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Daily Farm Report: Cooney loses a pitcher's duel, five Springfield pitchers combine on a shutout, and Palm Beach lights up Fort Myers for 16 hits

The farm goes 3-1 on the day with pitching carrying the Cardinal affiliates and Palm Beach lighting up the Fort Myers pitching staff.

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Round Rock 2 Memphis 0

Notables:

  • Greg Garcia (2B): 1-4, K
  • Randal Grichuk (DH): 0-4, K
  • Joey Butler (LF): 1-4
  • Stephen PIscotty (RF): 0-4
  • Pete Kozma (SS): 1-3, K
  • Xavier Scruggs (1B): 1-3, K
  • Tommy Pham (CF): 0-3, K
  • Tim Cooney (SP): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HR
  • Lee Stoppelman (RP): 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Notes:
  • Mizzou product Nick Tepesch threw a gem against the Redbirds: A 5 hit shutout with 6 strikeouts.
  • Cooney was pitch for pitch with Tepesch through 6.2 innings before allowing a 2 out single to Brent Lillibridge that plated a run. He then allowed a 2 out HR to Jared Hoying in the 7th.
  • Stoppelman hadn't thrown a pitch in a week prior to Saturday and looked much better in this outing than his previous three.

Springfield 2 Arkansas 0

Notables

  • Mike O'Neill (LF): 0-4, BB, K
  • James Ramsey (CF): 2-3, R, BB
  • Aledmys Diaz (DH): 0-2, K
  • David Popkins (PH-DH): 2-2, R, 2B
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (1B): 1-3, RBI, K
  • Rafael Ortega (PH-RF): 0-1
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 0-3, BB, K, E (8)
  • Kyle Hald (SP): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Notes:

  • Aledmys Diaz was lifted in the 6th inning for David Popkins; no injury was reported.
  • Popkins double was the big hit that led to the 2 runs for Springfield, setting up a 2nd and 3rd situation with nobody out in the 6th inning
  • Kyle Hald continues to keep hitters at bay, with just 7 hits allowed in his 9.2 innings this year. The 8 walks over that time are a bit of a concern, however.
  • Cody Stanley allowed 2 SB in this game, one with Hald on the mound and the second with Dean Kiekhefer out there -- which could easily have been ruled defensive indifference as it occurred in the 9th inning of a 2-0 game.

Palm Beach 9 Fort Myers 4

Notables:

  • Charlie Tilson (CF): 2-6, R
  • Starlin Rodriguez (DH): 1-4, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
  • Breyvic Valera (3B): 1-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • Jacob Wilson (2B): 2-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI,
  • Alex Mejia (SS): 2-5
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, SB
  • David Washington (1B): 1-4, R, BB, K
  • Cory Jones (SP): 6 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K
  • Sam Tuivailala (RP): 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, K, HR
Notes:

  • Jones was dominant in his 6 innings, allowing just a pair of hits, but control continues to be an issue for him  as the 4 walks demonstrate. I think he's a legit pitching prospect, but he's got to get some handle on where the ball is going.
  • Sam Tuivailala had his second straight shaky outing after starting the year with 6 straight scoreless appearances.  He entered the game in the 9th with a 9-0 lead, and was left in the game to straighten out the mess of his own creation.
  • Anthony Garcia had just his second multi-hit game of the year; hopefully this is the start of him turning it around as his 4-5 performance finally pushed him over the Mendoza line, but he's still slugging just .282 on the season.

Peoria 3 Quad Cities 2

Notables:

  • CJ McElroy (CF): 0-2, R, 2 BB, SB
  • Juan Herrera (SS): 2-3, RBI, BB. 2 SB, CS
  • Carson Kellly (C): 0-4
  • Ronald Castillo (RF): 0-2, 2 BB, SB
  • Kenny Peoples-Walls (LF): 0-4, 3 K
  • Mason Katz (2B): 1-3
  • Michael Schulze (3B): 3-3, CS
  • Kyle Barraclough (RP): 2 IP, 2 K
Notes:
  • The Chiefs had a field day running on Brian Holberton, the Quad Cities catcher. 5 SB on the day with 2 of those steals leading directly to runs in a 3-2 ballgame.
  • Jake Stone went 0-2 to drop his batting average below .100 on the year. There was some real hope that his second half in the GCL was going to lead to a breakout in A ball this year. The early returns are in, and they aren't good.
  • Kyle Barraclough has impressed so far this season after missing nearly all of last year with an injury. He's had only one appearance in which he's allowed a run and has gone more than one inning three times in seven games. He'll be 24 in May, which is a big old for the Midwest League, but there's a possibility that he could move up quickly if he continues to pitch well.

Pitching Matchups for 4/27/14:

  • Memphis (Petrick) v. Round Rock (TBA)
  • Springfield (Blair) v. Arkansas (Rucinski)
  • Palm Beach (Helisek) v. Fort Myers (Wimmers)
  • Quad Cities (Sanudo) v. Peoria (Brookshire)