Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/25/12

Sunday saw the minors go 4-2 with Memphis, Springfield, Batavia and Johnson City all winning. JC carried a no-hitter into the ninth. Palm Beach and Quad Cities both went down to defeat. The GCL and DSL Cardinals had the day off.

Memphis 11 at New Orleans 2

Memphis scored in each of the first four innings on the way to an 11-2 road pounding of New Orleans. The Redbirds (28-49) stand 19 games behind Omaha (KC).

Player of the Day Matt Adams had two home runs among his three hits, including a solo shot in the first that gave Memphis a lead they never lost. He added a two-run blast in the sixth that made the score 10-1. Adams scored three times as did Steven Hill. Hill had three hits, including a double and a solo homer, and drove in two. Bryan Anderson added a three-run long ball in the third that was part of his three hits for the game.

Brandon Dickson earned his third win by scattering eight hits over seven frames to hold the Zephyrs to a single tally. He did not walk a batter. Jess Todd allowed a run in the eighth on two hits and a walk. Chuckie Fick tossed a scoreless ninth.

Monday's game: at New Orleans, 7:00 pm CT, John Gast (4-1, 4.57 ERA)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 3

A five-run sixth was the difference in the game as Springfield upended Tulsa 5-3 on the road. The S-Cards (3-2) are tied for first with Arkansas (LAA), a game in front of Northwest Arkansas (KC) and Tulsa (COL) in the second half.

With the Cards trailing 2-0, Oscar Taveras' 15th home run of 2012 was a three-run shot that put Springfield up. Xavier Scruggs followed Taveras with a double and he was plated on Audry Perez' single. Perez eventually scored the Cardinals' final run on a single by Adam Melker.

Richard Castillo picked up his fifth win against one loss by holding the Drillers to three runs, earned, on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3. Castillo scored the team's first run when he singled to open the sixth and came across on Taveras' bomb. Deryk Hooker inherited a two-on, one-out situation in the seventh and induced a double-play ball to get out of the jam. He retired the side in the eighth while Keith Butler sealed the victory with his 15th save in the ninth.

Monday's game: @ Tulsa, 12:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 1

Kevin Siegrist held the Threshers to a single unearned run through five but it was not enough as the Beach Birds fell 3-1 at home. In the second half, Palm Beach (1-3) sits in sixth place, 1 ½ games behind both Jupiter (MIA) and St. Lucie (NYM).

Siegrist's first action since May 24th was positive as he fanned six and gave up just one hit and two walks. The unearned run came in the fourth and allowed Clearwater to tie the score. Nick Gillung was charged with his third loss when he allowed two runs in the seventh on a walk that was followed by a home run. Dean Kiekhefer tossed two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals' only run came in the third when newly-returned Vance Albitz opened with a single. Albitz advanced on a ground out and promptly stole third. He came across on a single to short by Mike O'Neill. Those two hits were all the Palm Beach batters would muster for the game.

Monday's game: vs. Clearwater, 6:35 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (4-5, 3.29 ERA)

Peoria 12, Quad Cities 11

A 16-hit, 11-run game was not enough as Quad Cities fell 12-11 on the road. The River Bandits (2-1) still took the series 2-1 and are now in a three-way tie for second, a game behind Burlington (OAK).

Quad Cities led 7-3 midway through three but could not hold it as starter Kyle Hald (3-4) gave up eight runs on 10 hits in just 3 1/3. Four of the eight runs were unearned and came as part of the six errors the River Bandits committed. Three of the errors were by second baseman Colin Walsh on throws. Bob Revesz allowed a three-run shot in the sixth and Travis Miller gave up the Chiefs' final tally in the seventh.

Anthony Garcia was a perfect 4-for-4 for the River Bandits with three runs scored and three driven in. One of his four hits was a two-run shot in the seventh that narrowed the gap to 11-9. First baseman Roberto De La Cruz drove in three on two hits, including a double. He also committed two errors. Juan Castillo and Walsh each scored twice.

Monday's game: Quad Cities has a three-game series at winless Wisconsin (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-4, 4.19 ERA)

Batavia 4 at Jamestown 1

Batavia scored two in the first on their way to a 4-1 victory over host Jamestown. The Muckdogs (3-4) are tied with the Jammers (MIA), two games behind State College (PIT).

Garrett Wittels went 2-for-4 and scored twice to pace Batavia. Roberto Reyes, David Bergin and Gary Apelian each drove in a run with Apelian and Anthony Melchionda scoring once.

Ben Freeman picked up his first win by scattering seven hits over 6 2/3. The only blemish was a solo home run in the fourth that made the score 2-1. He struck out five. Brandon Creath gave up a hit in 1 1/3 and Yunier Castillo worked around two hits in the ninth to earn his first professional save.

Monday's game: Batavia hosts three vs. first-place State College, 7:05 pm EST, Tyler Melling (0-0, 6.23 ERA)

Johnson City 4 at Bluefield 2

Johnson City scored three in the second and one in the fourth to win over Bluefield 4-2 on the road. The Cardinals (3-3) took the series 2-1 and are now tied for second with Elizabethton (MIN), a game behind Greeneville (HOU).

Third baseman Carson Kelly collected his first professional hits with a 2-for-4 game that saw him score once and drive in one. First baseman Michael Knox added a solo shot in the fourth for his second bomb of the short season.

Cory Jones fanned five in the first three innings, holding the Blue Jays hitless on two walks. Mike Aldrete picked up his first win by issuing just a walk in his three-inning stint. Jeff Rauh continued the no-hit shutout through his two innings on the mound but Ronnie Shaban ended both the combined no-hitter and the shut out when he allowed two runs, earned, on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

Monday's game: Johnson City's road trip continues with three at Pulaski (SEA), 7:00 pm EST, Juan Bautista (1-0, 0.00 ERA) GCL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm EST, Kender Villegas (0-0, 2.25 ERA) DSL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: vs. DSL Athletics, 10:30 am EST, Juan Perez (0-2, 8.31 ERA)

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