Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/10/14

Bright spots were few and far between as the Cardinals system went 0-for-4 on Friday night.

Results from games played Friday, May 9th.

Oklahoma City 3, Memphis 2

Memphis (16-19) dropped its road series at Oklahoma City three games to one after a close loss Friday night. Lack of offense was the main problem, as the Redbirds drew more walks, four, than hits, three.

Kolten Wong struck an RBI double. Scott Moore doubled and came home on an Audry Perez sacrifice fly. The star-studded outfield of Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty went a combined 0-for-11 with four strikeouts. DH Shane Robinson walked twice, but was picked off once and caught stealing the other time.

Redbirds starter Boone Whiting left after having yielded three runs in 4 2/3 frames. The right-hander gave up five hits and issued another five free passes as his ERA rose to 5.15. Whiting is still looking for his first win of the season to go with five losses.

Out of the Memphis pen, Jorge Rondon and David Aardsma combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Saturday's game: vs. Round Rock (18-15), 6:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (3-2, 4.20)

Northwest Arkansas 9, Springfield 1

Northwest Arkansas, winner of just one-third of its games coming into the evening, pounded Springfield (17-17) pitching for 16 hits and nine runs. It was a team loss as the defense committed three errors and the offense managed just five hits. The four-game series is knotted at one win each.

Only two of the four runs charged against starter Sam Gaviglio in 4 2/3 were earned due to errors by Greg Miclat and Patrick Wisdom. It was the third baseman's 10th miscue in 32 games.

Reliever Logan Billbrough had a night to forget, yielding five runs in the fifth on five hits and a walk. Rehabbing Jason Motte faced four batters in the seventh inning - fly out, single, force out, fielding error on shortstop Matt Williams.

Springfield's lone tally was due to a solo home run by catcher Cody Stanley in the second inning. Leadoff man Mike O'Neill went 2-for-4, both singles. The Cards were a collective 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Saturday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (12-22), 6:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (2-3, 4.50)

St. Lucie 9 at Palm Beach 1

After getting just six hits Thursday night, the Cardinals (16-19) managed just five plus one walk in their second straight loss to the St. Lucie Mets in game three of a four-game series Friday night.

The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 second-inning lead against Palm Beach starter Kyle Helisek and finished with nine runs on 19 hits – the most hits allowed by the Cardinals this year. Helisek allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits over four innings. He threw a wild pitch and struck out one in the loss.

Robert Stock was charged with one run in two innings and Aidan Lucas tossed two clean frames before recently-returned Danny Miranda yielded the final three Mets tallies in the ninth.

Leadoff man and Player of the Day Charlie Tilson stroked three singles but didn't get any support. David Washington had the lone RBI, a sacrifice fly scoring Nick Martini, who doubled for Palm Beach's only extra-base hit.

Spots four through nine in the Cards lineup went a combined 0-for-16 on the evening.

Saturday's game: vs. St. Lucie (20-15), 6:35 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (2-1, 1.42)

Clinton 5, Peoria 3

Peoria (18-15) dropped its sixth in the last seven games including a second straight at Clinton.

The Chiefs' early 2-0 lead evaporated in the home second as the LumberKings scored three. After Peoria pulled even in the fourth, Clinton plated the final two of the five allowed by starter Chase Brookshire in 4 2/3 innings.

Relievers Chris Perry and Kyle Barraclough were perfect over the final 3 1/3, striking out five, but the damage was done.

Cesar Valera singled twice and scored both times, driven in by Mason Katz (single) and Michael Schulze (double). Juan Herrera tripled and came home. Ronald Castillo walked and had an RBI double.

On the frustration side, leadoff man C.J. McElroy went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Jimmy Bosco walked twice, but was picked off and caught stealing.

Saturday's game: at Clinton (18-15), 6:30 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (0-1, 2.25)

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