Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/12/13

Memphis took a twin-bill while Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals both ended up in the win column. Springfield went down to defeat and Peoria was eliminated from the first-half race.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 11.

Memphis 9 vs. New Orleans 2 (7 innings) - game one
Memphis 5 vs. New Orleans 4 (7) - game two

The Redbirds swept a pair from the Zephyrs at home, 9-2 and 5-4. Memphis (34-32) maintains a four-game lead over Iowa (CHC) and Omaha (KC) in the American Northern division.

In game one, the Redbirds pushed across four in the first and five in the second to take a 9-2 lead after two. Chad Huffman, Oscar Taveras and Greg Garcia each had two hits in three at bats with Huffman and Taveras also working a base-on-balls. One of Huffman's hits was his sixth long ball of 2013 to kick off the second. The left fielder touched home twice.

Taveras doubled once and crossed twice as well, driving in two. Both of Garcia's hits were doubles to go with a run scored and two knocked in. Rob Johnson's only hit in three at bats was his seventh bomb of the season, a three-run blast in the second. Jermaine Curtis went 1-for-2 with a free pass while touching home twice.

Boone Whiting's fourth win in five decisions was a seven-inning complete game. Whiting yielded eight hits and a base-on-balls that resulted in two tallies in the second. The 23-year-old fanned six with five ground outs to seven fly outs and tossed 104 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Travis Tartamella's two-out single in the seventh brought in Brock Peterson to give Memphis a walk-off winner in the nightcap. The Redbirds led 4-1 after five behind a fine performance by starter Richard Castillo, but things went south in the sixth. Castillo departed after issuing a one-out free pass and Michael Blazek allowed that runner plus two of his own to cross on three singles and a walk in 2/3 of a frame. Castillo allowed five hits and two base-on-balls in 5 1/3 with four strikeouts.

Victor Marte tossed a perfect seventh for the win. Former Redbird Adam Reifer tossed two scoreless frames for New Orleans and has not been scored upon in five appearances to date.

Peterson singled and doubled in three at bats with his seventh-inning free pass proving decisive. Peterson and Jaime Romak each scored twice with Romak driving in two on his 12th home run of 2013. Justin Christian went 2-for-4 while touching home once. Oscar Taveras struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Wednesday's game: vs. New Orleans (32-34), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.79)

Tulsa 4 vs. Springfield 3

The S-Cards could not hold a late innings lead, falling to host Tulsa 4-3. That gave the Drillers the series win, three games to one. Springfield (30-32) slid into third place in the tight North Division race, a game behind Arkansas (LAA) and a half-game in back of Tulsa (COL).

Ryan Sherriff took a 3-1 lead into the eighth on nine hits and a base-on-balls but got the hook after yielding a lead-off single. Kevin Thomas gave up a double that plated Sherriff's runner before issuing a two-out free pass. Deryk Hooker relieved Thomas and allowed two hits that brought both runners across and saddled Thomas with his third loss in five decisions.

Springfield managed 10 hits but went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Lead-off hitter Mike O'Neill and number six batter Starlin Rodriguez each singled twice with O'Neill, Chris Swauger and Xavier Scruggs touching home once.

Wednesday's game: at fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (20-42) (KC), 12:00 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (4-3, 5.57)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Dunedin 4

The Beach Birds won their third consecutive game on Tuesday, a 5-4 triumph over visiting Dunedin. Palm Beach (27-36) has taken the first two of their four-game set and is a game up on Bradenton (PIT), the cellar-dweller of the South Division.

Kyle Hald (W, 2-5) permitted two tallies in the second to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The PB-Cards responded with two each in the third and fifth plus one in the fourth to give Hald a 5-2 advantage after five. Hald gave up six hits and a walk in five while striking out four.

Brad Watson allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls over three. Danny Miranda picked up his second save with a one-two-three ninth.

Palm Beach's 12-hit attack was led by Colin Walsh, who singled three times in five at bats with a run scored and an RBI. Alex Mejia, Stephen Piscotty and Nick Longmire had two hits apiece while touching home once. Piscotty's double was the only extra-base hit for his squad and he brought across one as well. Mejia and Walsh both swiped a bag.

Wednesday's game: vs. Dunedin (33-28), 6:35 pm ET, Tyler Melling (1-2, 5.79)

Clinton 6 vs. Peoria 4

The Chiefs began a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 loss to the LumberKings that eliminated them from the first-half division title race.

Peoria (34-28) led 4-2 after seven but Sam Tuivailala and Robert Stock combined to give up four in the eighth. Silfredo Garcia, our co-Player of the Day, struck out seven over seven innings, yielding two tallies, one earned, on five hits and a free pass. Tuivailala (L, 0-2) permitted three runs on two hits and a walk in 2/3 of a frame. His last runner crossed under Robert Stock's watch. Stock gave up a tally on a hit and two walks while recording one out.

The Chiefs knocked in one in the first and another in the fourth but the LumberKings knotted in up with two in the bottom of the fourth. Jeremy Schaffer's third long ball of the season and in the last three games brought in Jacob Wilson (walk) in the sixth to put his team back up 4-2. Schaffer added two singles to his home run, touched home twice and had two RBI. Three other Peoria players had one hit each.

Wednesday's game: vs. Clinton (31-33), 7:00 pm CT, Cory Jones (2-0, 0.75)

DSL Cardinals 3 vs. DSL Mets1 2

Ramon Santos kept the opposition off the board through six as the Dominican Birds edged the DSL Mets1 by a 3-2 score at home. The DSL Cardinals (3-5) are tied for sixth with the Pirates2, 3 ½ in back of the Nationals.

Santos, our co-Player of the Day, evened his record at 1-1 by striking out seven in six frames while allowing four hits and a free pass. The 18-year-old induced six ground outs to two fly outs.

Alirio Negrette continued the shutout on a hit and walk over the seventh and eighth before issuing a free pass to the first batter faced in the ninth. Yeison Medina permitted a base-on-balls, single, sac fly and run-scoring double before recording the final two outs on swinging K's for his second save.

First baseman Sergio Ripoll knocked in three on a single and double in four at bats. 17-year-old center fielder Magneuris Sierra doubled and tripled in three at bats while crossing twice.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Mets1 (4-5), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (1-0, 3.00)

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