Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/24/12

The system split 2-2 on Wednesday as three of the four contests were decided by a single run. Springfield and Palm Beach came out on top of their one-run decisions while Quad Cities fell just short in theirs. Memphis lost as well.

Tucson 9, Memphis 3

Starter Brian Broderick was not able to escape a seven-run third inning as Memphis lost its fifth in a row. The Rebirds (16-30) sit in last place, 11 ½ games behind Omaha (KC).

Broderick entered the bottom of the third down 1-0 but could only retire two batters before exiting. Four of the seven runs charged to him in the third were unearned due to a throwing error by new Redbird Aaron Bates at first base. Broderick gave up six hits and three walks while striking out three in absorbing his sixth loss. Nick Greenwood retired the final batter of the third but gave up a run on two hits and a walk in 2 1/3 frames. Maikel Cleto, Adam Reifer and Clay Zavada each tossed a scoreless inning.

The Redbirds plated two in the fourth to make the score 8-2. Mark Hamilton singled home Ryan Jackson and centerfielder Lou Montanez. They added a run in the sixth when Jackson sent his second home run of 2012 over the left field wall. Memphis managed only five hits on the night and no Redbird had more than one.

Former Cardinal Kip Wells started and picked up his first win while former Cardinal Anthony Reyes picked up his first save.

Thursday's game: at Tucson, 7:05 pm PT, John Gast (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 2

Starter Richard Castillo earned his first Double-A win of 2012 as Springfield took the first of their three games at San Antonio. The S-Cards' record moves to 21-24, good for third place, five games behind Tulsa (COL).

Castillo, our Player of the Day, limited the Missions to six hits and two walks over seven innings. The only blemish came in the first when he gave up a lead-off triple that scored on a groundout. Michael Blazek allowed hits to two of the four batters he faced. Keith Butler stranded both runners but made the ninth interesting when he yielded a walk and a double that brought San Antonio to within a run. He left a runner at second as he earned his eighth save of the season.

Audry Perez singled in the third to plate Jermaine Curtis and Kyle Conley to put Springfield up 2-1. They added another run in the fourth when Oscar Taveras singled home Kolten Wong after the latter had singled. Taveras had two hits, as Springfield's only multi-hit batter. Xavier Scruggs walked twice.

Thursday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-4, 3.89 ERA)

Palm Beach 5, Tampa 4

Palm Beach plated four in the bottom of the third to give them a lead they never relinquished as they took game three of their four-game set against Tampa. The Cards trail the series 1-2.

Ronny Gil's bases-loaded single put the Beach Birds on the scoreboard by plating Nick Longmire. The play also resulted on an out at home which eliminated a run when Starlin Rodriguez then cleared the bases with his third triple of 2012. A single by Chris Edmondson brought Rodriguez across for the inning's final tally. Palm Beach added to their 4-1 lead with a run in the fifth when two Tampa pitchers combined for four consecutive walks that forced in the run.

Drew Benes earned the win and evened his record to 3-3. Benes entered the sixth with a 5-1 lead and struck out the first two batters, two of his eight strikeouts for the game. He then gave up back-to-back home runs that tightened the score to 5-3 and ended his night. Overall, Benes scattered seven hits and a walk in his stint on the mound. In his 2012 Palm Beach debut, Scott Schneider allowed a run on three hits in one inning that brought the Yankees to within a run. However, Iden Nazario and Dean Kiekhefer combined to keep Tampa off the board for the final 2 1/3 innings with the latter picking up his fourth save.

Thursday's game: vs. Tampa, 10:35 am EST, Kevin Siegrist (2-0, 4.70 ERA)

Wisconsin 5 at Quad Cities 4

Quad Cities squandered an opportunity to gain ground on first-place Wisconsin as they came up short at home in game one. They are now tied for fourth with Cedar Rapids (LAA) with a 21-24 record, 7 ½ games back.

The River Bandits trailed 2-0 but plated single tallies in the bottom of the second and third to knot the game at two all. Juan Castillo doubled to lead off the second and came home on Roberto De La Cruz' single. Castillo's sac fly in the third plated Luis Mateo, who had singled to start the inning.

That lead lasted only until the top of the fourth when Wisconsin went up 4-2. Starter Kyle Hald was charged with his third loss as he yielded four runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in six frames. He struck out seven. The decisive fifth run was charged to Travis Miller in the eighth, his second inning of work. Miller allowed a double, ground out and sac fly. Quad Cities scored single tallies in the eighth and ninth to pull within one, only one of which was earned. Nick Martini and Virgil Hill each had two hits for Quad Cities with Hill scoring a run. Mateo scored twice.

Thursday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.11 ERA)

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