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

The Cardinals minor league system was 2-1 on Wednesday. Springfield had the day off. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starter Derian Gonzalez.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 13.

Memphis Redbirds 8, Oklahoma City Dodgers 1

The Redbirds (3-4) went up against the Dodgers (5-2) once again in the third of the four-game series and eight-game homestand and came away the winner. Memphis hammered Dodgers starter Jharel Cotton to the tune of seven runs over the course of the first five innings.

Memphis leadoff hitter Charlie Tilson (.238 BA) went 3-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base to set the table. 25 year-old third baseman Jacob Wilson (.381 BA) also did some damage, with a single, double and walk in five plate appearances. Carlos Peguero (.261 BA) and Jonathan Rodriguez (.240 BA) followed those two with back-to-back home runs in the third inning. It was Rodriguez’ second on the young season. Michael Ohlman (.318 BA), rather hot of late, also contributed with a 2-for-3 night plus a walk.

Pitching for the Redbirds Wednesday night was J.C. Sulbaran. Sulbaran (1.80 ERA), the former top-10 prospect in 2012 while in the Reds organization, threw 91 pitches over five innings, giving up just one run on six hits and a walk. Southpaw reliever Justin Wright came on in relief in the sixth inning and got three outs, despite allowing a couple of free passes. Ryan Sherriff pitched the seventh inning and sat the Dodgers’ down one-two-three. The lefty Sherriff returned for the eighth inning, striking out former Cardinals prospect James Ramsey, a left-handed hitter, and was replaced by Heath Wyatt for the final five outs in the game.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Jeremy Hefner (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 11:05 CT

Springfield Cardinals had the day off

Thursday’s game: vs. San Antonio, Trey Nielsen (0-1, 13.50 ERA) 7:10 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Daytona Tortugas 1

The Cardinals #2 prospect, Jack Flaherty, took the mound on Wednesday night against the Daytona Tortugas, and had a very similar line as that of Memphis’s Sulbaran, going five innings, giving up one run (unearned), on 88 pitches, while striking out just one. Flaherty lowered his ERA on the year to 1.80 with the outing, but didn’t get the win. That honor belonged to left-handed pitcher Michael Heesch, who came on in relief in the sixth and seventh innings, giving up a couple hits, but striking out two Tortugas as well.

The lumbering 6’4 RHP Kyle Grana and 5’10 Kevin Herget presented a contrasting perspective for the Daytona hitters as they were given the eighth and ninth innings and closed the door on Daytona, earning a hold for the former and a save for the latter, Herget’s third save already on the season.

The top of the order came through for the Cardinals. Shortstop Oscar Mercado (.292 BA), hitting in the two hole, went 2-for-4 with a triple, scoring the first run for Palm Beach on a Danny Diekroeger groundball in the third inning. Mercado also got an RBI in the seventh inning, knocking in DH Nick Thompson, to put the Cardinals on top for good.

Palm Beach is now 6-1 on the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. Daytona, Austin Gomber (0-1, 3.00 ERA) 5:30 CT

Peoria Chiefs 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 5

The story of the night for the Peoria Chiefs (3-3) was 21 year-old Derian Gonzalez, making his full season debut after pitching in the Gulf Coast League in 2015. Gonzalez came to play Wednesday, striking out 10 River Bandits over five innings, giving up one run (via a wild pitch) on two hits and two walks (both of which came on the first two batters in the first inning). Our Player of the Day yielded just one fly ball on the night as well. Tyler Bray took on most of the scoring damage from the Quad Cities offense, allowing three runs in the eighth inning, one of which came on a throwing error from second baseman Eliezer Alvarez.

For the Peoria offense, Magneuris Sierra (.263 BA) scored two runs, going 1-for-4 overall, with a stolen base. R.J. Dennard continued his hot hitting, with a 2-for-4 night raising his batting average to .476 on the young season.

Thursday’s game: at Wisconsin, Jake Woodford (0-0, 3.00 ERA) 6:35 CT

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