Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/11/15

Springfield squeaked out a win on Sunday behind a noteworthy effort by Andrew Morales. Memphis was pasted while both Palm Beach and Peoria were idle.

Results from games played Sunday, May 10th.

New Orleans 7 at Memphis 0

Jaime Garcia’s first rehab start did not last long as the Redbirds were shut out by the Zephyrs 7-0. After dropping three straight to New Orleans, Memphis (11-19) will try to salvage the series’ finale on Monday.

Garcia worked around a one-out hit in each of his first two frames but his stint went south with two on and two out in the third. Two singles sandwiched around a double, walk and hit batsman generated five runs and ended the lefty’s day. Garcia yielded six hits and two bases-on-balls with 42 of his 72 pitches going for strikes. He fanned three.

Tyler Waldron hurled the next three frames, permitting a solo shot that was one of his four hits allowed. Dean Kiekhefer gave up three hits over 2 1/3 and was charged with an unearned tally. Sam Tuivailala tossed a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit.

The Redbirds’ offense had more walks (seven) than hits (two). Ty Kelly and Waldron each singled once, Kelly working two free passes but he was also charged with a throwing error. Stephen Piscotty walked twice as well.

Monday’s game: vs. New Orleans (15-13), 11:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (2-2, 4.44)

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 2

Springfield (9-21) combined solid pitching and timely hitting for a 3-2 victory over Tulsa (LAD). Each team has won one of the first two contests with two remaining.

Andrew Morales, our Player of the Day, bounced back from back-to-back subpar outings versus Northwest Arkansas, tossing six strong frames, surrendering two solo bombs plus three more hits and two walks. He struck out three with eight ground-ball and four fly-ball outs.

The only batter to reach against a trio of relievers - Joe Donofrio, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt - over the final three frames was via a free pass issued by Wright. That runner was erased when Wyatt induced a 4-6-3 double play.

Held to just five hits and three bases-on-balls, the S-Cards generated a three-run sixth on three of the hits and two of the walks, all coming with two outs. The big blows were Michael Ohlman’s RBI single driving in Jacob Wilson (walk) and Anthony Garcia’s two-run double that plated Jonathan Rodriguez and Ohlman. Rodriguez was the only Springfield player with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats. Aledmys Diaz reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two free passes.

Monday’s game: at Tulsa (14-15), 11:05 pm CT, Nick Petree (0-3, 5.59)

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (16-14) takes to the road for a seven-game road swing through Daytona (CIN) and Bradenton (PIT).

Monday’s game: at Daytona (18-12), 7:05 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-2, 1.71)

Peoria - off

Sunday’s off day came in the midst of a 10-game road trip. Third-place Peoria (16-14) took both three-game series at Clinton (SEA) and Burlington (LAA), two games to one, and commence a four-game set at second-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) on Monday.

Monday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (19-11), 6:35 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 1.90)

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