Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/13/15

St Louis’ minors won two and lost three on Friday. Palm Beach and Peoria were victorious by identical scores but Memphis, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals all went down to defeat, Springfield despite an excellent day by Mike O’Neill.

Results from games played Friday, June 12th.

Round Rock 4 at Memphis 2

Moved up a day to replace promoted Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney tossed a losing effort Friday. Memphis dropped a 4-2 decision to Round Rock (TEX), evening the series as one game apiece with two to play. The second-place Redbirds (33-29) trail the Express by four but are a comfortable four ahead of Nashville (OAK).

Cooney (L, 5-3) yielded two two-run frames during his six-inning stint. The lefty allowed six hits and a walk, fanning four. Keith Butler worked through 1 1/3, permitting two hits. Justin Wright retired all five batters faced.

The home team’s entire results were produced by a two-run bomb off Xavier Scruggs’ bat. Scruggs and Stephen Piscotty both went 2-for-4, Piscotty doubling once. Three other Redbirds had one hit apiece.

Saturday’s game: vs. Round Rock (36-24), 6:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (4-3, 3.54)

Springfield 12 at Arkansas 15

The S-Cards’ nine tallies in the last two frames were not sufficient to overcome one ginormous inning as they fell to the second-place Travelers 15-12. Springfield (25-35) took the series three games to one and has gone 8-2 over their last 10 games. They remain in fourth, 10 behind Northwest Arkansas (KC) and are within a game of elimination in the first half.

The visitors led 2-0 after four, but Arkansas (LAA) exploded for 14, yes – 14, runs in the fifth off a combination of Kyle Hald, Lee Stoppelman and Jordan Swagerty. Hald, making his first start since being activated off the disabled list, gave up a walk and hit through the first four but exited after issuing another free pass and plunking one with one out the next frame.

Both runners, plus a whole lot more, crossed with Stoppelman (L, 0-1) on the mound. The southpaw issued a whopping five bases-on-balls along with two hits, resulting in seven runs while recording one out. That was better than Jordan Swagerty, as the 25-year-old allowed two hits and three walks without retiring a batter.

Infielder Bruce Caldwell was thrown onto the mound at this point and acquitted himself the best of the bunch. Caldwell gave up three hits and a free pass in two scoreless frames (or maybe the Travelers were just too tired at that point). Outfielder Nick Martini went the last 1 1/3, allowing a run on two hits and the last two of the 13 walks issued by Springfield’s mound men.

Springfield did not go quietly, pushing across nine runs over the final two frames. Six S-Cards generated a multi-hit performance, paced by Player of the Day Mike O’Neill, who went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Martini was right behind him, going 3-for-5 with a triple and three-run home run. Martini crossed home twice and knocked in five.

Aledmys Diaz, Charlie Tilson, Anthony Garcia and Michael Ohlman each had two hits. Diaz’ third long ball of 2015 was a solo shot in the ninth, Springfield’s final tally. The shortstop had two RBI in his five at bats. Tilson went 2-for-5 as well, scoring one while Garcia singled twice in four at bats with a walk and two runs scored. Ohlman went 2-for-3 with two driven in before being replaced at catcher by Jose Gonzalez.

Saturday’s game: at third-place Tulsa (25-34) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-0, 1.98)

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 1

The Beach Birds came out on top of a low-scoring affair, slipping past St. Lucie 2-1 in the first of three. Fifth-place Palm Beach (29-32) is just playing out the first half as Charlotte (TB) has clinched the first-half title.

Facing the Mets for the second straight time, Trey Nielsen (W, 6-4) generated almost identical numbers. The righty again went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, but fanned six instead of the seven he did previously. Chris Perry worked around a hit and base-on-balls over two, earning his seventh save.

With both teams managing just six hits, other factors proved key. Derek Gibson was hit with one out in the fourth. A wild pitch moved him into scoring position where he easily came around on Carson Kelly’s seventh double of the season. That knotted the game at one all.

The PB-Cards took the lead the next inning without a hit. Robelys Reyes opened with a walk, stole second – his 14th of 2015, advanced to third on a groundout and scored an unearned run on a passed ball. Six different Beach Birds had one hit apiece, Kelly’s double the only one to go for extra bases.

Saturday’s game: at St. Lucie (30-31), 6:30 pm ET, Will Anderson (1-3, 4.46)

Peoria 2 vs. West Michigan 1

Darren Seferina proved the difference in the Chiefs’ 2-1 victory over the Whitecaps (DET) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Fifth-place Peoria (29-32) is 11 ½ in back of Quad Cities (HOU) with an elimination number of three.

Leadoff batter Seferina scored both of his team’s runs. The designated hitter’s first home run of the season tied the game up at one all after one. Seferina followed that up with a single to kick off the third, eventually touching home on a ground out by Danny Diekroeger. Seferina and number two bat Vaughn Bryan accounted for all five of their team’s hits, Bryan going 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Jack Flaherty earned his first full-season win the 19-year-old permitting a run on four hits and two walks in 5 1/3. He struck out four. Blake McKnight blanked West Michigan (30-31) on two hits over 2 2/3, stranding two inherited runners. Kender Villegas faced the minimum in the ninth, picking up his first full-season save.

Saturday’s game: vs. South Bend (26-33) (CHC), 6:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (6-0, 2.14)

DSL Rangers1 6 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds were shut out for the second time in three games, this one a 6-0 loss to the DSL Rangers1. The DSL Cardinals (6-6) are tied with the DSL Rockies for fourth, 2 ½ behind the DSL Giants.

Estarlin Arias was charged with his first loss, yielding a run on eight hits in 3 2/3. Frendy Gavin recorded the last out in the fourth, stranding the bases loaded, before giving way to Ronald Medrano, Arias’ tandem mate.

Medrano permitted two runs, one earned, on three hits and two bases-on-balls in 3 2/3. Edwin Ramirez left Medrano’s last runner on but allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3.

The Dominican Cards banged out nine hits, with Elehuris Montero and Dylan Melendez the only players with more than one. Montero, the third baseman, went 3-for-5 while designated hitter Melendez singled and doubled in four at bats.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Mariners2 (8-4), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-0, 1.80)

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