Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/19/15

Trey Nielsen led Palm Beach to one of the system’s three wins on Thursday. Peoria and the DSL squad were both victorious but Memphis went down to defeat while Springfield’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Thursday, June 18th.

Memphis 5 at Oklahoma City 6

Redbirds’ hurlers could not hold a four-run lead as Memphis (36-32) dropped the series’ opener at Oklahoma City (LAD).

With Memphis up 5-1 after five, the Dodgers’ battle back began with three runs against Zach Petrick in the sixth. Petrick surrendered 12 hits and a walk in six, striking out four.

In the seventh, Dean Kiekhefer (BS, 2) gave up the game-tying score on two hits while retiring two batters. Heath Wyatt sent down four straight, stranding an inherited runner. Tyler Waldron (L, 2-4) served up a solo shot that gave the home team the walk off.

Six of the Rebirds’ eight hits were generated in the third, resulting in all five tallies. Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham each doubled twice in four at bats, scoring once. Dan Johnson singled home Dean Anna (double) and Piscotty while Ty Kelly’s only hit in four at bats was an RBI triple that brought Pham across.

Friday’s game: at Oklahoma City (44-22), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (1-0, 0.00)

Springfield vs. Northwest Arkansas - postponed

Game two of four between Springfield (27-38) and Northwest Arkansas (KC) was rained out. It has been rescheduled as part of a Friday double header.

Friday’s games: vs. Northwest Arkansas (39-26). Game one – 5:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-0, 5.19)/Arturo Reyes (4-2, 1.90)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Dunedin 1

Palm Beach (32-35) downed Dunedin 4-1 on Friday for a three-games-to-one series’ win.

Player of the Day Trey Nielsen (W, 7-4) went at least six frames for the fifth straight time, holding the Blue Jays to a run on six hits and three bases-on-balls in six. The righty has not given up more than one earned run in his last six starts covering 40 innings. Nielsen fanned four with nine ground-ball and five fly-ball outs.

Corey Littrell, Josh Lucas and Chris Perry each hurled a scoreless frame. Littrell and Lucas faced the minimum, Lucas thanks to a double-play ball. A batter reached against Perry upon being plunked but the North Carolina native recovered to fan two for his ninth save.

The Beach Birds were outhit six to seven but made the most of six free passes issued by Dunedin’s pitching staff by plating two of them. Robelys Reyes (walk) scored when Luke Voit launched his third home run in the third and Brett Wiley (walk) came around in the sixth after Jake Gronsky doubled to right with two out in the sixth. Gronsky scored on Derek Gibson’s second single of the day. Gronsky matched Gibson’s two hits, going 2-for-4 with the aforementioned double while Gibson singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Friday’s game: Off for the Florida State League All-Star break. The game is Saturday night with regular season play resuming on Monday, June 22nd.

Peoria 7 at Beloit 1

Peoria (33-33) handled Beloit (25-42) (OAK) 7-1 on Thursday for a three-game series’ sweep.

Seven of nine Chiefs starters had at least one of the team’s 11 hits, led by Alex De Leon, who went 3-for-4 out of the six hole. Danny Diekroeger was the most productive, accounting for four runs on a 2-for-3 effort that included a free pass, triple, two runs scored and two driven in. Five players had one hit each, including doubled by Darren Seferina and Andrew Sohn.

Jack Flaherty (W, 2-1) used five strikeouts to minimize the six hits and a walk he allowed in 5 2/3. The only one of Flaherty’s runners to score did so on Anderson Gerdel’s watch.

Gerdel permitted an RBI single to his first batter faced, then retired the next four straight while leaving Flaherty’s last runner on. It was both the 2015 and full-season debut for Gerdel. Dixon Llorens tossed a one-two-three eighth before Kyle Grana yielded a hit the next inning.

Friday’s game: at Kane County (34-32) (ARI), 6:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (6-0, 2.08)

State College

The State College Spikes open the defense of their 2014 New York-Penn League championship with a home-away-home series versus Williamsport (PHI).

Friday’s game: vs. Williamsport, 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (0-0, ---)

DSL Cardinals 14 vs. DSL Astros Orange 4

The Dominican Birds (8-9) banged out 18 hits on their way to a 14-4 drubbing of the DSL Astros Orange.

Elehuris Montero, Wadye Ynfante and Irving Wilson each had three hits, Montero and Ynfante in five at bats and Wilson in four. Montero generated one of the team’s three doubles, touched home twice and joined Ynfante with two RBI. Catcher Wilson scored a tally while right fielder Brian Sanchez’ only hit in six at bats was his second home run of 2015, a two-run bomb.

Starter Ronald Medrano was charged with all four of the opposition’s runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk in 3 1/3. He fanned five. Frendy Gavin struck out both batters faced before turning the ball over to Medrano’s tandem mate, Estarlin Arias.

Arias (W, 1-1) struck out six over four strong frames, issuing two free passes and allowing no hits. Cristhian Lugo walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game: at DSL Astros Orange (4-13), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-0, 1.20)

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