Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/08/14

The ledger read 2-1 in St. Louis' minors on Wednesday. Memphis won big behind outstanding efforts by Luis Mateo and Zach Petrick. Palm Beach won easily as well but Peoria fell. Springfield had the night off.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 7th.

Memphis 8 at Oklahoma City 1

Luis Mateo's three-hit game combined with Zach Petrick's three-hit outing launched Memphis over Oklahoma City 8-1, evening the series at one game each with two to play.

All of Mateo's hits went for extra bases: two doubles and two-run home run that capped the Redbirds' scoring in the ninth. The second baseman, our co-Player of the Day, added another run scored the previous inning. The contest featured another two-run shot that kicked off the scoring in the second, this one by Tommy Pham. Pham went 2-for-4, the only other Redbird with more than one of the team's 10 hits.

Co-Player of the Day Petrick's stint, the best of four 2014 starts, finished an out shy of seven full frames as he picked up his second win in three PCL decisions. On Wednesday, the righty issued two bases-on-balls and fanned four, the only blemish being a tally on a walk and hit in the second. Petrick retired the next 14 of 15 batters, departing upon allowing his final hit.

Jorge Rondon notched the inning's final out but got the hook after permitting a hit and base-on-balls while retiring one in the eighth. Sam Freeman fanned his sole batter and Keith Butler tossed the last 1 1/3, yielding one hit.

Thursday's game: Memphis (16-17) at Oklahoma City (18-16), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-4, 5.40)

Springfield - off

Thursday's game: Springfield (16-16) at Northwest Arkansas (11-21), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 6 at St. Lucie 1

The Beach Birds (16-17) jelled at the right time, taking down the Mets 6-1 in the series opener.

Palm Beach's offense was a team-wide affair, as eight PB-Cards contributed to the team's 11 hits and a ninth worked a free pass that resulted in a run scored. Charlie Tilson went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Bruce Caldwell singled and doubled in four at bats. Five other players garnered one hit with a run scored, the biggest being David Washington's seventh home run that also brought across Starlin Rodriguez.

Thomas Lee (W, 3-2) tossed 6 2/3 frames, scattering seven hits without issuing a free pass and striking out three. That stint is Lee's longest and most impressive this season. Three of those hits plus a wild pitch resulted in a tally that gave St. Lucie a brief lead in the third. Corey Baker held the opposition to a hit over the final 2 1/3.

Thursday's game: at St. Lucie (18-15), 6:30 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-4, 12.50)

Beloit 5 at Peoria 3

Jimmy Reed and Kevin Herget could not hold a 3-0 lead after five, resulting in a 5-3 loss in the decisive game three versus last-place Beloit.

Reed did not retire any of the four batters faced in the sixth, issuing back-to-back walks before serving up a game-tying long ball. Reed exited after giving up a single but that base runner was erased via a caught stealing. That gave Reed a final line of three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five plus.

Herget (L, 1-1) allowed one to cross in each of his two innings pitched on four hits, a base-on-balls and a wild pitch. Zach Loraine tiptoed around two hits and a free pass in 1 1/3, aided by two strikeouts and Chase Brookshire. Brookshire sandwiched an intentional walk around two outs, stranding two of Loraine's runners.

Peoria (18-13) got its offense going early, pushing across two in the home half of the first on four of the team's 10 hits overall. Three more singles and a fielding error produced another tally in the fourth. C.J. McElroy, one of two Chiefs with multi-hit games, went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one knocked in and his seventh stolen base of 2014. Cesar Valera singled twice in five at bats. Carson Kelly touched home once and drove in one despite going hitless in four at bats.

Thursday's game: at Clinton (16-15) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (2-2, 4.24)

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