Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/18/15

Sunday was another rough day across the Cardinals minor league system as the clubs went 1-4. Arturo Reyes pitched well for Springfield, but the pen faltered.

Results from games played Sunday, May 17th.

Omaha 2 at Memphis 1 (7) – game one
Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 1 (7) - game two

Memphis (15-23) split a pair of seven-inning affairs with Omaha (KC), dropping the opener 2-1 but claiming the nightcap, 4-1. Memphis leads the series two games to one with two remaining.

In the opener, John Gast took his third loss in four decisions despite twirling his fourth consecutive solid outing. A two-run bomb surrendered by the lefty in the second proved decisive, the most damaging of seven hits he gave up over six. Gast did not issue a free pass, striking out four. Justin Wright faced the minimum in the seventh, fanning two.

The Redbirds’ six hits were disbursed among five players, with Ed Easley the only one with multiples. Easley singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk and run scored. Stephen Piscotty’s RBI double generated his team’s only run. Piscotty added a base-on-balls to his 1-for-2 effort.

The finale, which made up the April 13th postponement, swung the Redbirds’ way, thanks to a trio of Memphis’ pitchers that held the opposition to a single tally. Swingman Nick Greenwood went the initial 3 2/3, giving up a run on five hits and a base-on-balls.

Tyler Waldron (W, 1-3) yielded two hits over 2 1/3, striking out one. Marcus Hatley worked around a hit and walk in the seventh for his third save.

Down 1-0 at the midpoint of the third, Memphis tied it up when Cody Stanley’s groundout brought in Piscotty (walk) from third. The home team tacked on three more the next frame on three singles, two free passes and a hit batsman.

While Dean Anna’s 3-for-4 performance led the team, Anna did not figure in the scoring. Matt Williams singled twice in three at bats, touching home once while Piscotty scored twice despite going hitless in two at bats. Xavier Scruggs went 1-for 2 with two bases-on-balls, crossed once and knocked in one. Dan Johnson (double) and Rafael Ortega (single) had Memphis’ other hits.

Monday’s game: vs. Omaha (18-20), 11:35 am CT, Zach Petrick (1-3, 5.19)

Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 3 (10)

The bullpen’s faltering late resulted in a 3-2 loss by Springfield (11-25) at Northwest Arkansas in 10. The S-Cards dropped three of four to the Naturals.

Clinging to a fragile 2-1 lead, Heath Wyatt (BS, 1) began the ninth, his second inning of work, by loading the bases on two singles and an intentional free pass. Needing just one out for victory, Wyatt instead plunked a batter, forcing across the tying run. Wyatt allowed three hits over two with the aforementioned walk. Iden Nazario (L, 0-1) served up a walk-off bomb to his second batter the next inning.

That spoiled a fine outing by Player of the Day Arturo Reyes who held the opposition to a run on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman through six. Reyes struck out six and his tally yielded came in his last inning on the bump. Joe Donofrio tossed a scoreless seventh, permitting a hit and free pass.

Springfield built its lead with single scores in the second and fifth. Alex Mejia’s bases-loaded sac fly brought in Anthony Garcia (single) to get the visitors on the board before Jonathan Rodriguez added his fourth long ball of 2015. Designated hitter David Washington had three of his team’s nine hits, all singles, while Garcia singled twice in four at bats, the only other S-Card with more than one hit.

Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (16-19) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Andrew Morales (2-2, 3.34)

Palm Beach 0 at Bradenton 2

Palm Beach outhit but could not outscore Bradenton on Sunday, falling 2-0. The loss prevented a three-game sweep by the Beach Birds (19-18) and moved them back into a second-place tie with the Marauders (PIT).

Alex Reyes was charged with his third loss in four decisions despite allowing just an unearned tally through three. Reyes did not give up a hit but issued a whopping five free passes during that span, counteracting it with six strikeouts.

Kevin Herget went three, blanking Bradenton (9-18) on two hits and a free pass. Corey Littrell yielded a run on three hits and two walks in three.

The visitors outhit their hosts seven to five but worked a measly one free pass to the Marauders’ eight. Bruce Caldwell singled twice in four at bats with five other Beach Birds garnering a hit apiece.

Monday’s game: vs. St Lucie (16-21) (NYM), 10:35 a.m. ET, Rob Kaminsky (3-1, 3.00)

Beloit 8 at Peoria 5

Beloit came out swinging and Peoria could not catch up, falling 8-5. The loss kept the Chiefs (19-17) from a three-game sweep of the Snappers (15-22) (OAK).

The visitors pounced for three in the first off Luis Perdomo, and added three more in the fourth off the same hurler. All six tallies were unearned due to miscues by Danny Diekroeger, Oscar Mercado and Perdomo (L, 1-3). The righty struck out eight in five, permitting four hits, two free passes and a hit batsman.

Tyler Bray and Kevin Alexander split the final four frames down the middle. Bray gave up two runs on five hits and Alexander fanned three with two hits and a base-on-balls allowed.

Diekroeger and Alex De Leon each singled and doubled in five and four at bats, respectively. Diekroeger scored one and De Leon drove in one. They were the only Peoria players with more than one of the squad’s seven hits. Justin Ringo had the interesting line of 1-for-1 with three free passes, a run scored and an RBI.

Monday’s games: vs. Cedar Rapids (22-14) (MIN). Game one – completion of May 14th nine-inning contest suspended at Cedar Rapids, 5:00 pm CT, Game two – seven innings (TBA/Austin Gomber, 2-3, 3.50)

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