Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/12/12

Monday saw only one winner in St. Louis' minors. Quad Cities won big while Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and the DSL Birds all lost.

Nashville 10 at Memphis 4

Shelby Miller showed that he is not yet ready for prime time in Memphis' fourth straight loss. This one came at home as the Redbirds opened an eight-game home stand.

The right-hander retired nine of the first ten batters he faced with the only blemish being a two-out walk in the third. Miller proceeded to retire only three of the next 10 batters. He gave up six runs, earned, on five hits including two home runs and two walks in four-plus frames. Miller also hit a batter in a performance that earned him his fifth loss.

Barret Browning inherited a two-on with no out situation in the fifth and the only hit he allowed in two innings plated both runners. In his Memphis debut, John Gaub pitched a scoreless seventh while Clay Zavada and Chuckie Fick each gave up two runs in their only inning of work.

The Redbirds' matched the Sounds' offensive production of nine hits but not their results. Two of Memphis' runs came in the fourth when runners issued free passes were driven in by Lou Montanez' double. Pete Kozma doubled home the team's final two runs in the seventh.

Tuesday's game: vs. Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (2-5, 3.14 ERA)

Arkansas 5 at Springfield 3

Springfield could not recover from a 4-0 hole as they fell at home. The two teams have split the first two games of their four-game set.

Scott Gorgen gave up three in the second and could not finish the fifth when he allowed another tally. That run scored after he left the game with a runner on second and two out. The damage in the fifth could have been worse except for a play at the plate that resulted in the inning's second out. Gorgen gave up six hits and walked four.

Jesse Simpson followed and his only hit allowed in 1 1/3 plated Gorgen's runner, which turned out to be the game-winner. Jorge Rondon tossed a scoreless seventh in his first action since May 17th. A lead-off homer by Justin Wright in the eighth was the only tally against him in two innings.

The S-Cards were shut out until the seventh when Jake Shaffer singled with one out, advanced on back-to-back free passes and came across on a ground out. Oscar Taveras doubled home a run in the eighth and was driven in by Shaffer's double, one of the latter's three hits for the game.

Tuesday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (2-0, 1.75 ERA)

Fort Myers 8 at Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach tallied three in the seventh to tie up their game with Fort Myers only to see the bullpen give up four in the ninth as they fell at home. The Beach Birds dropped the series, one game to two.

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Palm Beach manufactured three unearned runs on two fielding errors, a walk, a wild pitch and the inning's only hit, a single by Luis De La Cruz that plated two. One of the runners was Starlin Rodriguez who scored half of the Cardinals' tallies. Palm Beach had a difficult time getting the key hit as they went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position despite having eight hits in all.

Relievers Logan Billbrough and Dean Kiekhefer combined to give up four runs in the ninth on two hits and two walks, one of them intentional. Only two of the four runs were earned because of Kiekhefer's throwing error on a sac bunt. Billbrough took his second loss of 2012 as a result. Both pitched in support of starter Drew Benes who allowed single tallies in the first and fifth that were part of a six-inning, five-hit performance. He walked two. Nick Gillung yielded two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in the seventh.

Tuesday's game: Palm Beach (28-34) goes back on the road for six, starting with the juggernaut that is St. Lucie (NYM) (48-15), 6:30 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (3-4, 2.78 ERA)

Quad Cities 18 at Burlington 7

Quad Cities pounded out over 18 hits and 14 runs for the second consecutive game and this time came out on top as they bashed Burlington 18-7 on the road. The River Bandits took the series two games to one.

Quad Cities broke out with five in the third to take a lead they never relinquished. They added two in the fourth on David Medina's fourth bomb of 2012 to increase their lead to 7-1 after four. Consecutive four-run frames in the sixth and seventh saw the lead balloon to 15-3 through seven. The three Bees runs were given up by starter Kyle Hald, who allowed six hits and a walk as he evened up his record to 3-3.

The Bees scored four in the eighth on two two-run blasts off Monday's losing pitcher, Willy Paulino, to narrow the gap to 15-7. The River Bandits answered with three in the ninth before Heath Wyatt came in and struck out the side to seal the victory.

The River Bandits had a number of hitting stars for the game. Nick Martini doubled in the game's first two runs in the third before Midwest League Player of the Week Tyler Rahmatulla's three-run bomb capped the inning. Martini scored four times as did Matt Williams and Medina. Rahmatulla upped his league-leading batting average to .333 with a 3-for-6 game with four driven in. Player of the Day Colin Walsh's 14th home run of 2012 was a grand slam in the seventh that puts him one behind the league leader in that category. Walsh scored twice and drove in six. Virgil Hill scored three times while Anthony Garcia drove in two.

Tuesday's game: Fifth-place Quad Cities (31-33) opens a six-game home stand with three versus third-place Kane County (KC) (33-31), 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-4, 4.91 ERA)

DSL Mariners 4, DSL Cardinals 2

The DSL Cardinals never led, going 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, as they fell to the DSL Mariners 4-2 at home.

Starter Juan Perez gave up two scores in the third on a two-run shot that resulted in his first loss. The youngest player in the system at 16 years of age went four innings with three hits and three walks. Jose Pena allowed an unearned run in 2/3 on a hit. Pena also walked a batter that did not figure into the scoring. Jose Lara went four frames with a run allowed on two hits and a walk. That tally scored with Alirio Negrette on the mound. Negrette recorded the final out in the ninth.

Both of the Dominican Birds' runs came in the eighth although only one was earned. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina singled and eventually scored on a fielding error. Catcher Luis Cruz followed Pina with a walk. Left fielder Carlos Torres' second double for the game plated Cruz. Pina and Torress were the only Cardinals with a multi-hit game.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Indians, 10:30 am EST, Dewin Perez (0-1, 2.25 ERA)



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