Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/29/15

Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria all got back on the winning track on Tuesday, the Redbirds behind an excellent effort on the part of Tyler Lyons. Springfield fell.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 28th.

Memphis 3 vs. Round Rock 0

Tyler Lyons’ impressive outing led the Redbirds to a 3-0 victory over the Express (12-7), the only game of four won by the home team. Fourth-place Memphis (12-7) gained a game on first-place Round Rock (TEX) and now trail by five.

Lyons, our Player of the Day, easily handled his opponents, scattering six hits and a walk over eight frames, fanning six. It was the lefty’s second win in three decisions. 65 of his 94 pitches went for strikes. Sam Tuivailala yielded a single with one out but retired his next two batters, picking up his second save.

With Memphis kept off the board through four, Ty Kelly’s first long ball got the scoring started for his team the next inning. Ed Easley’s RBI single two frames later plated Rafael Ortega (single) and Matt Williams (walk) for the final margin of victory. Williams was the only Redbird with more than one hit, singling twice in two at bats with the aforementioned base-on-balls. Four other Redbirds had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Memphis travels to New Orleans (MIA) for four.

Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 6

The S-Cards’ attempt to send the game into extras was in naught as the Naturals walked off with a 6-5 win. Fourth-place Springfield (5-13) has lost five straight, including the first two of four against Northwest Arkansas (KC), and sit seven in back of Arkansas (LAA).

Down 4-0 after four and 5-3 through eight, the visitors pushed across two to tie the game at five all going into the home half of the ninth. But two singles and a free pass from Corey Baker (L, 1-2) in his second inning of work was the difference. Baker retired the side in order the previous inning.

Thomas Lee tossed the first six, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks over six. Two tallies were the result of a home run ball. Justin Wright faced the minimum in the seventh.

Springfield’s 11-hit effort was led by catcher Mike Ohlman, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez, the only other S-Card with more than one hit, singled twice in three at bats, walked and scored once. The visitors’ only extra-base hit was a triple by Starlin Rodriguez, who drew two free passes, touched home twice and drove in one.

Wednesday’s game: at third-place Northwest Arkansas (9-9), 11:05 am CT, Kyle Hald (0-1, 3.21)

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 1

Luke Voit’s bat was key in the Beach Birds’ 3-1 triumph at Fort Myers (7-13) that clinched the three-game set. The win moved Palm Beach (11-9) into sole possession of second, three games in back of Charlotte (TB).

Voit had a hand in each of his squad’s tallies, going 2-for-4 with a double and solo shot, crossed home twice and knocked in two. Bruce Caldwell and Juan Herrera each singled once in three at bats, Caldwell working a free pass and scoring once. Palm Beach was outhit seven to five by Fort Myers (MIN).

Rob Kaminsky earned his second win in as many decisions, limiting the Miracle to a run on five hits and four walks over five. He struck out three. Kevin Alexander went the next 1 2/3, yielding two hits and a walk while Cody Schumacher struck out two in 1 1/3 and gave up a hit. Kyle Barraclough struck out the side in the ninth, earning his first save and extending his scoreless streak to 10 2/3 innings over seven appearances.

Wednesday’s game: Off. After Wednesday’s rest day, Palm Beach plays a four-game set with Jupiter (MIA) at Roger Dean Stadium.

Peoria 7 vs Beloit 1

A big inning led the Chiefs to a 7-1 win over the Snappers in the series’ opener, ending the home team's losing skid at six. Peoria (9-10) sits four behind first-place Quad Cities (HOU), trails both Burlington (LAA) and Cedar Rapids (MIN) by three and is a game in front of Beloit (OAK).

The home team sent 11 players to the plate in the sixth, resulting in a six-run frame that broke open a tight 1-1 contest. All nine starters had at least one hit, Justin Ringo and Blake Drake mustering two hits apiece. Left fielder Drake swung the biggest bat, doubling once with a solo bomb, scored two and drove in three while Ringo touched home once with an RBI.

Luis Perdomo remained long enough to qualify for his first win of 2015, holding his opponents to a run on five hits and three walks through six. Zach Loraine went two frames, striking out two and giving up a hit. Kyle Grana permitted a hit in his only inning on the mound before striking out the final batter looking.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Beloit (8-11), 11:00 am CT, Austin Gomber (1-2, 5.74)

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