Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/26/12

The minors went 3-1 on Friday with three of the four contests decided by two or fewer runs. Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities all won but Memphis was edged.

Iowa 2 at Memphis 1

Maikel Cleto took his second loss in giving up a solo shot in the ninth as Memphis fell for the eighth time in the last nine home games. It was just the second home run Cleto has allowed this season and the first time he has been scored upon in seven appearances dating back to May 7th. The Redbirds' record now stands at 17-31, which places them last in the American North Division – 12 ½ behind Omaha (KC).

Memphis broke a scoreless game in the fifth. Eugenio Velez singled, stole second and went to third on Mitch Canham's single. Velez scored the Redbirds' only tally on a sac bunt by Joe Kelly. Starter Kelly held that 1-0 lead until the seventh, his last inning on the mound. He gave up a lead-off double that was one of only four hits he allowed on the night. The runner eventually was plated on a sacrifice fly. The righty walked one and struck out three. Cleto tossed a scoreless eighth before his ninth-inning miscue. Barret Browning came on to record the final out. Memphis outhit Iowa 7-5 but had difficulty stringing an offense together as no player had more than one hit.

Saturday's game: vs. Iowa, 6:05 pm, Shelby Miller (4-3, 4.30 ERA)

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 1

Scott Gorgen had his best outing of 2012 as Springfield downed their hosts, San Antonio. The S-Cards took the series 2-1 and their record is now 22-25. That puts them in third place in the North Division, five games behind Tulsa (COL).

Gorgen, our co-Player of the Day, held the Missions to five hits and two walks in seven frames in his longest outing of the season. The only blemish came in the second when he gave up an unearned run due to a fielding error by Kolten Wong. Springfield took the lead in the fourth when Audry Perez doubled home Jermaine Curtis and Chris Swauger. Gorgen aided his own cause by doubling to open the fifth and eventually coming across on Curtis' groundout. Eric Fornataro tossed a scoreless eighth and Keith Butler picked up his ninth save with a scoreless final inning.

Springfield had eight hits with Wong having the only multi-hit game with two. Oscar Taveras entered the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement in right and walked in his only plate appearance.

Saturday's game: at Corpus Christi, 7:05 pm CT, Seth Maness (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 2

Our other co-Player of the Day Ryan Sheriff picked up his second win as Palm Beach downed Fort Myers on the road. The Beach Birds' record goes to 24-24, good for second place in the South Division – 13 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).

Sheriff allowed just one hit in six innings that that was a solo shot in the fifth that made the score 3-1 in favor of Palm Beach. An unearned run came in the sixth when a lead-off walk issued by Sheriff eventually came across because of a fielding error by Ronny Gil. Sheriff issued three walks and struck out five. Scott Schneider allowed a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work and Logan Billbrough picked up his third save with a perfect ninth.

Jonathan Rodriguez had a bases-clearing double in the fourth that brought three across and put the PB-Cards up 3-0. After the Miracle closed the gap to 3-2, Rainel Rosario singled and scored on Mike O'Neill's groundout in the seventh to widen their lead to 4-2. Two more runs came across in the ninth as Luis De La Cruz singled and scored while Ronny Gil singled home O'Neill for the game's final run.

Saturday's game: at Fort Myers, 7:05 pm, Todd McInnis (0-1, 4.91 ERA)

Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 4

Casey Rasmus' single to open the ninth eventually resulted in the decisive run as Quad Cities salvaged the last of their three games with Wisconsin at home. The River Bandits' record stands at 22-25, which ties them for fourth with Cedar Rapids (LAA), 7 ½ behind Wisconsin (MIL).

Quad Cities had four hits to Wisconsin's seven but took advantage of the Timber Rattlers' free passes and miscues to earn the victory. Both of Quad Cities' runs in the second got aboard via a walk. Tyler Rahmatulla tied the game at three in the fourth when he scored on a wild pitch after doubling to lead off the inning.

After Wisconsin went back up 4-3 in the sixth, the River Bandits re-tied the game in the sixth when Virgil Hill was plunked and eventually came around to score. That set up Rasmus' ninth inning when he eventually scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.

Danny Miranda picked up his third win by tossing a scoreless ninth. Starter Dail Villanueva struck out nine in six innings while giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks. Ethan Cole's two scoreless frames bridged the gap between Villanueva and Miranda.

Saturday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 7:05 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (3-3, 3.57 ERA)

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