Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/11/15

Memphis and Palm Beach notched Friday night wins, the latter on the hot bats of Ronald Castillo and Bruce Caldwell. Springfield and Peoria, however, are still seeking their first wins of 2015.

Results from games played Friday, April 10th.

Memphis 8 vs. Iowa 1

Starter Tim Cooney went six strong innings with Xavier Scruggs providing the big blow in Memphis’ 8-1 pounding of Iowa (CHC) at home. Memphis (2-0) leads the four-game set, two games to none.

The only blemish on Cooney’s performance was an unearned third-inning tally that scored when catcher Cody Stanley’s throw missed his target during a steal of second, bringing in a runner from third. Cooney (W, 1-0) allowed two of his four overall hits that inning, fanning three while issuing one free pass on 81 pitches, 54 strikes.

A trio of Redbirds’ hurlers combined for only one more hit the rest of the way. Dean Kiekhefer faced the minimum in the seventh, striking out one before off-season pick-up Miguel Socolovich yielded a hit and walk with a K in his inning of work. Sam Tuivailala struck out two in the ninth, issuing a free pass.

Memphis pounced on righty Carlos Pimentel (L, 0-1) for two in the first then piled on five more the next inning. Stephen Piscotty got the scoring started with a solo shot, his only hit in three at bats to go with a base-on-balls and a strikeout. Greg Garcia doubled home Scruggs (single) to put the home team up 2-0.

Things just got worse for the Cubs in the second when Pimentel jammed the sacks full via a free pass, error and single, and then walked Ty Kelly to force across Rafael Ortega. A K by Piscotty brought Scruggs to the plate, who cleared the bases with a bomb to left center scoring Cooney, Dean Anna and Kelly. Memphis finished its scoring on Dean Anna’s RBI single in the sixth that brought in Mike O’Neill (single). The Redbirds banged out eight hits, led by Scruggs and Anna with two apiece.

Saturday’s game: vs. Iowa (0-2), 6:05 pm CDT, Zach Petrick (0-0, ---) (season debut)

Corpus Christi 8 at Springfield 2

Five Corpus Christi runs in the first was enough to send the S-Cards to an 8-2 defeat by the Hooks (HOU). Springfield (0-2) will try to prevent being swept at home when they take the field Saturday evening.

Mike Mayers (L, 0-1) was touched for five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches in just two frames. Corey Baker uncorked two wild ones of his own during his three-inning stint, allowing five hits and a walk that produced a tally.

‘Two’ was the number for new reliever Kurt Heyer, who yielded that many hits, runs and walks in 1 2/3 while fanning three. Two pitchers down from Memphis, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt, finally kept the Hooks off the basepaths, Wright retiring four straight, two via the K and Wyatt tossing a one-two-three ninth.

Springfield’s bats could get little going against Mark Appel (W, 1-0), who stymied his foes on two hits and a free pass through five. One of those hits was a solo bomb by shortstop Aledmys Diaz, his first of the 2015 campaign. Diaz went 2-for-4 with two RBI, garnering a third of his squad’s six hits. Designated hitter Jonathan Rodriguez singled twice in three at bats.

Saturday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi (2-0), 6:10 pm CDT, Thomas Lee (0-0, ---) (league debut)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 3

Late scores rallied Palm Beach (1-1) past Jupiter 4-3, evening their series at one game each.

Down 2-1 after five, the Beach Birds pushed across single scores in the sixth, seventh and eighth for a 4-2 advantage. The team was fueled by two perfectos at the plate by co-Players of the Day Ronald Castillo and Bruce Caldwell. Castillo accounted for three of his team’s four runs via a 4-for-4 performance with a double, run scored and two driven in, batting eighth. Six-hitter Caldwell picked up his second POD nod in as many days with a 3-for-3 night that included a double, free pass and two runs scored.

Chris Perry struck out four in the sixth and seventh, picking up his first win of 2015 but Ronnie Shaban (S, 1) made it interesting in the ninth, giving up two singles and a walk that plated one runner and brought the tying run to third before the righty ended the game.

Perry and Shaban pitched in relief of Rob Kaminsky, who was impressive in his A-Advanced debut. The right-hander struck out six in six frames, yielding two unearned tallies in the third on five hits and a base-on-balls in total.

Saturday’s game: at Jupiter (1-1) (MIA), 5:35 pm EST, TBA

Quad Cities 5 at Peoria 2

Peoria (0-2) fell for the second straight game, dropping a 5-2 decision to visiting Quad Cities (HOU). The Chiefs will try to salvage the third and final game of the series Saturday evening.

Austin Gomber took the loss in his maiden full-season start, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two free passes in three plus. Gomber’s final runner touched home with righty Robby Rowland on the hump. Rowland, an off-season acquisition who was drafted back in 2010, hurled the next three frames, stranding one of two inherited runners but allowing a run on three hits and two hit batsmen with two strikeouts.

Nick Lomascolo worked around two hits and three walks by striking out four in two innings to keep the River Bandits from additional scoring. Kyle Grana fanned the side in the ninth, sandwiching K’s around a hit and walk.

Shortstop Oscar Mercado mustered his team’s only multi-hit performance, singling twice in four at bats. Four other Chiefs had one hit apiece, the biggest being a double by first baseman Alex De Leon that drove in Nick Thompson (walk) and Justin Ringo (single) in the fourth.

Saturday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (2-0), 6:00 pm CDT, Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, ---) (full-season debut)

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