If the term “golden sombrero” applied to wins and losses, the Cardinals minor league system got themselves one on Saturday. First, the Peoria Chiefs lost in a fairly punchless game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Palm Beach followed with a scoreless loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Both Memphis and Springfield fared a little better, in that they at least scored runs in their losses; Springfield lost 3-1 to Arkansas, and Memphis lost 5-3 to Round Rock.
Player of the Day is Jacob Wilson, hitting 2 for 4 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI for Springfield.
Results from games played Saturday, April 25th.
In his first start of the season, Boone Whiting pitched five innings. The right-hander gave up 10 hits, two of them home run balls, walked two and struck out no one, allowing four earned runs. Whiting took the loss.
Round Rock got on the board in the first inning, scoring one run off Whiting after a hit by pitch, a single, and a double. Whiting gave up one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. A single and a double brought the second run home in the third inning, and a home run in both the fourth and the fifth inning followed.
The Memphis offense managed to put three runs on the board in the fifth inning. It began with a walk to Ty Kelly. Rafael Ortega hit a bunt single, and Kelly advanced to third on a throwing error by the Round Rock catcher. Travis Tartamella then drew a walk, followed by a Dean Anna single to center, scoring Kelly and Ortega. Stephen Piscotty then hit a single to left, scoring Tartamella.
For the next three frames, neither team scored a run. Whiting was replaced after the fifth inning by new-arriving reliever Kurt Heyer, who pitched three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and striking out three. Heyer was followed in the ninth by Marcus Hatley, who allowed two hits, one of them a solo home run, to bring the final score to 5-3 in favor of Round Rock.
Sunday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Zach Petrick (0-2, 10.03); 1:35 CDT
On the mound for Springfield, Andrew Morales pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, walking four and striking out three.
The S-Cards scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on a home run to center field by Jacob Wilson.
In the top of the seventh inning, reliever Corey Baker, who had come into the game in the sixth inning, gave up a double, followed by two consecutive walks to load the bases. A sacrifice fly scored the first run for Arkansas, and a subsequent single to left field brought two more runs home.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, despite consecutive singles by Breyvic Valera, Charlie Tilson and Wilson, Springfield was unable to score, as Jonathan Rodriguez struck out swinging, and Aledmys Diaz hit into an inning-ending double play.
Justin Wright pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the eighth and the ninth for Springfield, but the offense was unable to get anything going in the ninth.
Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Nick Petree (0-1, 3.95); 2:10 CDT
Palm Beach starter Arturo Reyes went just 3 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, two strikeouts and two walks.
The first three innings were scoreless, but in the bottom of the fourth, Charlotte got to Reyes. Two singles were followed by a two-run double to left. A third single scored another run, bringing the score to 3-0. Reliever Kyle Barraclough came in with two outs and two men on base. After giving up a walk, Barraclough got the final Charlotte hitter out on a ground to the pitcher.
Stevn Sabatino relieved Barraclough in the seventh, allowing a double and then a single, with the final Charlotte run scoring on a double play.
Chris Perry pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Palm Beach got a rally going in the top of the ninth, when Rowan Wick doubled to right, Carson Kelly walked, and pinch hitter Jimmy Bosco singled to second base to load the bases with two outs. The rally and the game ended when Robelys Reyes flied out to left field.
Sunday’s game: at Fort Myers, TBA; 3:05 CDT
Will Anderson started for Peoria and logged a quality start, but took the loss. Anderson pitched six innings, allowing six hits on four strikeouts, one walk and two earned runs, one on a solo home run in the second inning.
The Peoria offense was held to only four hits, three singles plus a double by Alex De Leon. Peoria hitters struck out eight times, walked only twice, and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
In the first inning, Oscar Mercado singled to left field. Mercado advanced to second on a pickoff attempt catching error by the Wisconsin first baseman. However, Justin Ringo grounded out for the third out of the inning.
In the third inning, Blake Drake singled to left and then stole second base. Darren Seferina then walked, but Magneuris Sierra popped out on a bunt attempt. Oscar Mercado then ground into a force out, Drake out a third, and Danny Diekroeger then struck out to end the inning.
Alex De Leon doubled to left field in the fourth inning with two outs, but Steve Bean followed with a fly out to right field.
Finally, in the eighth inning, Seferina singled to center field and then advanced to second on a balk. Both Sierra and Mercado struck out to end the eighth inning rally.
Sunday’s game: at Wisconsin, Matt Pearce (1-1, 0.00); 1:05 CDT.
Not yet a member of The Cardinal Nation? Join today for as little as $7.95 after our seven-day free trial and be able to read all of our exclusive content year-round.
© 2015 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com and stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.