Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/18/12

Sunday saw the minors go 1-2 with Quad Cities the only victor. Memphis and Springfield both fell while Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals were idle. Batavia and the GCL Cards open their seasons tonight.

New Orleans 6 at Memphis 1

Nick Additon (3-7) gave up four runs, three earned, in five as Memphis lost the final series of their home stand to New Orleans 2-3.

Additon allowed six hits and three walks, including a solo shot in the second. He fanned six. Barret Browning, Jess Todd and John Gaub bridged the scoreless gap between Additon and Adam Reifer, who allowed a two-run shot in the ninth.

Memphis' sole tally came in the second as Pete Kozma singled with one out and came across on Cedric Hunter's double. That narrowed the score to a 2-1 deficit but that is as close as the Redbirds got. Kozma and Steven Hill each had two hits while rehabbers Skip Schumaker and Matt Carpenter combined to go 0-for-7.

Monday's game: off

NW Arkansas 4 at Springfield 3

Springfield plated three runs in the final two frames but fell short, falling to NW Arkansas 4-3 at home. The S-Cards split the four-game set as a result. It was a wild contest with pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd ejected in the seventh inning due to a disagreement over the strike zone followed by catcher Audry Perez and finally manager Mike Shildt given an early exit in the eighth. Hitting coach Phil Wellman handled all three jobs at the end.

Seth Maness absorbed his first Double-A loss when he gave up three runs, earned, on eight hits and a walk in 6 1/3. Two of the four runs came on a two-run bomb in the fourth that put the Naturals on the board. Maness left a bases-loaded situation for Justin Wright who K'd the next two batters to escape with no damage.

Springfield battled back with two in the eighth on Oscar Taveras' two-run single that plated Vance Albitz and Jose Garcia. The latter two reached base via a walk and a single respectively. Michael Blazek yielded a solo shot in the ninth, his second inning of work, which turned out to be the difference in the game. Adam Melker singled with one out in the ninth and scored on Kolten Wong's seventh double of 2012. Wong was thrown out at third on the play.

Monday's game: Springfield (35-33) starts a four-game series at Arkansas (LAA) (25-43), Trevor Rosenthal (5-6, 3.01 ERA)

Palm Beach – off

Monday's game: Palm Beach (30-34) begins a three-game set at Charlotte (TB)(27-37), Chris Corrigan (1-1, 2.38 ERA)

Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 2

The River Bandits scored twice in the ninth to walk off with a 4-2 victory over Wisconsin. Quad Cities took the series 2-0 with one game cancelled due to rain.

Our Player of the Day Virgil Hill's fourth home run of the year came with Luis Mateo on board in the ninth and was the difference-maker. It made a winner out of reliever Ethan Cole, who pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his second win. Mateo singled home the game's first run in the fourth to put Quad Cities up 1-0. Kyle Hald held the Timber Rattlers to a solo shot in the fifth that tied the score at one all. He gave up four hits in five innings and did not walk a batter.

The River Bandits went back up 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Neal Pritchard opened with a double and scored on Colin Walsh's two-out single. That lead evaporated quickly when Willy Paulino gave up a run in the sixth on a walk and a double, the first of his three innings of work. That set the stage for Hill's ninth-inning performance.

Monday's game: Quad Cities is off for the Midwest League All-Star break. They resume play on the 22nd.


Monday's game: Batavia opens the season at home vs. Auburn (WSH), 7:05 pm EST, TBD

GCL Cardinals

Monday's game: The GCL Cardinals' season begins at the GCL Astros, 12:00 pm EST, TBD

DSL Cardinals – off

Monday's game: at DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am EST, Juan Perez (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

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