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

The Cardinals system went 2-2 in what turned out to be The Night of the Shutouts. Palm Beach won its shutout behind Austin Gomber’s noteworthy effort but Springfield and Peoria were blanked. Memphis mustered a late rally for a victory.

Results from games played Thursday, April 14th.

Memphis 5 vs. Oklahoma City 4      

Jonathan Rodriguez’ second hit of the day allowed the Redbirds (4-4) to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Dodgers (5-3) and a split of their four-game set.

With Memphis down 3-2 after yielding the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, Rodriguez lined a bases-loaded single to right, scoring Dean Anna (walk) and Matt Williams (single) for the winning margin.  All of Memphis’ baserunners came with two gone.

The first baseman’s earlier RBI came on a double that scored Williams after the latter led off the eighth with a single, the second of his three hits in four at bats.  Five other Redbirds garnered one hit apiece.

Heath Wyatt (W, 1-0) struck out his only batter, making him the pitcher of record when his team launched its second comeback of the game.  That K left two of Sam Tuivailala’s runners aboard in the top of the ninth after Tuivailala allowed the ty-breaking run on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3.  He struck out four.

Except for one pitch, Jeremy Hefner was good in his short start, yielding two runs on five hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3.  Both tallies were produced by a fourth-inning long ball.  Hefner fanned five.  John Church tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames, giving up two hits.

Friday’s game:  at Colorado Springs (4-4) (COL), 7:35 pm CT, Thomas Lee (0-1, 7.20)


San Antonio 5 at Springfield 0

In the 2016 home opener at Hammons Field, Springfield (4-3) was blanked by San Antonio (SD), 5-0.

Trey Nielsen took his second loss in as many decisions, surrendering nine hits and three free passes in 5 2/3.  The big blow was a bomb generating three of the five runs allowed. 

Chris Perry recorded one out, issuing a free pass and leaving Nielsen’s last runner on.  Joey Donofrio and Kurt Heyer both had scoreless outings with one hit allowed in two and one inning, respectively.

The S-Cards mustered six hits, two by Carson Kelly in three at bats.  Kelly also picked off a runner at second.  St. Louis shortstop Ruben Tejada began his rehab stint by doubling once in three at bats and taking part in one of Springfield’s two double plays.

Friday’s game:  vs. San Antonio (4-3), 7:10 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 1.29)


Palm Beach 1 at Daytona 0

A trio of Beach Birds combined to shut out the Tortugas (CIN), 1-0.  Palm Beach’s six-game winning streak includes a four-game sweep of Daytona.

Austin Gomber, our Player of the Day, struck out seven in five innings, scattering four hits and two walks.  Cody Schumacher and Silfredo Garcia each tossed two scoreless frames while fanning two. Schumacher gave up two hits and a free pass and Garcia one hit in earning his second save.

The PB-Cards’ sole score occurred in the first after Darren Seferina singled to kick off the frame, stole second and came around to score on the first of Danny Diekroeger’s three singles in four at bats.  Left fielder Orlando Olivera went 2-for-4, the only other Palm Beach player with more than one of the team’s 10 singles.

Friday’s game:  at Dunedin (4-4) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Blake McKnight (0-0, 3.00)


Peoria 0 at Wisconsin 4

Peoria (3-4) whiffed at Wisconsin, 4-0, in the first of four versus the Timber Rattlers.

Jake Woodford dropped his first decision of 2016, surrendering four runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3.  Two of the four tallies came in one swing of the bat by the opposition.  Steven Gallardo held Wisconsin scoreless over 2 1/3, striking out three and allowing two hits.

The Chiefs were limited to four hits, Edmundo Sosa accumulating two.  The shortstop singled and doubled in four at bats out of the two hole.

Friday’s game:  at Wisconsin (3-5) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 5.40)

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