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

The Cardinals system was 2-2 on Saturday with Springfield and Peoria winning while Palm Beach’s losing skid continues on a no-hitter. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Carson Kelly, who reached base on all five of his plate appearances and was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Results for games played Saturday, May 7.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 2

In a battle of pitchers, the Redbirds ultimately lost.  Memphis starter J.C. Sulbaran tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielding just one run on four hits.  Justin Wright gave up the winning run in the seventh and took the loss.  John Church came in for Wright with two outs in the seventh, retired the final out, then pitched a scoreless and hitless eighth.

The only Redbird run came home in the third inning.  Alberto Rosario singled to center, and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Charlie Tilson.  Rehabbing Tommy Pham plated Rosario on a single to center.  The only other Redbird hit was a second inning single from Nick Martini, who was stranded.

Memphis is 11-15 and remains in last place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game: at Nashville, Jeremy Hefner (2-0, 3.42) 2:05 CT.

 

Springfield 6 at Tulsa 4

The Cardinals scored all of their runs in the first four innings, and held on to secure a victory in Tulsa.  Starting pitcher Trey Nielsen was very good, tossing six strong innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits to earn his third win.  Chris Perry and John Brebbia held the Drillers scoreless for the seventh and eighth.  Ronnie Shaban had a hiccup in the ninth, serving up a two run home run that brought the Drillers to within two.  However, Shaban went on to retire the next three batters to secure the win.

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On offense, Carson Kelly was a perfect 3-for-3, getting on base all five times he came to the plate, with two singles, a double, was hit by a pitch, and walked.  His fourth inning single plated a run.  Luke Voit was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Alex Mejia drove in two runs and was 2-for-5.

The Cardinals have a record of 16-13 and stand atop the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, Andrew Morales (3-1, 1.93) 1:05 CT.

 

Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 6

The struggling Cardinals offense was no-hit by a combination of four Jupiter pitchers.  They had five base runners; three reached on walks, and Danny Diekroeger and Blake Drake were each hit by a pitch.  Two runners reached second base; Drake stole his third base in as many attempts, and Casey Turgeon walked in the ninth and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Jack Flaherty started for the Cardinals and lost his third game of the season.  He pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Cody Schumacher relieved Flaherty in the seventh and provided two scoreless innings.  Michael Heesch pitched the ninth and surrendered two additional Jupiter runs.

Palm Beach’s seventh consecutive loss drops the club to a record of 14-16.

Sunday’s game: vs. Charlotte, Austin Gomber (3-2, 2.51) 4:00 CT.

 

Peoria 7, Dayton 1

The Chiefs walloped the Dayton Dragons behind the strong pitching of starter Junior Fernandez, who earned his third win of the season.  Fernandez hurled six innings, giving up only one unearned run on five hits. Juan Perez and Steven De La Cruz combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.

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The offense scored seven runs on eight hits.  Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.  Edmundo Sosa went 2-for 4.  Thomas Spitz doubled but was thrown out at the plate.  Magneuris Sierra was hitless but scored two runs; Brian O’Keefe walked in a run and R.J. Dennard plated a run on a sac fly.  Two Chiefs runs scored on a throwing error on a force attempt.

The win brings the Chiefs’ record to 13-16.

Sunday’s game: Off day.

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