Following are the highlights from the third day of St. Louis Cardinals minor league games in spring 2011, on Friday, March 18. After the 1-2-1 day, the Cardinals system is a combined 4-5-3 this spring.
On Saturday, the Cardinals’ top two teams will not play due to the major league split squad games. Quad Cities is being divided into two squads. Those clubs plus Palm Beach remain at home in Jupiter but move to the Marlins’ side of the complex to take on their Florida counterparts. For the full state of minor league spring training schedules, The Cardinal Nation subscribers can click here.
As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game highlights with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments mine.
Memphis 7, Buffalo 3
After Nick Additon opened with two scoreless innings with just two baserunners, Deryk Hooker struggled. He allowed all three earned runs in 1 2/3 frames.
Cory Rauschenberger (1 1/3 IP), Sam Freeman (1 IP), Ryan Kulik (2 IP) and Tyler Norrick (1 IP) held Buffalo scoreless the remainder of the way on just two hits, while fanning five.
Tyler Henley was the hitting star, reaching base four times with three singles, a walk and two runs batted in. Henley missed much of the 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery. Look for an upcoming interview at The Cardinal Nation.
RBIs: Jose Garcia, Andrew Brown, Xavier Scruggs, Steven Hill (two)
Runs scored: Garcia, Brown (twice), Jim Rapoport, Freddie Bynum, Daryl Jones
Doubles: Garcia, Brown, Rapoport, Jones
Two hits: Garcia
Springfield 5, Binghamton 5
Ten hits were allowed
Arquimedes Nieto, Jorge Rondon and Chris Corrigan each went two innings, yielding one run each.
George Brown followed, giving up two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Jesse Simpson finished up with 1 1/3 shutout innings.
Curt Smith and Jermaine Curtis each hit solo home runs.
Ryde Rodriguez singled and doubled in two plate appearances.
Zack Cox had two singles in two at-bats.
Antonio DeJesus tripled.
St. Lucie 7, Palm Beach 6
Palm Beach Pitching
Justin Wright and Keith Butler split the first four innings. Each allowed one earned run, Wright fanned four.
Ryan Copeland followed and was charged with three earned runs in 2 IP.
Kevin Siegrist and Ricky Martinez each registered scoreless innings.
Charllan Jimenez had a rocky inning, giving up the final two St. Lucie runs.
Palm Beach Hitting
Rainel Rosario singled and had a 3-run home run in four at-bats.
Edgar Lara had two singles and an RBI in two appearances.
Travis Tartamella also went 2-for-2.
Alan Ahmady singled, walked and scored twice.
Francisco Rivera doubled and walked in his two appearances.
Nick Longmire doubled.
Savannah 4, Quad Cities 2
Quad Cities Pitching
Houston Summers allowed five baserunners in two innings, but only one scored.
Angel DeJesus and Bob Revesz each tossed two scoreless.
Tyler Lyons fanned three in his pair of innings, though one unearned run scored.
Nick McCully pitched the final inning with the two winning runs scoring on a 2-out, 2-run double.
Quad Cities Hitting
Adam Melker had three hits in four at-bats and scored once.
Mike O’Neill singled and walked twice in four PAs. He also scored.
Victor Sanchez had two singles in four at-bats.
Oscar Taveras doubled.