Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/8/15

St. Louis’ minors notched two wins in three tries in a light schedule on Sunday. Springfield and Peoria were both victorious, the latter paced by Darren Seferina’s sterling offensive effort. Memphis suffered a walk-off loss while Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals were idle.

Results from games played Sunday, June 7th.

Memphis 2 at Iowa 3

The Redbirds (31-27) could not hold a late lead, resulting in a 3-2 loss to Iowa (CHC). The loss evened the series at one game each with two on tap.

Memphis was clinging to a 2-1 advantage midway through seven but the Cubs tied it up with a run off Tim Cooney in the bottom of the frame. Cooney held his opponents to two runs on four hits, including a home run, over eight. He fanned six and did not issue a free pass.

Marcus Hatley (L, 3-2) could not finish the ninth, yielding the game winner on two hits and a base-on-balls while recording two outs.

The offense managed seven hits, with Greg Garcia the only Redbird with more than one. The shortstop singled twice in four at bats but did not figure in the scoring. Tommy Pham’s first hit of season was a two-out single that drove in Travis Tartamella (single) in the third, knotting the game at one all. Cooney plated the go-ahead tally via a single that plated Rafael Ortega (walk).

Monday’s game: at Iowa (29-27), 7:08 pm CT, Zach Petrick (4-3, 3.94)

Springfield 7 vs. Midland 1

Get out the brooms ‘cause Springfield (22-34) swept Midland (OAK) out of town, 7-1.

The S-Cards’ 10-hit effort was a team-wide affair, with eight of nine starters garnering at least one hit. Patrick Wisdom singled twice in three at bats with a walk and two driven in, his fourth multi-hit performance in his last six games. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Aledmys Diaz had a very productive day at the plate, accounting for four runs by going 1-for-3 with a walk, triple, run scored and three knocked in.

Thomas Lee (W, 5-3) tossed seven strong frames, yielding a solo shot that was one of only four hits given up. He issued one free pass and struck out five. Lee Stoppelman and Chris Thomas each tossed a one-two-three inning.

Monday’s game: Off.

Palm Beach - off

Fresh off their first series’ win in their last six attempts, Palm Beach (26-30) hosts Brevard County (MIL).

Monday’s game: vs. Brevard County (24-31), 6:35 pm ET, Will Anderson (4-4, 2.13)

Peoria 10 at Lansing 5

What Darren Seferina started Alex De Leon finished in a big ninth that led the Chiefs (27-30) to a 10-5 win over the Lugnuts (TOR). Each team has won one of the first two with one remaining.

De Leon’s second hit of the day was his fourth home run of 2015, a three-run shot in the ninth that scored Danny Diekroeger (error) and Nick Thompson (walk) and finished his team’s five-run frame.

Seferina, our Player of the Day, led Peoria’s 16-hit onslaught with a perfect day at the plate. The second baseman went 4-for-4 with a free pass, two doubles and three runs scored. He ignited the ninth with his second double, scoring on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single.

Mercado and Diekroeger joined De Leon and Seferina in the multi-hit club, Diekroeger going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base. Mercado singled twice in five at bats, touching home two times.

Blake McKnight tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames, giving up one hit and receiving both his first blown save of the season and his third win in five decisions. McKnight inherited an unenviable bases-loaded and one-out jam with his squad holding a 5-4 lead in the sixth. The righty retired both batters faced but could not keep the tying run from scoring.

Daniel Poncedeleon created that mess in his poorest outing of 2015. The 23-year-old was charged with five runs on 10 hits and three bases-on-balls in 5 1/3. Three of the five runs scored in his final inning of work. Robby Rowland faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game: at Lansing (33-24), 11:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-5, 3.12)

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (3-4) at DSL Astros Orange (0-7), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (1-0, 1.80)

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