Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/29/13

The system went 3-3 on Sunday as Memphis swept two pitching duels and Springfield split its doubleheader. Palm Beach and Peoria lost.

Results from games played Sunday, April 28.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 0 (7) – game one
Memphis 2 at Nashville 1 (7) – game two

Pitching was the theme of the day in Memphis' doubleheader sweep at Nashville, 1-0 and 2-1. The Redbirds' record improves to 13-9.

In game one, John Gast, our co-Player of the Day, extended his 2013 consecutive scoreless innings streak and team record to 29 2/3 innings while picking up his third win in as many decisions. Gast held the Sounds to a single, a double and a base-on-balls over five while fanning seven. Nashville's main threat against the southpaw came in the first when the 24-year-old allowed a lead off single before plunking a batter with one out. Gast escaped with a swinging K and a 3-1 ground out. Victor Marte was perfect in the sixth before yielding a single to begin the seventh. Marte wild-pitched the tying run to second but notched the final two outs for his fifth save.

Number three batter Oscar Taveras accounted for Memphis' only tally when he lined one over the right field wall in the third. Taveras was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a single, home run and a walk. Ryan Jackson had a perfect game as well, singling three times in three at bats. A single by Justin Christian was the only other hit for the Redbirds.

In the game two bullpen start, Nick Greenwood, Sam Freeman and Eric Fornataro joined forces to hold Nashville to a single tally. Greenwood, making his second start in five appearances, allowed four singles over the first three, hitting one batter and being charged with a wild pitch. The lefty struck out two with four ground outs and one fly out. Freeman was credited with his first win in his first decision of 2013 when he worked around one-out doubles in both the fourth and fifth. He fanned two. Two of the three outs recorded by Fornataro in the sixth were strikeouts. The 25-year-old picked up his first save of the season, though he gave up a run on two singles and a balk in the seventh.

The Redbirds capitalized on a catcher interference call against Nashville to begin the third to score an unearned tally. Travis Tartamella was the recipient of that call and he advanced to second on a sac bunt by Greenwood. Christian's line drive single to center brought Tartamella across for a 1-0 lead. Christian led off the game with a double and his two hits comprised half of his team's total. The difference in the contest was Chad Huffman's second long ball of 2013, a solo bomb with two out in the seventh.

Monday's game: at Albuquerque (12-11) (LAD), 7:35 pm CT, Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.96)

Springfield 15 vs. Arkansas 2 (7) – game one
Arkansas 1 at Springfield 0 (7) – game two

It was feast and famine for the S-Cards' offense as they destroyed visiting Arkansas 15-2 in the opener but were shut out 1-0 in the nightcap.

Going into game one of Sunday's doubleheader, the S-Cards (11-12) had a three-game losing skid in which they scored a total of eight runs. They plated that many runners in the fifth inning alone in the 15-3 game one blowout. The fifth began and ended with right fielder Chris Swauger, who worked a free pass to open the frame and capped the inning with a grand slam. Swauger, who had six RBIs, joined Ruben Gotay, Adam Melker and Jake Lemmerman on the two-hit squad but all four took a back seat to left fielder Mike O'Neill. O'Neill, our co-Player of the Day, had a perfect game at the plate, singling four times in four at bats with a base-on-balls and three runs scored.

One of Lemmerman's hits was a solo shot in the sixth, his third long ball of 2013. The shortstop touched home three times and walked once. Gotay and Swauger both crossed home twice while Melker doubled two times and scored once. All nine Redbirds scored at least once.

Scott McGregor upped his record to 3-1 by scattering six hits over six innings with five strikeouts. The only mark against him came in the fifth when he yielded a tally on a single-double-sac fly combination. McGregor did not issue a free pass. Kevin Thomas gave up a lead-off home run in the seventh, one of two hits and a base-on-balls allowed by the right-hander.

Anthony Ferrara took the tough luck loss in game two when he yielded a home run to start the second, one of four hits he gave up in five frames. The Florida native struck out five with one base-on-balls as his record slipped to 2-2. Deryk Hooker and Dean Kiekhefer had identical pitching lines of one strikeout over one inning while facing the minimum.

The S-Cards managed only four hits and O'Neill's two singles were half of them. O'Neill went 6-for-6 in the doubleheader with two walks and three runs scored. He swiped his fourth bag of the season in game two but was picked off first after singling to open the first.

Monday's game: vs. Arkansas (11-12), 11:09 am CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 2.70)

Daytona 7 vs. Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach (13-10) continued a recent pattern of playing .500 ball as they were dropped 7-4 by host Daytona.

Scott Gorgen (L, 1-1) allowed four tallies, earned, on four hits, including a two-run long ball, in 3 2/3. Control was a major problem for the right-hander as he issued four free passes as well. Gorgen struck out two, was called for a balk and picked a runner off first.

Jose Almarante recorded the final out to strand one of Gorgen's runners in the fourth but then coughed up two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 2 1/3. Brandon Creath tossed the final two frames, giving up a tally on three hits and a base-on-balls.

Red-hot Nick Longmire singled twice with a double in five at bats in the lead-off spot. The centerfielder touched home once and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Shortstop Matt Williams' first long ball of 2013 was a two-run shot in ninth to go with two walks while Stephen Piscotty smashed his fourth home run of the season, a solo blast in the sixth.

Monday's game: at Daytona (11-12), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 4.09)

Bowling Green 9 vs. Peoria 4

Tyrell Jenkins could not finish the third inning in Peoria's 9-4 loss at Bowling Green in the opener of their three-game set. The Chiefs' record falls to 10-10.

Jenkins (L, 0-2) issued five free passes in 2 1/3 to go with four hits, resulting in a two-run first and three-run third. He fanned two. Joey Donofrio froze Jenkins' runner at third with a ground out to first and a called strikeout to end the frame. Donofrio kept the opposition off the board in the fourth and fifth before running into trouble in the sixth. The UC-Berkeley product issued a base-on-balls then a single and two-run double that brought Dixon Llorens into the contest. A two-run long ball served up by Llorens with one out cleared the bases. Llorens settled down, allowing only that tally on two hits without a walk over the final three.

Patrick Wisdom continues his climb out of an early-season slump, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Wisdom has a line of .289/.357/.684/1.041 over his last 10 games. Unfortunately for Peoria, his three hits were half of the team's total. C.J. McElroy singled once in three at bats with a walk and his second stolen base of 2013. Although Carson Kelly went hitless in two at bats, he did work a free pass in addition to a sac bunt.

Monday's game: at Bowling Green (16-6), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (1-1, 5.94)

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