Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/07/14

Jimmy Reed, Chris Perry and Vaughn Bryan's performances were key in Peoria's crucial win on Friday, a night of several noteworthy efforts. Palm Beach joined Peoria in the win column but Memphis, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals did not.

Results from games played Friday, June 6th.

Nashville 1 at Memphis 0

The Redbirds' bats were held to four hits, leading to a 1-0 loss to the visiting Sounds. Third-place Memphis (30-31) has split the first two versus first-place Nashville, which they trail by 2 ½.

Facing the Sounds for the first time since April 17th, Scott McGregor (L, 1-6) yielded six hits and three walks through five, striking out three and hitting a batter. The only tally charged to him was the result of a fifth-inning long ball.

Dean Kiekhefer and Eric Fornataro split the remaining four frames. Kiekhefer retired six straight, four by strikeout, while Fornataro allowed a hit and two bases-on-balls.

Major League veteran Tom Gorzelanny headed a trio of Nashville hurlers quieting the Redbirds' offense. All four of the team's hits came from the top of the order. Scott Moore, the number three bat, singled and doubled in four at bats while Greg Garcia, leading off, and Shane Robinson each chipped in a single in four at bats.

Saturday's game: vs. Nashville (33-29), 6:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (3-2, 2.25)

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 3

Jonathan Cornelius' admirable effort was not enough, as the S-Cards went down to the Travelers 3-1 for yet another series split. Springfield (28-32) remains in third, 5 ½ behind Tulsa (COL).

Cornelius scattered seven hits and two free passes over six, allowing a single tally. It was the lefty's third consecutive outing of at least six innings while giving up two or fewer runs.

Seth Blair (L, 3-5) took the loss in his first appearance out of the bullpen in 2014, permitting a run on a hit and two walks in the seventh. Ronnie Shaban's return to the Double-A active roster was inauspicious as the righty yielded three straight singles that pushed across a tally while notching just one out. Lee Stoppelman quenched the fire, recording the eighth's last two outs.

The S-Cards mustered just five hits, with David Popkins having a pair. The right fielder went 2-for-4 out of the eight hole. Curt Smith smashed a ground-rule double in the fourth, coming around to score on a single by Jonathan Rodriguez. That was the only hit in four at bats for both batters, although Rodriguez did swipe his fourth bag.

Springfield, with first-half elimination number at six, comes home to face Tulsa for four.

Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa (33-26), 6:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 4 vs. Clearwater 3

Jhohan Acevedo's bases-loaded single produced a 4-3 walk-off win over Clearwater, running Palm Beach's winning streak to four. Palm Beach (30-31) has climbed into a fourth-place tie with Charlotte (TB), 5 ½ in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

Down 3-2 with three outs to go, thanks to three late-inning tallies, the home team jammed the sacks full on a free pass and two singles. A force at the plate put the Beach Birds down to their final out in the form of Acevedo. The centerfielder's second single of the game drove in Bruce Caldwell (single) and Charlie Tilson (pinch hit single) for the game winner.

Nine Palm Beach batters garnered at least one of the team's 11 hits. Caldwell joined Acevedo in the multi-hit club, going 2-for-2 with a free pass, sac bunt and run scored. David Washington's 10th home run plated Alex Mejia (single), putting his squad up 2-0 in the second.

Mike Mayers was outstanding, limiting the Threshers to six hits through seven plus while not issuing a free pass. The first two batters reached against Mayers in the eighth on a single and fielding error, leading to his departure. Chris Thomas gave up an RBI single, resulting in an unearned tally charged to Mayers. The starter struck out five.

Danny Miranda (BS, 2) can thank his offense for his move from the losing to winning pitcher. The southpaw yielded two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth but evened his record at 1-1.

Saturday's game: vs. Clearwater (12-48), 6:35 pm ET, Nick Petree (3-2, 0.87)

Peoria 1 at Beloit 0

Jimmy Reed and Chris Perry combined for a three-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Snappers 1-0, preventing Beloit's three-game sweep. Second-place Peoria (32-28) trails Kane County (CHC) by 8 ½ but lead Quad Cities (HOU) by a game in the wild card standings.

Reed (W, 3-1) held the opposition to two hits and a walk in seven, striking out four with 10 ground- and five fly-ball outs. Peoria rode newly-named All-Star Chris Perry the final two frames, watching as the righty earned his first professional save. Their efforts garnered Reed and Perry shared Player of the Day mention.

Centerfielder Vaughn Bryan joined the duo as a joint Player of the Day, mustering two of his team's six hits and knocking in their only score. Bryan's second triple of 2014 brought Robelys Reyes (walk) across in the eighth, leaving Beloit's starter with a loss. Bryan went 2-for-3 with a walk but was caught in a stolen base attempt.

Peoria now heads to Quad Cities for a wild card showdown.

Saturday's game: at Quad Cities (31-29), 6:00 pm CT, Blake McKnight (1-5, 5.48)

DSL Red Sox 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

The Dominican Birds (3-3) lost their second straight to the Dominican Red Sox, leaving them two games off the pace set by the DSL Yankees1.

Sandy Alcantara permitted three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two base-on-balls in four, dropping his second straight decision. Jesus Narvaez gave up four hits and a walk over three, resulting in two tallies. Andy De La Cruz allowed a walk in two innings.

The home team managed just four hits but showed patience, working six free passes. Centerfielder Carlos Talavera singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored. Catcher Dennis Ortega drew two base-on-balls, touching home once despite going hitless in two at bats.

Saturday's game: vs. DSL Giants (3-3), 10:30 am ET, Will Changarotty (1-0, 0.00)

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