Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/4/15

Peoria and Springfield each notched wins on Thursday, the latter behind Breyvic Valera’s offensive effort. Palm Beach, Peoria and the DSL Cards all lost.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 3rd.

Memphis 4 vs. Las Vegas 3

Memphis (28-26) rallied for a 4-3 win over Las Vegas (NYM), taking a two-games-to-none series’ lead with two to go.

Zach Petrick (W, 4-3) served up a three-run first-inning bomb but blanked the 51s for the next six innings. The Illinois native struck out seven through seven, yielding seven hits but not issuing a free pass. Miguel Socolovich fanned two in his one-two-three eighth before Sam Tuivailala walked one and struck out the side to finish the game.

The Redbirds pecked away at the lead, pushing across single tallies in the second and fourth then going ahead for good on Dan Johnson’s two-run blast, his only hit in four at bats. Greg Garcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI while Dean Anna was the only other Memphis player with more than one of the team’s nine hits. Anna singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Thursday’s game: vs. Las Vegas (29-25), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (3-1, 6.89)

Springfield 7 vs. Frisco 2

The S-Cards (19-33) flew past the RoughRiders 7-2 on Wednesday, clinching the three-game series with one on tap.

Eight of nine Springfield starters took part in their 12-hit attack, led by Player of the Day Breyvic Valera, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Patrick Wisdom and Charlie Tilson each went 2-for-4, Wisdom hitting a solo shot and Tilson working a free pass while touching home once. Recent call-up Bruce Caldwell launched his first Double-A long ball, giving his squad a 2-1 lead after two.

Arturo Reyes fanned seven through five, allowing two runs on seven hits, one a solo home run, and a base-on-balls. Reyes raised his mark to two wins versus two losses with the effort.

A quartet of S-Card relievers each tossed a scoreless frame, beginning with Jordan Swagerty, who faced the minimum. Ronnie Shaban issued a free pass and Joe Donofrio fanned the side, giving up a hit. Kyle Barraclough struck out two of three in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: vs. Frisco (21-31) (TEX), Andrew Morales (3-3, 4.93)

Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 2

The Beach Birds (24-29) fell for the fourth straight game, this time 2-1 to Jupiter (MIA).

The offense has scored four total runs in those four losses, making it very tough on the pitching. Their sole score came when Brett Wiley doubled in the fourth, coming home on an RBI single by Jake Gronsky. Three other PB-Cards had one hit each.

That gave Palm Beach a slim 1-0 lead that held until Luke Weaver (L, 0-2) permitted two runs in his sixth and final inning of work. The righty allowed five hits, a free pass and sac fly, striking out four. Kevin Herget went the last two frames, fanning two and giving up a hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. St Lucie (27-26) (NYM), 6:35 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-4, 2.25)

Peoria 2 at Great Lakes 4

Miscues proved decisive in the Chiefs’ 4-2 loss to the Loons (LAD) in the series’ opener.

Two of the four runs charged to Peoria hurlers were unearned, both due to errors by the pitchers themselves. Matt Pearce took his fifth loss in eight decisions, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a free pass over seven.

Nick Lomascolo did not retire any of his three faced in the eighth, yielding an unearned run on two hit batsmen and his throwing error. That runner crossed under Kender Villegas’ watch, Villegas giving up a hit in his inning of work.

Down 2-0 after one, Peoria (26-27) tied it up in the third when Nick Thompson doubled in Darren Seferina (single) and Adam Ehrlich (walk). Seferina singled three times in five at bats, swiping his 10th bag of 2015 but was nailed in another attempt. Oscar Mercado went 2-for-5, the only other Chief with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Thursday’s game: at Great Lakes (26-26), 6:05 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (2-4, 1.48)

DSL Mariners2 4 at DSL Cardinals 3

A ninth-inning run sent the Dominican Birds (2-2) to a 4-3 defeat on Wednesday.

Southpaw Luis Rosales took the loss in his professional debut, giving up the tally on a hit batsman, wild pitch and double. Junior Gonzalez went the first four, yielding three runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Juan Alvarez kept the opposition off the board on a hit over the next four.

Five Dominican Cards each had one hit, the most interesting being third baseman Elehuris Montero’s solo long ball, the 16-year-old rookie’s first.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels (2-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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