Tim Cooney took a no-hitter into the ninth with two down before allowing his first hit of the night; however he would finish out the game and get the complete game shutout. Memphis won both their postponed game from last night, which was resumed early today, and the nightcap against Iowa. Seth Blair continues to struggle of late as Springfield lost 4-2. Palm Beach got a great outing from Kyle Helisek while Michael Schulze propelled Peoria to a victory with two RBI.
This game was resumed today after being postponed last night around two in the morning. Greg Garcia cranked out his sixth homer of the season to leadoff the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Luis Mateo came through in the clutch with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth scoring, the winning run for Memphis. David Aardsma closed out the seventh, garnering his eighth save of 2014.
Player of the Game: Greg Garcia
Tim Cooney was one out away from a no hitter before letting up a base hit to left. Cooney is the #9 ranked prospect in the Cardinals organization and showed us exactly why on the mound today. Cooney had a perfect game until he walked a batter in the top of the fifth, before losing the no-hitter in the ninth; Cooney also fanned seven batters in his complete game shutout. Randal Grichuk hit his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall to start the scoring off in the first. Thomas Pham collected two doubles along with three RBI.
Tim Cooney – (W, 5-4), 9 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K)
Springfield dropped another one to Midland as Seth Blair fell to 3-4 on the year. Blair only lasted two and two thirds innings after giving up four runs off four hits and walking three. David Popkins and Matt Williams both cranked solo homeruns; it was Popkins’ fourth and Williams’ first of 2014. Lee Stoppelman pitched a scoreless inning, in which he struck out two.
Player of the Game: David Popkins
Palm Beach 8
Bruce Caldwell had himself a day at the plate going two for four with a double, a triple, and three RBI on the night; Caldwell had produced no RBI prior to tonight’s game. David Washington also tacked on an RBI triple, his 30th of the year. Kyle Helisek secured his third win of the season after an effective start, in which he gave up one run off four hits and struck out three in six innings of work.
Breyvic Valera – 2-3, 2 R
Luke Voit – 1-5, R
Nick Martini – 2-4, 2 R, RBI
Alex Mejia – 2-5, 2 R, RBI
David Washington – 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI
Jesus Montero – 1-4, R, RBI
Bruce Caldwell – 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI
Player of the Game: Bruce Caldwell
The Chiefs pitching staff was crucial to Peoria locking down the 3-1 win over Burlington. Arturo Reyes had a solid start giving up only one run off five hits in five innings pitched to secure his third win of the year. Reyes was paid a visit by the trainer on the mound before the end of the top of the fifth, but would finish the inning in order to be set up for the win. Reyes would be done for the day after the fifth, hopefully, not due to injury, but everything is speculation at this point. Carson Kelly blasted his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot in the second. Michael Schulze was fantastic, not only at the plate, knocking in two RBI, but also with his glove, starting two of the Chiefs four crucial double plays. CJ McElroy Jr got himself a hit on his 21st birthday, going one for four on the night.
Player of the Game: Michael Schulze
Memphis – Scoot McGregor (1-5, 5.98) – McGregor picked up his first win of 2014 after giving up one run off five hits in six innings pitched against Oklahoma City.
Springfield – Kyle Hald (3-1, 2.90) – Hald was charged with his first loss of the year in his last outing after giving up three runs, all of which were solo homers, off four hits in five innings.
Palm Beach – Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 2.45) – Garcia blanked Brevard County in his last outing as he tossed six shutout innings with five strikeouts to get his first win since his promotion.
Peoria – Alex Reyes (3-3, 4.31) – Reyes is coming off two-straight losses, in which he has given up 12 runs in just 10 1/3 innings pitched. Reyes leads Chiefs pitchers in walks with 27.