Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/14/14

Kolten Wong's and Randal Grichuk's great day at the plate led Memphis to an overwhelming win on Tuesday. Palm Beach won once, Peoria won twice but Springfield lost both ends of its double header.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 13th.

Memphis 14 vs. Round Rock 3

Home runs by co-Players of the Day Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk were more than enough as Memphis (19-20) pounded Round Rock 14-3, for a series' win.

Wong led the Redbirds' 18-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a three-run shot that was part of his three runs scored and four RBI. Grichuk contributed two singles, a solo shot, three runs scored and two RBI. Oscar Taveras went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, touched home twice and drove in two.

Zach Petrick, whose outing ended an out shy of qualifying for the win, allowed three runs on six hits and a base-on-balls in 4 2/3. He fanned four, exiting with his team up 6-3. Nick Greenwood was credited with his first win in two decisions, striking out two in 1 1/3, giving up a hit and stranding two inherited runners.

Jason Motte faced the top of the Express' batting order in his latest rehab appearance. The righty sandwiched a single around two ground outs and a fly out, throwing 14 pitches, 10 for strikes.

David Aardsma continues to impress, striking out two of three retired in the eighth. Keith Butler and Heath Wyatt covered the one-two-three ninth with Wyatt fanning his only batter faced.

Wednesday's game: Off.

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5 (8) – game one
Springfield 0 at Tulsa 9 – game two

Springfield (17-21) dropped a pair at Tulsa, 5-4 and 9-0, the first two of four at the Drillers.

In game one, three runs on two long balls in the bottom of the sixth off Kyle Hald blew a 3-1 lead. Hald finished the night having permitted eight hits and a free pass, resulting in four tallies in six.

Springfield responded with a tally in the top of the seventh to tie it up a four all. That lasted until the eighth when the winning run, unearned, scored off Joe Donofrio (L, 2-1) on Matt Williams' fielding error, a double, intentional walk and sac fly. Lee Stoppelman faced the minimum in the seventh, striking out one.

Six S-Cards garnered one hit each, Cody Stanley and David Popkins mashing solo bombs, the latter as a pinch hitter. James Ramsey doubled in two at bats, walking twice.

Seth Blair served up eight runs, seven earned, in the first two plus frames of game two for his second loss in five decisions. Blair allowed eight hits and a base-on-balls. Ryan Sherriff yielded a solo home run and two wild pitches in three. Logan Billbrough tossed a scoreless seventh.

Springfield managed just three base runners with Ramsey and Popkins each singling once and Jacob Wilson doubling.

Wednesday's game: at Tulsa (20-18), 12:05 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-5, 6.03)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Dunedin 0

The Beach Birds' pitching staff combined to shut out Dunedin 1-0, evening the series at one all with two to go.

Nick Petree scattered six hits and two free passes over seven, earning his second win in as many Florida State League starts. The 23-year-old fanned three with six groundball and five fly-ball outs.

Danny Miranda worked around a lead-off single to hold the Blue Jays scoreless in the eighth. Kyle Barraclough had to invoke Harry Houdini to pick up his first save, escaping a bases-loaded/none out jam created by a double, single and walk by getting a 4-2-5 double play alertly extended by catcher Casey Rasmus, followed by a swinging K.

The only score by Palm Beach (17-21) occurred in the third. Consecutive singles by David Washington and Alex Mejia put runners at the corners with no outs. Charlie Tilson struck out swinging before Ildemaro Vargas was plunked to load the bases. Breyvic Valera flew into an unusual sacrifice double play to center that scored David Washington. During a rundown with Vargas, caught between first and second after the sac fly, Mejia took off for home but was thrown out at the plate. Mejia went 2-for-3 for almost half of his team's five hits.

Wednesday's game: vs. Dunedin (27-10), 6:35 pm ET, Thomas Lee (3-2, 3.66)

Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 3 – game one
Peoria 6 at Cedar Rapids 4 – game two

Peoria (21-15) took a pair at Cedar Rapids, 4-3 and 6-4, to lead the series 2-0 with two remaining.

Juan Herrera and Carson Kelly swung the big bats in game one, with three hits apiece. Herrera doubled once with two runs scored and a stolen base and Kelly added his own double, touched home once and knocked in one.

The only blemish on Alex Reyes over six was a three-run fourth, those tallies coming on both hits plus two of four bases-on-balls allowed by the 20-year-old. He struck out seven and hit one batter. Zach Lorraine faced the minimum in the seventh for his third save.

Five runs in the third propelled the Chiefs to victory in the nightcap, the big blow being Herrera's bases-clearing triple that plated Michael Schulze (RBI double), C.J. McElroy (walk) and Cesar Valera (HBP). It was the shortstop's only hit in four at bats. Herrera came home on a ground out by Ronald Castillo. Valera was the only Chiefs player with more than one hit, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt for one-third of the team's hit total.

Arturo Reyes gave up a two-run bomb in the first plus two more tallies in the fifth, three of the four tallies being earned. The 22-year-old allowed six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 with three strikeouts.

The final run charged to Reyes crossed under Chris Perry's watch on a throwing error by third baseman Schulze. Perry (W, 2-0) fanned three in 1 1/3. Chris Thomas worked around two hits in the seventh by striking out two for his fifth save.

Wednesday's games: at Cedar Rapids (19-18). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (1-3, 8.57)/Jimmy Reed (1-1, 5.34)

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