Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/2/15

In a day of noteworthy pitching performances, Tyler Lyons’ outing was at the highest level, leading Memphis to a double-header sweep. Springfield, Peoria and the DSL Cardinals all put one in the win column but Palm Beach did not.

Results from games played Monday, June 1st.

Memphis 2 vs. Salt Lake 0 (7) – game one
Memphis 8 vs. Salt Lake 2 (7) - game two

The Redbirds (26-26) swept the Bees right out of AutoZone Park on Monday, 2-0 and 8-2, for a three-games-to-one series’ win.

The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Tyler Lyons (W, 4-2) went the distance in the opener, limiting the opposition to three hits with five strikeouts. The southpaw threw 52 of his 74 pitches for strikes.

Alex Mejia and Stephen Piscotty both singled twice in three at bats, Mejia adding an RBI in his first multi-hit game as a Redbird. Travis Tartamella drove in the other tally while Xavier Scruggs and Jacob Wilson each touched home once despite going hitless in two at bats.

The home team struck for five first-inning runs in the nightcap and never looked back, eight of nine starters garnering at least one of the team’s 13 hits. Wilson swung the biggest bat, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot and four driven in with Piscotty and Scruggs adding two hits each. Piscotty doubled twice in four at bats, scored one and knocked in another while Scruggs singled twice in three at bats, crossing home once. Dan Johnson added a two-run bomb, his third of 2015.

A trio of Memphis relievers handled the pitching duties. Heath Wyatt went the initial 2 2/3, yielding a run on a hit and three walks, handing the ball off to Keith Butler. Butler recorded five outs, giving up a tally on four hits. Dean Kiekhefer was credited with his first win against one loss, shutting down Salt Lake (23-28) (LAA) on one hit over 2 2/3. Each pitcher struck out two.

Tuesday’s game: vs. first-place (Pacific Southern) Las Vegas (29-23) (NYM), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (4-2, 3.00)

Springfield - idle

Coming off a 3-3 road trip through Frisco (TEX) and Midland (OAK), Springfield (17-33) will host both teams during its six-game home stand which opens Tuesday evening at Hammons Field.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Frisco (21-29), 7:10 pm CT, Thomas Lee (3-3, 5.68)

Charlotte 2 at Palm Beach 0

Miscues came back to bite the Beach Birds, resulting in a 2-0 loss to the Stone Crabs (TB). After taking the first of three, Palm Beach (24-27) dropped the next two by identical 2-0 scores.

Both tallies charged to Trey Nielsen (L, 4-4) over eight were unearned due to errors. Shortstop Juan Herrera bobbled one in the second, leading to Charlotte’s (34-17) initial score before Nielsen’s own throwing error led to another run in the sixth. The righty allowed four hits and a base-on-balls, fanning six. Josh Lucas faced the minimum in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the offense was nearly somnambulant, managing just three hits and one free pass. They struck out 10 times as a team.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter (25-26) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-1, 3.21)

Peoria 3 vs. Kane County 0

Daniel Poncedeleon’s continued dominance of A ball hitters produced a 3-0 win over Kane County (ARI). Peoria (26-26) took both ends of the four-game set but dropped the middle two.

Poncedeleon held the opposition to just three hits and a free pass over eight, fanning five, improving his record to six wins without a blemish. The 23-year-old right-hander has limited foes to a .219 batting average and 1.06 WHIP in nine starts covering 53 2/3 innings. Makes one wonder when he will be bumped up to a more age-appropriate level. Tyler Bray tossed a one-two-three ninth for his second save.

The Chiefs’ offense needed every bit of that pitching dominance because they went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on. The team’s seven hits were aided by six free passes issued and sac flies by Andrew Sohn and Darren Seferina. Sohn’s brought in Adam Ehrlich (walk) for the initial score in the second while Seferina drove in Blake Drake in the eighth, Peoria’s final score.

Drake doubled twice in four at bats, joining Danny Diekroeger in the two-hit club. Diekroeger went 2-for-3 with a sac bunt that advanced Vaughn Bryan (single) to third in the seventh. From that vantage point, Bryan was able to capitalize on a wild pitch to come home.

Tuesday’s game: Off. Peoria takes to the road for six games against Eastern division rivals Great Lakes (LAD) and Lansing (TOR).

DSL Cardinals 2 vs. DSL Rangers1 1

Two early scores were enough for the Dominican Birds to triumph over their Rangers counterparts 2-1, their first win of 2015.

Outhit seven to five, the DSL Cardinals (1-1) combined a double and RBI single in the opening frame then utilized a wild pitch and passed ball for an unearned run the next inning.

Third baseman Elehuris Montero singled twice in four at bats, driving in one, the only Dominican Card with more than one hit. Montero, who is 16 and playing only his second game of pro ball, needs a tad of work on the base paths, however, having been caught stealing once and picked off another time. Centerfielder Wadye Infante and right fielder Brian Sanchez each doubled once, the team’s final hit being a triple by shortstop Edwin Figuera.

Estarlin Arias tossed four shutout frames in his first start since 2013, having missed the entire 2014 season. The right-hander struck out four, permitting two hits.

Nicaraguan righty Ronald Medrano, another hurler who missed the 2014 season, was credited with the win. Medrano allowed two hits and a walk over three, fanning three. Enrique Perez yielded a run on a hit, base-on-balls and plunked batter while recording two outs. Will Changarotty literally saved the game, stranding two inherited runners then working around two hits and two free passes.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Mariners2 (2-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA



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