Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/16/15

It was a three-game sweep in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Memphis and Peoria won close affairs, the latter in extras, while Palm Beach flew into first place propelled by Alex Reyes’ night on the mound.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 15th.

Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 2

Xavier Scruggs’ third and fourth bombs of 2015 lifted the Redbirds 4-2 over Omaha, evening the series at one game each.

Held to just six hits as a team, Scruggs had two, both home runs. His first was a two-run shot in the third that plated Ty Kelly (single) and flipped a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. The first baseman added an insurance blast in the eighth, providing a 4-2 cushion.

Memphis’ first tally was the result of three of the seven free passes issued by Storm Chasers’ hurlers. Dean Anna led off the game with a single then watched as Omaha’s Luke Hochevar walked Stephen Piscotty, Scott Moore and Greg Garcia back-to-back-to-back, Garcia’ base-on-balls pushing across Anna. Garcia joined Kelly by working two walks apiece. Hochevar’s night was finished after 34 pitches when he did not retire his initial batter in the second.

Marco Gonzales’ night lasted a bit longer, the southpaw slogging through four plus frames while yielding two runs on six hits and three base-on-balls. Both tallies scored on a long ball, the first surrendered by Gonzales. The 23-year-old threw as many pitches in this abbreviated stint (86) as he did in his six-inning season debut (85).

Two frames of two-hit ball sufficed for Miguel Socolovich to pick up his first win as a Redbird. Marcus Hatley worked around a hit and two free passes in two by fanning three. Mitch Harris faced the minimum in the ninth for his second save.

Thursday’s game: Memphis (3-3) vs. Omaha (4-2) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (1-0, 0.00)

Springfield - off

Springfield (1-5) will try to distance themselves from a dismal home stand on a six-game swing through Texas. First up is Corpus Christi (HOU), which swept the S-Cards in the opening series at Hammons Field.

Thursday’s game: at Corpus Christi (5-1), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-1, 22.50)

Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 0

Beach Birds’ hurlers turned Thursday into ‘Swing-and-Miss’ night at Lakeland as the PB-Cards (5-2) blanked the Flying Tigers (DET) 5-0. The victory clinches the four-game series for Palm Beach with one game remaining.

Alex Reyes (W, 1-0) rebounded from a sub-par league debut, notching 10 of the staff’s 15 strikeouts in just 5 2/3. The righty, our Player of the Day, gave up three hits and three walks, producing a game score of 70. All three hits came in the third when Reyes used two K’s plus a wild pitch to slip out of a jam, the errant throw resulting in a play at the plate that was the inning’s final out.

Chase Brookshire fanned four in 2 1/3, permitting a hit and base-on-balls while stranding Reyes’ final runner. Steve Sabatino struck out one with a hit given up in the ninth.

Palm Beach got on the board 2-0 in the second via Rowan Wick’s first homer of the season that scored Luke Voit (single). Wick later added a triple in four at bats, the only Beach Bird with more than one of eight team hits. Voit singled and scored in his squad’s three-run sixth, racing home on a double by Mason Katz. Bruce Caldwell led off the frame with his first bomb of 2015.

Thursday’s game: at Lakeland (2-5), 6:30 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 2 (12)

It took five pitchers and 12 innings to do it but Peoria handed host Cedar Rapids (MIN) their first loss of the season, 3-2, in the opening game of the road series.

The Chiefs (5-2) struck for single scores in the first and third, clinging to a tenuous 2-1 lead through six behind the pitching of starter Luis Perdomo. Perdomo fanned six in 5 2/3, surrendering a run on two hits and a free pass.

Jhonny Polanco maneuvered through the next 1 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walk while stranding an inherited runner. Zach Loraine (BS, 1) could not finish the eighth, however, yielding a double and RBI single with two outs recorded.

Three of the four batters retired by Kyle Grana in 1 1/3 were the victims of the K as the right-hander pitched the game into extras. Newcomer Tyler Bray (W, 1-0) tossed the final three innings, working around three hits and a base-on-balls while fanning two.

Peoria’s initial tally was the direct result of Oscar Mercado forcing the issue on the base paths. The shortstop got aboard on a one-out single, then stole second and third (his fifth and sixth swipes of 2015), the latter triggering an errant throw by the Kernels’ catcher that allowed Mercado to race home.

Danny Diekroeger singled and scored in the third, driven in via Alex De Leon’s two-out single. Diekroeger added a walk and stolen base to his game stats.

But the difference in the game turned on the bat and legs of Collin Radack in the 12th. Radack led off with a single up the middle, his second hit in five at bats, promptly swiping second. The right fielder advanced to third on Steve Bean’s sac bunt and scored what proved to be the winning run on a fielder’s choice. Radack joined Darren Seferina with 2-for-5 performances at the plate, half of the team’s eight hits.

Thursday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (6-1), 6:35 pm CT, Austin Gomber (0-1, 9.00)

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