Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/4/15

Sunday was a down day in St. Louis’ minors with all of the contests decided by two or fewer runs. Peoria came out on top of its close battle but Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach all went down to defeat, the latter despite Jimmy Reed’s stellar effort.

Results from games played Sunday, May 3rd.

Memphis 3 at New Orleans 4

The Redbirds (8-15) fell for the third straight game to the Zephyrs, this time by a 4-3 score in the series’ finale.

Kyle Hald took the loss in his Triple-A debut, surrendering three runs on seven hits and a walk in five. He fanned three. Tyler Waldron twice faced the minimum before Marcus Hatley yielded what proved to be the difference maker on a hit and base-on-balls.

Memphis outhit New Orleans (MIA) 11 to eight, but left nine on. Dean Anna, Ed Easley and Matt Williams all had two hits, Williams’ double being one of only two extra-base hits. Easley and Williams both knocked in one, Easley working a free pass. Xavier Scruggs, Greg Garcia and Hald each scored a run.

Monday’s game: The Redbirds begin an eight-game home stand with a four-game set versus Colorado Springs (8-15) (MIL). Game one – 7:05 pm CT, TBA (Tyler Lyons’ spot)

Springfield 9 at Arkansas 11

Springfield’s offense was good but their pitching was bad on Sunday, resulting in an 11-9 defeat at Arkansas (LAA). The S-Cards (6-17) will try for a 2-2 split of the series in the finale on Monday.

The visitors utilized 10 hits, three free passes and four errors by the Travelers to score nine tallies. Designated hitter Patrick Wisdom led the way, adding a double to two singles in four at bats and knocking in three out of the nine hole.

Shortstop Aledmys Diaz had his second straight multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in four at bats while crossing home twice and driving in two. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-5 at the top of the order but the three through five bats combined to go 1-for-18.

Staked to a 4-0 lead at the midpoint of the second, Thomas Lee gave it all back plus one more in the bottom of the frame. Lee lasted just 2 2/3, yielding six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three.

Jonathan Cornelius left Lee’s last two runners on in the third – an inning which featured Springfield manager Dann Bilardello’s ejection by the home plate umpire – but permitted a three-run fourth on four hits that saddled Cornelius with his third loss in as many decisions.

Iden Nazario staunched Arkansas’ offense on a hit and two free passes over 1 2/3. Chris Thomas aided Nazario’s effort by stranding two inherited runners but gave up four hits, one a solo bomb, generating two runs in 2 1/3.

Monday’s game: at Arkansas (15-8), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (Double-A debut)

Palm Beach 0 at Jupiter 1

Pitching was featured at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday, a 1-0 loss by Palm Beach (13-11) that resulted in a split of the four-game series.

Player of the Day Jimmy Reed (L, 2-1) was superb over seven frames, surrendering a sixth-inning tally that was the product of two singles, a hit batsman and sac fly. Reed allowed five hits in all, matched that number in strikeouts and did not issue a free pass. Steve Sabatino walked one in the eighth.

The Beach Birds had more walks (five) than hits (four). Juan Herrera’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases. The shortstop added a base-on-balls and his second stolen base of the season.

Monday’s game: at St Lucie (12-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 2 vs. Burlington 1

An unearned run in the seventh provided the Chiefs both the 2-1 margin of victory and series’ win over the Bees (14-10) (LAA). Peoria (12-12) took both of its series at home and now embark on a 10-game road swing through Clinton (SEA), Burlington and Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Steve Bean’s double, his only hit in two at bats, combined with a fielding miscue by Burlington’s left fielder, allowed Magneuris Sierra (force) to score the tie breaker from first. Blake Drake had knotted the game at one all in the third via his third bomb of 2015. Darren Seferina was active, doubling once in three at bats with a free pass and two stolen bases.

A day after taking the loss, Blake McKnight worked around a hit and base-on-balls over 1 2/3, picking up his second win in three decisions. Robby Rowland retired all four batters faced, stranding one, for his third save.

McKnight and Rowland pitched in relief of Fernando Baez, who generated the best of his three 2015 starts. Baez permitted five hits and two walks through a season-high six innings, resulting in one run with five strikeouts.

Monday’s game: at Clinton (10-14), 6:30 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (1-0, 1.59)

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