Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/26/15

The system posted a 3-2 mark on Memorial Day. Memphis won, aided by Cody Stanley’s hot bat while Peoria swept a pair on the road. Springfield, in turn, was swept in its home double-header.

Results from games played Monday, May 25th.

Memphis 5 at Fresno 1

No Marco? No problem! At least not for the Redbirds, who flew past the Grizzlies 5-1 in the first of four at Fresno (HOU). Memphis (22-23) extends its winning streak to eight as a result.

Nick Greenwood, starting in place of the impaired Gonzales, upped his record to three wins against one loss. The only mark against the lefty in five frames was a first-inning tally on two of the five hits he yielded. Greenwood did not issue a free pass.

Kurt Heyer walked one with a hit given up while recording two outs. Justin Wright stranded two inherited runners, allowing a hit in 1 2/3, his runner left on by Keith Butler. Butler permitted a hit over the final 1 2/3.

Player of the Day Cody Stanley led the Redbirds’ 11-hit charge with a perfect day at the plate. Stanley went 3-for-3 with a double, walk, one run scored and three RBI, accounting for four of his team’s five scores. Stephen Piscotty and Greg Garcia each had two hits in five at bats, one of Piscotty’s his sixth long ball of 2015 that came with no one aboard. Garcia touched home plate twice.

Tuesday’s game: at Fresno (25-19), 7:05 pm MDT, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 2.64)

Arkansas 4 at Springfield 2 (7) – game one
Arkansas 4 at Springfield 2 (7) - game two

Springfield (14-30) was swept by Arkansas (LAA) in a Memorial Day double-header by identical scores of 4-2. After taking game one, the S-Cards dropped the last three games of the series.

In the opener, Nick Petree (L, 1-4) surrendered three in the first plus an unearned tally in the fifth on eight hits and two bases-on-balls. Iden Nazario recorded the game’s last two outs, leaving Petree’s final runner aboard.

Five Springfield players had one hit each. Alex Mejia doubled home Breyvic Valera (walk) in the sixth and Patrick Wisdom singled in Anthony Garcia (single) the next frame. Wisdom’s attempt to stretch his single into a double was not successful, resulting in the game’s final out.

The home team outhit the Travelers eight to three in game two but issued a whopping eight free passes to the visitor’s one. Chris Thomas took his second loss in as many decisions, yielding two runs on two hits and a free pass in 3 1/3. The 27-year-old fanned three and hit one.

Corey Baker and Jordan Swagerty were both touched for a tally, Baker on a hit and two free passes in 2/3 of a frame that scored Thomas’ last runner. Swagerty walked his first three batters, giving way to Ronnie Shaban, who gave up a sac fly. Shaban tossed two frames, issuing a base-on-balls. Lee Stoppelman walked one in the seventh, his 2015 debut.

Jonathan Rodriguez singled twice in three at bats, the only S-Card with more than one hit but Wisdom did the most damage. The third baseman doubled once in three at bats, scored one and knocked in another.

Tuesday’s game: at Frisco (17-27) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 4.00)

Palm Beach - off

Winners of only one of their five most recent series, Palm Beach (21-23) heads to Tampa (NYY) for a brief four-game road trip.

Tuesday’s game: at Tampa (22-22), 7:00 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (3-3. 3.03)

Peoria 8 at Quad Cities 6 (7) – game one
Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 3 (7) – game two

The Chiefs played spoiler at Modern Woodmen Park on Monday, taking both ends of a double-header versus the River Bandits, 8-6 and 6-3. The sweep earned Peoria (23-22) a series’ split against Quad Cities (HOU), which has a minor league best record of 33-12.

A tight pitching duel that saw the home team clinging to a slim 1-0 lead after five exploded in the sixth, an inning featuring 10 combined runs. The Chiefs burned Quad Cities’ pitchers for seven runs, five of them via two bombs. Pinch hitter Danny Diekroeger launched his first of 2015 with Vaughn Bryan (single) and Justin Ringo (error) aboard before Blake Drake smashed a two-run shot with Magneuris Sierra (single) on. It was Drake’s fifth home run of the season.

Bryan led his team’s 12-hit onslaught, going 4-for-4 with a double, the aforementioned run scored and an RBI. Diekroeger remained in the game and joined Oscar Mercado with a two-hit performance, the latter singling and doubling in four at bats and crossing home twice.

Austin Gomber upped his record to 4-3, permitting a fifth-inning solo shot plus three more in the sixth. Gomber allowed eight hits and two free passes in 5 1/3, striking out five.

Tyler Bray did not retire either batter faced, walking two that forced across two runs charged to Gomber. Robby Rowland (S, 9) notched the final five outs but not before giving up a sac fly that brought in Gomber’s last runner and three hits resulting in two seventh-inning runs.

Down to their last three outs and trailing 3-2 in the second contest, Peoria translated three hits, a walk and an error into four runs and the win. Diekroeger and Mercado continued their hitting prowess, garnering two hits in four at bats. Mercado singled and doubled, touched home once and drove in three. Justin Ringo also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Three other Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Jhonny Polanco picked up the win, permitting a solo bomb over 1 2/3. Kyle Grana (S, 6) recorded the last three outs and has yet to be charged with an earned run in 16 1/3 frames over 16 appearances.

Polanco and Grana pitched in relief of Kender Villegas, who fanned five in 2 2/3, yielding an unearned tally and two bases-on-balls. His runner crossed via a single given up by Nick Lomascolo. Lomascolo allowed two hits and two free passes in 1 2/3, producing one run of his own.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Clinton (21-24) (SEA), 7:00 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (4-0, 1.82)

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