Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/30/15

It was a light schedule in St. Louis’ minors on Wednesday. Springfield’s dismal start continues with yet another loss while Austin Gomber’s showing was not enough to get Peoria a victory.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 29th.

Memphis - off

Fourth-place Memphis (7-12) just completed a brief four-game home stand in which they lost three of four to Round Rock (TEX). Now they have an equally brief four-game road trip at third-place New Orleans (MIA) before heading back to AutoZone Park for eight.

Thursday’s game: at New Orleans (8-10), 7:00 pm CT, John Gast (0-2, 7.94)

Springfield 0 at Northwest Arkansas 5

Springfield (5-14) was blanked on four hits and their losing streak is now seven.

Starter Kyle Hald retired his first six batters but did not come out for the third inning. Jonathan Cornelius (L, 0-2) tossed four innings, surrendering a run in the third plus four more in the fifth. The lefty was touched for nine hits with four strikeouts and did not issue a free pass.

Chris Thomas faced the minimum over the final two frames, fanning four. The 27-year-old has yet to permit a run in 12 innings spanning six relief appearances.

Jonathan Rodriguez was Springfield’s main offensive threat, singling and doubling in four at bats. The third baseman swiped his second bag of the season. Right fielder Nick Martini went 1-for-3 with a double and walk, the only other S-Card to reach base more than once.

Thursday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (10-9) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Andrew Morales (1-0, 1.69)

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (11-9) had decidedly mixed results on their recent six-game road excursion. The Beach Birds suffered their second straight three-game sweep by Charlotte (TB) but took their series at Fort Myers (MIN). Next up is four versus Jupiter (MIA).

Thursday’s game: vs. Jupiter (8-12), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (1-2, 4.30)

Beloit 5 at Peoria 4

The Chiefs were defeated by Beloit 5-4 despite a strong outing by Austin Gomber. Peoria (9-11) is back tied for fourth with the Snappers (OAK) and each squad has won one of the first two games with one yet to play.

Player of the Day Gomber (L, 1-3) hurled seven frames, surrendering two tallies in the fifth and five hits overall. The 21-year-old fanned four and did not walk a batter.

What proved to be the decisive scores were given up by Fernando Baez and Robby Rowland in the Snappers’ three-run eighth. Baez sandwiched two groundouts around two base-on-balls plus a wild pitch that left runners at second and third for Rowland. On his very first offering, Rowland served up a home run ball then belatedly held the opposition scoreless the rest of the game.

Oscar Mercado’s speed manufactured a run in the third that would have made Whitey Herzog proud. The shortstop reached via a hit-by-pitch then forced the issue with steals of second and third. Collin Radack’s 6-3 groundout brought Mercado across, giving Peoria its only lead of the game.

After watching the pitching staff give up three in the top of the eighth, the home team responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. Magneuris Sierra opened with a free pass, raced to third on Mercado’s double to left and scored on a sac fly by Justin Ringo. Alex De Leon’s first bomb of 2015 brought across Mercado. Seven Chiefs had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: vs. Beloit (9-11), 7:00 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 1.53)

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