Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/10/14

C.J. McElroy led Peoria to a big road win on Monday, one of three victories notched. Springfield and Palm Beach came out on top but Memphis and the DSL Cards both fell.

Results from games played Monday, June 9th.

Tacoma 3 at Memphis 2 (12)

Tim Cooney tossed six scoreless but the bullpen could not hold, resulting in Memphis' (31-33) 3-2 extra-inning loss to Tacoma in the series' opener.

Given single scores in the first and second, Cooney scattered five hits and two free passes with three strikeouts, eight ground- and three fly-ball outs. His 2-0 advantage lasted only until the bullpen and specifically, Eric Fornataro, took the ball.

Fornataro yielded two runs, one earned, on a hit and three walks in one plus. Jorge Rondon (BS, 2) allowed the tying run to cross on a hit while getting two outs in the eighth.

Nick Greenwood held the Rainiers at bay on one hit over 1 1/3, striking out two before handing the ball off to David Aardsma. Aardsma fanned four over two, allowing a hit and an intentional base-on-balls. Heath Wyatt (L, 0-2) served up a long ball in the 12th.

The Redbirds banged out 10 hits but were a pathetic 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Shane Robinson went 3-for-6, all to no avail while Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled in four at bats. Greg Garcia's seventh home run got the scoring started and Tommy Pham added his fourth bomb in the second. Matt Adams went hitless in three at bats with a strikeout, his first rehab appearance.

Tuesday's game: vs. Tacoma (26-37), 7:02 pm CT, Zach Petrick (3-3, 4.47)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 3

Jacob Wilson's two-run bomb launched Springfield (29-34) to a 5-3 triumph over Tulsa, preventing them from clinching the first-half division title for at least one more day. The S-Cards trail in the series one game to two.

Wilson's fourth long ball of 2014 came with Greg Miclat (walk) aboard, flipping a 1-0 disadvantage into a 2-1 lead. The second baseman added a single in four at bats, the only S-Card with more than one of the team's five hits.

Tulsa's first run came against Tyler Lyons in his first rehab appearance. The southpaw tossed 24 pitches, 17 for strikes, over two, yielding a run on three hits with three strikeouts.

The Drillers tied the game with a tally off Kyle Hald (W, 6-1) in the first frame of his five-inning stint. Hald, newly named a Texas League All-Star, allowed two runs on seven hits while fanning three.

Trailing 3-2 going into the home half of the sixth, Springfield pushed across single tallies in the next three frames. Greg Miclat worked his second free pass to open the sixth, coming around to score on All-Star Jonathan Rodriguez' groundout. The next frame Stephen Piscotty was plunked, eventually crossing via a sac fly by Curt Smith. Cody Stanley, another All-Star, worked a base-on-balls in the eighth, stole second, advanced to third on a swinging strikeout that got away from Tulsa's catcher and raced home on a wild pitch.

Lee Stoppelman struck out three of five batters faced, giving up a hit in 1 1/3 for his first save. The game was called due to rain with one out in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: vs. Tulsa (35-27), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.98)

Palm Beach 9 at St. Lucie 5

Two four-inning frames catapulted Palm Beach (33-31) to a 9-5 win over St. Lucie, their seventh victory in a row including both road games with the Mets.

All nine Beach Birds contributed to the team's 14-hit attack, led by five players compiling two hits. Alex Mejia and Bruce Caldwell both went 2-for-5 with a home run. Mejia's first of 2014 came with Breyvic Valera (single) and Luke Voit (single) aboard in the third while Caldwell's second plated Valera (walk) and Voit (walk) in the seventh. Mejia knocked in five.

Valera singled and doubled in four at bats with a free pass and two runs scored. Ildemaro Vargas went 2-for-5 while crossing twice and Jimmy Bosco singled twice in three at bats with a walk, run scored and stolen base.

Joe Cuda scattered 10 hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3, yielding three tallies for his fourth win in nine decisions. Dixon Llorens retired all four batters faced but Kyle Barraclough permitted two runs on four hits while recording three outs. Danny Miranda faced the minimum in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: at Bradenton (33-30) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (3-2, 2.59)

Peoria 8 at Quad Cities 4

Held to four runs in their past three games, the Chiefs exploded for eight runs on 13 hits, downing Quad Cities 8-4 to take the final of four versus the River Bandits. Both teams sport a 33-30 mark, a game behind Burlington (LAA) in the wild card standings with six to play.

Eight of nine Chiefs garnered at least one hit with either a run scored or RBI. Shortstop Juan Herrera did both, singling three times in five at bats while crossing once and knocking in one. C.J. McElroy, our Player of the Day, was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three bases-on-balls and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot. The centerfielder swiped his 14th bag of 2014, second on the Chiefs behind Herrera's 22.

Vaughn Bryan and Richy Pedroza both went 2-for-4 while touching home once. Bryan tripled, knocked in three and swiped a base. Pedroza added an RBI.

Arturo Reyes (W, 4-3) held the River Bandits to a solo shot, one of two hits and two walks given up over six. The righty got the hook when he allowed the first two faced in the seventh to reach on a triple and hit batsman.

Zach Loraine permitted both to cross plus one of his own on two wild pitches and two doubles. The Lake Charles native worked around a free pass and plunked batter for a scoreless eighth. He struck out four. Robert Stock walked one and fanned one in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: vs. Kane County (43-21), 7:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (1-3, 6.21)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Giants 9

Giants tallies in five consecutive frames sent the Dominican Birds (3-5) to their fourth straight loss.

Reliever Esteban Vallejo (L, 0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3, including a two-run bomb. Derian Gonzalez started, yielding three unearned tallies on five hits and a walk in 4 2/3 with six strikeouts. Rigobert Urena allowed a solo blast, one of two hits given up in the eighth.

Designated hitter Dylan Melendez led his team's 10-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Centerfielder Carlos Talavera singled and doubled in three at bats, working two free passes while scoring once and driving in two.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Rockies (3-5), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (0-0, 4.50)

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