Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/28/15

Trey Nielsen’s outstanding stint led Palm Beach to one of three system wins on Wednesday. Memphis and Springfield each won as well but Peoria went down to defeat.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 27th.

Memphis 6 at Fresno 1

The Redbirds scored in four consecutive frames, resulting in a 6-1 victory over the Grizzlies (HOU). Memphis (23-24) leads the series two games to one.

The visitors took advantage of four Fresno miscues, scoring three unearned tallies. Rafael Ortega swung the big bat, going 3-for-4 with a triple, scoring twice and driving in one.

Four other Redbirds had one hit each, chief among them Xavier Scruggs and Stephen Piscotty, as each sent one over the wall. Scruggs’ two-run bomb put Memphis on the board in the third and Piscotty’s solo shot extended the lead to 4-0 after five.

Tim Cooney (W, 4-2) tossed a gem, holding his opponents to two hits over seven. Tyler Waldron permitted a run on two hits in the eighth and Sam Tuivailala issued a free pass in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: at Fresno (26-20), 12:05 pm MDT, John Gast (1-3, 4.99)

Springfield 4 at Frisco 3

Tallies in the seventh and eighth gave the S-Cards a 4-3 win over Frisco (TEX), evening the series at one game apiece.

With Springfield trailing 2-1 through six, Alex Mejia tied the game up with one swing of his bat, his second long ball of the season and only hit in four at bats. Michael Ohlman’s two-out single drove in Aledmys Diaz (single) and Jeremy Hazelbaker (force), putting Springfield (15-31) up 4-2 after eight.

The visitors’ 10-hit barrage was spearheaded by left fielder Breyvic Valera, who went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored, batting ninth. Charlie Tilson and Diaz each singled twice in five and four at bats, respectively. Diaz touched home once, knocked in one and stole his fifth base of 2015.

Although he did not get the win, Thomas Lee pitched six frames of six-hit, two-run ball. It was the right-hander’s third start in his last four outings of at least six innings and two or fewer runs.

Joe Donofrio picked up his first win in three decisions, fanning three in two innings with a hit and base-on-balls given up. Lee Stoppelman retired two and walked two, one of whom crossed under Kyle Barraclough’s watch. Barraclough (S, 2) gave up a hit, striking out one.

Thursday’s game: at Frisco (18-28), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (1-1, 2.50)

Palm Beach 4 at Tampa 1

Trey Nielsen and Chris Perry combined on a one-hitter as Palm Beach (22-23) flew past Tampa 4-1 in the first of four.

The only runner to score against Nielsen (W, 4-3) through seven was the product of a single and error that gave the Tampa a 1-0 lead after three. The 23-year-old, our Player of the Day, struck out six, issued one free pass and retired his last 17 faced subsequent to the miscue.

Perry twice retired the side in order, earning his fifth save. The North Carolina native has allowed the opposition to score in only two of 14 appearances covering 18 innings this season.

The Beach Birds evened the score at one all in the fifth on C.J. McElroy’s sac fly that scored Juan Herrera (single/stolen base). Three tallies off the Yankees’ bullpen put the visitors over the top in the eighth, the big blow being an two-run single by Jimmy Bosco that scored Luke Voit (plunked) and Collin Radack (single). Radack and Robelys Reyes each singled twice, the only Palm Beach players with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Thursday’s games: at Tampa (22-23). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-0, 1.80/Will Anderson (1-2, 4.56)

Clinton 8 at Peoria 2

Peoria hurlers allowed scores in four innings as the Chiefs (24-23) were flattened by the LumberKings 8-2. Each team has won one of the first two games with one yet to play.

Matt Pearce (L, 3-4) yielded seven hits and three bases-on-balls, resulting in five runs in 5 2/3. He struck out four. Nick Frey was charged with three tallies on four hits and a walk in 2 1/3. Jhonny Polanco fanned the side in the ninth, giving up a hit.

The home team was held to just four hits and Jon Jay did not have any of them. Jay went hitless in four at bats in his second rehab outing but did drive in a run. Blake Drake added his sixth home run of 2015.

Thursday’s game: vs. Clinton (21-25) (SEA), 7:00 pm CT, Fernando Baez (2-3, 4.81)

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