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

It was two up and two down in St Louis’ minors on Tuesday. Memphis and Springfield won but Palm Beach and Peoria did not, though Palm Beach received a strong relief effort by Cody Schumacher.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 3rd.

Memphis 7 vs. Omaha 6

Memphis (9-13) overcame a shaky bullpen to walk off with a 7-6 victory over Omaha.  Each team has taken one of the first two games with two on tap.

Sam Tuivailala had both his first blown save and win (in two decisions), the former when he could not record the eighth’s final out before allowing all three of Juan Gonzalez’ runners to cross home plate.  That knotted the score at six all.  Tuivailala was touched for two hits in 1 1/3 while Gonzalez walked three, retiring three.

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Jeremy Hefner tossed the initial five, permitting three runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls.  Two of the three tallies were produced by a long ball and the right-hander fanned five.  John Church pitched a scoreless sixth while Dean Kiekhefer gave up two hits in 2/3 of an inning but Gonzalez stranded both runners.

Hefner departed the action with the Redbirds up 6-3, thanks to two three-run frames.  Jacob Wilson generated three runs on his first bomb of 2016, giving the home team a 6-1 advantage through three.  It was Wilson’s only hit in four at bats.

Memphis made a winner out of Tuivailala when pinch hitter Carlos Peguero was plunked with the sacks jammed, forcing across Dean Anna, who had reached on a double.  Anna added a single to his double in five at bats, touching home twice.  Nick Martini went 2-for-3 with a double and walk, scoring once and driving in one.  He was the only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Omaha (15-9), 6:35 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-2, 4.86)

Note: St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham will begin his rehab assignment with the Redbirds on Wednesday evening.

Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 1

Four runs over the last two frames broke open a tight contest as Springfield (14-11) flew past Northwest Arkansas, 5-1, in the series’ opener.

Held to a single score through seven, the visitors broke out for three in the eighth before capping the scoring with a ninth-inning tally.  Seven of nine S-Cards’ starters had at least one of 11 team hits, led by Harrison Bader who went 3-for-5 with a run scored at the top of the order.  Paul DeJong and Breyvic Valera both went 2-for-4 while crossing home once. DeJong’s second home run of the season gave Springfield a 1-0 lead after five. 

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Andrew Morales struck out four in three innings, giving up two hits and a walk before his early departure after being struck in the arm by a line drive.  Chris Perry was charged with an unearned tally in the seventh, his fourth inning of work.  Perry permitted two hits and two free passes, fanning three.  That run scored under John Brebbia’s watch, as he yielded two hits in 2 1/3 for his first win in as many decisions.

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (11-13), 11:05 am CT, Corey Baker (1-0, 1.29)

 

Fort Myers 5 at Palm Beach 3

Blake McKnight’s short start resulted in a 5-3 home loss to Fort Myers.  Palm Beach (14-12) trails in the series 0-2 with one game yet to go.

McKnight (L, 0-3) could not finish the fourth, surrendering five runs on five hits, including a two-run home run, in 3 2/3.  The righty issued three free passes and hit a batter.

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Player of the Day Cody Schumacher was solid in long relief, giving up just two hits over 4 1/3 and joining McKnight with three strikeouts.  The down side of Schumacher’s performance was allowing both his inherited runners to score.  Silfredo Garcia worked around a hit and two walks by fanning the side for a scoreless ninth.

Orlando Olivera acquired two of his team’s six hits, singling and doubling in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two RBI.  Four other Beach Birds had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers (15-11), 6:30 pm ET, Jacob Evans (2-0, 1.33)

 

Bowling Green 4 at Peoria 2

The Chiefs (10-15) could not hold an early lead, falling to the Hot Rods, 4-2 and evening the series at one game each with one to play.

Up 2-0 after five, Jake Woodford allowed the opposition to tie it up on a two-run blast the next frame.  The home run was one of five hits and three walks given up in 5 2/3.  Woodford struck out seven.

Juan Perez (L, 0-2) left Woodford’s last two runners on but served up a two-run bomb of his own in the seventh.  Chandler Hawkins and Steven De La Cruz each retired four batters, Hawkins working around two hits, two walks and a hit batsman.

The home team outhit their guests 10 to eight but went a dismal 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Eliezer Alvarez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a free pass, one run scored and another knocked in.  Edmundo Sosa and Magneuris Sierra each with 2-for-5, Sosa doubling once with an RBI and stolen base.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green (13-13), 11:00 am CT, Sandy Alcantara (3-0, 2.86)

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