Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/29/14

Winning was the order of the day in St. Louis as the system went 3-1 with one suspended. Memphis took their double-header opener and leads in the finale while Luke Voit and Joe Cuda led Palm Beach to their sixth win in their last eight games. Peoria notched a win but Springfield did not.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 28th.

Memphis 1 vs. Iowa 0 (7) – game one
Memphis 2 vs. Iowa 1 (suspended) – game two

Redbirds' hurlers were dealing in Wednesday's double-header, resulting in a 1-0 win in the opener and a 2-1 lead in the nightcap, a contest that was suspended after six.

In game one Angel Castro strangled the Cubs on just three hits and a walk through 6 2/3, fanning eight. The walk triggered the righty's exit and brought in Pedro Feliciano, marking the latter's debut as a Redbird. Feliciano (W, 1-0) coaxed a ground out, leaving him the pitcher of record for Xavier Scruggs' subsequent heroics.

Scruggs came to the plate in the bottom of the frame with one out and ended the game with one swing. His fourth bomb of 2014 gave Memphis (25-27) the walk-off win. It was only the fifth hit of the night for the home team, Greg Garcia compiling two of them. The second baseman singled and doubled in two at bats in the lead-off slot. Garcia was erased from the base paths once when he was caught stealing.

Game two was suspended at 12:53 am CT at the end of the sixth with Memphis up 2-1 because of the Pacific Coast League's curfew rule. The game will be completed on Thursday at 12:05 pm CT, free of charge, separate from the regularly scheduled contest. The latter contest, a nine-inning affair, will be nationally televised as the CBS Sports Network's Minor League Baseball "Game of the Week"

Greg Garcia's bat continued to play in the nightcap as his sixth long ball put his team up 1-0 after one. Iowa tied it up with one in the third off Nick Greenwood on a single and triple, two of the three hits the lefty permitted in three.

Jose Almarante faced the minimum in the fourth, striking out one. Jorge Rondon worked around a base runner in both the fifth and sixth. Rondon plunked one in the sixth but wiped him out on a double-play ball before yielding a two-out single in the sixth.

Memphis took the lead in the home half of the sixth via three straight singles. Jermaine Curtis' second single of the game ignited the offense. Curtis advanced to second on Ed Easley's single and raced home when Luis Mateo lined one to right.

Thursday's games: vs. Iowa (27-22). Game one (completion of suspended game) – 12:05 pm CT, TBA. Game two – 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (4-4, 4.42)

Midland 9 at Springfield 4

The S-Cards (24-28) dug an insurmountable 9-0 hole in game two of three versus the RockHounds, evening the series at a game apiece.

Marco Gonzales suffered his first Double-A loss just five days after tossing a two-hit seven-inning shutout against the same squad. Gonzales yielded five runs, including a two-run blast, on six hits and a base-on-balls in four plus. He struck out eight.

Anthony Ferrara gave up three runs on three hits and a free pass in 2 1/3. Corey Baker permitted a tally on three hits in 1 2/3. Ryan Sherriff allowed a hit and walk in the ninth.

Held scoreless through seven, Springfield broke out for four in the eighth on two walks, two singles and Jacob Wilson's double that knocked in Cody Stanley (walk) and Jonathan Rodriguez (single). Matt Williams was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a base-on-balls but did not figure in the scoring.

Thursday's game: vs. Midland (28-24) 7:10 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-3, 5.47)

Palm Beach 7 at Daytona 2

Palm Beach (24-28) combined a 16-hit attack with Joe Cuda's best outing of 2014, flying over the Cubs 7-2. Each squad has taken one of the first two in the four-game set.

Six Beach Birds garnered more than one hit, led by Luke Voit who was a home run shy of the cycle. Palm Beach's clean-up hitter, our co-Player of the Day, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and three driven in, raising his line to .414/.514/.655/1.169 in 29 at bats since being called up from Extended Spring Training.

Alex Mejia followed close behind Voit, with two singles and a double in five at bats while crossing once with an RBI. Ildemaro Vargas, Breyvic Valera, Charlie Tilson and Luis Perez each had two hits, all singles. Vargas touched home twice, Valera once with one driven in and Tilson scored once.

Co-Player of the Day Cuda struck out seven in six innings, holding the opposition to five hits and two free passes that produced one run in the second. Josh Lucas gave up a tally on three hits in the seventh. Iden Nazario struck out two of three faced in the eighth and Chris Thomas topped that by fanning the side in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Daytona (20-30), 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (2-2, 2.62)

Peoria 2 vs. Burlington 1 (12)

An unearned tally in the 12th gave Peoria (28-24) a 2-1 victory over Burlington in the series' opener.

Knotted at one all since the close of the fifth, Michael Schulze reached on a fielding error by the Bees' third baseman to lead off the 12th. Richy Pedroza sacrificed Schulze to second and a ground out by C.J. McElroy moved him to third. An intentional free pass to Vaughn Bryan followed before Juan Herrera ended things on his second single of the night.

Earlier in the game it was Schulze's double that brought in Jimmy Bosco, tying the game at 1-1. That was Schulze's only hit in five at bats while Bosco joined Herrera with two singles. Herrera and Bosco accounted for four of the Chiefs' eight hits while Bosco worked one of three bases-on-balls permitted by Burlington's pitching staff.

Michael Holback began a parade of five Peoria hurlers that limited the Bees to a run on six hits in all. Holback gave up the first-inning tally on a double, hit batsman, walk and sac fly, one of three hits and the only walk allowed through four. Holback hit two batters. Chase Brookshire fanned four over the next three, yielding one hit.

Chris Perry had his stuff working in the eighth and ninth, striking out five. Jhonny Polanco tiptoed around a hit and three walks in 1 2/3 by striking out five. Steve Sabatino faced the minimum over the final 1 1/3, fanning two, to up his record to 4-0. Sabatino is unscored upon in 9 2/3 frames covering six appearances since his call up from Extended Spring Training on May 12th.

Thursday's game: vs. Burlington (25-26), 6:30 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (2-3, 2.91)



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