Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/13/13

Springfield won and Memphis fell by identical scores, the latter in extras. Great days at the plate by Breyvic Valera and Alex Mejia resulted in a victory by Peoria. Palm Beach was off.

Results from games played Sunday, May 12.

Fresno 7 at Memphis 4 (11 innings)

Four singles and a base-on-balls by Barret Browning triggered a three-run 11th as Memphis (19-16) fell to Fresno 7-4 at home. The denizens of AutoZone Park have dropped the first two of four against the Grizzlies.

Browning, the seventh Redbirds hurler of the contest, saw his record fall to 0-2 when he gave up three tallies in his first inning of work. Although the lefty fanned two, his stint on the bump wasted Nick Additon's second straight quality start. Additon struck out six over six frames, yielding two runs in the first and five hits overall. He did not walk a batter.

Additon departed with his squad up 4-2, thanks to a run in the first, two in the third and one more in the sixth. The tallies came on 12 Memphis hits, led by Kolten Wong who doubled, singled twice in five at bats and touched home once. Ryan Jackson and Justin Christian both doubled and singled while Jackson added a base-on-balls, a run scored and joined Christian with an RBI. Oscar Taveras had two singles in five at bats while crossing once. He sustained a right ankle injury in a successful steal in the ninth and was helped off the field, gaving way to a pinch runner. Chad Huffman's fourth long ball of 2013 came when he pinch hit for Additon in the bottom of the sixth.

The home team's lead lasted only until Eduardo Sanchez took the mound in the seventh. Sanchez yielded a lead-off bomb plus two free passes and a single that tied things up at four all in just one-third of an inning. Sam Freeman finished the frame before Eric Fornataro, Victor Marte and Marc Rzepczynski each tossed a scoreless frame. Rzepczynski fanned two and gave up a two-out single in his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance covering 7 1/3 innings.

Monday's game: vs. Fresno (20-18), 7:05 pm CT, Maikel Cleto (1-1, 7.79)

Springfield 7 vs. Northwest Arkansas 4

A four-run second paced Springfield (18-16) to a 7-4 victory over visiting Northwest Arkansas (13-21) that salvaged a split of their four-game set.

Leading 1-0 going into the second, the S-Cards began with three straight singles, a walk and another single that knocked in three. A sac fly by Xavier Scruggs brought the inning's final tally across. Springfield finished their scoring with a straight number in the third and fourth.

Seven of nine Cardinals registered at least one hit with Mike O'Neill having the only multi-hit game. O'Neill singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI on a sac fly. His sac fly was one of four by Springfield with Chris Swauger, Cody Stanley and the aforementioned Scruggs having the others. Stanley and Jake Lemmerman were the only two S-Cards to go hitless but each contributed to the win. Stanley touched home once in addition to his RBI while Lemmerman drew three free passes and scored a tally. Tommy Pham's only hit, a single, knocked in two.

Anthony Ferrara (W, 3-3) bounced back from a truly dreadful outing against Tulsa in which he yielded seven runs in 4 1/3 by holding the Naturals to three tallies on six hits and three base-on-balls over six. All three runs crossed in the fourth with two of the three the results of a long ball, the seventh of the year permitted by the lefty in 28 1/3. He struck out three with seven ground outs and two fly outs.

Justin Wright worked around two singles in the seventh but could not retire either batter faced in the eighth. Both singled and one of the two came across under Keith Butler's watch. Butler entered with runners at the corners and yielded a force at second that allowed a runner to score. The righty picked up his fifth save with a hit given up over the final two frames.

Monday's game: at Tulsa (16-19) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (15-20) opens a four-game series at home against the Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET), beginning on Monday the 13th.

Monday's game: vs. Lakeland (13-21), 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 3.60)

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 2

Three-hit performances by Breyvic Valera and Alex Mejia led to Peoria's 4-2 triumph over host Quad Cities. The Chiefs (17-16) lead two to one and will go for the series win Monday.

Valera and Mejia, our co-Players of the Day, combined for six of their squad's seven hits and scored all of their runs. Valera had two singles and a double in five at bats in the lead-off slot and touched home three times. Mejia batted right behind him, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two driven in. Jacob Wilson, Peoria's number three batter, was the only Chief not named Valera or Mejia to have a hit. The designated hitter singled once in three at bats with a sac fly.

Kyle Helisek upped his record to 3-1 with the only mark against him over six frames being a two-run blast in the fourth that gave the River Bandits a temporary 2-1 lead. Helisek gave up three hits and three free passes and was the pitcher of record when Peoria broke a two-all tie with two in the top of the seventh. He struck out five with four ground outs and six fly outs.

Joey Donofrio kept Quad Cities off the board over the seventh and eighth on one hit. It is the fifth straight scoreless appearance covering 5 1/3 innings by 31st round selection in June 2013. He is holding the opposition to a .152 batting average. Zach Petrick tiptoed around a lead-off single and one out walk in the ninth for his fifth save.

Monday's game: at Quad Cities (20-15), 11:00 am CT, Josh Lucas (0-2, 9.72)

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