Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/24/15

Springfield mustered the system’s only victory on Thursday, propelled by Thomas Lee’s noteworthy performance. Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria each lost close contests.

Results from games played Thursday, April 23rd.

Omaha 6, Memphis 5

Memphis (5-9) dropped the third of four games at Omaha 6-5.

Tyler Lyons could not finish the fourth, yielding three runs on 10 hits and three walks in 3 2/3. He struck out five.

Tyler Waldron (L, 0-2) left Lyons’ last three runners on in the fourth but could not do likewise with his own, surrendering a three-run bomb that was one of his four hits allowed over 1 2/3. Dean Kiekhefer struck out three in 1 2/3, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner. Marcus Hatley worked around a hit in his inning of work. The winning pitcher was former Redbird Brian Broderick (W, 1-0).

The Redbirds’ offense bookended seven scoreless frames with a three-run first and two in the ninth. Ed Easley reached base every time to the plate, singling twice in two at bats with two bases-on-balls. He scored once. Centerfielder Rafael Ortega went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while third baseman Scott Moore knocked in two on a 1-for-3 performance. Alex Mejia grounded out to short as a pinch hitter to end the game, in his Triple-A debut.

Friday’s game: at Omaha (9-5) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (0-2, 8.31)

Springfield 5 vs. Arkansas 0

Thomas Lee was superb over seven as Springfield (5-8) shut down Arkansas 5-0 in the series’ opener.

Player of the Day Lee tossed his best effort of the young season, scattering six hits with six strikeouts and generating a game score of 71. The California native threw 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes and did issue a free pass.

Corey Baker held the Travelers scoreless despite permitting a hit and walk in the eighth. Chris Thomas walked one in the ninth.

The S-Cards’ nine-hit attack featured three players with two singles apiece: Breyvic Valera, Aledmys Diaz and Michael Ohlman. Valera went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Diaz added a walk, run scored, RBI and stolen base in his return from the Temporary Inactive list. Jonathan Rodriguez’ second home run of 2015 was a two-run shot that padded the lead in the fourth.

Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas (9-5) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-0, 2.45)

Palm Beach 0 at Charlotte 1

Palm Beach (9-6) came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel, dropping the series’ opener at Charlotte, 1-0. The loss breaks a first-place tie between the Cardinals and Stone Crabs.

The game’s difference turned on a throwing error in the third by shortstop Juan Herrera that allowed Kean Wong, Kolten’s brother, to reach. An RBI double ensued saddling Trey Nielsen (L, 1-2) with a tough loss. Nielsen went six frames, yielding three hits and four free passes. Kevin Herget tossed the final two, giving up a hit and base-on-balls with two strikeouts.

Beach Birds outhit their opponents six to four but went hitless with eight runners in scoring position. Right fielder Rowan Wick was the only PB-Card with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats.

Friday’s game: at Charlotte (10-5) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Corey Littrell (0-2, 6.00)

Quad Cities 4 at Peoria 3

Two runs off the Chiefs’ bullpen led to a 4-3 loss to the River Bandits and a three-game sweep.

Daniel Poncedeleon utilized seven strikeouts to keep Quad Cities (HOU) at bay, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk through 5 1/3 but his bullpen did not match his feat.

Tyler Bray (L, 1-1) recorded the final two outs in the sixth, preserving a 3-2 advantage, but sandwiched a single and free pass around a sac bunt the next inning. Nick Lomascolo’s (BS, 1) entry into the contest merely made it worse, as the righty wild pitched two runs across after Steve Bean was charged with a passed ball. Lomascolo walked three in 1 2/3. Zach Loraine faced the minimum in the ninth.

Peoria (8-7) struck for one in the first but the production ended after they added two fourth-inning tallies. Seven Chiefs had one hit apiece, all of them singles. Oscar Mercado went 1-for-3 with a run scored while Andrew Sohn and Justin Ringo each singled once in four at bats with a run scored. Sohn drove in a run.

Friday’s game: at Wisconsin (3-12) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Fernando Baez (1-1, 1.29)

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