Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/17/13

The minors won three and lost one on Tuesday. Memphis got a shut out, Springfield and Peoria both won by two but Palm Beach went down to defeat.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 16.

Memphis 4 at New Orleans 0

John Gast, Eric Fornataro and Sam Freeman combined for a six-hit shutout at New Orleans on Tuesday. The Redbirds are 4-1 on their current road trip with three more to play.

Gast, our Player of the Day, had his longest outing of the young season, going seven plus frames with six hits and a base-on-balls allowed. The 24-year-old induced 11 ground outs to one fly out with four strikeouts on 84 pitches, 55 for strikes. He exited after allowing a walk and single to open the eighth.

In the eighth, Fornataro got a line out to left before hitting a batter to jam the sacks full. Fornataro was helped by a force at home before giving way to Freeman. The lefty retired all four batters he faced, two via strikeout, for his first save.

After the first six Redbirds went down in order, Jermaine Curtis began the scoring following a lead-off walk in the third. The third baseman raced home on a double by J.R. Towles. Towles scored on a two-out triple by Kolten Wong, his second three-base hit of 2013.

Memphis' other two tallies came in the eighth when Ryan Jackson singled in Brock Peterson after the latter got aboard on a throwing error and went to second on a Chad Huffman single. Justin Christian pinch ran for Huffman and touched home on a line drive single to center by Curtis. Jackson and Wong each had two of their squad's eight hits and Curtis worked two free passes.

Wednesday's game: at New Orleans, 7:00 pm CT, Seth Maness (1-1, 2.77)

Springfield 3 vs. San Antonio 1

Tommy Pham and Jake Lemmerman joined forces for two runs in the first and Springfield received solid pitching in downing San Antonio, 3-1.

Pham led off the game with a triple and dashed home when Lemmerman singled up the middle. Lemmerman advanced to third on a single to left by Ruben Gotay and crossed on a one-out single by Chris Swauger. Pham, Lemmerman and Gotay each had two hits for Springfield. Lemmerman was hit by a pitch, swiped his first bag of the year but was charged with his fourth error.

The score remained 2-0 until the Missions plated one in the top of the fourth off starter Scott McGregor (2-1). The S-Cards got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Travis Tartamella lined a double to left. Tartamella scored the unearned tally on a 5-3 ground out that produced a missed catch error on the pitcher. Deryk Hooker gave up one hit while fanning one in the seventh and eighth. Michael Blazek pitched around a lead-off single in the ninth for his first save since 2010. It was the Cards' first save opportunity since Keith Butler's promotion to Memphis.

Wednesday's game: Off. Springfield travels to Arkansas for four games beginning on Thursday.

Fort Myers 7 vs. Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach came out on the losing end of a contest that saw four lead changes and a grand slam, falling 7-4 at Fort Myers.

The Miracle took an early lead, scoring the first of three tallies off starter Kyle Hald. The Beach Birds drove in two in the third for their first lead but Fort Myers tied it up in their half of the inning and re-took the lead with one in the fourth. Hald gave up eight hits and two walks over six while striking out one. He departed with the score even at three, thanks to a Cardinals run in the top of the sixth.

Palm Beach moved on top once again with a tally in the seventh but a grand slam off Brandon Creath (0-2) in the bottom of the frame put the visitors behind for good. Creath simply did not have it, yielding three hits and two base-on-balls while retiring just once batter. Lee Stoppelman limited the damage when he induced a 5-6-3 double play to strand two inherited runners. Stoppelman struck out two of the three he retired in the eighth.

Seven different Cardinals contributed to Palm Beach's eight hits. Tyler Rahmatulla singled twice in four at bats and touched home twice. Colin Walsh drove in two while FSL Player of the Week James Ramsey and Matt Williams each drew two free passes. Ramsey knocked in a run and Williams scored one.

Wednesday's game: at Fort Myers, 7:05 pm ET, Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 2.45)

Peoria 7 vs. Burlington 5

The Chiefs fought back from an early 4-0 deficit with tallies in three straight innings to top Burlington 7-5 at home. The win evens up the series at one game each.

Starter Joey Cuda was bitten both by sloppy fielding and his own wildness. The right-hander allowed two runs in each of the first two frames, although only one was earned due to a fielding error in each inning. Cuda issued three free passes and threw two wild pitches in addition to five hits in two innings.

Mike Aldrete (1-0) took over in the third and held the Bees while Peoria's offense got to work. The Chiefs got on the score board with a manufactured run in the third, thanks to a single by Nick Martini, balk, ground out and wild pitch. Burlington's starter exited after three and Peoria pounced on his relief for four runs on three singles, a walk, a wild pitch and a two-run double by Jacob Wilson.

That output gave the home team a slim 5-4 advantage but a solo blast to begin the fifth off Aldrete knotted the game at five all. The home run was one of only three hits permitted by the right-hander over three innings. Aldrete did not walk a batter.

Ildemaro Vargas' first triple of the season kicked off the bottom of the fifth and the second baseman crossed on the second of Breyvic Valera's three singles on the game.

The Chiefs added an insurance run in the eighth when Martini reached on a throwing error then swiped his first two bags of 2013 and came home on the second steal due to an errant throw by the Bees' catcher. Jordan Walton and Wilson each had two hits while Charlie Tilson worked two free passes and Martini scored twice.

Wednesday's game: vs. Burlington, 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (0-1, 4.50)

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