Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/12/14

St. Louis' minors went a sparkling 4-1 on Wednesday, Peoria hurler Alex Reyes' complete game effort meriting particular attention. Memphis, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals all won, Peoria split a pair and Palm Beach's game was suspended.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 11th.

Memphis 6 vs. Tacoma 5

Though Memphis was down 5-0 early, Tommy Pham later scored the winning tally for a 6-5 walk-off victory. Memphis (33-33) leads the series two games to one.

Opening the ninth, Pham singled for his third hit in four at bats, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly by Greg Garcia. The left fielder doubled once while crossing home twice, leading the Redbirds' 11-hit attack. He was caught stealing for only the second time in 10 attempts.

Trailing 5-0 after four, the home team got them all back on five hits and a walk in the fifth. The inning was capped by Matt Adams' double, the third of the frame and his only hit in four at bats, driving in Garcia and Shane Robinson for a 5-5 score.

Xavier Scruggs and Audry Perez had two hits apiece. Scruggs went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI while Perez added a key sac bunt that advanced Pham in the ninth.

David Aardsma worked around a one-out single in the ninth, picking up his second win in as many decisions when his squad came through in the bottom of the inning.

Starter Scott McGregor went six innings, yielding three in the second plus a two-run bomb in the fourth on six hits, four base-on-balls and a wild pitch. Pedro Feliciano bridged the gap from McGregor to Aardsma, tossing two frames of one hit, one walk ball.

Thursday's game: vs. Tacoma (26-39), 12:05 pm CT, John Gast (0-0, 1.80)

Springfield 1 vs. Northwest Arkansas 0

A trio of S-Cards hurlers spun a 1-0 shutout over Northwest Arkansas in the series' opener. Despite the win, Springfield (31-34) was eliminated from first-half title contention with Tulsa's victory.

The low-scoring affair did not lack for opportunities by either side with a combined 18 hits generated. All-Star Cody Stanley tripled to kick off the fifth, crossing home on a single by Curt Smith. Smith was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with one driven in.

Jonathan Rodriguez and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits with a stolen base, with one of Wisdom's hits being his 15th double. James Ramsey singled once in four at bats in his second game since being activated off the disabled list.

Jonathan Cornelius (W, 6-5) held down the opposition on five hits through seven, fanning four. Lee Stoppelman and Joe Donofrio each went one inning, allowing one hit. Donofrio, another All-Star selection, struck out the side, earning his fifth save.

Thursday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (23-42), 7:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-3, 5.40) (Trevor Rosenthal bobblehead night)

Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 2 - suspended

The contest between Palm Beach (34-31) and Bradenton was suspended midway through the fourth due to rain. It will be completed on Thursday at 3:00 pm ET with the regularly scheduled game to follow at 5:00 pm ET.

Trailing 2-1 through three, the Beach Birds pushed across two in the fourth to go up 3-2. David Washington doubled in Luke Voit (hit-by-pitch), knotting the game at two all. Nick Martini followed with a sac fly to center that plated Bruce Caldwell (single) for the go-ahead tally. Washington and Caldwell are both 2-for-2 with a double to this point, Caldwell scoring twice.

Silfredo Garcia permitted single runs in the first and third on five hits while striking out two.

Thursday's games: at Bradenton (33-31). Game one – 3:00 pm ET, completion of June 11th contest. Game two – 5:00 pm ET, TBA/Mike Mayers (2-6, 3.78)

Peoria 2 vs. Kane County 1 (7) – game one
Kane County 4 at Peoria 3 (7) – game two

Peoria (34-31) split a pair versus Kane County, taking the opener 2-1 but falling in the finale 4-3. The Chiefs are one game out of the wild card with four remaining.

Alex Reyes bounced back from a run of rough outings. Our Player of the Day spun a complete game gem in game one for his fourth win in nine decisions. Both of Reyes' free passes and one of his two hits came in the first, producing the Cougars' only score. Reyes proceeded to retire 15 in a row, striking out seven. He threw 94 pitches, 58 for strikes.

The Chiefs capitalized on a throwing error by Kane County's shortstop to plate two unearned tallies in the fourth. Vaughn Bryan opened with a double, racing home on the error that allowed Juan Herrera to reach second. Carson Kelly's single, one of his two hits in three at bats, drove in Herrera. Four other Chiefs had one hit each.

Peoria's bullpen faltered in the nightcap, ‘aided' by two defensive miscues that resulted in the tying and winning tallies. Leading 3-1 after five, Jhonny Polanco gave up a run on three hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth, cutting the lead in half.

Steve Sabatino's seventh began inauspiciously and went downhill from there. A lead-off single and fielding error put the tying run on second. A sac bunt compounded the mess when Sabatino's errant throw allowed the runner to cross and put the batter on second.

Kevin Herget was not able to extricate his squad, sandwiching a sac fly around two fly outs, giving Sabatino his first loss in five decisions.

Chase Brookshire compiled his best outing to date, fanning seven in five innings, yielding a run on seven hits. The lefty threw 69 pitches, 53 for strikes, and did not issue a free pass.

The Chiefs parlayed four hits and a walk into three runs, maximizing their offense. C.J. McElroy worked a base-on-balls to begin the game, stole second and eventually scored on Herrera's soft groundout to third.

The home team struck for two in the third on three of their four hits. Michael Schulze (single) and Bryan (double) reached ahead of Herrera, whose 14th double of 2014 brought both across.

Thursday's game: vs. Kane County (44-22), 7:00 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (3-1, 3.84)

DSL Cardinals 10 vs. DSL Rockies 5

Two big innings gave the DSL Cardinals (4-6) a 10-5 triumph over the DSL Rockies, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Both squads committed four errors but the Dominican Birds capitalized by scoring six unearned tallies. Two of four that came home in the second plus four of a five-run fifth were unearned.

The team's eight hits were scattered amongst seven batters, shortstop Oscar Coates having the only multi-hit game. Coates went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. The DSL Cards' five-run fifth was capped by catcher Irving Wilson's two-run home run that plated left fielder Jonathan Rivera (single).

Angel Estevez fanned four over four, scattering six hits and yielded two unearned runs to even his record at 1-1. Estevez pitched in relief of David Oca, who allowed three runs on six hits, a free pass and three wild pitches over the first three. Andy De La Cruz brought the game home, hurling two innings with two hits yielded while striking out two.

Thursday's game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (8-2), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (0-2, 4.50)

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