Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/17/14

St. Louis' minors won two and lost two on Friday. Memphis and Peoria both won, the latter in extras but Springfield and Palm Beach both fell, the latter in an extra-inning marathon.

Results from games played Friday, May 16th.

Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 0

Randal Grichuk and Scott Moore's two-hit performances led Memphis over Omaha 4-0, evening the series at one game apiece. The third-place Redbirds (20-21) trail Nashville (MIL) by a single game in the jammed standings.

One of Grichuk's two hits was his third home run in three games and fourth in the last five. The two-run long ball came in the eighth, cushioning his squad's slim 2-0 advantage. Moore added his third and fourth bombs of 2014, both solo shots. Tommy Pham singled and doubled in three at bats, the last of Memphis' six hits.

Instead of scheduled starter Boone Whiting, who is injured, the home team relied on a ‘bullpen' start which was kicked off by Nick Greenwood. Greenwood kept the Storm Chasers off the board on two hits and a walk through the first three. Justin Wright was credited with the win in his Triple-A debut, striking out four over three with three hits yielded. Jose Almarante tossed the final three, permitting a hit while fanning three.

Saturday's game: vs. Omaha (18-21), 6:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (4-2, 3.65)

Arkansas 11 at Springfield 9

Pitching took a holiday in the S-Cards' 11-9 series-opening loss to visiting Arkansas on Friday, a game featuring a combined 22 hits and 10 free passes. Springfield (18-23) remains in third, four in back of Tulsa (COL).

Kurt Heyer, the first of five Springfield hurlers, slept-walked through his outing, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and two bases-on-balls in just 3 2/3. New arrival Corey Baker followed and was likewise ineffective, giving up two tallies on three hits and a free pass in 2 1/3.

Ryan Sherriff generated his squad's best outing, two frames of one-hit, one-walk ball with two strikeouts. Lee Stoppelman (L, 0-1) was brutal, hitting two batters while yielding a hit and two walks, resulting in two runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Logan Billbrough notched the final out, stranding the sacks full.

The S-Cards took two early leads of 1-0 after one and 4-3 after two then tied the game with a five-run sixth. Jacob Wilson's first home run of the season got Springfield on the board in the first, his only hit in three at bats. James Ramsey's league-leading 11th long ball, his second in as many games, evened the score at 9-9 in the sixth, coming with Travis Tartamella (single) and Mike O'Neill (error) on.

The home squad's 10-hit attack was paced by Cody Stanley and Matt Williams with two hits each. Stanley singled twice in five at bats for a line of .415/.455/.683/1.137, 17-for-41, in his last 10 games. Williams also banged two hits in five at bats, touching home twice.

Saturday's game: vs. Arkansas (20-20), 6:10 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (Texas League debut)

Palm Beach 6 at Tampa 7 (18)

The Beach Birds' inability to hold two leads, one in extras, resulted in a disheartening 7-6 loss at Tampa in 18 innings on Friday, the first of four at the home of the Yankees. Palm Beach (18-23) sits dead last in its six-team division, 5 ½ behind Fort Myers (MIN).

Holding a 5-3 advantage after seven, Danny Miranda (BS, 1) gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth, his second inning of work. Miranda allowed four hits in that span, squandering the efforts of Kyle Helisek and Sam Tuivailala.

Helisek permitted three runs on three hits and three free passes with three strikeouts through five. He threw three wild pitches. Tuivailala fanned all three faced in the sixth.

Chris Thomas followed Miranda to the mound, keeping Tampa off the board on five strikeouts over three with two hits and a walk given up. Aidan Lucas (BS, 2) was unable to hold a 6-5 lead when he entered the contest in the 12th, permitting a run on two hits and two walks in three.

The admittedly unusual Player of the Day is Bruce Caldwell (L, 1-1). The 22-year-old started at third for 14 frames before holding the Yankees scoreless through three. The winning run reached base in the 18th on a fielding error by third baseman Ildemaro Vargas, scoring on a single that was one of three hits and two walks, one intentional, Caldwell allowed in 3 1/3.

Breyvic Valera and Starlin Rodriguez combined for nine of the Beach Birds' 16 hits. Valera's five singles in seven at bats were the most but Rodriguez did the most damage, going 4-for-8 with a double and three runs scored. David Washington contributed a two-run long ball in the second in addition to his RBI single in the 12th that plated Rodriguez (single).

Saturday's game: at Tampa (20-20), 6:00 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 4 vs. Wisconsin 3 (11)

Steve Bean's RBI double in the 11th gave the Chiefs a 4-3 walk-off win over the Timber Rattlers, evening the series at one game each. Second-place Peoria (24-16) kept pace with Kane County (CHC) with the win, a team it trails by 2 ½.

Bean's only hit in three at bats drove in Kenny Peoples-Walls who reached on his third single of the night. Bean worked three free passes, half of the Chiefs' six walks, and crossed home once. Peoples-Walls' three hits led Peoria who garnered 11 hits in all.

Peoria gained an early lead, scoring one in the first plus two the next frame. Ronald Castillo singled and doubled in five at bats with a walk and one driven in, the only other Chief with more than one hit.

Rob Kaminsky shut out Wisconsin on three singles and a walk through five before tiring in the sixth. The 19-year-old was charged with two runs on three hits and three free passes in 5 1/3 with four strikeouts.

Both runs crossed under Chris Perry's watch. Perry (BS, 1) yielded two hits and a base-on-balls, resulting in a three-run sixth. He fanned six in 2 1/3. Zach Loraine allowed a hit and walk in 2 1/3. Kevin Herget faced the minimum in the 11th, earning his third win in four decisions.

Saturday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-21), 6:30 pm CT, Michael Holback (full season debut)

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