Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/22/12

The system split 2-2 on Monday. Springfield tossed a shutout and Quad Cities won a slugfest while Memphis and Palm Beach both fell.

Tucson 9, Memphis 3

Shelby Miller could not get out of the fourth as Memphis dropped the opener of a four-game set at Tucson.

Miller gave up eight hits, including two home runs in the third, which accounted for three of the seven runs he allowed. Three of the four runs that came across in the fourth were unearned due to Ryan Jackson's fielding error with two outs. Jess Todd recorded one of his three strikeouts for the final out of the fourth and went on to pitch two more frames with only one hit allowed. Southpaw Clay Zavada threw a perfect seventh in his Redbirds debut. Adam Reifer was not nearly as effective, yielding two runs, earned on three hits in the eighth.

Memphis plated single tallies in the first, third and eighth and it all started when catcher Steven Hill homered for the second straight game. Pete Kozma singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the third while the team's final run came when Jamie Romak doubled home Jackson. That was one of Romak's two hits on the night.

Tuesday's game: at Tucson, 7:05 pm PT, Nick Additon (1-3, 5.32 ERA)

Springfield 4, Tulsa 0

Seth Maness picked up at Springfield where he left off at Palm Beach by dominating first-place Tulsa at home. The S-Cards win the series 3-1.

Maness, our Player of the Day, earned a win in his Double-A debut as he shut down the Drillers on five hits and a walk in 7 2/3 innings. The only extra base hit Maness allowed was a one-out double in the eighth, the same frame in which he hit a batter. The righty struck out eight. Eric Fornataro retired all four batters he faced to pick up his second save.

Jake Shaffer's bases-loaded single with no outs in the fourth plated Jermaine Curtis for the game's first run. However, Springfield wasted an excellent opportunity by hitting into three consecutive outs. They widened their lead with two more tallies in the sixth when Xavier Scruggs doubled home Kyle Conley and Maness helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly that brought Shaffer across. Conley's fifth home run of 2012 came in the seventh and accounted for Springfield's final score. Curtis and Oscar Taveras each had two of the Cardinals' eight hits.

Tuesday's game: off. Starting Wednesday, Springfield begins a six-game road trip with three at last-place (South Division) San Antonio (SD).

Tampa 5 at Palm Beach 2

Starter Todd McInnis put Palm Beach in an early hole in the top of the first when he gave up two home runs that accounted for all five of Tampa's scores. Five of the seven hits he allowed came in that frame as McInnis went on to toss five more scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter nor did he record a strike out. Zack Russell and Dean Kiekhefer combined to shut down the Yankees over the final three frames.

Both of the Beach Birds' runs scored in the third when Mike O'Neill tripled with one out and came home on Vance Albitz' single. Chris Edmondson's only hit of the game brought Albitz across. Starlin Rodriguez was a perfect 4-for-4 to raise his average to .307.

Tuesday's game: Palm Beach tries to even the series vs. Tampa, 6:35 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (2-3, 2.61 ERA)

Quad Cities 10 at Clinton 6

Quad Cities came out on top of a slugfest that saw a combined 23 hits and 16 runs. The victory prevented a three-game home sweep by the LumberKings.

The River Bandits plated three in the third to go up 3-0 but relinquished that lead in the bottom of the frame when Clinton scored four. The score remained 4-3 until the seventh when Quad Cities put up a six spot. The Bandits added another tally in the eighth for their final score. The LumberKings responded with single tallies in the seventh and eighth.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius was charged with four runs over five innings with Robert Stock earning his third career win with two innings of one-run pitching. Ethan Cole also allowed a single tally over the final two frames.

Only one of Quad Cities' 12 hits went for extra bases as the team kept up a steady attack. Matt Williams (three), Nick Martini (two) and Roberto De La Cruz (two) all had multi-hit games. Williams, Martini, Neal Pritchard and Roberto Reyes each scored twice while Tyler Rahmatulla drove in three and Juan Castillo brought two across.

Tuesday's game: off. Quad Cities opens a brief three-game home stand vs. first-place Wisconsin (MIL) on Wednesday

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