Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/28/12

Springfield clinched on Monday with Mike O'Neill providing the winning margin in extras. The S-Cards were the only winner as the minors went 1-4 with two postponements.

Results from games played Monday, August 27.

Omaha 11 at Memphis 7

Reliever-turned emergency starter Nick Greenwood put his team in a 5-0 hole after one as the Redbirds lost 11-7 to Omaha at home.

Greenwood (L, 3-3) replaced scheduled starter Trevor Rosenthal and began a parade of five Redbirds' relievers. The lefty allowed six hits and two walks with no strikeouts in three frames. John Gaub went the next two, yielding two runs on six hits including a solo blast. Adam Reifer coughed up a two-run shot in his only inning of work. Niether Gaub nor Reifer issued a free pass. Jorge Rondon had his third straight scoreless appearance in the seventh and eighth with two base-on-balls. Eduardo Sanchez gave up two hits and a walk that produced two tallies in the ninth.

Down 9-1 after six, Memphis displayed heart by battling back with two in the seventh and four in the ninth. Adron Chambers singled three times, touched home twice and drove in one. Eugenio Velez had two singles, two runs scored and one knocked in. Cedric Hunter's only plate appearance came in the ninth when he slammed a three-run shot. Hunter entered the game in a defensive shuffle that took place after Lance Berkman's rehab appearance ended at 0-for-4 for the night.

Tuesday's game: vs. Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-2, 5.10)

Springfield 4 vs. Arkansas 3 (11)

Player of the Day Mike O'Neill singled and scored the winning tally as Springfield edged Arkansas 4-3 in 11 to clinch the second-half North division title.

O'Neill accounted for half of his team's tallies with a three-single, one-double performance. He brought in Adam Melker in the second on his first single to make the score 2-0 and his fourth hit came with one out in the 11th. O'Neill advanced to third on a single by Kolten Wong. An intentional free pass to Greg Garcia set the table for Jermaine Curtis' game-winning single to right.

Chris Swauger led off the second with his 13th long ball of 2012. After the Travelers halved the S-Cards' lead with a solo shot in the fourth off starter Seth Maness, Springfield reclaimed a two-run lead with another tally in the bottom of the frame. Xavier Scruggs' 26th double of the season opened the inning and Melker advanced him to third with a single. Scruggs raced home on a double play.

The 3-1 lead held until the sixth when Maness allowed another home run, this one with a runner on, which tied the contest. Maness yielded five hits in seven frames with three strikeouts. He did not walk a batter, of course. Eric Fornataro and Keith Butler each kept the opposition off the board for two frames with the latter picking up his fifth win in six decisions.

Tuesday's game: vs. third-place Tulsa (COL) (29-34), 7:08 pm CT, Scott McGregor (5-2, 6.50)

Palm Beach at Charlotte – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as a double-header on Tuesday, August 28.

Tuesday's games: vs. Charlotte. Game one – 5:05 pm ET, TBA; Game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

Clinton 7 vs. Quad Cities 6 (7) – game one
Clinton 10 vs. Quad Cities 1 (7) – game two

The River Bandits dropped a twin-bill at Clinton, 7-6 and 10-1.

The majority of the first game's scoring came in the second when Quad Cities broke on top with five runs. Starter Hector Hernandez (L, 7-7) promptly gave that all back plus one then allowed another tally in the third. The southpaw gave up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and five base-on-balls in 4 1/3. Ricky Martinez prevented even further damage by stranding all three runners inherited from Hernandez. Martinez yielded a hit over the final 1 2/3.

Quad Cities managed just six hits but capitalized on two Clinton errors to knock in four unearned tallies. Stephen Piscotty had a two-run bomb to go with a single, two runs scored and one driven in. Nick Martini doubled and drove in two.

In game two, Clinton scored five in the fifth and two in the sixth to bust open a competitive 3-1 contest. Brad Watson (L, 3-4) held the LumberKings to a three-run second but did not retire any of the six batters he faced in the fifth. Watson allowed eight tallies, earned, on 10 hits, including two long balls that produced four tallies. The righty walked one and struck out two. Yunior Castillo tossed a scoreless fifth, stranding a runner, but was touched for two runs in the sixth.

Anthony Melchionda homered in the second for Quad Cities' only score. The River Bandits were held to just five hits with Piscotty having two, both doubles.

Tuesday's game: at Clinton, 6:30 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (10-6, 4.08)

Batavia at Mahoning Valley – postponed due to rain

Batavia will (try to) play two today if Isaac permits.

Tuesday's games: at fourth-place Mahoning Valley (CLE) (29-36). Game one – 6:05 pm ET, Joey Cuda (6-1, 4.01); Game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

Danville 5 at Johnson City 3

Reliever Jeff Rauh yielded single tallies in the eighth and ninth that were the difference in the game as the JC-Cards fell to Danville 5-3 at home.

Rauh (L, 3-2) forced in the tie-breaking run in the eighth on four free passes then gave up an unearned tally in the ninth on two singles and a passed ball. Juan Bautista had his fourth positive start in his last five outings, giving up three on six hits and three base-on-balls over six. The 19-year-old fanned five. Sam Tuivailala struck out two in a scoreless seventh.

Trailing 3-0 mid-way through the third, Bruce Caldwell's sac fly in the bottom of the frame knocked in Dutch Deol, who had reached via a lead-off single. Carson Kelly's ninth bomb of 2012 knotted things up in the fourth. Gerwuins Velazco opened with a single and came home ahead of Kelly.

Tuesday's game: vs. Danville, 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (4-2, 2.93)

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