Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/19/14

There was no joy in Mudville on Sunday as all four squads went down to defeat. Palm Beach and Peoria fell despite absolutely outstanding outings by Mike Mayers and Arturo Reyes.

Results from games played Sunday, May 18th.

Omaha 8 at Memphis 2

Tim Cooney fell victim of the long ball, resulting in an 8-2 loss to Omaha by Memphis (21-22) and a series split.

Cooney (L, 4-3) allowed four home runs that generated all six tallies charged to the lefty in four innings. The 23-year-old was also plagued by a lack of control, issuing five free passes to go with five total hits.

Heath Wyatt reined in the Storm Chasers' offense on one hit and a plunked batter over the next three frames, fanning four. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a scoreless eighth before serving up two solo bombs in the ninth.

Tommy Pham supplied all of the Redbirds' offense in the form of his third home run of 2014, a two-run blast with Stephen Piscotty (single) aboard. It gave the home team a very brief 2-1 advantage. Pham added a triple, joining Shane Robinson as the only two Redbirds with more than one of the team's six hits.

Monday's game: at Colorado Springs (20-22) (COL), 7:35 pm CT, Zach Petrick (2-1, 4.45)

Arkansas 9 at Springfield 3

Springfield's pitching staff permitted crooked numbers in three of Arkansas' four run-scoring frames for a 9-3 defeat and now can only hope to salvage a series split on Monday.

Seth Blair (L, 3-3) gave up six runs on seven hits and three bases-on-balls in 6 1/3. Five of the six runs came via two home runs plus one of three bombs served up by Anthony Ferrara. Ferrara allowed four hits and a walk, resulting in three runs in 1 2/3. Logan Billbrough faced the minimum in the ninth.

Springfield (19-24) managed nine hits but went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom both had two hits, Wisdom's two doubles being the only extra-base hits. The third baseman drove in two, one of them being Popkins.

Monday's game: vs. Arkansas (21-21), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (2-0, 2.54)

Palm Beach 4 at Tampa 5

Kyle Barraclough's second A-Advanced outing was an inauspicious one as Palm Beach fell to Tampa for the third straight day.

Barraclough (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) blew a three-run ninth-inning lead, yielding four runs on four hits and two bases-on-balls while retiring just one batter. That spoiled a stellar outing by co-Player of the Day Mike Mayers, who no-hit the Yankees through five before giving up an unearned run in the sixth. Mayers fanned nine in seven innings, permitting four hits and two walks. Iden Nazario pitched around a hit and walk in the eighth.

All four of the Beach Birds' tallies crossed home in the third on four of the team's 11 hits plus a fielding error and hit batsman. Breyvic Valera was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a free pass, run scored and RBI. Luis Perez and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece, Perez doubling once with a run scored.

Monday's game: Palm Beach (18-24) at Tampa (21-20), 7:00 pm ET, Nick Petree (2-0, 0.64)

Wisconsin 7 at Peoria 1 (10)

Seven runs against the bullpen in the ninth and 10th wiped out Arturo Reyes' gem and left Peoria (25-17) with a split of its four-game set against Wisconsin.

Co-Player of the Day Reyes took a no-hitter into the seventh, exiting after yielding a two-out double. The 22-year-old struck out eight with three walks, seven groundball and three fly-ball outs. Brandon Lee (BS, 1) escaped a one-out jam in the eighth but yielded a game-tying bomb in the ninth, one of two hits given up that frame.

Jeff Rauh took the loss in his full-season debut. Rauh permitted six tallies on four hits and two bases-on-balls while recording just two outs. The final runner scored with first baseman Jake Stone on the mound.

The Chiefs were held to just five hits, two of which came in the first, producing the home team's only score. Jimmy Bosco doubled, the first of his two hits, and was singled home by Juan Herrera. Herrera added his 17th stolen base of the season.

Monday's game: vs. Clinton (22-19) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Alex Reyes (3-1, 2.45)

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