Friday, March 21 - Cardinals v. Mets:
The Cardinals system went 2-1-1 against the visitors from Port St.Lucie, with the lone loss coming against the Mets' talent laden AAA squad.
Las Vegas 8 Memphis 6
- Sam Gaviglio started for the Redbirds and Las Vegas was able to get to him for 4 runs. He also gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, and picked up 4 strikeouts in his 4 innings of work.
- Lee Stoppelman struck out a man and gave up a hit in one scoreless inning.
- Eric Fornataro also struck out 1 and allowed a hit in 1 inning.
- Tommy Pham started in center and led the Redbird offense. He went 2-5 with a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs. It's good to see Pham hitting again, the question as always with him will be health.
- Patrick Wisdom kept up what has been a solid spring so far. He went 2-5 with a run, 2 doubles and an RBI. He also struck out once.
- Oscar Taveras played right field and went 2-4 with a run a walk and a strikeout.
Springfield 4 Binghamton 2
- Jon Cornelius got the start and held Binghamton scoreless for 3 innings. He gave up a walk and 3 hits and struck out 2.
- Kyle Hald followed Cornelius with 3 scoreless, hitless innings of his own. We walked 1 and struck out 2.
- Logan Billbrough struck out 1 in a perfect 9th inning.
- Starlin Rodriguez DH'd for the S-Cards going 2-4 with a double, a run and a strikeout.
- Colin Walsh played third and went 1-4, and knocked in 2 runs.
- Nick Longmire started in centerfield and went 1-2 with a triple and an RBI
Palm Beach 6 St. Lucie 6
- Blake McKnight started for the Cardinals. He lasted 3 innings and gave up 3 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 2.
- Dixon Llorens has racked up big strikeout numbers thus far in his professional career. He struck out 2 Mets in a scoreless inning of work.
- Catcher Alex De Leon provided most of the offense, going 1-2 with a homer, 1 run scored and 3 driven in.
- DH Jeremy Schaffer went 3-4 with 2 runs and a double and knocked in 2 runs of his own
Peoria 9 Savannah 7
- Chris Perry had a rough day for the Chiefs. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and struck out 2 in his 1 inning of work.
- Jeff Rauh, Kyle Grana, Steven Gallardo, Mike Aldrete, Josh Lucas and Jhonny Polanco only gave up 1 run the rest of the way. They combined to strike out 4 Sand Gnats.
- Catcher Luis Cruz scored twice and went 2-3 with a double.
- Jimmy Bosco went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.
Saturday, March 22 - Intra-squad games (5 innings)
The minor league teams stayed in Jupiter and played a pair of five inning intrasquad games. Memphis took on Springfield and Palm Beach squared off against Peoria.
Memphis 0 Springfield 0 (5 innings)
- Randy Choate didn't travel with the big club, instead he stayed behind in Jupiter to get work in on the back fields. He struck out 1 batter in his only inning.
- Tyler Lyons walked 2 and struck out 1 in 3 innings.
- Hitting highlights were obviously hard to come by, Jermaine Curtis picked up the Redbirds only hit.
- Kyle Helisek, Ronnie Shaban and Danny Miranda combined to blank Memphis. Miranda struck out 2 in his only inning.
- Starlin Rodriguez went 1-1 for a double.
Palm Beach 3 Peoria 1 (5 innings)
Palm Beach Notables:
- 2013 9th round draft pick Nick Petree threw 3 scoreless innings. He struck out 1 and allowed 2 hits and a walk.
- Catcher Carson Kelly went 1-3 and drove in 2
- Nick Martini was 1-2 with a double
- 18 year old Steven Farinaro gave up all 3 runs. He allowed 3 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings.
- Robert Stock pitched a perfect inning.
- Kenny Peoples-Walls played center and went 3-3 with a double. He also scored the Chiefs only run.
Sunday, March 23: Cardinals v. Marlins
Cardinal farm teams finished 3-1-1 on the day and featured some excellent performances from Top 20 Future Redbirds:
Memphis 6 New Orleans 3
- Zach Petrick - 4 IP, 6 H, Er, BB, 4 K
- Boone Whiting - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 K
- Jose Almarante - 1.1 BB, 3 K
- Sam Freeman - 1 IP, H, 2 BB, K
- Tommy Pham (CF) - 1 for 5, 2 R, RBI, HR,
- Oscar Taveras (DH) - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
- Patrick Wisdom (3B) - 2 for 5, 2B, 3B,
- Jonathan Rodriguez (1B) - 1 for 3, 2 R, BB
Springfield 5 Jacksonville 4
- Kurt Heyer - 4 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K
- Nick Greenwood - 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K
- Thomas Lee - 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
- Logan Billbrough - 1 IP, H K
- Adam Melker (DH) - 2 for 4, R, RBI
- Breyvic Valera (3B) - 2 for 2, R, BB
- David Washington - (1B) - 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI
- Adam Ehrlich (C) - 1 for 2, R, RBI
Palm Beach 5 Jupiter 1
Palm Beach Pitching
- Jimmy Reed - 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER
- Sam Tuivailala - 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
- Victor DeLeon - 1 IP, 2 H, ER, K
- Robert Stock - 1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB
Palm Beach Hitting
- Anthony Garcia (LF) - 2 for 4
- Dante Rosenberg (EH) - 2 for 2, BB
Peoria 8 Greensboro 2
- Rob Kaminsky - 4 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K
- Juan Perez - 2 IP, 4 K
- Zach Loraine - 2 IP, 2 H
- CJ McElroy (CF) - 4 for 5, 2 R, 2B, 3B
- Ronald Castillo (RF) - 2 for 4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
- Oscar Mercado (SS) - 2 for 5, R
State College 4 Batavia 4
State College Pitching
- Ian McKinney - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB
- Max Foody - 2 IP, 2 K
State College Hitting
- Luis Perez (LF) 2 for 2, 2 R, 3B, RBI
- Jesus Ustariz (1B) - 1 for 3, 2B, R
- Edmundo Sosa (SS) - 1 for 2, RBI
McKinney and Foody pitched well in their spring debuts. Ustariz is a former Tiger farmhand from Venezuela who is a player to watch early in the season -- good power tool that could play up with proper instruction. Sosa has looked solid in his first few games stateside; between he, Mercado, and the newly signed Diaz, the Cardinals depth at SS is certainly looking up and could be an organizational strength by the end of the 2014 season.
The Cardinals will play the Mets minor league system again on Monday.