Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/15/12

Thursday was a night of the key innings as all three contests were decided by a single score. Memphis and Quad Cities won but Springfield fell. Palm Beach's game was canceled and the DSL Cardinals' results are not yet available.

Memphis 4, New Orleans 2

A three-run fifth flipped a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win as Memphis downed New Orleans at home.

Rehabbing Skip Schumaker played second base and went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, hitting in the lead-off slot. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Schumaker doubled and scored on a double play. He walked with one out in the fifth and came across on Eugenio Velez' two-out single to tie the game at two all. A triple by Jaime Romak plated Lou Montanez (walk) and Velez. Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab appearance. He played left.

John Gast picked up his third Triple-A win by allowing two runs, earned, on four hits and two walks in 6 2/3. He struck out seven. Chuckie Fick got the final out in the seventh while Barret Browning and Adam Reifer each tossed a scoreless frame. Reifer picked up his second save of the season and just the second save of the month for the Redbirds.

Friday's game: Double-header vs. New Orleans. Game one: 5:05 pm CT, Brian Broderick (2-7, 7.02 ERA); Game two: at game one finish, Brandon Dickson (2-6, 3.55 ERA)

NW Arkansas 4 at Springfield 3

A four-run fourth was the S-Cards' undoing as they were edged by NW Arkansas 4-3 at home.

Richard Castillo was charged with his first loss as he gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings. Four of the seven hits he allowed came in the fourth along with one of his two walks. He struck out four. Deryk Hooker tossed a scoreless seventh and Eric Fornataro scattered three hits and a walk over two frames to keep the Naturals from pulling away.

Springfield took the lead with two in the second when they loaded the bases on singles by Kyle Conley, Xavier Scruggs and All-Star Audry Perez. Greg Garcia's double to left plated two. Scruggs added a solo shot in the eighth, his 10th of 2012, to cut the lead to one but that was as close as the Cardinals could get.

Friday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Palm Beach at St. Lucie – canceled due to rain

Friday's game: Palm Beach is off until June 18th for the All-Star break

Quad Cities 4, Kane County 3

Quad Cities rallied for three in the seventh to down Kane County 4-3 at home. They took the series two games to one.

The Cougars' pitchers were their own worst enemies as three of the River Bandits' tallies reached via walks while the fourth scored on a wild pitch. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, our Player of the Day Colin Walsh's fourth triple of 2012 plated Neal Pritchard and Nick Martini who both had been issued free passes. Walsh scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Luis Mateo doubled home David Medina in the second after Medina reached on a walk. Quad Cities had just five hits on the night with Walsh having two.

Reliever Bob Revesz picked up his first win by tossing two scoreless frames in relief of starter Jonathan Cornelius. Cornelius held Kane County to one earned run, three overall, on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six. Heath Wyatt earned his ninth save with a perfect ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-4, 4.20 ERA)

DSL Cardinals at DSL Royals – results unavailable

Friday's game: vs. DSL Royals, 10:30 am EST, Dailyn Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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