Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/18/14

Rafael Ortega's performance led Springfield to the system's only win on Thursday. Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria all fell.

Results from games played Thursday, April 17th.

Memphis 4 at Nashville 5

Scott McGregor yielded five runs in just four innings as the Redbirds (8-6) were clipped by the Sounds 5-4 in game three of four at Nashville. Memphis leads the series two games to one.

McGregor (L, 0-2) gave up at least one tally in the first, second and fourth on eight total hits, including a solo shot, five base-on-balls and two wild pitches. Lee Stoppelman struck out three in two innings, plunking one. Sam Freeman worked around three hits to keep the opposition off the board over the final two frames.

Down 3-0 after three, the visitors got to work, pushing across one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Greg Garcia led the team in hits, going 3-for-4 with a triple and walk but Randal Grichuk was the most productive Redbird. Grichuk singled and doubled in five at bats, knocking in three. Tommy Pham worked a pinch-hit free pass in the fifth before taking over in left and went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Stephen Piscotty's only hit in three at bats was his first home run of 2014. Memphis had 10 hits in all.

Friday's game: at Nashville (6-8), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-1, 1.98)

Springfield 2 vs. Arkansas 1

Luis Mateo's RBI single in the ninth drove in Rafael Ortega as the S-Cards walked off with a 2-1 win over the Travelers in the series opener. Springfield (6-7) moves into a first-place tie with Arkansas as a result.

Player of the Day Ortega accounted for both of his team's runs, singling to open both the seventh and ninth. Patrick Wisdom's fourth double of the season in the seventh, only the fifth hit by the home squad, sent Ortega to third. Travis Tartamella got one deep enough to center to sacrifice Ortega home and tie up the contest. Curt Smith went 2-for-4 for one-fourth of Springfield's eight hits in all.

The only runner to cross home against Seth Blair in six frames came in the first on three of the five cumulative hits the right-hander gave up. Blair issued four base-on-balls and hit the same batter twice. Logan Billbrough permitted two singles in 1 1/3, departing with two aboard in the eighth due to Wisdom's fielding error.

Justin Wright (W, 1-0) induced a 6-3 double play to end the threat, retiring the side in order in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Arkansas (6-7), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (0-2, 7.00)

Charlotte 5 at Palm Beach 3

The Beach Birds' losing skid reached five as the Stone Crabs pinched Palm Beach (6-8) 5-3 in the series opener.

Joe Cuda (L, 0-2) could not finish the fifth, allowing five runs on eight hits and two base-on-balls in 4 2/3. Iden Nazario issued one free pass in 2 1/3, stranding two inherited runners. Robert Stock gave up two hits with two strikeouts in two.

Palm Beach battled back from a 3-0 deficit midway through the fourth to tie it up with three in the bottom of the frame. Charlie Tilson led off with a single, one of this three hits in five at bats, eventually scoring on Breyvic Valera's groundout. Matt Williams worked a free pass right behind Tilson and subsequently touched home on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Wilson. Starlin Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double with two outs and was doubled in by Anthony Garcia. Garcia's 2-for-4 night was the only other multi-hit performance by Palm Beach, which had eight hits in all.

Friday's game: vs. Charlotte (5-9), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (2-0, 2.13)

Peoria 5 at Fort Wayne 6

Chiefs' hurlers could not hold an eighth inning lead as Peoria (8-5) watched Fort Wayne walk off, 6-5. The series-opening loss snapped a five-game winning streak.

Joe Scanio began his stint in the eighth needing six outs to preserve a 5-4 lead. Instead, Scanio (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) hit the first batter faced who came around to even the game up on a single, sac bunt and sac fly. It was déjà vu all over again the next frame when Scanio again hit the first batter faced, gave up a single and sac bunt that put two in scoring position. This time Zach Loraine was brought in to try and stem the tide but Loraine permitted the game-winning single.

All four of the runs charged to starter Jimmy Reed came in the third of his five innings on the mound. Reed gave up seven hits and a walk while fanning three. He hit one. Chris Perry held the Wizards to just one free pass over the next two.

The Chiefs' offense was a team-wide affair with seven players having at least one of the team's 10 hits. C.J. McElroy, Jimmy Bosco and Michael Schulze had two hits apiece. McElroy tripled and scored twice, Bosco doubled once, scored one and drove in another while Schulze touched home once and worked his squad's only base-on-balls.

Friday's game: at Fort Wayne (5-8), 6:05 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 3.00)

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