Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/28/14

Jonathan Rodriguez' strong performance led Springfield to the system's only win on Sunday. Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, April 27th.

Memphis 2 at Round Rock 6

Zach Petrick yielded four runs over five as Memphis (11-12) failed in their bid to salvage a split of their four-game series at rival Round Rock.

Petrick (L, 0-2) had a rough time of it in his second Triple-A outing, giving up six hits and five free passes on 93 pitches, 50 for strikes. All four scores occurred in the fourth. Sam Freeman allowed two hits and a walk through the sixth and seventh before Jose Almarante permitted two tallies on a hit and two base-on-balls in the eighth.

The Redbirds' primary offense was generated by left fielder Oscar Taveras who had his team's only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of 2014. It came with none aboard in the fifth and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Consecutive doubles by Stephen Piscotty and Scott Moore pushed across Piscotty in the fourth, giving the visitors a brief 1-0 lead.

Monday's game: vs. Colorado Springs (9-13) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-2, 5.71)

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 3

A five-run first launched the S-Cards to a 6-3 victory over host Arkansas. Springfield (13-10) has taken the first three of four versus the Travelers.

All nine Cardinals contributed either one of the 10 team hits, a run scored or an RBI. The visitors wore out Arkansas' starter on five singles and two base-on-balls resulting in five runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

Designated hitter Jonathan Rodriguez, our Player of the Day, was responsible for four runs, singling and doubling in four at bats with two runs scored and two RBIs. Rafael Ortega and James Ramsey each went 2-for-5 while crossing once, Ortega doubling once.

Seth Blair (W, 2-0) shut down the opposition through five despite yielding six walks and four hits. Anthony Ferrara gave up two runs on two hits and a free pass while recording four outs. Logan Billbrough permitted four hits resulting in a tally in 2/3 of a frame. Justin Wright retired the first four faced before allowing consecutive singles and a ground out that put both runners in scoring position. Joe Donofrio fanned his only batter swinging for his first professional save.

Monday's game: at Arkansas (8-15), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-3, 5.49)

Palm Beach 7 at Fort Myers 10

The Beach Birds' Not-Ready-For-Primetime bullpen struck again, costing Palm Beach (10-13) both the game and three-game series.

Starter Kyle Helisek departed after five with his team up 7-2, partially thanks to his two-hit, four-walk outing. Both runs were unearned. Iden Nazario and Aidan Lucas (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) flipped that in the span of a single inning, allowing six in the sixth. Nazario allowed the first three to reach on two walks and a single then served up a grand slam that finished his day without a batter retired. Lucas gave up two that frame plus two more in the eighth on five hits and two free passes in all.

Palm Beach mustered nine hits, David Washington and Alex Mejia both going 2-for-4. Washington joined Nick Martini in launching a solo bomb and Jacob Wilson doubled once in five at bats, driving in two and crossing home once. Casey Rasmus scored twice with a double in two at bats, walk and hit-by-pitch.

Monday's game: vs. Jupiter (9-14) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (1-1, 2.04)

Quad Cities 15 at Peoria 3 (8 2/3)

A 15-3 pounding by the River Bandits snapped the Chiefs' five-game winning streak, preventing a three-game sweep of Quad Cities. Ninth-inning lightening led initially to a game delay with the sacks jammed and two out, and eventually to the game being called.

The contest was competitive with the home team within striking distance until the visitors tallied four in the fifth plus five in the sixth. Chase Brookshire (L, 0-3) was charged with seven runs on eight hits and three free passes, the final three runners crossing under Chris Thomas' watch.

Thomas allowed two hits, a base-on-balls and hit a batter, resulting in one run in just 2/3 of an inning. Blake McKnight saved the rest of the bullpen by going the final four frames, permitting seven tallies, five earned, on seven hits, three walks and a plunked batter. McKnight served up two solo shots and Brookshire one.

Peoria (13-8) was held to five hits and a walk, Ronald Castillo having two of them. The rightfielder singled and doubled in three at bats, knocking in one. Jimmy Bosco touched home twice, going 1-for-4 with a double. Shortstop Juan Herrera was responsible for two sixth-inning tallies, doubling in Bosco (fielding error) and scoring via Castillo's sac fly.

Monday's game: Peoria heads out on a seven-game road trip beginning at Beloit (8-14) (OAK), Alex Reyes (1-0, 2.19)

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