Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/15/15

Palm Beach and Peoria both won big by identical scores, the Beach Birds aided by the play of Jimmy Reed and Bruce Caldwell. Neither Memphis nor Springfield were able to generate much offense in their losses.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 14th.

Omaha 5 at Memphis 1

John Gast’s inability to record an out in the sixth resulted in the Redbirds’ 5-1 loss to the Storm Chasers in the series’ opener.

Gast (L, 0-1) blanked the opposition on three hits and a walk through five but ran into trouble in the sixth. A free pass followed by back-to-back singles plated a runner, breaking a scoreless contest. Sam Tuivailala entered but was unable to stem the tide, allowing both inherited runners to cross plus one of his own on a wild pitch, single and two throwing errors by the middle infield. Tuivailala’s run was unearned.

Tyler Waldron gave up a run on two hits in the seventh, making the score 5-0, but Memphis (2-3) finally broke through with a tally in the bottom of the frame. Stymied by former Redbird Clayton Mortensen on three hits through six, the home team garnered that many in one inning off Brian Broderick, another former St. Louis draft pick. Three straight singles by Greg Garcia, Ed Easley and Cody Stanley brought across Garcia and left runners at the corners. But the pitcher’s best friend, a double-play ball, quelled the uprising.

Dean Kiekhefer and Mitch Harris combined to shut down Omaha in the eighth and ninth. Kiekhefer retired all four batters faced, fanning two, while Harris sandwiched a groundball out and strikeout around a walk.

With the Redbirds held to just six hits, Dean Anna compiled two of them, singling twice in four at bats as the lead-off hitter. Anna and Garcia each committed a throwing error.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Omaha (4-1) (KC), 11:05 am CT, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 6.00)

San Antonio 3 at Springfield 0

The S-Cards’ opening home stand finished with a thud as they were shut out 3-0 by San Antonio (3-3). Springfield (1-5) scored two or fewer runs in four of the six games, all losses.

Nick Petree (L, 0-1) held the Missions to a solo home run through five, one of two hits yielded to that point, but was given the hook after allowing three consecutive singles to start the sixth. He issued two free passes and struck out three.

Corey Baker entered with a run across, two on and none out and coaxed a pop out before loading the bases via a walk. A 5-3 groundball out permitted another runner to score but the righthander retired his next four straight, two on strikeouts. Chris Thomas gave up two hits over the final two frames.

Springfield matched San Antonio’s seven hits but not their results, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Breyvic Valera, the only S-Card with more than one hit, singled twice in four at bats. Alex Mejia continued his hot start, going 1-for-3 as did Alberto Rosario.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Springfield heads out on a six-game road trip to face Corpus Christi and San Antonio, the same two teams they just finished hosting.

Palm Beach 7 at Lakeland 1

Palm Beach (4-2) won for the fourth time in the last five games behind Jimmy Reed’s arm and Bruce Caldwell’s bat. Reed and Caldwell are our co-Players of the Day.

Reed, who came within an out of completing six innings, held the Flying Tigers to a run on four hits and two free passes while striking out six. The southpaw, who compiled a game score of 61, got some help from new arrival Cody Schumacher, who stranded both inherited runners in the sixth before scattering three hits over the next three innings for his first professional save.

Caldwell generated his third three-hit game of the young season, smashing two doubles to go with a single in five at bats. The third baseman touched home three times as the number three bat. Clean-up hitter Luke Voit went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Carson Kelly singled and doubled in four at bats with a sac fly, knocking in four out of the six hole.

Wednesday’s game: at Lakeland (2-4) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, TBA (likely Alex Reyes)

Peoria 7 at Wisconsin 1

Peoria put on their hitting shoes in a 14-hit attack that produced a 7-1 victory at Wisconsin (MIL). The Chiefs (4-2) have won four straight, including a three-game sweep of the Timber Rattlers.

Right fielder Collin Radack swung the hottest bat, going 4-for-5 with a run scored and RBI out of the five hole. Radack added his first stolen base of the season, one of five successful swipes by Chiefs baserunners.

Clean-up hitter Justin Ringo went 3-for-5 with a triple, touched home once, drove in three and swiped a bag. Oscar Mercado singled twice in five at bats, scored twice and stole two bags as the designated hitter. Second baseman Darren Seferina had his team’s final multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his average to a team-leading .412.

Will Anderson (W, 1-0) pitched well enough to win with less offensive support, striking out six in six innings and scattering seven hits and a walk. The righty generated a game score of 63 with 56 of his 80 pitches going for strikes.

The only hit given up by Robby Rowland in two innings was a solo long ball that accounted for Wisconsin’s only run. Zach Loraine issued a free pass in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (6-0) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (0-0, ---)

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