Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/6/15

St. Louis’ minors managed a rare sweep on Sunday, all five teams in action triumphing. Memphis’ bullpen start was a successful one, Springfield and State College won as well while Luke Weaver and Luis Perdomo shown brightly in the victories by Palm Beach and Peoria, respectively. Johnson City was rained out (again) and both the GCL and DSL clubs were off.

Results from games played Sunday, July 5th.

Memphis 7 at Colorado Springs 3

The Redbirds (43-41) prevailed 7-3 over the Sky Sox (MIL) on Sunday, giving them the first two of their four-game set.

A quartet of Memphis relievers handled the pitching, taking Tyler Lyons’ turn in the rotation after the latter was scratched in preparation for a start for St. Louis in their double-header on Tuesday. Dean Kiekhefer was first up, making his first start since the Single-A level in 2010, yielding a run on three hits in 3 2/3. Heath Wyatt was credited with his first win, shutting down Colorado Springs on three hits over three with two strikeouts.

Justin Wright recorded the seventh’s final out, stranding one, but could not duplicate that in the eighth. The lefty was touched for two runs on four hits and needed Keith Butler’s aid to limit the damage. Butler retired six straight, leaving two of Wright’s runners aboard, for his first save since 2013.

Memphis compiled a balanced scoring attack, with four Redbirds having two hits apiece: Dan Johnson, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Stephen Piscotty and Rafael Ortega. Johnson and Hazelbaker blasted a solo and two-run shot, respectively, Johnson doubling once in five at bats while Hazelbaker went 2-for-3 with two walks and that two-run bomb.

Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI, Ortega doubled and tripled in five at bats, knocking one in. Three other Redbirds had one hit each.

Monday’s game: at Colorado Springs (32-49), 8:05 p.m. CT, Nick Greenwood (6-3, 5.72)

Springfield 7 vs. Corpus Christi 5

Down five runs before they even came to bat, Springfield (5-5) overcame an early hole for a 7-5 walk-off win versus Corpus Christi (HOU) in the first of three.

Kyle Hald served up a grand slam, comprising four of the five tallies he surrendered in seven. Hald allowed seven hits, a base-on-balls and hit batter, fanning seven.

Ryan Sherriff struck out two but gave up a hit and free pass in the eighth. Both runners were left on by Ronnie Shaban, who certainly earned his second victory in three decisions. Shaban retired four of five faced, issuing one free pass.

The S-Cards’ bats chipped away at their opposition’s lead, scoring three times in the first two frames before tying it in the fourth. The difference-maker turned out to be Patrick Wisdom’s ninth long ball of 2015. The walkoff came with Charlie Tilson (walk) aboard and sent Springfield fans home happy.

Wisdom and David Washington each had two of the team’s eight hits, with the latter also sending one over the fences. Third baseman Wisdom went 2-for-4 with a walk, the aforementioned two-run home run and scored an additional run while Washington went 2-for-3 with a free pass, double and solo bomb, touching home twice. Second baseman Bruce Caldwell singled once in two at bats with two bases-on-balls, crossing once and stealing his second Double-A bag.

Monday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-5), 7:10 p.m. CT, Corey Baker (2-3, 4.25)

Palm Beach 10 at Charlotte 0

Luke Weaver tossed six strong frames while his offense worked the free pass, resulting in a 10-0 pounding of Charlotte (TB). The victory clinches the series with one to go.

Weaver blanked the Stone Crabs on four hits and a walk, striking out four with five ground- and four fly-ball outs. Lee Stoppelman pitched the seventh and eighth, giving up two hits and a base-on-balls, and Tyler Melling yielded a hit in the ninth.

The Beach Birds mustered just five hits but reached base eight times via the free pass and once on a hit batsman, translating three walks and the plunked batter into four runs. Six of the 10 tallies were unearned because of four Charlotte miscues.

Five different PB-Cards had one hit each while eight of nine starters crossed home at least once. Collin Radack had an interesting line of 1-for-1 with three walks, a run scored and an RBI on a sac fly. Jose Gonzalez’ only hit in three at bats was his first home run as a Beach Bird, with the catcher adding a walk and another run scored.

Monday’s game: at Charlotte (2-9), 7:00 p.m. ET, Rob Kaminsky (6-4, 2.14)

Peoria 7 vs. Quad Cities 1

The Chiefs (4-7) downed Quad Cities 7-1, preventing a four-game sweep by the River Bandits (HOU).

Luis Perdomo, who on Sunday was named as Alex Reyes’ replacement in the 2015 Futures Game, was magnificent for Peoria, striking out eight through eight while surrendering just five hits and a base-on-balls. Kyle Grana was charged with an unearned run on a walk in the ninth.

Eight of nine Chiefs accumulated at least one hit, with Nick Thompson the only Peoria player with more than one. Thompson singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring once. Alex De Leon’s only hit in two at bats was his seventh home run of 2015, a two-run blast that was part of his team’s four-run second. De Leon walked twice. Kenny Peoples-Walls went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and three runs scored.

Monday’s game: vs. Burlington (4-7) (LAA), 7:00 p.m. CT, Austin Gomber (7-3, 3.52)

State College 7 at Auburn 1

The Spikes (7-9) sailed past the Doubledays 7-1, evening the series at one game apiece.

State College banged out 14 hits, led by Michael Pritchard and Jesse Jenner who had three each. Pritchard went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored while Jenner went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run long ball, scored one and drove in two. Harrison Bader, Cole Lankford and Craig Aikin each had two hits, Bader and Lankford going 2-for-5 with a run scored, Lankford doubling once. Aikin singled twice in four at bats, working one free pass. Pritchard and Bader each swiped their second base of 2015.

Landon Beck (W, 1-1) tossed six strong frames, fanning eight while giving up a run on four hits and a base-on-balls. Pedro Echemendia tossed a one-two-three seventh, giving way to Jacob Evans, who allowed a hit over the final two frames.

Monday’s game: at Auburn (7-9) (WSH), 7:05 p.m. ET, Greg Tomchick (0-0, 0.00)

Johnson City vs. Bristol - postponed

Rain, rain, go away! Johnson City (4-5) and Bristol were rained out for the fourth straight day. They will try and play back-to-back twin-bills on Monday and Tuesday with the rescheduling of balance of the make-up games yet to be determined.

Monday’s games: vs. Bristol (3-6) (PIT). Game one – 6:00 p.m. ET, Josh Wirsu (1-0, 0.00)/Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Birds open their third week of play sitting in fourth (last) place in the East Division, 4.5 games behind the first-place Marlins.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (3-8) at GCL Mets (7-4), 12:00 p.m. ET, Estarlin Arias (1-0, 4.50)

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League Cards are tied for third place in the Boca Chica North Division, 11 games behind the first-place Rangers.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (14-17) at DSL Rangers1 (25-6), 10:30 a.m. ET, Oneiver Diaz (1-3, 3.77)

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