Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/13/12

Pitching was the star in Tuesday's wins as the starters at Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach each shone in their team's win. The performance of the DSL Cardinals' starter was wasted in their loss and Quad Cities was defeated, too.

Memphis 2, Nashville 0

Starter Nick Additon tossed a beauty as Adam Reifer and Jess Todd joined him to shut out third-place Nashville 2-0 at home. The fourth-place Redbirds (23-42) sit 1 ½ games behind the Sounds in the American Northern Division.

Our co-Player of the Day Additon struck out 11 and retired the first 12 batters he faced. Two of his four hits allowed came in his seventh and last inning of work with Memphis holding a slender 2-0 lead. The southpaw escaped damage by inducing a 3-6-3 double play to end the frame and set himself up for his third win. Reifer and Todd each worked around a single in their innings with Todd picking up his first save. The Redbirds' pitching staff did not issue a walk.

Free passes were the downfall of Nashville's staff as both of Memphis' tallies scored due to walks issued. Cedric Hunter singled with one out in the third and advanced to third on consecutive walks. That put him in position to score on a balk call. Mark Hamilton walked to open the sixth, advanced to third on Jamie Romak's double and came across on a single to right by Pete Kozma. The Redbirds had more walks (seven) than hits (five) but they made them count.

Wednesday's game: vs. Nashville, 11:05 am CT, Brandon Dickson (3-5, 3.14 ERA)

Springfield 4, Arkansas 1

Seth Maness pitched a complete game on Tuesday as Springfield downed Arkansas at home. The S-Cards (33-30) are tied with Northwest Arkansas (KC) for second place, two games behind Tulsa (COL).

Maness, our other co-Player of the Day, scattered five hits and did not walk a batter in his outing. The only mark against him was a solo shot in the sixth that ended his shutout bid and brought the score to 3-1. The right-hander was efficient as well, throwing 84 pitches, 62 for strikes for an average of just over nine pitches per inning. He struck out four.

Springfield got on board early when Chris Swauger and Jake Shaffer walked to open the second. Kyle Conley followed with his ninth home run of 2012, a blast to left that was enough for Maness. After the Travelers plated one in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals responded in the bottom of the frame with their own tally. Oscar Taveras doubled with one out and later came across on Jake Shaffer's single to right. Shaffer and Swauger each had two of Springfield's seven hits.

Wednesday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (5-5, 2.73 ERA)

Palm Beach 7 at St. Lucie 6

Palm Beach built a 7-2 lead through seven and held on to defeat first-place St. Lucie 7-6 on the road. It was only the 16th loss for the Mets in 64 games. The Beach Birds (29-34) are currently in third place, two games behind Jupiter (MIA).

Starter Anthony Ferrara evened his record to 4-4 by holding St Lucie to just two runs, earned, on two hits in seven frames. Control was an issue for the southpaw as he issued five walks while striking out four. Iden Nazario was ineffective in the eighth as he retired only two of the seven batters he faced. The lefty gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits and three walks. The unearned run was plated on his own wild pitch. Scott Schneider secured the final four outs of the game, allowing an unearned run on a fielding error by Ronny Gil and a single. Schneider picked up his first save.

Wednesday's game: at St. Lucie, 6:30 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (4-0, 2.42 ERA)

Kane County 7 at Quad Cities 5

Four late-inning runs were not enough for Quad Cities as they lost to third-place Kane County 7-5 at home. The fifth-place River Bandits (31-34) trail first-place Wisconsin (MIL) by 11 games.

Trailing 7-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Quad Cities plated two in each of the final two frames. Tyler Rahmatulla drove Nick Martini home with his second triple of the season and scored on Juan Castillo's single to short in the eighth. Colin Walsh doubled home two in the ninth as Quad Cities stranded three in those two innings. Matt Williams and Castillo had two hits apiece and Martini drew three free passes and scored twice.

Sam Gaviglio was charged with his fifth loss of 2012. He allowed six runs, five earned, on 11 hits including two home runs that accounted for three tallies in 7 2/3. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Gavilio's final act was to hit a batter in the eighth which led to reliever Ricky Martinez getting the ball. Martinez gave up a single but then was plagued by consecutive throwing errors by Martini and Williams that resulted in two unearned runs coming across. Those runs were the difference makers in the final result. Martinez tossed a perfect ninth.

Wednesday's game: vs. Kane County, 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-4, 3.97 ERA)

DSL Indians 3, DSL Cardinals 0

Five DSL Indians' pitchers combined to toss as two-hitter as the DSL Cardinals were shut out, 3-0. The Dominican Birds (4-5) are tied for fourth with the DSL Astros, three games back of the DSL Mariners.

Starter Dewin Perez kept the Indians off the board for five innings on three hits and three walks. He had one strike out. A three-run sixth was reliever Fernando Baez' undoing although only one of the three runs was earned. Baez went on to hold the Indians scoreless in the seventh and eighth. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three.

While the DSL Cardinals had only two hits, they were issued five free passes. Unfortunately, they were not able to capitalize as they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Center fielder Carlos Torres and third baseman Junior Augustin each walked twice. A double by catcher Jose Godoy was the only extra-base hit.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Indians, 10:30 am EST, Hector Salazar (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

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