Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/23/14

St. Louis' minors went 2-2 on Thursday. Kyle Helisek and Rob Kaminsky were superb for Palm Beach and Peoria, respectively, but Memphis and Springfield could not overcome early deficits.

Results from games played Thursday, May 22nd.

Memphis 8 at Colorado Springs 9

A seven-run first proved insurmountable in the Redbirds' 9-8 loss that gave them yet another split of a four-game series.

Angel Castro (L, 5-3) could not work around a bases-loaded fielding error by Pete Kozma, retiring only two batters while yielding seven tallies, two earned, on five hits and two walks. Heath Wyatt tossed the next 3 1/3, allowing two runs on five hits.

Dean Kiekhefer yielded two hits and an intentional free pass in two before Jorge Rondon fanned two over the final two innings, permitting a hit and base-on-balls.

Down 7-0 after one, Memphis (23-24) fought back with two in the second and fifth plus four in the fourth. The Redbirds banged out 15 hits, led by left fielder Randal Grichuk and centerfielder Oscar Taveras who posted identical lines of 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Taveras smacked his 14th double of 2014, two off the league lead.

Luis Mateo singled three times in four at bats, touching home twice. Stephen Piscotty added his 12th and 13th doubles, driving in one.

Friday's game: vs. Oklahoma City (26-22) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (4-3, 3.74)

Springfield 1 at Midland 6

Jonathan Cornelius allowed five early tallies while the S-Cards' offense sputtered, leading to a 6-1 loss at Midland. Each team holds one win with the rubber game ahead on Saturday evening.

Eight of the 12 hits plus the only walk given up by Cornelius (L, 3-5) in six were struck in the first two frames, resulting in a 5-0 hole after two. The lefty yielded his final tally in the fifth. Mitch Harris' second Double-A appearance was the first in which he was unscored upon, the righty working around a two-out single in the eighth. Corey Baker yielded a hit and free pass in the ninth.

Springfield (21-25) had fewer hits (four) than walks (five), two of the former by Curt Smith. Smith singled and doubled in four at bats, driving in Jonathan Rodriguez (single) in the third.

Friday's game: at Midland (26-20), 7:00 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 1.80)

Palm Beach 7 vs. Brevard County 1

Kyle Helisek tossed seven outstanding frames in the Beach Birds' 7-1 trouncing of the Manatees. Palm Beach (21-26) has won the first three versus Brevard County, guaranteeing their first series win since early May.

Co-Player of the Day Helisek retired the first nine before yielding a lead-off walk and bunt single to start the fourth. A 5-4-3 double play negated the threat, triggering a series of 11 consecutive batters turned back by the southpaw. Helisek induced nine groundball to seven fly-ball outs.

Kyle Barraclough interspersed three hits, resulting in a tally, with three strikeouts in the eighth. Josh Lucas fanned two and walked one in the ninth.

The PB-Cards' balanced offensive attack featured seven of nine starters with at least one hit and eight of nine either scoring, driving in a run or both. Ildemaro Vargas singled twice in four at bats, the only Beach Bird with more than one of the team's eight hits. Vargas crossed home once. Newcomers Luke Voit and Luis Perez each knocked in one, Voit working two of Palm Beach's three free passes while scoring once. Breyvic Valera went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and two RBI.

Friday's game: vs. Brevard County (23-22), 6:35 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (0-1, 5.40)

Peoria 4 at Burlington 3

Rob Kaminsky fanned nine batters as the Chiefs rallied for a 4-3 win at Burlington in the series' opener.

Kaminsky, our co-Player of the Day, retired 18 of his first 20 batters, yielding a two-out single in the third and a free pass in the sixth. His first batter in the seventh reached on a wild pitch after the lefty fanned him swinging; Kaminsky departed upon giving up a single to the next batter. Both runners subsequently scored in a three-run burst that erased the 19-year-old's opportunity for his first full-season win. Both tallies were unearned.

Peoria (27-19) took a 2-0 lead on single scores in the third and fourth. Jimmy Bosco capitalized on a fielding error in right that put him on second to open the second. He advanced to third on a fly out and raced home on Michael Schulze's sac fly. Mason Katz smashed a two-out bomb the next frame, his only hit in three at bats.

That lead held until the seventh when Brandon Lee (BS, 2) could not escape the jam inherited from Kaminsky. Lee came in with runners at the corners and none out, coaxing a fly out to shallow center and pop out to second before loading the bases via a free pass. The game was tied up when shortstop Richy Pedroza committed his first error and a follow-up single both gave the home team the lead and finished Lee's stint. The run charged to Lee was unearned as well.

Steve Sabatino retired all four batters faced, two by strikeout, notching his third win without a loss. Sabatino was the pitcher of record when the Chiefs struck for two in the top of the ninth on three of their five game hits.

Justin Ringo doubled home Vaughn Bryan (single), knotting the game at 3-3. Katz' ground out advanced Ringo to third and Kenny Peoples-Walls provided the game-winning single. Bryan had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.

Zach Loraine sandwiched two swinging K's around a pop out, garnering his fifth save as Peoria's hurlers held the Bees to just three hits.

Friday's game: at Burlington (20-24), 6:30 pm CT, Michael Holback (0-0, 2.45)

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