Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/15/14

St. Louis' minors won three and lost one on Wednesday. Palm Beach took another one from a powerful Dunedin squad while Peoria took both ends of a double-header. Springfield fell on the road.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 14th.

Memphis - off

Memphis (19-20) finishes an eight-game home stand with four versus Omaha (KC).

Thursday's game: vs. Omaha (17-20), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-5, 6.25)

Springfield 1 at Tulsa 8

Sam Gaviglio fell prey to two long balls, resulting in Springfield's (17-22) third straight loss at Tulsa, 8-1.

Four of the six tallies charged to Gaviglio (L, 1-6) in 5 1/3 were the product of a solo shot that got scoring started in the second and a three-run bomb that eliminated the game's competitiveness in the sixth. The righty allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out three.

Logan Billbrough yielded two hits while recording just two outs, one of the hits being an inside-the-park home run that plated another runner. Billbrough issued one free pass. Anthony Ferrara struck out two over the final two frames, the only batter reaching against him was when he was plunked.

The S-Cards matched the Drillers' nine hits but went a dismal 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Rafael Ortega worked a base-on-balls to open the ninth, coming in on Matt Williams' double, preventing a shutout. Jacob Wilson, Cody Stanley and David Popkins each had two hits, Popkins' double being the trio's only extra-base hit.

Thursday's game: at Tulsa (21-18), 7:05 am CT), Jonathan Cornelius (2-4, 5.35)

Palm Beach 9 vs. Dunedin 2

13 hits off the Florida State League's top pitching staff propelled Palm Beach (18-21) to a decisive 9-2 victory over Dunedin. The Beach Birds hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

The home team put up crooked numbers in the fifth, sixth and seventh due to a balanced scoring attack. Five PB-Cards had two hits apiece: Anthony Garcia, Ildemaro Vargas, Breyvic Valera, David Washington and Alex Mejia. Garcia, who entered the game as a pinch runner after Charlie Tilson singled in the first, touched home twice and knocked in two, going 2-for-4 with a double. Vargas singled twice in two at bats, worked a free pass with a sac fly.

Valera drove in three, going 2-for-5 with a double while Washington accounted for four runs, crossing three times with an RBI on two singles in three at bats. Mejia went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.

Both of the runs off Thomas Lee (W, 4-2) crossed in the fourth, giving the visitors a brief 2-0 advantage. Lee scattered seven hits, including a solo bomb, over six frames, his third consecutive quality start. He fanned four with six groundball to six fly-ball outs and did not walk a batter.

Iden Nazario yielded two hits and a base-on-balls in two, striking out two. Aidan Lucas faced the minimum in the ninth.

Thursday's game: vs. Dunedin (27-11), 10:35 am ET, Joe Cuda (0-4, 9.78)

Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 3 (7) – game one
Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 3 – game two

Opportunistic Peoria (23-15) capitalized on several Cedar Rapids' errors to sweep the Kernels on the road, 4-3 and 5-3, taking both double-headers and the series.

The score was knotted at three-all entering the top of the seventh when C.J. McElroy singled, his only hit in four at bats. McElroy was sacrificed to second by Juan Herrera then scored the winning tally when the pitcher uncorked a wild one that was followed by the catcher's throwing error.

That was the culmination of Peoria's steady output that saw them also plate runners in the first, fourth and fifth. McElroy scored twice while Herrera singled and doubled in three at bats, crossing once. Jake Stone added two singles in three at bats.

Jimmy Reed permitted five hits and two walks through five, resulting in two tallies, both in the fourth. Reed stood in line for his second win of 2014 until Kevin Herget (BS, 1) allowed the tying run on three hits and a base-on-balls while retiring just one batter the next frame.

Jhonny Polanco (W, 1-0) got a force at the plate and swinging K to leave the sacks loaded in the sixth but ran into trouble the next inning. Polanco sandwiched another swinging strikeout around a single and walk that ended his outing. Zach Loraine spiked his team's blood pressure by giving up a bases-loading single but quelled the incipient heart attack by catching the next batter looking and recording a fly out to center.

In game two, all of the Chiefs' scoring occurred in the first, aided by a fielding error that allowed two unearned runs – the eventual difference in the game. Steve Bean was the only Peoria player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with two driven in. Bean, the sixth Chief to bat in the first, watched all five of his teammates reach base ahead of him and all five crossed home, the latter two on Bean's single.

Chase Brookshire fanned five in three frames, allowing a three-run third on all four hits and a walk. Steve Sabatino also fanned five in three innings, scattering four hits for his first full season win. Chris Thomas worked around two hits by striking out two in the seventh, earning his sixth save.

Thursday's game: vs. Wisconsin (18-20) (MIL), 6:30 pm CT, Blake McKnight (1-2, 7.23)

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