Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/08/12

The system went 2-2 with a rain out on Thursday. Memphis and the DSL Cardinals were both winners while Springfield and Quad Cities both lost. Palm Beach's game was postponed.

Memphis 12 at Albuquerque 6

Memphis plated seven runs in the final two innings to turn a narrow 5-3 lead into a 12-6 rout at Albuquerque. The Redbirds have gone 3-2 on this road trip with three games remaining in New Mexico.

Eugenio Velez and Cedric Hunter each drove in four runs with two hits and two runs scored. Both of Velez' hits were for extra bases, including a three-run home run in the fifth and a double. Garrett Wittels' first Triple-A at-bat was a pinch-hit triple that drove in two in the ninth. Pete Kozma and Mark Hamilton each tallied twice.

Starter Nick Additon picked up his second win of the year by allowing three runs, earned, on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Two of the seven hits given up were home runs, solo shots in the second and sixth innings. Barrett Browning, Jess Todd and Chuckie Fick combined to shut down the Isotopes through the next 2 1/3 frames. Adam Reifer retired the first two batters in the ninth before Lou Montanez dropped a pop foul that would have been the third out. Reifer then served up a two-run shot, single and triple that plated three unearned runs. Nick Greenwood collected the final out.

Friday's game: at Albuquerque, 8:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (2-4, 3.27 ERA)

Tulsa 6, Springfield 4

Starter Seth Maness had his worst outing of 2012 as he completed just four frames in Springfield's 6-4 loss at Tulsa. The defeat squandered an opportunity for the third-place Cardinals to gain ground on first-place Tulsa and leaves them three back instead.

Springfield took a 3-0 lead with three in the first on a bases-clearing double by Kyle Conley that brought across Kolten Wong, Jermaine Curtis and Oscar Taveras. They added a run in the fourth to go up 4-1 but Maness was unable to hold the lead. Four of his nine hits allowed came in the fourth and resulted in three of the four runs he gave up. Maness struck out six and walked a batter.

Chris Corrigan was charged with his first loss when he yielded two scores in the fifth on three hits and a walk. Justin Wright struck out three in two perfect innings while Jesse Simpson retired all three batters he faced in the eighth.

The S-Cards rapped out 10 hits but were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Jake Shaffer hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth, one of his two hits for the game. Curtis and Greg Garcia each had two hits as well.

Friday's game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (4-5, 2.90 ERA)

Palm Beach at Dunedin

Postponed due to rain. Re-scheduled as part of a Friday double-header.

Friday's games: Game one – 5:00 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (3-0, 2.25 ERA); Game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 1

Quad Cities was held to just five hits in this 4-1 loss on the road. They fall to three games back of third-place Kane County with the defeat.

Dail Villanueva limited the Cougars to two runs, earned, in six frames but was charged with his fourth loss. The runs came on eight hits and a walk. Ricky Martinez' Midwest League debut was inauspicious as he gave up two runs on three hits in his only inning of work. Ethan Cole worked around two hits to toss a scoreless eighth.

The River Bandits' only tally came in the seventh when Anthony Garcia drew a one-out walk. He advanced on a ground out and was driven home by Roberto De La Cruz' single to center. De La Cruz accounted for two of the team's five hits.

Friday's game: at Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-1, 4.15 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Athletics 5

A five-run sixth powered the DSL Cardinals to a 6-5 win road win. It is the team's third win against two losses.

The Dominican Birds were out-hit 13-to-8 but capitalized on their opponents' lack of control in the sixth when all three free passes issued that inning were converted into runs. The last of the walks was translated into a tally when centerfielder Domingo Sanchez' stole home. Six different Cardinals scored while middle infielder Robelys Reyes drove in two. Left fielder George Araujo had the only multi-hit game with two.

Our Player of the Day is right-hander Fernando Baez who picked up his first win with four innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Isaac Silva. Baez struck out eight and limited the Athletics to five hits while not walking a batter. Southpaw starter Silva was ineffective in his only inning of work, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks. Luis De La Rosa allowed a run on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 frames with three strikeouts while Ismael Brito picked up his second save by shutting down the opposition on a hit and a walk over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Athletics, 10:30 am EST, TBD

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