Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/21/14

Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria were all winners on Tuesday, a night that saw several noteworthy performances. Thomas Lee was superb in Palm Beach's extra-innings victory and Mason Katz' perfect evening led Peoria. Springfield was idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 20th.

Memphis 6 at Colorado Springs 3

Oscar Taveras' big night at the plate led the Redbirds to a 6-3 road victory over the Sky Sox, evening the series at a game apiece. Memphis (22-23) remains in third, two games behind Nashville (MIL).

Taveras garnered four of his team's 16 hits, the big blow being a two-run double plating Shane Robinson (single) and Randal Grichuk (single) in the seventh that put the Redbirds up 4-3. The center fielder came around to score on Scott Moore's single. All four seventh-inning tallies came immediately upon the departure of the Colorado Springs' starter. Moore joined Robinson with three hits and a run scored each. Robinson's double was the only other extra base hit for the visitors. Grichuk went 2-for-5 while crossing home twice.

Justin Wright tossed two scoreless frames of relief for his second win against no losses. Wright fanned two and issued one free pass. Eric Fornataro struck out two of three in the eighth, allowing a hit while David Aardsma worked around a walk and hit batsman in the ninth for his fifth save.

All three hurlers pitched in relief of Scott McGregor who had one of his better outings to date. The righty yielded two in the first plus one in the fifth, his final inning of work, on six hits and a base-on-balls with four strikeouts.

Wednesday's game: at Colorado Springs (21-23), 7:35 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (1-2, 2.28)

Springfield - off

Third-place Springfield (20-24) begins an eight-game road trip with South division rivals Midland (OAK) and Frisco (TEX). The S-Cards trail first-place Tulsa (COL) by four.

Wednesday's game: at Midland (25-19), 6:30 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-6, 6.58)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Brevard County 0 (11)

Luke Voit's bases-loaded single gave the Beach Birds a walk-off extra-innings win over the Manatees in the series' opener. Palm Beach (19-26) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win but remain dead last (sixth) in the South division, seven in back of St. Lucie (NYM).

Voit's first hit in his first game in a Palm Beach uniform was the third single of the frame, pushing across Bruce Caldwell who opened with his only hit of the evening in four at bats. Breyvic Valera went 3-for-5, the only Beach Bird with more than one of the team's eight hits.

Co-Player of the Day Thomas Lee was outstanding for Palm Beach, holding the Manatees to just three hits over eight. The right-hander coaxed 11 groundball to eight fly-ball outs with three strikeouts.

Iden Nazario retired the side in order twice, fanning four. Chris Thomas tossed a one-two-three 11th, picking up his first Florida State League win in his second appearance since being promoted from Peoria.

Wednesday's game: vs. Brevard County (23-20), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-5, 9.10)

Peoria 14 vs. Clinton 3

Mason Katz' two-homer night launched the Chiefs to a 14-3 pasting of the LumberKings, evening the series at one game each. Second-place Peoria (26-18) keeps pace with Kane County (CHC) with the win, a team they trail by 2 ½.

The Chiefs tallied in six of eight innings, smacking 20 hits, including three doubles and three home runs. Four was the magic number for Katz, our co-Player of the Day, who went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four driven in. The second baseman smashed his sixth long ball of 2014 with Justin Ringo (single) aboard in the sixth, adding a solo shot in the eighth.

Ringo, Steve Bean and Michael Schulze each had three hits, the former in his first game for Peoria. Ringo was a triple shy of the cycle, knocked in two while touching home four times. The first baseman was plunked once as well. Bean went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI. Schulze singled three times in four at bats from the nine hole, crossed once with one driven in.

Jimmy Reed (W, 2-1) yielded a solo bomb in the sixth plus two in the seventh on 11 hits through 6 1/3. Reed struck out nine. Jeff Rauh fared much better in his second outing as a Chief, facing the minimum over the next 1 2/3, fanning two and stranding an inherited runner. Zach Loraine gave up a hit with a strikeout in the ninth.

Wednesday's game: vs. Clinton (23-20), 6:30 pm CT, Blake McKnight (1-3, 6.75)

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