Harrison Bader (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 2-2 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Harrison Bader of the Springfield Cardinals (4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI).

Results for games played Wednesday, May 4th.

Memphis Redbirds 8, Omaha Storm Chasers 6

Memphis (10-13) got a big win over the Storm Chasers Wednesday night despite the pitching staff letting them down. Starter Arturo Reyes gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 5-1/3 innings. The 5’11 right-hander (5.73 ERA) struck out three and ended up with the win. 29 year-old veteran John Church (0.71 ERA) earned his first save for Memphis after picking up seven saves last year for the Mets’ AAA team.


The story of the day was the return of Tommy Pham, who played center field and batted leadoff in his first rehab appearance. He went 1-for-2 with two RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. Patrick Wisdom (.216 BA) had a 2-for-3 night with a pair of doubles, a walk, and a stolen base. Michael Ohlman (.273 BA) went 2-for-2, including a double and he also had a base-on-balls. Ohlman has a very solid .349 OBP this year.

Thursday’s game: vs. Omaha, Deck McGuire (0-3, 3.70 ERA) 7:05 CT

Springfield Cardinals 10, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6

Springfield (14-11, first place in the Texas League North Division) played the Naturals again on Wednesday in the second game of the four-game series in Springdale, Arkansas.

The Cardinals sent reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week Corey Baker (1.33 ERA) to the mound Wednesday and the right-hander continued his April surge, striking out five in six innings, yielding just one run.


The Springfield offense laid into the Naturals’ pitching to the tune of seven runs. The standouts were led by the red hot Harrison Bader (.388 BA), 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI, and our Player of the Day nod. Also of note were second baseman Bruce Caldwell (.292 BA), who hit his sixth home run of the season and C.J. McElroy, 2-for-5 with three RBI. Paul DeJong (.244 BA) continued his hot hitting also, contributing a 1-for-4 effort with a walk and his third home run.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Mike Mayers (2-2, 3.54 ERA) 7:05 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 0, Fort Myers Miracle 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals were swept as they dropped the final game of their three-game home set against Fort Myers Wednesday to drop to 14-13 for the season. The Cardinals went with 2015 draftee Jacob Evans as the starter. The left-handed Evans (1.54 ERA) pitched excellent, lasting eight innings, striking out four, and giving up three runs, two earned. Kyle Grana followed for a scoreless ninth inning.

Offensively, the Cardinals managed just five hits, none of which went for extra bases. Catcher Steve Bean went 1-for-2 with a walk. Former independent ball speedster Mikey Reynolds picked up his fifth stolen base. As a team, Palm Beach is hitting just .226 on the season now.

Thursday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Matt Pearce (2-0, 2.66 ERA) 5:30 CT

Peoria Chiefs 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 11

The Chiefs (10-16) had a day game Wednesday in the finale of the three-game set with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Chiefs hot prospect Sandy Alcantara failed to make it to the sixth batter in the first inning before being pulled for Jorge Rodriguez. Alcantara’s final line was 1/3 of an inning, yielding four runs and pushing his ERA from 2.86 to 4.43. New arrival Rodriguez pitched admirably in his 4-2/3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out three.  

Peoria’s offense was driven primarily by the two-through-four hitters. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa (.283 BA) had a 4-for-5 day with a double. Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra (.310 BA) went 3-for-5 and catcher Brian O’Keefe (.256 BA) had two hits in four at-bats. Chris Chinea added a double as well.

Thursday’s game: vs. Dayton, Ryan Helsley (1-1, 2.42 ERA) 6:05 CT

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