Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/06/12

Chris Swauger's big bat drove Springfield to a playoff victory on Wednesday but Batavia's playoff dreams evaporated as they lost two to close the regular season.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 5.

Springfield 8 at Tulsa 6 (10)

The S-Cards rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to take game one of their Texas League playoff series at Tulsa 8-6 in 10.

Springfield rode their rally on the path of the long ball, which produced seven of their eight tallies. Player of the Day Chris Swauger channeled his inner Mark McGwire with a three-home run performance. The outfielder ignited the scoring with a shot to left to begin the fifth. His second solo blast went over the right field wall in the sixth to narrow the gap to 6-3. Swauger's third bomb came with Jermaine Curtis (single) aboard in the 10th and broke a six-all tie.

Greg Garcia's only hit of the game was huge, a three-run blast in the eighth that sent the contest into extras. Oscar Taveras singled with one out and advanced to second when Jamie Romak was hit by a pitch. Both crossed on Garcia's slam. The Cardinals produced their non-home run score in the fifth when Xavier Scruggs singled, advanced on a walk to Mike O'Neill and raced home on Kolten Wong's single. Scruggs went 2-for-4 and joined Swauger as the only Springfield players with multi-hit games.

Eric Fornataro earned the win by shutting down the Drillers on two hits over two. The sixth-round selection in the June 2008 draft pitched in relief of starter Carlos Martinez, who had a very off night. Martinez lasted just four innings, coughing up six tallies, earned, on seven hits and three base-on-balls. The scores were split evenly over the first three frames, partially the result of two two-run home runs.

Justin Wright was perfect over two and Deryk Hooker faced the minimum in the seventh before giving way to Fornataro for the eighth and ninth. Keith Butler tossed a scoreless 10th for the save.

Thursday's game: at Tulsa, 8:05 pm CT, Seth Maness (0-0, ---)

Jamestown 1 vs. Batavia 0 (7) – game one
Jamestown 3 vs. Batavia 2 (7) – game two

Batavia's playoff hopes died midway through a double-header sweep by host Jamestown on Wednesday, 1-0 and 3-2. It was the final day of the New York-Penn League regular season.

Game one was a classic pitching duel, with each squad held to three hits over the first 5 1/2. The Jammers took the lead when pushing across a run off Cory Baker in the sixth, his second inning on the bump. Baker allowed a lead-off double and RBI single that frame along with two hit batsmen. Starter Tyler Melling fanned three over four with three hits given up. All three of Batavia's hits were singles.

After just one out in game two, starter Tim Cooney had dug a 3-0 hole from which the Muckdogs were unable to climb. All three tallies were earned and came on two hits and a walk in Cooney's sole inning of work. Joe Scanio struck out three in two frames with two hits while Kevin Jacob tossed two perfect frames with two strikeouts.

Batavia's first run crossed in the second when David Washington opened with a single. The first baseman advanced to second on a single by Kolby Bryd, then scooted to third on a wild pitch. Washington touched home on Roberto De La Cruz' groundout. Jacob Wilson's sixth-inning solo bomb accounted for the Muckdogs' other score. Matthew Young singled twice for two of his squad's six hits.

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