Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/27/12

Quad Cities managed the only Saturday win as Springfield and Palm Beach were walk-off losers.

Iowa 6 at Memphis 4

Four home runs allowed to the Cubs meant Memphis absorbed a ninth loss in its last 10 games at AutoZone Park.

The visitors got up quickly as Shelby Miller served up a solo home run in the top of the first. Zack Cox answered with a bases-empty shot of his own in the second. Iowa took back the lead with another solo homer in the fourth. Memphis wrestled away its only lead of the evening in the fifth as Jamie Romak's base hit and an error allowed three Redbirds runs for a 4-2 edge.

Iowa re-tied the game in the sixth with two runs. The first was charged to Miller, who finished with three runs allowed on seven hits, including two home runs, over 5 1/3 innings while striking out three. Nick Greenwood took a blown save on the other.

Cubs solo home runs in the eighth against loser Sam Freeman and ninth off new arrival Fernando Salas sealed Iowa's win.

Cox (double and home run) and recent arrival Lou Montanez each had two hits.

Sunday's game: vs. Iowa, 6:05 pm, Nick Additon (1-4, 5.68)

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 5

The home Hooks took a 3-0 lead against Seth Maness, who was making his second Double-A start. In the fourth, a two-base throwing error by second baseman Kolten Wong led to an infield groundout RBI, followed by a two-run home run in the fifth.

Jermaine Curtis put the Cards on the board with a two-run home run in the sixth, scoring Wong. With his single, Wong extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Later in the inning, Jake Shaffer plated Oscar Taveras and Chris Swauger with a two-run double. He moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to give Springfield a 5-3 lead.

Maness left after seven innings innings, having allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits with two strikeouts. Deryk Hooker entered in the eighth and gave up a solo home run to close the lead to one. Later that inning, a fielding error by Taveras allowed the tying run to cross the plate. In the ninth, Michael Blazek served up a walk-off home run to Jonathan Villar that traveled 412 feet to right-center.

Sunday's game: at Corpus Christi, 1:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (3-4, 2.81)

Fort Myers 6, Palm Beach 5

The Cardinals fought back from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game in the top of the seventh only to lose in walk-off fashion. The final sequence was hit-by-pitch, double and throwing error by Michael Swinson to hang the loss on Chase Reid.

Palm Beach starter Todd McInnis allowed a double and RBI single in the second as Fort Myers got out on top. His teammates tied the game in the third on an RBI double by second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. The Cards took their only lead at 3-1 in the fourth as they scored on a wild pitch and a Mike O'Neill RBI single.

The lead was short-lived as the Miracle scored three on a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. McInnis left after five innings, having allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk. He fanned one. Fort Myers added another tally in the sixth on a solo homer served up by Iden Nazario.

The Cards' final two runs scored on a wild pitch and a Jonathan Rodriguez sacrifice fly. Starlin Rodriguez, our Player of the Day, had two singles, a double and a triple in five at-bats. He scored one and plated one.

Sunday's game: at Fort Myers, 1:05 pm, Anthony Ferrara (2-3, 2.20)

Quad Cities 4 at Cedar Rapids 1

The River Bandits opened their road series on the right foot, starting with that of Hector Hernandez. The left-hander threw six innings, allowing just one run on four hits, walking three and striking out six. The run scored in his sixth and final inning on a double-play ball.

Quad Cities opened the scoring with two in the third inning. Center fielder Nick Martini doubled and crossed the plate on a Luis Mateo single. The second baseman advanced to third on an error and scored on a Tyler Rahmatulla sacrifice fly.

The Bandits closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth, when Colin Walsh hit a two-run home run to left that scored Rahmatulla, who led off the inning with a single. Rahmatulla had two of Quad Cities' five hits on the evening.

Walsh is now tied for the Midwest-League lead with 11 home runs. Mateo has scored in Quad Cities' last eight games, a 2012 team-high.

Travis Miller, Bob Revesz and Heath Wyatt combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Bandits, allowing just one hit. Wyatt earned his sixth save of the year.

The win pulled Quad Cities back to .500 at 23-23.

Sunday's games: double-header at Cedar Rapids, 2:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-2, 4.01) and Robert Stock (3-0, 4.32)

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