Jeremy Hefner (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Highlights of Saturday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

The Cardinals system was a perfect 4-0 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis pitcher Jeremy Hefner, who pitched five innings of one-hit ball to earn the win for Memphis.

Results for games played Saturday, April 9.

Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 0

Jeremy Hefner started and pitched five strong innings, with no runs allowed on only one hit.  Hefner was the winning pitcher.  Relief was provided by Heath Wyatt, Justin Wright, and Miguel Socolovich.

10 hits and four runs were provided by the Redbirds offense, including a solo home run by Michael Ohlman, who pinch hit in the seventh inning and caught the remaining innings.  Anthony Garcia was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Nick Martini was also 2-for-4.  Alex Mejia drove in a run on a second inning triple and was 2-for-2 on the night.  Matt Williams, Jacob Wilson and Jonathan Rodriguez each had a hit.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs, Thomas Lee (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT

Springfield 6 at San Antonio 4

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits.  Chris Thomas and Ronnie Shaban pitched the remaining two innings, with Shaban surrendering one run, but earning the save.  Poncedeleon was the winning pitcher.

On offense, Harrison Bader, who was Friday’s Player of the Day, had another good game at the plate, going 2-for 5 with a double.  Paul DeJong, David Washington, and Collin Radack each had two hits.  Washington and Radack each drove in two runs.  Two additional RBI came from DeJong and Chris Jacobs.

Radack had two stolen bases, his first two attempts of the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Andrew Morales (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Charlotte 1

On the mound for the Cardinals was Blake McKnight, who gave up the Crabs’ only run on four hits over only three innings.  The remaining six frames were covered by Pedro Echemendia, who picked up the win, followed by Michael Heesch, Kevin Herget, and Silfredo Garcia, who earned the save.

The offense scored five runs on 12 hits.  Center fielder Michael Pritchard went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.  Danny Diekroeger, Casey Grayson, and Steve Bean each hit two hits, with Diekroeger and Grayson each driving in a run.  The other Cardinals runs were plated by Mikey Reynolds and Oscar Mercado.

Diekroeger was caught stealing in his first attempt of the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Jacob Evans (0-0, 0.00) 11:35 CT

Peoria 8, Burlington 6

Played under the coldest conditions for an opener in Dozer Park history, 42 degrees, starter Sandy Alcantara pitched five innings, surrendering three runs on four hits.  Reliever Landon Beck tossed a scoreless sixth inning.  Following Beck, Sasha Kuebel faltered, giving up three scores on an eighth inning home run.  Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the save.

Scoring eight runs on ten hits, the Chiefs offense was plentiful.  Magneuris Sierra and Jose Godoy were both 2-for-3 on the night.  Godoy plated two.  Craig Aikin was 2-for-4.  Casey Turgeon drove in two runs.  Edmundo Sosa, R.J. Dennard and Vaughn Bryan each had a RBI.   Brian O’Keefe scored twice.

Sierra and Bryan stole their first bases of the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Junior Fernandez (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT

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