Junior Fernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

It was two up, one down and one postponed in St. Louis’ minors. Junior Fernandez’ mound effort helped Peoria to a victory, as the Chiefs joined Palm Beach in the win column. Springfield let one slip away and Colorado snows prevented Memphis from playing for a second straight day.

Results from games played Sunday, April 17th.

Memphis @ Colorado Springs - postponed      

For the second straight day, the Redbirds’ contest at the Sky Sox (COL) was postponed due to inclement weather (snow).  Both teams will try to play a pair of seven-inning games on Monday, with the first game beginning at 4:05 pm CT to cover Saturday’s postponement.  Sunday’s snow day is scheduled to be played when Memphis returns to Colorado Springs in late June. 

Memphis (5-4) begins the week a half game behind division-leading Round Rock (TEX) in the American Southern Division.

Monday’s games:  at Colorado Springs (4-5).  Game one – 4:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 1.80)/Deck McGuire (0-0, 0.79)

 

Corpus Christi 3 at Springfield 2

Springfield’s bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead as the Cards were clipped by the Hooks, 3-2, in the series’ opener.  Despite the loss, the S-Cards (6-4) hold a 2 ½-game lead over second-place Arkansas (LAA) in the North Division.

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Corey Baker blanked Corpus Christi (HOU) on six hits and two free passes, one intentional, through five, handing over a 2-0 lead thanks to Harrison Bader’s first Double-A bomb.  But Josh Lucas (BS,1) (L, 0-1) was unable to hold the advantage, surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits in 1 2/3.  Corey Littrell (one hit, 1 1/3) and Chris Perry (one frame) pitched the game’s balance.

Bader’s 2-for-4 performance represented half of his squad’s offensive output.  Defensively, the center fielder was credited with an outfield assist at second.  

Monday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (7-3), 6:30 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-0, 2.13)

 

Palm Beach 7 at Dunedin 6 (10)

Palm Beach (8-3) overcame two blown leads on Sunday to edge Dunedin 7-6 in 10 innings and claim the third of four games against the Blue Jays after dropping the initial two.  The Beach Birds remain atop the South Division, a game in front of St. Lucie (NYM).

The visitors claimed leads of 2-0 and 5-2 only to fall behind 6-5 through seven.  A tally on a sac fly the next frame sent the game into extras where the PB-Cards ended it when Casey Grayson (force) scored on a sac fly by Orlando Olivera.

Dunedin outhit Palm Beach 13 to eight, but Blue Jays’ hurlers issued an eye-popping 16 free passes, more than balancing things out.  Michael Pritchard and Allen Staton each had two hits, Pritchard walking two times and touching home twice.  Nick Thompson had an interesting line of 0-for-1 with five bases-on-balls and a run scored.

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Kyle Grana evened his record to 1-1 despite loading the bases on two hits and a walk with only one gone in the 10th.  Grana rescued himself by K’ing Dunedin’s three batter swinging and getting the clean-up man to line out to center.

Matt Pearce went the initial five plus, permitting five runs on six hits and three free passes.  His final two runners crossed the plate with Josh Wirsu (BS, 1) on the mound after Wirsu was unable to clean up a two-in-scoring-position-and-none-out jam.  The righty allowed five hits and two walks in 3 1/3, giving up one run.  Grana limited the damage by stranding two of Wirsu’s runners.

Monday’s game:  at Dunedin (6-5), 6:30 pm ET, Ian McKinney (1-0, 1.80)

 

Peoria 9 at Wisconsin 2

The Chiefs translated balanced offense and strong pitching into a 9-2 triumph over the Timber Rattlers (4-7), splitting the series with Wisconsin (MIL).  Peoria (5-5) is tied with Beloit (OAK) for fifth in the tight Western Division, two in back of Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Kane County (ARI).

Seven of nine Chiefs accumulated at least one hit, five garnering two apiece:  Eliezer Alvarez, Magneuris Sierra, Brian O’Keefe, Vaughn Bryan and Thomas Spitz.  Alvarez added two bases-on-balls to two doubles in three at bats, knocking in three while both Sierra and Bryan went 2-for-5, Sierra driving in one and Bryan scoring once.  O’Keefe and Spitz each singled and doubled in four at bats, the former scoring one time and the latter twice. 

But the most productive bat belonged to left fielder Craig Aikin, who accounted for five of his team’s nine scores.  The eighth-place batter doubled once in three at bats with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI.

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Player of the Day Junior Fernandez (W, 2-0) led a trio of Peoria hurlers, scattering five hits and three free passes over seven, resulting in one score.  Fernandez fanned three.  Chandler Hawkins struck out two in the eighth, yielding a hit.  Righty Luke Harrison was charged with a run on two hits in the ninth, the tally unearned due to a fielding error by second baseman Alvarez.

Monday’s game: vs. Clinton (5-4) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (0-1, 3.60)

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