Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/21/12

Palm Beach won behind Nick Longmire's perfect hitting day. They were the system's only victor as Memphis, Springfield and Quad Cities all fell Sunday.

Las Vegas 5, Memphis 2

Memphis fell prey to a four-run sixth as they split their four-game series at Las Vegas (TOR). They now stand in last place in their division with a 16-27 record.

Joe Kelly absorbed his fifth loss when he did not retire a batter in the sixth. He loaded the bases on two singles and a walk and Nick Greenwood let them all score. Kelly compiled a line of four runs allowed in five plus innings on nine hits and three walks. Greenwood gave up a run of his own in that frame on three hits and a plunked batter. Maikel Cleto tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth.

Las Vegas scored a run in the first to take a 1-0 lead but the Redbirds tied it up with a manufactured run in the third. Eugenio Velez walked, stole second and scored on a fielding error. They took a 2-1 in the sixth on Steven Hill's third home run of 2012. Hill played first base in place of the newly-promoted Matt Adams. Bryan Anderson accounted for two of Memphis' six hits and Ryan Jackson's double was one of two extra-base hits.

Monday's game: Memphis starts a four-game series at last-place (Pacific Southern Division) Tucson (SD), 7:05 pm PT, Shelby Miller (4-2, 3.79 ERA)

Tulsa 3 at Springfield 2

Springfield took a 2-0 lead into the eighth but could not hold it at home. They lead the series 2-1 with the final game set for Monday afternoon.

Jesse Simpson and Kevin Thomas combined to waste a fine effort by Trevor Rosenthal when they allowed three runs to come across in the top of the eighth. All three tallies were charged to Simpson, who retired only one batter and took his second loss. Two of the three runs came across with Thomas on the mound and were the result of a wild pitch. Rosenthal shut down the Drillers on just four hits and two walks in seven frames. He struck out four. Justin Wright threw a scoreless ninth for the S-Cards.

Both of Springfield's runs came in the fifth when Greg Garcia led off with his 29th walk of the season. Garcia sits in the top five in the Texas League in that category and has struck out 26 times. Garcia scored on a double by Nick Derba, one of his two hits for the game. Kolten Wong singled home Derba to complete the Cardinals' scoring attack. Adam Melker was the only other Springfield player with more than one hit. The right fielder had two. Overall, the team stranded seven, including two in the ninth.

Monday's game: vs. Tulsa, 12:08 pm CT, Richard Castillo (0-0, 2.57 ERA)

Palm Beach 8, Daytona 4

Ryan Sheriff's A-Advanced debut was a winner as Palm Beach took the home series 3-1. The PB-Cards (22-21) stand in second place but are a distant 12 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).

Sheriff held the Cubs scoreless through six but did not complete the seventh unscathed. All four runs charged to him came in that frame on three of the seven hits he allowed. Three of the four runs were earned. The southpaw did not walk a batter and struck out one. Aidan Lucas pitched the final two innings to seal the win.

The Beach Birds plated runs in the second through fifth innings. The big frame was the third when they scored five tallies. The first six batters reached on hits with three singles and three doubles to chase Daytona's starter from the game.

Our Player of the Day, Nick Longmire, was a perfect 4-for-4 and was a home run shy of the cycle. He scored once and drove in another. Mike O'Neill also came across once and drove in a run on three hits while Rainel Rosario and Geoff Klein each had two of Palm Beach's 14 hits.

Monday's game: Palm Beach begins a four-game set at home vs. Tampa (NYY), 6:35 pm EST, Todd McInnis (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

The fifth inning proved decisive as Quad Cities' six runs fell just short of Clinton's seven tallies in that frame. Quad Cities has lost the first two games of the road series to Clinton and is tied for fourth place in their division with a 20-23 record.

Lead-off hitter Luis Mateo had a big night at the plate with three runs scored and five runs driven in on three hits. Two of the three hits were home runs, which accounted for four of the five runs he drove in. Colin Walsh hit his 10th long ball of the year in the first with a runner aboard. The left fielder also had three hits. Walsh and Tyler Rahmatulla both came across twice as did David Medina. Both of Rahmatulla's hits were doubles.

Tyrell Jenkins lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits and two walks. Two of those runs came across on Willy Paulino's watch and he added three more runs of his own on a three-run bomb in the fifth. Paulino gave up a total of four hits in two innings. Bob Revesz took the loss in his first action since 2010. The lefty retired the final batter in the seventh to strand both of Paulino's runners but loaded the bases on a walk, hit batter and bunt in the eighth. Heath Wyatt replaced Revesz and gave up the winning run on a sacrifice fly.

Monday's game: at Clinton, 6:30 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

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