Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/6/15

John Gast’s strong effort led Memphis to victory on Friday, one of only two wins in the system. Springfield triumphed as well but Palm Beach, Peoria and the DSL squad all fell.

Results from games played Friday, June 5th.

Memphis 1 vs. Las Vegas 0 (7) – rain-shortened

The surging Redbirds won their seventh straight, this time 1-0 for a four-game sweep of the first-place (Pacific Southern) 51s (NYM). Memphis (30-26) has climbed into second, five behind Round Rock (TEX).

John Gast (W, 2-3) bounced back from consecutive shaky starts, going all seven frames of the rain-shortened contest. The lefty limited the opposition to four hits and a walk, fanning five and is our Player of the Day.

Dean Anna chose a fine time for his first home run of 2015, accounting for the game’s only tally. It was the second baseman’s only hit in three at bats although he did draw one free pass. Stephen Piscotty and Dan Johnson both drew identical lines of 2-for-3 with a walk, accumulating half of the team’s eight hits. Ty Kelly went 2-for-3 as well but with the base-on-balls.

Saturday’s game: at second-place (American Northern) Iowa (28-26) (CHC), 7:08 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (4-2, 2.98)

Springfield 6 vs. Midland 2

The S-Cards’ offense and defense came together for a 6-2 victory over the RockHounds (OAK) in the series’ opener. Fourth-place Springfield (20-34) is five games away from elimination in the first half despite going 6-4 over their last 10 games.

The home team banged out 15 hits, six players having at least two. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 4-for-5 with four doubles and an RBI, batting third while Bruce Caldwell, Michael Ohlman and David Washington all went 2-for-5. Caldwell doubled once, touching home twice and knocking one in with Ohlman adding a three-run bomb, his third of the season. Jonathan Rodriguez and Patrick Wisdom each singled twice in four at bats, Rodriguez scoring one and driving in another.

That was more than enough offense for Jimmy Reed, who earned his first Double-A win in his first start of 2015 for Springfield. Reed limited second-place Midland (South) to single tallies in the second and third, the result of five hits and a base-on-balls through seven. One of the tallies was the product of a long ball. Corey Baker walked one in the eighth and Kyle Barraclough continued his dominance of Texas League hitters with a one-two-three ninth.

Saturday’s game: vs. Midland (29-25), 6:15 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-0, 3.24)

St Lucie 5 at Palm Beach 3

The Beach Birds dropped a 5-3 decision to the Mets, evening the series at one game apiece. Palm Beach (25-30) is now tied with Fort Myers (MIN) for last in the South Division, 12 in back of Charlotte and four away from first-half elimination.

Rob Kaminsky took his fourth loss in seven decisions, yielding three runs, one earned, on eight hits and a walk in five. Cody Schumacher went the next three innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Chris Perry allowed a two-run ninth on two hits and a free pass.

The home team’s feeble offense mustered six hits, C.J. McElroy and Luke Voit having two each. McElroy singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, touching home once while Voit went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Saturday’s game: vs. second-place St Lucie (28-27), 5:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (4-4, 2.13)

Peoria 2 at Great Lakes 3

The Chiefs led early only to watch the Loons walk off with a 3-2 win, giving Great Lakes (28-26) a three-game sweep. Fifth-place Peoria (26-29) sits 12 in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

The visitors pushed across single scores in the first two frames and held a 2-1 advantage through four. But a tally off Austin Gomber in the fifth knotted things up at two all. Gomber’s hits allowed (four) matched both his free passes issued and strikeouts in five plus.

Jhonny Polanco held down Great Lakes (LAD) over the next two innings, giving up two hits and leaving stranding an inherited runner. Tyler Bray worked around two hits in the eighth but Kyle Grana (L, 1-1) could not match that feat. Grana permitted two hits and a walk that generated the walk-off loss.

Both teams squandered multiple scoring opportunities, Peoria going 2-for-13 while the Loons went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Chiefs’ nine hits were spread among six players: Oscar Mercado, Adam Ehrlich and Andrew Sohn garnering two apiece, all singles and all in four at bats. Ehrlich scored once and Mercado and Sohn both knocked in one.

Saturday’s game: at first-place (Eastern) Lansing (32-23) (TOR), 6:05 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (0-1, 2.57)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Angels 7

Dominican Cards’ pitchers surrendered runs in four separate frames, resulting in a 7-3 loss to the DSL Angels. The DSL Cardinals (2-4) are tied with the DSL Rockies for eighth in the Boca Chica South Division, two games behind co-leaders Mets1 and Yankees1.

Oneiver Diaz took his second loss, permitting three runs on eight hits and two walks in five. Luis Rosales was touched for four tallies, three earned, on four hits and a base-on-balls in two. Will Changarotty allowed a hit in his scoreless inning of work.

The DSL Cardinals had more walks (five) than hits (four) and no player had more than one hit. Elehuris Montero’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run bomb that plated Wadye Infante (reached via an error).

Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Astros Orange (0-6), 10:30 am ET, Estarlin Arias (0-0, 0.00)

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