Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/19/15

St. Louis’ minors were an overall winner on Monday. Memphis and Springfield won outright while Peoria split a pair, their win coming off of Austin Gomber’s stellar outing. Palm Beach went down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, May 18th.

Memphis 5 vs. Omaha 1

The Redbirds played a bit of long ball Monday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over the Storm Chasers (KC). The win clinches the five-game set for Memphis (16-23) over the two-time defending Triple-A champs with one remaining.

The home team was limited to just four hits but two of them were home runs, each with a runner aboard. Ty Kelly launched his second of 2015 in the fifth off former Redbird Clayton Mortensen (L, 2-4) with Jacob Wilson (walk) aboard. In his first Triple-A game, Wilson followed with a blast two innings later after Greg Garcia worked a free pass to begin the frame. The team’s final tally resulted from Matt Williams’ sac fly that scored Ed Easley (single).

Zach Petrick (W, 2-3) was impressive through seven, holding Omaha to four hits, one of them a solo shot, and did not walk a batter. Keith Butler retired all four batters faced, handing the ball off to Dean Kiekhefer. Kiekhefer struck out two, giving up a hit.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Omaha (18-21), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-1, 7.66)

Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 4

Andrew Morales overcame a shaky start to go eight frames as Springfield (12-25) downed Tulsa 7-4 in the series’ opener.

All four runs charged to Morales (W, 3-2) scored in the first, generated by three hits, two free passes and a sac fly. The righty buckled down after that point, limiting the Drillers (LAD) to another hit and walk over the next seven. Morales fanned five. In the ninth, Jordan Swagerty retired the side in order, earning his second save.

The S-Cards offense banged out 11 hits, led by centerfielder Nick Martini, who went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI. Breyvic Valera singled twice in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in two, the only other Springfield player with more than one hit. Patrick Wisdom went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in his first action since May 4th.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (16-20), 6:30 pm CT, Nick Petree (1-3, 4.63)

St Lucie 4 at Palm Beach 1

One sub-par frame by Rob Kaminsky resulted in the Beach Birds’ 4-1 loss to St Lucie in the first of three.

Kaminsky (L, 3-2) went 6 2/3 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and a base-on-balls. He fanned five and hit two batters. All three tallies scored in the third on three hits, a hit batter and sac fly. Kender Villegas tossed the last 2 1/3, giving up a run on two hits.

Carson Kelly’s third home run of 2015 produced the only run scored by Palm Beach (19-19). It came in the seventh, breaking up the Mets’ shutout bid. C.J. McElroy singled twice in four at bats, garnering a third of his team’s hits.

Tuesday’s game: vs. St Lucie (17-21), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (3-3, 3.52)

Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 7 - game one (completion of May 14th game)
Peoria 1 vs. Cedar Rapids 0 (7) – game two

Peoria split a pair with Cedar Rapids (MIN), losing the opener 7-3 but taking the finale 1-0.

Game one completed a May 14th contest at Cedar Rapids suspended midway through four with the Chiefs (20-18) trailing 6-2. That portion of the write-up can be found here. Dewin Perez (L, 0-2), the original starter, was charged with six runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk, including a three-run bomb, through three.

Blake McKnight took the ball when play resumed on Monday. McKnight hurled four innings, permitting a run on a hit and two free passes. Jhonny Polanco walked one in the eighth.

Danny Diekroeger did the most offensive damage for Peoria, doubling twice in four at bats with a run scored. Five other Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Austin Gomber’s outstanding effort paced his squad to a 1-0 win in game two. Gomber, our Player of the Day, yielded just one hit in his seven-inning, complete-game stint that was completed in just one hour, 24 minutes. At one point the southpaw (W, 3-3) retired 13 consecutive Kernels, throwing 52 of his 77 pitches for strikes. Gomber did not issue a free pass.

Peoria managed just enough offense to award Gomber with the win despite racking up 12 strikeouts. Andrew Sohn worked a walk with one gone in the third, racing home on a double by Casey Turgeon. Oscar Mercado singled twice in three at bats, the only Chief with more than one of the team’s five hits.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (23-15), 11:00 am CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (3-0, 1.35)

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