Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/28/15

St. Louis’ minors were winless in three tries on Tuesday with Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach all going down to defeat. Alex Reyes’ performance was one of the few bright spots.

Results from games played Monday, April 27th.

Round Rock 8 at Memphis 3

Nick Greenwood’s last-minute start did not go well, resulting in the Redbirds’ 8-3 loss to Round Rock (TEX). Memphis (6-12) has dropped the first three to the Express but will try to reverse that pattern in the series’ finale on Tuesday.

Taking Tim Cooney’s regular rotation turn, Greenwood (L, 2-1) yielded five runs, four earned, on five hits and three walks, one intentional, in just 2 1/3. He threw a wild pitch.

Miguel Socolovich continued his impressive 2015 performance, blanking Round Rock on three free passes in 2 2/3 and leaving Greenwood’s last runner on base. Socolovich has yet to give up an earned run this season.

Keith Butler was a bit shaky in his second appearance after a lengthy stint on the disabled list. The righty was charged with three runs on two hits and two hit batsmen in 1 1/3. His final two runs scored under Marcus Hatley’s watch. Hatley gave up three hits in 2 2/3 and recorded the only two strikeouts by a Redbirds’ hurler.

All three of Memphis’ hits were generated in the first, generating two of their three tallies and giving them a brief 2-1 lead. Dean Anna worked one of eight free passes issued by the Express, coming around to score on Scott Moore’s sac fly. Xavier Scruggs singled home Stephen Piscotty (force), the first baseman adding a walk and run scored in the third.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Round Rock (12-6), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (1-1, 4.61)

Springfield 3 at Northwest Arkansas 5

Springfield (5-12) dropped the series’ opener at Northwest Arkansas 5-3, the S-Cards’ fourth loss in a row.

Mike Mayers remains winless in three decisions, surrendering tallies in three of his four innings. The 23-year-old was touched for five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two bases-on-balls in 3 1/3. He hit two batters. Heath Wyatt limited further damage to Mayers by leaving three aboard in the fourth and held the opposition to a hit and walk in 2 2/3. Iden Nazario fanned three in two frames, giving up two hits.

The S-Cards’ offense banged out nine hits but only one of them went for extra bases and they left 10 on the basepaths. Nick Martini went 3-for-5 with a double while Charlie Tilson, batting just ahead of Martini, singled twice in four at bats with a free pass and two runs scored. Tilson swiped two bags, bringing his 2015 total to six.

Tuesday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (8-9), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (1-2, 7.71)

Palm Beach 4 at Fort Myers 5 (11)

The Beach Birds’ bullpen failed to sustain Alex Reyes’ strong effort, resulting in a 5-4 loss at Fort Myers in 11. The series stands at one game apiece with one yet to be played.

Player of the Day Reyes continued to polish his resume, striking out eight in 5 1/3 while allowing just three hits and two free passes. He opened the game with the first of his two bases-on-balls and the final one ended his night with one out in the sixth.

Kevin Herget recorded the final two outs that inning but combined with Steve Sabatino to allow four runs during the next frame, which sent the game into extras. Herget was charged with all four scores on three hits and a walk but Sabatino (BS, 2) allowed two of three inherited runners to cross home plate. Sabatino yielded two hits with just one out recorded.

Josh Lucas worked around two hits and two free passes for two scoreless frames but Chris Perry (L, 1-2) gave up the walk-off on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3.

Mason Katz and Luke Voit each singled twice while touching home once, Katz in four at bats and Voit in five. They made up half of their team’s eight hits. A triple by C.J. McElroy was the only extra-base hit for the Beach Birds, McElroy scoring once. Bruce Caldwell went 1-for-3 with two bases-on-balls and scored once.

Tuesday’s game: at Fort Myers (7-12), 7:05 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (1-0, 1.38)

Peoria - off

Peoria (8-10) opens a six-game home stand trying to snap a six-game losing streak.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Beloit (8-10) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (0-0, 1.64)

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