Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/07/14

St. Louis' minors featured several sparkling pitching performances on Tuesday, highlighted by Springfield's Kyle Hald and Palm Beach's Nick Petree. Both starters pitched their teams to victory. Peoria won as well but Memphis fell despite Tim Cooney's solid effort.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 6th.

Memphis 0 at Oklahoma City 2

Lack of run support for Tim Cooney doomed the Redbirds to a 2-0 defeat at Oklahoma City in the series' opener. Memphis (15-17) sits three games in back of both Nashville (MIL) and Round Rock (TEX) in the division.

Cooney (L, 3-2) yielded two runs in the fourth on four of his six hits and one of three walks allowed over 7 2/3. He struck out four. Nick Greenwood fanned his only batter faced.

The Redbirds matched the RedHawks' six hits as right fielder Stephen Piscotty accounted for three of them. Piscotty doubled once out of the clean-up spot.

Wednesday's game: at Oklahoma City (18-15), 11:05 am CT, Zach Petrick (1-1, 5.29)

Springfield 2 vs. Tulsa 1

Kyle Hald tossed seven strong frames as the S-Cards edged Tulsa 2-1 to salvage a split of their four-game series. The win moves Springfield (16-16) into a first-place tie with Arkansas (LAA) atop the division, a game ahead of the Drillers.

Co-Player of the Day Hald's fourth start of 2014 was his most impressive yet. The southpaw blanked the opposition on three hits and a base-on-balls, throwing 101 pitches, 64 for strikes. Hald struck out seven with 11 groundball and two fly-ball outs.

Jason Motte continued his rehab with an uneventful six-pitch eighth. Motte got Tulsa's number eight batter to fly out to left before inducing two groundouts. Dean Kiekhefer picked up his seventh save despite allowing a run on two hits.

All of Springfield's run production came from two home runs, two of five hits by the home squad. Rafael Ortega got his team on the board in the first, launching his second long ball. Cody Stanley matched that in the fourth with his first of the season.

Wednesday's game: Off. Springfield embarks on an eight-game road trip with both of the Arkansas squads.

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 3

The superb Florida State League debut of Nick Petree resulted in a 7-3 victory over Jupiter, giving the Beach Birds a 2-1 win in round two of the Fins vs. Feathers series. Although Palm Beach (15-17) is fifth in the six-team South division, they are just three games behind both Fort Myers (MIN) and St. Lucie (NYM).

Petree, our co-Player of the Day, garnered his first A-Advanced win by limiting the Hammerheads to a tally on six hits and a free pass over six. The 23-year-old struck out six with nine groundball and three fly-ball outs.

Robert Stock yielded two runs, one earned, on a hit and walk in the seventh. Mitch Harris retired the side in order in the eighth.

The PB-Cards' balanced 12-hit attack featured four players with two hits each: Anthony Garcia, Alex Mejia, Ildemaro Vargas and Charlie Tilson. Garcia doubled twice in four at bats, the only extra base hits for Palm Beach, scoring two and driving in one. Mejia and Vargas each went 2-for-4 while touching home once. Mejia knocked in one and Vargas two. Tilson went 2-for-5 while crossing home once.

Wednesday's game: at St. Lucie (18-14), Thomas Lee (2-2, 4.26)

Peoria 8 vs. Beloit 4

An eight-run seventh catapulted the Chiefs to a game two triumph over the Snappers, ending a franchise-record 38 1/3 inning scoreless streak. Peoria (18-12) remains in second but has slipped to four games behind Kane County (CHC).

Trailing 4-0, the home team sent 13 players to the plate in the seventh. C.J. McElroy led Peoria, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI. Michael Schulze compiled two more of the Chiefs' eight hits, both singles, while crossing once and knocking in two.

Jake Stone took part in three runs, going 1-for-3 with a double and base-on-balls, two runs scored and one driven in. Mason Katz worked two of his team's six walks with a run scored.

Reliever Kyle Barraclough (W, 1-0) notched four strikeouts in 1 1/3, issuing a free pass and stranding a runner inherited from Chris Perry. It was Barraclough's first win since being selected in the seventh round of the June 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Perry allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2 1/3, fanning three.

Arturo Reyes could not finish the fifth, yielding three runs, two earned, on two walks and seven hits, including a two-run shot. Reyes struck out four in 4 1/3. Chris Thomas faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out one.

Wednesday's game: vs. Beloit (12-19), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 5.33)

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