Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/16/15

St. Louis’ top three teams all put one in the win column on Monday. Memphis and Palm Beach both came out of top while Patrick Wisdom’s multi-home run effort was key in Springfield’s victory. The DSL Cardinals fell while Peoria’s game was cancelled.

Results from games played Monday, June 15th.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 2

The Redbirds (35-30) kicked off a seven-game road trip with a 5-2 victory over Nashville (OAK).

The offense pushed across four runs in the initial three frames, setting Nick Greenwood up for his fifth win in six decisions. Greenwood had his best outing in eight starts, shutting down the Sounds on two hits and two walks over 6 1/3. The lefty fanned seven.

Tyler Waldron, Dean Kiekhefer and Sam Tuivailala shared pitching duties the rest of the way. Waldron was touched for two runs on two hits in 1 1/3, both runners scoring while Kiekhefer was on the mound, as the lefty gave up a hit with one out recorded. Tuivailala tossed a one-two-three ninth for his 10th save.

Rafael Ortega and Xavier Scruggs each had two of the team’s eight hits, both going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ortega doubled and tripled, knocking in one while Scruggs also swiped his second base of the season. Tommy Pham drove in two, singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville (29-36), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-3, 4.23)

Springfield 8 at Tulsa 4 (10)

The S-Cards played a little long ball at Tulsa on Tuesday, resulting in an 8-4 win in extras. The victory moved Springfield (27-36) a half-game ahead of Tulsa (LAD) in the standings and gives them a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one yet to play.

All eight of the visitors’ tallies were the products of four home runs. Player of the Day Patrick Wisdom launched two of them, his second a 10th-inning grand slam that proved decisive. The third baseman went 2-for-5 with five driven in. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two-run bomb, touching home twice while Jose Gonzalez’ first home run of 2015 was his only hit in five at bats.

Springfield banged out 11 hits in all, led by Charlie Tilson who went 3-for-5 with a double, stolen base and was caught stealing once. Anthony Garcia doubled twice in four at bats, scoring once.

Making his second start in 19 appearances, Corey Baker held the Drillers scoreless on two hits and a base-on-balls through five. He left with his squad up 3-0, but the lead did not survive Jordan Swagerty’s stint.

Swagerty yielded two hits and two free passes, resulting in three runs in just a third of an inning. The final run charged to him crossed under Kevin Herget’s watch. Herget (BS, 1) limited the damage by stranding two of three inherited runners and kept the opposition off the board in the seventh and eighth.

Kyle Barraclough (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) fanned five in two frames but surrendered a run on four hits that sent the game into extras.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa (26-36), 7:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-0, 1.54)

Palm Beach 2 vs. Dunedin 1

Luke Weaver’s latest start may have been delayed a day but he made it a good one as Palm Beach (30-34) edged Dunedin 2-1 in the first of four games.

Weaver, whose regular rotation slot was Sunday, blanked the Blue Jays on a hit and two free passes over six. The right-hander struck out five with five ground-ball and three fly-ball outs. Josh Lucas gave up a run on two hits in two while Chris Perry struck out the side in the ninth, earning his eighth save.

The offensively-challenged Beach Birds, whose .234 team batting average puts them dead last in the Florida State League, mustered just four hits. Two of them occurred in the third when Juan Herrera and Casey Turgeon singled back-to-back, the former advancing to third on a groundout by Robelys Reyes and scoring via a wild pitch. Turgeon went 2-for-3 for half of his team’s hits.

The squad’s final tally scored in the sixth and was unearned. Reyes reached on a truly whopping throwing error by Dunedin’s third baseman that left him on third. Brett Wiley’s subsequent groundout brought Reyes across.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Dunedin (29-35), 6:35 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (3-4, 2.55)

Peoria vs. South Bend - cancelled

The Chiefs’ series finale versus South Bend (27-34) was rained out on Monday. Since Peoria (30-33) and the Cubs do not meet again this season, the game will not be rescheduled.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit (25-39) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (2-6, 2.70)

DSL Mariners2 10 at DSL Cardinals 6

The Dominican Birds (6-8) fell to the DSL Mariners2 10-6 on Monday, their third straight loss and fourth in their last five games.

Junior Gonzalez (L, 0-1) was charged with five runs on eight hits and three walks in four. Tandem mate Juan Alvarez yielded four runs, two earned, on five this and two free passes over four. Luis Rosales gave up a run on a hit and two bases-on-balls in his inning of work.

The home team generated 10 hits with seven walks but were a pretty futile 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Carlos Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a walk and solo shot for two RBI while centerfielder Brian Sanchez singled and doubled in three at bats, working a base-on-balls and knocking in two. They were the only Dominican Cards with more than one hit.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Angels (8-6), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 4.50)



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