Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/7/15

The Cardinals system did well on a 4-1 Saturday, with the only loss by the Peoria Chiefs. Memphis prevailed behind a pitching gem by Tyler Lyons, Springfield found some offense and shut out Midland, Palm Beach beat St. Lucie with the help of strong pitching by Trey Nielsen and the DSL Cardinals won a 12-inning marathon without any hits in the final inning.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is Tyler Lyons, who pitched an eight-strikeout gem for Memphis.

Results for games played on June 6th.

Memphis 7 at Iowa 2

Tyler Lyons took the mound for the Redbirds, pitching six dominant, scoreless innings on six hits, eight strikeouts and one walk.

Memphis got on the board in the top of the second. Jacob Wilson and Greg Garcia and Cody Stanley walked, and Rafael Ortega hit a sac fly to center to score Wilson.

The Redbirds plated five runs in the top of the third. Dean Anna walked, and Stephen Piscotty reached on a fielding error. Dan Johnson walked to load the bases. Garcia singled to left to score Anna and Piscotty. Johnson then scored when Kelly reached on an error, and Cody Stanley hit a sac fly to bring home Garcia. Ortega singled to center, and walks to Lyons and Anna scored Kelly.

In the top of the fourth, Jacob Wilson tripled to right, and came home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kelly.

The Cubs were held scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when reliever Keith Butler gave up a two-run home run to Javier Baez.

Heath Wyatt finished the victory for the Redbirds with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Sunday’s game: at Iowa, Tim Cooney (5-2, 2.55), 1:08 CDT

Springfield 8, Midland 0

Spot starter Kurt Heyer pitched 4 1/3 innings scoreless innings, yielding four hits, four strikeouts and a walk.

Springfield put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Aledmys Diaz singled to left, and advanced to second on a Jeremy Hazelbaker ground out. Jonathan Rodriguez singled to center to score Diaz. Michael Ohlman’s two-run home run to left increased the lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the second, Anthony Garcia doubled to center, and Patrick Wisdom brought them in on a home run to left center field.

The Cardinals scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Diaz singled to left but was eliminated on a ground out force out by Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker stole second, and Ohlman brought him home on a double to left. Nick Martini walked, and Garcia doubled to center, scoring Ohlman and Martini.

Midland was held scoreless through the combined efforts of Heyer, Joe Donofrio, Jordan Swagerty and Ronnie Shaban.

Sunday’s game: vs. Midland, Thomas Lee (4-3, 4.98), 2:10 CDT

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 1

Starter Trey Nielsen pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits, seven strikeouts and a walk. The only St. Lucie run scored in the top of the first, on a ground rule double to left and a single to center.

Palm Beach got on the board in the bottom of the second. Carson Kelly singled to left and Derek Gibson singled to left to advance Kelly to second. A Robelys Reyes force out moved Kelly to third, Gibson out at second. C.J. McElroy reached on a throwing error as both Kelly and Reyes scored.

The Cardinals scored another run in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Reyes, McElroy and Brett Wiley. Two more runs went on the board in the bottom of the seventh; singles by Reyes and McElroy preceded a sac fly by Wiley to score Reyes. McElroy came home on a Luke Voit single.

The Cardinals’ last two runs on the night came in the bottom of the eighth. Gibson singled to left, and McElroy hit a two-run home run to left to bring the final score to 7-1.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game.

Peoria 2 at Lansing 6

Jack Flaherty was on the bump for the Chiefs, pitching six innings, surrendering two runs, one earned, on four hits, five strikeouts and three walks.

Lansing scored in the bottom of the third on a walk, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and a single to left. Their second run came in the bottom of the fifth on a walk and a double to center.

The Chiefs scored their only two runs in the top of the seventh, tying the game on a Danny Diekroeger single, and an Alex De Leon home run to right field.

Reliever Kender Villegas came in to replace Flaherty in the bottom of the seventh and struggled. Lansing scored four runs against Villegas on a single to left, a passed ball by catcher Steve Bean, a three-run home run, followed by a solo home run. Reliever Nick Lomascolo was brought in to stop the bleeding and although he allowed a walk, he retired the final two batters of the long inning.

Lomascolo pitched a scoreless eighth. The Chiefs were unable to rally in the ninth.

Sunday’s game: at Lansing, Daniel Poncedeleon (6-0, 1.51), 1:05 CDT

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Astros Orange 2 (12 innings)

Ronald Medrano started, pitching five scoreless innings, yielding only two hits on three strikeouts and no walks. The game was decided in extra innings, with four relievers pitching the remaining seven innings.

The Cardinals got on the board first, in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Sanchez and Leandro Cedeno singled, with Sanel Rosendo’s double to center scoring the two.

Reliever Estarlin Arias replaced Medrano in the top of the sixth. He yielded a single, a stolen base, and a wild pitch to score a run for the Astros Orange. Arias again pitched the seventh, and gave up the tying run on a triple and a single.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the 12th. The deadlock was broken by the Cardinals without a hit. Sanel Rosendo walked before a wild pitch sent him to second, and a sac bunt by Luis Flores advanced him to third. The Astros Orange intentionally walked pinch hitter Dylan Melendez, who was replaced by pinch runner Edwin Figuera. Figuera then stole second base. The Astros Orange intentionally walked Starlin Balbuena to load the bases. The winning run scored when the next batter, Wadye Ynfante, was unintentionally walked. A lot of baserunners, a lot of walks, no hits, and the game was over.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game.



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