Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/5/15

Memphis pulled out a win at home on Tuesday, aided by Stephen Piscotty’s performance. Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria all suffered road losses.

Results from games played Monday, May 4th.

Memphis 5 vs. Colorado Springs 4

Stephen Piscotty’s RBI double snapped a late tie as the Redbirds slipped past the Sky Sox 6-5 in the first of four at AutoZone Park.

Piscotty’s two-bagger came with two outs, plating Travis Tartamella after the latter opened the seventh with a single then advanced to second on a groundout. That gave the right fielder three RBI for the game, his two-run bomb putting Memphis (9-15) up after one. That earns him the Player of the Day nod.

Greg Garcia, who exited the game in the visitor’s half of the fifth after taking part in a play, singled twice in two at bats, knocking in one. He was the only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s nine hits.

Spot starter Nick Greenwood spearheaded a quintet of Memphis relievers that saw action. Greenwood finished an out shy of four frames, surrendering four runs on eight hits. Kurt Heyer (W, 1-1) held the opposition scoreless on five hits over the next 3 1/3 while Keith Butler recorded an out and gave up a hit. Dean Kiekhefer finished the eighth before Marcus Hatley worked around the only free pass issued by Redbirds hurlers for his first save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (8-16) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (2-1, 3.63)

Springfield 5 at Arkansas 6

The S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a slim mid-game lead, leading to a 6-5 loss in the series’ finale. Springfield (6-18) won only one of four versus Arkansas (16-8).

The bullpen got a lot of work because of starter Arturo Reyes’ abbreviated Double-A debut. The 23-year-old retired just four batters, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks. Heath Wyatt kept the Travelers (LAA) from scoring again through four, giving up a hit and walk with three strikeouts and two inherited runners stranded.

Wyatt handed off a 4-3 advantage to Joe Donofrio (BS, 1), who tossed a clean fifth before running into trouble in the sixth. The righty failed to retire any of the four batters faced, alternating two bases-on-balls with two singles that flipped the lead to a deficit. Iden Nazario yielded a hit and sac fly in two frames but Justin Wright (L, 1-1) gave up three hits in 1 1/3, two of them providing the home team the walk-off win after his squad had tied the game in the seventh.

Springfield mustered 10 hits with four S-Cards having two apiece: Breyvic Valera, Jacob Wilson, Patrick Wisdom and David Washington. A double by Wilson and triple by Wisdom were the only hits to go for extra bases. Valera scored one and drove in two in four at-bats while Wilson generated a sac fly RBI, singling and doubling in three at-bats. Wisdom scored three times in three times up.

The S-Cards were not successful on the basepaths. Both Valera and Washington were nailed trying to steal second and Washington was picked off third to finish the fourth with Wisdom at the plate.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (15-9) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Andrew Morales (1-1, 2.53)

Palm Beach 0 at St. Lucie 4

Palm Beach (13-12) was almost no-hit, and was blanked 4-0 in the series’ opener at St. Lucie (NYM).

Two of the three tallies charged to Alex Reyes (L, 1-2) in six were unearned due to a fielding error by right fielder Rowan Wick. Reyes fanned six, permitting five hits, a walk and a hit batsman.

Tyler Melling worked a scoreless seventh, yielding a hit and base-on-balls. It was the southpaw’s first action since missing the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery. Cody Schumacher gave up a run on two hits and two walks while recording two outs. Josh Lucas retired his only batter, leaving the sacks jammed.

Ronald Castillo’s single with one gone in the eighth broke up the home team’s no-hit bid. It was his team’s only hit. Mason Katz drew two of the four free passes issued to the Beach Birds.

Tuesday’s game: at St. Lucie (13-12), 6:30 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (2-0, 1.50)

Peoria 0 at Clinton 2

Peoria (12-13) suffered a 2-0 shutout by Clinton (SEA) in the first of three.

Luis Perdomo was tagged for his first loss in two decisions, permitting a two-run second and five hits in all to go with two free passes. Perdomo struck out seven in 6 2/3. Kevin Alexander retired four straight, leaving Perdomo’s last runner on.

Seven-hole batter Magneuris Sierra accumulated for a third of the Chiefs’ six hits, singling twice in four times up. Blake Drake doubled once in three at-bats.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton (11-14), 12:00 pm CT, Austin Gomber (1-3, 4.75)

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