Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/25/14

Saturday's Player of the Day: Rafael Ortega

Behind Rafael Ortega, Springfield mounted a late comeback, but Memphis pitching was again pounded on Saturday. Palm Beach and Peoria also fell.

Results from games played Saturday, May 24th.

Memphis 4 vs. Oklahoma City 10

A rain delay prolonged the inevitable as Oklahoma City roughed up the hometown Redbirds. Starter Zach Petrick got knocked around for five runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Reliever Jorge Rondon was tagged with four runs in only 1 1/3 innings of work.

This was the third straight game in which Redbirds pitching has given up nine or more runs.

Xavier Scruggs led the offense with three hits and two RBI. The big three of Randall Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, and Stephen Piscotty each had a hit.

Sunday's game: Memphis (23-26) vs. Oklahoma City (28-22), 6:05 CST, Scott McGregor (0-5, 6.64 ERA)

Springfield 8 at Frisco 6

This was a back and fourth game that ended with crooked numbers all over the scoreboard. In the top of the seventh, former and current Cardinal Curt Smith smacked a two-RBI single that proved to be the game winner. Player of the Day Rafael Ortega ended his night a double short of the cycle while driving in four runs.

With three more hits, Cody Stanley is now hitting .350. Matt Williams finished his night with two doubles and a run scored.

Seth Blair's struggles for consistency continue. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in only four innings on the mound. Anthony Ferrara picked up the win after spinning two shutout innings of relief. Joe Donofrio picked up his fourth save after striking out two in the ninth.

Sunday's game: Springfield (23-25) at Frisco (28-20), 2:05 CST, Kyle Hald (3-0, 2.55 ERA)

Palm Beach 2 vs. St. Lucie 5

The Cardinals were down only 2-1 going into the ninth but the Mets put up three runs on reliever Aiden Lucas. Palm Beach starter Mike Mayers was good enough to get the win but his offense and bullpen let him down. Mayers went six innings, allowing only two runs while striking out seven.

Alex Mejia singled twice to push his average to .260. Recent arrival Luke Voit had a hit and scored a run and is now hitting .353.

The loss snapped the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach (22-27) vs. St. Lucie (30-19), 1:05 EST, Nick Petree (2-1, 1.00 ERA)

Peoria 3 at Burlington 4

After following behind 2-0, the Chiefs put up a crooked number to tie the game in the top of the fourth. But the Bees followed with a crooked number of their own in the bottom of the inning and held on for the victory.

The damage in the fourth was off the bat of Justin Ringo. Peoria's new first baseman hit a two-run blast and would finish the game with two hits. With two hits and his 10th stolen base, C.J. McElroy looks very comfortable in the leadoff spot. Juan Herrera singled twice and swiped his 18th base of the season.

Arturo Reyes allowed all four runs, three earned, in his 6 1/3-inning outing.

Sunday's game: Peoria (27-21) at Kane County (32-17), 6:30 CST, Alex Reyes (3-2, 4.36 ERA)



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