Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/27/13

Three of four minor league teams had starters making their level debuts on Sunday but only Palm Beach came away a winner. Memphis, Springfield and Peoria all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, May 26.

Round Rock 4 at Memphis 3

Two eighth-inning tallies delivered the 4-3 victory to Round Rock over Memphis that ended a four-game winning streak by the Redbirds. Memphis (26-22) remains atop the American Northern Division, three games ahead of Iowa (CHC).

Eric Fornataro was charged with his third loss in as many decisions when he allowed three hits that scored two in the eighth that broke a two-all tie. Fornataro yielded four hits and a walk over two.

Richard Castillo's control was off in his Triple-A debut as he issued four free passes to go with three hits in five innings. The only mark against him was a single run in the fourth that knotted the game up. Castillo fanned two with eight ground outs and two fly outs.

Sam Freeman yielded a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls over two. Former Cardinal Kyle McClellan was charged with his first blown save when he gave up one in the seventh but got his first win when the Express went up in the top of the next frame.

The Redbirds put up straight numbers in the first, seventh and eighth but an unassisted double play to end the eighth finished off their best opportunity to triumph. Memphis managed only five hits with Jermaine Curtis and Ryan Jackson having two apiece.

Curtis singled twice in five at bats, driving in Adron Chambers once and watching Justin Christian cross in the first when Curtis reached on a fielding error. He swiped his fourth and fifth bags of 2013 as well. Jackson went 2-for-5 with a single and a double. Despite reports that he would, Oscar Taveras did not return to action on Sunday. He has been sidelined since May 13.

Monday's game: vs. Round Rock (26-24), 1:05 pm CT, Michael Wacha (4-0, 2.05)

Midland 5 at Springfield 2

Springfield managed just three hits in a 5-2 loss to visiting Midland. The defeat, the Cards fourth in a row, drops them into second in the North division, a half game back of Arkansas (LAA).

Two of the three hits were solo bombs. Audry Perez knocked his third ball out of 2013 in the second. Xavier Scruggs's 13th bomb of the year came in the ninth and ties him for the league lead.

Ryan Sherriff struggled in his Double-A unveiling, permitting two in the first and two in his fourth and final frame. The tallies were the result of seven hits and three walks. He struck out four with three ground outs and three fly outs. Justin Wright and Deryk Hooker had identical lines of a hit and a walk allowed over two while fanning two. Keith Butler struck out the side after serving up a solo blast.

Monday's game: vs. Midland (24-25), 12:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (4-3, 5.72)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Jupiter 0

Four Beach Birds hurlers combined fur a three-hitter as Palm Beach eked out a 1-0 victory over Jupiter at home. It was the PB-Cards' third win in the last four games and leaves them with a 20-29 mark as they have crawled out of last place in the South Division. Palm Beach sits in fifth, 15 in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

Corey Baker fanned four with two hits and a base-on-balls over four in his A-Advanced debut. The right-hander induced five ground outs and one fly out. Jose Almarante limited the opposition to a hit while not using a free pass in the sixth and seventh.

Danny Miranda (W, 2-0) faced the minimum over the next two frames before walking the first batter faced in the ninth. Heath Wyatt took over at that point and earned his third save with a fly out and a ground out after Jesus Montero erased the base runner in an attempted steal of second.

Palm Beach had seven hits on the night and finally broke through in the eighth when Stephen Piscotty lined a single to left with one out. Piscotty swiped his second base of 2013 and raced home on Jonathan Rodriguez' single, the latter's third single of the contest. Rodriguez, our Player of the Day, was active on the base paths as well with three steals, two of second and one of third.

Monday's game: Off. The PB-Cards play the next six at home, beginning with three against fourth-place Charlotte (21-28).

Wisconsin 6 at Peoria 3

Joey Cuda took his third loss against two wins in Peoria's 6-3 defeat by Wisconsin at home. The Chiefs (24-23) are in fourth in the Western Division, six behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Two of the three tallies given up by Cuda in six frames were via a two-run long ball that was one of his hits allowed. Cuda fanned 11 while issuing two free passes. Sam Tuivailala effectively put the game out of reach when he served up four hits in the seventh that resulted in three runs. Chris Thomas tossed the final two frames, permitting a hit while fanning two.

Four of Peoria's eight hits in all were produced in the seventh and generated all three tallies scored by the home team. Carson Kelly and Adam Ehrlich both singled and scored while Michael Swinson worked a free pass and touched home on Ehrlich's single to kick off the scoring. Ildemaro Vargas' second single of the game drove in Kelly and Ehrlich.

Monday's game: vs. Wisconsin (22-23), 1:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (2-1, 4.31)

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