Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/19/13

Players of Day: Michael Wacha, Stephen Piscotty

Winning was the theme of the day in the minors on Thursday. Memphis and Palm Beach came out on top of close contests while Peoria lambasted its opposition. Springfield's game was postponed, delaying Carlos Martinez' 2013 debut.

Results from games played Thursday, April 18.

Memphis 1 at New Orleans 0

Michael Wacha was superb through seven innings as Memphis (8-5) edged host New Orleans 1-0. The win ensures a second consecutive series win for the visitors and keeps them in first place, a game up on Omaha (KC). The Redbirds go for the four-game sweep Friday evening.

Wacha (2-0) held the Zephyrs to two doubles and a single while issuing two free passes and striking out three. Our co-Player of the Day threw 93 pitches, 60 for strikes. Keith Butler and Victor Marte each tossed a perfect frame while fanning one with Marte earning his second save.

Memphis' offense was limited to five hits but the only one that mattered was catcher Rob Johnson's long ball in the second. It was the number eight hitter's second home run of 2013 and came with two out. No Redbird had more than one hit although Jaime Romak did work two of his team's three bases-on-balls.

Friday's game: at New Orleans (6-7), 7:00 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-0, 3.46)

Springfield at Arkansas

Springfield's game at Arkansas was postponed due to rain. It is re-scheduled as part of a twi-night double-header on Friday. The first contest will feature Carlos Martinez' 2013 debut and is expected to be a piggy-back arrangement with Anthony Ferrara.

Friday's games: at Arkansas (LAA). Game one – 6:10 pm CT, Martinez (season's debut); game two – upon completion of game one, Boone Whiting (1-0, 2.45).

Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 3

Stephen Piscotty's return from the disabled list was the difference in the game as Palm Beach slipped past Bradenton 4-3 on the road. The Beach Birds (9-5) moved into a second-place tie with St. Lucie (NYM), four games behind Fort Myers (MIN).

Piscotty, our co-Player of the Day, doubled twice and singled once in four at bats in his first game since being activated off the DL. The right fielder drove in James Ramsey twice; once in the first to get the scoring started and the final time with the game-winning tally in the fifth that broke a three-all tie. Ramsey also singled once in four at bats. Colin Walsh and Anthony Garcia each had a solo blast in the third and fourth respectively.

Tim Cooney (3-2) scattered eight hits over five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, with a base-on-balls. He fanned two. Lee Stoppelman struck out four over two with one hit. Ronnie Shaban's third save of 2013 was a shaky one. The righty put the tying run on in the eighth on a single before escaping. Shaban issued a two-out free pass in the ninth to again put the tying run on, then gave up back-to-back singles that resulted in an out at home to finish the game.

Friday's game: at Bradenton (2-12), 6:30 pm ET, Tyler Melling (1-0, 1.80)

Peoria 13 vs. Cedar Rapids 4

A nine-run fifth propelled Peoria to a 13-4 victory over Cedar Rapids at home. Third-place Peoria (6-6) kept pace with first-place Quad Cities (HOU) with the win, three games back.

The fifth inning output was a season high for the Chiefs and flipped a 3-0 deficit into an advantage. Peoria added four more in the fifth before the Kernels pushed one across in the eighth. All nine starters had at least one hit, led by designated hitter Alex Mejia who singled twice, doubled, knocked in three and scored twice.

Jacob Wilson had his first triple of the season to go with a single, drove in two and crossed home once. Michael Swinson had his squad's only other multi-hit performance. The right fielder singled twice and scored one. Patrick Wisdom's sole hit was a double that plated Breyvic Valera and Jordan Walton in the fifth. Wisdom subsequently raced home on a sac fly by Wilson.

Jhonny Polanco (1-1) was the beneficiary of Peoria's offensive onslaught. Polanco fanned five in the fifth and sixth while walking two, pitching in relief of starter Hector Hernandez. Hernandez gave up a single tally in the first and a two-run bomb in the second. He permitted eight hits in all over four frames while issuing two free passes and striking out four.

Joey Donofrio worked around two singles in the seventh but could not escape the eighth without damage. A one-out double preceded a ground out that left a runner on third for Corey Baker who followed Donofrio to the mound. A single to left yielded by Baker plated Donofrio's runner. Baker allowed a single to lead off the ninth but kept the opposition off the board in his 1 1/3-inning stint.

Friday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (9-4), 11:00 am CT, Kurt Heyer (0-0, 2.25)



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