Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/03/14

Juan Herrera and Kenny Peoples-Walls led Peoria to overwhelming victory, one of three in St. Louis' minors on Friday. Memphis and Palm Beach also notched wins but Springfield fell.

Results from games played Friday, May 2nd.

Memphis 9 at Colorado Springs 3

Back-to-back doubles by Pete Kozma and Xavier Scruggs capped a big sixth, leading to the Redbirds' 9-3 win at Colorado Springs in the first of four games. Memphis (14-14) finishes the week two games off the lead set by Nashville (MIL) and Round Rock (TEX).

Each double plated two runners and was the only hit of the game by the infielders. Kozma's double broke a 2-2 tie and both players crossed home later that frame. Shane Robinson had three of the Redbirds' 10 hits, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home twice and knocking in one. On the ‘Wong Watch', the second baseman had his first 0-fer night since being re-assigned to Memphis on April 28th. Oscar Taveras extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning RBI single.

Zach Petrick tossed a quality start, yielding six hits and a base-on-balls that produced single tallies in the fourth through sixth, and picked up his first Triple-A win in his third try. Petrick fanned four over six innings with seven groundball and three fly-ball outs.

Nick Greenwood was perfect in the seventh and eighth, striking out one. Heath Wyatt allowed a hit in the ninth.

Saturday's game: at Colorado Springs (11-14), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-4, 7.04)

Northwest Arkansas 8 at Springfield 5

Seth Blair faced one batter too many, resulting in an 8-5 loss at home in the finale of the series, one in which the S-Cards won only one of four. Springfield (14-14) clings to a one-game lead over Tulsa (COL) in the Texas League North division.

Blair matched his Naturals' counterpart through six, each pitcher permitting three tallies. Blair (L, 2-1) issued his fifth free pass to begin the seventh, giving way to Danny Miranda who did not get the job done. Miranda allowed Blair's runner to cross plus three of his own via two sac bunts, a wild pitch, intentional walk and bases-clearing triple. That left Blair with a final line of four runs on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts. Dean Kiekhefer gave up a run on three hits in the ninth.

Cody Stanley and Luis Mateo each had two hits for half of their team's eight hits in all. Stanley tripled once with a run scored and RBI. Patrick Wisdom doubled in one tally and scored another, his only hit in four at bats.

Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa (13-14), 6:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-4, 7.23)

Palm Beach 3 vs. Fort Myers 2 (14)

David Washington's sac fly in the 14th produced a 3-2 walk-off win over first-place Fort Myers. That gives the Cards a 2-0 lead in their three-game set. Fifth-place Palm Beach (12-16) trails the Miracle by four games in the tight South division.

Washington's sacrifice brought across Breyvic Valera who opened with a single, his second hit in six at bats. Anthony Garcia took one for the team, advancing Valera to second. Bruce Caldwell bunted both over, bringing Washington to the plate.

Garcia generated both of the PB-Cards' other tallies. His fifth long ball got the scoring started in the second before he doubled in Jacob Wilson (double) in the fourth to put his squad back up 2-1. Garcia and Wilson's two-hit games matched Valera's, just behind Starlin Rodriguez' 3-for-5 performance. A single by Jesus Montero accounted for Palm Beach's other hit.

Five Beach Birds hurlers into the game, Caldwell (W, 1-0) was asked to pitch the 14th. The right-hander erased a lead-off single by inducing 4-6-3 double play to keep Fort Myers off the board and put him in line for the win.

Palm Beach went to the bullpen early, starter Cory Jones not answering the bell for the fourth. Jones allowed a run on two hits and a base-on-balls through three. Mitch Harris maintained his team's slim lead through the next three, yielding a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.

Robert Stock (BS, 1) worked around two free passes in the seventh but could not escape two more walks, a double and RBI ground out in the eighth. Corey Baker went the next three, giving up a hit and two base-on-balls. Sam Tuivailala fanned two in two frames, giving up two hits.

Saturday's game: vs. Fort Myers (16-12), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (0-1, 1.59)

Peoria 12 at Cedar Rapids 3

The Chiefs' high-octane offense was on display again on Friday as they pounded the Kernels 12-3 in the Series' opener. Second-place Peoria (17-9) has closed to a game off the pace set by Kane County (CHC) in the Western division.

Peoria, with a .264 team batting average that stands second in the league, banged out 14 hits, including a double, three triples and a home run. Chiefs scored in each of the first four frames, the highlight being a seven-run fourth.

Shortstop Juan Herrera and left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls, our co-Players of the Day, set the standard with three hits apiece. Herrera tripled, touched home twice with three driven in while Peoples-Walls smashed his first bomb of 2014 to go with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI.

Cesar Valera, catcher Carson Kelly and designated hitter Steve Bean added two hits each. Valera and Kelly both tripled once with two runs scored. Kelly knocked in two as did Bean who touched home once.

Silfredo Garcia (W, 2-2) struck out seven through five, giving up two runs on six hits and a base-on-balls. Kevin Herget matched that strikeout total in just three frames, issuing three free passes. Chris Thomas surrendered a solo shot and walk in the ninth.

Saturday's game: at Cedar Rapids (15-12), 6:35 pm CT, Blake McKnight (1-0, 7.71) (first start of year)

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