Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/15/14

Springfield and Peoria both came out on top, aided by the performances of Kurt Heyer and C.J. McElroy. Palm Beach fell and Memphis' contest was rained out.

Results from games played Monday, April 14th.

Memphis vs. Iowa - postponed

The final of four games versus Iowa was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a May 28th double-header. Memphis lost the home-opening series, one game to two.

Tuesday's game: Memphis (6-5) at Nashville (5-6) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 1

‘Opportunistic' was the theme of the day for Springfield (4-7) in its 2-1 victory over host Corpus Christi. The win evened the series at one all.

The S-Cards' offense was held to just three hits but they took advantage of a first-inning error plus two walks in the second to push across a tally each frame. Mike O'Neill got things started when he reached via a throwing error by the Hooks' shortstop, was singled to third by James Ramsey and scored on a force out.

Patrick Wisdom singled up the middle with one out in the second, the first of his two singles, and watched as the Hooks' starter issued consecutive free passes to load the bases. O'Neill got a fly ball deep enough to center to sacrifice in Wisdom and provide the difference in the game.

That was sufficient for Co-Player of the Day Kurt Heyer (W, 1-1) who scattered seven hits and a base-on-balls over seven, yielding only a run in the sixth. Heyer was aided by two double plays plus a play at the plate which prevented a first-inning score by Corpus Christi.

Joe Donofrio was given a quick hook by manager Mike Shildt after issuing a two-out walk in the eighth. Dean Kiekhefer retired all four batters faced for his second save of the season.

Tuesday's game: at Corpus Christi (8-3), 7:10 pm CT, Zach Petrick (1-0, 0.00)

Bradenton 5 at Palm Beach 2

The Beach Birds (6-5) translated nine hits into just two tallies in dropping the series opener to visiting Bradenton, 5-2.

Breyvic Valera had a hand in both of his squad's scores, singling and scoring on Jacob Wilson's double in the first before singling home Alex Mejia (walk) in the seventh. Valera joined Charlie Tilson and Wilson in the two-hit club. Valera, Tilson and Mejia each swiped a bag.

Kyle Helisek (L, 0-1) made the 1-0 lead hold up until an error by first baseman David Washington, one of three by Palm Beach, allowed the Marauders to tie in the fifth. The visitors went ahead in the sixth when Helisek gave up the only earned run of the three charged to him in 6 2/3. The lefty struck out five, allowing five hits and three walks.

Dixon Llorens sent down the first six batters faced before becoming a bit unglued with two out in the ninth. The righty plunked a batter, issued a free pass, wild pitched both runners into scoring position, balked a run home and permitted an RBI single before notching his fourth strikeout.

Tuesday's game: vs. Bradenton (6-5), 6:35 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (1-0, 0.00)

Peoria 9 at Lake County 6

Peoria's offense was the difference as they out slugged host Lake County for a 9-6 win in the rain-soaked series opener.

The big blow in the four-run first was a bases-clearing double by Mason Katz, his only hit of the game, which scored Carson Kelly (walk), Ronald Castillo (double) and Matthew Young (walk). Castillo's earlier double drove in C.J. McElroy, who singled to lead off the game.

The Chiefs (6-4) added single runs in the second and fourth, capping the scoring with three in the eighth. McElroy, our co-Player of the Day, went 3-for-4 while touching home three times and Cesar Valera singled twice in four at bats with a run scored for the only other multi-hit performance. Four other Chiefs had one of Peoria's nine hits with Kelly adding an RBI and a base-on-balls.

Starter Alex Reyes went just three frames due to the rain. Reyes began the first in a steady rain and waited out a 27-minute delay before the second inning. Kevin Herget took over for Reyes in the fourth in the pouring rain, giving Reyes a final line of one run on two hits and five base-on-balls with five strikeouts in three.

Herget was credited with his first win in as many decisions despite allowing a fourth-inning grand slam. All four tallies were unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Valera. Herget gave up two hits and three free passes in 3 2/3, striking out four. He threw two wild pitches.

The first of four strikeouts by Zach Loraine stranded two inherited runners in scoring position in the seventh. Loraine (S, 2) yielded a ninth-inning solo shot, the only hit allowed in 2 1/3. He did not walk a batter.

Tuesday's game: at Lake County (4-7), 5:30 pm CT, Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00)

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