Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/12/14

Randal Grichuk propelled Memphis to St. Louis' only win on a light Mother's Day schedule. Springfield lost in walk-off fashion while both Palm Beach and Peoria were idle.

Results from games played Sunday, May 11th.

Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 1

For the second straight game, Redbirds' hurlers held the Express' bats to one tally, gaining the home squad a two-game advantage in the four-game set.

Tim Cooney (W, 4-2) followed up an impressive seven-inning, two-run stint versus Oklahoma City on the 6th by holding second-place Round Rock to a run on three hits and four bases-on-balls in 5 2/3. Cooney fanned four, inducing seven groundball to three fly-ball outs.

The only batter to reach against Nick Greenwood over the next two frames was via a free pass. Greenwood struck out two and stranded two inherited runners. Keith Butler notched two strikeouts in 1 1/3, yielding one hit.

Player of the Day Randal Grichuk was a one-man wrecking crew, providing all of the firepower Memphis (18-19) needed. The center fielder's 3-for-5 performance accounted for half of the team's six hits and all three went for extra bases, two doubles and a home run. His fourth long ball of 2014 came with Kolten Wong (walk) aboard. Grichuk later added another run scored to his previous efforts.

Wong singled once in three at bats with two bases-on-balls and two runs scored. Designated hitter Oscar Taveras' only hit in four at bats was his ninth double of the season, setting him up to score Memphis' final tally. On the quick exit front, third baseman Scott Moore was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first and was immediately replaced by Luis Mateo.

Monday's game: vs. Round Rock (19-19), 7:05 pm CT, Jaime Garcia (1st Memphis rehab start)

Springfield 8 at Northwest Arkansas 9

Springfield (17-19) dropped its third straight to Northwest Arkansas, losing the four-game series in the process.

While the S-Cards' bats showed up to the tune of 16 hits, their pitching hit a sour note, serving up a six-run third plus single tallies in the fifth and seventh and culminated in a walk-off loss. Seven of the Naturals' nine runs were the direct result of long balls.

All nine Cards starters had at least one hit, led by Patrick Wisdom and James Ramsey with three hits apiece. Wisdom went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI and Ramsey doubled once in five at bats with a free pass, three runs scored and one driven in.

Curt Smith, Mike O'Neill and Cody Stanley each had two hits, Smith pounding his third bomb while O'Neill and Stanley each crossed home once.

Kurt Heyer sent the tone early when he could not finish the third. Heyer permitted four hits and three walks in 2 2/3, resulting in five runs, four of them coming on a grand slam.

One of the two runs charged to Anthony Ferrara in 2 1/3 was also a home run, one of three hits and two free passes allowed. Ronnie Shaban's home run served went out in the seventh, his second inning of work. Shaban yielded gave up four hits and a walk. Dean Kiekhefer (L, 0-2) worked around a two-out double in the eighth but gave up the walk-off blast with one out in the ninth.

Monday's game: Springfield (17-19) at Tulsa (18-18) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (2-0, 1.61)

Palm Beach - off

Monday's game: Palm Beach (16-20) vs. Dunedin (26-9) (TOR), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-3, 4.41)

Peoria - off

Monday's games: Double-header for Peoria (19-15) at Cedar Rapids (19-16) (MIN). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (2-1, 2.31)/Arturo Reyes (2-2, 2.83)

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