Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/07/14

Mason Katz had a two-homer day in Peoria's twin-bill split but Palm Beach was the only other squad in the winning column. Memphis and Springfield both went down to defeat as the system went 2-3.

Results from games played Sunday, April 6th.

Memphis 3 at Iowa 4

Despite matching Saturday's nine hits, Memphis (3-1) could not match the 11-run results and absorbed their first defeat, 4-3 at Iowa. The loss prevented a four-game sweep.

The Redbirds pushed across two first-inning runs when Stephen Piscotty doubled in Randal Grichuk (error) and Xavier Scruggs singled home Piscotty. The Cubs responded with single tallies in the first, seventh and eighth to take their first lead. Scruggs opened the ninth with a triple and scooted home on Ed Easley's infield single to first to re-tie it at three all. But Iowa walked off with the win in the bottom of the frame.

Lee Stoppelman (L, 0-1) took the loss despite not yielding a hit in 1 1/3. The lefty issued three walks in all, the last one coming back to haunt him when the runner eventually scored on a single given up by Heath Wyatt.

Tyler Lyons was solid in his 2014 debut, scattering five hits and two base-on-balls, one intentional, resulting in one run give up through five. He struck out four.

Monday's game: first of four at Omaha (2-2) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, Scott McGregor (season debut)

Corpus Christi 6 at Springfield 3

Sam Gaviglio was ineffective in his Double-A debut, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in four as Springfield (1-3) dropped the series opener versus Corpus Christi.

Gaviglio wrapped two scoreless frames around two two-run innings that included a wild pitch and a hit batsman. The damage would have been worse except for a play at the plate on a throw from centerfielder Rafael Ortega resulting in the last out in the third.

Anthony Ferrara gave up two hits and a base-on-balls in three frames before three hits off Joe Donofrio produced a tally in the eighth. Springfield's second double play of the night erased a single yielded by Dean Kiekhefer in the ninth.

All three S-Cards' tallies crossed in the eighth. Aledmys Diaz doubled in Mike O'Neill and Greg Miclat after the latter two reached on back-to-back singles. A single by Cody Stanley moved Diaz to third and yet another single, this one by James Ramsey, knocked Diaz in. Diaz, the designated hitter, added a single for the only multi-hit performance by a Cardinal in his first start.

Monday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (3-1) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (season debut)

Palm Beach 1 vs. St. Lucie 0

A double, ground out and wild pitch generated the game's only score as Palm Beach (3-1) edged St. Lucie 1-0 to take the series three games to one.

The first of Breyvic Valera's two hits was a double to begin the fourth. He advanced to third on a 4-3 ground out which put the third baseman in position to race home on a wild pitch. Valera later singled for half of the Beach Bird's four hits but was caught stealing in his only attempt.

The A-Advanced debut of Cory Jones went swimmingly through four as the 22-year-old retired 11 of the first 14 faced, issuing two free passes and a double. Jones ran into trouble in the fifth, sandwiching a called K between two singles that resulted in two in scoring position due to a throwing error by Nick Martini.

Corey Baker (W, 1-0) entered and quashed the threat on the first of his four strikeouts and a ground out. The righty gave up two hits in 2 2/3 and did not walk a batter. Dixon Llorens struck out four of the six batters faced for his first save of the year.

Monday's game: Off. The Cards head out on a six game road trip versus Bradenton (PIT) and Charlotte (TB) on Tuesday.

Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 2 - game one (7)
Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 3 - game two (7)

Peoria (2-2) split a pair at Wisconsin on Sunday, taking the opener 3-2 but dropping the nightcap 3-1 for an overall split of their four-game series.

In game one, Player of the Day Mason Katz's only hit in four at bats was a two-run blast in the first that put the Chiefs ahead for good and made a winner out of starter Alex Reyes (W, 1-0) who overcame a serious case of free pass-itis to keep the Timber Rattlers shut down through five.

Carson Kelly singled twice in four at bats, joining Katz and C.J. McElroy (err0r) by crossing home once. Defensively, the rookie catcher was charged with a passed ball and was 0-for-2 in nailing stolen base attempts.

Reyes used six strikeouts to counteract the seven walks and three hits he allowed in his full season debut. The walks and strikeouts took their toll on the righty's pitch count which ballooned to 104 in just five innings, 55 for strikes.

Kevin Herget's first professional save was not without drama. The New Jersey native yielded two tallies in the first of his two-inning stint that were unearned because of his own throwing error. Herget gave up three hits and two walks overall and escaped after putting two on in the bottom of the seventh.

Pitching was the order of the day in the second contest with each squad mustering just four hits. Chase Brookshire (L, 0-1) was charged with all three runs, two earned, on four hits, including a solo shot, in 5 2/3. The southpaw fanned five in his first full-season appearance. Christopher Thomas struck out the only batter faced to strand one of Brookshire's runners.

Another long ball by Katz in the sixth produced Peoria's sole run and knotted the game at 1-1. Jake Stone, Michael Schulze and McElroy each singled once with Stone drawing his squad's only base-on-balls.

Monday's game: Off. The Chiefs open their first home stand of the season on Tuesday, taking on Dayton (CIN).

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