Fantastic start from Tim Cooney: Shutting out a pretty talented Iowa lineup that includes top prospects Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, who had the only hit of the game with two outs in the ninth. Cooney was perfect though the 4th before walking Ryan Kalish.
Grichuk and Pham provided the offense, Grichuk via his 10th homer and Pham driving hom Pete Kozma twice with doubles from the 8th spot in the order
Greg Garcia's 0-3 outing dropped him to .221/.316/.419 on the year and is hitting just .188/.278/.313 in his last 10 games.
Seth Blair struggled again, pushing his ERA all the way up to 5.86 for the season. He's not had a solid outing since April and it seems like the team should probably push him back into the bullpen and see if he can be of use there. With the organization increasingly bereft of bullpen arms in the high minors that would seem like the wise course of action.
Lee Stoppelman had another nice appearance though and looks to be on the comeback trail since getting demoted to AA after a poor start at Memphis.
Wilson rapped out 2 more hits and is hitting .313 since getting promoted to Springfield in early May. Stock is up and continues to rise.
Kyle Helisek (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Helisek threw his second straight quality start and has yet to give up a home run on the season. He's striking out just over 4 hitters per 9 innings and walking just over 3, but his ability to create a lot of weak contact has kept teams from being able to put up crooked numbers against him.
Mr. Consistent with 2 more hits and a pair of walks to go with his 12th stolen base. I'll be surprised if he's not in the top 10 prospects for most scouts at mid-season.
David Washington got his first start in the OF after playing 8 games there for State College a year ago.
McElroy gets caught an awful lot for a guy as fast as he is, which makes Herrera's stolen base numbers at this level all that more impressive.
Kelly's homer was his 5th and his second straight game with a home run as he sat out the rain delayed marathon on Wednesday night. Perhaps he's finally turning a corner with the bat.
Arturo Reyes has quietly had a solid season for Peoria after quietly having a very good season in the Penn League last year. He's a pitchability guy with not a lot of raw stuff, but damn if he doesn't get good results on the mound. The Cardinals have a bunch of these types of pitchers in the minors (Gaviglio, Petree, Heyer) -- it's almost as if Dave Duncan never left.
Loraine got back to business last night after a rough outing in his last appearance. Between he, Jhonny Polanco, and Chris Perry, the Chiefs have some real arms in the bullpen for the second year in a row.
Memphis: McGregor (Game 1), Petrick (Game 2)
Palm Beach: S. Garcia
Peoria: TBD (Site has Arturo Reyes listed, but he threw last night, so he's clearly not going to start this evening)
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