Originally posted on Cardinals Farm  |  Last updated 4/18/14
The Cardinals’ affiliates went 1-3 on Thursday as Springfield was the only victor, and it came on a walk-off single from Luis Mateo. Stephen Piscotty hit his first home run of the season for Memphis, also his first homer at the Triple-A level. Starting pitching struggled on Thursday night as all four starters had a rough go. Here are the highlights from Thursday’s action: Memphis 4 Nashville 5 Game Highlights The Memphis Redbirds fell behind early and could not come all the way back on Thursday against the Nashville Sounds, losing 5-4. The ‘Birds trailed 5-1 after four innings and slowly clawed their way back with two in the fifth and a run the sixth, but that was all they could muster. Boone Whiting takes the mound for the Redbirds (8-6) in their series finale with Nashville on Friday. Player Highlights Greg Garcia – 3-for-4, 3B Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI Oscar Taveras – 1-for-5 Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI Ed Easley – 1-for-3, 2 R Tommy Pham – 2-for-2, R Scott McGregor (L, 0-2) – 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 K Lee Stoppelman – 2 IP, 3 K Sam Freeman – 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K Player of the Game: Randal Grichuk Arkansas 1 Springfield 2 Game Highlights The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers 2-1 on Thursday thanks to a walk-off single by a Cardinal newcomer. In the 9th, Rafael Ortega led off the inning with a single. Patrick Wisdom, the next batter, dropped a bunt to the pitcher and he threw wildly to second allowing Ortega to go to third. Luis Mateo, making his 2014 debut with Springfield, singled scoring Ortega and ending the game. Sam Gaviglio takes the mound for Springfield (6-7) on Friday night. Player Highlights Mike O’Neill – 1-for-4 Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4 Curt Smith – 2-for-4 Rafael Ortega – 2-for-4, 2 R Patrick Wisdom – 1-for-4, 2B Luis Mateo – 1-for-4, RBI Seth Blair – 6 IP, 5 H, R, 4 BB, 3 K Logan Billbrough – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K Justin Wright (W, 1-0)  - 1.2 IP, K Player of the Game: Rafael Ortega Charlotte 5 Palm Beach 3 Game Highlights The Palm Beach Cardinals lost their fifth in a row on Thursday night, but they snapped a 23 inning scoreless drought with three runs in the fourth inning. For those of you that missed it, Casey Rasmus was put on the 7-day DL earlier this week and the team picked up Adam Ehrlich from Extended Spring. Palm Beach also added Matt Williams from Springfield and released outfielder Steven Ramos. Kyle Hald looks for his third win of the season on Friday as the Cards (6-8) and Stone Crabs meet again at Roger Dean Stadium. Player Highlights Charlie Tilson – 3-for-5, R Anthony Garcia – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI Alex Mejia – 1-for-4, SB Breyvic Valera – 0-for-5, RBI Jacob Wilson – 0-for-3, RBI Joe Cuda (L, 0-2) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, K Iden Nazario – 2.1 IP, H, BB Robert Stock – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K Player of the Game: Charlie Tilson Peoria 5 Ft. Wayne 6 Game Highlights After sweeping a doubleheader on Wednesday against Lake County, the Peoria Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Chiefs scored twice in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead but allowed single runs in the bottom of the 8th and bottom of the 9th to fall to 8-5 on the season. Silfredo Garcia looks for his second win on Friday for the Chiefs in Fort Wayne. Player Highlights C.J. McElroy – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R Jimmy Bosco – 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI Carson Kelly – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI Kenny Peoples-Walls – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI Michael Schulze – 2-for-3, R Jimmy Reed – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, BB, 3 K Chris Perry – 2 IP, BB, 4 K Joe Scanio (L, 1-1) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R Zach Loraine – 0 IP, H Player of the Game: Jimmy Bosco  Follow me on Twitter @CardinalsFarm or on Facebook. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at stlbabybirds@yahoo.com
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