Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/14/15

Memphis put one in the win column on Wednesday, easily handling fellow bottom dweller Colorado Springs. Palm Beach and Peoria both fell, the latter in extras despite a good day by Nick Thompson.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 13th.

Memphis 9 at Colorado Springs 4

Two big frames by Redbirds’ bats led Memphis (13-20) to a 9-4 win over Colorado Springs (MIL). Each team has taken one of the first two of the four-game set.

The visitors’ nine runs were split between a five-run second and four more in the final frame. Memphis matched their seven hits with seven free passes, the hits divided evenly among seven players. Greg Garcia doubled once in three at bats with a walk, run scored and three RBI. His double was the only extra-base hit.

Cody Stanley and Rafael Ortega both singled once in two at bats, Stanley walking twice with a run scored while Ortega worked a base-on-balls and touched home twice. Matt Williams went 1-for3 with a free pass, crossed home twice and knocked one in.

Zach Petrick hurled his third straight strong effort, including consecutive starts versus the Sky Sox. The Illinois native fanned six over five, yielding two runs, one earned, on two hits and four walks.

Justin Wright was touched for two runs on five hits and two free passes in two, his first appearance since being recalled from Double-A Springfield. Marcus Hatley allowed a hit over the final two frames, picking up his second save.

Thursday’s game: at Colorado Springs (12-41), 12:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-1, 5.89)

Springfield - off

Springfield (10-22) begins a four-game series versus the division-leading Northwest Arkansas (KC) on Thursday.

Thursday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (21-11), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (2-2, 6.68)

Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 4

The Beach Birds were clipped by the Tortugas 4-3 on Wednesday. Palm Beach (17-16) trails in the series 1-2 with one yet to play.

Trey Nielsen did not finish the fifth, allowing all four of Daytona’s runs on eight hits and a walk in 4 1/3. In his first relief appearance, Corey Littrell let Nielsen’s last two runners cross the plate on two walks and an RBI groundout, retiring his last eight batters in a row. Josh Lucas tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Palm Beach outhit Daytona (CIN) 11 to eight but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine. Bruce Caldwell led the attack, going 3-for-5 with two doubles but was surrounded by players that failed to either get on or get a hit. Ronald Castillo, Jimmy Bosco and Robelys Reyes each had two hits, Castillo doubling once with a run scored.

Thursday’s game: at Daytona (20-13), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 6 (10)

The second straight extra-inning affair between Peoria and Cedar Rapids ended on a 6-5 down note for the Chiefs. Peoria (17-16) will try for a split of the four-game series in the finale on Thursday.

The winning score off Robby Rowland (L, 1-1) was unearned due to his own fielding error on a sac bunt. The lead runner, who singled to get on, ended up on third and scampered home on a fielder’s choice.

Daniel Poncedeleon went the initial four, surrendering two runs, one earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls with three strikeouts. He hit two batters. Poncedeleon exited with his team up 5-2, a lead Blake McKnight and Kevin Alexander (BS, 1) squandered.

McKnight was charged with two runs on four hits in two. Alexander yielded three hits in 1 1/3, producing the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.

Player of the Day Nick Thompson blasted two home runs in four at bats, a solo shot and two-run bomb that plated Justin Ringo (fielding error). The right fielder added a base-on-balls. Magneuris Sierra and Steve Bean each went 2-for-5, Sierra scoring once and Bean collecting his third double. Blake Drake’s only hit in four at bats was his fourth long ball of 2015.

Thursday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (21-12), 6:35 pm CT, Dewin Perez (0-1, 11.37)



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