Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/23/15

The system won two and lost one on Wednesday. Memphis’ victory featured an excellent performance by Stephen Piscotty and Palm Beach easily handled its opponent. Peoria went down to defeat while Springfield was off.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 22nd.

Memphis 7 at Omaha 2

Free passes proved decisive in the Redbirds’ 7-2 victory over Omaha (KC). The win evens the series at one game apiece with two yet on tap.

Memphis (5-8) took advantage of nine walks issued by Storm Chasers’ pitchers, coming around to score on five of them. Greg Garcia and Matt Williams both tripled in the five-run sixth, Garcia’s hit clearing the bases of Cody Stanley (walk), Stephen Piscotty (single) and Scott Moore (walk). Williams drove in Garcia and Ed Easley (intentional free pass).

Ty Kelly and Stanley each worked a one-out base-on-balls in the ninth and crossed via Piscotty’s double. The right fielder’s three hits in five at bats accounted for half of the team total in hits, earning him the Player of the Day nod.

Tim Cooney (W, 2-1), rebounding from a poor showing against Omaha on the 16th in which he surrendered six runs in 6 1/3, held the opposition to two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks in five. The Wake Forest product struck out eight.

Miguel Socolovich kept Omaha off the board on just one hit in the sixth and seventh and has yet to be scored upon in nine frames covering five relief appearances to date. Sam Tuivailala and Nick Greenwood faced the minimum in their respective inning of work.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha (8-5), 6:35 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (1-1, 3.60)

Springfield - off

After spending the first 12 games of the season playing either Corpus Christi or San Antonio out of the Southern Division, Springfield (4-8) finally faces a division rival. The S-Cards play a brief four-game home stand versus Arkansas (LAA).

Thursday’s game: vs. Arkansas (8-4), 7:10 pm CT, Thomas Lee (0-2, 13.50)

Palm Beach 7 vs Fort Myers 2

A team-wide offensive effort backed Rob Kaminsky’s solid effort as Palm Beach flew past Fort Myers 7-2 for a three-game sweep. The win advanced the Beach Birds (9-5) into a first-place tie with Charlotte (TB).

Eight of nine PB Cards mustered at least one of the squad’s 11 hits in all. Mason Katz, Bruce Caldwell and Luke Voit – the two through five bats – had two hits apiece with a double by Caldwell being the only extra-base hit among the three. Caldwell touched home twice with two RBIs while Katz and Voit each crossed once.

Kaminsky (W, 1-0) tossed five frames, yielding single tallies in the first and third on six hits overall plus two walks. The 20-year-old fanned six, generating five ground- and three fly- ball outs.

Steve Sabatino and Chase Brookshire each pitched a scoreless frame, allowing a hit apiece with one and two strikeouts respectively. Josh Lucas’ two-inning stint extended his scoreless streak to seven frames over five relief appearances.

After hosting Charlotte and Fort Myers for three each, Palm Beach will visit both teams for a three-game set. First up is co-leader Charlotte, a team that swept them the last time they met.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte (9-5), 6:30 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (1-1, 7.20)

Quad Cities 6 at Peoria 2

Austin Gomber’s lackluster outing led to another loss by the Chiefs to the River Bandits, this time by a 6-2 score. Peoria (8-6) will try to salvage the three-game series’ finale on Thursday.

Gomber (L, 1-2) permitted scores in four of his nearly six-inning stint, giving up six runs, five of them via three home runs, in 5 2/3. The righty yielded four hits in all plus three base-on-balls while fanning eight.

His last runner crossed under Jhonny Polanco’s watch on the only hit he allowed in 2 1/3. Polanco struck out five and walked one. Robby Rowland permitted a hit in his inning of work.

Designated hitter Justin Ringo and right fielder Collin Radack had two hits apiece in four at bats, Ringo doubling once with an RBI. Danny Diekroeger scored one and knocked in another despite going hitless in three at bats. The third baseman drew one free pass.

Thursday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (10-3) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 0.73)

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