Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/15/14

The system went 3-2 on Saturday as three Cardinals participated in the FSL All-Star Game, Kyle Helisek, Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera.

Results from games played Saturday, June 14th.

Reno 4 at Memphis 3

The Aces took their second consecutive one-run win at AutoZone Park - barely. In a wild finish, the umpires overturned their initial call and called out Oscar Taveras for oversliding second base after he had driven in the third Memphis run.

The Redbirds blew many opportunities, grounding into five double plays, tying the team record. Leading off, Greg Garcia had three of the Redbirds' seven hits and stole a base.

Rehabbing lefty Tyler Lyons started but went just 2 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Lefty Pedro Feliciano took the blown save and the loss, yielding three runs in the sixth and seventh, raising his Memphis ERA to 7.36.

Sunday's game: vs. Reno, 1:35 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-4, 3.32)

Springfield 5, Northwest Arkansas 4 (10 innings)

Down 4-1 in the third, Springfield battled back with single tallies in the sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th to eke out the home win.

Starter Kyle Hald threw eight innings, with three of the runs unearned due to a Patrick Wisdom error. Ronnie Shaban handled the ninth and Lee Stoppelman picked up his first win since returning to Springfield.

Pinch-hitter James Ramsey's ninth-inning home run took the game into extras. Earlier, Curt Smith, Cody Stanley and Wisdom hit solo homers.

After all the long balls, the game ended via small ball. Starlin Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second by Aledmys Diaz and singled home by Jacob Wilson.

Sunday's game: vs. Tulsa, 2:05 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.50)

Palm Beach – Florida State League All-Star Game – North 6, South 4

Three Beach Birds – LHP Kyle Helisek, INF Breyvic Valera and OF Charlie Tilson - participated in the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game Saturday evening. The site was McKechnie Field, the home of the Bradenton Marauders (PIT).

Their South club held a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but the North stormed back with four runs to win.

Starting at third base and batting second, Valera went 2-for-5 with a stolen base, run scored and an RBI. Tilson started in centerfield and batted ninth, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Helisek was efficient, tossing just eight pitches in a perfect sixth inning.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach is off, resuming play on Monday night at home against Jupiter.

Peoria 5, Clinton 0

The Chiefs took control of a tight 1-0 game with four runs in the home sixth, coming on a grand slam by Justin Ringo.

Starter Rob Kaminsky was brilliant over six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while fanning six. Kevin Herget handled the final three frames for his second save of the season.

MWL all-star shortstop Juan Herrera hit his first home run of the season to open the scoring in the second inning.

Sunday's game: vs. Clinton, 2:00 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (4-3, 2.98)

State College 6, Williamsport 2

The Spikes moved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-2 comeback win over the Crosscutters in their home opener. Down 2-0 in the fifth, State College scored six runs over the next three frames to take control.

After a rough first inning, Steven Farinaro settled down and threw four more innings. In his A-ball debut, the right-hander allowed just four hits, no walks and fanned two. Winner Trey Nielsen, Jeff Rauh and Jacob Booden combined for four scoreless innings out of the Spikes' pen.

The offense was spread among multiple Spikes. Leadoff man Robelys Reyes went 3-for-5. DH Alex De Leon doubled, walked and scored twice. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina doubled, walked and scored a run. Catcher Luis Cruz went 2-for-4 with a run driven in.

Sunday's game: at Williamsport, 5:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (season debut)

DSL Mets 7, DSL Cardinals 3

A five-spot by the home Mets in the fifth against the Cards' pen provided the winning edge.

Starter Derian Gonzalez took the loss despite giving up just two runs over four, one earned. The game unraveled as reliever Enrique Perez walked the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth and they all scored plus two more as Juan Alvarez took over.

Right fielder Jonathan Rivera went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Left-fielder Luis Bandes had two singles in four at-bats and drove in one. Catcher Dionenrys Pena hit a solo home run for the only extra base hit for the Cards.

Sunday's game: The DSL takes Sundays off.



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