Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/09/12

Springfield notched the system's only win on Friday. Memphis was blasted in a shut out while Quad Cities and the DSL Cardinals lost as well. Palm Beach's double-header was canceled due to rain.

Albuquerque 12, Memphis 0

Memphis' bats went 0-for-8 and stranded eight in their 12-0 drubbing at the hands of host Albuquerque. The Redbirds' 22-39 record puts them in fourth and last place in their division, 14 ½ games behind Omaha (KC).

Only one of the four runs that starter Brandon Dickson gave up in his five innings was earned but that was more than enough for the Redbirds' offense to overcome. Two of the four runs came via a two-run home run in the third that was unearned due to a fielding error by Eugenio Velez. Clay Zavada put the game out of reach when he coughed up eight runs, seven earned, on five hits, a walk and two plunked batters in a single inning. Nick Greenwood finished the game with two scoreless frames.

Cedric Hunter and Bryan Anderson were the only Redbirds with multi-hit games as each had two. A double by the latter was the team's only extra base hit.

Saturday's game: at Albuquerque, 8:05 pm CT, John Gast (2-0, 4.37 ERA)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 1

Springfield's pitching staff tossed a three-hitter to down Tulsa 5-3 on the road. The S-Cards now sit in second place with a 30-29 record, two games behind Tulsa (COL) and Northwest Arkansas (KC).

Our Player of the Day Trevor Rosenthal held the Drillers to just three hits and a walk over seven frames. Two of those hits were a single and a double in the third that resulted in the only run the 22-year-old allowed. He struck out seven while evening up his record to 5-5. Michael Blazek retired all six batters he faced to seal the win.

A four-run fourth was the difference in the game. The inning opened with consecutive singles by Jermaine Curtis, Oscar Taveras and Chris Swauger that brought Curtis across for Springfield's first tally. Greg Garcia's one-out single plated Taveras and a sac fly by Adam Melker brought Swauger home. Garcia scored on a fielding error that allowed Travis Tartamella to reach base. Garcia hit his fourth bomb of the year in the sixth, a solo shot that made the score 5-1. Curtis, Taveras, Garcia and Melker each had two hits for the S-Cards.

Saturday's game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (3-0, 1.37 ERA)

Palm Beach at Dunedin - double-header cancelled due to rain

Saturday's game: Palm Beach (27-32) begins a three-game series at home vs. last-place Fort Myers (23-35) (MIN), 6:35 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (3-0, 2.25 ERA)

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 1

Quad Cities was swept out of town by host Kane County 4-1 on Friday. It was the River Bandits' third loss in a row and drops them into a fourth-place tie with Peoria (CHC) with a 29-32 mark, nine games behind Wisconsin (MIL).

Quad Cities managed just four hits, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Their sole tally came in the fourth with the Cougars up 2-0. Juan Castillo opened the inning with a single and advanced to third on Roberto De La Cruz' two-out single to right. Castillo came across on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Cornelius was charged with his second loss by giving up two runs in the second and another two in the fourth, his final inning on the mound. Cornelius allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Willy Paulino, Travis Miller and Heath Wyatt combined to shut down Kane County over the final four innings.

Saturday's game: Quad Cities travels to fifth-place Burlington (27-33) (OAK) for three, 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-4, 4.31 ERA)

DSL Athletics 7 at DSL Cardinals 4

The DSL Cardinals lost a game that saw three lead changes as they fell to the DSL Athletics 7-4 at home. The team (3-3) is tied for third with the DSL Astros in the eight-team Boca Chica Northwest Division, two games behind the DSL Mariners.

After starter Dailyn Martinez gave up three in the first, the Dominican Birds battled back to tie the game with three of their own in the fourth. Designated hitter Robelys Reyes tripled to center to start things off and came home on that same play due to a throwing error by the Athletics' second baseman. Back-to-back one-out doubles by catcher Luis Cruz and first baseman Alejandro Mejia plated Cruz. Mejia scored on a two-out double by right fielder George Araujo.

The Cardinals took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Reyes' second hit of the game drove home second baseman Jeffry Cerdas after the latter singled to get on base. Reliever Jonathan Escudero took his first loss when he gave up three runs, two earned, in the sixth on two hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Frederis Parra allowed a run in the eighth that was part of his 2 1/3 inning performance. Parra gave up two two hits and a walk. Esteban Vallejo pitched the final 1 2/3 frames, shutting down the Athletics and stranding a runner.

Saturday's game: at DSL Mariners, 10:30 am EST, Luis Perdomo (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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