Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/04/14

Memphis, Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals all came out on top Tuesday while Springfield fell in walk-off fashion. Peoria was idle. Co-Players of the Day are DSL shortstop Allen Cordoba and shortstop Dennis Ortega.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 3rd.

Memphis 6 at Oklahoma City 3

Tim Cooney followed up his near no-hitter and Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week award with another fine effort. The Redbirds' offense spread the wealth around in a 6-3 victory that left them with a split of their four-game set. Memphis (29-30) sits in third, 2 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

Cooney (W, 6-4) shut out the RedHawks on four hits and a walk through six before tiring in the seventh. The southpaw yielded a solo bomb and single, the latter crossing when Audry Perez' throw to second on an attempted steal went awry. Cooney exited upon issuing his second free pass of the night, having retired two batters that frame.

Jorge Rondon recorded three outs but left the sacks jammed for Dean Kiekhefer on two singles and a base-on-balls. Kiekhefer allowed one to touch home on a wild pitch before striking out his only batter faced. David Aardsma tossed a scoreless ninth with a free pass issued for his 10th save.

The Redbirds' scoring was a team-wide event, eight of nine starters contributing. Eight of the team's nine hits went for extra bases as the first six batters in the order all doubled and touched home once. Stephen Piscotty and Pete Kozma each had an RBI and Jermaine Curtis, the sixth hitter, drove in two. Mike O'Neill doubled and tripled in four at bats with an RBI, the only Redbird with more than one hit.

Wednesday's game: Off.

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 2

A home run off Joe Donofrio in the bottom of the ninth sent the S-Cards to a 2-1 loss in the series opener at Arkansas. Springfield (26-31) has dropped to 5 ½ in back of Tulsa (COL), in third place.

Donofrio (L, 2-2) yielded the long ball to his first batter faced, the first bomb he permitted this season over a span of 25 2/3 innings. Marco Gonzales hurled the first six, giving up a tally on four hits and a base-on-balls and striking out seven. Ryan Sherriff allowed two hits in two frames before turning the ball over to Donofrio.

Down 1-0, the visitors' only score came in the sixth on Curt Smith's two-out triple that was followed by Chris Swauger's RBI double. Smith and Swauger both went 2-for-3, compiling four of the team's five hits. It was Swauger's first game back with Springfield this season.

Wednesday's game: at second-place Arkansas (28-28), 7:10 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-4, 5.86)

Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 3

Multi-hit performances by Florida State League all-stars Breyvic Valera and Charlie Tilson paced the Beach Birds to a 6-3 victory, salvaging the final of four at Lakeland. Fifth-place Palm Beach (27-31) trails Fort Myers (MIN) by 7 ½ in the South Division.

Valera went 3-for-5 with his 13th stolen base and three knocked in, out of the three hole. Lead-off batter Tilson doubled and tripled in four at bats, scoring two and driving in one. Alex Mejia went 1-for-3 while touching home once and driving in one.

The only runs charged to Joe Cuda (W, 3-5) over six were via a third-inning home run, one of only four hits and a free pass allowed. Cuda struck out four with 10 ground and four fly-ball outs.

Sam Tuivailala fanned four in two innings, giving way to Chris Thomas, who faced the minimum in the ninth. Thomas struck out one, earning his second save. The losing pitcher was former St. Louis reliever Eduardo Sanchez.

Wednesday's game: vs. Clearwater (12-45) (PHI), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (3-2, 2.49)

Peoria - off

After a successful home stand in which they won four and lost two, the Chiefs head out on a six-game road trip through Beloit and Quad Cities. Despite second-place Peoria (31-26) trailing Kane County (CHC) by 7 ½, they hold a slim one-game lead over Quad Cities in the first-half wild-card standings.

Wednesday's game: at Beloit (24-33) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (1-3, 6.75)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Rojos 2

Shortstop Allen Cordoba's perfect day led his team to a 5-2 win over the DSL Rojos at home. The DSL Cardinals (2-1) are in a six-team tie atop the 10-team division in the season's very early going.

Cordoba, our co-Player of the Day, went 3-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI, one on a sac fly. The Panamanian native was the only Dominican Bird with more than one of the team's eight hits and took part in one double play.

Co-Player of the Day and catcher Dennis Ortega had a fine day as well, going 1-for-2 with two free passes, two runs scored and one driven in. Left fielder Luis Bandes, the DSL Cards' clean-up hitter, smashed his first long ball.

Four DSL Cardinals' hurlers combined to hold Cincinnati's farm team to two runs on six total hits. Both tallies were charged to starter Derian Gonzalez, who yielded four hits and three walks through four, striking out four.

Andy De La Cruz worked around a hit and three walks over 1 2/3 while Franyel Casadilla was credited with his first win by fanning six in 2 1/3 with one hit given up. The righty stranded three inherited runners. Enrique Perez struck out two and walked one for his first save in his professional debut.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Rojos (1-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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