Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/20/15

It was a good day in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday as the system went 3-1. Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria each put one in the win column – Palm Beach propelled by Carson Kelly. Springfield lost a heart-breaker in 17.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 19th.

Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2

Memphis came from behind to down Omaha 3-2, taking the five-game set 4-1. The Redbirds (17-23) have climbed into third by going 6-4 over their last 10 games and are now nine in back of Round Rock (TEX).

The home team pushed across a tally for a 1-0 lead after four but the Storm Chasers (KC) blasted a solo shot to tie it in the sixth. That score came off Marco Gonzales, who spun his best outing since returning from the disabled list. Gonzales struck out seven over six, giving up five hits and two walks. 55 of his 84 pitches went for strikes.

Kurt Heyer tossed a clean seventh before giving up the go-ahead run on two hits, a plunked batter and an intentional walk the next frame. Justin Wright kept the game close, retiring his only batter faced to leave the sacks jammed.

Down 2-1, Memphis re-tied it in the home half of the eighth, then generated another score in the ninth for the walk-off win. That made a winner out of Keith Butler (W, 1-2) who maneuvered around a hit and two free passes, one intentional, by fanning two.

Four Redbirds each had two of their team’s 11 hits: Ed Easley, Dan Johnson, Stephen Piscotty and Greg Garcia – all in five at bats. Easley’s second single of the night drove in Ty Kelly (walk) in the eighth while Johnson’s ninth-inning double, Memphis’ only extra-base hit, brought in pinch runner Cody Stanley who scored the game winner on a single by Garcia. Kelly reached base in each of his four plate appearances, singling once with three bases-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Memphis heads west for an eight-game swing through Pacific Northern foes Sacramento (SF) and Fresno (HOU), the top two teams in that division.

Tulsa 1 at Springfield 0 (17)

The second-longest game in Springfield Cardinals’ history ended in a 1-0 loss to Tulsa, evening the series at one game apiece. Springfield (12-26) remains locked into fourth, trailing Northwest Arkansas (KC) by 14.

Heath Wyatt, the sixth S-Cards’ pitcher of the night, was charged with his second loss in three decisions after he allowed a run on two hits in his second inning of work.

Nick Petree hurled his second straight superb outing, blanking the third-place Drillers (LAD) on five hits and a base-on-balls through seven. Petree fanned five. Ronnie Shaban worked around a hit in the eighth, his first appearance since being activated off the disabled list.

Kyle Barraclough issued two free passes in his two-inning stint, giving way to Corey Baker. Baker struck out seven in three frames, yielding two walks. Chris Thomas gave up a hit in two innings, fanning three.

Springfield matched Tulsa’s nine hits but left 12 on base. Batting third, Nick Martini went 3-for-7 with a double, but eight-place batter Alberto Rosario was the only other Springfield player with more than one hit. Rosario singled and doubled in five at bats, walking twice.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (17-20), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-1, 3.43)

Palm Beach 3 vs. St Lucie 0

A trio of Beach Birds’ pitchers capitalized on Carson Kelly’s timely hitting to shut out St Lucie 3-0. Each team has won one of the first two games. Palm Beach (20-19) remains tied for second with Bradenton (PIT), six in back of Charlotte (TB).

Trey Nielsen, Ian McKinney and Chris Perry took care of the mound side of the game, generating a combined 10 strikeouts and holding the Mets to seven hits. Nielsen went the first five, allowing six hits and two free passes. Nielsen struck out four.

Ian McKinney picked up the win in his 2015 debut. The 20-year-old fanned five in three frames, giving up just one hit. Chris Perry walked one in the ninth, notching the team’s final K.

Kelly, our Player of the Day, was a ‘driving’ force at the plate, as in driving in runs. The catcher accounted for all three of his team’s RBI, knocking in Bruce Caldwell twice and Luke Voit once. Kelly singled three times in four at bats, matched by Voit. Caldwell singled once in two at bats, working two free passes. Rowan Wick went 2-for-4 with a double, the only hit of the squad’s 11 to go for extra bases.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place St Lucie (17-22), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria 7 vs. Cedar Rapids 5

The Chiefs rode Steve Bean’s grand slam to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Kernels. Peoria (21-18) leads the five-game stanza 2-1 and the third-place Chiefs moved to within two of second-place Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Bean’s long ball turned a 4-2 deficit into a sixth-inning lead, scoring Nick Thompson (single), Justin Ringo (walk) and Collin Radack (single). The catcher went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and home run. Radack had two hits as well, going 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and one driven in. Thompson and Ringo both touched home twice.

Daniel Poncedeleon lasted long enough to up his record to 4-0 as a result of Bean’s knock. The 23-year-old allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits and three bases-on-balls over 6 1/3. Three of the five tallies were generated by a home run. Robby Rowland fanned five over the final 2 2/3, earning his eighth save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (23-16), 7:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (0-2, 10.61)

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