Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/14/14

St. Louis' minors went 4-1 on Friday behind several outstanding performances. Marco Gonzales dominated for Springfield while Rowan Wick and Dewin Perez led State College to victory in their season opener. Peoria and the DSL Cards won as well but Memphis did not. Palm Beach was idle.

Results from games played Friday, June 13th.

Reno 5 at Memphis 4

An unearned tally against Eric Fornataro in the ninth dealt the Redbirds a 5-4 loss to the Aces in the series' opener. Memphis (33-35) remains in third, 4 ½ in back of Nashville (MIL).

Fornataro, who was in his second inning of work, gave up four hits, absorbing his second loss against one win. Angel Castro allowed eight hits and two base-on-balls through seven, resulting in three runs. Castro fanned four.

All three Redbirds' scores were produced by Xavier Scruggs' fifth home run of 2014, one of five Memphis hits. Ed Easley and Scott Moore each singled ahead of Scruggs, crossing when the first baseman sent one over the wall in right and knotting the game at three all. Easley added a double, the only Redbird with more than one hit. Oscar Taveras pinch hit in the home half of the ninth, flying out in his return from St. Louis.

Saturday's game: vs. Reno (38-30), 6:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-4, 3.32)

Springfield 2 vs Northwest Arkansas 1

A quartet of S-Cards hurlers, led by Marco Gonzales, spun a three-hit gem, resulting in both a 2-1 victory and two-games-to-one lead series' lead. Springfield (32-35) is tied with Arkansas (LAA) for second, 5 ½ behind Tulsa, the first-half division winner.

Co-Player of the Day Gonzales (W, 2-2) was dominant, striking out 10 in six frames, permitting just one unearned run. The southpaw gave up a single to the first batter faced but picked him off first, then set down eight in a row before the fourth inning's lead-off batter reached on a throwing error. A groundout and single sent the runner to third, putting him in position to score when a swinging strike three ball got away from catcher Cody Stanley. Gonzales proceeded to retire the next seven, tossing 83 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Ryan Sherriff and Justin Wright both faced the minimum in their inning of work, striking out one and two respectively. Joe Donofrio erased a one-out single on a 4-6-3 double play for his sixth save. Springfield's pitching staff did not issue a free pass.

The home team took an early lead when the first of Jacob Wilson's two doubles plus a wild pitch put him in position to take advantage of Cody Stanley's sac fly in the first. After the Naturals tied it up in the fourth, Springfield came right back in the bottom of the frame. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled, advanced on a 6-3 groundout and raced home on a wild pitch. Rodriguez joined Wilson with two hits in four at bats, three other S-Cards having one hit each.

Saturday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (24-43), 6:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (6-1, 2.67)

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach is off for the weekend, the highlight of which is the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game, which takes place this evening at 7:05 pm ET at McKechnie Field, the home of the Bradenton Marauders (PIT). Five Beach Birds – LHS Kyle Helisek, INF Breyvic Valera, OF Charlie Tilson, OF Starlin Rodriguez and C Casey Rasmus – were named to the team, although Rasmus has since retired and Rodriguez has been promoted to Springfield.

Saturday's game: 2014 FSL All-Star Game - McKechnie Field, 7:05 pm ET.

Peoria 9 vs Clinton 5

The Chiefs offense broke out for nine runs on 16 hits, romping over the LumberKings 9-5 in the series' opener. Despite the win, Peoria (35-32) was eliminated from the wild card race due to Burlington's victory.

Held to six runs in three games, the home team exceeded that total in just one inning, scoring seven in the second. Kenny Peoples-Walls, one of six Chiefs garnering multiple hits, was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and two driven in, one on a sac fly.

Justin Ringo also reached base in every plate appearance, singling twice with three free passes while touching home once. Mason Katz and Richy Pedroza both singled twice with two runs scored while Carson Kelly and Michael Schulze each crossed once. Kelly singled and tripled in five at bats, knocking in two, Schulze went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Blake McKnight (W, 2-6) scattered eight hits and a walk over six frames for one run yielded. It was the right-hander's fourth solid outing in a row, three of which have been quality starts.

Robert Stock permitted a tally on two hits in the seventh before Jhonny Polanco tossed a scoreless eighth despite yielding a hit and base-on-balls. Zach Loraine served up a three-run bomb in the ninth, one of two hits and a walk allowed.

Saturday's game: vs. Clinton (30-36), 6:30 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (1-1, 1.72)

State College 10 at Williamsport 3

Rowan Wick's multi-homer performance led the Spikes to a 10-3 win over the Crosscutters in their season opener.

Wick, our co-Player of the Day, accounted for six of his team's tallies, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and five driven in. His two-run shot capped a six-run fifth although only one of six tallies was earned.

The right fielder followed that up with a three-run blast in the ninth that plated Leobaldo Pina and Jake Stone, who both reached on free passes. Left fielder Brian Vigo compiled two hits in three at bats, scoring one and knocking in another, the only other Spike with more than one of the team's nine hits.

Dewin Perez, our final co-Player of the Day, held Williamsport to one hit and two base-on-balls through five, facing just one batter over the minimum in winning his Short-Season A debut. Perez, who vaulted from the GCL squad to State College, fanned four with four ground- and four fly-ball outs.

Fernando Baez retired six straight, three on strikeouts. Nick Lomascolo yielded three runs on five hits, recording just two outs. Josh Lucas sent down four straight, stranding two inherited runners and earning his first professional save.

Saturday's game: vs. Williamsport (0-1), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (season debut)

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Yankees1 8

Eight runs over the final four frames gave the Dominican Birds a 9-8 road victory. The DSL Cardinals (6-6) have won three straight and trail a trio of division leaders by just two games.

The visitors banged out 16 hits, led by centerfielder Carlos Talavera, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored and two RBI. He swiped his sixth base of the season as well. The 17-year-old is off to a hot start in his first season as a pro with a line of .351/.500/.622/1.122 in 37 at bats over 11 games.

Right fielder Luis Bandes followed close behind Talavera, doubling twice with a two-run bomb in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and three knocked in. Allen Cordoba and Dylan Melendez had two hits apiece, Cordoba crossing home twice and Melendez doubling once with an RBI.

Oneiver Diaz, the third of five Dominican Bird pitchers, picked up the win, going four innings with four hits and one run yielded while fanning three. Franyel Casadilla issued two free passes in 2/3 of an inning but Jose Lara recorded the final out for his fourth save.

Starter Will Changarotty could not finish the third, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in just 2 2/3. Esteban Vallejo permitted two of three inherited runners to cross plus one of his own on four hits over 1 1/3.

Saturday's game: at DSL Mets1 (4-8), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 2.08)

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