stranded 10 on base and were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Mike O'Neill, Alan Ahmady and Geoff Klein each had two of the Cardinals' nine hits. O'Neill's .331 average is currently fourth in the league.

Tuesday's game: at Jupiter, 6:35 pm EST, Seth Maness (3-1, 2.25 ERA)

Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 3

Quad Cities blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth at home to fall to Cedar Rapids 5-3 in regulation. The River Bandits' record falls to 19-19, four games behind Beloit (MIN) and Wisconsin (MIL).

Heath Wyatt was charged with his second loss when he ‘allowed' four unearned runs to come across in his only inning of work. The runs were unearned because of two throwing errors by shortstop Garrett Wittels and all of the base runners reached with two outs. Wyatt hit a batter to initiate the mess and the single and triple he gave up were just gas on the fire.

That spoiled an excellent outing by Jonathan Cornelius in just his second start since arriving from extended spring training. The lefty shut out the Kernels on five hits and a walk in six innings while striking out seven. Ethan Cole gave up a run, earned, on two hits in the seventh, the first of his two innings on the mound.

The River Bandits scored twice in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Colin Walsh led off with a double, advanced to third on Juan Castillo's single and plated on another single by Roberto De La Cruz. Luis Mateo's two-out double to center brought Castillo home. They added another tally in the sixth when Tyler Rahmatulla singled to open the frame, advanced on a Colin Walsh single and plated on a line drive to left by Anthony Garcia.. Walsh, Rahmatulla and Castillo each had two of Quad Cities' 10 hits.

Tuesday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids, 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 4.73 ERA)

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