Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/3/15

Tim Cooney’s strong outing led Memphis to one of three wins in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday. Springfield and the DSL Cardinals each notched victories but Palm Beach went down to defeat. Peoria was idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 2nd.

Memphis 6 vs. Las Vegas 0

Tim Cooney went the distance as the Redbirds flew past the 51s 6-0 in the series’ opener. The win moves Memphis (27-26) into second in the American Southern Division, five games in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Player of the Day Cooney (W, 5-2) limited Las Vegas (NYM) to four hits and two walks, fanning four. The lefty kept the outfield busy, inducing just five ground-ball to 13 fly-ball outs. His complete game effort was accomplished in 108 pitches, 69 of them strikes.

Jacob Wilson, Greg Garcia and Stephen Piscotty spearheaded their team’s nine-hit performance. Wilson and Garcia both went 2-for-4, scoring twice. Wilson launched his fourth Triple-A home run, plating Garcia and getting the Redbirds on the board in the fifth. The third baseman added another RBI, accounting for half of his squad’s tallies. Piscotty singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place (Pacific Southern) Las Vegas (29-24), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (3-3, 3.42)

Springfield 5 vs. Frisco 1

Thomas Lee hurled nine strong frames in the S-Cards’ 5-1 victory over the RoughRiders (TEX) in the first of three. Springfield (18-33) remains in fourth, 14 behind Northwest Arkansas (KC).

Lee (W, 4-3) matched Cooney’s four hits yielded but issued only one free pass. One of his four hits, however, was a solo bomb that made the score 2-1 after four. Like Cooney, Lee struck out four.

Eight of 10 starters managed at least one of Springfield’s 10 team hits, Patrick Wisdom and Bruce Caldwell had two apiece. Wisdom went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Caldwell singled twice in three at bats with a free pass, knocking in one. Designated hitter Anthony Garcia scored twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place (South) Frisco (21-30), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (1-2, 2.63)

Jupiter 7 at Palm Beach 3

The Beach Birds’ downward spiral continued with a 7-3 loss to Jupiter (MIA). Palm Beach (24-28) has fallen to fifth in the six-team South Division, trailing Charlotte (TB) by 10 ½.

Three of four PB-Cards pitchers were scored upon, beginning with Will Anderson who could not finish the fifth. Anderson permitted three runs, one earned, on a whopping 11 hits and a base-on-balls in 4 2/3.

Corey Littrell (L, 1-6) recorded the fifth’s last out, leaving three aboard, but yielded two tallies on three hits in 2 1/3. Cody Schumacher matched Littrell’s numbers in only one inning. Tyler Melling allowed a hit in the ninth but did not give up a run.

C.J. McElroy had his hitting shoes on, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI at the top of the order. He also swiped his 19th base of the season. Unfortunately, the next six batters went a combined 2-for-20 so McElroy did not score. Derek Gibson and Robelys Reyes each singled and doubled with a run scored in four and three at bats respectively. Reyes drove in two.

Wednesday’s game: at third-place Jupiter (26-26), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-1, 3.21)

Peoria - idle

Third-place Peoria (26-26) will call Michigan home for the next few days as they take on Eastern rivals Great Lakes (LAD) and Lansing (TOR). The Chiefs share the third-place slot with Burlington (LAA) and Kane County (ARI), all three trailing Quad Cities (HOU) by 10.

Wednesday’s game: at fifth-place Great Lakes (25-26), 6:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-4, 3.20)

DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Mariners2 6

The Dominican Birds survived a late charge to down the Mariners2 8-6. Six of the 10 teams in the Boca Chica South Division are locked in two three-way ties for first and fourth with only a half of a game separating the six. The DSL Cardinals (2-1) are in the latter trio.

The visitors built an 8-1 advantage at the eighth’s midpoint, only to watch their hosts tighten things up with five in the bottom of the frame. Southpaw David Oca struck out nine through five, holding the DSL Mariners2 to a single tally on two hits and picking up his first win. This is the 19-year-old’s third pro season.

Lefty Diego Cordero issued a free pass in a scoreless sixth, his professional debut. Venezuelan right-hander Cristhian Lugo did not fare so well in his maiden effort, putting up a zero on the scoreboard with one walk allowed in the seventh but giving up three runs on a hit and two more bases-on-balls the next inning. All three runners scored after Lugo’s departure.

17-year-old Fabian Blanco’s first official time on a pro mound was more than a bit shaky too. The lefty gave up a double, two free passes and two wild pitches, resulting in three runs charged to Lugo plus two of his own. Frendy Gavin, a southpaw that missed the 2014 season, picked up his first save despite putting the potential tying run on via a hit and walk.

The Dominican Cards’ 13 hits were spread among all nine starters, three of them garnering multi-hit efforts. Second baseman Esequeil Delgado went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI from the bottom of the order. Centerfielder Wadye Ynfante and third baseman Hector Linares each went 2-for-5 while touching home once. Yntante doubled twice, driving in two, while Linares doubled once and knocked in three.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Mariners2 (2-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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