Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/03/12

Runs were scarce Saturday as five clubs scored just 10 in total. Only Quad Cities and DSL won.

Omaha 3, Memphis 0

Unfortunately, the Redbirds had the same Saturday result as their St. Louis parent, as they were shut out on just five hits by the Storm Chasers in Omaha.

Starter and hard-luck loser Brandon Dickson allowed a lone run over five innings, turning the ball over to previously-scheduled starter Brian Broderick. In the Omaha eighth, two runners reached via a single and an Eugenio Velez error. Barret Browning relieved Broderick and gave up a two-run double that sealed the loss.

The Redbirds kept fighting, as the game ended with the potential tying run at the plate. Right-fielder Lou Montanez had three of Memphis' five hits. Jamie Romak reached base three times with a single and two walks.

Sunday's game: Memphis plays the second of four at Omaha (KC), 2:05 CT, John Gast (1-0, 4.76)

Corpus Christi 5 at Springfield 4

Corpus Christi came back against the Springfield bullpen to collect a road win as both teams made the most advantage of just six hits each. The visitors scored first via a solo home run in the second inning off Springfield starter Trevor Rosenthal.

With one out in the fifth inning and Greg Garcia on base, Xavier Scruggs hit a two-run home run to right field putting the Cardinals ahead 2-1. That score held until the seventh.

Reliever Eric Fornataro entered the game with no outs and two of Rosenthal's runners on base. After a walk to load the bases, Fornataro yielded a two-run double. A sacrifice fly and base hit scored two more runs as Corpus Christi pulled ahead again, 5-2.

Rosenthal took the loss, finishing with six-plus innings, allowing three runs and a season-high eight strikeouts.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, two Hooks relievers walked the bases full of Cardinals. Garcia and Scruggs scored again, this time on an error by the shortstop and a passed ball, bringing Springfield back to within one. The game ended in a jarring collision as Travis Tartamella was thrown out at home plate trying to score what would have been the tying run on Kolten Wong's single.

Sunday's game: Springfield hosts Corpus Christi (HOU) in the second of three, 6:08 pm CT, Richard Castillo (2-0, 1.33)

Clearwater 3, Palm Beach 1

The Cardinals managed just three hits, five baserunners total and one run, falling on the road at Clearwater.

Todd McInnis held the Threshers off the board until the fifth, when a Nick Longmire error allowed an extra base that led to the first run. In the sixth, his final inning, a McInnis wild pitch contributed to the second Clearwater tally. He was the loser, despite allowing just two runs, only one earned, and striking out three.

The remainder of the scoring occurred in the seventh. In the top half, Cody Stanley's sacrifice fly scored Ronny Gil for Palm Beach's only score. Scott Schneider allowed the Threshers to pull away in the home half as a walk-walk-hit by pitch-walk-two run single sequence made the final score 5-1.

Sunday's game: at Clearwater, 1:00 pm EST, Nick Gillung (0-1, 7.71)

Quad Cities 2, Burlington 1 (10 innings)

Tyrell Jenkins and the Bees' Raul Alcantara each tossed six scoreless innings, backed up by three more shutout innings by their bullpens, before all three runs scored in the 10th.

Jenkins, our Player of the Day, allowed four hits and three walks while fanning five. Travis Miller continued Jenkins' example by allowing just two Bees baserunners from the seventh through ninth innings. Heath Wyatt received the win despite yielding the lead run in the top of the tenth.

In the home tenth, the Bandits loaded the bases on a David Medina double, an error and a walk. Casey Rasmus' single plated the tying run with Luis Mateo stroking the walkoff RBI single through the left side of the infield. It was Mateo's first game back after having been out since Sunday due to injury.

Rasmus had two hits as did May Player of the Month Colin Walsh, who singled and doubled.

Sunday's game: Quad Cities hosts Burlington (OAK) in the second of three, 5:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-1, 4.35)

DSL Cardinals 3 at Rays 1

In the DSL opener, starter Luis Perdomo held the home club off the scoreboard for five innings on three hits and a walk, but the Rays touched reliever Fernando Baez for a lone run in the seventh inning.

Down to their last three outs, the Cardinals came back with three runs in the ninth. Jose Godoy's triple drove in Luis Cruz, who had singled. Leobaldo Pina then singled home Godoy. Pina scored on an RBI single by Domingo Sanchez.

Frederis Parra was the pitcher of the record and picked up the win with Ismael Brito striking out two in a perfect ninth to log the save. First baseman Cruz and third baseman Junior Agustin each had two hits. 2011 DSL batting champ, shortstop Robelys Reyes, led off and went 0-for-4.

Sunday's game: The DSL Cardinals will have this and every Sunday off this season.

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