Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/12/15

The upper levels of the Cardinals system did not fare well on Saturday, with both Memphis and Springfield losing by a substantial margin. The lower levels did a better job as Palm Beach and Peoria won their respective contests with Chiefs starter Daniel Poncedeleon our Player of the Day.

Results from games played Saturday, April 11th.

Memphis Redbirds 0 vs. Iowa Cubs 13

The Redbirds took their first loss of the young season, a beating by the small Bears of Iowa, with Zach Petrick on the mound for Memphis. Petrick pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits, with three Ks and no walks.

Petrick got out of the first inning giving up only one run, on a leadoff double by former Redbird Adron Chambers, who scored on a sacrifice fly. The Cubs went up 2-0 in the third on three singles, including one by Cubs uber prospect Kris Bryant. Petrick was hit around in the top of the fifth, giving up four runs on two doubles, two singles, and two stolen bases.

Reliever Tyler Waldron entered the game in the sixth, with the Cubs up 6-0. Waldron pitched two innings, giving up a two-run home run to Chris Valaika.

Boone Whiting took the mound in the eighth inning, walking three and giving up one run on a force out ground out. In the ninth, a single, two doubles and a two-run home run by Bryant sealed the bad outing for the new reliever Whiting, with four Cubs runs crossing the plate in the final frame.

The Redbirds were unable to put any runs on the board, managing only four hits, including a double by Stephen Piscotty.

Sunday’s game: vs. Iowa, Tyler Lyons (0-0), 1:35 CDT

Springfield Cardinals 2 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks 9

In his Double-A debut, Springfield starter Thomas Lee had a rough night on the mound, giving up nine runs, eight of them earned, on eight hits, two strikeouts and two walks in four innings.

Lee had a quiet first inning, setting down three batters on two strikeouts and a ground out. In the second inning, the wheels came off the bus for Lee, as he was pummeled for six runs on three doubles and three singles.

The Redbirds plated two in the bottom of the third, with Charlie Tilson leading off with a walk. Jacob Wilson followed with a two-run home run to left center field, making the score 6-2.

Corpus Christi scored three more runs in the top of the fifth, starting with a fielding error by Cardinals shortstop Alex Mejia, and a throwing error by Lee on a pick off sending the runner to second. A single, and a three-run home run followed, putting the score at 9-2.

After recording no outs in the top of the fifth, Lee was replaced by reliever Chris Thomas. Thomas got the remaining three outs on three straight batters. Thomas went on to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings before being relieved by lefty Ryan Sherriff with two outs in the eighth. Sherriff finished the game.

The Cardinals were unable to score again after the third, losing to Corpus Christi, 9-2. The 0-3 Cards have been outscored 26-8 in their first three home losses.

Sunday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, Kyle Hald (0-0), 4:10 CDT

Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Jupiter Hammerheads 3

Palm Beach fared better than their AAA and AA brethren on Saturday night. Starter Trey Nielsen had a one hitter through five before running into trouble in the sixth. The right-hander, in his first game above State College, pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, two strikeouts and two walks.

The Beach Birds got on the board first. In the third inning, Brett Wiley took a leadoff walk, but was erased in a double play from batter Robelys Reyes. C.J. McElroy walked, stole second base and then third base with Bruce Caldwell at the plate. Caldwell’s single to left field scored McElroy.

The Cards plated two more runs in the fourth on a leadoff walk by Rowan Wick, followed by a two-run home run from Mason Katz. A single by Ronald Castillo and a single by Brett Wiley followed, but both were stranded. The score stood at 3-0.

Starter Nielsen pitched five scoreless innings, but in the bottom of the sixth, a single followed by a triple and a sacrifice fly put two Hammerheads runs on the board. Nielsen was replaced with two outs by Chase Brookshire, who got the final out the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Palm Beach scored three more to reestablish a cushion. Reyes singled, stole second base, and Caldwell walked. Luke Voit’s single to right field scored Reyes. Wick followed with a double, bringing home Caldwell and Voit, increasing the lead to 6-2.

Jupiter managed only one more run, scored in the bottom of the seventh off Brookshire. Josh Lucas closed out the game with just a single allowed in the ninth to seal Palm Beach’s 6-3 win.

Sunday’s game: vs Jupiter, TBA, 12:00 CDT

Peoria Chiefs 4 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 1

In his Midwest League debut, Peoria starter Daniel Poncedeleon excelled. The right-hander, our Player of the Day, pitched six innings, giving up only one unearned run on four hits, seven strikeouts and a walk.

Peoria got on the board early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning on a double to center field by Oscar Mercado, followed by a RBI single to left field off the bat of Danny Diekroeger.

Poncedeleon pitched two scoreless innings before giving up a single to Sean McMullen. McMullen advanced to second on a ground out, then advanced to third and then scored on the second of two passed balls by Peoria catcher Luis Cruz. This was the only run Quad Cities would score.

Peoria plated a second runner in the bottom of the fourth when Alex De Leon was hit by a pitch. Cruz doubled, moving De Leon to third. Magneuris Sierra’s sacrifice fly brought the runner home.

The Chiefs manufactured another run, their third, in the bottom of the sixth after De Leon reached on a fielding error, advanced on a ground out and scored on a single by Andrew Sohn.

Peoria scored its final tally in the bottom of the seventh on an Mercado single and stolen base, followed by a Nick Thompson RBI double.

Poncedeleon was relieved in the seventh inning by Jhonny Polanco, who pitched two scoreless, before Kyle Grana picked up his first MWL save in the ninth, striking out two of three batters faced.

Sunday’s game: at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Dewin Perez (0-0), 4:05 CDT

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