Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/21/15

There was a big old doughnut hole in the win column for St. Louis’ minors on Wednesday. Springfield fell as did Palm Beach, the latter despite a perfect night at the plate by Juan Herrera. Peoria lost a messy one. Memphis was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 20th.

Memphis Redbirds - off

Memphis (17-23) was off Wednesday. They begin and eight-game excursion out West to face a pair of Pacific Northern rivals begins with four at second-place Sacramento (SF), finishing at league-leader Fresno (HOU).

Thursday’s game: at Sacramento (21-19), 7:05 pm PDT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 2.91)

Tulsa 6 at Springfield 3

A 12-hit attack was insufficient to lift the S-Cards past Tulsa (LAD), resulting in a 6-3 defeat. Springfield (12-27) will try for a split of the four-game set on Thursday.

Kyle Hald gave up six runs, four earned, on 10 hits and a walk over six, absorbing his second loss against no wins. He fanned four. Joe Donofrio gave up two hits in as many frames before Iden Nazario struck out the side in the ninth.

Right fielder Nick Martini led the offensive charge, going 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls and run scored. Charlie Tilson, Alex Mejia and Jonathan Rodriguez had two hits apiece. Tilson and Rodriguez each had one of three team doubles, Tilson adding a free pass and scored twice while Rodriguez and Mejia knocked in one.

Thursday’s game: vs. Tulsa (18-20), 7:10 pm CT, Thomas Lee (2-3, 6.93)

St Lucie 4 at Palm Beach 3

The Palm Beach bullpen’s inability to hold a slim lead produced a 4-3 loss to St. Lucie (NYM) in the decisive third game of the series.

Luke Weaver was serviceable in his second start of 2015, permitting eight hits and two free passes in five, resulting in two runs. Weaver fanned six with three groundball and four flyball outs.

He turned over a 3-2 lead to Cody Schumacher (BS,1) who was tagged for a tally in the second of his three innings of work. Schumacher allowed three hits, striking out two. Josh Lucas (L, 2-2) surrendered a home run in the ninth, the first long ball served up by the righty this season.

Palm Beach (20-20) managed eight hits, all singles, but four of them were by only one player: shortstop Juan Herrera. Herrera, our Player of the Day, was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a run scored out of the nine hole. Bruce Caldwell drove in two, singling once in four at bats.

Thursday’s game: vs. Clearwater (19-21) (PHI), 6:35 pm ET, Will Anderson (1-1, 4.86)

Cedar Rapids 8 at Peoria 0

The Chiefs’ failure to execute at the plate, in the field and on the mound produced an 8-0 loss to the Kernels (MIN).

It is not a good night when your team has more errors (three) than hits (one). A first-inning single by Collin Radack was the only thing that stood between Cedar Rapids and a no-hitter. The team worked just three free passes.

Those three errors led to four unearned runs but Peoria hurlers allowed more than enough earned runs to suffice for the Kernels. Four of five Chiefs’ pitchers permitted at least one to cross during their time on the bump, beginning with Nick Lomascolo (L, 0-1). Lomascolo was making his first start in 12 games in 2015 on an emergency basis after scheduled starter Dewin Perez was injured during warmups. Lomascolo struck out seven in 3 2/3 but was touched for two runs on three hits and four walks.

Kevin Alexander left Lomascolo’s last runner on but was charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits in 1 1/3. The final run charged to Alexander scored under Tyler Bray’s watch, Bray stranding one of two inherited runners but giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits in 2 1/3. He struck out five.

Kyle Grana let both runners he inherited from Bray to come home plus one of his own, unearned, on a hit and walk while recording two outs. Catcher Luis Cruz was the only one to take the mound without yielding a run. Cruz tossed a scoreless ninth, yielding a hit and base-on-balls.

Thursday’s game: Peoria (21-19) vs. Cedar Rapids (24-16), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-2, 2.12)

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