Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/09/14

Angel Castro's strong outing helped Memphis garner one of the system's two victories on Sunday. Palm Beach's hot streak continues but Springfield moves closer to elimination. Peoria suffered a double-header sweep, dealing a blow to their wild card chances.

Results from games played Sunday, June 8th.

Memphis 9 vs Nashville 4

The Redbirds' bats ignited for 15 hits and Angel Castro tossed seven strong frames as Memphis (31-32) flew over the Sounds 9-4, salvaging a series' split.

All nine starters had at least one hit with five Redbirds notching two or more. Tommy Pham led the attack, going 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and his eighth stolen base. Pete Kozma, Xavier Scruggs, Ed Easley and Mike O'Neill each had two hits with all but O'Neill doubling once.

Kozma and Scruggs both touched home twice while driving in one, Kozma reaching base twice via a hit-by-pitch. Easley drove in two and crossed home once while O'Neill added an RBI. Greg Garcia went 1-for-3 with two bases-on-balls, three runs scored and a stolen base.

That support was more than enough for Player of the Day Castro (W, 6-4) who shut down Nashville on three hits and a walk through seven. Pedro Feliciano's fifth appearance since joining Memphis was his worst although he was hampered by his defense. Feliciano yielded four runs, two earned, on two hits, a free pass and plunked batter, recording one out.

Feliciano's final tally crossed with Dean Kiekhefer on the mound. A passed ball charged to Ed Easley moved both inherited runners into scoring position, setting up the score on the first of two groundouts induced by Kiekhefer. Jorge Rondon gave up a hit and walk in the ninth.

Monday's game: vs. Tacoma (25-36), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-4, 3.59)

Tulsa 3 at Springfield 1

Springfield (28-34) struck first but came up short in the end, dropping a 3-1 decision to first-place Tulsa. The S-Cards will need to win both remaining contests versus the Drillers to salvage a series' split and stave off elimination since their ‘magic' number for the first half is down to two.

Marco Gonzales (L, 1-2) yielded two runs, one earned, on seven hits and three walks, one intentional, through 5 1/3. One of those hits was the first Texas League home run allowed by the southpaw. Gonzales fanned six with five ground- and two fly-ball outs.

Four Springfield relievers covered the final 3 2/3, beginning with Ryan Sherriff. Sherriff came in with runners at first and second and threw gasoline on the fire when an errant pick-off throw allowed one to cross. The lefty issued a free pass to the next batter but escaped that jam on an 8-6 double play. Sherriff got the hook the next inning after allowing three straight one-out singles.

Justin Wright cleaned up Sherriff's mess, notching a swinging K plus a groundout. Joe Donofrio walked two in 1 1/3, leaving with a runner on second who came around to score on a single given up by Ronnie Shaban. It was the first time this season that Donofrio has been scored upon in consecutive appearances.

Most of Springfield's offensive output occurred in the first when they mustered two of their five hits plus two of four free passes. A bases-loaded single by Chris Swauger drove in Jacob Wilson (walk) but the next two batters failed to produce more tallies. Wilson went 1-for-3, the only S-Card with both a hit and walk.

Monday's game: vs. Tulsa (35-26), 7:10 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (first rehab start)

Palm Beach 4 at St. Lucie 3

The Beach Birds pushed across four tallies in the first five frames, then hung on to edge the Mets 4-3 in the series' opener. Palm Beach has won six straight and 14 of their last 19, moving above the .500 mark with a 32-31 record.

The outpouring was capped by Bruce Caldwell's two-run bomb in the fifth that plated Luke Voit. An earlier sac fly gave the designated hitter three RBI for the game. Voit and Breyvic Valera posted identical lines, singling twice in four at bats with a run scored. Five other PB-Cards joined Caldwell with one hit each.

Thomas Lee limited St. Lucie to a tally on six hits and a base-on-balls through eight but required a ninth-inning rescue. Lee (W, 5-3) yielded a one-out single and his sixth long ball of 2014, bringing in Chris Thomas, who notched two quick outs for his third save. Each hurler fanned one while Lee threw one wild pitch and hit a batter.

Monday's game: at St. Lucie (35-28), 6:30 pm ET, Joe Cuda (3-5, 6.80)

Peoria 1 at Quad Cities 3 (7) – game one
Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 4 (7) – game two

The Chiefs dropped a pair on Sunday, falling out of their wild card lead as a result. Peoria (32-29) now trail Quad Cities by a game and Burlington by a half game in the wild card standings with seven to play.

The base-on-balls bug bit reliever Kevin Herget (L, 3-3) in the opener, as the righty issued three of them to jam the sacks full with two outs in the sixth. Steve Sabatino gave up a two-run double that broke a 1-1 tie. It was only the third hit allowed by Chiefs' hurlers.

The first of three walks allowed by Rob Kaminsky through five produced the River Bandits' first run. Kaminsky permitted an RBI double, one of two hits yielded to go four strikeouts.

Peoria was held to three hits as well, Ronnierd Garcia garnering two of them. Garcia went 2-for-2 with a walk, double and one knocked in. Juan Herrera singled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls.

Another bullpen fail by the Chiefs led to their 4-2 loss in the nightcap. Up 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, starter Blake McKnight plunked the lead-off batter and could only watch as Robelys Reyes' errant throw allowed the next hitter to reach. Chris Perry (BS, 2) had one of his rare off nights, yielding back-to-back one-out singles that saddled McKnight with his sixth loss in seven decisions.

McKnight permitted three runs, two earned, on five hits, a free pass, two wild pitches and a hit batsman in five plus. Perry was replaced by Brandon Lee who fanned two to finish the sixth.

Having scored just one run on three hits in the opener, Peoria mustered only two tallies on four hits in game two. Carson Kelly's sac fly to left brought in C.J. McElroy (walk) in the first but Vaughn Bryan (single) was nailed trying to take third on the play, ending the scoring threat. McElroy singled twice in two at bats out of the lead-off slot.

The Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth when Juan Herrera opened with a double, advanced on Kelly's fly out to center and raced home on a groundout by Mason Katz.

Monday's game: at Quad Cities (33-29), 7:00 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (3-3, 2.81)

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (3-4) at DSL Giants (4-3), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 4.50)

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