Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/28/14

Springfield notched the system's only win on Tuesday, propelled by Jonathan Cornelius' noteworthy effort. Palm Beach and Peoria both went down to defeat while Memphis' contest was postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 27th.

Memphis vs. Iowa - postponed

Memphis' series opener versus Iowa was rained out and has been re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Friday, May 30th. That will give the two clubs five games in the next three days.

Wednesday's games: Memphis (24-27) vs. Iowa (27-21). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (5-3, 3.63)/Nick Greenwood (2-2, 2.63)

Springfield 4 vs. Midland 1

Jonathan Cornelius went seven strong frames as the S-Cards topped the RockHounds 4-1 in the series' opener. Third-place Springfield (24-27) stands 3 ½ behind Tulsa (COL) in the North division.

Cornelius, our Player of the Day, held the opposition to just four hits and a walk through seven, tossing 95 pitches, 60 for strikes. Back-to-back singles to open the sixth plus a fielding error and groundout produced the only tally charged to the lefty who fanned three with eight groundball and five fly-ball outs. Returned from Memphis, Justin Wright finished things up, allowing a hit over the final two frames.

Springfield received all of the runs they needed in the third when Patrick Wisdom launched his fifth bomb of 2014, a three-run blast plating Curt Smith and Jacob Wilson who both singled. Wisdom went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

The home team pushed across their final run in the fifth on the first of Mike O'Neill's two singles. O'Neill advanced to second on the play due to a rundown that nailed Matt Williams (single) at third then raced home on a subsequent fielding error. Williams went 2-for-3 as the only other S-Card with more than one of the team's eight hits.

Wednesday's game: vs. Midland (27-24), 7:10 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (1-0, 0.75)

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 8

Three-run stanzas in the fifth and eighth sent Palm Beach (23-28) to an 8-4 series' opening loss at Daytona. The Beach Birds, however, have won five of their last seven, to crawl out of the South division cellar and move into fifth place, seven behind St. Lucie (NYM).

Thomas Lee received little help from his defense, absorbing his third loss in seven decisions. Only one of the five runs charged to right-hander through six was earned, including all three in the fifth that turned a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 hole. Lee yielded nine hits and did not issue a free pass. Errors were charged to Bruce Caldwell at third and Breyvic Valera at second.

Kyle Barraclough faced the minimum in the seventh before Sam Tuivailala put the game out of reach in the eighth. Tuivailala gave up three runs, earned, on three hits with two strikeouts.

Four PB-Cards garnered two of the team's 11 hits: Charlie Tilson, Luke Voit, Casey Rasmus and Alex Mejia. Tilson, Voit and Rasmus all crossed home once with an RBI. Tilson's first triple of the season was the trio's only extra-base hit. Voit drew two free passes and Tilson one.

Wednesday's game: at Daytona (20-29), 7:05 pm ET, Joe Cuda (1-5, 8.07)

Peoria 4 at Kane County 5

Kane County's four-run seventh flipped the Chiefs' slim lead, leading to a three-game sweep of Peoria (27-24). The Chiefs have lost five straight and are 7 ½ behind Kane County.

Blake McKnight held the Cougars to a tally on four hits and a walk through six but tired in the seventh. The righty departed after recording a line out then issuing a free pass and double. Carson Kelly's pick off of a Cougar at third erased one of McKnight's runners after his departure but the other came home under his successor's watch, giving McKnight a line of two runs permitted on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3, his best outing to date. He fanned five.

Brandon Lee (BS, 3) (L, 0-1) proceeded to jam the sacks full on a base-on-balls and single before serving up a grand slam that turned a 2-1 lead into a 5-2 disadvantage. Lee settled down to retire the last four batters faced.

Down 5-2, Peoria fought back with single scores in the eighth and ninth but could not come up with the decisive hit in the ninth. Mason Katz and Kenny Peoples-Walls both struck out swinging with the bases loaded to end the contest.

The Chiefs banged out 13 hits, led by Vaughn Bryan and Juan Herrera with three hits each. Both players doubled and touched home once while Herrera added a walk, stolen base and RBI. One of Carson Kelly's two hits in four at bats was his fourth home run in the eighth. Kelly added another RBI to his long ball plus one base-on-balls.

Wednesday's game: vs. Burlington (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Michael Holback (0-1, 5.00)

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