Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 5/31/15

In the Cardinals system on Saturday, Memphis and Palm Beach were both victorious, while Springfield and Peoria fell to their adversaries in their contests. Saturday was the opening of the season in the Dominican Summer League, where the Cardinals lost to the Rangers1 squad by a score of 1-0.

Our Player of the day is Casey Turgeon, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Palm Beach.

Results for games played Saturday, May 30th.

Memphis 6, Salt Lake 2

Nick Greenwood was the starting pitcher for the Redbirds, pitching four innings, yielding one run on four hits, no strikeouts and one walk.

Greenwood gave up his only run in the first inning on a double, a ground out, and a fielder’s choice. In the bottom of the second, Memphis took the lead. Xavier Scruggs singled to center, then stole second base. Jacob Wilson doubled to left, scoring Scruggs. Alex Mejia then doubled to right, scoring Wilson. Rafael Ortega followed with a single to center to plate Mejia.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ortega singled to right, Travis Tartamella singled to left, and Dean Anna singled to center, scoring Ortega. Stephen Piscotty then singled to center, scoring Tartamella. The score was now 5-1 in favor of the Redbirds.

In the top of the fifth, reliever Tyler Waldron replaced Greenwood. Waldron yielded a single and then a double to plate a second run for Salt Lake.

Memphis added another run in the bottom of the seventh. Anna walked, Piscotty singled on a bunt ground ball, and Johnson singled to center to score Anna.

Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless eighth, and Sam Tuivailala closed it out in the ninth, to give the Redbirds the victory by the score of 6-2.

Sunday’s game: vs. Salt Lake, Tyler Lyons (3-2, 3.57) 1:35 CDT

Springfield 4 at Midland 7

Nick Petree did not have good night on the bump for Springfield, as he gave up seven runs on 11 hits, three strikeouts and one walk in six innings pitched.

It started in the bottom of the first, with five of the seven total runs scored by Midland. Petree yielded a triple to the leadoff hitter followed by a single to score the first run. A walk to the next batter, followed by a double scored another. After retiring his next batter on a ground out, Petree surrendered a double to score two more runs for the Rock Hounds. A fly out, and then a single plated the fifth and final run of the inning.

Springfield got on the board in the top of the third on a double by David Washington and single by Charlie Tilson. In the top of the fourth, the Cardinals scored a second run on an Anthony Garcia single to left, followed by a Mike Ohlman double to left to score Garcia.

Petree gave up his final two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a single, a triple, and a sac fly.

The Cardinals brought the score to within three in the top of the seventh. Ohlman singled to center, Washington singled to left, and Bruce Caldwell doubled to left to score Ohlman. A Tilson sac fly plated Washington for the second run.

Joe Donofrio relieved Petree in the seventh, and although he gave up a double and a single, a strike out and a ground out ended the scoring threat. Springfield was unable to score any more runs in the eighth and the ninth. Despite an offense that got 12 hits, they lost by a score of 7-4.

Sunday’s game: vs. Midland, Corey Baker (1-2, 4.32) 2:00 CDT

Palm Beach 9, Charlotte 7

Alex Reyes started going only three innings, giving up one run on seven hits, four strikeouts and one walk.

Palm Beach got on the board first in the bottom of the first. C.J. McElroy singled on a ground ball to right field. Casey Turgeon then doubled to right, scoring McElroy. Mason Katz singled to center advancing Turgeon to third. Luke Voit then grounded into a double play, but Turgeon scored the second run.

In the top of the third, Reyes gave up a leadoff double, followed by a single. The leadoff runner was thrown out at home, but a walk, followed by a single scored the first run for Charlotte.

In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals put another run on the board. Turgeon singled on a ground ball to the shortstop, stole second base, and then scored on a wild pitch followed by a throwing error.

With the score 3-1 in favor of Palm Beach going into the top of the fourth, Reyes was replaced by reliever Cody Schumacher. After retiring the first batter, Schumacher surrendered a single. The second batter is retired on a ground out, but a single, a double, and another single to the next three hitters scored three for the Stone Crabs. The Cardinals tied it up in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Jimmy Bosco and a single by McElroy.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Collin Radack reached on a throwing error. Brett Wiley then singled to right, advancing Radack to second. Juan Herrera reached on a force attempt, on a fielding error by the shortstop, and the bases were loaded with Cardinals. A sac fly by Bosco scored Radack, with Wiley to third, and Herrera to second. Robelys Reyes singled to left, scoring Wiley. McElroy then reached on a fielding error and Herrera scored. Turgeon then singled to left, plating Reyes to bring the score to 8-4 in favor of the Cardinals.

Palm Beach added another run in the bottom of the seventh. Reyes walked, then stole second. A wild pitch sent Reyes to third, and a single by McElroy brought him home.

Reliever Steve Sabatino, who relieved Schumacher in the sixth, pitched three scoreless innings. In the top of the ninth, Tyler Melling replaced Sabatino. Melling gave up a double to the first batter, followed by a single, scoring a run for Charlotte. After striking out the next batter, Melling surrendered two consecutive doubles to score two more runs for the Stone Crabs. Melling came out of the game and was replaced by Kevin Herget, who retired the last two batters, and Palm Beach won by a score of 9-7.

Sunday’s game: vs. Charlotte, Rob Kaminsky (3-3. 3.14) 12:05 CDT

Peoria 3, Kane County 4

Austin Gomber was the starting pitcher for Peoria, going 6 1/3 innings, yielding three runs, two of them earned, on just two hits, seven strikeouts and three walks.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth. Gomber walked the leadoff hitter and a sac bunt moved him to second. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third. A run scored on a fielder’s choice throwing error by shortstop Oscar Mercado. A triple to right scored the second run for Kane County.

In the top of the seventh, Gomber retired the first hitter, but walked the second. Gomber was replaced by Blake McKnight, who committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, then gave up a single to score a run for the Cougars.

Peoria rallied in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. Blake Drake singled to center, and Darren Seferina doubled to left. Danny Diekroeger then singled to left, scoring Drake and Seferina. A single by Nick Thompson advanced Diekroeger to third, and a Vaughn Bryan single to right plated Diekroeger.

Kane County took the lead in the top of the ninth off McKnight on a fielding error by Seferina, and two singles to plate the fourth and final run for the Cougars. The Chiefs were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth and fell to Kane County by the score of 4-3.

Sunday’s game: vs. Kane County, TBA, 5:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals 0 at DSL Rangers1 1

Oneiver Diaz took the mound for the Cardinals in the season opener, shortened by rain. Diaz pitched all five innings, yielding one unearned run on three hits, one strikeout and one walk.

The sole run of the game was scored in the bottom of the first. The first Rangers batter reached on a fielding error by Cardinals’ third baseman Elehuris Montero. Diaz gave up a single to the next batter and a wild pitch to the third batter advanced the runners to second and third. A follow up ground out scored the run.

The Cardinals were unable to put a run on the board, and only managed one hit, a single off the bat of Carlos Rodriguez.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game on Sunday.

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