Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/2/15

St. Louis’ minors won four and lost two on Tuesday. R.J. Dennard’s multi-bomb night kept State College in the Wild Card hunt and Nick Thompson gave Peoria a walk-off win. Memphis and Springfield both notched wins. Palm Beach remains stalled in its efforts to reach the postseason and Johnson City dropped its season finale.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 1st.

Memphis 6 vs. New Orleans 3

Home runs by Jon Jay, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz gave Memphis (68-70) a 6-3 win over New Orleans (MIA), evening the series at one game each with two on tap. However, the Redbirds were eliminated from postseason contention because of a win by first-place Round Rock (TEX).

All three bombs came with none on, providing one of the two hits each garnered by Jay and Hazelbaker. Jay continued his rehab by going 2-for-3 with a walk while Hazelbaker added a single to his long ball in four at bats, striking out twice. Diaz went 1-for-4, scoring twice. Ed Easley was one of five Memphis players with one hit apiece, doubling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls, run scored and RBI.

Kyle Hald (W, 1-2) was serviceable after sliding into Marco Gonzales’ slot in the rotation after the latter was called up to start for St. Louis. Hald scattered nine hits and three walks over six, resulting in three runs, two earned. Tyler Waldron gave up a hit in two innings while Sam Tuivailala issued a free pass in the ninth, picking up his 17th save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. New Orleans (56-82), 11:35 am CT, Zach Petrick (7-7, 4.38)

Springfield 6 vs. Arkansas 3

Second-place Springfield (31-33) struck first in their four-game showdown with first-place Arkansas (LAA), winning 6-3 in the series’ opener. The S-Cards trimmed the Travelers’ lead to one game as a result.

The home team was outhit 14 to nine but four of their hits went for extras and all four scored. David Washington launched his 15th home run of 2015 with Jonathan Rodriguez (single) aboard in the second, putting Springfield ahead, 2-1. After Arkansas knotted it up in the fourth, the first of Bruce Caldwell’s two doubles knocked in Rodriguez (walk). Caldwell later scored on Washington’s sac fly.

Arkansas answered with a tally in the fifth, their third of the game off Jimmy Reed. Reed pitched with runners on during the entirety of his 4 2/3-inning stint, giving up 10 hits and a free pass. Joey Donofrio stranded two inherited runners before allowing two hits and two walks in 1 2/3.

The S-Cards padded their lead with single scores in sixth and seventh, with Michael Ohlman singling home Caldwell (double) and Mike O’Neill driving in Charlie Tilson (triple). O’Neill, Caldwell and Washington had two hits apiece, the first two in four and the latter in three at bats.

That was more than enough runs for Robby Rowland (W, 1-2), who was credited with his first Double-A victory, tossing 1 2/3 frames and permitting one hit. Ronnie Shaban earned his ninth save despite allowing one hit.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Arkansas (32-32), 6:30 pm CT, Andrew Morales (4-7, 5.29)

Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 4 (10)

Palm Beach (41-23) dropped their fourth straight, this one a 4-3 walk-off loss to second-place Bradenton (39-25) (PIT), who swept the Beach Birds. Palm Beach’s number to clinch remains at three with four to go. They face fifth-place Jupiter (MIA) while Bradenton plays fourth-place St Lucie (NYM).

Josh Lucas (L, 4-3) served up a long ball in his second inning of work. Starter Trey Nielsen exited after recording just two outs because he gave up three runs on three hits and two bases-on-balls.

Cody Schumacher struck out five during his four frames of work, yielding one hit, while Palm Beach chipped away by scoring two in the second before tying it up in the fourth. Junior Fernandez more than held his own in his Florida State League debut, striking out four in 3 2/3 while permitting a hit and two free passes and leaving Schumacher’s runner on. Lucas aided Fernandez’ cause, stranding two inherited runners.

All three of the visitor’s scores were produced by the long ball. Carson Kelly smashed a two-run blast with Mason Katz (double) aboard and Katz launched his fourth of the season. Katz and Allen Staton each had two of the team’s seven hits, both in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game: Off

Peoria 5 vs. Cedar Rapids 4

Peoria (40-24) rallied for a 5-4 walk-off win over Cedar Rapids (32-32) (MIN) in the decisive third game of the series.

Down 4-2 after seven, the Chiefs used two wild pitches to tie it up in the eighth, setting the stage for Harrison Bader, Brian O’Keefe and Nick Thompson in the ninth. Bader lined a single to right with two outs, advancing into scoring position when O’Keefe worked a free pass. Thompson’s line drive single to left was enough to score Bader for the game winner.

That was Thompson’s third hit of the game in four at bats and second RBI, the right fielder earlier powering one out with none on in the second. The William & Mary product is hitting .375 over his last 10 games.

Bader and Kenny Peoples-Walls had two hits apiece, with Bader singling and doubling in five at bats, scoring twice while Peoples-Walls went 2-for-4. Four other Peoria players had one hit each.

Ian McKinney was solid through six, permitting three runs on six hits and two walks. McKinney plunked two batters. Nick Lomascolo gave up a run on two hits and two bases-on-balls in the seventh. Sasha Kuebel struck out three in two frames, allowing a hit and free pass, for his first full-season win.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Burlington (23-41) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-6, 5.83)

State College 9 at Mahoning Valley 2

State College (37-33) tallied in five different frames, pummeling the Scrappers (30-39) (CLE), 9-2, for a three-games-to-one series’ win. The Spikes’ victory, combined with losses by Hudson Valley and Staten Island, place them in a first-place tie with division rival West Virginia for the sole Wild Card slot. State College holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Black Bears (PIT). Six games remain in the regular season.

R.J. Dennard smashed his first two professional home runs, each a two-run shot. The initial bomb occurred with Jesse Jenner on (hit by pitch) for a 2-1 lead after three. The latter capped the Spikes’ scoring in a three-run ninth, again coming with Jenner (walk) aboard.

Dennard was one of four State College players with two of the team’s 10 hits, joining Michael Pritchard, Orlando Olivera and Craig Aikin. Pritchard singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring once while Olivera went 2-for-3 with an RBI before exiting in a defensive switch that moved Thomas Spitz from center to Olivera’s right field position and brought Aikin in at center in the sixth. The latter singled twice in two at bats, touching home two times and driving in one.

Dailyn Martinez sailed to his fourth win in nine decisions, yielding two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls over six. Luke Harrison allowed three hits over the final three for his second save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. sixth-place Batavia (29-40) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (4-2, 3.40)

Pulaski 1 at Johnson City 0

Johnson City (27-38) finished its season on the wrong end of a pitching duel, dropping a 1-0 decision to powerful Pulaski (45-23) (NYY). The JC-Cards lost nine of their last 10 games.

A run via a walk, single and sac fly off Ronnie Williams (L, 3-3) in the first was enough for a trio of Pulaski pitchers, who matched the four hits permitted by the Appy Birds’ pitching trio. Williams struck out seven over five, giving up three hits and a free pass. Julio Mateo and Juan Caballero each tossed two scoreless innings, with Mateo allowing a hit and walk while Caballero fanned three.

Four Johnson City players had one hit each, with Luke Doyle’s double the only extra-base hit.

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