Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/22/15

Springfield and Palm Beach were victorious on Tuesday, the S-Cards led by Mike Mayers’ excellent effort. Memphis and Peoria both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 21st.

Memphis 2 at Omaha 4

One bad inning was enough to send the Redbirds to a 4-2 defeat in the series’ opener at Omaha (KC). Memphis (4-8) sits in a third-place tie with New Orleans (MIA), three games off the pace set by Round Rock (TEX).

All five hits surrendered by Zach Petrick (L, 0-2) through six came in the fourth, resulting in four tallies. Petrick struck out three and did not issue a free pass. Tyler Waldron and Dean Kiekhefer each faced the minimum in their respective scoreless frames.

Blanked through eight, the visitors managed two runs in the ninth, preventing the shutout. Scott Moore led off with his first home run of 2015, followed by a double by Greg Garcia and Ed Easley’s RBI single. Xavier Scruggs singled twice in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Wednesday’s game: at second-place (American Northern) Omaha (8-4), 11:05 am CT, Tim Cooney (1-1, 4.38)

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 2 (10)

The S-Cards scored two in the 10th then hung on, downing the Missions 3-2 in the decisive third game of the series. It was the first series’ win of 2015 for last-place Springfield (4-8), which trails league leaders Arkansas (LAA) by four.

Held to three hits in regulation, the visitors compiled four singles in extras that provided the difference. Alex Mejia opened with a single, was sacrificed to second but was nailed at home when Patrick Wisdom sent one up the middle. Breyvic Valera’s liner to center scored Wisdom while Charlie Tilson’s single brought across Valera.

Tilson continued his strong early performance, singling twice in five at bats at the top of the order. Tilson was one of three S-Cards to swipe a bag. Wisdom scored his squad’s first tally in the eighth after he reached on a throwing error and came in on a double by Anthony Garcia.

A quartet of Springfield hurlers yielded 11 hits in all but limited their hosts to just two scores. Mike Mayers, our Player of the Day, was impressive through seven, permitting just four hits and a walk with four strikeouts, a game score of 72.

Mayers was in line for the win when his teammates pushed across the unearned run in the top of the eighth, but Ronnie Shaban (BS, 1) gave the lead up in the bottom of the frame. One of the two hits surrendered by Shaban was a solo shot that prefaced a base-on-balls. Shaban retired just two batters.

Justin Wright was credited with his first win, tossing 1 1/3 frames of two-hit ball, stranding two of Shaban’s runners. Kurt Heyer made it interesting in the 10th, giving up three hits that plated one run and had two on. But the righty benefited from the pitcher’s best friend - a 6-4-3 double play - that ended the game and gave him his second save.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Springfield heads home for a short four-game series and homestand versus Arkansas.

Palm Beach 4 vs. Fort Myers 0

Mason Katz led the Beach Birds to a 4-0 win over Fort Myers (MIN), ensuring a series’ win with one game still on tap. The victory allowed second-place Palm Beach (8-5) to keep pace with first-place Charlotte (TB), a team they trail by a game and a team that is in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

Katz had a direct hand in three of his team’s four tallies, singling and doubling in three at bats while touching home twice and driving in one. Jimmy Bosco also went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Three other Beach Birds had one hit each.

Reliever Cody Schumaker was credited with the win, his first of the season. Schumaker tossed two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and stranding two inherited runners.

Those runners belonged to starter Alex Reyes, who had mixed results in his 4 2/3-inning stint. Reyes held the opposition to just three hits with seven K’s during that span but had trouble locating the plate, walking five.

Steve Sabatino retired both batters faced, handing the ball off to Kyle Barraclough. Barraclough recorded four outs before jamming the sacks full in the ninth on two singles and a walk. Chris Perry doused the fire by inducing a ground ball for the final out.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fourth-place Fort Myers (5-8), 6:35 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (0-0, 0.00)

Quad Cities 4 at Peoria 3

The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a slim advantage late so the home team was edged by first-place Quad Cities (HOU) 4-3 in the first of three. Third-place Peoria (8-5) has lost three of four to the River Bandits, a team they trail by two in the standings.

Up 3-2 after seven, Zach Loraine (BS, 2)(L, 0-2) retired just one of four batters, giving up two runs on three hits. Kyle Grana left Loraine’s final batter on, hurling 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, a hit and two free passes.

Luis Perdomo, who was in line for the win, struck out 10 in 5 1/3, permitting two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks. He hit one batter. Blake McKnight yielded a hit and two bases-on-balls over 1 2/3, stranding one inherited runner.

Nick Thompson, Alex De Leon and Luis Cruz each had two hits in four at bats, accounting for six of Peoria’s nine hits in all. Thompson scored one and knocked in another. A double by Danny Diekroeger was the Chiefs’ only extra-base hit.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (10-3), 11:00 am CT, Austin Gomber (1-1, 3.60)

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