Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/28/12

Springfield cruised, Quad Cities split a pair while Memphis and Palm Beach fell on Sunday.

Iowa 5 at Memphis 1

Nick Additon gave up two in the first and one in the second on his way to his fifth loss. The southpaw threw 99 pitches, 58 for strikes, in just four innings with seven hits and four walks. Jess Todd struck out four in three innings as he kept the Cubs off the board on two hits and a walk. Adam Reifer allowed two runs, earned, on three hits and three walks in 1 1/3 frames. Sam Freeman recorded the final two outs by stranding runners at first and third.

The Redbirds converted their nine hits into only one run during their home contest. That tally came in the second when right fielder Jamie Romak opened with a double and came home on Bryan Anderson's single. Centerfielder Lou Montanez, left fielder Mark Hamilton and shortstop Ryan Jackson each had two hits.

Monday's game: vs. Iowa, 1:05 pm, Brian Broderick (2-6, 6.75 ERA)

Springfield 10 at Corpus Christi 1

Springfield plated five in the first on their way to a 10-1 shellacking of Corpus Christi. The S-Cards evened their three-game set with the Hooks at one all.

Our Player of the Day Jermaine Curtis led the way with a perfect 4-for-4 day. Curtis drove in Kolten Wong in the first for the game's first run after the latter had tripled to open the game. The third baseman and #2 hitter scored three runs as well. Kyle Conley and Xavier Scruggs each hit two-run blasts in the first that plated Curtis and Jose Garcia respectively.

Four more tallies came across in the eighth when Curtis singled and scored on Jake Shaffer's single. Kyle Conley walked right behind Curtis and later crossed home on a balk. Jose Garcia and Adam Melker were both plated on a throwing error. Curtis doubled to start the ninth and scored the team's final run on a single by Oscar Taveras. The 11-hit attack was balanced with Curtis and Conley (two) having the only multi-hit games.

Trevor Rosenthal evened his record to 4-4 by holding the Hooks to one run, earned, on four hits and two walks in five frames. That run came in the first when Rosenthal issued a free pass to a clever base runner Jonathan Villar. Consecutive steals put him at third and he came across on a sac fly. Justin Wright, Kevin Thomas, Jesse Simpson and Chris Corrigan shut out the home team on a combined three hits over the final four innings while not issuing a walk.

Monday's game: at Corpus Christi, 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (1-0, 1.93 ERA)

Fort Myers 4, Palm Beach 1

Newly-activated starter Nick Gillung took a tie game into the fifth but could not complete the inning as he was charged with his first defeat. Palm Beach lost the series 1-2.

Gillung, who was thrown into the fire when Kevin Siegrist went on the DL, held the Miracle to one run through four on a solo shot in the fourth. The lefty gave up three of his five hits and one of his four walks in the fifth as Fort Myers scored three runs. Zack Russell retired the final batter in the fifth then proceeded to toss two more scoreless frames on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Aidan Lucas pitched the ninth.

The Beach Birds' only tally came in the fourth. Jonathan Rodriguez drew a one-out walk and scored on Chris Edmondson's double to right. Edmondson's two doubles accounted for half of Palm Beach's hits.

Monday's game: off.

Cedar Rapids 11, Quad Cities 10 - game one
Quad Cities 8 at Cedar Rapids 7 (7) - game two

Quad Cities split two road contests that featured plenty of offense, falling by a tally in game one and winning by that same margin in game two. The River Bandits lead the series 2-1 with game four scheduled for Monday.

In the first game, Quad Cities led 8-3 after three but starter Tyrell Jenkins allowed five runs in his fourth and final inning to tie the game. All eight of the runs Jenkins yielded were earned and came on 12 hits and a walk. Ethan Cole gave up an unearned run in the fifth but the River Bandits battled back with two in the sixth to re-take the lead 10-9. Danny Miranda absorbed his third blown save and second loss when the tying run scored in the seventh and the winning tally came home in the ninth. Miranda allowed five hits in 2 1/3 frames.

Colin Walsh led Quad Cities' 13-hit attack with three as he drove in three. Tyler Rahmatulla (four) and Anthony Garcia (two) each hit two-run bombs that were half of the two hits by each. Matt Williams, Nick Martini and Casey Rasmus each had two hits and scored a run as well.

Game two was originally scheduled for May 15th at Quad Cities but had to be postponed due to rain and was shortened to seven innings.

The contest saw the lead change hands multiple times. The River Bandits struck first with a run in the fourth but the Kernels retaliated with five in the bottom of the frame to go up 5-1. Quad Cities narrowed the gap with two in the fifth and went ahead with three in the sixth. Cedar Rapids went up 7-6 with two in the bottom of the sixth but Anthony Garcia singled home Virgil Hill and Tyler Rahmatulla in the seventh to take the final lead.

Hill's three hits led the team's 11-hit attack and Garcia had two as the only other River Bandit with more than one hit. Neal Pritchard drove in two and Hill and Nick Martini both scored twice.

Regular reliever Robert Stock was pressed into duty to start the contest. He held the Kernels scoreless through three but was charged with four runs on two home runs in the fourth. Stock yielded four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Willy Paulino picked up his second win of 2-12 while allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits, including a solo shot and two walks in 2 1/3 frames. Heath Wyatt tossed a perfect seventh to pick up his seventh save and seal the victory.

Monday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 2:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

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