Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/15/15

Impressive outings by Thomas Lee and Arturo Reyes led Memphis and Springfield to the system’s only wins on Sunday. Palm Beach and Peoria both went down to defeat and the DSL Cardinals were off.

Results from games played Sunday, June 14th.

Memphis 2 vs. Round Rock 0

Thomas Lee’s Triple-A debut was a dandy one, resulting in a 2-0 Redbirds’ victory over the Express (TEX). Memphis (34-30) and Round Rock (37-25) each won two of the four-game set.

Co-Player of the Day Lee (W, 1-0) stalled the Express on five hits through seven, walking one and fanning four. He threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Marcus Hatley and Sam Tuivailala each tossed a scoreless frame, the latter striking out two and picking up his ninth save.

Single scores in the first and third were enough for the win but it could have been more in the opening frame. Back-to-back singles by Tommy Pham and Jacob Wilson were followed by Dan Johnson’s free pass, jamming the sacks full with none out. Xavier Scruggs hit into an 8-5 double play, however, scoring Pham but Memphis’ main scoring threat ended as Wilson was thrown out at third.

Pham and Scruggs combined for their team’s final score as well. Pham led off the third with a double, remaining on second until Scruggs came through with a two-out RBI single. Pham went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while four other Redbirds garnered one hit each.

Monday’s game: at Nashville (29-35) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (4-1, 7.90)

Springfield 8 at Tulsa 0 (7)

Arturo Reyes carried a no-hitter into the seventh as Springfield blanked Tulsa 8-0 in a game called after seven due to rain. Each team has won one of the first two of the four-game series.

The only baserunner to reach against co-Player of the Day Reyes (W, 4-2) through six came on a free pass with two out in the first. The 23-year-old set down 18 consecutive Drillers before yielding his second base-on-balls plus his first hit, a single. That brought Chris Thomas into the game who struck out his only batter faced. Reyes struck out eight with six ground-ball and two fly-ball outs and threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes.

The S-Cards (26-36) managed just four hits themselves but took advantage of nine free passes issued by Tulsa’s pitching staff. Michael Ohlman went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and two knocked in. Jonathan Rodriguez singled once on three at bats with a walk, run scored and two RBI. Jeremy Hazelbaker had the interesting line of 0-for-2 with two bases-on-balls and scoring three times.

Monday’s game: at Tulsa (26-35), 11:05 am CT, Corey Baker (2-2, 3.34)

Palm Beach 2 at St Lucie 5

The Palm Beach bullpen could not hold an early lead, resulting in a 5-2 loss to St Lucie in the decisive third game of the series.

Corey Littrell, pitching in Luke Weaver’s rotation slot, held the Mets to a single tally on five hits through four. It was the southpaw’s first start in just over a month.

Littrell handed the ball off to Cody Schumacher, who maintained his team’s 2-1 lead over five but gave up back-to-back walks plus a one-out double that plated two the next frame, ending his night. Beach Birds newcomer Jonathan Escudero was touched for a tally on two hits and a walk over 1 2/3 while Tyler Melling surrendered an unearned run and two hits in the eighth.

Held to just five hits, Palm Beach (29-34) got two of them in the third but needed a fielding error to bring both runners around. Jimmy Bosco and Casey Turgeon each singled to left, the latter’s hit producing a miscue that brought Bosco across and left Turgeon in position to score on a subsequent ground out. Both runs were unearned. Designated hitter Brett Wiley singled twice in four at bats.

Monday’s game: vs. Dunedin (29-34) (TOR), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

South Bend 7 at Peoria 3

Peoria (30-33) dropped a 7-3 decision to South Bend (CHC), evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Matt Pearce gave up four runs, three earned, on nine hits in seven, taking his seventh loss in 10 decisions. He struck out four. Nick Lomascolo allowed six hits over the next two, resulting in three tallies. Neither hurler issued a free pass.

Darren Seferina took part in all three of the Chiefs’ scores, going 3-for-5 with a double and two-run bomb that was part of his three RBI. The second baseman was charged with his fifth miscue of 2015, one of two by Peoria’s defense. Four other Chiefs had one hit apiece, including Andrew Sohn who doubled once in three at bats and scored twice.

Monday’s game: vs. South Bend (27-34), 7:00 pm CT, Jhonny Polanco (1-0, 2.30)

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (6-7) vs. DSL Mariners2 (9-4), 10:30 am ET, tandem start – Junior Gonzalez (0-0, 2.57)/Juan Alvarez (1-0, 0.00)

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