Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/11/14

Sam Gaviglio's dominant outing allowed Springfield to prevail on Tuesday as the system went 3-1 with one postponed. Memphis came out on top while Palm Beach extended their winning streak. The DSL Cardinals fell again and Peoria's contest was postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 10th.

Memphis 7 vs. Tacoma 4

Tallies in four frames led the Redbirds over Tacoma 7-4, evening the series at a game each. Memphis (32-33) remains in third, 3 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

Scott Moore and Jermaine Curtis each had two of their squad's nine hits. Moore doubled twice in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two. Curtis scored one and knocked in another.

Stephen Piscotty went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored while both of Audry Perez' RBI resulted from sac flies. Matt Adams singled once in four at bats while crossing home once.

Zach Petrick's Triple-A struggles continue, the righty allowing four runs on seven hits and four bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 4 1/3. He hit one batter.

The bullpen proceeded to toss 4 2/3 scoreless frames, beginning with Heath Wyatt who retired all five batters faced, stranded two inherited runners, for his first Triple-A win in three decisions.

Dean Kiekhefer yielded two hits in two frames, fanning two. Eric Fornataro faced the minimum in the ninth, picking up his second save.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tacoma (26-38), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-6, 6.22)

Springfield 2 vs. Tulsa 1

Sam Gaviglio fanned 11 through seven while Jacob Wilson's shot over the right field wall gave the S-Cards a 2-1 walk-off win over first-place Tulsa. Third-place Springfield (30-34) won the last two of four versus the Drillers, a team they trail by 5 ½. With Tulsa's magic number for clinching the first-half division title down to two, the win kept Tulsa from celebrating on the S-Cards' field.

Player of the Day Gaviglio went toe-to-toe with right-hander Jon Gray, Colorado's first round selection in 2013, through the first five frames. Gray fanned seven during his five-inning stint but was outdone by Gaviglio's 10 K's during that span. St. Louis' fifth-round selection in 2011 kept the opposition off the board through six before yielding a run on the last two of the six hits he permitted. Gaviglio did not issue a free pass.

Held hitless through six, Jonathan Rodriguez launched his sixth long ball in the seventh, evening the score at one. That home run got Gaviglio off the hook for what would have been a very tough loss.

Southpaw Justin Wright fanned four in two innings, keeping the K parade going. A 47th-round selection in 2010, Wright kept Tulsa off the board on a hit and walk, raising his record to 2-0.

Wright got that win when Jacob Wilson led off the ninth with his fifth bomb of 2014, only the second hit of the game for Springfield. Wilson, Matt Williams and Curt Smith each worked a base-on-balls.

Wednesday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (23-41) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (5-5, 4.21)

Palm Beach 9 at Bradenton 3

The Beach Birds scored in five of the first six frames, flying over Bradenton 9-3 in the series' opener. Their eighth consecutive win has helped Palm Beach (34-31) move past the Marauders into third, 3 ½ in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

The PB-Cards' 15-hit onslaught was a team-wide affair, with eight of nine starters garnering at least one hit and seven of nine either scoring or driving in a run. Third baseman Ildemaro Vargas swung the biggest bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and solo bomb, two runs scored and three knocked in.

David Washington matched Vargas' hit total if not his production, singling twice with a home run, his 11th of 2014. Washington touched home twice. Charlie Tilson led off the game with his second home run of the season, one of two hits and a free pass by the centerfielder who crossed home plate twice. Jesus Montero and Alex Mejia each went 2-for-5, Montero scoring one while Mejia doubling once with a stolen base.

That production was more than enough for Kyle Helisek who bookended single scores in the first and seventh around six scoreless frames. Helisek (W, 4-2) gave up just three hits, including a home run, and two free passes while striking out five.

One of the two hits permitted by Iden Nazario over the final two innings was a long ball, only the second one against the lefty this season. Nazario struck out four and matched Helisek's one hit batsman.

Wednesday's game: at Bradenton (33-31), 6:30 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (3-1, 1.93)

Peoria vs. Kane County - postponed

Peoria's series opener with first-place Kane County was postponed due to rain. The two squads will try to play two Wednesday. With the first-half division title a foregone conclusion, the Chiefs (33-30) are battling for the wild card slot. Peoria trails both Burlington (LAA) and Quad Cities (HOU) by a game in the win column with six to play for the Chiefs.

Wednesday's games: vs. Kane County (43-21). Game one – 5:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (3-5, 5.52)/Chase Brookshire (1-3, 6.21)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Rockies 5

The DSL Cardinals' (3-6) losing skid hit five on Tuesday with a 5-3 road loss. The seventh-place team trails the DSL Yankees1 by five games.

Junior Gonzalez gave up eight hits through five, resulting in three tallies, two earned, with three strikeouts. Juan Alvarez permitted two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in three.

Three of the Dominican Birds' seven hits were home runs that came with none aboard. Right fielder Jonathan Rivera launched one of them, his second of 2014, going 3-for-4. Henry Alvarado went 2-for-3 with his first bomb while Allen Cordoba's only hit in four at bats was his first long ball.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Rockies (4-5), 10:30 am ET, Angel Estevez (0-1, 15.00)



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