Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/03/14

The minors won two and lost two on Monday. Rob Kaminsky pitched Peoria to a series win against a powerful foe; the DSL Cardinals won as well. Memphis and Palm Beach both went down to defeat while Springfield was off.

Results from games played Monday, June 2nd.

Memphis 1 at Oklahoma City 8

Two first-inning home runs were enough to send Memphis (28-30) to an 8-1 defeat in the third of four at Oklahoma City. The Redbirds trail that series two games to one.

Those long balls racked up four of the seven tallies yielded by Angel Castro (L, 5-4) through six. The righty issued three free passes to go with nine hits and a plunked batter. Heath Wyatt worked around two hits in the seventh while Pedro Feliciano gave up a run on three hits in the eighth, the first score he has permitted since his signing.

Held scoreless on five hits through eight, the Redbirds finally broke through in the ninth. Tommy Pham drew his second base-on-balls of the night, advanced on defensive indifference and raced home on a single by Jermaine Curtis. Shane Robinson and Luis Mateo both garnered two hits, Mateo's double being the team's only extra-base hit.

Tuesday's game: at Oklahoma City (32-27), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (5-4, 3.82)

Springfield - off

Springfield (26-30) begins a four-game series at Arkansas before heading back home for an eight-game home stand.

Tuesday's game: at Arkansas (27-28), 7:10 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (1-1, 3.38)

Palm Beach 3 at Lakeland 4 (10)

John Gast was solid in his first outing in nearly a year but the bullpen could not hold, falling to Lakeland 4-3 in 10. Palm Beach (26-31) will try to prevent the ignoble four-game sweep today.

Gast scattered five hits and two walk over five, holding the Flying Tigers to a first-inning run. The lefty notched one strikeout, eight groundball, fiv-ball outs and hit one.

He departed with his team up 2-1 and looked to be in good shape for the win when the Beach Birds expanded their lead with a tally in the seventh on David Washington's ninth bomb. That slipped away, however, under Thomas Lee's watch. Lee (BS, 2) permitted single scores in the seventh and eighth, on six hits over three innings, sending the game into extras.

Danny Miranda (L, 0-1) worked a scoreless ninth but could not duplicate that feat in the 10th, allowing a run on three hits.

Both of the visitors' other two runs came in the fourth on consecutive RBI singles by Luke Voit and Alex Mejia that plated Ildemaro Vargas (walk) and Breyvic Valera (single) respectively. Valera singles twice in three at bats, the only Beach Bird with more than one of the team's seven hits.

Tuesday's game: at Lakeland (37-20), 6:30 pm ET, Joe Cuda (2-5, 7.13)

Peoria 5 vs. Kane County 3

Rob Kaminsky notched career firsts as Peoria (31-26) downed Kane County 5-3, capturing the series against their first-place rivals.

Kaminsky, our Player of the Day, went a career-high 6 2/3, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a hit batsman. The win, his first as a pro, evens his record to 1-1. The 19-year-old threw 85 pitches, 62 for strikes, while fanning four with eight ground- and three fly-ball outs.

One of Kaminsky's runs crossed with Brandon Lee on the mound. Lee allowed one of two inherited runners to score plus one of his own on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning.

Reliever Chris Perry, The Cardinal Nation's Pitcher of the Month for May, retired both batters faced but gave up a sac fly that permitted Lee's run. Steve Sabatino tossed a perfect ninth for his save of 2014.

Tuesday's game: Off.

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Orioles2 1

Will Changarotty tossed five shutout frames and the DSL Cardinals (1-1) won their first game of 2014.

Changarotty held the opposition to a hit and three base-on-balls in picking up his first win. The 18-year-old struck out four with six groundball and two fly-ball outs.

Esteban Vallejo yielded a tally on two hits in his third and final inning on the bump, fanning two. Jose Lara was credited with his first save despite loading the bases on a hit and two free passes in the ninth.

Left fielder Jonathan Rivera doubled twice in four at bats, driving in two. Four other Dominican Birds garnered one hit apiece, including catcher Irving Wilson. The 17-year-old sent a two-run shot over the left field wall, plating Carlos Rodriguez (walk).

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Rojos (Reds), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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