Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/17/15

Palm Beach and Peoria both put one in the win column on Thursday, the Chiefs led by Austin Gomber’s superb effort. Memphis and Springfield both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Thursday, April 16th.

Omaha 9 at Memphis 4

‘The Night of the Long Balls’ bit Memphis, resulting in a 9-4 loss to Omaha (5-2) in the rubber game of the series.

Tim Cooney and reliever Nick Greenwood surrendered three home runs in all that generated seven of the nine tallies the pair yielded. Cooney (L, 1-1) was touched for six runs on eight hits and a walk in 6 1/3, his final runner crossing after Greenwood served up a grand slam. Boone Whiting tossed two scoreless frames, giving up a hit and two free passes.

The Redbirds (3-4) never headed the Storm Chasers although they were tied one all after two and had pushed across three in the sixth to get within one, 5-4. Three players’ multi-hit performances comprised all seven team hits: Dean Anna, Xavier Scruggs and Greg Garcia.

Anna went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored out of the lead off slot while Scruggs singled and doubled in four at bats, crossed twice with an RBI. Garcia, batting sixth in back of Scruggs, went 2-for-3 with a walk and three driven in. The second baseman added his first stolen base of the young season.

Friday’s game: Memphis hits the road on an eight-game road trip versus Round Rock (TEX) and Omaha (KC). First up is Round Rock (3-4). Game one – 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (0-1, 12.46)

Springfield 0 at Corpus Christi 8

The S-Cards began their six-game road swing with an 8-0 loss to Corpus Christi.

Springfield (1-6) has not figured out a way to beat the Hooks (HOU), this defeat being their fourth in four contests against them this season. Mike Mayers (0-2), who had the unenviable task of facing highly-touted Mark Appel, did not finish the fifth. The righty allowed five runs on seven hits and four base-on-balls in 4 1/3. He threw a wild pitch and plunked a batter.

Heath Wyatt kept the opposition off the board over 1 2/3, permitting one hit and stranding Mayers’ last two runners. Joe Donofrio faced the minimum in the seventh but Ronnie Shaban was touched for a three-run eighth on three hits and a walk.

The S-Cards struggled to mount an offense against Corpus Christi hurlers, managing just five hits and two free passes. Right fielder Nick Martini singled twice in four at bats, the only player with more than one hit. A triple by Charlie Tilson was Springfield’s only extra-base hit.

Friday’s game: at Corpus Christi (6-1), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (0-1, 18.00)

Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 0

Palm Beach blanked Lakeland for the second straight game, the 6-0 victory giving the Beach Birds (6-2) a four-game sweep of the Flying Tigers (DET).

A trio of PB-Card pitchers combined on a four hitter, led by Rob Kaminsky. The 20-year-old struck out four in two innings, giving up 3 hits and the trio’s only base-on-balls. A nearly three-hour rain delay ensued, knocking Kaminsky out of the game.

Kevin Herget (W, 1-0) got the ball upon the game’s resumption with impressive results. The only two batters to get aboard versus the righty in five frames came as a result of miscues in the field by Herget’s defense. He struck out six with six ground- and three fly-ball outs. Kyle Barraclough took the eighth and ninth, yielding a hit.

The inclement weather did not prevent Palm Beach’s bats from a 13-hit onslaught. The balance attack featured eight of nine Beach Birds starters with at least one hit and five of them garnering two. C.J. McElroy, Luke Voit and Carson Kelly all went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, McElroy and Voit adding an RBI each. Robelys Reyes singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two while right fielder Rowan Wick went 2-for-5 with one driven in. A double by Voit was the team’s only extra-base hit.

Friday’s game: Palm Beach opens a six-game home stand versus division rivals Charlotte (TB) and Fort Myers (MIN). Game one – vs Charlotte (4-4), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (1-0, 3.18)

Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 1

A stellar outing by Austin Gomber hightlighted Peoria’s 3-1 win at Cedar Rapids (MIN). After dropping their first two games of the season the Chiefs (6-2) are on a league-best six-game winning streak. They go for their second consecutive three-game sweep on Friday night.

Gomber, our Player of the Day, handled the league’s top offense with ease. The right-hander scattered six hits over seven, the only base runner to reach scoring position against him being the only one to cross. Gomber struck out eight and did not walk a batter in recording his first win of 2015.

Nick Lomascolo fanned two of three faced in the eighth before Robby Rowland picked up his first save. Rowland yielded a hit with two K’s.

Down 1-0 after five Peoria’s offense struck for three in the sixth. Magneuris Sierra opened with one of his two singles in five at bats then tied the game on Oscar Mercado’s first triple of 2015. Danny Diekroeger, the next batter up, singled home Mercado, breaking the tie. Back-to-back two-out singles by Collin Radack and Steve Bean brought across Diekroeger for the final cushion.

Bean was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and spearheading his squad’s 11-hit effort. Diekroeger and Radack joined Sierra with two hits apiece.

Friday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (6-2), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 0.00)

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