Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/26/14

Memphis and Palm Beach were winners on Sunday, the latter behind Nick Petree's excellent start. Springfield and Peoria each fell.

Results from games played Sunday, May 25th.

Memphis 3 vs. Oklahoma City 2

Scott McGregor's best outing of 2014 resulted in a 3-2 Redbirds' triumph over the RedHawks on Sunday. Memphis (24-25) trails in the series one game two with one remaining.

McGregor held the opposition to five hits and a walk through six, picking up his first win in six decisions. The only damage against the righty was on a home run that led off the fourth. McGregor kept his infield busy, coaxing 11 groundball out to three fly-ball and one strikeout.

The home team did all of their damage in the third. Centerfielder Randal Grichuk's 13th double of 2014 brought across Ed Easley (walk) and Luis Mateo (bunt single). The first of Stephen Piscotty's two singles drove in Grichuk. Scott Moore joined Piscotty, singling twice in four at bats and the two combined for half of Memphis' eight hits.

Heath Wyatt tossed two frames of one-hit ball, yielding an unearned tally. David Aardsma faced the minimum in the ninth, his seventh save.

Monday's game: vs. Oklahoma City (28-23), 1:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (0-0, 4.91)

Springfield 2 at Frisco 3

Kyle Hald was thrice-bitten by the long ball as Springfield (23-26) fell at Frisco 3-2, evening the series at one game each.

Three of the four hits yielded by Hald (L, 3-1) in five innings were home runs that were struck in the third, fourth and fifth. Hald issued one free pass and threw 60 pitches, 40 for strikes.

Logan Billbrough struck out three in two frames, giving up three hits. Corey Baker permitted a hit in the eighth.

The top of the S-Cards' order came through for five of their six hits. Lead-off batter Mike O'Neill singled and tripled in four at bats, knocking in one. Number three hitter Cody Stanley went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls while Rafael Ortega, sandwiched in between, singled once in three at bats with a walk. The game featured a rain delay of just under two-and-a-half hours in the sixth inning.

Monday's game: at Frisco (29-20), 2:05 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (2-6, 5.76)

Palm Beach 4 vs. St. Lucie 1

Nick Petree threw into the eighth inning as Palm Beach (23-27) topped St. Lucie 4-1 for a split of their two-game set.

Petree, our Player of the Day, held the league's top offense to five hits and a free pass over 7 1/3. Petree fanned four with eight groundball to five fly-ball outs and yielded one home run. Danny Miranda recorded the last five outs, giving up a hit, for his second save.

The scoreless tie was broken when the Beach Birds pushed across two unearned runs in the fifth. Jesus Montero opened with a single, advanced on Luis Perez' single and scored when Charlie Tilson reached on a force attempt fielding error by the Mets' second baseman. Perez raced home on Alex Mejia's sac bunt to first.

Palm Beach further capitalized on St. Lucie's miscues with another unearned tally in the seventh. Tilson's single up the middle drove in Ildemaro Vargas who reached on a single but advanced on a throwing error by the pitcher.

The home team's final tally crossed in the eighth. Starlin Rodriguez worked a base-on-balls, advanced on a wild pitch and was driven in on a single by Nick Martini. Martini went 2-for-4 with five other PB-Cards having one hit each.

Monday's game: Off.

Peoria 3 at Kane County 7

The face off between the Western division's top two squads resulted in a 7-3 Chiefs' loss in the series' opener.

The Cougars hammered Peoria pitching for seven runs on 10 hits, beginning with Alex Reyes (L, 3-3) who allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and a free pass in 6 2/3. Chase Brookshire notched the final out in the seventh, stranding one of Reyes' runners, but could not duplicate that feat the next frame. Brookshire gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, giving way to Jhonny Polanco who retired all three batters faced.

Peoria (27-22) was held to five hits with no Chief garnering more than one. Jimmy Bosco doubled in the third, coming home on a single by Michael Schulze. That was all until the ninth when Vaughn Bryan's first triple of the season brought across C.J. McElroy (walk). Bryan scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Herrera.

Monday's game: at Kane County (33-17), 1:00 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 4.97)

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