Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/7/15

Relievers Nick Lomascolo and Harley Holt came through for Palm Beach, which acquired the system’s only win on Sunday. Memphis and Peoria both lost while Springfield’s and State College’s play-off aspirations were dimmed by defeats.

Results from games played Sunday, September 6th.

Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 5

Marco Gonzales could not finish the fifth as the Redbirds were clipped by the Dodgers, 5-3. Memphis (72-71) holds a two-games-to-one series’ lead with the regular season finale set for Monday.

Gonzales (L, 1-5) served up a two-run bomb in the first, two more runs in the fifth plus a final one before departing with one out in the sixth. The lefty yielded 10 hits and two walks, one intentional, in all.

Chris Thomas induced a 4-6-3 double play to finish the sixth, stranding Gonzales’ last runner. Ryan Sherriff went two frames, allowing a hit and walk.

The Redbirds accumulated eight hits, with Rafael Ortega and Jeremy Hazelbaker each going 2-for-4 and a run scored. A double by Ortega was the team’s only hit to go for extra bases.

Monday’s game: at Oklahoma City (86-57), 11:05 am CT, Kyle Hald (1-2, 4.76)

Tulsa 10 at Springfield 4

A big second doomed the S-Cards to a 10-4 defeat at the hands of the Drillers. Coupled with a win by Arkansas (LAA), the loss drops Springfield (33-36) a game behind the first-place Travelers with one game remaining.

Jimmy Reed (L, 2-4) wore the horns, surrendering six runs on five hits and a base-on-balls while recording two outs in the second. Silfredo Garcia gave up two hits that allowed both inherited runners score.

Joey Donofrio struck out three in two but was touched for a run on three hits and two free passes. Jhonny Polanco provided a respite from the scoring by retiring all six batters faced.

Chris Perry worked around a two-out single in the seventh but jammed the sacks full on two hits and a walk the next frame. All three runners crossed with Robby Rowland on the mound, Rowland plunking his first batter to force in a run before yielding a two-run single. Tyler Melling escaped a bases-loaded mess of his own creation in the ninth.

Springfield banged out 11 hits, three S-Cards having two hits each: Charlie Tilson, Jonathan Rodriguez and David Washington. Tilson singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring once while Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Washington singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Monday’s game: vs Tulsa (32-37), 12:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (4-8, 5.21)

Palm Beach 8 at Jupiter 3

The Beach Birds finished their second half ‘title’ run with a come-from-behind 8-3 win over Jupiter (32-38) (MIA). Palm Beach, which ended the second half with a 43-25 record, will host Charlotte (TB), the South’s first-half winner, in game one on Tuesday, September 8th. Charlotte, which landed in last place for the second half with a 24-41 mark, will host games two and three, the latter if necessary, in the best-of-three division championship series.

Trailing 3-1 midway through seven, the PB-Cards erupted for five tallies. Four of the first five Beach Birds reached on a lead-off double and three consecutive one-out singles, resulting in two runs. A pitching change and walk later, Luke Voit’s bases-loaded single drove in two more, his only hit in four at bats. An RBI groundout finished the scoring for the inning but not the game. Palm Beach cushioned its lead with two more the next frame, capitalizing on two walks, a stolen base, missed catch error, run-scoring wild pitch and a sac fly.

The game featured a balanced offensive effort, with eight of nine starters garnering at least one of 10 team hits and either scoring or knocking in a run. Danny Diekroeger and C.J. McElroy each singled twice while touching home once, in four and three at bats, respectively. Diekroeger drove in two and McElroy one. Blake Drake went 1-for-3 with a double, one of two extra-base hits for the Beach Birds, and a base-on-balls, scoring twice and stealing his sixth base of 2015.

The PB-Cards’ hurlers permitted 16 hits in all but minimized the damage with four double plays. Reliever Nick Lomascolo worked out of two hits given up for a scoreless seventh, earning his first win in his Palm Beach debut. Harley Holt faced the minimum before loading the bases on two singles and a free pass but escaped the jam for his first professional save.

Making his first start for Palm Beach, Junior Fernandez managed to give up just two runs, one earned, on seven hits over three, thanks to two of those double plays. Kevin Alexander benefited from the other two “Pitcher’s Best Friend”, yielding an unearned tally and five hits in three.

Monday’s game: Off

Peoria 2 at Kane County 3

In a preview of the upcoming play-off series, Peoria (41-28) dropped its second straight decision to Kane County (ARI), 3-2. The series’ and regular season’s finale finishes up on Monday with both teams facing each other again beginning on Wednesday.

Ian McKinney (L, 3-1) gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman over 5 2/3. Steve Sabatino permitted a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3. Kyle Grana faced the minimum in the eighth.

The Chiefs mustered just five hits, with Darren Seferina garnering two of them. The second baseman singled twice in four at bats, scoring one and driving in another. He also committed his 13th error of 2015.

Monday’s game: at Kane County (48-21), 1:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-6, 5.97)

Williamsport 2 at State College 1

The Spikes’ 2-1 loss to the Crosscutters on Sunday left them a game out of the Wild Card lead because co-favorite West Virginia won. The regular season finale match-ups for the two contenders do not favor State College (40-35) since they face the team with the best record in the league while the Black Bears face Mahoning Valley (CLE), the team tied for the worst record in the league.

Dailyn Martinez took his sixth loss in 10 decisions, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk through six. Luke Harrison allowed a hit in his three-inning stint.

The Spikes outhit the Crosscutters, 11 to nine, but were a dismal 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Leobaldo Pina, Orlando Olivera, R.J. Dennard and Ronnierd Garcia all had two hits apiece, Olivera doubling once in three at bats and scoring his team’s only run. State College ground into three double plays.

Monday’s game: at Williamsport (46-29), 1:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (4-3, 3.50)

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