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

The Cardinals minor league system was 1-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starter Matt Pearce, who pitched 6 2/3 strong innings in the Cardinals’ win over St. Lucie.

Results for games played Friday, April 29.

Memphis 0 at New Orleans 7

Friday was not a good night for the Redbirds, as they were shut out in New Orleans for their fourth straight loss.  The offense was limited to three hits.  Charlie Tilson was 1-for-3 as he extended his hitting streak to eight games.  Dean Anna and Anthony Garcia swung the bats behind the remaining two Redbirds hits.  All three hits were singles.

Redbirds starter Deck McGuire was tagged for his third loss and was knocked out after 3 1/3 innings with five runs allowed, four earned, on nine hits, including a two-run home run from Zephyrs’ second baseman Elliot Soto. Heath Wyatt and Ryan Sheriff each gave up an additional run in their 2 2/3 combined innings of work. Justin Wright pitched a scoreless eighth, before Dean Kiekhefer finished with a clean ninth.

The Redbirds are 8-12 and dwell at the bottom of the Pacific Coast League Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:  at New Orleans, J.C. Sulbaran (2-1, 3.57) 6:00 CT.


Springfield at Arkansas

This game was postponed due to rain in the area and has been rescheduled as part of a Sunday double header.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Mike Mayers (2-1, 1.90) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 1

Cardinals starter Matt Pearce earned his second win in a strong outing against the St. Lucie Mets.  Pearce retired the first 14 batters he faced, and went on to pitch 6 2/3 innings with only one run allowed, unearned.  Pearce kept the Mets to six hits, only one of which was for extra bases.  Pedro Echemendia relieved in the seventh, and pitched to two outs in the eighth before being replaced by Kevin Herget, who secured the final four outs and earned his league-leading fifth save.

Of the three Cardinals runs, two came off the bat of Andrew Sohn, who tattooed a ball out of the park to left center field.   A Casey Grayson double in the first inning which scored Danny Diekroeger from first base put the Cardinals on the board first.  Diekroeger and Orlando Olivera were 2-for-4 for the evening.

A fielding error by right fielder Nick Thompson led to the only Mets run.

Palm Beach is 13-9 and in a three way tie for the lead in the Florida State League South Division.

Saturday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Ian McKinney (1-2, 3.75) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 2 at Lake County 3

Chiefs starter Ryan Helsley was coming off six scoreless innings in his last start. On Friday, his fourth outing of the season, he gave up his first run in 8 2/3 innings in the third inning against the Lake County Captains.  Helsley surrendered his second run two innings later in the fifth, his last inning of work.  Helsley struck out eight, but walked two, one of which was a leadoff walk in the third that led to the Captains’ first run.

Chandler Hawkins followed and pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.  The Chiefs came back to tie the game in the eighth, but reliever Landon Beck allowed the winning run to the Captains in the ninth, and was tagged with the loss.

The Chiefs scored two in the eighth to tie up the game at 2-2.  Craig Aikin singled and then stole second.  R.J. Dennard plated Aikin on a single up the middle for the first run.  Catcher Chris Chinea doubled to score Dennard for run number two.

Magneuris Sierra provided the defensive highlight by throwing out Captains’ left fielder Ka’ai Tom at home plate as he tried to score from second base on a single.

The Chiefs are 9-12 with this loss and are next to last in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Lake County, Junior Fernandez (2-1, 2.57) 5:30 CT.

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