Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/27/15

Peoria notched the only win on Tuesday’s rain-shortened schedule. Memphis’ winning streak came to an end and Springfield fell, the latter despite a fine effort by Charlie Tilson. Palm Beach was rained out.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 26th.

Memphis 2 at Fresno 5

Tyler Lyons could not finish the fifth as the Redbirds fell to the Grizzlies 5-2, evening the series at one game each with two on tap. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak by third-place Memphis (22-24) which trails leader Round Rock (TEX) by seven.

Lyons (L, 3-2) was charged with five runs on eight hits, including a solo bomb, and two walks in 4 2/3. The lefty fanned five.

Heath Wyatt limited the damage by stranding Lyons’ last two runners and retired all seven batters faced. Dean Kiekhefer worked around two hits for a scoreless eighth.

Six different Redbirds had one hit apiece, Stephen Piscotty and Ty Kelly both doubling. Piscotty drove in Dean Anna (walk), giving his team a brief 1-0 lead after half an inning. A groundout by Anna in the fifth scored Cody Stanley (walk) for Memphis’ other run.

Wednesday’s game: at first-place (Pacific Northern) Fresno (26-19) (HOU), 11:05 am MDT, Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.48)

Springfield 1 at Frisco 10

Springfield (14-31) began a six-game road swing by absorbing a 10-1 thumping by South Division rival Frisco (TEX). The S-Cards remain deep in fourth place, 16 in back of Northwest Arkansas (KC).

Kyle Hald (L, 0-3) was pounded for nine runs on nine hits and three bases-on-balls in just 3 1/3 frames. Two of the nine hits were home runs, accounting for three tallies.

Corey Baker tossed 2 2/3 innings, yielding a run on two hits and three free passes while allowing two of three inherited runners to score. Iden Nazario and Kyle Barraclough each hurled a scoreless frame, Nazario walking one.

Michael Ohlman’s second home run of 2015 broke up the RoughRiders’ shutout bid with two gone in the eighth. Ohlman’s bomb was one of 10 hits by the visitors who left 10 on. Player of the Day Charlie Tilson went 4-for-5 out of the lead-off slot, followed by Aledmys Diaz and Breyvic Valera, who both singled and doubled.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fourth-place Frisco (18-27), 11:05 am CT, Thomas Lee (3-3, 6.04)

Palm Beach at Tampa - postponed

Game one of the Beach Birds’ four-game set at Tampa (NYY) was rained out. It has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Thursday, May 28th. Palm Beach (21-23) has gone 4-6 over its last 10 games, dropping to fifth in the South Division, 9 ½ behind Charlotte (TB).

Wednesday’s game: at Tampa (22-22), 10:30 am ET, Trey Nielsen (3-3, 3.03)

Peoria 4 vs. Clinton 3

A three-run sixth gave the Chiefs a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the LumberKings (SEA) in the series’ opener. Peoria (24-22) is in third, trailing Quad Cities (HOU) by nine.

Down 2-1 after five, the home team strung together four singles and a triple for a 4-2 advantage. Peoria accumulated nine hits in all with three Chiefs having two hits apiece - Vaughn Bryan, Justin Ringo and Blake Drake. Bryan and Ringo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Ringo’s triple driving in Bryan and tying the game 2-2. Drake also singled and tripled in three at bats, working a walk while touching home once and knocking in one.

Daniel Poncedeleon went the first six, upping his record to a perfect 5-0. The only mark against him was a two-run long ball in the first, one of the two unearned tallies. Poncedeleon gave up four hits and two free passes, fanning four.

Blake McKnight was touched for three hits over 1 2/3, resulting in another unearned run. Tyler Bray matched McKnight’s two strikeouts, recording four outs while yielding a hit and picking up his first professional save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. sixth-place Clinton (21-25), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-3, 2.52)

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