Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/24/13

Nine was a lucky number in St. Louis' minors on Thursday as Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria each won by scoring nine tallies. Springfield went down despite a stellar performance by Tim Cooney.

Results from games played Thursday, May 23.

Memphis 9 at Salt Lake City 7

The Redbirds translated 14 hits into a 9-7 triumph over host Salt Lake City to earn a split of their four-game series. Memphis (24-21) finishes with a 4-4 record over its eight-game road trip.

All nine starters took part in the balanced scoring attack with each having at least one hit. Kolten Wong, Adron Chambers and Rob Johnson each had a home run.

Wong's only hit in five at bats was a solo shot that kicked off the scoring in the first. Chambers and Johnson had two hits apiece with Chambers driving in three and Johnson two. Jermaine Curtis singled twice with a double in five at bats with a run scored.

Nick Additon's third win in four decisions was primarily a result of his team's offensive prowess. Additon served up four long balls among nine hits in all that comprised five of the six runs yielded by the lefty over 6 1/3. He fanned four and did not issue a free pass.

Sam Freeman faced the minimum over 1 2/3. Victor Marte picked up his ninth save, although he permitted three consecutive two-out singles that plated a run.

Friday's game: vs. Round Rock (25-23) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Maikel Cleto (1-2, 7.90)

Frisco 1 at Springfield 0

A single with two out in the sixth prevented Springfield from landing on the wrong side of a no-hitter on Thursday. The S-Cards (24-20) were clipped by Frisco 1-0 at home.

Tim Cooney, our Player of Day, took the tough luck loss, his first in three Texas League decisions. Cooney matched the zeroes on the scoreboard through five, before giving up a run on a single, stolen base and single in the sixth. The Pennsylvania native allowed four hits over seven with a base-on-balls and seven strikeouts, seven ground outs and one fly out.

Kevin Thomas pitched around a lead-off single in the eighth with a strikeout. Michael Blazek fanned two and walked one in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Frisco, 7:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (2-3, 6.62)

Palm Beach 9 at Brevard County 5

The PB-Cards' offense erupted for 12 hits for the club's first win in its last seven tries, a 9-5 victory over host Brevard County. Palm Beach (18-28) salvaged the final game of four against the Manatees.

Having scored seven runs in six losses, the Beach Birds drove in three in the second before pouring on five in the third. They capped the scoring with one in the ninth.

Three of the five third-inning tallies came on Jonathan Rodriguez' second bomb of 2013 which brought in Colin Walsh and Stephen Piscotty, who got aboard via free passes. Rodriguez later doubled as well.

Jesus Montero, Matt Williams and Cesar Valera all singled and doubled. Montero and Williams touched home twice while Montero drove in two and Williams worked a base-on-balls. Valera had an RBI and his first stolen base of the season.

Iden Nazario picked up his first win against a loss, pitching two scoreless frames with a hit and a walk allowed in relief of starter Juan Bautista. Bautista was a bit shaky in his full season debut. The Dominican permitted two in the first plus two more in the second on two singles, a double, triple and two sac flies. Bautista struck out two over two innings.

Jose Almarante struck out the side in the fifth and sixth with two hits allowed. Heath Wyatt gave up a tally on a walk, hit batsman and a run-scoring single in the seventh, the first of his two innings of work. Ronnie Shaban issued a free pass and struck out one in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Jupiter (25-21) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 9 vs. Kane County 8 (14 innings)

Gerwuins Velazco led off the 14th with a triple and scored the walk-off winner on a sac bunt by Alex Mejia as Peoria outlasted Kane County 9-8 in 14. The win guarantees the Chiefs (23-21) a series win over the Cougars (20-24).

Silfredo Garcia was ineffective in his third full-season start, allowing two in the first, three in the second plus three in the third and was given the hook after 2 2/3. Five of the six tallies were earned and came on six hits and four base-on-balls.

The last run charged to Garcia crossed under Mike Aldrete's watch. Aldrete was then first of five Chiefs hurlers to keep the opposition off the board for the game's balance. Aldrete fanned four over 2 1/3 before Joey Donofrio took over with two hits, a walk and two strikeouts over two.

Zach Petrick fanned the side twice with a hit and a base-on-balls to bring his strikeout total to 43 over 29 1/3. He has issued eight free passes this season.

The newcomers then took over. Thomas Lee struck out four over three innings while giving up a hit. Chris Thomas picked up his first win by facing the minimum with three strikeouts over two.

Down 2-0 before they came to bat, Peoria pushed across four in the bottom of the frame and knotted it up with four more in the fourth. It was a team-wide win as nine of ten players either scored or drove in a run. Casey Rasmus was the sole exception and he did not take the field in the third after being injured on a play at the plate in the second.

Breyvic Valera's four singles in five at bats were one-third of his squad's hit total. Valera walked and touched home twice while knocking in one. Jordan Walton singled and doubled in six at bats with a run scored and an RBI while Gerwuins Velazco's two singles were the only other multi-hit performance by a Chief.

Friday's game: vs. Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (3-2, 4.33)

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