Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/17/13

It was a light day in the minors on Sunday. Peoria won with a dramatic ninth, led by Jeremy Schaffer but Memphis could not overcome a couple of dismal mound performances in their loss. Springfield's game was postponed while Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals were off.

Results from games played Sunday, June 16.

Albuquerque 12 vs. Memphis 5

Boone Whiting yielded eight runs, six earned, in the Redbirds' 12-5 drubbing by the Isotopes on the road. Memphis (35-36) has dropped four straight including the first three of four against Albuquerque.

Whiting (L, 4-2) gave up two each in the second and fourth plus four in the third on 10 total hits and two free passes. The 23-year-old fanned two with four ground outs and six fly outs.

Eric Fornataro allowed two hits and a walk over two while Jorge Rodon issued three base-on-balls in the seventh. Two of the four tallies permitted by Victor Marte in the eighth were via a long ball, one of six hits served up.

Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The second baseman was also hit by a pitch and swiped his 11th bag of the season. Jaime Romak smashed his 13th home run of 2013, a solo shot in the second that gave his team a temporary 3-0 lead. Romak added a single and touched home twice. Jermaine Curtis had the final multi-hit performance by a Redbird, singling twice in three at bats.

Monday's game: at Albuquerque (38-32), 8:05 pm CT, TBA (Michael Wacha likely)

Tulsa at Springfield - postponed

Springfield's (33-35) contest versus Tulsa was postponed due to inclement weather and has been re-scheduled as part of a twin-bill on Monday, June 17th. The S-Cards' elimination number in the first-half division title chase stands at two.

Monday's games: vs. first-place Tulsa (34-34). Game one – 5:09 pm CT, TBA (Richard Castillo very likely in one game)

Palm Beach - off

The PB-Cards are idle until Tuesday due to the Florida State League All-Star break.

Peoria 10 at Cedar Rapids 9

Our Player of the Day Jeremy Schaffer's grand slam in the ninth helped propel the Chiefs to a 10-9 road victory over the Kernels. Peoria (38-29) has won four in a row, including a three-game sweep of Cedar Rapids.

Schaffer's fourth bomb of 2013 came with Jimmy Parque (walk), Breyvic Valera (walk) and Ildemaro Vargas (single) aboard and tied the game at nine all. Jordan Walton followed Schaffer to the plate and got on when he was hit by a pitch. Walton advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on a single up the middle by Patrick Wisdom. It was the second time Walton touched home.

Wisdom previously slugged his 14th double of 2013 and crossed home once. Parque went 1-for-2 with two base-on-balls and two runs scored.

Although he gave up two tallies on three hits and a free pass in the eighth, his only inning of work, Joey Donofrio was credited with his fourth win in as many decisions when his team took the lead in the ninth. Dixon Llorens struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

Silfredo Garcia could not finish the fifth in his seventh start of the year. Garcia yielded three tallies on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 while fanning three. Michael Aldrete limited the damage by stranding two of Garcia's runners but allowed four runs on four hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth. Three of the four tallies were via a three-run blast. Robert Stock joined Llorens as the only two Chiefs hurlers to allow neither a hit nor a tally during their inning on the mound.

Monday's game: Peoria heads into the Midwest League All-Star break and resumes play on the 20th.

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (5-6) at DSL Yankees1 (6-6), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (season debut due to suspension of June 10th start)

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