Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/06/14

St. Louis' minors went 2-2 on Monday with Memphis winning big. James Ramsey's two home run game boosted Springfield to victory but Palm Beach and Peoria both fell, the latter despite a superb effort by Alex Reyes.

Results from games played Monday, May 5th.

Memphis 15 at Colorado Springs 2

Kolten Wong's best night at the plate since his re-assignment aided Memphis (15-16) in their 15-2 pounding of the Sky Sox for a split of their four-game set.

Wong, one of five Redbirds with three hits each, ended up a triple shy of the cycle and was responsible for five tallies. His solo shot in the seventh was one of three home runs by the visitors, to go with three runs scored and three driven in in six at bats.

Every Redbirds position player garnered at least one hit with either a run scored or RBI. Oscar Taveras, Tommy Pham, Pete Kozma and Audry Perez joined Wong in the three-hit club. Taveras doubled twice, crossed home once with three RBI while Pham and Kozma both scored three times. Pham added a walk, two-run bomb with two RBI in four at bats and Kozma doubled once with one knocked in. Perez had his fifth double of 2014 to go with a sac fly, run scored and two driven in.

Angel Castro (W, 3-2) notched another strong showing in his second straight start versus the Sky Sox. The only damage against the righty over 5 2/3 was a solo blast in the sixth that made the score 11-1. Castro yielded four hits and two bases-on-balls while fanning three.

Heath Wyatt faced the minimum over the next 2 1/3, striking out three. David Aardsma gave up a tally on two hits and a free pass in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: at Oklahoma City (17-15) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (3-1, 3.28)

Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 6

James Ramsey's and Patrick Wisdom's three-hit performances gave Springfield (15-16) the win in the "Last Man Standing" contest in the game at Tulsa, a series they trail two games to one.

Two of our co-Player of the Day Ramsey's three hits went yard, both coming with Rafael Ortega (error, single) aboard. That gave the right fielder four RBI to go with three runs scored and accounted for five of Springfield's seven hits. Wisdom added a solo shot to a double, scored once and drove in two. All three home runs came off former Springfield starter Richard Castillo, who did not figure in the decision.

The S-Cards struck first with two in the first but Tulsa tied it in the second. Two more runs the next frame gave Springfield their second lead which lasted until the Drillers pushed across three in the fifth for a 5-4 lead. All five scores came off Kurt Heyer, who permitted 10 hits and a walk in just 4 2/3.

After a run in the home half of the fifth re-knotted the game at five all, the visitors broke back on top with a solo long ball against Danny Miranda, the only hit he yielded in 1 1/3. Miranda issued one free pass and stranded two inherited runners.

Two runs in the bottom of the seventh gave Joe Donofrio his second win in as many decisions. Donofrio held Tulsa to a hit in 1 2/3, fanning two. Justin Wright retired his only batter faced for the final out in the eighth. Dean Kiekhefer was perfect in the ninth, striking out one, for his sixth save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Tulsa (15-16), 11:10 am CT, Kyle Hald (1-0, 2.35)

Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 5

Palm Beach (14-17) fell in game two of the Fins vs. Feathers duel, evening the series at one all.

All five of Jupiter's runs came against Mike Mayers (L, 2-3) although only three were earned. Mayers allowed 11 hits and a base-on-balls in 4 2/3 with three strikeouts. Aidan Lucas limited the damage by stranding two of Mayers' runners in the fifth on his way to 2 1/3 scoreless frames. Lucas gave up one hit and a walk. Sam Tuivailala worked around a hit in the eighth.

Three of the Beach Birds' four tallies scored in the first, the result of four of Palm Beach's seven hits. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-4, touched home once, drove in one and swiped a bag. Charlie Tilson, Nick Martini and David Washington each added a first-inning hit and scored once.

Tuesday's game: at Jupiter (13-18), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-4, 12.50)

Beloit 1 at Peoria 0

Alex Reyes' eight strikeout gem was not enough as Peoria (17-12) was shut out 1-0 in the series' opener.

Reyes, our co-Player of the Day, held the last-place Snappers to five hits and two free passes in six. However, two of the hits were singles in the fifth that were sandwiched around a passed ball and wild pitch, leading to the game's only score and Reyes' first loss in three decisions.

Neither Jhonny Polanco nor Zach Loraine allowed a base runner over the final three frames. Polanco struck out four in two innings while Loraine fanned two in the ninth.

Peoria's offense mustered a meager four hits and a walk on the game with no Chief managing more than one.

Tuesday's game: vs. Beloit (12-18), 11:00 am CT, Arturo Reyes (2-2, 2.59)



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