Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/18/14

The system went 3-for-4 on Saturday, with an especially strong performance from Peoria's pen.

Results from games played Saturday, May 17th.

Memphis 6, Omaha 2

Memphis (21-21) got out to a three-run lead in the second and went on to take its second of three decisions in the home series against the Storm Chasers.

Xavier Scruggs paced the offense with four RBI on a double and a triple. Shane Robinson was on base all four times with three singles and a walk, stealing a base and scoring two runs. Scott Moore also came home twice (double, hit-by-pitch).

Behind Angel Castro's seven one-run frames, his third straight winning outing, the Redbirds held their lead. Castro allowed a single run in the fourth while scattering six hits and no walks. Eric Fornataro tossed a clean eighth but jammed the sacks to open the ninth before David Aardsma got out of the mess with just one run scoring. Aardsma fanned two and picked up his fourth save of the season.

The Redbirds prevailed despite their top three hitters, Greg Garcia, Randal Grichuk and Oscar Taveras, going a combined 0-for-11. Grichuk did reach base via a walk, but was picked off.

Sunday's game: vs. Omaha (18-22), 1:35 pm CT, Tim Cooney (4-2, 2.94)

Springfield 7, Arkansas 4

Springfield (19-23) broke an eighth inning deadlock with a three-run outburst for the win, which pulled them into a series tie after two games. All three run-scoring hits went for extra bases, coming from Greg Miclat, Mike O'Neill and Jacob Wilson.

Outfielder Rafael Ortega set the table by going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. O'Neill was also on base three times with a single, triple and a walk and also came home twice. Miclat plated two on a single and a double and scored a run. Wilson's ground-rule double closed the scoring.

In Marco Gonzales' Double-A debut, the lefty went five innings, yielding three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks. He struck out five. Another hurler just up from Palm Beach, Mitch Harris, took a blown save when yielding a run in the sixth, but the former Navy star pitched into the eighth. Anthony Ferrara took the win by collecting the final two outs of the eighth. Unheralded Joe Donofrio (0.92 ERA) earned his second save on a walk and strikeout in the ninth.

Sunday's game: vs. Arkansas (20-21), 2:10 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-2, 4.46)

Tampa 3, Palm Beach 2

Palm Beach (18-24) never led but hung close while losing its second straight one-run game to the home Yankees.

Making his A-Advanced debut, Silfredo Garcia was far from dominating, but kept the Cards in the game. The right-hander yielded a single run in the third and two in the fourth. He departed after the fifth, having allowed seven hits and four walks. Another new arrival, Luis Perdomo finished with three scoreless frames on two hits. He fanned three Yankees.

The Beach Birds scored single runs in the fourth and seventh, plated by Nick Martini and another newcomer, outfielder Luis Perez. Starlin Rodriguez and hot-hitting (8 for his last 22) Alex Mejia each singled, doubled and scored.

Sunday's game: at Tampa (21-20), 1:00 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-4, 4.31)

Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1 (12)

Behind strong performances from five pitchers, Peoria (25-16) won its second straight extra innings home contest against Wisconsin, this time 2-1 in 12.

Carson Kelly had the big hit to end the game, plating Jimmy Bosco. That made Steve Sabatino, who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, the winning pitcher.

In his full season debut, Michael Holback went 3 2/3, allowing the lone Timber Rattlers' run on three hits and two walks. He fanned five. Jhonny Polanco, Chase Brookshire, Kevin Herget and Sabatino combined for 8 1/3 scoreless frames of relief. The group, with the top performance of the day, allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out nine.

The Chiefs bookended their scoring by taking the lead in the first. Juan Herrera came home after singling, stealing second and scoring on Ronald Castillo's single. Herrera's 16 stolen bases are fourth in the MWL while Castillo's 29 RBI is tied for the league lead.

Sunday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-22), 2:00 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (2-2, 3.24)

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