David Washington (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 1-2 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder David Washington, who was 2-for-2 with two walks, a two run home run and four RBI.

Results for games played Saturday, April 16.

Memphis at Colorado Springs postponed

Saturday's game was postponed due to inclement weather.  It is scheduled to be made up as part of a seven-inning doubleheader on Monday, beginning at 5:05 p.m. (CT).

Sunday’s game:  at Colorado Springs. This game has been postponed as well, to be made up when Memphis (5-4) is next in Colorado Springs, June 21-24.

 

Springfield 9, San Antonio 4

The Cardinals seized the early lead, and never gave it up.  Starter Andrew Morales pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits.  Morales struck out eight and only walked one, the only blemish being a seventh inning two run home run.  John Brebbia and Corey Littrell each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

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Ruben Tejada, who is on a rehab assignment from St. Louis, started at shortstop and went 2-for-5.  Collin Radack was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  A fourth inning home run off the bat of David Washington scored two of Springfield’s nine runs; Washington drove in two more on a double.  Paul DeJong plated three runs, one on a first inning sac fly, and two more on a sixth inning single.  A base hit from pitcher Morales scored one.  C. J. McElroy was 2-for-4.  Radack scored three runs, Tejada and Washington each scored two.

Tejada committed a fielding error. Catcher Jesse Jenner was tagged with catcher interference.

McElroy stole his fourth base in four attempts.

With this win, the Cardinals are 6-3 and leading the Texas League North Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Corey Baker (0-0, 6.75) 4:10 CT

 

Palm Beach 2 at Dunedin 3 (13 innings)

Palm Beach put up the good fight for 13 innings, but three consecutive singles against Cardinals reliever Michael Heesch decided the contest in the Blue Jays’ favor and earned Heesch the loss.

Cardinals starter Jacob Evans tossed 5 2/3 innings and was tagged with two unearned runs on seven hits. Evans was followed on the mound by Kevin Herget, Silfredo Garcia, and Cody Schumacher, who combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings before Heesch yielded the winning run in the bottom of the 13th.

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Offensively, the two Cardinals runs were scored on eight hits.  Casey Grayson and Mikey Reynolds were 2-for-5, with Reynolds driving in the tying run in the fourth inning.  The Palm Beach run was scored on a double play ball from Darren Seferina.

Defensive errors by shortstop Oscar Mercado led to the two earned runs charged to Evans in the first and second innings.  Mercado committed a third defensive miscue in the 12th that didn’t result in a run.   

Even with this loss, their second straight in extra-innings, Palm Beach remains in first place in the Southern Division of the Florida State League, with a record of 7-3.

Sunday’s game:  at Dunedin, Matt Pearce (1-0, 0.00) 12:00 PM CT

 

Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 7

The Chiefs took an early lead, but shaky pitching and defensive errors led to a big sixth inning for Wisconsin. 

Starter Ryan Helsley was pitching well until the sixth inning, when the wheels came off the bus and Helsley surrendered four runs, one run via a solo home run.  After 5 2/3 innings, Helsley was relieved by Sasha Kuebel, who allowed an inherited runner to score, and an additional unearned run scored due to a defensive miscue.  Kuebel finished the inning and returned to the mound in the seventh, giving up a leadoff solo home run.  Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless eighth.  Helsley was tagged with the loss.

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The Chiefs offense managed two runs on nine hits.  Eliezer Alvarez and Vaughn Bryan each went 2-for-4.  Edmundo Sosa had the only RBI of the game, a sac fly in the third inning.  The Chiefs’ second score was on a wild pitch in the eighth.

On the basepaths, Alvarez stole his third base in four attempts, and Bryan was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.

The Chiefs are now 4-5 on the young season.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Junior Fernandez (1-0, 4.50) 1:05 CT

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