Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/26/13
Saturday’s Player of the Day: Jonathan Cornelius
Saturday’s Player of the Day: Jonathan Cornelius

Posted May 26, 2013

A good night on the farm as the St. Louis Cardinals affiliates achieved three wins in four games Saturday. Shutout pitching led the way.

Results from games played Saturday, May 25.

Memphis 4 vs. Round Rock 0

Though he struggled with his command, Boone Whiting worked around four walks to spin six shutout innings. Whiting picked up his second victory with the help of Victor Marte’s tenth save. Mark Rzepczynski allowed a hit in 1.1 innings of relief as he works his way back to the big leagues. “Scrabble” now has a 3.95 ERA.

In the continued absence of Oscar Taveras (now at 12 games), the duo of Kolten Wong and Ryan Jackson are making life miserable for Pacific Coast League pitchers. Wong reached base twice with a double and a walk. Jackson had another hit and drew two walks. Jermaine Curtis contributed a pair of hits and an RBI.

Sunday’s game: Memphis (26-21) vs. Round Rock (25-24), 6:05 CT, Michael Wacha (4-0, 2.05 ERA)

Springfield 2 vs. Midland 3

After a two-hit game on Friday night, Chris Swauger put together a three-hit performance on Saturday. Mike O’Neill and Tommy Pham continue to pace the Cardinals with a pair of hits each. O’Neill is now hitting a robust .353 while Pham is batting .317. Jake Lemmerman added a two-run home run, his sixth of the season.

Nick Greenwood was tagged for two runs in five innings of work. New arrival Lee Stoppelman added two shutout innings. Kevin Thomas was strapped with the loss, his second of the season.

Sunday’s game: Springfield (24-22) vs. Midland (23-25), 6:09 pm CT, Ryan Sherriff (Double-A debut)

Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 1

The Cardinals scored a run in the top of the ninth to secure the 2-1 victory over their Jupiter stadium mates. Jonathan Rodriguez led the way with a three-hit performance while adding a run and an RBI along the way. Leadoff man Matt Williams reached base three times with two hits and a walk.

Southpaw starter Jonathan Cornelius was brilliant for the visitors. Our Player of the Day spun eight innings of shutout baseball on four hitswith three strikeouts and only one walk. Ronnie Shaban picked up the save with a one-run ninth. Rehabbing major leaguer Nate Eovaldi threw five one-run innings for the Hammerheads.

Sunday’s game: Palm Beach (19-29) vs. Jupiter (26-22), 1:05 pm ET, Corey Baker (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 0

The Chiefs rode the bat of Patrick Wisdom and arm of starter Kyle Helisek to victory. Wisdom finished with three hits including two doubles and three RBI. Alex Mejia and Breyvic Valera chipped in a pair of hits, as well.

Kyle Helisek struck out seven in his seven-inning scoreless outing. He stands at 4-1 on the season. Mike Aldrete contributed two innings of relief.

Sunday’s game: 24-22 at Wisconsin (21-23), 6:30 PM CT, Joe Cuda (2-2, 6.07 ERA)

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