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

Springfield obtained one of the system’s two wins on Tuesday, paced by Chris Jacobs’ big night at the plate. Palm Beach won as well but Memphis and Peoria went down to defeat.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 12th.

Oklahoma City 4 at Memphis 2 

The Redbirds’ bullpen could not hold a late lead, as the Redbirds dropped a 4-2 decision to the Dodgers (5-1).  Memphis (2-4) has lost the first two of the four-game set.

Miguel Socolovich (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits in his only inning of work.  That turned a 2-1 seventh-inning lead into a 3-2 deficit.  Juan Gonzalez permitted an OKC insurance run the next frame on two hits and a walk.  Dean Kiekhefer worked around two hits for a scoreless ninth.

The bullpen’s failure spoiled a fine start by Deck McGuire who held the opposition to an unearned run on three hits and two base-on-balls through six.  He fanned four.

Eight of nine Redbirds starters garnered one hit each, with a double by Charlie Tilson the only one going for extra bases.  Michael Ohlman singled twice in four at bats, touching home once and was the only Memphis player with more than one hit.  Dean Anna scored one and drove in another while Patrick Wisdom added an RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City, 6:35 pm CT, J.C. Sulbaran (1-0, 1.80)


Springfield 7 at Corpus Christi 3

The S-Cards played a bit of long ball in the eighth, resulting in a 7-3 victory over Corpus Christi (3-3) (HOU) in the decisive third game of the series.Knotted at three all after seven, David Washington led off the next frame with his first bomb of 2016.  Back-to-back walks to Luke Voit and Bruce Caldwell put two on for first baseman Chris Jacobs, an off-season acquisition, who launched one over the wall in left.  Jacobs, our Player of the Day, accounted for four his team’s seven runs, going 3-for-4 with that three-run bomb and scored an additional time.  He was the only S-Card with more than one of the squad’s nine hits.

That firepower finished a comeback that enabled Springfield (4-2) to cut the Hooks’ 2-0 lead in half with one in the fourth and tie the game up by plating two in the seventh.  Voit’s first triple of the season pushed across C.J. McElroy (single) to get the visitors on the board and Paul DeJong’s two-out single brought in Jacobs (single) and Andrew Sohn (walk) in the latter frame.  Harrison Bader went hitless in four at bats, snapping his streak of five consecutive multi-hit games.

Southpaw Corey Littrell picked up his first Double-A win, retiring four of his five batters faced and leaving two inherited runners aboard.  The only blemish against Littrell was a two-out single in the eighth.  Josh Lucas and Ronnie Shaban each tossed a scoreless frame, although Lucas yielded a hit and walk, necessitating Littrell’s aid.

Mike Mayers went the first 5 2/3, allowing single scores in the first, third and fifth.  The right-hander struck out eight but permitted six hits, including a home run, and two free passes.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 4 vs. Daytona 2

A balanced scoring attack by the Beach Birds combined with stellar pitching generated a 4-2 triumph over Daytona (3-3).  It is the fourth straight win for Palm Beach (5-1), including the first two of the four-game set.

Seven different PB-Cards had a hit each, three of them coming in their three-run fourth that broke a 1-1 tie.  Michael Pritchard opened with a triple, scoring on a fielding error that allowed Steve Bean to reach.  Blake Drake’s single put two on for Mikey Reynolds who lined a triple to right, scoring Bean and Drake.

Those triples were the second and third ones of the game by Palm Beach who took an early lead after Danny Diekroeger tripled in Oscar Mercado (single) in the first.  Mercado subsequently worked a base-on-balls and swiped his fourth bag of the young season.

That offense was more than enough support for Ian McKinney (W, 1-0) who scattered three hits and three free passes over five, resulting in one tally.  The 21-year-old struck out six and threw 48 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Pedro Echemendia fanned four in two, yielding a hit and walk.  Rowan Wick was touched for an unearned tally in the eighth, giving up a hit and base-on-balls and striking out three.  Kevin Herget faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out two and earning his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 3.60)


Quad Cities 2 at Peoria 0

The Chiefs (3-2) suffered their first shutout of 2016, with the loss evening their series with the River Bandits (1-5) at one game each with one to go.

Although Peoria outhit Quad Cities five to four, one of the five hits was a solo bomb in the first surrendered by Brennan Leitao (L, 0-1) in his full-season debut.  The righty issued two of his three bases-on-balls in the third and those, combined with a wild pitch, produced the game’s final score.  Leitao fanned four through five, giving up four hits and the aforementioned free passes.  Sasha Kuebel and Landon Beck each hurled two innings, walking one. Beck struck out five.

Five Chiefs had one hit apiece, with Brian O’Keefe’s double the only one going for extra bases.  O’Keefe worked one of two free passes issued by the Quad Cities’ staff.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (league debut)

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