Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/04/14

St. Louis' minor league squads got off to a split decision in their season openers. Randal Grichuk led Memphis to its first triumph and Peoria won as well. However, Springfield and Palm Beach both fell. FREE sample report!

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Results from games played Thursday, April 3. (Links to box scores in titles.)

Memphis 10 at Iowa 2

Two first-inning home runs plated three Redbirds and Memphis never looked back, pounding host Iowa 10-2 in the season opener.

Centerfielder and Player of the Day Randal Grichuk, who reached base four times, kicked it off with a solo bomb to left with third baseman Scott Moore, a veteran off-season addition, sending one over the right field wall three batters later, scoring Stephen Piscotty (walk). Grichuk added a double and for three of his team's 11 hits, touched home three times with three RBI and a base-on-balls. Moore was the only other Redbird notching more than one hit, singling and driving in three.

Right fielder Piscotty went 1-for-3 with two free passes, two runs scored plus an RBI and a strikeout. Left fielder Oscar Taveras singled once in four at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Veteran righty David Aardsma (W, 1-0) was credited with the win, tossing a clean fifth with two strikeouts and a hit, the latter yielded to the first batter faced in the sixth. Aardsma pitched in relief of Boone Whiting, who yielded a solo shot, one of three hits given up by the right-hander in four frames. Whiting issued three free passes and threw 80 pitches, 53 for strikes. Lee Stoppelman walked one in his two-inning stint before Jorge Rondon faced the minimum in the eighth. Sam Freeman allowed a tally on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

Friday's game: at Iowa (0-1), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (NR, ---)

San Antonio 7 at Springfield 4

Two three-run innings proved Springfield's undoing as the S-Cards fell to visiting San Antonio 7-4.

Kurt Heyer (L, 0-1) allowed three runs on two doubles and two singles in the first and a three-run long ball in the fifth, yielding eight hits in all to go with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3. The right-hander did not walk a batter in his Double-A debut. Anthony Ferrara gave up a hit over the next 2 1/3 before Logan Billbrough permitted a tally on two hits in his only inning of work. Danny Miranda fanned one in the ninth.

Left fielder Mike O'Neill was perfect at the plate, garnering three his Springfield's nine hits along with two walks and a run scored in five plate appearances. First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and right fielder James Ramsey both went 2-for-4 while crossing once with the former's double and home run accounting for his team's only extra-base hits. Rodriguez knocked in three.

Friday's game: vs. San Antonio (1-0), 7:10 pm CT, Zach Petrick (NR, ---)

St. Lucie 6 vs. Palm Beach 5

The Beach Birds could not hold an early two-run lead, resulting in a 6-5 loss to visiting St. Lucie.

Mike Mayers (L, 0-1) was staked to a 2-0 lead after three but allowed the Mets to tie it in the fourth and coughed up the lead in a four-run fifth. Mayers, making his A-Advanced debut, permitted five tallies on seven hits and two free passes in four plus. Corey Baker inherited a bases-loaded, none out jam and served up a grand slam to his first batter faced. Baker went on to retire the next six in order. Iden Nazario and Aidan Lucas each tossed a scoreless frame.

Shortstop Alex Mejia was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles while third baseman Jacob Wilson and designated hitter Nick Martini paced The PB-Cards' 14-hit attack with three hits apiece. Mejia and Wilson each touched home once and Mejia knocked in two.

Friday's game: at St. Lucie (0-1), 6:30 pm ET, Joe Cuda (NR, ---)

Peoria 8 at Wisconsin 4

Six runs in the seventh helped Peoria spoil Wisconsin's home opener in a come-from-behind 8-4 triumph.

The Timber Rattlers scored first with a single tally in the third off Jimmy Reed but the Chiefs knotted it up in the sixth. Wisconsin went back up with a run in the bottom of the frame off Arturo Reyes (W, 1-0) but Peoria broke out with six hits and two walks in the top of the seventh to take the final lead.

Second baseman Mason Katz doubled twice in four at bats with three RBI, joining centerfielder C.J. McElroy and left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls in the two-hit club. Katz and McElroy each touched home once with the latter knocking in two. Third baseman Michael Schulze doubled in his only official at bat but scored three runs due to the three free passes he drew.

Peoria starter Reed yielded just the one tally on four hits and a walk in five while fanning four. Reyes, benefiting from his team's timely offensive output, gave up single tallies in each of his two-inning stint. Reyes allowed three hits and a base-on-balls. Chris Perry permitted a tally on a hit and walk in two frames.

Friday's game: at Wisconsin (0-1), 6:35 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (NR, ---)

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