Bruce Caldwell (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

The Cardinals system was 1-1 on Saturday with a pair of rainouts. Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Bruce Caldwell, who had two hits, including a three-run home run, in Springfield’s loss to Arkansas.

Results for games played Saturday, April 30.

Memphis at New Orleans

This game was postponed due to rain in the area and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 8.

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


Springfield 5, Arkansas 9

Balls were flying out of Hammons Field on Saturday, and the score reflected it.  All five of the Cardinals runs came via the long ball.  It began with solo shots from Harrison Bader and Luke Voit in the first inning.  A three-run blast by second baseman Bruce Caldwell in the fifth brought the Cardinals to within two runs of the Travelers, but that was as close as it got.  The only other extra base hit was a double from Paul DeJong, who was 2-for-4 on the night.

Starter Mike Mayers struggled mightily, giving up seven runs, six earned.  He was the victim of the long ball of the two-run variety, off the bat of Traveler’s third sacker Andrew Daniel in the fifth inning.  Mayers also surrendered three doubles and a triple.  He was out of the game after one out in the fifth and was tagged with his second loss of the season. 

Chris Perry secured the remaining two outs in the fifth and pitched an additional scoreless inning.  John Brebbia allowed two additional Travelers runs in the seventh to put the final nail in the coffin for the Cardinals.  Chris Thomas pitched a clean ninth.

This loss brings the Cardinals’ record to 11-10, but they remain on top of the Texas League North, two games ahead of the Travelers.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Arkansas, Trey Nielsen (1-2, 5.95) 2:10 CT (Game 1 of doubleheader);  vs. Arkansas, TBD, Game 2 of doubleheader following Game 1.


Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 1

The Cardinals slid past the Mets for the second win of the series behind starter Ian McKinney, who picked up his second win.  McKinney gave up the only Mets run in the first inning on a two-out RBI single.  The lefty ended his six-inning outing by striking out the side after giving up a leadoff double.

Cody Schumacher and Rowan Wick each pitched a scoreless inning, and Kevin Herget retired the side in the ninth for his second save of the series and his sixth of the season.

The Cardinals scored in the first inning when leadoff hitter Darren Seferina popped a triple into right field.  After Nick Thompson struck out, Danny Diekroeger doubled on a line drive to left to bring Seferina across the plate.  The Cardinals took the lead in the sixth when Diekroeger singled and Casey Grayson shot an RBI double into the left center field gap.

The Cardinals stand at 14-9 and lead the Florida State League South.

Sunday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Jack Flaherty (0-1, 6.46) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria at Lake County

This game was postponed due to rain in the area and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, May 1.

Sunday’s games:  at Lake County, Brennan Leitao (1-1, 1.80) 12:00 p.m. CT (Game 1 of doubleheader); at Lake County, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 2.50) Game 2 following Game 1.

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