Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/05/13

The 2013 minor league campaign began with a squish as both Memphis' and Palm Beach's contests were rained out while Springfield and Peoria both went down to defeat.

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Results from games played Thursday, April 4th.

Oklahoma City at Memphis – postponed due to rain

Friday's games: vs. Oklahoma City (Hou). Game one - 5:05 pm CT, John Gast (0-0, ---). Game two – upon completion of game one, Seth Maness (0-0, ---)

Corpus Christi 3 vs. Springfield 2

A lead-off double and wild pitch in the fifth came back to bite the visiting S-Cards as they fell to Corpus Christi (HOU) in their 2013 opener, 3-2.

Three of the six hits yielded by starter Richard Castillo were to Rene Garcia, the Hooks' ninth-place batter, including two doubles. Garcia touched home twice with the decisive third tally the result of a two-out wild pitch by the right-hander. The other two runs crossed in the third via a two-out long ball over the centerfield wall. Castillo fanned five without issuing a free pass in six frames. Ramon Delgado was successful in his return to Double-A, giving up two harmless hits, both with two outs, in the final two innings with one strikeout. The righty missed the majority of two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery early in the 2011 campaign,

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Springfield tied it up when shortstop Jake Lemmerman, acquired in the Skip Schumaker trade, smashed a double to right with one out. He crossed on third baseman Ruben Gotay's single, the latter advancing to second on the pitcher's throwing error. A base-on-balls and a force at second put runners at the corners at which time the S-Cards executed a double steal that produced a tally by Gotay. Lemmerman and left fielder Mike O'Neill each had two hits from the top of the order while second baseman Starlin Rodriguez singled twice in his Double-A debut in the nine spot.

Friday's game: at Corpus Christi, 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-0, ---)

Charlotte at Palm Beach - postponed due to rain

Friday's games: vs. Charlotte (TB). Game one – 5:05 PM ET, Kyle Hald (0-0, ---). Game two – upon completion of game one, TBD

Wisconsin 5 at Peoria 4 (11)

The Chiefs' debut in their new/old home was spoiled by erratic pitching and fielding as they lost 5-4 in 11 to the Timber Rattlers (MIL) in their home opener.

Peoria, which was last affiliated with St. Louis in 2004, saw sloppy play in the field that contributed to two Wisconsin tallies, including the game-tying run in the eighth and the winner in the 11th. The visitors took an early 2-0 lead on three consecutive hits to begin the third off starter Kurt Heyer. The Chiefs halved that deficit in the fourth via back-to-back doubles by David Washington and Jacob Wilson that plated Washington. Wisconsin responded with a single score in the sixth that would have been two except for a play at the plate that produced the inning's first out.

Three tallies in the seventh by the home squad gave them their first lead and all came with two outs. Catcher Gerwuins Velazco drew a free pass, advanced a base on a line-drive single to left by Alex Mejia and came home on a single to right by Michael Swinson that sent Mejia to third. Both Mejia and Swinson touched home when a throwing error by the pitcher allowed Breyvic Valera to reach. That lead was short-lived, however, when a fielding error by third baseman Patrick Wisdom in the eighth resulted in an unearned run knotted the game at four all. Although the game-winning tally in the 11th was earned, Wisdom's second fielding error of the game that frame, combined with a wild pitch by Dixon Llorens, permitted the runner to touch home.

First baseman Washington, our Player of the Day, was perfect at the plate, adding a single to his fourth-inning double to go along with three walks to pace the Chiefs. Mejia singled twice in five at bats in the nine slot as the only other Peoria player with more than one hit.

Dixon Llorens (L, 0-1) took the loss when he yielded a run on one hit, two walks, a wild pitch and a balk in his only inning of work. Llorens was the fifth Chiefs' pitcher of the night, beginning with Heyer who allowed two tallies, earned, on four hits and three base-on-balls in three. Corey Baker tossed two scoreless frames, fanning three while yielding one single. Jhonny Polanco gave up the sixth-inning tally, the first of his two innings on the mound while Joe Scanio was charged with the unearned run in the eighth. Scanio went three, permitting just two hits while not issuing a free pass.

Friday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 6:30 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (0-0, ---)

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