Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/07/12

Springfield and Palm Beach both won by a two-run margin while Quad Cities was edged and the DSL Cardinals fell as well. Memphis had Wednesday off.

Memphis - off

Thursday's game: Memphis opens a four-game series at second-place (American South Division) Albuquerque (LAD), 8:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (1-6, 5.40 ERA)

Springfield 9 at Tulsa 7

Springfield battled back from a 6-1 deficit through four by scoring in the next four frames as they downed Tulsa 9-7 on the road. The S-Cards move their record to a game over .500 and within two games of the first-place Drillers with the win.

Kolten Wong's fifth home run of 2012 started things off in the fifth. It came with Audry Perez aboard and two outs and cut the deficit to 6-3. The three-run sixth tied up the game and the Cardinals went ahead on Oscar Taveras' two-run shot in the seventh that also plated Jermaine Curtis. After Tulsa scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, Springfield got the run back in the eighth, which is how the game stood until its finish. Wong, Taveras and Scruggs each had two hits and drove in two while Taveras and Greg Garcia scored twice. Perez had three hits, scored one and drove in another.

Scott Gorgen allowed six runs in the first two innings but only two were earned. He gave up six hits and two walks in five frames while striking out two. Deryk Hooker yielded a solo shot in the seventh that was the only hit he allowed in 1 2/3 innings as he picked up his first win of 2012. Hooker walked two as did Eric Fornataro who stranded two and gave up a hit in 1 1/3 frames. Keith Butler pitched around a one-out single to notch his 12th save.

Thursday's game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Seth Maness (2-0, 0.83 ERA)

Palm Beach 6 at Dunedin 4

Palm Beach snapped a four-game losing streak in their 6-4 road win over first-place (North Division) Dunedin. The Cards' record goes to 27-32, one game behind second-place Jupiter (MIA).

The Beach Birds' offense was driven by our Player of the Day Jonathan Rodriguez, who had a two homer game. His first was a solo shot in the first that came with two outs. Geoff Klein led off the second with his own solo bomb that put Palm Beach up 2-0. After the Blue Jays tied the game up in the third, the Cardinals retaliated with two of their own in the fourth. A Dunedin tally in the fifth tightened the contest up to 4-3 but Rodriguez changed that with his second home run of the night in the seventh. It came with Mike O'Neill on base and widened the scoring gap to 6-3. The scoring for the game ended with a single tally by Dunedin in the bottom of the seventh. Klein joined Rodriguez in scoring twice.

Starter Anthony Ferrara went six innings, allowing three runs, earned, on six hits and a walk. Two of the three tallies came on a two-run shot in the third. Ferrara struck out nine. Logan Billbrough gave up a run in the first of his two innings of work on a walk and the only hit he gave up. Dean Kiekhefer picked up his fifth save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Dunedin, 6:30 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (3-0, 2.25 ERA)

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 3

Quad Cities continued their June pattern of playing .500 ball by dropping the first game of their six-game road trip. A win at Kane County would have put the River Bandits into a third-place tie with the Cougars but the gap is now two games in the standings with the Bandits' 29-30 record.

Sam Gaviglio fell prey to the big inning as all four of the runs he allowed in seven frames came in the third. Three of the four tallies came on a three-run home run by Kane County's #3 hitter. Gaviglio gave up five hits and a walk in all while striking out six as he was charged with his fourth loss. Robert Stock tossed a scoreless eighth.

Quad Cities ended the shutout when Midwest League All-Star Luis Mateo opened the fourth with a single and eventually came across on Tyler Rahmatulla's sac fly. The team added two more in the sixth when Nick Martini doubled with one out and came home on a single by another Midwest League All-Star, Colin Walsh. Walsh eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by yet another All-Star, catcher Juan Castillo. Walsh and Martini both had two hits with both of the latter's hits being doubles. Martini continues his recent tear, going .343/.395/.514/.909 over his last 10 games.

Thursday's game: at Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-3, 4.08 ERA)

DSL Astros 6, DSL Cardinals 4

The DSL Cardinals scored twice in the first but consecutive tallies by the Astros in the third, fourth and fifth resulted in a 6-4 loss on the road. The Cardinals' record now stands at 2-2.

Right-handed starter Hector Salazar was charged with his first loss when he allowed four runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out six. Esteban Vallejo gave up two runs, earned, on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 frames as well as allowing one of the three runners he inherited from Salazar to score. Ramon Santos tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Juan Fresa tossed a perfect eighth.

The Dominican Birds went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina drove in two and scored another to account for three of the Cardinals' four tallies. Lead-off hitter Robelys Reyes walked three times and scored twice.

Thursday's game: @ DSL Athletics, 10:30 am EST, TBD

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