Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/16/13

Springfield had all of the offense and Monday's only win across the Cardinals system as Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria combined for just two runs in their defeats.

Results from games played Monday, April 15.

Oklahoma City 11 vs. Memphis 0

Starter Nick Additon and reliever Maikel Cleto dug an inescapable hole in Memphis' 11-0 whitewashing at the hands of Oklahoma City. The loss snaps the Redbirds' minor win streak at three but they still logged their first series win of 2013, three games to one.

Additon yielded three runs in the first, then two more in the fourth, his final inning to toe the rubber. The southpaw gave up seven hits and two base-on-balls with three strikeouts. A wild pitch by Cleto led to a run in the fifth when the runner advanced from second to third and scored on a sac fly. Control was an issue for the right-hander as he gave up four walks to go with three hits, the aforementioned wild pitch and a passed ball that resulted in six tallies in 1 1/3.

One of those runs crossed with Barret Browning on the mound via a single and a sac fly. Browning fanned two with no free passes issued in 1 2/3. Keith Butler worked around a one-out double in the eighth in his Triple-A debut.

Of Memphis; five hits, Brock Peterson had three, all singles. Kolten Wong and Ryan Jackson each singled as well with Jackson drawing his team's only walk.

Tuesday's game: Memphis (5-5) at New Orleans (MIA) (6-4), 7:00 pm CT, John Gast (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

Springfield 9 vs. San Antonio 1

Springfield made nine runs stand up on Monday in a 9-1 victory over San Antonio at home. The series is evened up at one all as a result.

A day after losing to the Missions 15-9, S-Cards' pitching held the Missions to just five hits and had a shutout going until the ninth. Starter Richard Castillo (1-2) fanned six in six frames with four hits and one base-on-balls. He threw a wild pitch and hit a batter, tossing 92 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Kevin Siegrist kept San Antonio off-balance in the seventh and eighth, striking out five of the six batters he faced. The shutout ended when Kevin Thomas yielded a solo shot to begin the ninth.

Ruben Gotay, our Player of the Day, had a double and two singles in four at bats to lead Springfield's hit parade. The third baseman accounted for six of his squad's nine tallies, touching home twice and knocking in four more.

Tommy Pham continued his power parade with his second long ball in as many games. Pham added a single to his solo blast and joined Chris Swauger and Neal Pritchard with two hits apiece. Jake Lemmerman walked and scored twice while Adam Melker's sole hit was a two-run bomb that was part of a six-run seventh that blew the game open.

Tuesday's game: Springfield (4-7) vs. San Antonio (6-5), 11:09 am CT, Scott McGregor (1-1, 2.45 ERA)

Fort Myers 4 vs. Palm Beach 1

Starter Travis Miller could not finish the fifth as the Beach Birds (7-4) fell to unbeaten Fort Myers 4-1 on the road.

Miller held the Miracle (11-0) scoreless through four but three consecutive singles followed by a sac fly, a passed ball and a free pass got him the hook with two out in the fifth. Miller (0-2) gave up two runs, earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out three. He threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk. Iden Nazario stranded two of Miller's runners before yielding three hits over the next two innings. Nazario struck out five in 2 1/3.

Palm Beach finally pushed one across in the top of the eighth to trim the deficit to 2-1. Matt Williams bunted for a single, advancing to second on an errant throw by Fort Myers' third baseman. Ronny Gil's sac bunt advanced Williams to third and James Ramsey's single with two outs brought him across. Ramsey singled twice for the only multi-hit performance by a PB-Card. The one-run gap did not last long due to Jose Almarante's eighth-inning performance. Almarante sandwiched a triple around two singles allowed for two more Miracle tallies.

Tuesday's game: at Fort Myers, 2:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-0, 0.82 ERA)

Burlington 6 at Peoria 1

Peoria (4-6) continues to flounder, dropping their third straight decision, this time 6-1 to Burlington (6-5) at home.

The Chiefs scored their only tally in the first when Jacob Wilson singled home Alex Mejia after the latter got aboard on a single, then advanced to third on a two-out single by Jordan Walton. That was the highlight of Peoria's offense. They matched the Bees' seven hits but went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. Gerwuins Velazco doubled and singled to lead the Chiefs.

Kyle Helisek followed an productive first start with a dismal second one. The lefty allowed four in the second and two in the fourth on six hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman in six. Helisek struck out six.

Corey Baker fanned three over two innings, yielding just one hit while not issuing a free pass. Dixon Llorens skirted around two walks by fanning two in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: vs. Burlington, 6:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

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