Ryan Helsley (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 2-2 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria pitcher Ryan Helsley, who fanned 11 batters in six scoreless innings in the Chiefs’ 6-0 win over Wisconsin.

Results for games played Friday, April 22.

Memphis 1 at Oklahoma City 7

Things did no go well for starter Arturo Reyes, who had extra rest between starts due to bad weather in Colorado Springs last week.  Five and 2/3 innings of pitching resulted in seven Dodgers runs on nine hits.  Reyes, the losing pitcher, struck out five and walked two, and gave up two home runs, to the same hitter.  Heath Wyatt and John Church relieved Reyes without allowing any additional scores.

As the starting pitching faltered, so went the offense.  The Redbirds managed only one run on four hits.  Center fielder Nick Martini drove in the only Redbird score.  Anthony Garcia had the only extra base hit, a double.

Shortstop Matt Williams committed a fielding error.

Memphis is 7-7 and in second place in the Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Deck McGuire (0-1, 1.76) 6:35 CT


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 3

Starter Andrew Morales pitched well, but was tagged with the loss.  The right-hander tossed seven innings, giving up two runs, none earned, on four hits, while striking out six. Joey Donofrio relieved in the eighth, allowing one run, also unearned, on three hits.


Offense was sparse, with five hits total on the night to score just once.  Collin Radack was 2-for-4.  Carson Kelly plated the only run, via a seventh inning single to right field, bringing home Radack. 

Two Cardinals errors, a third inning throwing error by shortstop Breyvic Valera, and an eighth inning throwing error by catcher Kelly led to the three unearned Arkansas runs.

The Cardinals are tied with Arkansas for the lead in the Texas League South with 7-7 records.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Corey Baker (0-0, 3.00) 7:10 CT


Palm Beach 9 at Jupiter 5

Jacob Evans pitched 6 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on 11 hits.  Josh Wirsu gave up two additional runs, before Kyle Grana pitched a scoreless ninth.  Evans got the win.

Nick Thompson had a 2-for-5 night, with one RBI.  An Allen Staton double in the first inning plated the first three scores for Palm Beach. Staton had four RBI.   Bad defense by Jupiter in the third inning resulted in four unearned Cardinals runs.  One more score by the Cardinals in the third was earned. In addition to Staton’s double, Darren Seferina had the only other extra base hit, a triple in the second inning, but he was left stranded.


Oscar Mercado stole three bases, bringing his season total to 10 in 13 attempts.  Andrew Sohn committed a throwing error.  Blake Drake had two outfield assists.

The Cardinals are 10-6, which ties them with the St. Lucie Mets for first place in the Florida State League South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Matt Pearce (1-0, 4.09) 4:30 CT


Peoria 6, Wisconsin 0

Ryan Helsley pitched a six-inning gem for the Chiefs, a scoreless one hitter, with 11 strikeouts and two free passes.  Sasha Kuebel and Landon Beck combined for the remaining three innings, all without giving up runs. Helsley earned the win.


The Chiefs’ offense scored six runs on 12 hits.  Edmundo Sosa was 3-for-5 with two runs driven in.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5.  Eliezer Alvarez, Orlando Olivera and Chris Chinea each hit two in their four at-bats; Olivera and Chinea plated runs.  Alvarez crossed the plate three times.

Olivera, Chinea, Alvarez, and Sierra each stole a base.  Olivera stole his first in as many attempts, as did Chinea.  Sierra stole his third base in four attempts, and for Alvarez, it was his sixth in seven attempts.

The Chiefs stand in fifth place in the Western Division of the Midwest League at a record of 8-7.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Junior Fernandez (2-0, 2.77) 1:00 CT

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