Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/24/14

Marco Gonzales and Ryan Sherriff both notched firsts for Springfield on Friday, one of two wins in St. Louis' minors. Palm Beach triumphed but Memphis and Peoria both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Friday, May 23rd.

Oklahoma City 12 at Memphis 10

Memphis' hurlers dug an insurmountable hole as they were outslugged by Oklahoma City 12-10 in the series' opener. The Redbirds (23-25) remain in third, 2 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

Four of five Memphis pitchers were scored upon, starting with Tim Cooney (L, 4-4) who yielded six runs on 12 hits and two walks in just four innings. Justin Wright permitted five hits and two base-on-balls in 1 2/3, resulting in four crossing home.

One of three hits allowed by Nick Greenwood in 1 1/3 was a solo bomb. Dean Kiekhefer, the sole Redbirds' hurler to keep the RedHawks off the board, gave up a hit in the eighth. Sam Freeman permitted a run on a hit and walk in the ninth.

Down 11-2 after seven, Memphis exploded for eight runs in the eighth, capped by Oscar Taveras' seventh long ball of 2014, a three-run shot that plated Pete Kozma and Greg Garcia (both singles). Kozma led his team's 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Taveras and Garcia had two hits apiece, the former adding a double and walk to his home run while touching home twice. Garcia went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two knocked in.

Saturday's game: vs. Oklahoma City (27-22), 6:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (2-1, 3.57)

Springfield 1 at Midland 0

Co-Players of the Day Marco Gonzales and Ryan Sherriff (pictured) combined for a two-hitter as the S-Cards edged Midland 1-0 in the rubber game of the series. Third-place Springfield (22-25) gained a game on first-place Tulsa (COL) with the win and are now three games back.

Gonzales fanned seven in seven frames, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls to earn his first Double-A win. The only threats mounted by the RockHounds were in the second when a two-out free pass plus missed catch error by Cody Stanley on a swinging K put two on and a ground-rule double to begin the seventh. Gonzales threw 97 pitches, 65 for strikes, and notched six groundball to seven fly-ball outs.

Ryan Sherriff did his part too, twice retiring the side in order. The lefty, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Sunday, struck out three for his first professional save.

While the S-Cards accumulated seven hits, the biggest was a triple by Curt Smith with one out in the fifth. Patrick Wisdom lofted one deep enough to right to bring Smith home on a sac fly for the game's only tally. Smith joined Stanley with two hits each, Stanley doubling once.

Saturday's game: at Frisco (28-19) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-3, 4.99)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Brevard County 2

A series after being swept by Tampa in a four-game series, the Beach Birds got out their own brooms, taking down Brevard County four straight games. With the victory Palm Beach (22-26) climbs into a tie with Jupiter (MIA) for fifth, seven behind St. Lucie (NYM).

Silfredo Garcia held the Manatees scoreless through six, departing after giving up three singles and a free pass to open the seventh. Garcia finished the night allowing two runs on five hits and a walk in six plus for his first win as a Beach Bird in two decisions. He fanned five.

Sam Tuivailala aided Garcia's cause by minimizing the seventh's damage. Tuivailala came in with one run already across, the sacks jammed and no one out, inducing an 8-5 sacrifice double play that brought in another runner but notched two outs. A liner to second ended the threat. Tuivailala tossed a scoreless eighth, striking out one. Chris Thomas faced the minimum in the ninth, his first Florida State League save.

Palm Beach' bats gave Garcia something with which to work, pushing across one in the fourth and seventh plus two in the sixth. Luke Voit and Breyvic Valera both had two of their team's nine hits. Voit smacked his first home run, giving him a line of .357/.471/.571/1.042, 5-for-14 in four games since his call up from Extended Spring Training. Valera singled twice in four at bats, scoring one and driving in another. Casey Rasmus went 1-for-3 with a triple and sac fly, one of his two RBIs.

Saturday's game: vs. St. Lucie (29-19), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-4, 3.66)

Peoria 3 at Burlington 8

Four late-inning runs broke open a competitive game, resulting in the Chiefs' 8-3 loss at Burlington. Each team holds a win in the three-game set while second-place Peoria (27-20) slips to 4 ½ behind torrid Kane County (CHC) with the loss.

Michael Holback (L, 0-1) yielded four runs on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3. Three of the four tallies were the product of a three-run bomb in the first. Holback struck out six.

Chris Perry was pegged for two unearned runs in 1 1/3, fanning four with two hits and a base-on-balls. Jhonny Polanco stranded one of Perry's runners but permitted two runs, one earned, on two hits over 1 1/3.

Justin Ringo and Carson Kelly swung the Chiefs' big bats, acquiring three of Peoria's seven hits. Ringo recorded his team's only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and his first stolen base of the season. Kelly's only hit in four at bats was his third blast of 2014 that came with none on. Kelly crossed twice.

Saturday's game: at Burlington (21-24), 6:30 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (2-2, 2.70)

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