Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/17/12

Wednesday was not a good night for Cardinals minor league baseball as the teams went 0-4 in close contests. Springfield and Quad Cities lost on the road while Palm Beach was swept.

Memphis - off

Thursday's game: at Las Vegas (TOR), 7:05 pm PT, Nick Additon (0-3, 6.05 ERA)

Arkansas 3, Springfield 2

Springfield was clipped in a close contest by Arkansas on the road, 3-2. The S-Cards lead the four-game series 2-1.

Michael Blazek's first relief appearance since 2010 resulted in his fourth loss of 2012 against one win. He entered the game in the eighth with his team down 2-1 and struck out the side to maintain the status quo. After Kolten Wong singled home the tying run in the top of the ninth, Blazek gave up a lead off single, a two-out walk, a single and the walk off, another base on balls.

Richard Castillo's first Double-A start of the season earned him our Player of the Day recognition. The 22-year-old limited the Travelers to two runs, earned, on six hits in seven frames. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. A hit batsman ended up scoring Arkansas' first run in the second to put the home team up 1-0. Xavier Scruggs tied the game up at one in the fourth with his fifth home run. Arkansas re-took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Castillo gave up a one-out triple that came across on a double.

Audry Perez and Wong each had two hits for the Cardinals. Oscar Taveras had a hit and a walk in the game.

Thursday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-3, 3.19 ERA)

Jupiter 2, Palm Beach 1 – game one (eight innings)
Jupiter 4, Palm Beach 2 – game two (seven innings)

Palm Beach was swept in their doubleheader with Jupiter, losing game one 2-1 in eight then falling 4-2 in the nightcap.

In game one, Dean Kiekhefer was charged with his first loss due to a walk-off home run. The lefty worked around a two-out double and a walk in the seventh to keep the contest tied at one but was unable to match that feat in the eighth. Seth Maness started and held the Hammerheads scoreless until his sixth and final inning of work. Three of the seven hits he allowed came in that frame, including a lead-off home run that tied the game. Maness issued his first free pass of 2012 to start the third inning. He struck out five.

Palm Beach scored in the top of the first when Ronny Gil doubled to left with one out. Chris Edmondson's two-out grounder to right plated Gil for the Cardinals' only tally. Edmondson had three of Palm Beach's seven hits and was the only player with multiple hits.

Palm Beach jumped out in front in game two with two runs in the top of the first when Edmondson again drove in the first run with a single to right. Alan Ahmady's single up the middle plated the Cardinals' final run. Jupiter halved that lead with an unearned tally in the third against starter Todd McInnis who was making his A-Advanced debut. A lead off double and passed ball ended up with a runner on third with no one out. The runner came across on a double play. McInnis gave up the tying run in the fourth on two of the five hits he allowed in his five-inning stint. The righty struck out three and walked one. Iden Nazario took his first loss when he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the sixth inning.

Thursday's game: Palm Beach hosts a the first of a four-game series vs. Daytona (CHC), 6:35 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (1-3, 2.45 ERA)

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities lost their third in a row, falling to host Beloit 4-2.

Quad Cities led 2-0 through six on a fine outing by Kyle Hald who shut out the Snappers on just three hits and a walk in that period. He struck out five. Brandon Creath was charged with his third loss when he issued two walks and a three-run blast in just 2/3 of an inning in the seventh. Danny Miranda secured the final out of the seventh but allowed a solo shot in the eighth for the contest's final margin.

The River Bandits scored in the first when Tyler Rahmatulla doubled with two outs. Colin Walsh's 26th RBI of 2012 was a single that plated Rahmatulla. Walsh is currently tied for seventh in the league in runs driven in. Quad Cities' other tally came in the fourth when Juan Castillo doubled with two outs and came home on a single by David Medina.

Thursday's game: at Beloit, 11:00 am CT, Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 4.09 ERA)

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