St. Louis Cardinals Daily Farm Report: Oscar Taveras leaves game early with apparent injury; Stephen Piscotty homers in support of Zach Petrick's first AAA start; and Alex Reyes makes progress on his control problems

Mike Stobe

Zach Petrick was called up to fill in for the also-promoted Tyler Lyons, and Alex Reyes finally managed a K to BB ratio greater than 1.0.

Memphis Beats Oklahoma City 7-4

Notes:

Oscar Taveras was removed from the game for a pinch runner, apparently after calling for the trainer. Per Derrick Goold, the Cardinals have not released an official statement on any injury (if there even is one). There are some rumblings on Twitter that he appeared to be favoring his left ankle (as opposed to his surgically repaired right ankle).

Zach Petrick made his first AAA start in place of Tyler Lyons, who was called up to the majors. It was a solid first outing, with an excellent K:BB ratio.

Every starter for Memphis had at least one hit. Joey Butler was the only player to go hitless for Memphis, getting just one chance after coming in as a pinch runner for Taveras in the 7th inning.

Greg Garcia's HR was his 5th of the season; he still leads the team in round-trippers. Overall his season line is at .262/.368/.600. His K% is much higher this season, however.

Springfield beat Northwest Arkansas 5-2

  • Mike O'Neill (LF), 2 for 4, R, 2Ks
  • Rafael Ortega (RF), 2 for 5, 3B, R, RBI, K
  • James Ramsey (CF), 1 for 4, HBP, 2 Runs
  • Cody Stanley (C), 0 for 3, RBI, K
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B), 1 for 4, K
  • Kyle Hald, 5.0 IP, 5 Hits, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BBs, 2 Ks
Notes:

James Ramsey's 5 home runs lead the Texas League so far this season.

Palm Beach loses to St. Lucie 4-5

Notes:

Palm Beach led 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th, but allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score when Lucas and Llorens combined for five (5) BBs in the innings. St. Lucie did not manage a single hit in the inning, but still managed to make a comeback.

If you have any remaining doubts about the the ugly flaws of ERA, consider this: Llorens walked three (3!) consecutive batters without recording a single out. This will not impact his ERA. At all. Sit on that for a minute, just let it marinate in the ollllll' noggin'...

Peoria beats Cedar Rapids 5-3

  • C.J. McElroy (CF), 2 for 4, R, 2 Ks
  • Juan Herrera (SS), 0 for 3, BB
  • Carson Kelly (C), 2 for 4, 3B, R
  • Ronald Castillo (RF), 0 for 4, 2 Ks
  • Kenneth Peoples-Walls (LF), 2 Runs, RBI, K, SB
  • Steve Bean (DH), 0 for 1, 3 BBs, K
  • Alex Reyes, 4 1/3 IP, 4 Hits, 2 ER, BB, 5 Ks
  • Chris Perry, 3 2/3 IP, 3 Hits, ER, 3 Ks, HR
Notes:

Reyes finally has a good outing with respect to his peripherals, however, it still took him 72 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings. Defying all logic, this was actually his worst start in terms of runs scored.

As a group, do you want us to mention things like Wins, Losses, Saves, Blown Saves, Holds, etc.? And I mean, actually want it, like you've been silently stewing over their absence to date.

Tonight's Starters:

Memphis: Scott MacGregor

Springfield: Seth Blair

Palm Beach: Marco Gonzales

Peoria: Nick Petree


>Editor's Note: This post has been updated with the news of Oscar Taveras leaving last night's game early.

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