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

The Cardinals system was 1-3 on Saturday. Our co-Players of the Day are Springfield pitcher Corey Baker, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in the Cardinals win over Arkansas; and Junior Fernandez, who pitched eight innings with 10 strikeouts and two earned runs for Peoria.

Results for games played Saturday, April 23.

Memphis 0, Round Rock 3

Deck MsGuire was the starter and losing pitcher as the Redbirds were shut out in a home sellout.  McGuire went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, all the runs coming on the long ball, of which there were two.  Ryan Sheriff relieved with two outs in the sixth and finished the inning.  Sheriff then pitched a scoreless seventh.  Miguel Socolovich and Justin Wright covered the eighth and ninth in scoreless fashion.

The Redbirds offense managed seven hits, but left seven runners stranded.  Greg Garcia and Carlos Peguero were 2-for-4.  Jonathan Rodriguez had the only extra base hit, a double.

Anthony Garcia stole his first base of the season in two attempts.

This loss pulled the Redbirds under .500 at 7-8.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, J.C. Sulbaran (2-1, 3.68) 2:05 CT

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 0

Co-Player of the Day Corey Baker pitched very well, going 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six and walking none, and earning the win.   Corey Littrell, Kurt Heyer and Ronnie Shaban pitched in relief, with Shaban getting the save.

The Cardinals scored three runs on six hits, none for extra bases.  Harrison Bader was 2-for-3, driving in one of the Cardinals’ three runs.  Bader also scored from third on a wild pitch.  Alex Mejia was 2-for-2.  Bruce Caldwell walked with the bases loaded. 

The offense had some blemishes, as they struck out 14 times and left 11 runners stranded.  But with the good pitching, the three runs were enough to win.

This win takes the Cardinals’ record to 8-7.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Mike Mayers (1-1, 1.45) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 4 (11 innings)

The Cardinals fell to their Jupiter neighbors in a back-and-forth game that required 11 innings to decide. Palm Beach took the lead in the first inning, but the Hammerheads tied it in the fourth.  The Cardinals recaptured the advantage in the fifth, but a blown save and extra innings ended in a loss. 

Starter Matt Pearce went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, one a home run.  Pedro Echemendia blew the save in the seventh by yielding a second home run.  Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless eighth, followed by Kevin Herget, who added two additional scoreless innings.  Silfredo Garcia took the mound in the 11th and surrendered the decisive run.

Offensively, Oscar Mercado was the standout, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.  A Michael Pritchard double plated another run.  Darren Seferina, Blake Drake, and Brian O’Keefe each contributed singles.  The offense was 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners stranded.

Mercado was caught stealing for the fourth time in 14 attempts.

With this loss, the Cardinals are now 10-7 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Jupiter, Ian McKinney (1-1, 4.82) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 1, Wisconsin 2

Junior Fernandez pitched well, but was not rewarded by his offense, taking a hard-luck loss.  Our co-Player of the Day went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, with ten strikeouts and no walks.  Steven De La Cruz pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The sparse offense scored one run on five hits.  The score came on a solo home run off the bat of shortstop Edmundo Sosa in the fourth inning.  Sosa was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.  Orlando Olivera and R.J. Dennard doubled.  The offense left four runners stranded and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Third baseman Leobaldo Pina committed a fielding error.  Center fielder Thomas Spitz had an outfield assist. 

The Chiefs’ record now stands at 8-8.

Sunday's game: vs. Wisconsin, Brennan Leitao (1-1, 2.25), 2:00 CT.

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