Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/25/12

It was Extra-Inning Night as the system went 1-3. Memphis won in extras while Springfield and Palm Beach lost in extras. Quad Cities fell in its contest.

Memphis 7 at Tucson 6 (11)

Relievers Jess Todd and Sam Freeman combined to give up three runs in the eighth that sent the game into extras. Chuckie Fick picked up his first win of 2012 by tossing 1 1/3 scoreless frames while Adam Reifer pitched a scoreless 11th to earn his first save. Memphis snapped a five-game losing skid with the road win.

All three runs charged to starter John Gast came in the second of his six innings of work. Only one of the three runs was earned due to his own throwing error on a force attempt. The southpaw allowed five hits and two walk and struck out two. Barret Browning pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Redbirds held a 6-3 lead through 7 ½ innings by scoring two runs each in the second, fourth and seventh innings. Catcher Bryan Anderson, our Player of the Day, was a perfect 6-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and another driven in. His final hit plated left fielder Mark Hamilton in the 11th for the decisive run. Hamilton had three hits, scored twice and drove in another. Pete Kozma had a two-home run night comprised of two two-run shots in the second and fourth innings.

Friday's game: Memphis comes home to face Iowa (CHC) for the first of four games, 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-5, 3.58 ERA)

San Antonio 3, Springfield 2 (12)

Springfield fell in a contest that saw a combined 26 hits result in a total of just five runs. The three-game series is knotted up at one all with the rubber match coming tonight.

The S-Cards and the Missions were tied at one all at the end of the first before Springfield took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. San Antonio tied it up again with a tally in the sixth and there the score remained until the bottom of the 12th when Justin Wright gave up a hit that plated a runner charged to Jesse Simpson. Simpson absorbed his third loss as a result.

Starter Tyler Lyons gave up the Missions' first two runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 2/3 frames. He struck out five. Deryk Hooker stranded two of Lyons' runners in the sixth while pitching a total of 2 1/3 innings with just one hit allowed. Hooker struck out five. Eric Fornataro's only base runner in two innings was a hit batsman that was erased on a double play.

Kolten Wong singled to open the contest and scored on a force out by Chris Swauger. Swauger doubled home Oscar Taveras in the fifth after the latter got aboard via a one-out double. Swauger and Jermaine Curtis led the Cardinals with three hits apiece.

Friday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (1-3, 4.46 ERA)

Tampa 5 at Palm Beach 2 (10)

Palm Beach led 1-0 from the end of the first through the eighth but could not close it out as Dean Kiekhefer was charged with his second blown save after he gave up the tying run in the ninth. Zack Russell took his first loss of 2012 when he yielded four runs, all earned, on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning in the 10th. Logan Billbrough stranded a runner when he recorded the inning's final out.

That wasted a stellar performance by southpaw Kevin Siegrist who tossed a one-hit shutout through five. He struck out four and walked a batter. Aidan Lucas followed with 2 2/23 scoreless frames..

Palm Beach managed just five hits on the night. The first was a triple by Michael Swinson to lead off the game. He came across on Ronny Gil's groundout. The Beach Birds' other tally came in the bottom of the 10th when Jonathan Rodriguez singled home Gil who reached via a walk. The team stranded 10 and was a dismal 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Friday's game: Palm Beach travels to last-place Fort Myers (MIN) for the first of three games, 7:05 pm, Ryan Sheriff (1-0, 3.86 ERA)

Wisconsin 9 at Quad Cities 6

Quad Cities' contest featured 22 hits that resulted to 15 tallies. Eight of the hits were allowed by starter Sam Gaviglio. That resulted in five runs, four earned, in just four innings. Gaviglio walked two and struck out four.

Willy Paulino was charged with his third loss of the season when he allowed four runs, three earned, in his second and last inning of work. Three of the four runs were the result of a three-run blasé Paulino served up. That was one of three hits Paulino allowed. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Bob Revesz gave up only one hit in two frames with two strikeouts and Heath Wyatt struck out the side in the ninth.

The game was tied at five through five with the River Bandits' final tally coming in the bottom of the ninth. Third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla led the team with three hits, including a solo shot in the ninth that was his third of 2012. Rahmatulla drove in three. Juan Castillo drove in two while Luis Mateo scored twice and brought another runner across. Mateo and Rahmatulla were the only River Bandits with multiple hits.

Friday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-2, 4.07 ERA)

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