Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/16/12

It was a light day in the minors as the system went 2-0. Memphis and Springfield both received excellent pitching performances while Palm Beach and Quad Cities were postponed due to rain.

Memphis 6, Colorado Springs 0

Memphis rode a big inning to a 6-0 shutout of Colorado Springs. The victory snapped a nine-game skid and represented the Redbirds' only win during their now-completed 10-game home stand.

All six runs came in the fifth when the Redbirds broke out for five of their seven hits. Bryan Anderson and Zack Cox started with back-to-back singles to right and each advanced a bag on a passed ball. Pete Kozma's double to former Redbird Andrew Brown in left plated Anderson and Cox. Shelby Miller sac bunted Kozma to third but ended up on first because the Sky Sox pitcher could not field the ball cleanly. Kozma came home on an Adron Chambers groundout.

Ryan Jackson singled Miller to third which put two runners aboard for Memphis' power bat, Matt Adams. Adams did not disappoint the 4,430 in attendance by sending one over the right field wall and the picnic pavilion to push the score to 6-0. It was Adams' team-leading seventh long ball of 2012 and was estimated at over 420 feet.

Shelby Miller, our co-Player of the Day, had his best outing of 2012 in picking up his fourth win. The 21-year-old gave up three hits and two walks in his first three frames but retired the final nine batters he faced. Miller allowed only one base runner to reach scoring position in his six-inning stint while striking out five. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes. Barret Browning tossed a perfect seventh while Sam Freeman did likewise in his Triple-A debut. Chuckie Fick induced a double-play ball that erased a first-and-third situation and ended the game.

Wednesday's game: off. Memphis opens an eight-game road trip with four at Las Vegas (TOR) starting on Thursday.

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 1

Springfield pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter as they downed host Arkansas 3-1. The win is the Cards' third victory in their last four contests and raises their record to 17-21.

Our other co-Player of the Day Trevor Rosenthal picked up his third win by holding the Travelers to an unearned run in six innings. That came in the first with two outs when the batter reached due to a throwing error by third baseman Jermaine Curtis. The runner scored on a single which was the only hit Rosenthal gave up. It tied the game at one. The righty, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on May 29th, scattered three walks, one of which was subsequently erased on a double play. He struck out four.

Jesse Simpson allowed a single to lead off the seventh but the runner was caught stealing. He retired five of the next six batters he faced, issuing a two-out walk in the eighth. Simpson struck out two. Eric Fornataro picked up his first save since appearing in the Appy League in 2008 with a scoreless ninth.

Springfield was first on the scoreboard with a run in the first. Jermaine Curtis singled with one out and Oscar Taveras drew his 10th walk of 2012. Jake Shaffer's single loaded the bases with two outs for Greg Garcia. Garcia coaxed a free pass which forced in Curtis. Garcia is now tied for fifth in the league with 25 walks. The S-Cards broke the tie in the fifth when Curtis doubled with one out. He advanced to third on a ground out and came home on a passed ball. Kyle Conley's solo blast to lead off the eighth represented the Cardinals' final tally on the night.

Wednesday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Richard Castillo's first Double-A start of 2012

Palm Beach – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as a doubleheader today, Wednesday

Wednesday's games: Game one-at Jupiter, 6:00 pm EST, Seth Maness (3-1, 2.25 RRA); Game two – upon game one's finish, TBD

Quad Cities – postponed due to rain

The game will be re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader in Cedar Rapids. The date is to be determined but will be before the end of the season's first half.

Wednesday's game: Quad Cities goes on the road for six games beginning with three at first-place Beloit (MIN), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 4.73 ERA)

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