Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/9/15

A top-notch effort by Thomas Lee gave Springfield one of the system’s two wins on Friday. Peoria was also victorious but Memphis and Palm Beach both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Friday, May 8th.

New Orleans 13 at Memphis 1

Kyle Hald took the loss as the Redbirds endured at 13-1 shellacking by the Zephyrs in the first of four versus New Orleans (MIA). Memphis (11-17) slipped back into a tie for third with Nashville (OAK), six in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Making his second Triple-A start, Hald (L, 0-2) was charged with four runs on eight hits and two walks through six. All four tallies were produced by twin two-run home runs given up to the team that has handed the lefty both of his losses.

Back in the pen, Boone Whiting was touched for a three-run seventh and eighth, yielding six tallies on six hits and two free passes in one plus. Kurt Heyer permitted three more scores, plus two more charged to Whiting, via six hits and a base-on-balls over two.

The home team prevented the shutout with a run in the ninth, an inning featuring ejections of Redbirds’ manager Mike Shildt and third baseman Scott Moore. Rafael Ortega’s bases-loaded sac fly brought across Xavier Scruggs (walk). Ortega singled and doubled in three at bats, trailing Greg Garcia, who went 3-for-4.

Saturday’s game: vs. New Orleans (13-13), 6:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales

Springfield 5 vs. Northwest Arkansas 0

Tallies in four straight frames lifted the S-Cards past the Naturals 5-0, giving the home team a split of the four-game set. Springfield (8-20) remains buried in fourth and last place, 10 ½ behind Arkansas (LAA) and 5 ½ in back of third-place Tulsa (LAD).

The S-Cards pushed across two in the second, adding single scores the next three frames. Alex Mejia, one of three players with a multi-hit performance, went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI while batting eighth. Aledmys Diaz and Jonathan Rodriguez both had two of the team’s 11 hits, each doubling and crossing home once.

Player of the Day Thomas Lee came within an out of a complete game victory, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts and two hit batsmen on 110 pitches, 76 strikes. The win evened Lee’s record at 2-2. Iden Nazario recorded the final out, leaving Lee’s final runner at first.

Saturday’s game: at Tulsa (13-14), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Bradenton 7 at Palm Beach 5

Four in the fourth was too much to overcome, the Beach Birds falling to the Marauders 7-5, evening the series at one game each. Second-place Palm Beach (16-13) trails Charlotte (TB) by three.

Will Anderson (L, 1-1) did not retire a batter in the fourth, surrendering five runs on seven hits in three plus. He did not walk a batter. Tyler Melling limited the damage to Anderson by stranding two of three inherited runners. Melling gave up three hits and two free passes in two, resulting in a tally.

Cody Schumacher and Kevin Herget split pitching duties over the next three frames, Schumacher yielding a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 and Herget shutting down Bradenton (PIT) on a walk over 1 2/3. Chris Perry tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Palm Beach generated 10 hits, led by Luke Voit who went 3-for-5 with a double and three knocked in. Robelys Reyes and Jimmy Bosco each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Reyes swiping a bag and driving in one while Bosco doubled once.

Editor’s note: I was at this contest. Anderson was drilled in the hand/wrist with a comebacker in the second inning. After he was looked over by trainers, he remained in the game. On his very first pitch afterward, a Bradenton hitter shot a two-run double into the left field corner. Anderson, who threw 89-90 with a 78 mph slider, got into trouble again in the fourth and left. Tyler Melling, coming off Tommy John surgery, led with a fastball at 86-88, but he also showed a nice breaking pitch at 73.

Saturday’s game: vs. third-place Bradenton (14-15), 5:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 2.20)

Peoria 3 at Burlington 2

The Chiefs squeaked out a 3-2 win over the Bees (LAA) on Friday. Each team has won one of the first two with one contest yet to come. Peoria (15-14) moved back into a tie for third with Burlington, eight behind Quad Cities (HOU).

Designated hitter Nick Thompson, the only Chief with more than one of six team hits, went 2-for-4 with his second home run of 2015. The solo shot got the visitors on the board in the first, giving them a lead they never relinquished. Shortstop Oscar Mercado and catcher Luis Cruz both singled once in three at bats with a walk, Mercado driving in one and Cruz scoring once.

Matt Pearce (W, 2-2) rebounded from a five-inning/five-run outing against Burlington on May 2nd, holding the opposition to five hits and a walk through six. Pearce struck out eight, the only run scored against him being unearned.

Jhonny Polanco served up a solo shot that brought the Bees to within one in the eighth. It was Polanco’s second inning of work. Kyle Grana worked around a hit and free pass, notching his fifth save.

Saturday’s game: at Burlington (15-14), 6:30 pm CT, Fernando Baez (1-2, 3.38)

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