Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/13/14

Shortstop Allen Cordoba led the Dominican Birds to the system's only win on Thursday. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria all went down to defeat. State College's season gets underway Friday night.

Results from games played Thursday, June 12th.

Tacoma 6 at Memphis 3

John Gast hit a speed bump in his road back to the Majors, resulting in a 6-3 loss by Memphis (33-34), which settles for another series split.

Gast (L, 0-1) yielded one in the third plus four in his fourth and final inning of work. Three of the four fourth-inning tallies permitted by the lefty were produced by a home run, one of his six hits and three walks given up. Gast threw 82 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Nick Greenwood allowed a run on three hits with two strikeouts over two. Dean Kiekhefer and Jorge Rondon finished the game, the former yielding a hit in two frames.

Shut down on six hits through seven by the Rainiers' starter, the Redbirds struck for three in the eighth. Tommy Pham's fifth home run plated Ed Easley (single) and Luis Mateo (error), breaking the scoring drought. Pham, Easley and Stephen Piscotty all went 2-for-4 with Pham garnering the only extra-base hit.

Friday's game: vs. Reno (37-30) (ARI), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (6-4, 3.50)

Northwest Arkansas 3 at Springfield 2

A run off Seth Blair in the seventh proved the difference maker as Springfield (31-35) was clipped 3-2, evening the series at one game each.

Blair's second relief appearance of 2014 produced the same results as his first, a tally yielded and loss absorbed. The righty gave up two hits and a base-on-balls for his sixth loss against three wins. He hit one batter.

Starter Kurt Heyer held the Naturals to two runs, one earned, on three hits and two free passes through six. Mitch Harris and Ronnie Shaban each posted identical one-inning lines of a hit allowed while fanning one.

The S-Cards managed just six hits, with James Ramsey going 2-for-4 with a run scored. David Popkins scored his team's other tally, after singling once in three at bats.

Friday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (24-42), 10 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (1-2, 2.63)

Palm Beach 5 at Bradenton 6 – completion of June 11th game
Palm Beach 0 at Bradenton 2 (7) – game two

Palm Beach (34-33) dropped a pair at Bradenton, 6-5 and 2-0, snapping their eight-game winning streak and saddling them with a series' loss. The Beach Birds were eliminated from first-half postseason contention on the final evening of play.

The initial contest finished Wednesday's affair that was suspended due to rain midway through four with the visitors up 3-2. That part of the game review can be found here. Bradenton answered with two in the fifth off Corey Baker who permitted three hits and a walk in three. Baker hit two.

Palm Beach took its final lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a fielding error by the Marauders' centerfielder to score Luke Voit (walk) and Alex Mejia (single). Voit was a perfect 2-for-2 with a free pass and two runs scored. He was plunked once. Bruce Caldwell touched home twice as well, singling and doubling in four at bats. David Washington drove in two, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Sam Tuivailala struck out five in the seventh and eighth, giving up a hit and walk. Chris Thomas (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) did not retire a batter in the ninth, yielding two runs on three hits.

Caldwell was the only Beach Bird to maintain his offense in the finale, accumulating two of his team's five hits. Mike Mayers took the complete game loss, his seventh in nine decisions, giving up two runs on eight hits and a hit batsman.

Friday's game: Palm Beach is off for the Florida State League All-Star break. Play will resume on Monday, June 16th.

Kane County 4 at Peoria 1

The Chiefs were limited to just four hits in their 4-1 loss that gave Kane County the series. Peoria (34-32) is two games out of the wild card lead with three to play.

Steve Bean's first long ball of the season accounted for the home team's only tally. Justin Ringo singled in his first game since coming off the disabled list, giving him a seven-game hitting streak.

Jimmy Reed's quality start went for naught as the lefty was charged with his second loss in five decisions. The Maryland native gave up three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and did not issue a free pass. It was Reed's fifth quality start, tying him with Arturo Reyes for the team lead, and fourth in his last five starts.

Chris Perry allowed a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh, the second straight outing the right-hander has been scored upon. Brandon Lee permitted two hits over the final two frames.

Friday's game: vs. Clinton (30-35), 7:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (1-6, 5.29)

State College

The Spikes' 2014 short-season Class-A campaign gets underway on Friday evening at Williamsport (PHI) with the two squads alternating home and away status the next four New York-Penn League games.

Friday's game: at Williamsport, 7:05 pm ET, LHP Dewin Perez (season debut)

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Yankees1 1

Single scores from the third through sixth led the DSL Cardinals (5-6) to a 4-1 victory over the DSL Yankees1.

Shortstop Allen Cordoba, our Player of the Day, generated the most results, going 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and one driven in on a sac fly, batting first. Cordoba added his fourth stolen base and took part in two of his team's three double plays.

Catcher Dennis Ortega singled twice in four at bats, touching home once. Designated hitter Carlos Talavera went 2-for-3 with two free passes and a stolen base.

Right-hander Sandy Alcantara shut out the opposition on two hits and four walks through five for his first professional win in three decisions. Alcantara struck out five.

Lefty Jesus Narvaez was charged with an unearned tally on two hits and a free pass during his three-inning stint. Jose Lara worked around a hit in the ninth, picking up his third save.

Friday's game: at DSL Yankees1 (8-3), 10:30 am ET, Will Changarotty (1-0, 1.00)

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