Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/25/15

Rain played havoc with scheduling on Sunday. Only half of the four teams actually played with Springfield and Peoria’s games postponed. Memphis won behind Zach Petrick but Palm Beach fell again.

Results from games played Sunday, May 24th.

Memphis 5 at Sacramento 4

Don’t look now, but Memphis (21-23) has reeled off seven straight wins! On Sunday, the Redbirds built a 5-0 lead then hung on, easing past the River Cats 5-4 for a four-game sweep.

The visiting team pecked their way to a four-run second on four singles, a walk and a hit batsman. Another base-on-balls, followed by one of Xavier Scruggs’ two doubles brought in Memphis’ final score in the fifth.

Scruggs went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, one of four Redbirds with two hits. Ty Kelly, Mike O’Neill and Ed Easley all singled twice, Kelly and O’Neill touching home once with a stolen base and all three knocking in one. Kelly, the lead-off batter, worked two free passes to reach base four times in five plate appearances.

Zach Petrick (W, 3-3) shut down Sacramento (21-23) (SF) through six, retiring 18 of his first 20 batters – 10 via a strikeout - before tiring in the seventh and eighth. The righty allowed a seventh-inning tally then surrendered a three-run bomb without retiring a batter the next frame. Petrick gave up five hits, a walk and four runs, three earned, plus the aforementioned 10 K’s. Tyler Waldron earned a two-inning save, his first save of 2015, allowing two hits.

Monday’s game:at Fresno (24-18) (HOU), 7:05 pm MDT, TBA (spot start for Nick Greenwood?)

Springfield vs. Arkansas - postponed

Sunday’s game three of the four-game series between Springfield (14-28) and Arkansas (LAA) was postponed because of rain. It has been rescheduled as part of a now rare one-ticket double-header on Memorial Day.

Monday’s games:vs. Arkansas (22-19). Game one – 12:10 pm CT, Nick Petree (1-3, 3.86)/Kyle Hald (0-2, 4.00)

Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds (21-23) lost for the sixth time in their last eight games, a 3-1 decision to Clearwater (PHI). Palm Beach dropped the series, one game to four.

Scoreless after five, the home team manufactured a run the next frame via Juan Herrera’s single, C.J. McElroy’s plunking, a sac bunt by Brett Wiley and Bruce Caldwell’s sac fly. Herrera singled twice in three at bats, acquiring a third of his team’s hits.

After blanking the Threshers over six, Rob Kaminsky (L, 3-3) could not finish the seventh, yielding three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks in all. The 20-year-old fanned five.

All three runs scored on Josh Lucas’ watch. Lucas (BS, 2) hit his first batter faced, forcing in the tying run then compounded matters by wild pitching in two more. Carson Kelly’s throwing error contributed to the final score. Lucas retired five batters, giving up two hits. Steve Sabatino walked one in the ninth.

Monday’s game: Off. (Maybe a bit of beach time will perk up the team).

Peoria at Quad Cities - postponed

The Chiefs’ game at Quad Cities (HOU) was rained out and will now take place as part of Memorial Day double-header.

Monday’s games:Peoria (21-22) at Quad Cities (33-10). Game one – 4:00 pm CT, Austin Gomber (3-3, 2.93)/Daniel Poncedeleon (4-0, 1.82)

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