Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/16/12

The system went 4-1 on Friday with Springfield, Quad Cities and the DSL Cardinals all victorious. Memphis split a double-header, falling in the opener but winning the nightcap. Palm Beach was off.

New Orleans 5 at Memphis 2 (7) – game one
Memphis 10, New Orleans 3 (7) – game two

In game one, starter Tyler Lyons allowed three runs in the first in his Triple-A debut at Memphis. Those runs were the result of four of the seven hits he allowed in his complete-game, seven-inning performance. Lyons went on to retire 16 of his next 17 batters before a single and home run in the seventh. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Both of the Redbirds' tallies came in the sixth when they strung together three of their four hits. Matt Carpenter led off with his only hit, a single. He advanced to third on Eugenio Velez' double and both runners came across on a single up the middle by our Player of the Day Mark Hamilton. Hamilton had two of the Redbirds' four hits.

Memphis jumped on top with three in the first of game two when Zack Cox doubled home two. He eventually came across on a passed ball. Hamilton's solo shot in the third increased the lead to 4-0 before the Zephyrs got on the board with three in the fourth off starter Brian Broderick. The runs were the result of four of the seven hits the right-hander allowed in five frames. Broderick picked up his third win against seven losses.

The Redbirds widened their lead with two in the fifth on Pete Kozma's bases-loaded single that scored Ryan Jackson and Velez. The seventh saw four more tallies due to back-to-back slams by Velez (a three-run shot) and Hamilton's second bomb of the contest. Relievers John Gaub and Jess Todd each tossed a scoreless frame. On the rehab front, Matt Carpenter played in game one but Skip Schumaker did not appear in either contest.

Saturday's game: vs. New Orleans, 6:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-5, 5.72 ERA)

Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 2

Carlos Martinez' Double-A debut opened a 5-2 victory over NW Arkansas at home.

Martinez, on a strict pitch count, threw 46 pitches in three innings, 27 for strikes. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Kevin Thomas earned his second win by no-hitting the Naturals for three frames. He fanned four. Deryk Hooker yielded an unearned run in the seventh on a walk with two K's. Eric Fornataro tossed a perfect eighth and Keith Butler sealed the win with a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.

Xavier Scruggs had the S-Cards' hottest bat, going 2-for-3 with a solo shot, two runs scored and three driven in. Scruggs has a line of .371/.462/.771/1.224 over his last ten games. Oscar Taveras, Adam Melker and Audry Perez each scored a run while Kolten Wong drove in a runner. Taveras and Wong each had two hits.

Saturday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen, 2-5, 4.36 ERA)

Palm Beach

The Cardinals are off for the All-Star break. The Florida State League All-Star Game is Saturday night at Port Charlotte. Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara, second baseman Starlin Rodriguez and outfielder Mike O'Neill will represent Palm Beach on the FSL South squad, while pitcher Seth Maness was also named but replaced due to his promotion to Springfield.

Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 2

A throwing error in the bottom of the ninth plated pinch runner Virgil Hill as Quad Cities edged Wisconsin 3-2.

David Medina singled to lead off the ninth and was replaced on the base paths by Hill. Hill scored when Roberto De La Cruz' sac bunt resulted in a throwing error by the Timber Rattlers' third baseman. That capped a contest in which Quad Cities rallied back from a 2-0 deficit with two in the fourth on Anthony Garcia's seventh long ball of 2012.

Travis Miller earned his second win with a scoreless ninth. Hector Hernandez started and gave up just one earned run, two in total, on six hits and two walks in six innings. He fanned six. Ricky Martinez' two scoreless frames bridged the gap between Hernandez and Miller.

Saturday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 pm CT, Willy Paulino (2-4, 5.50 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Royals 4 (10)

A fielding error in the bottom of the 10th brought across the game-winning run as the DSL Cardinals defeated the DSL Royals 5-4.

The Dominican Birds built a 4-0 lead through five, assisted by the pitching of starter Dailyn Martinez. Martinez shut out the opposition on four hits and two walks through five. He struck out four. The DSL Royals plated two in the sixth off Frederis Parra and added two more in the seventh off Jorge Rodriguez, who retired only two batters that inning. Ismael Brito's only hit allowed in 3 1/3 frames plated a runner of Rodriguez', which tied the game. Brito went on to pick up his first win as he fanned five and walked one.

Center fielder Carlos Torres went a perfect 3-for-3 including a double and his first home run, a solo shot in the second. He scored twice. Catcher Luis Cruz went 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in the 10th.

Saturday's game: vs. DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am EST, Luis Perdomo (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

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