Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/06/13

Springfield and Peoria's wins on Sunday featured outstanding pitching performances by Scott McGregor and Tyrell Jenkins, respectively. Memphis was edged in extras in a low-scoring affair while Palm Beach lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.

Results from games played Sunday, May 5.

Omaha 2 vs. Memphis 1 (10)

A triple and single allowed by Eric Fornataro (L, 0-2) to his first batters faced produced the decisive tally in the 10th as Memphis (15-13) fell 2-1 to Omaha on the road. The loss drops the Redbirds to a game behind first-place Omaha in the standings.

Fornataro was the fifth Redbirds pitcher in a game started by Michael Wacha. Wacha gave up a run on five hits plus two base-on-balls in 5 2/3. He struck out four with four ground outs and five fly outs and threw 98 pitches, 64 for strikes. Jorge Rondon stranded both runners inherited from Wacha when he induced a ground out, although he did wild-pitch them into scoring position first.

Mitchell Boggs gave up a two-out triple in the seventh before getting the Storm Chasers' lead-off batter on a swinging whiff. It was one of two strikeouts recorded by the right-hander in his only inning of work. Marc Rzepczynski retired six of the seven batters he faced, giving up a single while fanning one.

Memphis tied it up when Oscar Taveras worked a one-out base-on-balls in the eight and raced home on Brock Peterson's double. The Redbirds mustered just five hits but received six free passes and stranded 10 baserunners.

Monday's game: at Omaha (16-12), 11:05 am ET, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 4.25)

Springfield 12 vs. Tulsa 1

Scott McGregor (W, 4-1) threw a no-hitter through six innings in Springfield's 12-1 pasting of Tulsa at home.

The only batters to reach against McGregor, our co-Player of the Day, were via a hit batsman in the first plus a base-on-balls in the second and two walks in his sixth and final inning on the bump. The righty fanned six with seven ground outs and three fly outs on 86 pitches, 50 for strikes.

Ramon Delgado and Justin Wright each tossed a scoreless frame with one hit allowed. The Drillers' only run came against Deryk Hooker in the ninth on two doubles sandwiched around a wild pitch. The hits came after Hooker struck out the first two batters.

The first-place S-Cards (15-13) pounded out 12 tallies on 16 hits and six free passes but none came on long balls. Their balanced attack in which nine players had a hit was led by Starlin Rodriguez. The second baseman doubled twice and singled in four at bats with two runs scored and two driven in. Shortstop Jake Lemmerman went 2-for-3 with two singles and two base-on-balls while touching home three times.

Tommy Pham, Ruben Gotay and Audry Perez each singled twice with the former two both scoring twice while Pham and Perez both knocked in two. Pham also collected his fourth stolen base of 2013. Rehabbing Matt Adams singled and doubled in five at bats with a run scored, two RBI and two strikeouts.

Monday's game: vs. Tulsa (14-15), 7:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (2-2, 3.00)

Clearwater 4 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds stranded nine in their 4-1 home loss to Clearwater in the opener of a four-game set. Palm Beach (14-16) sits in third, 9 ½ behind Fort Myers (MIN).

The PB-Cards matched the Threshers' nine hits but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Nick Longmire went 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles to lead his team. The centerfielder's triple to begin the third produced Palm Beach's only tally when Adam Ehrlich's only hit, a single, knocked him in. Danny Stienstra singled twice in four at bats and was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit.

Ryan Sherriff was charged with the loss in his 2013 debut. Activated from the disabled list on game day, he yielded two runs on three hits over five. The southpaw struck out five with five ground outs and one fly out.

Jose Almarante gave up two tallies, one earned, on five hits, including a solo shot, in 2 1/3. He fanned three. Heath Wyatt tossed the last 1 2/3, allowing a hit. The Palm Beach pitching staff did not issue a free pass in the contest.

Monday's game: vs. Clearwater (14-15) (PHI), 10:35 am ET, Jonathan Cornelius (0-0, 5.60)

Peoria 1 vs. Fort Wayne 0

Tyrell Jenkins tossed a three-hitter in leading Peoria to a 1-0 victory over visiting Fort Wayne. The win moves the Chiefs to one game over .500 with a 13-12 record and puts them third in their division, 5 ½ behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Jenkins, our co-Player of the Day, allowed back-to-back singles with one out in the first but dominated from that point on, retiring 21 of the next 22 batters. It was the first win in three decisions this season for the 20-year-old and the first complete game of his professional career.

Jenkins issued a free pass to open the third but no other Wizard reached until one out in the eighth when third baseman Carson Kelly committed a throwing error. Catcher Casey Rasmus nailed that runner in an attempted steal of second. The third hit given up by Jenkins was a two-out single in the ninth. He threw 97 pitches, 63 for strikes and was a ground ball machine, recording 15 ground outs to five fly outs with five strikeouts.

Michael Swinson was the offensive difference in his second game since coming off the disabled list due to a hamstring strain. He went 2-for-3 with a double in the fifth that contributed to the only tally. Swinson advanced to third on a ground out and crossed home on a single by Rasmus, one of only five hits for the Chiefs.

Monday's game: vs. Fort Wayne (16-12), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (1-1, 5.06)



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