Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/3/15

Memphis rallied for the system’s only win on Wednesday. Paul DeJong’s twin long ball performance was not enough for Peoria who went down to defeat. Springfield and State College each lost, dimming their chances for the postseason while Palm Beach was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 2nd.

Memphis 6 vs New Orleans 5

Ed Easley’s pinch-hit double gave Memphis a 6-5 walk-off win over New Orleans (MIA). The Redbirds (69-70) hold a two-games-to-one series’ advantage with one to play.

Easley came to the plate with the sacks jammed and his team down 5-3 with one out to go. His 11th double cleared the bases, scoring Xavier Scruggs (single), Aledmys Diaz (single) and Dean Anna (walk).

The Zephyrs had almost as many doubles (six) as the home team had hits (seven) and Easley’s double was one of only two extra-base hits for Memphis. The Redbirds acquired two more tallies on Anthony Garcia’s home run that scored Dan Johnson. Johnson went 2-for-4, the only Redbird with more than one hit.

Heath Wyatt retired six straight for his third win in as many decisions. Zach Petrick went the initial 5 1/3, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and two base-on-balls. Ryan Sherriff issued two free passes in 1 2/3 but left Petrick’s last runner aboard.

Thursday’s game: vs New Orleans (56-83), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Arkansas 4 at Springfield 2

The S-Cards (31-34) managed just four hits, resulting in a 4-2 loss to first-place Arkansas (LAA). The loss evens the series at one game each with two on tap and drops second-place Springfield’s elimination number to four with five games remaining.

All three runs charged to Andrew Morales (L, 4-8) over seven crossed in the third, two of them via a long ball. Morales allowed five hits and a base-on-balls. Silfredo Garcia was touched for an unearned tally in the eighth, the righty permitting two hits in two frames. v Springfield’s production rested with Nick Martini’s bat, the left fielder launching his fifth home run of 2015. It came with Mike O’Neill (walk) aboard.

Thursday’s game: vs Arkansas (33-32), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach - off

First-place Palm Beach (41-23) heads into their final series of the regular season trying to snap a four-game skid and clinch a play-off berth. They are coming off a three-game sweep at Bradenton (PIT) who trails them by two.

Thursday’s game: vs fifth-place Jupiter (30-36), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Burlington 8 at Peoria 6 (10)

Nick Frey took the loss in Peoria’s 8-6 series’ opener versus Burlington (LAA).

Frey permitted three hits in his only inning of work, resulting in two scores. Dewin Perez did not finish the fifth, yielding four runs on six hits and a whopping five free passes in 4 2/3. Perez did strike out seven…when he wasn’t walking them.

Tyler Bray tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames, fanning three and stranding an inherited runner. Steve Sabatino recorded two outs but gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits. Jery Then allowed Sabatino’s final runner to cross, permitting a hit and walk in 1 1/3.

Four Chiefs each had two of the team’s 10 hits: Paul DeJong, Luis Cruz, Steve Bean and Derek Gibson. DeJong blasted his fourth and fifth full-season home runs, each a two-run shot with two outs, accounting for four tallies. Those hits were the only ones to go for extras.

Luis Cruz touched home once, going 2-for-5 – as did DeJong and Bean. Gibson drove in one in four at bats. Darren Seferina posted an unusual line of 0-for-3 with two base-on-balls and three runs scored. Gibson and Seferina were both charged with an error while Bean had a passed ball.

Thursday’s game: Peoria (40-25) vs Burlington (24-41), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (8-3, 2.75)

Batavia 8 at State College 0

It was a long night for Spikes’ pitching as State College (37-34) was pounded by Batavia (MIA), 8-0, in the first of their three-game series. Coupled with a win by West Virginia (PIT), that loss puts the Spikes a game out of the wild card lead with five to go.

Each of the Spikes’ pitching trio was touched for runs, starting with Juan Perez (L, 4-3). Perez permitted four runs, three earned, on six hits and two base-on-balls over six. The righty fanned nine.

Max Almonte retired four, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a free pass. Both of the tallies charged to Greg Tomchick in 1 2/3 were unearned, the Old Dominion product allowing a hit and hit batsman.

State College’s offense mustered just four singles by four players.

Thursday’s game: vs Batavia (30-40), 7:05 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (0-1, 2.38)

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