Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/30/14

Tim Cooney came within an out of making franchise history in Memphis' night win, one of two victories recorded by the Redbirds on Thursday. Palm Beach and Peoria both came out on top but Springfield did not.

Results from games played Thursday, May 29th.

Memphis 2 vs. Iowa 1 (7) – completion of May 28th suspended game
Memphis 4 vs. Iowa 0

Tim Cooney's dominating performance on a national stage led Memphis (27-27) to the third straight win in their series with Iowa with two remaining.

Cooney, our Player of the Day, tossed a one-hit, complete-game shutout on CBS Sports Network's Minor League Game of the Week, coming within one out of recording the franchise's first no-hitter. The southpaw retired the first 13 faced before issuing a free pass on four pitches in the fifth. Cooney retired the next 13 Cubs before yielding a base-on-balls with two out in the ninth.

The Wake Forest product then lost his no-hit bid on a single to left, although two batters earlier Cooney needed Stephen Piscotty's web gem, a diving grab in right-center, to keep his streak intact. Piscotty also came to his starter's aid in the first when his lunging snare robbed Iowa's lead-off batter.

Cooney threw 101 pitches, 63 for strikes, fanning seven, winning his fifth game in nine decisions. He accomplished his feat, the fourth one-hitter in Memphis history, in front of Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Tim Leveque, who was in the Redbirds dugout.

Cooney's efforts were bolstered by the Kozma-and-Pham show that accounted for five of the Redbirds' eight hits. Taking advantage of the Cubs' left-handed starter, Pete Kozma went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Pham drove in three of his team's four tallies on two doubles in four at bats. Randal Grichuk got the scoring started in the first with his 10th home run.

Earlier in the day, David Aardsma took less than 10 minutes to set down the Cubs in the top of the seventh, finishing up the second game of Wednesday's double-header. The righty picked up his eighth save and gave Jorge Rondon his second win in three decisions. The balance of this game's recap can be found in Thursday's notebook.

Friday's games: doubleheader vs. Iowa (27-24). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (2-2, 4.17)/Scott McGregor (1-5, 5.98)

Midland 4 at Springfield 2

Springfield (24-29) fell prey to yet another big inning as it dropped both the game and three-game series to Midland.

All four tallies charged to Seth Blair crossed in the third, an inning the righty could not finish. Blair (L, 3-4) permitted four hits and three walks in 2 2/3, including a two-run bomb that spelled his departure.

Logan Billbrough was the first of four S-Cards hurlers picking up the slack for Blair. Billbrough gave up a hit and two free passes over 2 1/3, striking out two. Mitch Harris tossed a clean sixth and seventh, allowing one hit. Lee Stoppelman faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out two before Joe Donofrio continued his dominance of Double-A hitters with a scoreless ninth.

Springfield's runs were generated by the long ball, both solo shots. David Popkins smashed his fourth of the year in the fifth while Matt Williams' eighth-inning home run was his first of 2014. Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4 with a double, the only S-Card with more than one of the team's eight hits.

Friday's game: vs. Frisco (32-20), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (3-1, 2.90)

Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 1

The Beach Birds' bats banged out eight runs while their pitching staff held the Cubs to just four hits, taking a 2-1 lead in their four-game set at Daytona.

Trailing 1-0 after four, Palm Beach (25-28) pushed across two in the fifth plus three each in the sixth and seventh for a commanding 8-1 lead. The team's 11-hit attack was led by four players with two hits each: Breyvic Valera, Nick Martini, Alex Mejia and Bruce Caldwell. Valera went 2-for-3 with two base-on-balls and two runs scored while Martini singled twice in four at bats with a walk. Both Martini and Mejia crossed home plate two times and drove in one, one of Mejia's hits being his sixth double. Caldwell's hits went for extra bases, a double and triple that knocked in three.

On the mound, the PB-Cards were paced by Kyle Helisek who gave up four hits and three walks through six, resulting in one run. Helisek (W, 3-2) struck out three and hit one batter. Aidan Lucas retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth, a feat Danny Miranda matched in the ninth.

Friday's game: at Daytona (20-31), 7:05 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 2.45)

Peoria 3 vs. Burlington 1

Michael Schulze drove in two and Arturo Reyes held Burlington to a run over five, ensuring Peoria (29-24) a series' win with a game remaining.

The first of Schulze's two singles drove in Jimmy Bosco (single) in the second. It came behind Carson Kelly's fifth long ball of 2014 that opened the frame. Schulze followed that up with a seventh-inning hit, driving in Kenny Peoples-Walls (single). Four other Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Reyes scattered five hits in five innings, the only damage being a home run in the fourth, to even his record at 3-3. The 22-year-old did not issue a free pass but plunked one Bee. Brandon Lee gave up a hit and walk over the next two frames while Zach Loraine worked around three hits and a hit batsman in the eighth and ninth for his sixth save.

Friday's game: vs. Burlington (25-27), 7:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (3-3, 4.31)

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