Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/17/13

There were split decisions up and down the minors on Thursday. Memphis won in extras but Springfield fell in overtime. Palm Beach won while Peoria split its double-header.

Results from games played Thursday, May 16.

Memphis 6 at Tacoma 5 (10 innings)

Brock Peterson's double in the 10th brought in pinch runner Vance Albitz with the winning score as Memphis (21-17) slipped past host Tacoma 6-5.

Kolten Wong, our co-Player of the Day, led off the 10th with a single, his second hit in four at bats to go with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and another driven in. He swiped his sixth bag as well. The second baseman's other hit was a solo shot to begin the sixth that gave his team a 4-0 lead. Albitz pinch ran for Wong, was sacrificed to second by Ryan Jackson and came in on Peterson's second hit of the game. Jackson doubled and singled once in four at bats while touching home once. J.R. Towles duplicated Jackson's offense.

Although the Redbirds led 5-0 midway through the sixth, the Rainiers began their comeback with a solo bomb in the bottom of the frame off starter Michael Wacha, our other co-Player of the Day. The blast was one of only two hits yielded by the righty over seven frames. Wacha retired the first 12 faced and 15 of 16 before the home run. The 21-year-old fanned eight with five ground outs versus three fly outs while issuing one free pass and hurled 88 pitches, 58 for strikes.

"Bad" Mitchell Boggs made an appearance in the top of the eighth. Boggs issued three free passes to jam the sacks full then allowed two to cross on back-to-back singles. The righty gave way to Sam Freeman after one-third of an inning. Freeman induced a force at second by his only batter faced that permitted another runner to cross. Victor Marte finished the frame.

Marte was charged with his third blown save when he issued a two-out walk, wild pitched the runner to second then gave up a run-scoring single. He picked up his first win of 2013 when his team pushed one across in the next inning.

Friday's game: at Tacoma (24-17), 9:00 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 4.39)

Tulsa 2 vs. Springfield 1 (15 innings)

Three singles in the 15th against Nick Greenwood (L, 0-2) allowed Tulsa to walk off with a 2-1 win over Springfield (21-17). The visitors took the series three games to one but slip into second, one-half game behind streaking Arkansas (LAA), winners of seven straight.

Greenwood, the seventh S-Cards pitcher on the night, began his first inning on the mound by allowing a soft infield single to short. A sac bunt led to an intentional base-on-balls before another single loaded the bases. Greenwood got a swinging K for the second out but could not escape the jam, yielding another soft single to first that brought in the winning tally.

Scott McGregor had another fine outing, giving up a solo shot in the second, one of five hits he allowed over seven. The right-hander struck out eight with one walk. Justin Wright worked around a hit in the eighth and Michael Blazek fanned four over the next two frames.

Kevin Thomas wiggled out of a bases-loaded mess in the 11th, due to two free passes and a single, by notching one of his two strikeouts. Kevin Siegrist kept Tulsa off the board over the next three frames on four strikeouts with two walks.

A lead off walk to James Ramsey to open the ninth got McGregor off the hook for a potential hard luck loss. Ramsey advanced to third on Ruben Gotay's single and tied the game up on a double by Jake Lemmerman. Lemmerman's double was the only hit in four opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Friday's game: at Arkansas (22-17), 7:10 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (3-3, 5.08)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Lakeland 2

Scott Gorgen tossed six solid frames in Palm Beach's 4-2 victory over Lakeland at home. The win gave the PB-Cards (17-22) a series split.

Both runs given up by Gorgen (W, 3-1) came in the first and were unearned due to a fielding error by shortstop Ronny Gil that put the lead-off runner on. Gorgen gave up five hits and a walk while striking out four. Danny Miranda's first appearance after a month on the disabled list was a perfect seventh that extended his scoreless streak to six frames in five appearances dating back to the season's start. Ronnie Shaban picked up his fourth save with a hit given up over the final two innings.

Six Beach Birds had a hit with Nick Longmire's third bomb of 2013 flipping a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 third-inning lead. Jonathan Rodriguez walked and scored on a ground out by Danny Stienstra in the second while Anthony Garcia singled with two out in the fourth and crossed on a single by Matt Williams. Stolen bases by Rodriguez and Garcia were key to their tallies.

Friday's game: @ Jupiter (19-19) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (2-1, 5.30)

Kane County 5 vs. Peoria 0 (7) – game one

Peoria 8 at Kane County 2 (7) – game two

Peoria (19-19) split a pair with Kane County, dropping the opener 5-0 but taking game two 8-2. The four-game series was divided down the middle with each squad taking two and the Chiefs finished their road trip with five wins and seven losses.

In game one, Kurt Heyer (L, 2-2) took his second consecutive loss when he coughed up five runs on 10 hits and three free passes in 5 1/3. The righty fanned six with five ground outs and four fly outs. Mike Aldrete gave up two hits, one of which plated an inherited runner, in 2/3 of an inning.

Patrick Wisdom lined a single to left to open the fifth that broke up the bid for a no hitter. Jordan Walton worked two base-on-balls and that was it for the Chiefs' offense.

The Cougars took an early lead in game two when Chiefs' starter Silfredo Garcia served up a two-run bomb in the second that came after a lead-off double. Garcia (W, 1-0) gave up only one more hit over six, with one base-on-balls. The 21-year-old coaxed 13 ground outs versus three fly outs while fanning one. Sam Tuivailala struck out two of three faced in the seventh.

Kane County's lead was short-lived as Peoria burst out with six in the top of the third. Ildemaro Vargas doubled in Gerwuins Velazco (walk) and Alex Mejia (single) to knot the contest up at two all. The Chiefs then capitalized on consecutive fielding errors, the latter of which permitted Vargas and Jacob Wilson (walk) to cross. The first of two singles by Carson Kelly drove in Patrick Wisdom and Michael Swinson who both reached on the aforementioned errors.

Peoria tacked on two more in the seventh when Vargas' second single put him aboard. Wisdom again reached on a fielding error that sent Vargas to third and a base-on-balls to Swinson jammed the sacks full. Kelly singled in Vargas and Wisdom scored on a ground out.

Friday's game: vs. Clinton (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (2-2, 4.75)

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