Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/5/13

On Saturday, weather continued to be a hindrance for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Weather continues to be a hindrance for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. The Memphis Redbirds lost their game to the weather while the Peoria Chiefs had their Saturday night game delayed by weather.

On the field, Tommy Pham continues to dominate Texas League pitching. Rehabbing Matt Adams went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at Springfield.

Results from games played Saturday, May 4.

Memphis at Omaha (postponed)

Postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, June 2.

Sunday's games: Memphis (15-12) vs. Omaha (15-12), 2:05 CDT, Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.86 ERA)

Springfield 5, Tulsa 3

After being down 3-0 at the end of five and a half innings, the Cardinals put up one in the sixth and rallied for four in the bottom of the seventh. The damage in the inning came from Xavier Scruggs who hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run, his ninth.

Tommy Pham led the offense with two hits to push his average to .330. It really looks like it is time for him to pack his bags for Memphis.

The Drillers jumped on Springfield starter Richard Castillo for two runs, one earned, in the top of the first. Castillo settled in and would give up only another run in his six innings. The bullpen combined for three shutout innings and three strikeouts.

Sunday's game: Springfield (14-13) vs. Tulsa (14-14), 6:39 CDT, Scott McGregor (3-1, 2.86 ERA)

Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 7 (regular game, 7 innings)

The Pirates put two on the board in the second, third, and fourth to cruise to the victory. Starter Kyle Hald was tagged for six runs in only 3 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 4.99. To assist his cause, Hald picked off two Bradenton base runners. Reliever Lee Stoppelman helped stop the bleeding by allowing no runs and no hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Offensively, leadoff man Nick Longmire collected the Cardinals' only extra-base hit, a double.

Palm Beach 8, Bradenton 2 (5/2 rescheduled game, 7 innings)

Bradenton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but the Cardinals responded with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning. After Stephen Piscotty walked, Cody Stanley, Danny Stienstra, Anthony Garcia, Matt Williams, and Jesus Montero strung together hits to plate the four runs.

Palm Beach added three more runs in the third and another in the fifth. Williams finished the night with three hits including a double. Stienstra and Montero had two hits each. Garcia drove in two and now has 18 RBI on the year.

Scott Gorgen picked up the win after working six innings and striking out five. Ronnie Shaban contributed a scoreless inning of relief.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach (14-15) vs. Clearwater, 1:05 PM EDT, Ryan Sherriff (season debut)

Peoria 5, Fort Wayne 1

Peoria was up 3-1 at the end of the fifth inning when the skies opened and the rains came. After a 40-plus minute delay, the game was concluded.

Alex Mejia collected a pair of hits including a double and is now hitting .318 in his first full pro season. Carson Kelly had two hits, as well. The 18-year-old now has hits in seven of his last 10 games. Breyvic Valera and Charlie Tilson each had a pair of hits to round out the offense.

Starter Kurt Heyer allowed only one run, a solo shot, in his five-inning outing. Zach Petrick struck out two in his two shutout innings of relief.

Sunday's game: Peoria vs. Fort Wayne, 2:00 PM CDT, Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 7.71 ERA)



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