Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/31/14

Jacob Wilson's bat launched Springfield to victory on Friday, one of the system's two wins. Palm Beach won again but Memphis and Peoria both fell. Memphis also had a game postponed.

Results from games played Friday, May 30th.

Iowa 6 at Memphis 4 (7) - game one
Memphis vs. Iowa - game two - postponed

The Redbirds dropped the first of two scheduled against Iowa, 6-4, but took the series three-games-to-one. The latter contest was postponed due to the weather-delayed start of the opener. That delay raised concerns about the Pacific Coast League's 12:50 a.m. curfew rule plus traveling logistics would impact the finale, leading to the postponement. The game has been rescheduled as part of a July 25-27 series in Iowa. Second-place Memphis (27-28) remains 2 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

The home team took an early 2-1 lead in the first on doubles by Greg Garcia, Scott Moore and Stephen Piscotty. That advantage faded when Zach Petrick (L, 2-3) yielded single scores in the third and fourth, his final inning on the bump. Two of the four hits allowed by Petrick were home runs, along with two free passes issued, one intentional.

Eric Fornataro gave up two runs on three hits in the fifth but Dean Kiekhefer kept the opposition off the board on one hit in the sixth. Heath Wyatt served up a long ball in the seventh to go with two base-on-balls.

The Redbirds outhit the Cubs 11 to nine but were unable to translate those hits into sufficient tallies. The top four in the batting order each had two hits, one being a double: Greg Garcia, Tommy Pham, Scott Moore and Stephen Piscotty.

Moore, who was a late addition to the lineup replacing promoted Oscar Taveras, launched his fifth bomb. It came with Pham aboard, giving Moore three RBI. Pham, whose playing time increased with Joey Butler's departure, has put up a mark of .357/.438/.643/1.080 in 28 at bats over his last 10 games. Garcia and Piscotty both worked a free pass with Piscotty driving in one.

Saturday's game: at Oklahoma City (30-26) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-5, 5.98)

Springfield 8 vs. Frisco 4

A day after being bitten by the big frame, the S-Cards were the ones doing the biting, resulting in an 8-4 win over the RoughRiders in the series' opener. Springfield (25-29) remains in third, 3 ½ behind Tulsa (COL).

Four of the home squad's 10 hits were generated in the six-run second, capped by Player of the Day Jacob Wilson's grand slam, his second home run of 2014. That bomb plated Matt Williams, Greg Miclat and Rafael Ortega. Williams singled home Curt Smith (fielding error) while Miclat's single brought across David Popkins (single). The key at bat, however, may have been Ortega's. The centerfielder worked a 10-pitch walk directly ahead of Wilson, giving the latter a good opportunity to assess Frisco's starter.

Wilson, Popkins and Williams had two hits apiece, Wilson adding a double to his home run while Williams drove in two. Wilson swiped his first bag of the season, Miclat stealing his 10th.

Kyle Hald worked around four hits and five free passes through 5 1/3, holding the RoughRiders to single tallies in the fifth and sixth. The sixth-inning tally crossed under Ryan Sherriff's watch who stranded his other inherited runner. Sherriff allowed one hit in 1 2/3. Justin Wright gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batsman over two.

Saturday's game: vs. Frisco (32-21) (TEX), 6:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (2-7, 5.79)

Palm Beach 7 at Daytona 2

The Beach Birds pushed across four in the first, flying over the Cubs 7-2 to clinch the series three-games-to-one. Palm Beach has gone 8-2 over their last 10 games, upping their record to 26-28 and moving from sixth (last) to a fourth-place tie with Charlotte (TB), 5 ½ in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

The PB-Cards banged out 12 hits, five players compiling two each. Nick Martini singled and tripled in four at bats, knocking in two and scoring one. One of Luke Voit's two hits in five at bats was his second home run of the season. Voit crossed home twice with an RBI.

Alex Mejia went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and one driven in. Casey Rasmus knocked in two on two singles in four at bats. Charlie Tilson went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He was plunked once.

Silfredo Garcia tossed six solid frames for his second win in three decisions. The 22-year-old scattered six hits and two walks over 6 1/3, resulting in two runs. Garcia struck out four with six groundball and five fly-ball outs.

Sam Tuivailala recorded the final two outs in the seventh, stranding one. Chris Thomas fanned two of three faced in the eighth and Danny Miranda finessed two hits and a hit batsman by striking out two in the ninth.

Saturday's game: at Lakeland (34-20) (DET), 5:00 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-5, 3.59)

Burlington 7 at Peoria 0

Alex Reyes was roughed up for five runs in 4 2/3 as the Chiefs were shut out by Burlington, 7-0. Peoria (29-25) took the three-game set. The Chiefs remain in second place but trail first-place Kane County (CHC) by 7 ½.

Reyes (L, 3-4) allowed scores in each of the first four frames on five hits, including a two-run long ball, and four walks. Two of the five tallies were unearned. Reyes struck out five.

Kevin Herget fanned five in 2 1/3, yielding two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls, stranding one of Reyes' runners. Robert Stock and Steve Sabatino each tossed a scoreless frame. Stock worked around a hit and free pass in his return to Peoria while Sabatino extended his scoreless streak to 10 2/3 innings covering seven appearances since joining the Chiefs.

Saturday's game: vs. Kane County (37-18), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 4.41)

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals open their 2014 summer season on the road Saturday. Look for a team preview to be posted on the site on Saturday.

Saturday's game: DSL Cardinals at DSL Orioles2, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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