Ryan Helsley (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

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

Peoria was the only team to put one in the win column on Thursday, led by starter Ryan Helsley’s noteworthy effort. Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Thursday, May 5th.

Omaha 5 at Memphis 3

A four-run fourth sent the Redbirds (10-14) to a 5-3 loss at the hands of the visiting Storm Chasers (16-10).  Each team won two of the four-game series.

Deck McGuire (L, 0-4) could not finish the fourth, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks in 3 2/3.  One of those hits was a two-run bomb.  Ryan Sherriff tossed 3 1/3 frames, yielding a run on two hits and a base-on-balls while leaving two inherited aboard.  Justin Wright and Dean Kiekhefer each hurled a scoreless inning, Wright issuing two free passes.

Nick Martini matched Omaha’s long ball with a two-run blast, his only hit in four at bats.  Dean Anna singled twice in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s five hits.  In rehab game 2, Tommy Pham was hitless in three at bats with two strikeouts.

Friday’s game:  at Nashville (12-15), 6:35 pm CT, Thomas Lee (1-2, 5.48)


Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 3

The bullpen could not hold a late lead as Springfield (15-12) fell at Northwest Arkansas, 3-2.  The S-Cards still hold a two-games-to-one series lead with one to go.

Single scores in the sixth and seventh put the visitors up, 2-0, but Mike Mayers gave half of that lead back in his seventh and final inning of work.  The unearned tally resulted from a double and subsequent missed catch error by first baseman Chris Jacobs that allowed the runner to score.  Mayers scattered six hits and a walk through seven, fanning four.

Springfield pitching did not fare as well the next inning, as Corey Littrell and Kurt Heyer combined to turn over the lead.  Littrell gave up a single in a third of an inning before Heyer (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) served up a home run ball to his first batter.

The S-Cards mustered seven hits, led by Bruce Caldwell who singled twice in four at bats.  Harrison Bader, one of three Springfield players to go 1-for-4, scored once with his fourth stolen base of 2016.  Paul DeJong who doubled with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (12-14), 7:15 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2, 3.55)

Jupiter 3 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds’ offense managed just four hits in their 3-1 loss to Jupiter in the Fins and Feathers series’ opener at Roger Dean Stadium.

Two of the four were fourth-inning singles by Danny Diekroeger and Blake Drake that were sandwiched around a base-on-balls to Casey Grayson.  Drake’s hit drove in Diekroeger, cutting the Hammerheads’ lead to 3-1.

Matt Pearce was charged with his first loss in three decisions, permitting three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk in seven.  Pearce fanned five and hit two.  Rowan Wick and Kevin Herget each tossed a scoreless frame, Wick giving up two hits.

Friday’s game:  at Jupiter (12-15), 10:30 am ET, Ian McKinney (2-2, 3.00)


Peoria 4 vs. Dayton 1

A quartet of Chiefs’ pitchers joined forces on a four-hitter, resulting in a 4-1 victory over the Dragons in the first of three at Dozer Park.


Player of the Day Ryan Helsley (W, 2-1) shut out the opposition on three hits and two free passes through 6 1/3.  The 21-year-old struck out five with five ground- and four fly- ball outs.  Helsley threw 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

Nick Frey matched Helsley’s strikeouts in just 1 2/3 innings, permitting a hit and walk.  Steven De La Cruz’ performance was the weak link, as the righty loaded the bases on two walks bracketing a hit batsman.  He did not record an out.  Landon Beck fanned the side for his third save but not before a wild pitch scored one of De La Cruz’ runners.

Seven of nine Chiefs’ starters garnered at least one of eight team hits.  Brian O’Keefe singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one.  Eliezer Alvarez tripled in two at bats with two walks and two runs scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. Dayton (6-22), 6:30 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (1-2, 2.84)

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