Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/11/12

The system went 1-3 on Sunday with Springfield pounding its foe while both Memphis and Quad Cities lost slugfests. Palm Beach fell as well while the DSL Cardinals do not play on Sundays.

Albuquerque 17, Memphis 11

Memphis twice battled back from deficits to take the lead only to fall prey to a six-run eighth in their 17-11 loss in the final game of an eight-game road trip. Albuquerque took the series 3-1.

Trailing 3-1, the Redbirds plated seven in the fourth only to watch their lead dissolve due to starter Brian Broderick. Broderick allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 13 hits in just five innings. He did not walk a batter. Memphis re-took the lead with four in the sixth but the Isotopes tied with game on a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth off Adam Reifer.

Barret Browning kept Albuquerque off the board in the seventh but that was only a temporary reprieve for Memphis' pitchers. Jess Todd was charged with his first loss when he yielded six runs, earned, on three hits and four walks while retiring just one batter. Two of the six runs came across on a sac fly and a single after Nick Greenwood inherited a bases-loaded mess.

Eugenio Velez had four hits including two doubles. He scored twice and drove in two as did Mark Hamilton. Lead-off batter Lou Montanez drove in three and scored once. Pete Kozma plated twice and Cedric Hunter drove in two.

Monday's game: Fourth-place Memphis begins an eight-game home stand with the first of three versus third-place Nashville (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-4, 5.18 ERA)

Springfield 20, Arkansas 3

The S-Cards banged out 24 hits on their way to a 20-3 pasting of the Travelers at home. Nine games now separate second place Springfield (32-29) from third-place Arkansas (23-38). Both teams are chasing division leaders Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa, although Springfield only trails them by a game in the standings.

In a contest that saw every Springfield player score at least one run, Co-Player of the Day Xavier Scruggs did the most damage. Two of his three hits were home runs that accounted for five runs. He scored four times. Adam Melker and Chris Swauger each had two-run bombs that were part of the four runs scored and five driven in they combined to hit. Kolten Wong's solo home run in the first started the Cardinals' scoring attack. Oscar Taveras' four-hit night resulted in two runs coming across. Greg Garcia scored three times and Audry Perez twice as each player also drove in a run.

Starter Tyler Lyons earned his fifth win by holding Arkansas to a three-run second. He gave up seven hits and a walk in six frames. Kevin Thomas retired all six batters he faced and Chris Corrigan tossed a scoreless ninth.

Monday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (2-4, 4.10 ERA)

Fort Myers 8 at Palm Beach 5

Starter Todd McInnis was not effective as he was charged with his third loss in Palm Beach's 8-5 defeat by Fort Myers at home. The series is tied at one all with the rubber game scheduled for Monday.

McInnis entered the sixth holding a slim 5-4 lead that quickly evaporated when he gave up three runs without retiring a batter. All three tallies were the product of two home runs. That ended his night. McInnis gave up 10 hits, including three home runs, resulting in seven runs, six earned. He walked one. Scott Schneider pitched two scoreless while Aidan Lucas yielded a run on a walk and a single in his second inning of work in the ninth.

The Beach Birds and the Miracle each had 11 hits but the Cardinals were a dismal 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. New arrival, second baseman Ildemaro Vargas, drove in two on three hits, including two doubles. Chris Edmondson's third home run of 2012 was a solo shot in the fourth. Ronny Gill scored once and drove in another.

Monday's game: vs. Fort Myers, 6:35 pm EST, Drew Benes (3-5, 5.88 ERA)

Burlington 16, Quad Cities 15 (11)

Quad Cities ended up on the wrong end of a wild one on the road that saw 39 hits and 12 walks converted into 31 runs as the lead changed hands four times. The three-game set stands at one all.

Our co-Player of the Day Tyler Rahmatulla did more than his fair share by driving in seven and scoring three times on a perfect 6-for-6 night. Four of his six hits were for extra bases, including two home runs and two doubles. The six hits tied the Midwest League record. Nick Martini's three-run blast was part of his four RBIs and three runs scored. Virgil Hill drove in two and came across once while Roberto De La Cruz scored twice.

Willy Paulino, the River Bandits' sixth pitcher of the game, absorbed his fourth loss when he gave up a run in the 11th. Robert Stock went three innings in his second professional start, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks. He left with a 6-3 lead that was upped to 7-3 when Quad Cities tacked on another run in the fourth. But Ricky Martinez and Travis Miller combined to cough up seven runs in the fifth that put the River Bandits in a 10-7 hole.

Quad Cities fought back with four in the seventh to re-take the lead 11-10 but Bob Revesz blew that with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Ethan Cole held the Bees scoreless for three innings while the River Bandits once again battled back to tie the game with four in the ninth.

Monday's game: Fifth-place Quad Cities (30-33) finishes its six-game road trip with one more at sixth-place Burlington (28-34), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (2-3, 3.13 ERA)

DSL Cardinals – off Sundays

Monday's game: vs. DSL Mariners, 10:30 am EST, Juan Perez (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

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