Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/02/15

Collin Radack spearheaded an offensive explosion that garnered Peoria the system’s only win on Friday. Memphis was shut out while Springfield and Palm Beach both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Friday, May 1st.

Memphis 0 at New Orleans 4

The Redbirds were shut out 4-0 by the Zephyrs, evening the four-game set at one game each. Memphis (8-13) is in fourth and last place in the American Southern division, six in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Keith Butler and Nick Greenwood were both culpable with Butler taking his first loss of 2015. The righty was charged with two runs, one earned, on a walk and hit batsman while recording two outs. Greenwood yielded four hits in 1 1/3, resulting in two tallies of his own plus both of Butler’s runners scoring.

That spoiled a solid effort by Boone Whiting, who shut down second-place New Orleans (MIA) on two hits and four free passes over five. The California native struck out five with four ground- and four fly- ball outs. Dean Kiekhefer faced the minimum in the sixth.

Five Redbirds had one hit apiece, all singles. Catcher Ed Easley reached base the most, going 1-for-2 with two walks.

Saturday’s game: at New Orleans (9-11), 6:00 pm CT, Zach Petrick (0-3, 8.66)

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 7

The S-Cards’ ninth-inning rally fell just a tad short, resulting in a 7-6 loss to the Travelers in the first of four. Fourth-place Springfield (5-16) trails Arkansas (LAA) by a whopping nine games and is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

Down 7-4 going into the ninth, the visitors generated four singles that pushed across two runs and put the tying run in scoring position with one out. But that is as close as they got. The S-Cards outhit their opponents 12 to 10 and did better with runners in scoring position but still lost.

Nick Martini was one of five Springfield players with a multi-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two RBI. Charlie Tilson, Alex Mejia, Breyvic Valera and Jacob Wilson all had two hits in four at bats. Tilson and Mejia both touched home twice while Tilson and Wilson each worked a free pass. Valera scored once and Wilson drove in three. Martini and Tilson each swiped a bag.

Nick Petree took his second loss in as many decisions, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk in four. Heath Wyatt worked two scoreless frames, fanning two but Corey Baker was touched for two runs, one earned, on three hits in the seventh. Justin Wright tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Saturday’s game: at Arkansas (14-7), 7:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-3, 7.56)

Jupiter 4 at Palm Beach 2

The Beach Birds dropped a 4-2 decision to fellow Roger Dean Stadium inhabitant Jupiter, evening the series at one game each. Second-place Palm Beach (12-10) trails Charlotte (TB) by three in the South Division.

Corey Littrell (L, 0-4) gave up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman in 5 2/3. Kevin Herget hurled the next 2 1/3, allowing two hits and two free passes while stranding an inherited runner. Chris Perry faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two.

Palm Beach’s seven hits were divided among three players: C.J. McElroy, Robelys Reyes and Carson Kelly. Lead-off hitter McElroy added a triple to two singles in four at bats, scoring one while Reyes, the number two bat, went 2-for-4 with one driven in. Six-hole man Kelly singled and doubled in four at bats with an RBI. Both McElroy and Reyes were unsuccessful in their attempted steals of second.

Saturday’s game: at Jupiter (9-13), 5:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 10 vs. Burlington 8

In an old-fashioned slugfest that featured 28 combined hits, the Chiefs came out on top of the Bees 10-8 in the series’ opener. Peoria (11-11) is in fourth place, five in back of Quad Cities (HOU) and two behind second-place Burlington (LAA).

Player of the Day Collin Radack led a team-wide attack that saw all nine Chiefs garner at least one hit, but only one extra-base hit. The right fielder accounted for five tallies, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base. Luis Cruz singled three times in four at bats, crossing home once, before being replaced by pinch runner Magneuris Sierra in the eighth. Oscar Mercado and Justin Ringo both singled twice with a run scored. Mercado drove in one and swiped two bags while Ringo worked two of his squad’s four free passes with three RBI.

Robby Rowland (W, 1-0) was the pitcher of record when Peoria scored four in the eighth that flipped a 7-6 deficit into a 10-7 lead. Rowland allowed an unearned tally in the ninth, yielding three hits and a walk in 1 1/3, stranding an inherited runner.

In his first start off the disabled list, Dewin Perez went just three plus, permitting three runs, two earned, on two hits and no less than five walks in that span. Jhonny Polanco minimized the damage to Perez by leaving two of Perez’ last three runners aboard in the fourth. Polanco was charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits in three with five strikeouts. Kevin Alexander went 2 2/3, surrendering two tallies on four hits.

Saturday’s game: vs. Burlington (13-9), 6:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (1-2, 1.69)

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