Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/5/15

Dan Johnson powered Memphis to one of two wins in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Palm Beach got back on the winning side but Springfield, Peoria and the DSL Cardinals did not.

Results from games played Thursday, June 4th.

Memphis 10 vs. Las Vegas 9

The Redbirds (29-26) overcame eight early scores to down the 51s, 10-9, guaranteeing a win of the four-game series with one to go.

In a game featuring plenty of fire power with a combined 19 runs on 23 hits, Memphis scored single tallies in four of the first five frames and still trailed 8-4 through five. The home team knotted it up at eight all with four in the seventh, only to watch Las Vegas (NYM) go back up the next inning. But the Redbirds struck last, scoring two in the home half of the eighth for the win.

Ty Kelly and Dan Johnson swung the biggest bats, accounting for seven of the team’s 13 hits. Kelly had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in from the eight hole while Johnson, our Player of the Day, went yard twice, adding a single in four at bats with a walk, touched home four times and knocked in four.

Jacob Wilson and Xavier Scruggs had two hits apiece, the final Redbirds with a multi-hit performance. Wilson singled and doubled in four at bats, crossed home twice with an RBI and Scruggs went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and one driven in.

That got Nick Greenwood off the hook in what was a truly awful 3 1/3-inning stint. Greenwood was pounded for eight runs on nine hits and three bases-on-balls, with four of the tallies produced by a grand slam.

Tyler Waldron tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames, fanning two, handing the ball to Justin Wright. Wright walked one in the sixth. Marcus Hatley (W, 3-1) allowed an unearned tally on a hit and free pass, striking out two. Sam Tuivailala faced the minimum in the ninth for his seventh save.

Friday’s game: vs. Las Vegas (29-26), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (1-3, 5.31)

Frisco 8 at Springfield 7

A score in the eighth sent the S-Cards to an 8-7 defeat to the RoughRiders (TEX), preventing a three-game sweep by Springfield (19-34).

Iden Nazario (L, 0-2) gave up the run in his first inning of work, allowing a hit and walk in 1 2/3. Ronnie Shaban recorded the final out in the ninth.

Shaban and Nazario pitched in relief of Andrew Morales, who was touched for seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and two free passes in five plus. One of the nine hits yielded was a two-run bomb. Chris Thomas bridged the gap between Morales and Nazario with two shutout innings, giving up a hit.

Springfield matched Frisco’s 11 hits but squandered a lot more opportunities, going just 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz and Michael Ohlman each had a multi-hit game, Hazelbaker going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Diaz and Ohlman singled twice while touching home once in five and four at bats, respectively. Ohlman drove in one. Jonathan Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with two walks, a two-run bomb, scored another run and knocked in two.

Friday’s game: vs. Midland (29-24) (OAK), Jimmy Reed (0-0, ---)

Palm Beach 3 vs. St Lucie 2

Palm Beach (25-29) walked off with a 3-2 win over St Lucie in the series’ opener, snapping a four-game skid.

With Brett Wiley on third after singling then advancing via a sac and fielder’s choice, the Mets switched pitchers. The replacement uncorked a wild one, sending Wiley scampering home with the winning tally.

The Beach Birds were outhit nine to six but relied on Casey Turgeon’s first Florida State League home run plus some timely hitting for the difference. Turgeon’s solo shot, his only hit in four at bats, tied the game up at one all in the fourth. The home team went up the next frame after Jose Gonzalez’ RBI single brought across Derek Gibson (double). Gibson added a single to his double in three at bats, the only PB-Card with more than one hit.

That put Alex Reyes in line for the win, the 20-year-old holding his foes to a single run on seven hits through 5 2/3. Reyes fanned three and issued two free passes.

But that opportunity evaporated when Josh Lucas (BS, 3) was touched for a run on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Steve Sabatino, named TCN Relief Pitcher of the Month of May on Thursday, twice set down the side in order for his second win in as many decisions.

Friday’s game: vs. St Lucie (27-27), 6:35 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (3-3, 2.76)

Peoria 3 at Great Lakes 7

Peoria (26-28) fell for the second straight game to Great Lakes (LAD), this time 7-3. One game remains in the three-game set.

Consensus Cards minor league Pitcher of the Month Luis Perdomo (L, 2-5) had his first poor outing in nine starts, surrendering seven runs, six earned, on six hits and five bases-on-balls in 5 1/3. Blake McKnight allowed Perdomo’s final runner to cross, giving up three hits in 1 2/3. Robby Rowland faced the minimum in the eighth.

Three Chiefs each had two of the team’s nine hits: Danny Diekroeger, Nick Thompson and Blake Drake. All of the hits came in four at bats, a double by Thompson being the only one to go for extras. Drake scored twice, the only one of the three whose production generated actual results.

Friday’s game: at Great Lakes (27-26), 6:05 pm CT, Austin Gomber (4-3, 3.29)

DSL Angels 7 at DSL Cardinals 3

The Dominican Birds (2-3) came out on the wrong end of a 7-3 decision versus the DSL Angels.

Franyel Casadilla (L, 0-1) gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk in four plus. Enrique Perez allowed a hit and base-on-balls in two scoreless frames but Frendy Gavin was not so fortunate in the seventh. The southpaw was touched for three hits and two free passes, resulting in two tallies. Fabian Blanco allowed a hit over the final two innings.

The DSL Cardinals’ entire offense consisted of four singles by four different players plus five walks by four other players. Left fielder Carlos Rodriguez doubled once in four at bats, scoring one and driving in another.

Friday’s game: at DSL Angels (3-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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