Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/21/15

St. Louis’ minors won two and lost three on Monday. Palm Beach got back on the winning side behind Jimmy Reed’s strong effort while Peoria split a pair. Memphis and Springfield each faltered late, going down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, April 20th.

Memphis 3 at Round Rock 4

The Redbirds’ bullpen could not hold a late lead, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the Express. Third-place Memphis (4-7) lost three of four to second-place Round Rock (6-5) (TEX).

Marcus Hatley (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) took the mound in the eighth with his squad up 3-2 but finished the frame down 4-3 thanks to a single and two-run bomb. That spoiled a fine effort by Marco Gonzales.

Gonzales held the opposition to single scores in the third and fourth, mixing six hits with six strikeouts in six. He did not issue a free pass. Sam Tuivailala was a bit shaky in the seventh, giving up a hit and walk, but kept the home team off the board by striking out two.

The Redbirds’ offense punch was provided by right fielder Stephen Piscotty and centerfielder Gary Brown, who each had two of eight team hits. The first of Brown’s two singles in four at bats drove in Greg Garcia (single), tying the game at one-all in the fourth.

Piscotty’s second long ball of the season came in the seventh, scoring Cody Stanley (single) and putting his squad up 3-2. It was the 24-year-old outfielder’s second multi-hit performance in his last three games.

Tuesday’s game: at second-place (American Northern) Omaha (7-4) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, Zach Petrick (0-1, 14.29)

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 4

The S-Cards fought back from a three-run hole only to lose to San Antonio (SD) in walk-off fashion 4-3, their eighth loss in 11 contests. Springfield plays the rubber game of the three-game series Tuesday evening.

Joe Donofrio (L, 0-2) and Justin Wright were the culprits in the ninth. After working around a lead-off double in the eighth, Donofrio jammed the sacks full with one out on a free pass and consecutive singles. Wright was brought in and quickly ended things by wild pitching the winning run across.

All three tallies charged to Nick Petree through five scored in his final inning of work and were unearned due to a fielding error by left fielder Anthony Garcia. Petree subsequently gave up four singles that plated three. The righty yielded five hits in all, walked two and fanned one. Heath Wyatt struck out two in two frames, permitting a hit.

Springfield outhit San Antonio 11 to 9 but went a dismal 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight baserunners. Jonathan Rodriguez was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and walk, batting fifth. Charlie Tilson also had three hits in five at bats at the top of the order.

The S-Cards’ entire offensive production rested on clean-up hitter David Washington’s only hit in four at bats, a three-run long ball that scored Breyvic Valera (walk) and Jacob Wilson (double). Wilson added a single to his double, going 2-for-4.

Tuesday’s game: at San Antonio (5-6), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-2, 14.21)

Palm Beach 4 vs Fort Myers 3 (10 innings)

The second-place Beach Birds (7-5) came out on top in walk-off fashion on Monday, downing the fourth-place Miracle (MIN), 4-3, in 10 innings. It was the opening game of a three-game set.

C.J. McElroy scored the winning run after getting aboard on a hit-by-pitch. The centerfielder pushed the issue, swiping his sixth bag of 2015, which put him in position to score on Luke Voit’s single up the middle with two out. McElroy singled twice in four at bats, scoring two. He was the only PB-Card with more than one of seven team hits.

Down 3-0 after four, Palm Beach strung together four straight hits the next inning, the big blow being Mason Katz’ bases-clearing double that plated Juan Herrera (single), Robelys Reyes (single) and McElroy. Third baseman Bruce Caldwell, who is batting .385, went 0-for-2 but drew three free passes, one intentional.

Josh Lucas picked up his first win of the season, holding Fort Myers scoreless on a hit and base-on-balls in the 10th. It was the righty’s fourth straight scoreless relief appearance.

Lucas pitched in relief of starter Jimmy Reed, who was excellent in six of his seven frames of work. Reed, our Player of the Day, surrendered three in the second on four of his five hits in all. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Reed then retired 17 of his next 18 batters. Kevin Herget bridged the gap between Reed and Lucas, fanning three over two with a hit given up.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (5-7), 6:35 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-1, 3.48)

Wisconsin 4 at Peoria 2 (7 innings) – game one

The Chiefs split a pair with the Timber Rattlers, falling in the opener 4-2, but taking the nightcap 3-2. Peoria (8-4) won the series, two games to one.

Game one turned on a decisive three-run third in which Matt Pearce (L, 0-1) surrendered one of three total hits and both walks the righty issued in 4 1/3. All three tallies were unearned due to a two-out throwing error by shortstop Oscar Mercado. Pearce proceeded to issue back-to-back free passes that loaded the bases before allowing a bases-clearing single.

Nick Lomascolo gave up a run on a hit batter, sac bunt and single in 1 2/3 innings amidst Mercado’s second throwing error of the afternoon. Tyler Bray tossed an interesting seventh in which the 23-year-old interspersed three walks, one intentional, with three strikeouts.

Danny Diekroeger generated the Chiefs’ only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and one of his team’s three stolen bases. Collin Radack had a single in two at bats, walked twice and drove in one. Magneuris Sierra went 1-for-3 with a free pass and run scored, and has a modest five-game hitting streak going.

Peoria 3 vs Wisconsin 2 (7 innings) – game two

Defensive miscues went the Chiefs’ way in the finale, the contest tipping on an unearned tally.

Knotted at two all after one, Andrew Sohn began the fifth with his second single of the game in two at bats, a liner to right. Sohn swiped his third bag of 2015, advancing to third in a groundout. A fielding error by Wisconsin’s shortstop on what would have been the third out of the frame, allowed Danny Diekroeger to reach and Sohn to score the go-ahead run. Diekroeger joined Sohn with two hits apiece, singling and crossing home in the first with his fifth stolen base. Magneuris Sierra was hitless in three at bats.

All three hits against Will Anderson through six were generated in the visitor’s two-run first. Anderson (W, 2-0) settled down after that point, retiring the last 15 Timber Rattlers faced. He fanned four. Robby Rowland tiptoed around back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth for his second save.

Tuesday’s game: Second-place Peoria vs first-place Quad Cities (9-3) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (0-0, 1.59)

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