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

Austin Gomber’s noteworthy performance led Palm Beach to one of two wins in the system on Wednesday. Memphis put one in the win column but Peoria did not. Springfield was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 20th.

Memphis 7 at Oklahoma City 2 

Jeremy Hefner tossed six solid frames and Jonathan Rodriguez accounted for five runs as the Redbirds flew past the Dodgers, 7-2.  Each team has won one of the first two contests with two to play.  The win allowed second-place Memphis (6-6) to remain a game behind Round Rock (TEX) in the standings.

Hefner (W, 2-0) struck out six, holding the opposition to four hits and a walk.  The only mark against him was a two-run fifth.  Miguel Socolovich, Juan Gonzalez and Sam Tuivailala each tossed a scoreless frame, Socolovich giving up a hit and Tuivailala two.

Rodriguez was part of a balanced attack featuring seven Redbirds either scoring or driving in at least one.  The clean-up hitter singled and doubled in four at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home three times and knocked in two. 

Charlie Tilson, Carlos Peguero and Nick Martini also had two hits each.  Tilson scored once, Peguero drove in one and Martini added two RBI.  On the base paths, Rodriguez and Martini swiped one bag each and Tilson two.

Thursday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (7-6), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (0-1, 8.68)


Springfield – off

Springfield (7-5), which just completed a 3-3 home stand, heads to Arkansas for a six-game trip split evenly between Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas (KC).  The first-place S-Cards lead the second-place Travelers by two and the fourth-place Naturals by four.

Thursday’s game:  at Arkansas (5-7) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 0.63)


Palm Beach 3 vs. Bradenton 0

Austin Gomber’s outstanding mound performance led Palm Beach to a 3-0 victory over Bradenton, evening the series at one game apiece with the rubber game remaining.  Gomber’s effort kept the first-place Beach Birds (9-5) a game up on a trio of teams:  Charlotte (TB), Fort Myers (MIN) and St. Lucie (NYM).

Player of the Day Gomber (W, 2-1) scattered six hits through 6 2/3, striking out five, and did not issue a free pass.  The righty induced eight groundball outs and three flyball outs and threw 100 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Rowan Wick walked two in 1 1/3, leaving Gomber’s final runner aboard.  Silfredo Garcia faced the minimum in the ninth for his third save.

Gomber was supported by his team’s six hits and five walks.  Michael Pritchard was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and run scored, the only player with more than one hit.  Nick Thompson doubled once in three at bats with two RBI.  Danny Diekroeger was hitless in two at bats but worked two free passes, stole a base and touched home once.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Bradenton (6-8) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Blake McKnight (0-0, 3.00)


Clinton 6 at Peoria 4

The Chiefs fell to the LumberKings (5-9) (MIL), 6-4, in the decisive third game of the series Wednesday afternoon.  Peoria (6-7) is tied with Burlington (LAA) for fifth, three behind Kane County (ARI).

Jake Woodford was charged with his second loss in as many decisions, yielding a four-run third from which the team could not recover.  Woodford went five innings, giving up seven hits and a walk.

In what proved to be the winning margin, Chandler Hawkins allowed two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls in 2 1/3.  Luke Harrison was touched for a hit in 1 2/3.

Down 4-0 at the midpoint of the third, the Chiefs closed to within a run after seven but that was as close as it got.  Eliezer Alvarez and R.J. Dennard both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Alvarez working two free passes and Dennard doubling once with a walk.  Edmundo Sosa singled twice in five at bats with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (5-9), 6:30 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 4.91)

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