Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/13/15

Springfield finally got into the winning column on Sunday behind Michael Ohlman’s big swing. Peoria struck late for its victory but Memphis and Palm Beach both notched losses.

Results from games played Sunday, April 12th.

Iowa 7 at Memphis 2

The Redbirds’ woes both at the plate and on the mound continued on Sunday, resulting in a 7-2 loss to the visiting Cubs. Memphis and Iowa split the series two games apiece.

A day after being shellacked 13-0, the home pitching staff served up 12 hits generating seven runs. Tyler Lyons (L, 0-1) fanned six over four innings but yielded seven hits, including two home runs which accounted for three of the four runs charged to him. Lyons issued two free passes.

Miguel Socolovich tossed two clean frames, walking one, before giving way to Dean Kiekhefer. Kiekhefer gave up a one-out single followed by another long ball that made the score 6-2. Marcus Hatley took the eighth without damage but Nick Greenwood was not as fortunate, yielding a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Memphis’ bats underperformed as well, generating just two runs on five hits. Third baseman Scott Moore went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored out of the clean-up spot while five hitter Xavier Scruggs doubled once in three at bats with a walk and touched home once.

Monday’s game: Memphis (2-2) finishes up its inaugural 2015 homestand with four versus Omaha (3-1) (KC). Game one – 7:05 pm CDT, John Gast (0-0, ---) squares off against former Redbird Clayton Mortensen (0-0, ---)

Springfield 4 vs San Antonio 2

One swing of Michael Ohlman’s bat flipped a potential loss into Springfield’s first victory of 2015, a 4-2 triumph over San Antonio (SD) in the first of a three-game series.

Ohlman, acquired from Baltimore in February after the O’s designated him for assignment, came to the plate in the seventh with the bases juiced via walks to Breyvic Valera, Patrick Wisdom and Anthony Garcia. Our Player of the Day sent one over the wall in left center, turning a 2-0 hole into a 4-2 lead. That was one of only three hits by the S-Cards, who capitalized on three of the six free passes issued by the Missions’ staff.

Ohlman made a winner out of Heath Wyatt, who was the pitcher of record after slipping out of a two on, none out jam in the top of the frame. Joe Donofrio struck out two of six faced for his first save of the new season.

Starter Kyle Hald permitted single tallies in the second and fifth, including a solo shot that was one of five hits allowed through five. The lefty walked one and fanned five.

Monday’s game: Springfield (1-3) vs San Antonio (1-3), 6:30 pm CDT, Andrew Morales (0-0, ---) (league debut)

Jupiter 4 at Palm Beach 2

The PB-Cards overcame a 2-0 hole but could not get over the hump, falling to the Hammerheads (MIA) 4-2. Palm Beach (2-2) split the four-game set.

Jupiter struck fast to go up 2-0 via a two-run bomb in the first off Corey Littrell (L, 0-1) but Palm Beach answered in the third on Juan Herrera’s two-RBI single, knotting the game at two all. The tie lasted only until the next frame when the southpaw yielded another tally. Littrell went six innings, giving up seven hits and a free pass while striking out two.

Kevin Herget worked around four hits over the next two frames, fanning three. Steve Sabatino allowed a run on two hits in the ninth.

Herrera’s single, one of two hits in four at bats for the shortstop, drove in Jose Gonzalez (single) and Jimmy Bosco (ground-rule double). Herrera added his first stolen base of the season as well. Three other Beach Birds had one hit each.

Monday’s game: Palm Beach travels to Lakeland (2-2) (DET) for four. Game one – 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 11 at Wisconsin 1

The Chiefs (2-2) broke out the bats late, transforming a tight contest into an 11-1 laugher at Wisconsin (MIL) in the series’ opener.

No hit by lefty Kodi Medeiros through six, Peoria finally broke through against the Timber Rattlers’ bullpen, scoring 11 runs in the eighth and ninth. All nine starters had at least one hit plus a run scored, led by a Chiefs’ quartet who had two hits and scored once: Nick Thompson, Alex De Leon, Collin Radack and Darren Seferina. Thompson, De Leon and Radack comprise the four through six spots in the order. Oscar Mercado’s only hit was hit first home run of 2015, a two-run blast that generated two of his three RBI.

Reliever Fernando Baez (W, 1-1) entered the game with two on, one out and his team trailing 1-0 in the sixth and tossed 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Baez fanned four, issued three free passes and yielded a hit.

Dewin Perez hurled the first three frames, walking four and striking out three. Blake McKnight went 2 1/3, allowing a run on five hits with three strikeouts. Zach Loraine tossed a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game: at Wisconsin (0-4), 6:35 pm CDT, Matt Pearce (0-0, ---) (league debut)

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