Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 4/19/15

Tyler Lyons pitched a gem for Memphis, Springfield won, Palm Beach lost and Peoria had a blowout win.

There were two blowouts in the Cardinals system on Saturday night, with Palm Beach receiving a drubbing by Charlotte 11-3 and the Peoria Chiefs inflicting the drubbing against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers by the score of 15-4. Tyler Lyons pitched a gem for Memphis, which beat Round Rock 5-0. Springfield got a late start due to wet grounds but ended up beating Corpus Christi by the score of 2-1, for their second win of the early season.

There were too many contributors in the Peoria blowout to pick just one stand out, so the Player of the Day is pitcher Tyler Lyons (1-1, 3.60).

Results from games played Saturday, April 18th.

Memphis 5 at Round Rock 0

Tyler Lyons went six strong innings for Memphis, pitching into the seventh before being replaced after one batter by Miguel Socolovich. Lyons gave up only five hits, no runs, no walks and struck out nine.

Memphis scored two of their five runs in the top of the first inning. Stephen Piscotty started things out by drawing a walk. Scott Moore then singled to right, advancing Piscotty to second. A ground out force out by Xavier Scruggs sent Piscotty to third, with Moore out at second. Cody Stanley walked, advancing Scruggs to second. Ed Easley then singled to right, scoring Piscotty and Scruggs.

Memphis scored three more runs in the top of the fifth. Moore singled to right, and Scruggs singled to left. Easley singled to center scoring Moore. Ty Kelly tripled to right field, scoring Scruggs and Easley.

A double and four singles were all that Round Rock managed off Lyons, with no runs allowed. Socolovich allowed only one single in the eighth, and Sam Tuivailala closed out the ninth for Memphis.

Sunday’s game: at Round Rock, John Gast (0-1, 5.40), 1:05 CDT

Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 1

Kyle Hald started for Springfield, going five innings and giving up the sole Corpus Christi run in the first inning on two singles and a walk. Overall, Hald was touched for five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The win went to reliever Corey Baker, who pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.

Springfield didn’t score a run until the top of the eighth. It began with a Nick Martini double to left field. Jonathan Rodriguez reached on a fielding error and Martini scored the first run with Rodriguez advancing to second. Another fielding error by Corpus Christi scored Rodriguez.

Kurt Heyer replaced Baker in the eighth inning and closed out the game for Springfield. Heyer gave up one hit, and committed a balk in the ninth, but Corpus Christi was unable to score again.

Defensive errors were committed by both teams, with Springfield committing two, a fielding error by shortstop Aledmys Diaz in the fifth and another fielding error by catcher Alberto Rosario in the seventh. Corpus Christi was charged with three errors, two of which resulted in the two runs scored by Springfield.

Sunday’s game: at San Antonio, Andrew Morales (0-0 1.80), 2:05 CDT

Palm Beach 3, Charlotte 11

On the mound for Palm Beach, Corey Littrell (0-2, 4.50) did not have a good day. In the first inning, he was touched up for two runs on a walk, a double and a single. After the Cardinals managed to plate a run in the bottom of the third on a double by Ronald Castillo, a bunt single by Robelys Reyes and a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Bosco, Littrell gave up three more runs in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, successive walks by Mason Katz and Bruce Caldwell, followed by a Luke Voit single and a Rowan Wick sacrifice fly, brought another run across the plate, bringing the score to 5-2.

Charlotte scored another run off Littrell in the top of the fifth via two singles and a fielding error by third baseman Caldwell. The score stood at 6-2.

Littrell was replaced in the seventh inning by reliever Cody Schumacher. A single, a triple and a sacrifice fly versus Schumacher brought the score to 8-2 in favor of Charlotte.

In the bottom of the eighth, a Katz double and a Caldwell single put another run on the board for Palm Beach, bringing the score to 8-3. However, in the top of the ninth, reliever Kyle Barraclough, aided by a fielding error by Palm Beach left fielder Castillo, two walks and a double to left field, gave up the final three runs to put the score at 11-3.

Sunday’s game: vs. Charlotte, Arturo Reyes (1-0 0.00), 12:00 CDT

Peoria 15, Wisconsin 4

Fernando Baez started for the Chiefs, but did not receive the win, only going 3 2/3 innings while giving up one run on three hits, five strikeouts and three walks. Baez threw eighty pitches before being removed for Blake McKnight, who pitched 2 1/3 innings and got the win for Peoria. McKnight yielded one hit and struck out three.

The Chiefs got on the board in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs, the first on a single by Magneuris Sierra, who advanced to second base on a passed ball. Andrew Sohn was hit by a pitch. Sierra advanced to third on a ground out force out by Danny Diekroeger and then scored on a single by Nick Thompson. The second run scored on a single by Justin Ringo, bringing Diekroeger home.

In the bottom of the second, Peoria plated four more runs. Beginning with a single by Steve Bean and then another single by Blake Drake, the two scored on a triple by Darren Seferina. Another triple by Sierra scored Seferina. Sohn then singled home Sierra for the fourth run of the inning.

It got even better in the bottom of the third, when six runs crossed the plate for Peoria. Collin Radack was hit by a pitch, then a wild pitch sent him to second base. Bean walked, and a fly out by Drake sent Radack to third. Another wild pitch scored Radack and sent Bean to second. Seferina walked and Sierra singled, sending Bean to third and Seferina to second. Sohn then hit a bases clearing double to left field. Diekroeger walked, and a third wild pitch sent Sohn to third base and Diekroeger to second. Thompson singled, scoring Sohn and advancing Diekroeger to third. The final run of the inning came home on a single by Radack.

The Peoria bats were quiet for the next three innings. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Sohn and Diekroeger walked. Ringo hit a double to left field, scoring Sohn and Diekroeger. Radack then singled to center, scoring Ringo. The score stood at 15-1 in favor of Peoria.

In the top of the eighth, Peoria reliever Jhonny Polanco, who had replaced McKnight in the seventh, walked a batter and then was touched for a double to left field. The next Wisconsin batter reached on a fielding error by Sohn, and a run scored. A wild pitch by Polanco scored a second run for Wisconsin. A sacrifice fly brought in the third run, bringing the score to 15-4.

Reliever Kyle Grana closed out the ninth for Peoria.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Matt Pearce (1-0, 0.00), 5:00 CDT

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