Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/11/14

Stephen Piscotty led the hit parade at Memphis while Jason Motte got a step closer to the big leagues in his rehab appearance for Springfield.

Results from games played Saturday, May 10th.

Memphis 13 vs. Round Rock 1

The Redbirds had 16 hits and drew three walks while striking out only once. Player of the Day Stephen Piscotty led the hit parade with three, including two home runs and five RBI. Xavier Scruggs had two hits including his third home run of the season. Kolten Wong had two more hits to push his average to .327 while Oscar Taveras collected two hits and is now hitting .295.

Starter Angel Castro made only one mistake in his seven-inning start. The right-hander allowed a home run in the fifth in a 95 pitch night. Sam Freeman spun two shutout innings of relief.

Sunday's game: Memphis (17-19) vs. Round Rock (18-17), 1:35 CST, Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.12 ERA)

Springfield 3 at Northwest Arkansas 6

Though the Cardinals outhit the Naturals, the visitors just couldn't take advantage of all their opportunities. James Ramsey continues to blister the ball with three more hits including his ninth home run of the season. Matt Williams singled, doubled, and drove in a run.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius was tagged with six runs on eight hits in only five innings. The rehabbing Jason Motte threw a shutout inning in his second consecutive night pitching while working his way back to St. Louis.

Sunday's game: Springfield (17-18) at Northwest Arkansas (12-23), 2:05 CST, Kurt Heyer (2-2, 3.95 ERA)

Palm Beach 0 vs. St. Lucie 2

Starter Marco Gonzales pitched well enough to win but unfortunately, Mets' starter Matthew Koch was just a little better. Gonzales allowed only one run on five hits while striking out eight in six innings. Koch allowed only three Palm Beach hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Cardinals' reliever Mitch Harris was tagged for a run and now has a 4.76 ERA.

Casey Rasmus had two hits while Nick Martini and Ildemaro Vargas singled once, which was all the offense the Cardinals could manage.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach (16-20) has a scheduled day off.

Peoria 8 at Clinton 6 (11)

Peoria jumped out to a 6-2 lead before seeing the LumberKings come back to tie it up. The game went to extra innings before the Chiefs' Ronald Castillo hit a two-RBI double in the top of the 11th for the victory.

Castillo finished the night with two doubles and three RBI. Leadoff man C.J. McElroy had two hits to push his average to .296. Matthew Young reached base four times with two walks and two hits, including a home run.

Starter Rob Kaminsky gave up two runs, one earned, but lasted only 4 2/3 innings. Reliever Kevin Herget got the win while Chris Thomas notched his fourth save.

Sunday's game: Peoria (18-15) has a scheduled day off.

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