Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/20/14

Springfield pulled out the system's sole win on Tuesday. Memphis came out on the wrong end of an extra-inning pitching duel despite Zach Petrick's superb effort. Palm Beach and Peoria fell as well.

Results from games played Monday, May 19th.

Memphis 0 at Colorado Springs 1 (10)

Jorge Rondon did not retire a batter in the 10th as Memphis (21-23) fell to host Colorado Springs 1-0 in game one of four. The Redbirds' record in one-run contests drops to 1-7.

Rondon entered the scoreless contest in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and two outs. The righty upped the stakes by walking his first batter faced but coaxed a groundout to clean up the mess. The 10th, however, was a different story. Rondon loaded the bases on a base-on-balls, single, wild pitch and single before yielding the game-winning single that dropped his record to 1-1.

Zach Petrick, facing the Sky Sox for the second time in just over two weeks, was marvelous. The Illinois native, our Player of the Day, held the opposition to just three hits and a free pass over seven, his longest Triple-A stint. Petrick struck out three with nine groundball and six fly-ball outs and threw 96 pitches, 57 for strikes. Sam Freeman allowed two hits with three strikeouts in 1 2/3.

The Redbirds were blanked on five hits, two of them by Audry Perez who singled and doubled in four at bats. Their best opportunity occurred in the second when Perez and Jermaine Curtis singled back-to-back with two outs. Luis Mateo worked a free pass to jam the sacks full but Petrick was unable to help his own cause.

Tuesday's game: at Colorado Springs (21-22), 7:35 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-5, 6.81)

Springfield 6 vs. Arkansas 2

Kyle Hald fanned eight in seven innings in Springfield's 6-2 victory over Arkansas. The S-Cards (20-24) salvaged a split of the four-game stanza.

Hald scattered eight hits while not walking a batter, resulting in single tallies in the first and second, upping his record to 3-0. Lee Stoppelman issued a free pass in the eighth and Joe Donofrio tossed a one-two-three ninth, lowering his ERA to 0.87 with a 1.06 WHIP in 20 2/3.

Springfield pushed across the game-tying score in the home half of the first. Mike O'Neill drew the first of three consecutive base-on-balls, coming home on a double-play groundout. O'Neill doubled in three at bats with the aforementioned walk, two runs scored and an RBI.

Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the third, Cody Stanley singled, the first of his two hits, re-tying the contest on David Popkins' sixth double. Popkins was singled in by Patrick Wisdom who swiped his third bag of the season. With a single and double, Stanley was the only S-Card with more than one of the team's seven hits. Springfield padded their lead with three more in the fourth.

Tuesday's game: Off. Springfield heads to Midland (OAK) for the start of an eight-game road trip through Texas.

Palm Beach 0 at Tampa 2

Palm Beach (18-26) managed just one hit in their 2-0 shutout by Tampa that gave the Yankees a four-game sweep.

Nick Martini's lead-off walk in the sixth broke up Tampa's perfect game and was followed by David Washington's single which ended the no-hit bid. Those were the only Beach Birds base runners for the game.

Nick Petree (L, 2-1) yielded four walks and two hits, generating a tally in the fourth, his final inning of work. Petree struck out six. Kyle Barraclough gave up an unearned run on a hit and walk in the fifth.

Josh Lucas held the Yankees to a walk in two frames, both his 2014 and A-Advanced debut. Sam Tuivailala fanned two of three in the eighth.

Tuesday's game: vs. Brevard County (23-19) (MIL), 6:35 pm ET, Thomas Lee (4-2, 3.55)

Clinton 8 at Peoria 2

Alex Reyes' lack of control bit the Chiefs in the 8-2 series' opening loss to Clinton.

Reyes (L, 3-2) could not finish the fourth, an inning that also saw Peoria manager Joe Kruzel ejected in the bottom of the frame, giving up eight runs on four hits, six free passes and two hit batsmen in 3 2/3. The final three runners crossed via a double and wild pitch by Chris Perry who settled down to fan nine in 4 1/3, issuing just a hit and base-on-balls. Steve Sabatino gave up a hit in the ninth, his third scoreless outing since being called up.

Peoria (25-18) was held to just five hits, pushing across single tallies in the third and fourth. Juan Herrera singled across Richy Pedroza (walk) in the third. Jimmy Bosco reached on a force in the fourth, eventually scoring on a fielding error.

Tuesday's game: vs. Clinton (23-19), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 5.09)

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