Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/29/12

On Monday, Quad Cities prevailed in a slugfest. Springfield also won, but Memphis was defeated.

Iowa 8 at Memphis 2

The Iowa Cubs pounded out 15 hits en route to an 8-2 victory and a road series sweep over the reeling Redbirds on Monday at AutoZone Park. Memphis starter Brian Broderick suffered his league-leading seventh loss, giving up three runs on seven hits over five innings while walking two and striking out two.

The Cubs held a 3-0 lead, having scored single tallies in the second, fourth and fifth innigs. In the sixth, the Redbirds rallied for two runs as Ryan Jackson drove in Aaron Bates and Eugenio Velez. That was as close as the Redbirds could pull.

Reliever Barret Browning threw two scoreless frames before Maikel Cleto allowed one run on two hits in the eighth inning. New southpaw Clay Zavada was punished for four runs, three earned, on five hits and an error in his one inning of relief.

No Redbirds had two hits as the team managed just eight in total.

Tuesday's game: vs. Round Rock, 7:05 PM CT, John Gast (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 2

The Texas League Cardinals wrapped up their first winning road trip of the 2012 season.

The S-Cards broke out in the top of the fourth inning. Greg Garcia and Jermaine Curtis singled before Kyle Conley ripped a two-run double into left-center to score both. Xavier Scruggs then singled to left, scoring Conley to make it a 3-0.

Starter Richard Castillo held the Hooks in check all evening, allowing just one runner past second base. That runner reached third base in the seventh, when he left with runners on the corners. Eric Fornataro took over and struck out the next two hitters to protect the shutout. Castillo finished with 6 1/3 shutout innings on just six hits, all singles, with two strikeouts.

The Hooks mounted a rally in the eighth, scoring two against Fornataro. Keith Butler relieved, and with the tying run at second, got a line out to center to end the inning. Butler walked the lead-off batter in the ninth, but stranded him at third to seal the win and pick up his 10th save of the season.

Garcia and Scruggs had two hits each.

Tuesday's game: The S-Cards are off, returning home for a three-game set against San Antonio starting Wednesday night.

Palm Beach was off for Memorial day

Tuesday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 PM ET, Drew Benes (3-3, 4.70 ERA)

Quad Cities 16 at Cedar Rapids 6

The River Bandits had it all working, scoring six runs each in the second and ninth innings, collected not only a hit from every batter in the starting lineup but also a run and left-hander Jonathan Cornelius earned his first Midwest League win at Cedar Rapids on Monday.

Our Player of the Day, right-fielder David Medina, was a home run short of the cycle and had four RBIs, while left-fielder Colin Walsh had a hit, three walks, and three RBI while reaching base in his 20th straight game.

With the win, Quad Cities (25-26) clinched its first series win in almost a month - since May 4. The River Bandits split one series and lost five series since.

The first four batters of the game reached and Colin Walsh drew a walk to bring in a run. Two batters later, first baseman Roberto De La Cruz grounded out to bring in another run for a 2-0 lead.

After the Kernels scored one run in the first against Cornelius, Quad Cities put the first five batters on base in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, Nick Martini stroked a two-run single to right, and Tyler Rahmatulla added an RBI double to left field. Walsh then hit a sacrifice fly to center, and designated hitter Anthony Garcia brought in another run with a double to left. Two batters later, Medina brought in the final run with a two-out double to left – the fourth double of the inning for Quad Cities. The Bandits brought 10 batters to the plate in opening an 8-1 advantage.

De La Cruz extended the lead to 9-1 with his fourth home run of the year leading off the fifth. Cedar Rapids then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to close within 9-3.

In the seventh, Walsh walked and scored on Medina's single to make it 10-3. In the bottom of the inning, Cornelius exited after 6 2/3 innings, having allowed eight hits, a walk and three earned runs to go with four strikeouts. Bob Revesz collected the final out of the seventh and pitched the final 2 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed four hits and two ninth-inning runs.

Comfortably leading 10-4 in the ninth, the River Bandits continued the onslaught. Walsh drew his third walk, Garcia was hit by a pitch, and Medina drove both home with a one-out triple. Castillo singled home Medina, Rahmatulla later added a two-run single, and Walsh brought in the final run with a single to right. This time, 11 Quad Cities batters came to the plate.

With the win, Quad Cities (25-26) clinched its first series win in almost a month - since May 3-4. The River Bandits split the next series and lost the next five series.

Tuesday's games: at Cedar Rapids in the final game of the five-game series, 6:35 PM CT, Kyle Hald (0-3, 3.96 ERA)

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