Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/20/15

Springfield recorded the system’s only win on Sunday behind Andrew Morales’ solid effort. Memphis suffered a double-header sweep while Palm Beach endured a painful late-inning defeat. Peoria’s contest was postponed.

Results from games played Sunday, April 19th.

Memphis 4 at Round Rock 7 - game one (completion of April 17th suspended game)

The Redbirds (4-6) dropped a pair at Round Rock (TEX), 7-4 and 11-4. The dual loss dropped the visitors into third, 1 ½ behind Nashville (OAK) and a half game in back of the Express.

Home runs were Memphis’ bugaboo in the opener, a game suspended due to rain on Friday with the Redbirds down 3-1 with one out in the home half of the second. All seven Express scores were the result of the long ball.

Zach Petrick started on the 17th, surrendering a three-run bomb that comprised one of the three hits against him in 1 1/3. Boone Whiting took the ball when play resumed on Sunday. The righty was charged with an unearned run on three hits and a walk in 2 2/3. He fanned three and was the only Redbirds’ hurler to keep the ball in the yard.

Memphis battled back with three in the fifth, knotting the game at four all, but that tie was short-lived. Tyler Waldron (L, 0-1) served up a two-run shot in the sixth, continuing his rocky initiation as a Redbird. The right-hander has been charged with at least one tally in each of his three appearances to date. Waldron went two innings, allowing three hits. One of the two hits given up by Dean Kiekhefer in two was a solo shot.

The Redbirds matched the opposition’s 11 hits but none of theirs were home runs, unfortunately. The visitors’ balanced attack featured at least one hit by nine players, Stephen Piscotty and Matt Williams accumulating two each.

Piscotty, off to a slow start this season, had his first multi-hit game since the season opener on April 9th, accounting for three of his team’s four tallies. The right fielder singled and doubled in three at bats with a free pass, run scored and two driven in.

Williams began Friday’s game as the starting centerfielder but slid over to short on Sunday for the freshly called up Dean Anna. He went 2-for-4 while crossing home once, but was one of three Redbirds to be caught stealing.

Memphis 4 at Round Rock 11 (7) – game two

It was more of the same in the nightcap. Staked to a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the bottom of the first, John Gast (L, 0-2) gave up a two spot. After Memphis tied it up in the top of the third, Gast allowed three more each in the third and fourth. The southpaw was charged with eight runs on 10 hits, including a three-run home run, and a free pass in 3 2/3.

Nick Greenwood stranded Gast’s final runner but surrendered a solo shot and another run on two hits over 1 1/3. Even Mitch Harris was scored upon, yielding a tally on three hits in the seventh.

Ty Kelly and Cody Stanley each had two of Memphis’ eight hits, Kelly going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Both of Stanley’s knocks went over the fence. Unfortunately, no one was on when he slammed them out.

Monday’s game: at Round Rock (5-5), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 5.40)

Springfield 9 at San Antonio 2

Look out world - Springfield has a two-game winning streak!

After downing first-place Corpus Christi (HOU) on Saturday, preventing a three-game sweep, the S-Cards (3-7) pounded the Hooks’ South Division rival San Antonio (SD) 9-2 in the series’ opener.

The only mark against Player of the Day Andrew Morales (W, 1-0) through six was a two-run home run that temporarily put the Missions up 2-1 after three. The 22-year-old struck out six, yielded three hits and two bases-on-balls with 53 of his 78 pitches going for strikes.

Springfield played a little long ball themselves, beginning in the fourth. David Washington’s first home run of the season evened the score at 2-2. Jonathan Rodriguez followed with a double, coming home via the first of Anthony Garcia’s two singles in three at bats, as Springfield went up, 3-2.

Rodriguez sent one over the left center wall in the sixth that scored Washington (walk) and expanded the lead to 5-2. Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in while Washington added a single to his bomb in three at bats, worked two free passes and crossed home twice.

The S-Cards pretty much put the game out of reach with a four-run seventh (although Palm Beach’s game shows that no lead is safe…). Alex Mejia’s only hit in five at bats was timely, a single knocking in Michael Ohlman (walk) and Aledmys Diaz (pinch hit single). Mejia was aboard when Jacob Wilson launched his second home run of 2015 over the left field wall.

The visitors’ scoring finished in the eighth after Garcia opened with a single, advanced to third on a double by Ohlman and raced home on Patrick Wisdom’s sac fly.

Springfield’s bullpen was rock solid, unlike Palm Beach. Jonathan Cornelius sent down the side in order in the sixth, handing the ball off to Chris Thomas. Thomas allowed a single over the final two frames, his third straight multi-inning scoreless outing.

Monday’s game: at San Antonio (4-6), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Petree (0-1, 6.23)

Charlotte 7 at Palm Beach 6

What Arturo Reyes held, the Beach Birds’ bullpen gave away, as Palm Beach lost late to Charlotte, 7-6. The loss saddled the PB-Cards (6-5) with a three-game sweep by the Stone Crabs (TB), while dropping them into third, a game behind Charlotte (7-4) and a half-game in back of St. Lucie (NYM).

Reyes kept the opposition at bay through six, scattering seven hits, a walk and a sac fly while yielding a single tally. He left the game with a 4-1 lead, one that was expanded when his squad pushed across two more in the home half of the seventh for a seemingly commanding 6-1 advantage.

But that evaporated quickly in the eighth as Charlotte’s offense ignited for six runs off the joint performances of Chase Brookshire and Chris Perry. Brookshire faced the minimum in the seventh and seemed in command with two out and a runner on first the next inning. But a free pass and triple plated two and the lefty’s day was finished after he issued another base-on-balls.

Perry’s entrance into the game merely poured gasoline on the fire. Perry (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) jammed the sacks full when he hit the first batter then forced two across on consecutive walks. A single up the middle scored the tying and go-ahead tallies. The inning mercifully ended when a Stone Crab tried to go first-to-third on the play and was nailed 8-5.

Centerfielder C.J. McElroy and shortstop Juan Herrera each had three of Palm Beach’s 11 hits and touched home once. McElroy tripled once with an RBI while Herrera doubled.

Brett Wiley and Jimmy Bosco had two hits apiece, Wiley doubling and tripling with two runs scored. Bosco came home once. Mason Katz’ only hit in four at bats was his second long ball of 2015, a two–run blast that put Palm Beach up 2-1 after one.

Monday’s game: vs. fifth-place Fort Myers (4-6) (MIN), 6:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (1-0, 1.59)

Wisconsin at Peoria - postponed

Peoria’s Sunday’s home contest against Wisconsin (MIL) was rained out. The two teams will finish the three-game series with a twin bill on Monday, each game a seven-inning affair.

Monday’s games: Peoria (7-3) vs. Wisconsin (2-8). Game one – 12:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (1-0, 0.00)/Will Anderson (1-0, 1.29)

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