Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/29/13

The minors laid a goose egg on Tuesday as all four teams went down to defeat. Adam Melker was one of the few offensive bright spots as a total of four runs were scored in three of the four losses.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 28.

Albuquerque 7 at Memphis 2

In his Triple-A debut, Carlos Martinez gave his squad a solid start, but Memphis fell to Albuquerque 7-2 at home.

Martinez yielded a single in each of the first two frames, along with an intentional walk, a wild pitch and three innings of scoreless ball. The 21-year-old fanned four with two ground outs and three fly outs. He threw 43 pitches, 25 for strikes in his Triple-A debut as he stretches back into a starting role after spending time in St. Louis' bullpen.

Scheduled as Martinez' piggyback starter, Nick Additon took his second loss in five decisions when he gave up four tallies, two earned, on nine hits and two base-on-balls over four. The lefty struck out five. Jorge Rondon was pretty awful in the eighth, with three runs allowed on three hits and two walks. Sam Freeman escaped a bases-loaded jam of his own doing in the ninth. Freeman issued two free passes and a single but fanned two to put a zero in the run column.

The Redbirds (26-24) were held to just four hits with Brock Peterson collecting two of them. His single in the third plated Rob Johnson (fielding error) and Adron Chambers (walk) and gave Memphis a temporary 2-0 lead. Peterson later added a double. Chambers was issued three free passes and Greg Garcia two.

Wednesday's game: vs. Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, Maikel Cleto (2-2, 4.68)

Frisco 6 vs. Springfield 5

Springfield brought its losing streak on the road and were clipped by Frisco 6-5. The S-Cards (24-25) streak now stands at five and counting.

Two long balls given up by Tim Cooney (L, 2-2) were the difference in the contest. Cooney served up a three-run shot in the first then duplicated that in the sixth. He allowed six hits and two base-on-balls in all to go with two hit batsmen over 5 1/3. Cooney fanned five. Kevin Thomas struck out five over the final 2 2/3 with one hit allowed.

Adam Melker's two bombs comprised half of his team's runs. Melker, our Player of the Day, had a solo blast in the fourth to cut the Redbirds' deficit to 3-2 and added a two-run home run in the sixth that brought in Ruben Gotay (double). Melker worked a base-on-balls as well. Gotay added two singles and a walk with an RBI.

Wednesday's game: at Frisco (30-21), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (2-4, 6.92)

Charlotte 2 at Palm Beach 1

A two-run eighth yielded by Kyle Hald resulted in Palm Beach's 2-1 defeat by Charlotte at home.

Three of the 10 hits scattered by Hald (L, 1-4) in eight frames came that inning and produced the winning margin. Hald walked one and struck out two with seven ground outs and six fly outs. Iden Nazario tossed a perfect ninth.

The Beach Birds' lone tally came in the bottom of the eighth when Anthony Garcia was plunked and came around to score on a double by Juan Castillo. Castillo had both of his team's hits. A free pass issued to Jonathan Rodriguez accounted for Palm Beach's only other base runner.

Wednesday's game: vs. Charlotte (22-28), 6:35 pm ET, Kurt Heyer (3-2, 3.40)

Burlington 5 vs. Peoria 1 (7) - game one

After an 84-minute rain delay, Silfredo Garcia took a complete game loss in the first of a scheduled double-header in Burlington. Game two was postponed due to rain and is re-scheduled as part of a twin-bill Wednesday.

Garcia allowed a two-run bomb in the fourth plus a three-run sixth to drop his record to 1-1. The right-hander's eight strikeouts matched his eight hits given up over six. He induced seven ground outs to one fly out and did not issue a free pass.

The Chiefs finally got on the board when Gerwuins Velazco led off the sixth with a line drive single up the middle. Velazco advanced on a ground out and raced home on a single by Ildemaro Vargas. Carson Kelly singled twice in three at bats and was the only Peoria player with more than one hit.

Wednesday's games: at Burlington. Game one – 4:00 pm CT, Cory Jones (season debut), Game two – following Game one, Tyrell Jenkins (3-3, 4.46)

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