Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/12/15

It was a clean sweep in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday, all five teams notching wins. Memphis and Springfield both won close ones while C.J. McElroy’s day at the plate and in the field was key in Palm Beach’s double-header sweep. Peoria and the DSL Cardinals kept the winning ways going with victories of their own.

Results from games played Thursday, June 11th.

Memphis 3 vs. Round Rock 2

Second-place Memphis’ showdown versus first-place Round Rock (TEX) ended in a 3-2 victory by the Redbirds (33-28), the opener of their four-game set. The win brings Memphis within three of the top slot in the American Southern Division.

After blanking Las Vegas over seven innings his last time out, John Gast (W, 3-3) held the Express to a single tally on six hits and two walks over six. He fanned four with nine ground- and four fly-ball outs.

Marcus Hatley tossed two scoreless frames, yielding a hit and walk. Sam Tuivailala made things a bit too interesting in the ninth when he hit a batter then gave up an RBI double that put the tying run in scoring position. The righty escaped, notching his eighth save.

Outhit eight to six, the home team manufactured their first run on Stephen Piscotty’s base-on-balls, a single by Dan Johnson and sac fly by Tommy Pham. Jacob Wilson put his squad up for good by launching his fifth home run of 2015 to start the fifth. Dean Anna doubled that inning, racing home on a single by Piscotty. Anna singled and doubled in three at bats, reaching base once on a plunking and was the only Redbird with more than one hit.

Friday’s game: vs. Round Rock (35-23), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (5-2, 2.61)

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 0 (11)

The S-Cards won a dramatic 1-0 extra-innings contest behind Anthony Garcia’s bat and Charlie Tilson’s arm on Thursday. It was the sixth consecutive win for the S-Cards (25-34), including the first three against the Travelers (LAA).

With the game knotted at zero through 10 innings, Garcia changed all that with one swing of his bat, his sixth bomb of the season. It was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats although he did work a free pass.

While centerfielder Charlie Tilson singled twice in five at bats - the only Springfield player with more than one of the team’s five hits - his most significant contribution came via his arm. With runners at first and second and two out in the bottom of the 11th, Kyle Barraclough (S, 4) surrendered a single up the middle. Tilson’s subsequent throw reached third in time for the game’s final out before the lead runner crossed with what would have been the tying score. Go Charlie!

Chris Thomas’ three innings of shutout ball put him in line for his first win in three decisions. Thomas struck out three, allowing a hit.

Jimmy Reed went the initial 4 2/3 frames, permitting four hits but issuing a whopping five bases-on-balls. Ronnie Shaban walked two in his 2 1/3-inning outing, stranding Reed’s last runner.

Friday’s game: at Arkansas (30-28), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 3 vs. Brevard County 0 (7) – game one
Palm Beach 2 vs. Brevard County 1 (7) - game two

Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky led Palm Beach in a twin-bill sweep of Brevard County (MIL), 3-0 and 2-1. The wins gave the Beach Birds a split of the four-game series.

In the opener, Reyes (W, 2-4) utilized eight strikeouts in five frames to counterbalance three hits and four free passes allowed. Keven Herget fanned four in two, giving up two hits, for his second save.

Palm Beach banged out 12 hits although they generated just three scores. Eight of nine PB-Cards managed at least one hit, paced by four players with two hits apiece: C.J. McElroy, Derek Gibson, Jake Gronsky and Robelys Reyes. McElroy and Gibson both went 2-for-4 with a double, the former scoring one and driving in two while the latter acquired an RBI. Gronsky went 2-for-2 with a walk and Reyes singled and doubled in three at bats.

Kaminsky dominated the Manatees (26-33) through six before tiring in the seventh. The righty allowed just one hit and walk over six but yielded a double and RBI single to the first two faced the next frame, ending his night. Kaminsky struck out five with 10 ground- versus two fly-ball outs.

Josh Lucas (W, 3-2) picked up the win although he needed more than a bit of help from centerfielder McElroy to do it. Lucas surrendered a one-out single with Kaminsky’s last runner on second, necessitating a throw home by McElroy to nail the go-ahead run at the plate. McElroy’s defensive effort combined with his offensive work in the double-header earns him the Player of the Day nod.

The home team walked off with the win after catcher Jose Godoy opened with a base-on-balls, was sacrificed to second by Casey Turgeon, advanced to third on McElroy’s second single of the game in four at bats and scored on Gronsky’s single. Juan Herrera joined McElroy in the multi-hit club, singling and doubling in three at bats with a run scored.

Friday’s game: at St. Lucie (30-30) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (5-4, 2.03)

Peoria 8 vs. West Michigan 5

Peoria’s early offensive strike led to an 8-5 victory over West Michigan (DET), evening the series at one game each.

The Chiefs (28-32) pushed across five in the first, the product of five hits, a walk and a sac fly. The big blow was Danny Diekroeger’s third triple of 2015 that scored Vaughn Bryan and Oscar Mercado, who had each singled. Diekroeger accounted for half of his team’s eight runs, going 3-for-4 with the aforementioned triple, crossed home once and knocked in three.

Darren Seferina, Ronald Castillo and Bryan had two hits apiece, Seferina scoring twice on a 2-for-5 effort while Castillo singled and doubled in three at bats with an RBI. Bryan singled and doubled in four at bats with a free pass, two runs scored and one driven in. Seferina and Mercado both swiped a base, their 13th and 25th respectively.

Peoria’s 13 hits was more than enough for their pitchers. Austin Gomber (W, 5-3) went 5 2/3, yielding three runs on seven hits and two bases-on-balls. Robby Rowland retired all four faced, two on strikeouts, stranding two inherited runners.

Dixon Llorens was not effective in his brief appearance, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with one out recorded. Kyle Grana minimized the damage to Llorens after inheriting a bases-loaded, one-out mess. The only one of Llorens’ runners to score with Grana on the mound was the product of a sac fly. Grana retired five straight for his well-earned seventh save.

Friday’s game: vs. West Michigan (30-30), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (0-1, 2.08)

DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Rangers1 3

Catcher Dennis Ortega’s perfect day at the plate helped the Dominican Birds (6-5) to an 8-3 win over the DSL Rangers1.

Ortega went 3-for-3 with a triple, walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Seven other starters contributed to the DSL Cardinals’ 14-hit effort, four of them having two hits each: Brian Sanchez, Luis Flores, Carlos Rodriguez and Edwin Figuera. Sanchez’ three-run bomb was part of a six-run explosion in the fourth, with the right fielder adding a single and another RBI in five at bats. Flores singled twice in five at bats, knocking in one while Rodriguez and Figuera each went 2-for-4, Rodriguez touching home once and Figuera driving in one.

Oneiver Diaz picked up his first win of 2015 in three decisions, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in 5 1/3. Enrigue Perez matched that walk total in just 2 2/3, giving up a hit and run. Will Changarotty issued a free pass in his inning of work.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1 (8-3), 10:30 am ET, tandem of Estarlin Arias (0-0, 3.00)/Ronald Medrano (1-0, 0.00)

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