Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/06/14

Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach all won easily on Thursday, the latter behind the performances of Silfredo Garcia and Bruce Caldwell. Peoria and the DSL Cardinals both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Thursday, June 5th.

Memphis 7 vs. Nashville 4

The Redbirds (30-30) capitalized on 11 walks to take their series' opener against Nashville, 7-4.

Five of Memphis' seven tallies were the product of free passes as the home team was held to six hits. The fifth produced the most results when Nashville's starter opened the frame by walking the bases full, which got him the hook. All three, Zach Petrick, Greg Garcia and Shane Robinson, crossed under former Redbirds farmhand Michael Blazek's watch.

Robinson took part in four runs, going 2-for-3 with two bases-on-balls, three runs scored and one driven in. Scott Moore's only hit in four at bats was his sixth long ball, a two-run shot that plated Robinson, part of the Moore's three RBI. Stephen Piscotty singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two.

Facing Nashville for the first time, Petrick (W, 3-3) had his own control issues, walking four in 5 1/3, including two to begin the sixth. Three touched home in the fifth against the right-hander, two on Petrick's seventh bomb served up. That home run was one of four hits he yielded along with four strikeouts.

Nick Greenwood retired both batters faced, stranding Petrick's runners. Jorge Rondon permitted a solo shot in 1 1/3 and Pedro Feliciano matched Greenwood by retiring both batters faced. David Aardsma's dominance of Triple-A hitters continued with a one-two-three ninth for his 11th save.

Friday's game: vs. Nashville (32-29), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-5, 6.66)

Springfield 5 at Arkansas 1

Sam Gaviglio tossed six strong frames as Springfield (28-31) flew past Arkansas 5-1 for a two-games-to-one series' lead.

Gaviglio (W, 3-8) bounced back from a horrific seven-run outing versus Frisco, holding the Travelers a solo bomb, one of six hits allowed. The Oregon native fanned five with six ground and four fly-ball outs.

Logan Billbrough faced the minimum in the sixth, followed by Mitch Harris who yielded a hit in the seventh. Ryan Sherriff worked around two hits in the eighth.

Chris Swauger and Jonathan Rodriguez paced the S-Cards, each compiling two of their team's 11 hits. Swauger got the scoring started in the third, singling home Travis Tartamella (single) and Matt Williams (single). He touched home on Rodriguez' two-run triple that also plated Jacob Wilson (single).

Rodriguez' single drove in Williams (walk) in the fifth for Springfield's final tally. Patrick Wisdom had two hits as well, singling and doubling in four at bats.

Friday's game: at Arkansas (28-30), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (5-5, 4.48)

Palm Beach 9 vs. Clearwater 2

Silfredo Garcia hurled six shutout frames and Bruce Caldwell had a three-hit night in the Beach Birds' 9-2 victory over Clearwater. Palm Beach (29-31) has taken the first two of four versus the Threshers.

Co-Player-of-the-Day Garcia (W, 3-1) limited the opposition to five hits and two base-on-balls, striking out five. Kyle Barraclough gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a free pass in the seventh.

Dixon Llorens and Danny Miranda each tossed a scoreless frame, both fanning two. Llorens walked one in his first action since going on the disabled list in early May.

Caldwell, our co-Player of the Day, touched Clearwater for three singles in four at bats, touching home once with three RBI. Breyvic Valera was the only other PB-Card with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a run scored but was nailed in an attempted steal of second.

Four other Beach Birds had one hit each. Alex Mejia maximized his production, doubling in three at bats with a free pass, crossing home twice and driving in two.

Friday's game: vs. Clearwater (12-47), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-6, 4.22)

Peoria 8 at Beloit 9

Alex Reyes could not finish the fourth as Peoria (31-28) fell just short at last-place Beloit 9-8, ensuring a loss of the three-game series.

Reyes (L, 3-5) dumped his team in an early pit, giving up eight runs, six earned, on seven hits and four walks in just 3 2/3. Robert Stock yielded what proved to be the decisive tally on two hits and two bases-on-balls in 2 1/3. Jhonny Polanco permitted a hit over two, Stock and Polanco both plunking one. Each of the three hurlers fanned two.

Down 8-4 after four, the Chiefs battled back with three in the sixth plus one in the seventh. Ronald Castillo led Peoria's 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four knocked in. The MWL all-star launched his fourth bomb of 2014, a two-run blast.

Carson Kelly and C.J. McElroy both went 2-for-5 while touching home once. Kelly knocked in one while McElroy swiped his 12th base. Mason Katz added his ninth home run of the season that came with two aboard.

Friday's game: at Beloit (26-33), 7:00 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 4.33)

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Red Sox 10

The DSL Cardinals (3-2) were pounded by their Red Sox counterparts 10-4 on Thursday.

Four of the 10 tallies yielded by the Dominican Cardinals' hurlers were unearned due to four errors. Angel Estevez (L, 0-1) allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits and two wild pitches through three. The righty, who just turned 17 on June 3rd, fanned two and did not walk a batter in his professional debut.

David Oca gave up a run on two hits and a free pass in two, striking out three. All three tallies charged to Rigobert Urena on two hits and two bases-on-balls in 1 2/3 were unearned. Southpaw Enrique Perez held the opposition to a hit over 1 1/3, the only DSL Cardinals' pitcher not scored upon.

Right fielder Jonathan Rivera garnered his team's only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with his first pro home run, a two-run bomb that drove in Hector Linares (double). Five other Dominican Birds each had one hit.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Red Sox (3-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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