Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/16/15

Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria each put one in the win column on Friday. Brett Wiley’s perfect day at the plate led the Beach Birds while Matt Pearce’s mound work spearheaded the Chiefs. Memphis went down to defeat.

Results from games played Friday, May 15th.

Memphis 2 at Colorado Springs 6

Four in the third was Boone Whiting’s undoing, leading to a 6-2 Redbirds’ defeat by the Sky Sox (MIL) and a 3-1 series’ loss. Memphis (13-22) is tied with Nashville (OAK) for third, 10 in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Whiting (L, 0-2) had serious control issues, walking seven in just 3 2/3 with four hits allowed that translated to four runs. Kurt Heyer tossed the next 2 1/3, yielding a run on four hits and a base-on-balls while stranding Whiting’s last two runners. Keith Butler tossed a clean seventh, giving up a hit, but Sam Tuivailala permitted a tally on three hits in the eighth.

Both Redbirds’ scores came in the second, giving the visitors a short-lived 2-0 lead. Greg Garcia singled to open the frame, scoring on Ty Kelly’s single. Kelly advanced to third on the first of Mike O’Neill’s two singles and touched home via a fielder’s choice. O’Neill was the only Memphis player with more than one of the team’s six hits.

Saturday’s game: versus third-place (American Northern) Omaha (17-18) (KC), 6:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (2-2, 3.73)

Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 5

Jaime Garcia took a positive step on his comeback trail as the S-Cards squeaked past the Naturals 6-5, evening the series at one game apiece with two to go. Fourth-place Springfield (11-23) has gone 5-5 over its last 10 games but remains a daunting 11 behind Northwest Arkansas (KC).

The only two runs charged to Garcia (W, 1-0) through six occurred via a two-run bomb in his final inning of work. The lefty permitted six hits overall but did not issue a free pass and struck out six. One of the six hits yielded was to rehabbing MLB player Rafael Furcal. Garcia threw 95 pitches, 65 for strikes, with nine groundball and two flyball outs.

Springfield’s bats spotted Garcia to a 5-2 advantage through six, thanks to a three-run third plus single scores in the fifth and sixth. The visitors added their final tally in the seventh.

The S-Cards’ 12-hit attack featured four players with two hits apiece: Michael Ohlman, Jeremy Hazelbaker, David Washington and Alex Mejia. Ohlman and Washington managed their singles in five at bats, Ohlman scoring twice and Washington knocking in two. Hazelbaker combined a solo shot with a single in four at bats while Mejia went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and run scored. Aledmys Diaz doubled once in three at bats with two free passes, touched home once and knocked in two.

Kyle Barraclough, Corey Baker and Heath Wyatt each went one frame, Barraclough and Wyatt giving up a base-on-balls while Baker was touched for three runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth. Wyatt also hit a batter but picked up his second save.

Saturday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (22-12), 6:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (2-2, 6.68)

Palm Beach 5 at Bradenton 4

Five late scores off the Marauders’ bullpen gave the Beach Birds a 5-4 win over Bradenton (PIT) in the series’ opener. The win moved Palm Beach (18-17) into a second-place tie with the Marauders, both squads trailing Charlotte (TB) by six.

Held to three hits and a walk through seven by Bradenton’s starter, the Cards generated that many against a Marauders reliever in the eighth, resulting in three runs. Two more tallies off another reliever in the ninth put the visitors over the top.

Co-Player of the Day Brett Wiley swung the hottest bat, going 3-for-3 with a double, walk, run scored and three RBI. Four other Beach Birds had one hit apiece.

Reliever Steve Sabatino tiptoed around two hits and two bases-on-balls in 1 1/3 by fanning two, picking up his first win of 2015 against no losses. Sabatino received a huge assistance from Tyler Melling, who retired both batters faced, leaving the sacks jammed and earning his first save since 2011.

Sabatino and Melling pitched in relief of Will Anderson, who was charged with three runs on seven hits and a free pass in 5 2/3. Anderson’s line was assisted by Cody Schumacher, who stranded two inherited runners in the sixth, although he yielded a run on two hits and a hit batsman the next frame.

Saturday’s game: at Bradenton (18-17), 6:30 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 2.57)

Peoria 6, Beloit 0

Matt Pearce and Jhonny Polanco combined on a three-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Snappers 6-0 in the first of three. Third-place Peoria (18-16) trails red-hot Quad Cities (HOU) by 9 ½.

Pearce, our co-Player of the Day, held the opposition to three hits and a walk over seven, plunking one and fanning three. Polanco struck out five over the final two frames, issuing a free pass.

Limited to five hits of their own, Peoria’s offense capitalized on four walks and two hit batsmen to score six times. A four-run third provided the home team with a lead they never relinquished. Danny Diekroeger doubled and tripled in three at bats, touching home once and driving in two. Alex De Leon went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.

Saturday’s game: vs. seventh-place Beloit (14-21) (OAK), Fernando Baez (2-2, 2.55)

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