Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/29/15

Extra innings were not kind to St. Louis’ minor league teams on Thursday, three of the system’s five losses occurring after regulation. Memphis, Peoria and Palm Beach all fell in extras, the latter as part of a twin-bill. Springfield lost as well. Will Anderson’s effort garnered him Player of the Day recognition.

Results from games played Thursday, May 28th.

Memphis 4 at Fresno 5 (11)

Memphis (23-25) tied it up in regulation only to lose to Fresno 5-4 in 11 innings, splitting the four-game series.

Dean Kiekhefer and Sam Tuivailala combined for the loss, the former putting ‘em on and the latter bringing ‘em across. Kiekhefer (L, 0-1) recorded the final out in the 10th plus the first of the 11th, both on strikeouts, before yielding a single which finished his outing. Tuivailala permitted consecutive singles that gave Fresno (HOU) the walk-off win.

John Gast had his second straight sub-par outing, allowing single tallies in the first and second plus two more in the third on nine hits and a walk in 2 2/3. Three of the four runs were earned.

Kurt Heyer kept the Grizzlies off the board on one hit over the next 4 1/3, stranding two inherited runners, giving way to Justin Wright who allowed a hit in 2/3 of a frame. Marcus Hatley retired all six batters faced.

The Redbirds’ 10 hits were spread among seven players. Greg Garcia went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls and two runs scored. Cody Stanley, the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in five at bats, driving in one. Jacob Wilson added his second home run.

Friday’s game: vs. Salt Lake (22-25) (LAA), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (3-3, 4.44)

Springfield 1 at Frisco 2

Offensive futility led to yet another loss by Springfield (15-32), this one 2-1 to Frisco (TEX) in the rubber game of the series.

The S-Cards had more hits (seven) and walks (four) than the opposition but were a measly 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight. Breyvic Valera and Alberto Rosario each had two hits in four at bats, Valera singling and doubling while touching home once.

Arturo Reyes took the tough loss, permitting two runs on six hits and a free pass over six. He struck out three and hit a batter. Iden Nazario walked one over the last two innings.

Friday’s game: at Midland (25-22) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Andrew Morales (3-3, 4.15)

Palm Beach 1 at Tampa 2 (12) – game one
Palm Beach 0 at Tampa 3 (7) – game two

Palm Beach (22-25) dropped a pair at Tampa (NYY), 2-1 in 12 and 3-0 in seven. The Beach Birds will try for a series’ split in Friday’s finale.

Corey Littrell (L, 1-5) gave up the game-winning solo shot in game one, one of two hits yielded in three innings. Littrell struck out four.

Player of the Day Will Anderson kept the opposition to a run on three hits and a base-on-balls over seven, fanning six. Kevin Herget allowed a hit in 1 2/3, his runner left on by Littrell.

The visitors’ only run of the night came from Mason Katz’ third long ball of the season, one of his two hits in four at bats with a free pass. Jimmy Bosco and Robelys Reyes both singled twice, in five and four at bats respectively.

The bats did even less in game two, held to just four hits, all singles. Collin Radack had two of them in three at bats.

Looking at Luke Weaver’s results, he does not need to pack his bags for Springfield anytime soon. Weaver (L, 0-1) went just four frames, surrendering three runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls. He threw a wild pitch and was charged with a balk.

Cody Schumacher and Tyler Melling each tossed a scoreless frame with a strikeout. Schumacher issued a free pass and Melling gave up a hit.

Friday’s game: at Tampa (24-23), 7:00 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (3-2, 2.47)

Clinton 11 at Peoria 8 (15)

The Chiefs rallied for two in the ninth only to fall to Clinton 11-8 in 15 innings. Peoria (24-24) lost the series two games to one.

Tyler Bray, the sixth of seven hurlers, was charged with his second loss in four decisions, coughing up three runs in his third inning of work. All three tallies occurred with two outs and the bases clear. Bray gave up five hits in 2 2/3. Infielder Alex De Leon got the final out after walking his first batter.

Starter Fernando Baez was absolutely awful, allowing eight runs on four hits, including a two-run home run, and four walks in just 1 1/3. Nick Lomascolo stopped the bleeding, shutting down the LumberKings (23-25) (SEA) on a hit and two base-on-balls over 3 2/3.

Kender Villegas matched both Lomascolo’s results and strikeouts (three), retiring the side in order three times. Kyle Grana and Robby Rowland each went two innings, Grana walking two and Rowland one.

Although Peoria banged out 15 hits, Jon Jay went hitless in two at bats in his third and final rehab start. There, that’s out of the way. A trio of Chiefs had three hits apiece: Oscar Mercado, Nick Thompson and Andrew Sohn. Mercado doubled once, crossing three times while Thompson smashed a two-run bomb, scored twice and drove in three. Sohn knocked in three.

Friday’s game: vs. Kane County (24-24) (ARI), 7:00 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (1-4, 1.77)



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