Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/27/14

St. Louis' minors went winless on Memorial Day with Memphis, Springfield and Peoria all going down to defeat. Peoria lost despite the superb efforts of pitcher Jimmy Reed and catcher Gerwuins Velazco. Palm Beach had the holiday off.

Results from games played Monday, May 26th.

Colorado Springs 6 at Memphis 4

Kurt Heyer yielded tallies in four consecutive frames, resulting in Memphis' 6-4 loss to Oklahoma City, which took the series 3-1.

Heyer (L, 0-1) interspersed one- and two-run innings from the second through fifth on nine hits and two walks over six. Four of six tallies given up by the righty were the product of two long balls.

Four of the six outs recorded by Dean Kiekhefer were strikeouts. Kiekhefer and Eric Fornataro each allowed one hit, the latter in the ninth.

Held to just four hits through seven, the Redbirds (24-27) broke out for four runs in the eighth on two hits, four walks, a sac fly and a fielding error, although only one was earned. Designated hitter Randal Grichuk and centerfielder Oscar Taveras each had two hits, Grichuk doubling once. Taveras drove in one on a sac fly. Second baseman Pete Kozma went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Tuesday's game: vs. Iowa (27-21) (CHC), 7:02 pm CT, Angel Castro (5-3, 3.63)

Springfield 2 at Frisco 5

Springfield (23-27) could not overcome an early 4-0 deficit, falling to Frisco 5-2 in the decisive third and final game of the series.

Sam Gaviglio (L, 2-7) yielded one each in the second and fifth plus three in the third on 10 hits, two free passes, two wild pitches and a hit batsman. Four of the five tallies were earned. Mitch Harris walked one over the final two frames, throwing 31 pitches, 20 for strikes.

The S-Cards matched the RoughRiders' 10 hits but five of those 10 were confined to just two players: Jacob Wilson and Mike O'Neill. Wilson went 3-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI while O'Neill singled and doubled in four at bats with a base-on-balls. Thus, Springfield's top of the order came through but their three, four and five hitters combined to go 1-for-13. Number eight batter Greg Miclat also went 2-for-4 while crossing home once.

Tuesday's game: vs. Midland (27-23) (OAK), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (3-5, 5.11)

Palm Beach - off

Tuesday's game: Palm Beach (23-27) at Daytona (19-29) (CHC), 7:05 pm ET, Thomas Lee (4-2, 2.93)

Peoria 4 at Kane County 5 (11)

The Chiefs' bullpen could not hold two late leads, including one in extras, dropping their second straight at Kane County 5-2 in 11.

Up 3-1 with three outs to go, Zach Loraine (BS, 2) allowed two runs on four hits and a hit batter while recording just one out. Steve Sabatino notched a K and groundout to strand the bases loaded, going on to shut down the Cougars on a walk in the 10th.

Richy Pedroza's sac fly in the 11th scored Vaughn Bryan (double), giving Peoria (27-23) another lead. But Kevin Herget (BS, 2) (L, 3-2) served up a two-run walk-off bomb in the bottom of the frame.

That spoiled a stellar performance by Jimmy Reed, our co-Player of the Day, who held the opposition to four hits in 7 1/3. The only mark against the Maryland native was a home run in the second. Reed struck out three with eight groundball and seven fly-ball outs.

Down 1-0 through three, Gerwuins Velazco knotted the score up via his first home run of 2014. Velazco, our co-Player of the Day, went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and an RBI.

Five other Chiefs garnered one hit apiece but consecutive walks to Pedroza and C.J. McElroy in the seventh, the latter with the sacks jammed, were more crucial to the score. McElroy's walk forced in Velazco, breaking the tie, which was followed by Jimmy Bosco's sac fly that brought across Michael Schulze (single).

Tuesday's game: at Kane County (34-17), 11:00 am CT, Blake McKnight (1-4, 6.68)



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