Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/11/15

There were only three games in the Cardinals system on Wednesday, in which the clubs went 1-2. Memphis had the night off, and the Palm Beach game was postponed. Springfield prevailed against Arkansas, but Peoria was defeated by West Michigan in a rain-shortened game. The DSL Cardinals were shut out by the DSL Nationals.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Jonathan Rodriguez, who went 2-for-4, including a home run and two RBI for Springfield.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 10th.

Memphis was off Wednesday

The Redbirds open a four-game set at AutoZone Park against Round Rock (TEX) Wednesday night.

Thursday’s game: vs. Round Rock, John Gast (2-3, 4.56), 7:05 p.m. CT

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 5

Starter Andrew Morales pitched 3 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits, two strikeouts and a walk.

The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the second, accomplished on an Aledmys Diaz single to right, a Bruce Caldwell walk, and a Patrick Wisdom single to center to score Diaz. Springfield added two more runs in the top of the third via a Charlie Tilson single to center followed by a throwing error that sent Tilson to second base. Mike O’Neill sac bunted Tilson to third and Tilson then scored on a Jeremy Hazelbaker ground out. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled to center and Michael Ohlman plated him on a single to center.

In the bottom of the third, Arkansas answered with two runs of its own. Morales gave up a leadoff single, followed by a double to score the first run. A subsequent single brought the second run home.

Arkansas tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a triple and a single. After Morales walked the next batter, he was removed and replaced by winning pitcher Corey Baker, who retired the next two batters to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, a Rodriguez home run to left gave Springfield the lead back. In the top of the sixth, Diaz hit a home run to left center field to increase the lead to 5-3. The Cardinals added another run in the top of the seventh on a Tilson double to right, an O’Neill bunt single, and a Rodriguez sac fly.

Arkansas was not done scoring, however. In the bottom of the seventh, Jordan Swagerty replaced Corey Baker and walked the first two batters. A wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third and a sac fly plated the runner from third. Swagerty then walked the next batter and was replaced by Joey Donofrio. Another sac fly scored the second run of the inning for the Travelers.

Donofrio pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Kurt Heyer came on in the ninth to close the game for his third save for Springfield, which prevailed over Arkansas 6-5.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Jimmy Reed (1-0, 2.57), 7:10 CDT

Palm Beach

The Florida State League game at Jupiter against Brevard County Wednesday night was postponed due to rain. It will be made up Thursday evening with two seven-inning games starting at 5 p.m. ET.

Thursday’s games: vs. Brevard County (DH), Alex Reyes (1-2, 2.17), Rob Kaminsky (3-4, 2.67), 5 p.m. EDT

Peoria 2, West Michigan 5

Starter and losing pitcher Luis Perdomo went six innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits, five strikeouts and no walks.

In the top of the second, Perdomo surrendered a single, a double, and another single to score two runs for West Michigan. Two singles and a ground out force out in the top of the third plated another run for the Whitecaps. In the top of the fourth, Perdomo gave up a leadoff double, then a single and a sac fly put the fourth run on the board for West Michigan.

The Chiefs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to two. Adam Ehrlich singled to left. Vaughn Bryan singled on a ground ball to the first baseman and a sac bunt off the bat of Darren Seferina sent Ehrlich and Bryan to second and third. Oscar Mercado then singled to left to score Ehrlich, and Bryan advanced to third. Bryan scored on a Danny Diekroeger ground out.

Jhonny Polanco replaced Perdomo in the seventh, and gave up consecutive doubles to score a fifth run for West Michigan. The game was called in the seventh due to rain, giving the victory to West Michigan by a score of 5-2.

Thursday’s game: vs. West Michigan, Austin Gomber (4-3, 3.32), 7:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals 0, DSL Nationals 7

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched six scoreless innings, giving up no runs on one hit, six strikeouts and a walk.

The game was a scoreless pitchers’ duel until the seventh inning, when Casadilla was replaced by reliever Luis Rosales. The first Nationals’ batter reached on a fielding error by shortstop Starlin Balbuena. Rosales then yielded a double and two singles, scoring two runs. Rosales, the losing pitcher, retired the next two batters, but then gave up a single to score a third run for the Nationals.

Rosales remained in the game to start the eighth. He retired the first batter, but walked the second. Three singles and a double followed, scoring three runs. Rosales was replaced by reliever Christhian Lugo with one out and two men on base. Lugo retired his first batter, then walked the second. With the bases loaded, a passed ball scored the runner from third.

The Cardinals offense was not only shut out, it managed just one hit, a single by Daniel Gomez, and struck out 14 times.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rangers1, TBA, 9:30 a.m. CDT

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