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

Palm Beach was the only team to put one in the win column on Tuesday as the system went 1-3. Memphis, Springfield and Peoria all went down to defeat, the latter despite Derian Gonzalez’ noteworthy mound effort.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 26th.

Round Rock 3 at Memphis 2 

The Redbirds were clipped by the Express, 3-2, in the series’ finale.  Memphis (8-10) won only one of the four-game home set.

Thomas Lee (L, 1-2) held Round Rock (11-7) scoreless through five but the visitors broke through for two the next frame.  That flipped a slim 1-0 lead to a 2-1 deficit.  Lee yielded six hits and a walk over seven, fanning six.

Justin Wright was touched for a solo blast in the eighth, the only hit he gave up in 1 1/3.  Juan Gonzalez fanned both batters faced.

The home team was limited to just five hits, two by right fielder Carlos Peguero, who singled twice in four at bats.  Charlie Tilson went 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls, run scored and RBI.  Tilson scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Jonathan Rodriguez that advanced pinch runner Nick Martini, the tying run, to second, but the Redbirds were unable to push Martini across.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Northwest Arkansas 5 at Springfield 2

One big inning off Daniel Poncedeleon was all it took as Springfield (10-8) fell to Northwest Arkansas, 5-2, evening the series at one game each with two to go.

Poncedeleon (L, 1-2) blanked the Naturals on one hit and one free pass through six but was unable to navigate the seventh.  The righty allowed five tallies that frame on four hits and a walk, the biggest blow being a three-run bomb.  Poncedeleon struck out an impressive 10 batters, throwing 91 pitches, 62 for strikes.

John Brebbia permitted two hits in 1 2/3, allowing Poncedeleon’s last runner to score.  Joey Donofrio walked one in the ninth.

Both of Springfield’s runs scored in the second on two of the S-Cards’ four hits and one of their two walks received.  Chris Jacobs singled home David Washington (walk) and Paul DeJong (double).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (7-11), 11:10 am CT, Andrew Morales (2-1, 2.84)


Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 3

Palm Beach (11-8) won the ‘early offense’ battle, slipping past Bradenton, 4-3, in the series’ opener.

All seven contest tallies were generated in the first three frames before each squad’s pitching staffs put up a series of zeroes.  The Beach Birds took advantage of a first-inning fielding miscue to push across three runs, one earned.  The Marauders answered with one in the home half of the first, tying it up with two more, one earned, the next inning.  Palm Beach’s third-inning run proved the difference maker.

The PB-Cards managed six hits with no player acquiring more than one.  Blake Drake doubled and scored in the third, driven in on Steve Bean’s single.  It was the second time the centerfielder touched home, Drake reaching on a hit-by-pitch in the first and scoring the unearned run.  Oscar Mercado went 1-for-4 with a double as well, crossing home once and swiping his 11th bag.

Austin Gomber held the opposition to five hits and a base-on-balls through five, picking up his third win in four decisions.  He fanned five.  Rowan Wick and Kevin Herget each tossed two scoreless frames, Wick striking out four and Herget earning his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bradenton (8-11), 6:30 pm ET, Blake McKnight (0-1, 3.00)


Peoria 4 at Fort Wayne 5 (10)  

The Chiefs’ bullpen could not close out a three-run lead, dropping a 5-4 decision in the first of three at Fort Wayne.

Player of the Day Derian Gonzalez handed over a 4-1 lead after limiting the TinCaps to a single score on five hits and three walks over eight.  Gonzalez threw 58 of his 98 pitches for strikes, fanning five.

Steven De La Cruz (BS, 2) wears the horns for Peoria (8-10), coughing up three runs on two hits and a free pass in just 2/3 of an inning.  He shares his horned hat with Nick Frey (L, 0-1), who not only let the tying run cross in the ninth but served up the winning margin.  It was a minor miracle he did not give up more runs after yielding four hits and three walks, one intentional, while recording just three outs.

Peoria generated nine hits with three players having two apiece:  Craig Aikin, Orlando Olivera and Thomas Spitz.  Aikin singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, stolen base and two runs scored from the bottom of the order.  Olivera and Spitz both went 2-for-5, Olivera’s double was the only Chiefs’ hit to go for extra bases. 

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Wayne (10-9), 10:05 am CT, Jake Woodford (0-2, 4.86)

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