Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/15/15

Dan Johnson’s strong effort at the plate was not enough to lift Memphis to victory on Thursday. Springfield fell while Palm Beach suffered a tough extra-inning defeat. Peoria’s contest was suspended.

Results from games played Thursday, May 14th.

Memphis 7 at Colorado Springs 8

The Redbirds battled back from an early hole only to drop an 8-7 decision to the Sky Sox (MIL). Memphis (13-21) will try for a split of the four-game series on Friday.

Making his second start since returning from the disabled list, Marco Gonzales served up three long balls, including a second-inning grand slam, which accounted for all seven tallies the lefty surrendered over four. Gonzales yielded seven hits and two walks in all, plunking one and 46 of his 70 pitches went for strikes.

Down 7-1 after two, the Redbirds’ offense closed the gap with a four-run third then got Gonzales off the hook for the loss with two more in the sixth. First baseman Dan Johnson, our Player of the Day, went 3-for-4 with a triple, walk, run scored and two RBI while lead-off hitter Dean Anna singled and doubled in four at-bats, touching home twice. Three other Redbirds had one hit each.

Tyler Waldron (L, 0-3) retired eight consecutive Sky Sox before allowing a solo shot that proved to be the difference maker. Dean Kiekhefer gave up a hit in the eighth.

Friday’s game: at Colorado Springs (13-21), 7:35 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-1, 7.36)

Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 9

Five unearned runs in the sixth flipped an S-Cards lead into an eventual 9-5 loss to Northwest Arkansas (KC) in the series’ opener.

Reliever Jordan Swagerty (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) began the sixth with his squad up 5-3 but could not work around errors by Charlie Tilson and Jonathan Rodriguez. The scores were produced by two fielding errors by Tilson plus another by Rodriguez, two singles, a base-on-balls and a bases-clearing double yielded by Joe Donofrio, Swagerty’s successor. Donofrio notched the final out that frame plus three more, giving up two hits.

Starter Kyle Hald was serviceable in his return from Triple-A Memphis, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits and a free pass over five innings. Iden Nazario gave up three hits in the eighth, resulting in one tally.

Springfield’s bats maximized their results, getting five runs out of five hits and a base-on-balls. Jacob Wilson singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring one while Anthony Garcia added his fourth home run of the season, a solo bomb. Right fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, recently released by the Dodgers’ organization, went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in his Springfield debut.

Friday’s game: Springfield (10-23) at Northwest Arkansas (22-11), 7:15 pm CT, Jaime Garcia (rehab)

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 5 (12)

Palm Beach (17-17) could not hold a lead in extras, resulting in a 5-4 loss to Daytona in 12. It was the Beach Birds’ fifth loss in their last six games, including a three-to-one series’ loss to the Tortugas.

Two errors by the PB-Cards’ defense proved costly, generating three unearned tallies – two of them in the bottom of the 12th. After tossing a one-two-three 11th, Josh Lucas could not work around first baseman Luke Voit’s fielding error to begin the 12th. Lucas (L, 1-1) surrendered back-to-back RBI singles with two outs, giving Daytona (CIN) the walk-off win.

But the real news of the night was the long-awaited 2015 debut of Luke Weaver, St. Louis’ top pick in the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The right-hander limited the opposition to an unearned tally on five hits and two walks through five. Weaver induced six ground-ball versus three fly-ball outs with two strikeouts.

Weavere departed in line for the win but Kevin Herget (BS, 2) ended that opportunity, permitting two runs on three hits and a free pass over two that turned a 2-1 advantage into a 3-2 deficit. Chris Perry hurled three scoreless frames, matching Herget’s four strikeouts.

The Beach Birds pounded out 12 hits but once again had difficulty getting runs across, going 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Mason Katz went 3-for-6 with a double, scored one and knocked in another. Bruce Caldwell, Brett Wiley and Luke Voit each had two hits, Caldwell doubling once while joining Wiley by scoring once. Wiley drew one of three free passes issued by Tortugas’ hurlers and Voit garnered an RBI.

Friday’s game: at Bradenton (18-16) (PIT), 6:30 pm CT, Will Anderson (1-1, 4.91)

Peoria at Cedar Rapids - suspended

The Chiefs’ series’ finale at Cedar Rapids was suspended due to rain midway through four with Peoria trailing 6-2. The game will be completed on Monday, May 18th in Peoria with Cedar Rapids as the home team. Monday’s regularly-scheduled contest has been shortened to seven frames and will take place following the May 14th game.

Peoria (17-16) compiled four singles that plated two runs in the first, Nick Thompson driving in Andrew Sohn before Steve Bean knocked in Collin Radack. But the Kernels (MIN) responded with two of their own in the bottom of the frame, tacking on four more in the second.

All six scores were charged to Dewin Perez, although only three of them were earned. One of the five hits Perez allowed over three was a three-run bomb. Perez had trouble with the landing spot on the mound in the rain, an issue which caused two delays in the second.

Friday’s game: vs. Beloit (14-20) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (2-2, 2.67)

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