Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/9/17

photo: Nick Martini (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-2 in Friday’s playoff action.  The Peoria Chiefs were eliminated from the Midwest League title chase. Our Players of the Day are the top three hitters in the Memphis lineup, Nick Martini, Aledmys Diaz, and Tyler O’Neill, who combined for seven runs driven in a wild playoff loss.  O’Neill hit the only home run.

Results for games played Friday, September 8.

Memphis 15 at Colorado Springs 16

Aledmys Diaz (USA TODAY Sports Images)

A slugfest in Colorado Springs ended in a one run loss for the Redbirds. Down by nine heading into the eighth, a huge Memphis rally fell just short, despite them putting up eight runs.

The top three in the lineup drove in seven among them.  Nick Martini was 2-for-6 with three runs driven in.  Aledmys Diaz was 3-for-6 with two RBI.  Tyler O’Neill drove in two, one on a solo home run in the ninth.  Adolis Garcia was 3-for-6 with two runs scored.  Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilfredo Tovar plated two, scored three, and was 2-for-3.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.  Jacob Wilson was 2-for-2 and drove in two.

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

Ryan Helsley took the loss.  Helsley pitched four innings, giving up six runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  Josh Zeid surrendered four runs, three earned, in his one inning pitched.  Rowan Wick followed with an inning in which he allowed three runs, one earned.  Sean Gilmartin relinquished three runs in an inning of relief.  Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds’ chances were damaged by three errors (Martini, Tovar, Gilmartin), five walks, and three wild pitches. Memphis went 11-for-22 with runners in scoring position, but the Sky Sox were 10-for-14.

Down two games to one in the best of five set, Memphis must win the next two to move into the Pacific Coast League finals.

Saturday’s game:  at Colorado Springs, Zac Gallen (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.

Peoria 5 at Quad Cities 8

Brian O’Keefe (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a tough one at Quad Cities, a defeat that eliminated them from the Midwest League playoffs.  This makes the third straight playoff elimination loss in a best of three series for the Chiefs.

Starting pitcher Anthony Shew went just 1 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while fanning four and walking one.  Leland Tilley followed with a three run, two earned, 2/3 inning relief performance.  Austin Sexton surrendered a run in 1 2/3 innings.  Dewin Perez pitched three scoreless innings, and Yelson Medina added a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs didn’t score until the fifth inning, when Brian O’Keefe launched a solo home run. Kramer Robertson’s RBI double in the sixth added a second run.  Singles by O’Keefe, Matt Fiedler, and Ryan McCarvel plated three in the eighth.  O’Keefe was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.  Robertson was 2-for-5.

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