Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/25/15

Friday was a night of big innings given up by the pitching staffs in St. Louis’ minors. Memphis surmounted theirs for a win but neither Springfield nor Palm Beach could match that feat. Peoria went down to defeat as well.

Results from games played Friday, April 24th.

Memphis 8 at Omaha 7

The Redbirds overcame a big inning to edge the Storm Chasers 8-7 in the series’ finale. Memphis (6-9) split the four-game set with Omaha (KC) and are now tied for third with New Orleans (MIA), three behind Round Rock (TEX).

John Gast could not finish the third, an inning in which the lefty surrendered six tallies, two earned, on five hits, a walk and a throwing error by shortstop Greg Garcia that opened the frame. Nick Greenwood (W, 2-0) yielded four hits that scored Gast’s final two runners plus one of his own in 2 1/3.

A trio of Redbirds’ hurlers went the final four frames, beginning with Keith Butler. Butler, seeing real game action for the first time since his Tommy John surgery 11 months ago, tossed an efficient sixth with three fly outs on 10 pitches, five strikes. Miguel Socolovich walked two in a scoreless seventh before Sam Tuivailala issued three free passes, one intentional, over the last two innings, picking up his first save of 2015.

Memphis generated a pair of four-run innings that utilized 10 hits and seven walks. Alex Mejia, making his first Triple-A start, was one of four Redbirds with two hits. The third baseman singled and tripled in four at bats, crossing home twice out of the nine spot. Rafael Ortega also went 2-for-4 with a triple, scored one and drove in two more. Ed Easley and Stephen Piscotty each went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Player of the Day Easley knocked in four – two of them via his first long ball of the season – while Piscotty doubled twice.

Saturday’s game: The first of four versus first-place Round Rock (9-6), 6:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, 6.14)

Arkansas 12 at Springfield 5

The S-Cards fell victim to two big innings, with their 12-5 loss to Arkansas evening the series at one game each with two to go. Fourth-place Springfield (5-9) is four games in back of Arkansas (LAA) and Tulsa (LAD).

Kyle Hald (L, 0-1) could not get past an error in the third, yielding five runs, one earned, on five hits and two bases-on-balls in total. Jonathan Cornelius held the Travelers at bay over the next 3 2/3, giving up three hits and two walks. Heath Wyatt and Iden Nazario did not fare as well in the eighth, combing for seven runs, six hits and four walks jointly. It was Nazario’s first outing after opening the 2015 season on the disabled list at Palm Beach.

All of Springfield’s tallies came via the home run. The first was off the bat of Patrick Wisdom, who joined Jonathan Rodriguez with two of their squad’s eight hits in all. Wisdom added two free passes to a double and a two-run shot, touching home twice. Rodriguez singled twice in four at bats but committed a throwing error that opened the floodgates in the third. Jacob Wilson’s only hit in four at bats was a three-run bomb in the ninth, his third long ball.

Saturday’s game: vs. Arkansas (9-5), 6:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (1-0, 2.45)

Palm Beach 1 at Charlotte 6

Like Springfield, the Beach Birds ran afoul of a big inning, resulting in a 6-1 loss to Charlotte (TB). It is the fifth straight loss by second-place Palm Beach (9-7) to the first-place Stone Crabs, including the first two of this three-game series.

Corey Littrell (L, 0-3) gave up 10 hits and two free passes in five, producing six runs, four earned. All six tallies came in the third. Cody Schumaker twice faced the minimum, fanning one. Kevin Alexander struck out two in the eighth, his 2015 debut.

Six different Beach Birds had one hit each, the most productive being second baseman Mason Katz. Katz singled once in two at bats, drew two free passes and scored his team’s only run.

Saturday’s game: at Charlotte (11-5), 6:30 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (1-0, 0.82)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 5

The Chiefs’ lost 5-1 in the series’ opener at Wisconsin (MIL). Peoria’s fifth loss in their last six contests leaves them in fourth, 4 ½ in back of Quad Cities (HOU) with a record of 8-8.

Offensive ineptitude played its role in the loss as Peoria could not take advantage of their opportunities, managing just one hit in nine tries with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 on base. Shortstop Andrew Sohn doubled and scored Peoria’s only run, driven in by third baseman Danny Diekroeger. Diekroeger singled once in three at bats, drawing one of five base-on-balls issued by the Timber Rattlers’ pitching staff. Four other Chiefs had one hit each.

Fernando Baez (L, 1-2) struck out nine through five but surrendered two home runs that accounted for all three tallies allowed. Baez issued two free passes and three hits in all.

Reliever Blake McKnight permitted two tallies, one earned, on four hits in two innings, fanning two. Kyle Grana’s scoreless eighth included a hit allowed.

Saturday’s game: at eighth-place Wisconsin (4-12), 1:05 pm CT, Will Anderson (2-0, 2.08)

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