Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/13/15

Oscar Mercado and Collin Radack led Peoria to the system’s only win on Tuesday. While the Chiefs won in extras, Springfield dropped one in 10. Memphis and Palm Beach both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 12th.

Memphis 3 at Colorado Springs 10

A six-run eighth broke open a close contest as the Redbirds dropped the series’ opener to the Sky Sox, 10-3. Memphis (12-20) remains in fourth in the American Southern Division, eight behind Round Rock (TEX).

John Gast tossed another solid outing against the team he faced the last time out, limiting Colorado Springs (MIL) to two runs, one earned, on five hits through 5 2/3. One of the tallies was produced by a solo bomb, but the lefty fanned eight and did not issue a free pass.

Two runs off Keith Butler (L, 0-2) in the seventh broke a two-all tie, produced by two hits and a walk in just 2/3 of a frame. Dean Kiekhefer retired both batters faced, stranding Butler’s last runner, but Nick Greenwood was shelled for six runs on four hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman while not recording a single out. Kurt Heyer issued two free passes while finishing the eighth.

Memphis broke on top in the third via Stephen Piscotty’s two-run bomb that scored Ed Easley (walk). Easley drew another free pass in the eighth, eventually scoring when Greg Garcia was plunked with the sacks jammed. Piscotty, Easley and Mike O’Neill had two hits apiece, Easley doubling once. Four other Redbirds had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game: at Colorado Springs (12-20), 12:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (0-3, 5.76)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 6 (10)

The S-Cards rallied for a late tie only to watch third-place Tulsa (LAD) walk off with a 6-5 win in extras. Fourth-place Springfield (10-22) split the four-game set and trails Northwest Arkansas (KC) by 11 ½.

Springfield pounced for a single score in the first and built a 4-0 lead midway through four, but that evaporated with four against starter Mike Mayers in the bottom of the frame. Mayers yielded five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls over six. Three of the five tallies came via a three-run home run.

Iden Nazario pitched a scoreless frame, permitting a hit before Jonathan Rodriguez launched his team’s third long ball of the game, knotting the game at five-all. Anthony Garcia and Alex Mejia each blasted one, Mejia’s scoring Aledmys Diaz. The home runs were each player’s only hit while Diaz singled and tripled in four at bats. Diaz was the only Springfield player with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Appropriately enough for the game, Heath Wyatt took the loss after he served up the game’s fifth home run in his third inning of work. Wyatt (L, 1-1) struck out four in 2 1/3, yielding two hits.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Springfield finishes up their eight-game road swing with four at Northwest Arkansas.

Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 10

Rob Kaminsky had his first poor outing of the season as the Beach Birds fell to the Tortugas 10-2, evening the series at one game apiece. Second-place Palm Beach (17-15) dropped another game off the pace set by Charlotte (TB), a team they trail by 4 ½. The Stone Crabs have won five straight.

Kaminsky (L, 3-1) was shaky from the start, surrendering four in the first plus two the next frame but righted himself to retire 11 of the next 12 batters. Kaminsky yielded eight hits and three walks in five, striking out five.

Cody Schumacher retired just one batter, allowing four runs on four hits, his final runner crossing the plate with Steve Sabatino on the mound. Sabatino went the next 1 2/3, giving up a hit. Tyler Melling tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Palm Beach batters managed nine hits but were a dismal 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Robelys Reyes went 3-for-4 with a double out of the nine hole and Rowan Wick added a solo bomb to a single in four at bats. Jimmy Bosco’s first long ball of 2015 accounted for the team’s other score.

Wednesday’s game: at Daytona (19-13) (CIN), 10:35 am ET, Trey Nielsen (3-2, 2.73)

Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 3 (11)

Oscar Mercado’s fine day at the plate led the Chiefs to a 5-3 victory over the Kernels in 11, evening the series at one game each with two to play. Third-place Peoria (17-15) sits eight in back of division-leading Quad Cities (HOU).

Mercado, our co-Player of the Day, went 3-for-5 with a walk and three runs scored at the top of the order. He singled and scored the tying run in the ninth before crossing home with the go-ahead tally in extras.

Even that performance trailed co-Player of the Day Collin Radack in the hit column, as the right fielder went 5-for-6 with a double and RBI. Andrew Sohn and Blake Drake each had two of the Chiefs’ 16 hits, Sohn doubling and tripling in four at bats with a walk and one driven in while Drake touched home once.

Tyler Bray picked up his second win in three decisions, fanning three in 1 1/3 and giving up two hits. Robby Rowland retired both batters faced, leaving Bray’s two runners on, for his sixth save.

Austin Gomber, the newly named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, struck out eight in 5 1/3. Gomber surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. His final run came home on Jhonny Polanco’s watch, as Polanco gave up two hits in 1 1/3.

Nick Lomascolo yielded a hit before fanning three in 1 1/3. Every Kernels hitter fanned at least once as Chiefs pitchers totaled 19 punchouts.

Wednesday’s game: at second-place Cedar Rapids (20-12) (MIN), 12:05 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (3-0, 1.23)



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