Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/22/15

It was two up and two down in the system on Thursday. Memphis won behind a truly stellar outing by Tyler Lyons and Springfield eked out a win too. Palm Beach and Peoria both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Thursday, May 21st.

Memphis 4 at Sacramento 2

The Redbirds’ late charge lifted them over the River Cats 4-2 in the first of four at Sacramento (SF).

Down 2-0 through six, Memphis (18-23) took the lead with three the next frame, adding their final tally in the ninth. The big blow was Dean Anna’s ground-rule double, driving in Ty Kelly (single) and Tyler Lyons (error). It was Anna’s only hit in five at bats but the second baseman scored one as well. Greg Garcia, the only Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in four at bats, touching home once.

That offensive surge rewarded Player of the Day Lyons (W, 3-1), who was outstanding in the complete-game victory. The southpaw struck out 12, yielding solo scores in the first and third on nine hits.

Friday’s game: at Sacramento (21-20), 7:05 pm MDT, Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.00)

Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 4

Defense proved decisive in the S-Cards’ 5-4 victory over the Drillers (LAD) on Thursday. Springfield (13-27) salvaged a split of the four-game set with the win.

The number of errors committed by each squad equaled the number of unearned runs generated by said miscues. That worked in the favor of the home team, which committed one error to the visitors’ two.

Outhit 11 to six, Springfield relied on those scores for the difference in the game. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled and tripled in three at bats with a walk and run scored. Charlie Tilson added two bases-on-balls to a single in three at bats, crossing home twice. Each player swiped a bag.

Thomas Lee (W, 3-3) rebounded from a sub-par outing in his second time around facing Northwest Arkansas by holding the opposition to two runs, one earned, on eight hits over seven. Lee fanned three and did not issue a free pass.

Chris Thomas allowed that many tallies on three hits in a single frame, striking out one. Kyle Barraclough fanned two of three faced in the ninth for his first Double-A save.

Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas (21-18) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 3.65)

Clearwater 7 at Palm Beach 0

The Beach Birds were blanked by the Threshers 7-0 in the series’ opener.

Will Anderson surrendered 11 hits through seven, resulting in four runs, three earned, for his second loss in three decisions. The righty plunked a batter but did not walk anyone. Steve Sabatino tossed a scoreless frame, striking out one. Tyler Melling served up a three-run bomb in the ninth.

Carson Kelly accumulated a third of his team’s hits, singling and doubling in three at bats. Robelys Reyes went 1-for-2 with a double and free pass.

Friday’s game: vs. Clearwater (20-21) (PHI), 10:35 am ET, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 3.05)

Cedar Rapids 3 at Peoria 2

Starter Matt Pearce’s inability to find the plate resulted in his team’s 3-2 loss to the Kernels (MIN) in the decisive game five of the series.

Pearce (L, 3-3) allowed just two hits in 5 1/3 but issued four free passes. Three of those walks plus one of the hits, a triple, happened in the crucial first inning, producing three runs. He hit a batter that frame as well.

New arrival Kender Villegas held Cedar Rapids at bay over the next 2 1/3, giving up a hit but striking out three and leaving Pearce’s last runner aboard. Jhonny Polanco walked one while recording the final four outs.

Peoria (21-20) pushed across single scores in the second and fourth despite mustering just three hits. One of those hits was Alex De Leon’s second home run of 2015 that got his team on the board. Danny Diekroeger doubled to open the fourth, advancing on back-to-back groundouts by Collin Radack and Steve Bean (RBI).

Friday’s game: at first-place Quad Cities (31-10) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Fernando Baez (2-2, 3.38)

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