Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/14/12

The system went 3-2 on Wednesday with Palm Beach, Quad Cities and the DSL Cardinals all winners. Memphis and Springfield fell at home.

Nashville 5 at Memphis 4

Brandon Dickson allowed runs in four consecutive innings as Memphis was defeated by visiting Nashville 5-4. The Redbirds dropped the series one game to two.

Dickson gave up single tallies in the third and fourth as the Sounds established a 2-0 lead. The Redbirds tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when Pete Kozma's two-out single plated Skip Schumaker and Eugenio Velez. Nashville immediately retook the lead with another run in the fifth and increased their margin with a two-run shot in the sixth. Dickson allowed all five runs, earned, on 11 hits in six. Nick Greenwood retired all six batters he faced and John Gaub tossed a perfect ninth.

Memphis loaded the bases on three straight singles to start the ninth and a walk by Ryan Jackson forced in the Redbirds' third run. A double play resulted in another run but Memphis stranded the tying run at third to end the contest. Skip Schumaker went 1-for-2 and played center for five innings in his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list on June 1st. Kozma's two hits represented the only multi-hit game for the Redbirds, who had nine hits in all.

Thursday's game: vs. New Orleans (MIA), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (2-1, 4.08 ERA)

Arkansas 6 at Springfield 1

Springfield got the hits but not the results in their 6-1 loss to Arkansas at home. The competitors each won two of their four-game series for a split as Springfield failed to take advantage of playing a team that is eight games behind them in the standings..

The S-Cards had seven hits to the Travelers' nine with one key difference: two of Arkansas' hits were home runs that came with runners on base and accounted for four of their runs. Neither squad did much with runners in scoring position with Springfield going 0-for-6 and Arkansas 1-for-9. Starter Trevor Rosenthal gave up a straight number in the first and third before just-activated Jose Garcia led off the bottom of the third with only his second home run of 2012. Rosenthal served up a two-run shot in his sixth and final inning. He allowed eight hits and did not walk a batter in his sixth loss.

Kevin Thomas pitched a perfect seventh but Michael Blazek served up his own two-run bomb in the eighth to the same Traveler as Rosenthal on a walk and hit to widened the score to 6-1. Justin Wright retired all three batters he faced in the ninth. Oscar Taveras hit his fourth triple of 2012, one of his two hits. He was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

The Cardinals executed the franchise's first-ever triple play in the fifth, 6-4-2-4. Shortstop Greg Garcia made a sliding catch in left-center, then threw the ball to second baseman Kolten Wong. After the force out, Wong relayed the ball wildly toward first. Backing up the play, catcher Travis Tartamella retrieved the errant throw and fired it back to Wong, who tagged out the advancing runner.

Thursday's game: vs. second-place (tied with Springfield) NW Arkansas (33-31)(KC), 7:08 pm CT, Richard Castillo (4-0, 1.95 ERA)

Palm Beach 6 at St. Lucie 1

Palm Beach handed St. Lucie their first series loss of the season in a 6-1 victory that included a 1-hour, 19-minute rain delay. The Beach Birds have won the first two games of their three-game road set.

The Mets went on top in the second when they scored a run off Scott McGregor on two doubles. Palm Beach responded with two in the third on singles by Nick Longmire, Ildemaro Vargas and Starlin Rodriguez plus a sac fly by Rainel Rosario. The rain delay ensued after three frames and ended each starter's night.

Nick Gillung took the mound when the game re-started and held the Mets to three hits and three walks in four innings for his first win. He departed after seven with the PB-Cards up 5-1 on a three-run seventh by the visitors. Consecutive one-out doubles by Ronny Gil and Longmire brought Gil across and Rodriguez' two-out single plated Longmire. Rodriguez came home on Mike O'Neill's second triple of 2012. They added a run in the eighth when Chris Edmondson doubled with one out and eventually plated on back-to-back wild pitches. Aidan Lucas tossed the final two scoreless frames.

Thursday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:30 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (1-2, 2.38 ERA)

Quad Cities 6, Kane County 5 (10)

Anthony Garcia's double in the 10th plated Colin Walsh as Quad Cities battled back to take a walk-off win against Kane County 6-5. The series is tied at one game all with the rubber game scheduled for tonight.

Our co-Player of the Day Garcia accounted for half of the River Bandits' tallies. Quad Cities trailed 5-2 in the ninth when Garcia hit a two-run shot to left that tightened the score to 5-4. Casey Rasmus reached on a force out and tied the game on Luis Mateo's pinch-hit double to center that came with two outs. Travis Miller, the fifth Quad Cities' pitcher for the game, tossed a scoreless 10th for his first win.

Kane County scored two in the first off Dail Villanueva to go up 2-0. The Cougars added a run in the fourth before Villanueva's departure with the bases loaded and one out. All three runs charged to the southpaw were earned and came on five hits and five walks. Danny Miranda induced a double play ball to escape the fourth without further damage, on his way to 2 2/3 scoreless frames. Robert Stock struck out the side in the seventh while Ethan Cole gave up two runs in the ninth, his second inning of work. He allowed four hits and a walk in all.

Trailing 3-0, the River Bandits plated two in the fourth when Tyler Rahmatulla singled home Nick Martini and advanced Colin Walsh to third. Walsh subsequently came across on a groundout by David Medina. Martini led Quad Cities with three hits while Colin Walsh scored two runs.

Thursday's game: vs. Kane County, 7:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-2, 4.91 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 10, DSL Indians 4

The Dominican Birds rode a six-run first to a 10-4 victory over the DSL Indians at home. The Cards evened their record to 5-5 as a result.

Four hits and two walks in the first resulted in six runs and chased Indians' starter Jose Zapata after he retired just one batter. The big hit was a bases-clearing double by right fielder Bladimil Franco off Zapata's replacement. The Cardinals added three in the third and their final run in the fifth to build a 10-0 lead through seven. Catcher Jose Godoy, centerfielder Carlos Torres and Franco each scored twice while Godoy and shortstop Leobaldo Pina had two RBI.

Our co-Player of the Day Hector Salazar shut out the Indians on four hits and a walk through six on the way to his first win. The 17-year-old struck out five. Luis De La Rosa gave up three in the eighth and another in the ninth on seven hits and a walk in 2 1/3. Ramon Santos secured the final two outs of the game.

Thursday's game: @ DSL Royals, 10:30 am EST, Isaac Silva (0-0, 27.00 ERA)

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