Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/14/15

Palm Beach and Peoria recorded shutout wins on Tuesday, the latter propelled by Darren Seferina. Springfield went down to defeat and Memphis’ game was postponed.

Results from games played Monday, April 13th.

Memphis vs. Omaha - postponed

The Redbirds’ series’ opener with the Storm Chasers was postponed due to adverse weather conditions in Memphis. The game has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Sunday, May 17th.

Tuesday’s game: Memphis (2-2) vs. Omaha (3-1) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (0-0, ---)

San Antonio 5 at Springfield 2

The S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a narrow lead, resulting in a 5-2 loss to San Antonio (SD) that evened the series at one game each.

Protecting a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Jonathan Cornelius (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) retired just one batter, yielding three runs on two hits and a walk. Kurt Heyer inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and served up a two-run double to his first batter, his only hit allowed in 1 2/3. New arrival Ronnie Shaban faced the minimum in the eighth but Justin Wright permitted the final Missions run on four hits.

All pitched in relief of Andrew Morales, who made his Double-A debut. The 22-year-old tiptoed around seven hits and a base-on-balls in five innings, holding the opposition to a single tally. 49 of Morales’ 70 pitches went for strikes. He fanned three.

Down 1-0 at the midpoint of the third, Springfield (1-4) sandwiched doubles by Alex Mejia and Jacob Wilson around Nick Martini’s single, the latter two picking up an RBI. Those three hits comprised half of the home team’s offense. Mejia added a single in three at bats, joining Michael Ohlman with a two-hit night.

Tuesday’s game: vs. San Antonio (2-3), 11:10 am CT, Nick Petree (0-0, 7.36)

Palm Beach 4 at Lakeland 0

A quartet of Beach Birds hurlers joined forces to blank the Flying Tigers (DET) 4-0 in the first of four at Lakeland.

Arturo Reyes ‘ maiden appearance in the Florida State League produced five innings of shutout ball, the righty minimizing six hits and three free passes by striking out five. He threw two wild pitches.

Kyle Barraclough fanned four over the next two frames, giving up a hit and walk. Josh Lucas and Chris Perry each went an inning with a strikeout.

Held in check the first time through the order, Palm Beach (3-2) broke out for three in the fourth and added another run the next frame. A double to right by Rowan Wick drove home Luke Voit, who had worked a free pass and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Carson Kelly’s first home run of 2015 capped the scoring, the first of his two hits in four at bats.

Robelys Reyes opened the fifth with a single, stole second and raced home when an attempted 6-4-3 double play instead produced a force at second and errant throw. Reyes later added a double, joining Kelly and Voit with two hits apiece. Lead-off hitter C.J. McElroy did his part to get on base, going 1-for-2 with three walks but was picked off first once.

Tuesday’s game: at Lakeland (2-3), 6:30 pm ET, TBA (likely LHP Jimmy Reed)

Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 0

Darren Seferina’s bat was key in Peoria’s 3-0 shutout of Wisconsin (MIL) on Monday. The Chiefs (3-2) lead the series two-games-to-one.

Seferina, our Player of the Day, accounted for all three of his team’s scores, going 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two driven in. Outhit 7-4, Peoria maximized its opportunities. Andrew Sohn worked one of his squad’s four base-on-balls in the third and scored the Chiefs’ first run when Seferina lined a triple to right. Oscar Mercado’s sac fly brought Seferina in, making the score 2-0.

Peoria added an insurance run that was unearned in the eighth when Sohn reached on a two-base throwing error and was singled in by Seferina. Both Mercado and Seferina were caught stealing once as was catcher Luis Cruz.

In his Midwest League debut, Matt Pearce scattered five hits and a plunked batter over six for the win. He fanned three. Nick Lomascolo struck out six in 2 2/3, three of them looking, but was given the hook after yielding a two-out single in the ninth. Kyle Grana came on for his second save, notching a swinging K.

Tuesday’s game: at Wisconsin (0-5), 12:05 pm CT, Will Anderson (0-0, 9.00)



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