Jacob Evans (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors went 2-2 on Thursday, three of the four contests decided in the 10th. Palm Beach was the only team to win an extra-inning affair, led by pitcher Jacob Evans’ sizzling performance, but Memphis and Springfield went down to defeat. Peoria coasted to victory.

Results from games played Thursday, April 28th.

Memphis 1 at New Orleans 2 (10)  

The Redbirds (8-11) were on the wrong end of a pitching duel, falling 2-1 in 10 innings to New Orleans (10-11) in the series’ opener.  It was the third straight loss for Memphis, which has lost five of the last six.

Miguel Socolovich was charged with his second loss in his second inning of work.  The righty gave up the walk-off tally on two hits after tossing a one-two-three ninth.

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Arturo Reyes kept up his end of the duel, limiting the Zephyrs to a run on three hits and three walks through six.  He fanned four.  John Church hurled two clean frames, permitting a hit and base-on-balls.

Right fielder Carlos Peguero singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring his team’s only tally.  Four other Redbirds had one hit each, including Dean Anna, who singled home Peguero in the fourth, knotting the game at one all.  Peguero and Anna each swiped a bag.

Friday’s game:  at New Orleans, 7:00 pm CT, Deck McGuire (0-2, 2.57)

 

Northwest Arkansas 4 at Springfield 1 (10)

Springfield (11-9) could not hold a slim lead through six, dropping a 4-1 home decision in 10 to Northwest Arkansas (8-12).  Each team won two of the four-game set.

Two of the three runs yielded by Chris Thomas (L, 1-1) in the 10th were unearned, the product of a fielding error by right fielder Collin Radack.  But Thomas pitched himself into the bases-loaded jam, allowing two singles and a free pass before another single (plus Radack’s error) cleared the bases.

Thomas was the third reliever of the night for the S-Cards, joining Corey Littrell and Josh Lucas.  Littrell’s performance included some good and bad, the lefty stranding an inherited runner in the sixth, thus preventing the tying run to cross.  But Littrell served up a lead-off home run the next frame, sending the game into extras.  Lucas fanned four in two innings, giving up a hit.

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That spoiled a fine outing by Corey Baker who struck out seven in 5 2/3, blanking the Naturals on two hits and two bases-on-balls.  52 of the right-hander’s 83 pitches went for strikes.

Springfield mustered eight hits, three players acquiring two hits apiece:  Harrison Bader, C.J. McElroy and Carson Kelly.  Bader’s fourth bomb of the season accounted for his team’s only score but the centerfielder strayed too far off third in the eighth, resulting in a rundown that wiped him from the base paths. 

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (8-12) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (2-1, 1.90)

 

Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 0 (10)

Danny Diekroeger’s second double of the game broke a scoreless tie, catapulting Palm Beach (12-9) to a 3-0 10th-inning victory over Bradenton (9-12) in the decisive third game of the series.

Diekroeger came to bat with two in scoring position and laced a double to center, scoring Darren Seferina (single) and Oscar Mercado (fielder’s choice).  Casey Grayson singled Diekroeger to third, his second hit in four at bats, putting the latter in position to score on Blake Drake’s sac fly. 

But it was Seferina who swung the hottest bat, as the designated hitter went 4-for-5 with a double and the aforementioned run scored.  Michael Pritchard joined Diekroeger and Grayson by going 2-for-4, the final Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s 11 hits.

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On the mound, Player of the Day Jacob Evans and Silfredo Garcia joined forces on a four-hitter.  Evans scattered four singles over 7 2/3, striking out six with 10 ground- and six fly- ball outs.  Garcia retired all seven batters faced, leaving Evans’ final runner on.

Friday’s game:  at St. Lucie (13-8) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Matt Pearce (1-0, 3.71)

 

Peoria 11 at Fort Wayne 1

The Chiefs (9-11) had their hitting shoes on Thursday evening, blasting the Wizards, 11-1, and preventing a three-game sweep by Fort Wayne (11-10).

The balanced scoring attack featured eight Chiefs with at least one of 18 team hits.  Seven Peoria players generated multi-hit performances, led by Magneuris Sierra, Thomas Spitz and Craig Aikin with three hits each.  Sierra accounted for four tallies, touching home three times and knocking in one in six at bats while Spitz went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.  Aikin went 3-for-5 with his first triple of 2016, crossing home three times.  Sierra and Spitz each stole a base.

R.J. Dennard’s bat got the most bang for the buck as the first baseman was responsible for six runs.  Dennard went 2-for-4 with a walk and triple, scored three times and drove in three.

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Given a 5-0 lead midway through three, Sandy Alcantara cruised to his third win in as many decisions despite battling control issues.  Alcantara issued five free passes through five plus, giving up two hits.  He fanned six.

Two of the five walks opened the sixth, chasing Alcantara from the game and bringing Tyler Bray to the mound.  Bray allowed a hit and two walks over two, permitting one of Alcantara’s two runners to score.  Sasha Kuebel retired all six batters faced.

Friday’s game:  at Lake County (14-7) (CLE), 5:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-1, 2.08)

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