Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/27/15

Palm Beach was the sole shining light of victory on Sunday, their win featuring stand-out performances by Jimmy Reed and C.J. McElroy. Memphis, Springfield and Peoria all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, April 26th.

Round Rock 5 at Memphis 4

Another sub-par outing by Zach Petrick sent the Redbirds to a 5-4 defeat to Round Rock (TEX). Memphis (6-11) will need to win both of the final two games versus the Express to salvage a series’ split.

Petrick has made four 2015 starts and has not pitched very well in any of them. This time around, he allowed four in the fourth plus an unearned run the next inning on eight hits and two walks in six. Petrick fanned four.

Tyler Waldron tiptoed around three hits for two scoreless frames. Dean Kiekhefer yielded two hits in the ninth.

Meanwhile, Memphis did not do a whole heck of a lot on the offensive side until the ninth. They pushed across a run in the third for a really brief lead then not much until Rafael Ortega smashed his first long ball of the season in the ninth. It came with Xavier Scruggs (walk) and Greg Garcia (single) aboard.

Whatever chance the Redbirds had of possibly tying the game ended when Mike O’Neill was nailed trying to stretch a single into a double for the second out of the inning. Garcia and O’Neill both singled twice with a run scored. Ortega’s home run and a single by Ed Easley accounted for the team’s other two hits.

Monday’s game: vs. Round Rock (11-6), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (2-1, 3.63)

Arkansas 8 at Springfield 6

Nick Petree could not hold the lead his team gave him, resulting in the S-Cards’ 8-6 loss to Arkansas. Springfield (5-11) lost three of four to the Travelers (LAA).

Petree (L, 0-2) permitted runs in four straight innings, the last of which flipped the 6-4 hard-fought advantage his offense had just handed him into what turned out to be the final score – but he had help turning that lead over in the sixth. Four of the six tallies charged to the righty were earned, the two unearned ones scoring in the sixth. Petree allowed nine hits, including a solo shot, and two bases-on-balls in 5 2/3.

Chris Thomas relieved Petree and in his defense, he induced what should have been a fly out to left for the final out in the sixth. Unfortunately, Starlin Rodriguez had just a tad bit of trouble catching the ball, bringing about a fielding error that scored Petree’s final two runners. Thomas then served up an RBI double and an RBI single before the inning mercifully ended when the first base runner was caught trying to steal second.

The poor S-Cards offense had to watch their pitching staff give away two leads. Springfield pounced for two in the first and lead 2-0 after two. Down 4-2 at the midpoint of the fifth, the home team plated four more runners to go up 6-4. Then the top of the sixth struck.

Jacob Wilson and Jonathan Rodriguez each had excellent days at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double. Wilson touched home twice with an RBI while Rodriguez scored once and drove in three more. Patrick Wisdom was one of six S-Cards with one hit apiece. Wisdom left the game after a play at third in the ill-fated sixth and was replaced at the hot corner by Wilson with Starlin Rodriguez coming into the game at left where he made his damaging fielding error.

Monday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (7-9) (KC), Mike Mayers (0-2, 6.75)

Palm Beach 4 at Fort Myers 2

Palm Beach took the series’ opener at Fort Myers 4-2, snapping a three-game skid.

Co-Player of the Day Jimmy Reed (W, 2-0) went the full nine, scattering seven hits and a walk. Three of the hits plus the free pass generated both tallies charged to him in the sixth. Reed struck out four with 14 ground- and four fly-ball outs.

The Beach Birds’ 14-hit onslaught was spearheaded by lead-off batter C.J. McElroy, our co-Player of the Day and his perfect day at the plate. The centerfielder singled four times in four at bats with a sac bunt, two runs scored and swiped his seventh and eighth bags of 2015.

Number two hitter Mason Katz went 3-for-5 while touching home once. Carson Kelly singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two from the six hole. Palm Beach (10-8) would likely have scored more if those aforementioned 14 hits had not all been singles.

Monday’s game: at Fort Myers (6-12) (MIN), 7:05 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-1, 2.40)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 5

Peoria lost 5-1 at Wisconsin, their six-game losing streak encompassing sweeps by Quad Cities and the Timber Rattlers.

Matt Pearce surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3 and was charged with his second loss in three decisions. He plunked one batter.

Nick Lomascolo notched the final out in the sixth, stranding an inherited runner, but gave up a tally on two hits two free passes the next inning. Jhonny Polanco retired the side in order in the eighth.

The Chiefs’ sole score crossed in the first after Andrew Sohn’s one-out double was followed by Danny Diekroeger’s RBI single. Those were Sohn’s and Diekroeger’s only hits in four at bats. Catcher Luis Cruz singled twice in three at bats, the only Peoria player with more than one hit.

Monday’s game: Off. Peoria (8-10) limps home for two three-game series versus division rivals Beloit (OAK) and Burlington (LAA).

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