Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/05/12

Players of the Day: Oscar Taveras and Joe Kelly

The system went 4-1 on Monday with Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities and the DSL Cards victorious. Palm Beach was pounded in its loss.

Memphis 5 at Omaha 1

Joe Kelly put together one of his best outings of 2012 in Memphis' 5-1 defeat of Omaha on the road. The Redbirds' record moves to 21-37, 12 ½ games behind the Storm Chasers (KC).

Kelly, our co-Player of the Day, had his longest stint of the season in picking up his second win, throwing eight innings of seven-hit ball. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. The only blemish came in the eighth when he gave up a run on a double and single. Adam Reifer faced the minimum in the ninth.

Memphis displayed an opportunistic offense as they converted five hits and six walks into five tallies. They took a 2-0 lead through three with single scores in the second and third innings and added three more in the sixth. Bryan Anderson drew a two-out walk in the second and came across on a fielding error. Ryan Jackson's fourth home run of 2012 came in the third and Cedric Hunter's triple in the sixth plated Jamie Romak and Eugenio Velez after the latter two got aboard on free passes. Hunter scored the team's final run on Pete Kozma's two-out double.

Tuesday's game: at Omaha, 12:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-4, 4.99 ERA)

Springfield 12, Corpus Christi 8

The bats ruled the day at Springfield as the two teams combined for 27 hits and 20 runs. Springfield went 4-2 in this six-game homestand and rise to 28-28, three games behind Tulsa (COL).

The S-Cards plated four in the first on four singles and a walk. The Hooks responded with single tallies in the second and third and a grand slam in the fourth to go up 6-4. All six runs were charged to starter Tyler Lyons although all of the grand slam was unearned due to a fielding error by Jermaine Curtis. Lyons went five frames, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four.

Springfield tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on Oscar Taveras' lead-off shot and Audry Perez' second RBI single of the game that plated Jake Shaffer. Co-Player of the Day Taveras was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night with four runs scored and two driven in. Perez finished with three RBI on two hits. Chris Corrigan gave up the lead with a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning in the sixth. That run scored under Justin Wright's watch when he issued a free pass and hit a batter to force in the runner.

The Cardinals scored two in the bottom of the six to go back up 8-7 but Jesse Simpson allowed the Hooks to plate the tying run on a double, passed ball and wild pitch in the seventh. Springfield tallied three in their half of the seventh to take the final lead and make a winner out of Simpson. Kolten Wong singled with two outs in the eighth and was driven in by Taveras for the game's final run.

Tuesday's game: off

Clearwater 15, Palm Beach 2

Starter Drew Benes and reliever Chase Reid gave up a combined 17 hits and 15 runs in Palm Beach's loss at Clearwater. The Beach Birds dropped the series one game to three and saw their record fall to 26-31, 18 games back on unearthly St. Lucie (NYM).

Benes allowed runs in four of his five innings for a total of eight runs on nine hits including a grand slam in the second that got the scoring started. He walked two and struck out two. Chase Reid condensed his ineffectiveness into two frames of seven runs on eight hits and a walk. All 15 runs were earned. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a perfect eighth.

Lead-off hitter Starlin Rodriguez scored both of Palm Beach's runs on a night that saw him go 2-for-2 with a double and two walks. Ildemaro Vargas doubled him home in the third and Jonathan Rodriguez' two-base hit in the eighth brought Rodriguez across again. Rodriguez was the only Beach Bird with a multi-hit game.

Tuesday's game: at first-place Dunedin (TOR) for four games, 6:30 pm EST, Brad Watson (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Quad Cities 6, Burlington 2

Quad Cities rode a five-run second to a 6-2 victory over fifth-place Burlington (OAK). The fourth-place River Bandits took the series 2-1 and evened their record at 29-29, seven games behind Wisconsin (MIL).

Quad Cities loaded the bases on three free passes in the second and went on to plate five runs on a fielder's choice and back-to-back two-out doubles by Midwest League All-Star Luis Mateo and centerfielder Nick Martini that scored two runs apiece.

That was more than enough offense for starter Kyle Hald who earned his second win of 2012 with a complete game effort. Hald allowed two runs, one earned, on just four hits and receives and Honorable Mention for Player of the Day for his standout performance. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Juan Castillo doubled to open the eighth and eventually came home on Virgil Hill's sacrifice fly to close out the scoring.

Tuesday's game: off

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Rays 8 (10)

The DSL Cardinals blew a 6-3 lead through six but battled back to down the DSL Rays 9-8 in 10 innings.

Lead-off batter and designated hitter Eliezer Alvarez doubled to start the 10th and eventually scored the winning run on a single by first baseman Luis Cruz. Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and another driven in to go with three walks. Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and another driven in. He drew a free pass as well. Left fielder Carlos Torres had two hits and drove in two. Torres and Cruz combined for half of the Cardinals' 10 hits and were the only players with more than one hit.

Right-hander Jose Lara picked up his first professional win by shutting out the Rays on three hits and a walk over the final 3 2/3 innings. The 18-year-old struck out four. 16-year-old Juan Perez started and struck out six in four frames with two runs, earned, allowed on two hits and a walk. Luis De La Rosa, Jonathan Escudero and Alirio Negrette combined to give up a combined six runs on five hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings. Negrette did not retire a batter.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Astros, 10:30 am EST, TBD



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