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Daily Farm Report: Memphis destroys Omaha behind Cooney's gem, Ramsey and Diaz continue to rake

Cardinal affiliates go 3-1 on Thursday after a couple of rough outings on Wednesday. Stephen Piscotty's hit streak extends to 8 games.

James Ramsey, professional cowhide masher.
James Ramsey, professional cowhide masher.
Joel Auerbach

Memphis 10 Omaha 1

  • Tim Cooney (SP): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Lee Stoppelman (RP): 1 IP, 1 H
  • Greg Garcia (2B): 2-6, R, 3 K, CS (picked off)
  • Randal Grichuk (CF): 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • Oscar Taveras (RF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • Stephen Piscotty (LF): 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
  • Joey Butler (DH): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Xavier Scruggs (1B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
  • Cooney with another stellar outing, leaving the game unscored upon but responsible for the inherited runner that David Aardsma allowed to score in the 7th inning. Looked dominant in the middle innings, which was the only part of the game that I saw. Lots of weak contact and hitters out in front of his offspeed stuff.
  • Taveras got the start in RF with Piscotty in the lineup in LF -- the first time that's happened this season. Both beat up on what used to be a pretty good pitcher: John Lamb was one of the Royals top prospects (#34 overall prior to 2011) and hasn't been the same since Tommy John surgery 3 years ago.
  • Piscotty currently hitting .411 on the young season.
  • When this lineup is locked in, they can really wear out a pitching staff. It took the Omaha pitchers 161 pitches to get through this game despite only walking 4 hitters. Contrast that with just 139 for the Memphis staff.
  • Tyler Lyons on the hill tomorrow in the home opener for the Redbirds, facing off against Iowa's Eric Joskisch.

Springfield 8 San Antonio 5 (14 innings)


  • Zach Petrick (SP): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Mike O'Neill (LF): 2-6, 3 R, BB, K
  • James Ramsey (RF): 3-7, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, K
  • Aledmys Diaz (SS): 4-7, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (1B): 2-6, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • Rafael Ortega (CF): 2-7 K
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-4, R, K
  • David Popkins (PH): 1-1, R


  • Springfield's defense didn't do Zach Petrick any favors: 6 errors on the night, including two booted balls by Aledmys Diaz and a horrible throw by Wisdom that led to 2 runs.
  • Petrick pitched well in spite of all the defensive miscues, allowing only a pair of hits. One of his three walks issued was intentional, so the command isn't as bad as it seems on the box score.
  • Ramsey's bomb was a big one, a three run shot in the 8th inning that gave Springfield the lead. He then tripled home Mike O'Neill in the top of the 14th to put the Cardinals ahead for good.
  • Diaz homered in the 14th to add insult to injury for San Antonio. His 3 extra base hits gave him 5 on the year to go along with his .458 batting average.

Palm Beach 6 Bradenton 0

  • Charlie Tilson (CF): 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Breyvic Valera (2B): 2-5, R, RBI
  • Jacob Wilson (3B): 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Mike Mayers tossed 6 scoreless innings of 3 hit ball for Palm Beach, and Robert Stock picked up the 3 inning save in relief.
  • Wilson and Valera continue to impress with multi-hit games to again pace the P-B offense.
  • Anthony Garcia hit his second home run of the season to cap off a 6 run second inning.

Dayton 4 Peoria 0


  • C.J. McElroy (CF): 0-4
  • Juan Herrera (SS): 0-4, K
  • Carson Kelly (C): 1-4
  • Kenneth Peoples-Walls (RF): 1-4, 2 K
  • Matthew Young rapped out a pair of hits and is hitting .333 so far this season. VEB reader Tackle Box was impressed with him in Peoria's home opener on Tuesday, so he might be yet another low minors sleeper to keep an eye on.
  • Peoria struggling to score runs so far, just 2 plated in this series and a league low 18 runs on the season.
  • Another base stolen off of Carson Kelly in this game, although Jimmy Reed isn't particularly good at holding runners either. Still, a bit of struggle for Kelly as he works on adjusting to his new position.
  • Peoria starts a 3 game set with Bowling Green on Friday, pitching matchup TBA.