Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/10/15

Wednesday’s two contests generated mixed results. Jack Flaherty and the bullpen pitched Peoria to a low-scoring win in the play-off opener but Palm Beach’s postseason run came to a quick end, despite a hot night at the plate by Luke Voit.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 9th.

Palm Beach 4 at Charlotte 6

Palm Beach sent its ace to the mound on Tuesday and it was not enough to stave off elimination as the Beach Birds were grounded by the Stone Crabs, 6-4. Palm Beach was swept in its first-round Florida State League playoff series, zero games to two.

Luke Weaver (L, 0-1) went six frames, permitting single tallies in the first and fourth plus a two-run sixth. The fourth-inning score was a solo bomb, one of five hits yielded.

Kevin Herget surrendered a two-run home run, one of four hits and a walk permitted in 1 2/3. Josh Lucas retired his only batter, leaving the sacks jammed.

The PB-Cards outhit Charlotte (TB) 11 to nine but went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 players on. Luke Voit swung a big bat, doubling three times in five at bats, scoring one and driving in two. Collin Radack and Carson Kelly went 2-for-4, with Radack touching home once and Kelly working a base-on-balls.

Peoria 2 vs. Kane County 1

The Chiefs literally walked off with a 2-1 victory over the Cougars at Dozer Field on Tuesday. The series moves to Kane County (ARI), where Peoria will try to win one of the remaining two scheduled first-round playoff contests.

Locked in a 1-1 battle through the visitors half of the ninth, Brian O’Keefe opened the home half with a double. Derek Gibson, who pinch ran for Peoria’s designated hitter, advanced to third on a balk, triggering back-to-back intentional free passes to Nick Thompson and Steve Bean. The Stone Crabs’ hurler was unable to regain the strike zone, issuing a base-on-balls to Kenny Peoples-Walls that brought Gibson across.

Each squad mustered just five hits, with Oscar Mercado garnering two. The shortstop singled twice in three at bats, scoring on Harrison Bader’s first-inning double. Mercado swiped a bag as well.

Jack Flaherty tossed seven strong frames, giving up a run on two of the five hits yielded. Flaherty struck out six.

A trio of Chiefs’ relievers combined to retire six straight, beginning with Steve Sabatino. Sabatino recorded the first two outs in the eighth and Jery Then the last. Kyle Grana (W, 1-0) struck out two in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: at Kane County (0-1), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Gomber (0-0, ---)

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