Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/05/14

It was déjà vu all over again on Sunday as Palm Beach notched the system's only win behind Marco Gonzales' outing. Springfield‘s contest featured the first rehab appearances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte.

Results from games played Sunday, May 4th.

Memphis 3 at Colorado Springs 8

Boone Whiting could not finish the fifth in the Redbirds' 8-3 loss at Colorado Springs. The defeat left Memphis (14-16) trailing the four-game series one game to two.

Facing Colorado for the second straight time, Whiting (L, 0-4) had similar results in even less mound time. The righty allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3. Three of the five tallies were generated by a fifth-inning home run.

Jose Almarante faced one over the minimum in his 1 2/3-inning stint, issuing one free pass and striking out two. Lee Stoppelman gave up two hits and two bases-on-balls resulting in a three-run seventh. Keith Butler struck out two in the ninth.

Joey Butler and Kolten Wong each had two of the Redbirds' seven hits. Butler added a double and walk to his fourth bomb of the season, driving in two. Wong crossed home once and stole a base.

Monday's game: at Colorado Springs (13-16), 7:35 pm CT, Angel Castro (2-2, 4.81)

Tulsa 7 at Springfield 3

Jaime Garcia's and Jason Motte's road back to St. Louis began in Springfield on Sunday, a game the S-Cards lost 7-3. Springfield (14-16) has dropped the first two of four against Tulsa.

Garcia's 28-pitch outing lasted two frames, as he yielded two runs on three hits and a walk. The southpaw fanned his first batter swinging before navigating around a single via a 4-3 double play ball. A free pass and long ball to the first two batters in the second produced the two tallies. Garcia got a 6-3 ground out then gave up a single to second. He aided his own case when he picked off the runner for the second out and caught his final batter looking at strike three.

Garcia did not figure in the decision thanks to two Springfield runs in the home half of the second. Interestingly, Garcia was allowed to bat with one out and the bases loaded and garnered an RBI when he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch, forcing in David Popkins (single). (Sam Gaviglio was inserted as Garcia's pinch runner so he at least did not run the base paths.) Mike O'Neill's single to deep short brought across Matt Williams (walk) for the inning's final score.

Regular starter Jonathan Cornelius was pitching in relief. He suffered his third loss in five decisions, allowing a two-run shot that was one of six hits and a base-on-balls permitted over 3 1/3. Justin Wright fanned two with a hit given up in 1 2/3, stranding two of Cornelius' runners.

Back on familiar ground, Jason Motte had familiar results. The former Springfield closer struck out the side swinging in the eighth on 13 pitches, nine for strikes. The Drillers' third home run of the day off Logan Billbrough in the ninth was a three-run blast. Billbrough yielded three hits, completing Springfield's ‘feat' of yielding every Tulsa run via the long ball.

Williams opened the ninth with a single, his second hit of the day to go with a double. He eventually scored on a ground out by Travis Tartamella. Popkins' two singles in four at bats represented the only other multi-hit performance by his squad which had seven hits in total.

Monday's game: vs. Tulsa (15-15), 11:10 am CT, Kurt Heyer (2-2, 3.22)

Palm Beach 7 vs. Jupiter 0

The second installment of the Fins vs. Feathers series got underway Sunday afternoon, resulting in a 7-0 shutout of Jupiter by Palm Beach (14-16).

Player of the Day Marco Gonzales (W, 2-1) kept the Hammerheads hitting grounder after grounder for eight innings, producing 16 groundball outs versus six hits and a walk. The lefty notched four fly-ball outs and one strikeout.

Iden Nazario replaced Dixon Llorens in the ninth prior to the latter facing a batter. Nazario fanned one with one hit allowed.

Breyvic Valera torched Jupiter, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Bruce Caldwell and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece, Caldwell doubling once with a run scored while Vargas drove in one.

Jacob Wilson and Starlin Rodriguez each contributed without a hit. Wilson came around to score both times he drew a free pass and Rodriguez recorded two RBI via sacrifice flies.

Monday's game: at Jupiter (12-18), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-2, 4.18)

Peoria 0 at Cedar Rapids 2

Rob Kaminsky came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel in his full-season debut as Peoria (17-11) was shut out 2-0. After taking the opener, the Chiefs dropped the next two for a series loss.

Scoring during Kaminsky's four-inning stint was comprised of single tallies in the second and third, although only one of the runs was earned. The lefty yielded five hits and two walks, striking out two with seven groundball and two fly-ball outs.

Chase Brookshire retired the side in order twice before Kyle Barraclough worked around two free passes in the seventh. Chris Thomas fanned two while walking one in the eighth.

Peoria was held to just three hits and right fielder Ronald Castillo had two of them. First baseman Jake Stone garnered both of his squad's free passes.

Monday's game: vs. Beloit (11-18) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Alex Reyes (2-0, 2.60)

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