Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/23/12

St. Louis' minors had an 0-for-two-for-Tuesday evening with only two contests on tap, both losses. Memphis was easily handled while Palm Beach lost in extras. Springfield and Quad Cities had the night off.

Tucson 9, Memphis 2

Memphis managed just five hits and trailed from start to finish in losing. The Redbirds have now dropped the first two games of their four-game series with the Padres.

Five was the not-so-magic number for Nick Additon who took his fourth loss of the season. He walked five in five frames with five runs being charged to him, all earned. Additon walked in his first run in the first and yielded four more runs in the fourth. He allowed six hits. Barrett Browning and Sam Freeman each tossed a scoreless inning. Chuckie Fick allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in the eighth. Two of the three hits were solo shots.

Memphis plated both of their runs in the sixth when they were trailing 5-0. First baseman Steven Hill singled with two outs and came across on Bryan Anderson's first home run of 2012. Hill had two hits and Pete Kozma walked twice.

Wednesday's game: at Tucson, 7:05 pm PT, Brian Broderick (2-5, 6.34 ERA)

Springfield - off

Wednesday's game: Springfield begins a six-game road trip with three at last-place (South Division) San Antonio (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (0-0, 2.57 ERA)

Tampa 3 at Palm Beach 2 (10)

Palm Beach blew two late inning leads and lost in extras. They have dropped the first two games of their four-game set with the Yankees.

The Beach Birds took a 1-0 lead into the eighth behind an excellent pitching performance by starter Anthony Ferrara, our Player of the Day. The southpaw shut out Tampa on four hits through seven with seven K's. He did not issue a free pass. Ronny Gil's two-out single brought Geoff Klein across to give Additon the lead.

Logan Billbrough gave up a single to start the eighth and the runner advanced to third on consecutive steals. The tying run scored on a fielder's choice. Billbrough struck out three in his only inning on the bump. The Cardinals re-took the lead with a tally in the bottom of the eighth. Michael Swinson walked to begin the inning and eventually crossed the plate on a single by Rainel Rosario. But Chase Reid could not hold that lead in the ninth when he gave up the tying run on consecutive hits to start the inning.

Nick Longmire pinch hit with runners at first and second and one out in the ninth. His single to right triggered an unusual double play: 9-2-6-3-2. Reid was charged with his fourth loss of 2012 when he gave up a double to lead off the 10th and a decisive two-out single.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tampa 6:35 pm EST, Kevin Siegrist (2-0, 4.70 ERA)

Quad Cities - off

Wednesday's game: Quad Cities opens a brief three-game home stand vs. first-place Wisconsin (MIL), Kyle Hald (0-2, 3.86 ERA)

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