Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/8/15

Dewin Perez was impressive in Peoria’s regular season finale, one of four wins in St. Louis’ minors of Labor Day. Memphis finished their season on an up note but both Springfield's and State College's postseason aspirations end despite their wins.

Results from games played Monday, September 7th.

Memphis 7 at Oklahoma City 3

Memphis (73-71) finished its 2015 campaign with a 7-3 victory over Oklahoma City (86-58) (LAD). The Redbirds took the series three games to one, ending the season in second, 4 1/2 games behind Round Rock (TEX).

Kyle Hald (W, 2-2) was serviceable through five, permitting three runs on six hits. All three scores resulted from two long balls.

A trio of Redbirds relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way: Justin Wright, Dean Kiekhefer and Sam Tuivailala. Wright gave up two hits in two frames, inducing one double play. Kiekhefer completed a fine 2015 season by working a one-two three eighth while Tuivailala allowed a hit in his inning of work.

Aledmys Diaz was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored. The only other Redbird with more than one hit was Rafael Ortega, who singled and doubled in five at bats, scored once and drove in two. Four Memphis players had one hit each.

Springfield 6 vs Tulsa 3

A five-run first propelled Springfield to a 6-3 win over Tulsa (32-38) (LAD) in the regular season finale. But first-place Arkansas (LAA) won as well to claim the final Texas League postseason berth. The S-Cards finished in second with a 34-36 mark, one game behind the Travelers.

Tulsa struck first with a run off Andrew Morales (W, 5-8) on a walk and back-to-back singles but the home team responded with five tallies in the bottom of the frame. All five were unearned due to a fielding error on what should have been the third out. Instead, Charlie Tilson (double) scored to tie it up at one all. Four more runners scored, David Washington (single) driving in Jonathan Rodriguez (error), Patrick Wisdom singling in Michael Ohlman (walk) and Breyvic Valera knocking in Washington and Wisdom.

Valera led the 10-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot comprising one of his three RBI. Tilson singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring the aforementioned run and Washington went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Rodriguez and Tilson swiped their ninth and 46th stolen bases of 2015. Tilson led the league in that category.

That was more than enough run support for Morales, who limited his opponents to just two more hits and one more free pass over the next six frames. The 22-year-old struck out six over seven, throwing 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Silfredo Garcia worked around a one-out single, inducing three groundball outs. Ronnie Shaban was touched for a tally on two hits in the ninth.

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach begins its quest for the 2015 Florida State League Championship with a best-of-three series versus Charlotte (TB). The Beach Birds host game one on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs Charlotte, 6:35 pm ET

Peoria 6 at Kane County 5

Peoria built a 6-1 lead midway through nine then hung on to edge Kane County 6-5 and prevent a four-game sweep by the Cougars (48-22) (ARI). Peoria (42-28) finished the second half in third, six games in back of Kane County but made their way into the Wild Card slot because second-place Quad Cities already qualified for the postseason by winning the first-half title.

Harrison Bader had three of his team’s 12 hits, going 3-for-5 with a double and solo bomb and touching home twice. Darren Seferina, Josh Swirchak and Nick Thompson each had two hits, Seferina singling and doubling in four at bats with a base-on-balls, scoring once. Swirchak went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run while Thompson was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

It took one Chiefs’ hurler to pitch the initial six frames and another five to make it through the last four. Dewin Perez (W, 3-6) blanked Kane County on two hits and a hit batsman over six, giving way to Sasha Kuebel, who was charged with a run on two hits in the seventh.

Tyler Bray recorded the first two outs in the eighth and Dixon Llorens the last out, Llorens leaving a runner of Bray’s aboard. But the game took a nasty turn with Jery Then on the bump, with the 20-year-old surrendering a lead-off home run before loading the bases via a walk and two singles while retiring one batter.

Kyle Grana got the last two outs but not before letting all inherited runners score. Grana issued a free pass and two-run single but picked up his 24th save. Grana finished second in the Midwest League in saves for the season, nine behind Kane County’s Zac Curtis.

Tuesday’s game: Off. The best-of-three playoff series with Kane County begins on Wednesday with Peoria hosting.

State College 5 at Williamsport 3

A balanced offensive effort resulted in a 5-3 Spikes’ victory but the season ended right there for State College (41-35) as they finished a game behind West Virginia (PIT) in the Wild Card standings.

Seven of nine starters had at least one of the squad’s 11 hits and seven either scored once, drove in a run or both. Three players had two hits apiece: R.J. Dennard, Leobaldo Pina and Jesse Jenner, the first two in four and Jenner in three at bats. Dennard doubled once, joining Pina by touching home one time. Ronnierd Garcia’s only hit in four at bats was a three-run home run that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.

Kender Villegas was credited with his second win in five decisions, allowing an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3. Villegas pitched in relief of Juan Perez who issued five free passes in 3 2/3, giving up four hits and two tallies.

Steven De La Cruz hurled two scoreless frames, fanning three. Pedro Echemendia pitched around a hit in the ninth for his 12th save.

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