Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/6/15

A superb effort by Austin Gomber highlighted Peoria’s close win on Tuesday. Palm Beach notched a win as well but both Memphis and Springfield went down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, May 5th.

Colorado Springs 6 at Memphis 4

Tim Cooney was ineffective in his return to the Redbirds’ rotation, resulting in a 6-4 loss to Colorado Springs (MIL). The loss evens the four-game set at one game apiece with two yet on tap. Memphis (9-16) is tied with Nashville (OAK) for third, seven in back of Round Rock (TEX).

One of the best things that can be said regarding Cooney‘s first start since being shelled in his Major League debut is that he lasted seven innings. The lefty was charged with five runs on seven hits, including two solo shots, and a walk. Cooney (L, 2-2) plunked two batters. All five scores were produced in two frames so he did keep the Sky Sox off the board in five innings. Tyler Waldron yielded three hits over two relief frames, generating a run.

Stephen Piscotty, who has a modest six-game hitting streak going, singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored. Xavier Scruggs, one of five Redbirds with one hit each, got his team on the board in the fourth with his sixth bomb of 2015.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (9-16), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (1-2, 6.75)

Northwest Arkansas 5 at Springfield 3

Andrew Morales’ second straight sub-par outing led to a 5-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas (KC) in the series’ opener. Fourth-place Springfield (6-19) is ten behind co-leaders Arkansas (LAA) and the Naturals and trail third-place Tulsa (LAD) by seven.

Facing the same club as his most recent stint, Morales (L, 1-2) surrendered tallies in three of his five innings on the mound. Three of the four runs were produced by two long balls, two of seven hits and a free pass allowed by the 22-year-old. Morales struck out six.

Corey Baker fanned five in 3 1/3, allowing a run on three hits and a hit batsman. Chris Thomas retired both batters faced, stranding an inherited runner.

Nick Martini sizzled at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls and run scored, raising his average to .339 in only 59 at bats. The right fielder has hit safely in the last seven games in which he has seen action. Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season. Three other S-Cards had one hit apiece.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (16-9), 11:10 pm CT, Nick Petree (0-2, 5.87)

Palm Beach 4 at St Lucie 1

Rob Kaminsky’s strong effort led the Beach Birds to a 4-1 victory over the Mets, evening the series at one game each with one to play. Palm Beach (14-12) is in second in the tight South Division, two in back of Charlotte (TB) and a game ahead of both St Lucie and Bradenton (MIL).

Kaminsky limited the opposition to a run on five hits and two walks through seven. The 20-year-old struck out five with 11 ground- and three fly- ball outs. Kevin Herget and Chris Perry each faced the minimum in their inning of work, striking out one. Perry picked up his second save.

Palm Beach utilized the stolen base to maximize their five hits and three walks, generating single tallies in the first and fifth plus a two-run third. Their initial score was the result of a free pass issued to Mason Katz who swiped his third bag of the season, putting him in position to score on Luke Voit’s two-out single. Voit went 2-for-3, the only PB-Card with more than one hit.

Katz’ only hit in three at bats drove in Juan Herrera (single, steal) in the third, advancing C.J. McElroy (hit by pitch) to third. McElroy crossed home on a wild pitch.

McElroy drew a base-on-balls with one out in the fifth. The centerfielder promptly stole his 11th base of 2015, triggering an errant throw by St. Lucie’s catcher that allowed him to race home.

Wednesday’s game: at St Lucie (13-13), 10:30 am ET, Trey Nielsen (2-2, 3.38)

Peoria 2 at Clinton 1

Austin Gomber’s stellar eight-inning performance was key in the Chiefs’ 2-1 win over the LumberKings (SEA). Each team has won one of the first two of the three-game series. Fourth-place Peoria (13-13) trails Quad Cities (HOU) by seven.

Gomber, our Player of the Day, shut down sixth-place Clinton on four hits while fanning seven, earning his second win in five decisions. He did not issue a free pass and generated six ground- versus 10 fly- ball outs.

In the ninth, Kyle Grana yielded an unearned tally on a lead-off double, fielding error by right fielder Blake Drake that allowed the runner to advance to third and sac fly. Grana allowed the potential tying run to reach via a free pass but ended the threat with a swinging K and fly out, earning his fourth save.

The Chiefs scored single runs in the fourth and sixth on four hits, five walks and some crucial base-running. The action in the fourth began when Oscar Mercado singled and stole second. Danny Diekroeger (walk) was nailed trying to steal second but the throw allowed Mercado to score. Peoria’s other run came on a bases-loaded walk by Nick Thompson that forced in Darren Seferina (double).

Wednesday’s game: at Clinton (11-15), 12:00 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-0, 1.54)

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