Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/04/12

There was a Sunday split in the minors with Memphis and Springfield both triumphant. Palm Beach was shut out and Quad Cities was a victim of the long ball.

Memphis 7 at Omaha 5

Memphis led 7-0 through four and held on to win at first-place Omaha (KC). The series is tied at one all.

The Redbirds' four-run second was comprised of Mark Hamilton's solo shot and Cedric Hunter's three-run blast. Ryan Jackson added his own solo homer in the fourth. Hunter drove in four on 1-for-2 hitting with two walks while Jackson had three hits and Pete Kozma plated twice.

Starter John Gast earned his second Triple-A win by scattering eight hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs, both earned, and struck out one. Chuckie Fick worked around two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 frames with Nick Greenwood tossing a scoreless inning as well. Fernando Salas made things interesting in the ninth when he gave up three runs on four hits, including a two-run shot.

Monday's game: at Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-5, 3.08 ERA)

Springfield 8, Corpus Christi 3

A four-run eighth broke open a tight 4-3 lead as Springfield won at home. They lead their four-game set 2-1.

It was a team-wide offensive attack as The S-Cards banged out 11 hits. Kolten Wong and Chris Swauger each had two hits with Wong scoring twice and Swauger driving in a run. Kyle Conley scored twice while Xavier Scruggs and pinch hitter Jake Shaffer each drove in two runs. Scruggs also scored a run. Jermaine Curtis scored once and drove in another as did Greg Garcia.

Our Player of the Day Richard Castillo limited the Hooks to a single run over six frames plus in picking up his third Double-A win. That run came in the seventh when Castillo did not retire any of the three batters he faced. Castillo gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out three. The run was plated with Deryk Hooker on the mound. He induced a double play that prevented further damage. Eric Fornataro allowed two unearned runs on one hit in the eighth while Kevin Thomas tossed a scoreless ninth.

Monday's game: vs. Corpus Christi, 7:08 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (4-4, 3.88 ERA)

Clearwater 3, Palm Beach 0

Starter Nick Gillung allowed three runs in six frames but it was not enough as Palm Beach was shut out at Clearwater. They will try to salvage a split of their four-game series tonight.

Control was an issue for Gillung as he issued almost as many free passes (five) as hits allowed (six). Two of the three runs came on a two-run bomb in the third. Gillung struck out four. Iden Nazario retired all six batters he faced.

The Beach Birds had five hits to the Threshers' six but were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded five. Chris Edmondson had two hits and Mike O'Neill's double was the only extra-base hit.

Monday's game: at Clearwater, 7:00 pm EST, Drew Benes (3-4, 4.98 ERA)

Burlington 3 at Quad Cities 1

Quad Cities' run in the first was not enough for the home win. They will play the rubber game of their series Monday.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius went just one inning due to a rain delay of one hour, five minutes that knocked both starters from the game. He walked one and struck out another. That left the game to the bullpen and they held their own. Robert Stock replaced Cornelius and allowed a solo shot in his third and last inning of work. That was the only hit he yielded. Danny Miranda was charged with his third loss when he issued a one-out walk in the sixth that was followed by a two-run homer that was the difference in the game. Miranda tossed three frames, with two hits and a walk given up. Bob Revesz added two scoreless innings.

The River Bandits outhit the Bees five to four but managed only the lone run. Luis Mateo walked to open the home half of the first and eventually scored on Colin Walsh's groundout after the rain delay. Nick Martini had two hits and has a line of .306/.375/.417/.792 over his last 10 games.

Monday's game: vs. Burlington, 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (1-3, 3.55 ERA)

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: Host the DSL Rays, 10:30 am EST, TBD

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