Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/08/13

Memphis and Springfield were both victorious in close contests that featured strong pitching performances, particularly by Boone Whiting. Palm Beach dropped another game while Peoria was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 7.

Memphis 3 vs. Sacramento 2

Nick Additon fanned eight over six frames in Memphis' 3-2 victory over Sacramento at home.

Additon (W, 2-1) yielded back-to-back solo bombs to begin the third, two of the four hits permitted by the 25-year-old. He tossed 88 pitches, 57 for strikes, with six ground outs and two fly outs. Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs each pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a single. Boggs issued the only free pass by Redbirds hurlers. Victor Marte struck out two of three faced in the ninth for his seventh save.

Memphis (17-13) notched single tallies in the first, fifth and sixth on nine total hits. Kolten Wong singled twice in four at bats with one scored and another driven in. Brock Peterson singled and doubled in four at bats while crossing home plate once. Greg Garcia went 2-for-3 with a double and touched home one time. Oscar Taveras' only hit in four at bats was a double that knocked in Wong in the first.

Wednesday's game: vs. Sacramento (17-15), 11:05 am CT, Maikel Cleto (0-1, 10.95)

Springfield 2 vs. Tulsa 0

Boone Whiting bounced back from two sub-par outings with his strongest start to date this season as Springfield (16-14) shut out Tulsa 2-0 at home.

Whiting, our Player of the Day, limited the Drillers (15-16) to just four hits over seven while fanning seven with four ground outs and eight fly outs. The California native threw 80 pitches, 59 for strikes and hit a batter. Kevin Siegrist tiptoed around a lead-off triple in the eighth due to a swinging K, fielder's choice at home and called strikeout. Michael Blazek picked up his sixth save of 2013 although he yielded a one-out single and two-out base-on-balls. That was the only free pass issued by Cardinals' hurlers in the game.

Both of the S-Cards' tallies crossed in the third on a two-out double by Ruben Gotay that brought in Whiting and Mike O'Neill. Whiting reached on a force at second when his attempted sac bunt went awry. O'Neill beat out a grounder to short that advanced Whiting to second. Xavier Scruggs continues to swing a hot bat with a single and double in three at bats plus drew a walk. Scruggs had one-third of his squad's hit total.

Wednesday's game: Off. Springfield faces Northwest Arkansas for four, beginning on Thursday.

Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (14-18) lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games, this one a 3-0 shutout by the Phillies' A-Advanced franchise. The Cards will try to prevent a four-game sweep at Clearwater's hands Wednesday.

Although Tim Cooney held the Threshers to two tallies, once earned, on four hits over seven, he saw his record drop to 3-3 due to a lack of offensive support. The southpaw struck out six, with nine ground outs and five fly outs. He hit a batter. Lee Stoppelman gave up an unearned run on two singles and an error in the eighth, the first of his two innings of work. Neither pitcher yielded a base-on-balls.

The Beach Birds out hit Clearwater nine to six but only put four runners into scoring position while stranding eight overall. Jonathan Rodriguez and Ronny Gil each singled twice. Stephen Piscotty singled once in two at bats with two walks.

Wednesday's game: vs. Clearwater (16-15), TBA

Peoria - off

Tuesday was a travel day for the third-place Chiefs (14-12) who set out on a 12-game road trip. First stop is fellow third-place inhabitant Beloit (OAK) for four, including a double-header on Thursday then on to their former home at Quad Cities (HOU) where they have a double-header on Saturday plus games on Sunday and Monday. Peoria's final stop on the trip will be Kane County (CHC) for a four-game series which wraps up with yet another double-header next Thursday, the 16th.

Wednesday's game: at Beloit (15-13), 6:30 pm CT, Josh Lucas (0-1, 12.46)

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