Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/9/15

The DSL Cardinals garnered the system’s only win on Monday. Memphis lost despite Zach Petrick’s noteworthy efforts, joining Palm Beach and Peoria in the loss column. Springfield was off.

Results from games played Monday, June 8th.

Memphis 1 at Iowa 2

Memphis (31-28) lost its second straight low-scoring affair to Iowa (CHC), this time 2-1. The Redbirds trail in the series one game to two with one remaining.

Miguel Socolovich took the loss, his first versus one win, giving up the tie breaker on two hits in the seventh. Starter and our Player of the Day Zach Petrick was impressive through seven, holding the Cubs to an unearned tally on two hits.

Despite Petrick’s efforts, he was in line for the loss until the visitors finally broke through against Iowa’s bullpen. Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh, advancing into scoring position on a wild pitch. Xavier Scruggs’ one-out double brought Piscotty across and got Petrick off the hook. Piscotty and Scruggs were two of only four Redbirds with one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: at Iowa (30-27), 12:08 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (3-1, 8.25)

Springfield - off

Fresh off a 5-1 home stand, Springfield (22-34) goes on the road for eight against Arkansas (LAA) and Tulsa (LAD).

Tuesday’s game: at Arkansas (30-25), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (2-2, 2.79)

Brevard County 7 at Palm Beach 2

Seven runs in two frames resulted in a 7-2 loss by Palm Beach (26-31) to Brevard County (MIL) in the first of four.

Will Anderson (L, 1-3) was charged with six of the seven scores on nine hits in five plus. Four of the six scored in Anderson’s final full inning of work with the other two crossing under Silfredo Garcia’s watch.

Garcia, making his 2015 debut, yielded a sac bunt that advanced both inherited runners into scoring position and consecutive RBI singles scoring three. The 23-year-old settled down at that point, retiring his next five batters.

The Beach Birds held a brief lead through four after pushing across two scores. Casey Turgeon singled home David Washington (double) and Juan Herrera (hit by pitch) for the advantage. Derek Gibson was the only PB-Card with more than one of the team’s seven hits, going 2-for-4 out of the six hole.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Brevard County (25-31), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-2, 3.15)

Peoria 4 at Lansing 12

Peoria (27-31) finished a disappointing road trip with a 12-4 loss to Lansing (34-24) (TOR), their fifth loss in six road contests.

There was good and bad in Matt Pearce’s start on Monday. The righty struck out seven in 4 1/3 but was hammered for seven runs on six hits and two walks.

His final two runners touched home with Tyler Bray on the mound. Bray surrendered five runs on five hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3, the big blow being a grand slam. Julio Mateo recorded three outs, giving up a hit and two free passes while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kyle Grana retired all four faced, leaving Mateo’s last runner aboard.

First baseman Alex De Leon comprised most of the Chiefs’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. Five other players had one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: Off

DSL Cardinals 13 at DSL Astros Orange 1

The most important stat in the Dominican Birds’ 13-1 decimation of the winless DSL Astros Orange club is the nine miscues committed by the Houston affiliate.

Both squads mustered nine hits but the Astros Orange ‘out-errored’ the Dominican Cards (4-4) nine to one, resulting in nine unearned tallies. Now the visitors would still have won 4-1 on earned runs, but those errors must have made for some ugly ball.

The DSL Cardinals’ balanced offensive effort was comprised of eight starters with at least one hit each. Catcher Irving Wilson went 2-for-4 with one of three extra-base hits, a three-run bomb that was part of his team’s six-run fifth. Shortstop Edwin Figuera scored three times, singling once in three at bats while working two free passes.

That was more than sufficient offense for undersized lefty David Oca (W, 2-0), who held the opposition to a run on six hits and two walks through five. In what seemed to be ‘Southpaw Day’ for the visitors, a trio of lefty relievers followed Oca to the mound. Fabian Blanco gave up a hit and base-on-balls in two frames while Diego Cordero and Frendy Gavin went one inning each, Gavin allowing two hits.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Nationals (3-4), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (0-0, 2.25)

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