Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/30/15

St. Louis’ minors went 3-1 on Friday. Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria all put one in the win column – Palm Beach behind Jimmy Reed’s noteworthy effort. Memphis fell in extras for the second straight game.

Results from games played Friday, May 29th.

Salt Lake 5 at Memphis 3 (12)

A see-saw battle ended in another extra-innings defeat for the Redbirds, as they lost to the Bees 5-3 in 12, the first of three versus Salt Lake (LAA). Memphis (23-26) sits in third, eight in back of Round Rock (TEX).

The visitors struck first with a third-inning tally off Zach Petrick, the only run the right-hander gave up on seven hits over six. Petrick struck out four, did not issue a free pass and hit one batter.

Memphis answered with single scores of their own in the fourth and sixth, leaving Petrick in line for the win. But Salt Lake pushed across two in the eighth against the combination of Justin Wright and Miguel Socolovich. Wright recorded the final out the previous frame, taking the ball from Heath Wyatt, who got two outs, but exited after yielding a hit and walk. Socolovich (BS, 1) allowed both runners to score, putting the Bees up 3-2. He tossed two frames.

Mike O’Neill’s RBI single brought across Rafael Ortega (walk), sending the game into extras. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a one-two-three 10th but departed after giving up a hit to the first batter the next inning. Keith Butler (L, 2-3) kept the opposition off the board until the 12th when he surrendered a two-run bomb.

Five Redbirds garnered more than one hit, led by Dean Anna, who went 3-for-6. Stephen Piscotty and Xavier Scruggs each went 2-for-6, Piscotty scoring twice and Scruggs doubling once with an RBI. Greg Garcia also singled and doubled with one driven in but in five at bats while Ortega went 2-for-4 with the aforementioned run scored. Three other players had one hit each, giving the team 14 hits in all.

Saturday’s game: vs. Salt Lake (23-25), 6:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (3-1, 7.53)

Springfield 8 at Midland 6

The S-Cards rallied for an 8-6 win over Midland (OAK) in the series’ opener. Springfield (16-32) remains in fourth, 15 ½ behind Northwest Arkansas (KC).

The visitors pounced for three first-inning tallies but Andrew Morales gave that all back and more in his abbreviated 2 1/3-inning stint. Morales was charged with six runs, five earned, on five hits – including a three-run home run – and four walks.

Chris Thomas steadied the ship over the next 2 2/3, retiring all eight batters faced, four by strikeout, and stranding three. Jordan Swagerty was the pitcher of record when his team tied it up in the sixth then went ahead with two more the next inning. Swagerty (W, 2-1) walked one in 1 1/3 with that runner left on by Ronnie Shaban, who sent back five RockHounds in a row. Kyle Barraclough gave up a hit and walk in the ninth, picking up his third save.

Like Memphis, Springfield banged out 14 hits, but until their Triple-A brethren, the S-Cards did not leave 13 on. Jeremy Hazelbacker led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Charlie Tilson, Nick Martini, Patrick Wisdom and Michael Ohlman had two hits apiece: Tilson doubling once, scored one and drove in another in five at bats. Martini went 2-for-4 with a walk, crossed home twice and knocked in one, taking part in three tallies. Wisdom and Ohlman did likewise, the former going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI while the latter doubled once in three at bats, worked two base-on-balls, touched home once and drove in two.

Saturday’s game: at Midland (25-23), 7:00 pm CT, Nick Petree (1-4, 3.91)

Palm Beach 3 at Tampa 1

Jimmy Reed’s superb performance paced the Beach Birds to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees, salvaging a split of the four-game series. Palm Beach (23-25) is in a three-way tie for third with Bradenton (PIT) and St Lucie (NYM), nine behind Charlotte (TB).

Reed, fresh off being named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, shut down Tampa on three hits over seven. He struck out five, did not walk a batter and threw 64 of his 95 pitches for strikes. Reed is our Player of the Day.

John Lucas was touched for a run on two hits in 1 1/3. Chris Perry recorded the last two outs for his sixth save.

Palm Beach scored in the first before adding two more in the fourth and fifth. Casey Turgeon and Mason Katz both singled twice in four at bats, Turgeon scoring two and Katz driving in one. Three other players had one hit each, including Collin Radack, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Saturday’s game: vs. Charlotte (32-16), 5:35 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-4, 2.20)

Peoria 5 vs. Kane County 0

Luis Perdomo and Jhonny Polanco combined on a three-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Cougars 8-0 in the first of a three-game series. Peoria (25-24) is tied for third with Burlington (LAA), nine in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

Perdomo (W, 2-4) fanned nine in eight frames, yielding three hits and three walks. Polanco issued a free pass in his inning of work.

The Chiefs used five singles and as many bases-on-balls to score five tallies. Danny Diekroeger accounted for three of those runs. Diekroeger went 3-for-4, touched home once and knocked in two.

Saturday’s game: vs. Kane County (24-25) (ARI), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Gomber (4-3, 3.35)

DSL Cardinals

The 2015 Dominican Summer League gets underway on Saturday. The regular season finishes up on August 22nd.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Rangers1, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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