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

The Cardinals minor league system went just 1-3 on Thursday, with Paul DeJong’s walkoff homer lifting Springfield to an extra-innings victory.

Results from games played Thursday, May 12th.

Memphis 5 at Omaha 15

A 10-run fifth doomed the Redbirds (13-18) as they were shellacked by the Storm Chasers, 15-5.  Memphis has won one of the road series’ first three contests with one remaining.

J.C. Sulbaran (L, 2-3) surrendered three home runs over 4 1/3, producing four of the seven tallies yielded on seven hits in total plus three walks.  Justin Wright finished the fifth-inning damage, permitting another six tallies on five hits, including a two-run bomb, and a walk with two outs recorded. 

Dean Kiekhefer went 1 2/3 with two runs given up on five hits and three strikeouts.  Juan Gonzalez retired all four batters faced.

Eight Redbirds had one hit each. David Washington’s third long ball of the week came with a man on and Charlie Tilson’s first dinger was a solo shot.

Friday’s game:  at Omaha (19-14), 7:05 pm CT, Jeremy Hefner (2-0, 3.24)


Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 5 (10)

Springfield’s (18-15) late-innings push overcame a blown save as they topped Northwest Arkansas, 6-5, in 10, the first of a four-game home set with the Naturals.

Down 3-0 through six, the Cards chipped away with a score on Luke Voit’s solo bomb the next frame before taking a 4-3 lead after eight.  Unfortunately, two blasts off John Brebbia (BS, 2) left the S-Cards down 5-4 with three outs remaining. 

But Alex Mejia’s RBI double, his second hit in four at bats, brought in Carson Kelly (single), sending the game into extras.  Paul DeJong’s sixth home run of the season gave Springfield the walk off.  Our Player of the Day went 1-for-3 with two bases-on-balls, one intentional.

The S-Cards generated 10 hits with Mejia and Chris Jacobs the only players with more than one. With his rehab moving to Springfield, Tommy Pham singled once in four at bats with an intentional free pass.

Kurt Heyer, the fifth Springfield pitcher of the night, tossed a one-two-three 10th for his first win in three decisions.  Starter Daniel Poncedeleon was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk in six.  He fanned five.  Josh Lucas and Joey Donofrio combined for two scoreless frames before handing the ball to Brebbia.

Friday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (16-16), 7:10 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (3-2, 3.98)


Palm Beach 3 at Charlotte 7

The Beach Birds’ 7-3 loss to Charlotte (19-15) split the two-game away series but that was on the heels of a just completed three-game sweep at Roger Dean Stadium by the Stone Crabs. It was Palm Beach’s 11th defeat in their last 12 games.

Ian McKinney was charged with his third loss against two wins, for Palm Beach (15-20).  The southpaw permitted five runs, three earned, on six hits and four bases-on-balls in 4 2/3.  Chandler Hawkins surrendered a two-run home run during his 1 1/3-inning stint and Pedro Echemendia worked around three hits over two frames.

Vaughn Bryan led the team with three hits in four at bats, scoring twice.  Casey Turgeon and Blake Drake each had two of the team’s eight hits, Turgeon doubling once in three at bats with a run scored and Drake singling twice in four at bats, knocking in three.

Friday’s game:  vs. Bradenton (15-18), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (0-3, 6.08)


Peoria 4 at Clinton 5

Three runs scored on the Chiefs’ bullpen sent Peoria (15-18) to a 5-4 loss in the road series’ opener.

Harley Holt (L, 0-1) allowed all three scores, two earned, on three hits in 1 1/3.  What proved to be the winning run crossed home with Juan Perez on the mound, as Perez permitted one of Holt’s two runners to score.  Starter Ryan Helsley struck out seven through five, yielding eight hits translating into two runs.

Peoria’s offense maximized its opportunities, scoring four runs on four hits and three walks. Brian O’Keefe’s first long ball of 2016 came with Thomas Spitz (walk) aboard.

Friday’s game:  at Clinton (21-12), 6:30 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (2-2, 2.16)

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