Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/22/14

Starlin Rodriguez went yard twice for Palm Beach, one of three victories on Wednesday. Memphis and Springfield both won but Peoria was shut out for the sixth time this season.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 21st.

Memphis 7 at Colorado Springs 4

The Redbirds (23-23) pounded out 13 hits, soaring over the Sky Sox 7-4 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Although Randal Grichuk did not lead the club in hits, he did the most damage. The centerfielder joined a double to his ninth long ball, a two-run shot in the sixth that padded Memphis' 3-2 advantage. Grichuk touched home twice with a base-on-balls.

Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty both went 3-for-5 with a run scored, Taveras knocking in one. Pete Kozma singled twice in five at bats while crossing home once and driving in another.

Kurt Heyer was a bit shaky in his Triple-A debut, allowing four hits and four walks in just 3 2/3, resulting in two tallies. The 23-year-old fanned three, threw a wild pitch and hit one batter.

Nick Greenwood (W, 2-2), who had been the announced starter prior to Heyer's arrival, notched the final out in the fourth, stranding two, before tossing two more frames. One of his three hits yielded was a solo shot. Sam Freeman faced the minimum in the seventh, striking out two. Eric Fornataro served up a solo home run in the eighth, one of two hits permitted. David Aardsma retired the side in order in the ninth for his sixth save.

Thursday's game: at Colorado Springs (21-24), 7:35 pm CT, Angel Castro (5-2, 3.27)

Springfield 5 at Midland 2

David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom homered back-to-back, propelling Springfield (21-24) to a 5-2 series' opening victory at Midland that opened their eight-game road excursion.

Four of the S-Cards' seven hits took place in a four-run first that was kicked off by Mike O'Neill's single. Jacob Wilson doubled O'Neill home and was aboard when David Popkins sent a two-out bomb over the left field wall, his third of the year. Wisdom followed with his fourth home run, putting the visitors up 4-0.

That was more than enough for Sam Gaviglio (W, 2-6) who recorded his best outing of the season. The righty fanned seven in 5 2/3, shutting down the RockHounds on four hits and a base-on-balls. Gaviglio threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes and plunked one.

Ryan Sherriff followed Gaviglio to the mound, allowing a hit and walk in 1 1/3, stranding one inherited runner. A two-run blast off Lee Stoppelman in the eighth, one of three hits given up, ended Springfield's shut-out bid. Stoppelman recorded just one out, giving way to Joe Donofrio (S, 3) who struck out three over the final 1 1/3, permitting a hit and free pass while stranding one of Stoppelman's runners.

The S-Cards answered with a tally in the ninth on Cody Stanley's fourth home run of 2014. Stanley went 2-for-3 with a walk, the only Springfield player with more than one hit.

Thursday's game: at Midland (25-20), 7:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (3-4, 4.57)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Brevard County 3

Player of the Day Starlin Rodriguez' two-homer night powered Palm Beach (20-26) to a 4-3 win over visiting Brevard County for a 2-0 series lead.

Rodriguez' fourth and fifth home runs of the season both came with none on. The first tied the contest at one all in the second and his second broke a 3-3 sixth-inning tie, providing the difference in the game. Nick Martini went 2-for-3 as well, scoring once, for two more of the Beach Birds' seven hits.

Joe Cuda hurled his longest stint of 2014, going seven frames and allowing three runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls for his first win in six decisions. Cuda retired the first nine of 10 faced, the only blemish being a solo shot in the second.

Cuda was aided by a rare triple play in the sixth. With runners at first and second and none out, third baseman Bruce Caldwell gloved a sharp liner, stepped on third for the force before rifling the ball to second. Breyvic Valera did his part there, throwing on to Luke Voit at first for the triple play.

Aidan Lucas worked around two hits in the eighth. Danny Miranda yielded a hit in the ninth, recording his first save.

Thursday's game: vs. Brevard County (23-21), 10:35 am ET, Kyle Helisek (1-2, 3.11)

Clinton 5 at Peoria 0

The Chiefs' offense could not get untracked in the rubber game of their three-game set versus Clinton.

Peoria (26-19) managed eight hits, one shy of Clinton's mark, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. C.J. McElroy and Michael Schulze each singled twice in three at bats, McElroy swiping his ninth bag. Four other Chiefs had one hit apiece, including Steve Bean who went 1-for-3 with his league-leading 22nd walk.

Blake McKnight (L, 1-4) continues to struggle at this level, permitting five runs, three earned, on nine hits, a wild pitch and a balk in 4 1/3. Chase Brookshire retired all eight faced, limiting the damage by leaving two of McKnight's runners on. Jhonny Polanco and Kevin Herget each tossed a scoreless frame, Herget striking out two.

Thursday's game: at Burlington (20-23) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (0-1, 2.63)

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