Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/02/14

Four low-scoring affairs were on tap on Sunday with five total runs generated among four teams. Memphis and Springfield both came out on top of one-run affairs, the former paced by Tommy Pham. Palm Beach and Peoria, however, were shut out.

Results from games played Sunday, June 1st.

Memphis 2 at Oklahoma City 1

Four Redbirds hurlers joined forces on a one-hitter as Memphis (28-29) edged host Oklahoma City 2-1, evening the series at one all.

The only tally yielded by Nick Greenwood (W, 3-2) in five frames was the result of a base-on-balls, single and ground out in his final inning of work. The run was unearned due to a throwing error by second baseman Pete Kozma. Greenwood fanned five, allowing just that walk and hit.

Dean Kiekhefer, Eric Fornataro and David Aardsma shut the RedHawks down on one free pass over the next four. Kiekhefer struck out two in two while Aardsma worked around the walk, picking up his ninth save.

Left fielder Tommy Pham, our Player of the Day, went 3-for-4, his fourth straight multi-hit game, tripling and touching home once with a stolen base. Stephen Piscotty kicked off his team's two-run fourth with his 16th double, eventually scoring Memphis' first run. In his return Redbirds debut, Mike O'Neill singled twice in five at bats, the only other Memphis hitter besides Pham with more than one of the team's 10 hits.

Monday's game: at Oklahoma City (31-27), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (5-3, 3.16)

Springfield 3 vs. Frisco 2

A three-run third was just enough for Springfield (26-30) to slip past Frisco 3-2, giving them the series.

Jacob Wilson and Matt Williams, the S-Cards' one and two hitters, sported identical lines, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Curt Smith and Rafael Ortega compiled their team's other four hits, each singling twice in four at bats.

Jonathan Cornelius scattered seven hits over six plus, permitting a tally in the first plus a fourth-inning long ball. Cornelius (W, 5-5) induced nine groundball and three fly-ball outs.

Lee Stoppelman slipped out of a two-on/none-out dilemma in the seventh, departing upon giving up a one-out single the next frame. He struck out two. Joe Donofrio worked 1 1/3 scoreless, allowing a hit with one hit batsman. Justin Wright retired his only batter faced for his third save.

Monday's game: Off.

Palm Beach 0 at Lakeland 2

Palm Beach (26-30) was held to just four hits in their 2-0 loss at Lakeland. The Beach Birds have dropped the first two in the series with two remaining.

Nick Petree (L, 3-2) took the tough loss, permitting two runs, one earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3. The right-hander fanned five and threw two wild pitches.

Two of the four batters retired by Kyle Barraclough were via strikeouts with one free pass issued. Iden Nazario allowed a hit in the eighth.

The visitors generated few scoring opportunities, with Alex Mejia and new arrival Jhohan Acevedo each singling twice. Acevedo notched his first multi-hit performance in his second start since being activated on May 31st.

Monday's game: at Lakeland (36-20), 6:30 pm ET, Thomas Lee (4-3, 2.77)

Kane County 2 at Peoria 0

Peoria (30-26) was shut down by Kane County 2-0 on Sunday, evening their series at one game apiece.

Blake McKnight (L, 1-5) was let down by his offense while giving up just four hits and a free pass through six. One of the two tallies charged to McKnight was unearned. Jhonny Polanco issued a base-on-balls over the next two while Zach Loraine yielded a hit in the ninth.

The Chiefs outhit the Cougars six to five but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on. Second baseman Richy Pedroza, the number nine hitter, singled twice in four at bats. First baseman Mason Katz went 1-for-2, drawing two of his team's three walks.

Monday's game: vs. Kane County (38-19), 7:00 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (0-1, 1.83)

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (0-1) vs. DSL Orioles2 (1-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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