Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/20/14

On a 2-2 Saturday, Springfield had timely hitting and great pitching while Palm Beach slugged its way back to a win.

Results from games played Saturday, April 19th.

Oklahoma City 6 at Memphis 2

Down 2-0 in the first against Angel Castro, Memphis (8-8) was unable to come back in the series opener against Oklahoma City. It was the Redbirds' third straight loss.

Castro departed in the sixth with two on, but the score was still just 2-0. Reliever Lee Stoppelman served up a three-run shot to his first batter faced to seal the loss. Keith Butler allowed a run over two innings. David Aardsma finished up with a perfect ninth to lower his ERA to 1.17.

Jermaine Curtis' double in the sixth was the first Redbirds hit of the night. He scored on a sacrifice double play started by Randal Grichuk. Oscar Taveras closed the Memphis scoring with a seventh-inning solo home run, his third of the season.

The Memphis 6-7-8 hitters, Xavier Scruggs, Pete Kozma (error) and Ed Easley, went a combined 0-for-10 with four strikeouts.

Sunday's game: vs. first-place (American Northern) Oklahoma City (11-6) (HOU), 1:35 pm CT, Tim Cooney (3-0, 2.04).

Springfield 6, Arkansas 1

A two-run home run by James Ramsey in the first helped the first-place S-Cards (8-7) prevail over visiting Arkansas 6-1 and take a 3-0 lead in the four-game series.

Player of the Day Jonathan Cornelius tossed a gem, allowing just one run on five hits and no walks over seven innings. The left-hander fanned six. Danny Miranda retired all six batters faced, including two strikeouts, to finish off the win.

Leadoff man Mike O'Neill was on base all four times, with two walks, a double and a triple. He scored twice and drove in one. Ramsey singled and drew a free pass in addition to his long ball. New arrival Luis Mateo singled, doubled and scored.

Sunday's game: vs. Arkansas (6-8), 4:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-1, 3.86).

Palm Beach 13, Charlotte 9

The Cardinals won their three-game series over Charlotte two games to one as a result of their 13-9 comeback win Saturday night. Down 3-0 before they even batted and 5-2 after 1 1/2 innings, the Palm Beach offense pulled even in the third before starter Kurt Heyer yielded his sixth and seventh runs of the day.

With four runs in each of the fifth and seventh innings, the Beach Birds took the lead and pulled away to their season-best run-scoring total, making reliever Corey Baker the winner. The right-hander stopped the bleeding by allowing just two baserunners and striking out four in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

After a shaky outing by Iden Nazario (two runs in 2/3 inning), Sam Tuivailala earned his first save with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless.

The Cards' 2-3-4 hitters had three hits each. Friday's Player of the Day Starlin Rodriguez continued his hot hitting with a single, double and home run, good for three runs scored and three RBI. Breyvic Valera singled three times. Jacob Wilson singled and doubled twice, plating two. In addition, Nick Martini tripled twice and drove in a pair.

Sunday's game: The Cardinals (8-8) are off for Easter while preparing for a Monday night series opener at the Port St. Lucie Mets. Kyle Helisek (0-1, 0.71) is scheduled to get the ball.

Fort Wayne 15, Peoria 10

A night after Peoria's pitchers were gored for 16 hits, they were battered for two more in their 15-10 Saturday loss at Fort Wayne. It was the Chiefs' third straight defeat to the Wizards. The 18 hits given up, including seven extra-base hits, were both season-worsts for the Chiefs' hurlers.

Peoria was down 7-0 in the first after starter Chase Brookshire was able to get just two outs. The closest the Chiefs got was 8-4 in the third, but in the bottom of the frame, the Wizards hung a four-spot of their own on reliever Kevin Herget to open up an eight-run edge.

Kyle Barraclough allowed two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout. Zach Loraine threw two shutout innings with one hit allowed, two walks and a strikeout. Chris Thomas allowed one unearned run on two hits over two innings while striking out three.

The Peoria offense ran through Cesar Valera and Carson Kelly. The shortstop went a career-best 4-for-5, including two doubles. He plated two and scored one. The catcher singled and homered, collecting four RBI and crossing home twice. Kelly's home run cleared the seats in left field and landed on the concourse in front of the apartment building that borders Parkview Field.

Kenny Peoples-Walls added two singles, a double and two RBI. Fellow outfielder Ronald Castillo extended his hitting streak to eight games and his on-base string to 10 contests.

Despite a season-high 16 hits, the Chiefs stranded 11 runners. DH Matthew Young went 0-for-5, including three strikeouts and leaving four runners in scoring position with two outs, to drop his batting average to .188.

Sunday's game: The Chiefs (8-7) also receive a day off for Easter. They return home to begin a series against Cedar Rapids (MIN) Monday night. Alex Reyes (1-0, 1.13) will get the start.

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