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Highlights of Tuesday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Wednesday’s action.

Matt Pearce’s complete-game gem for Palm Beach highlighted a 3-1 day in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday. Springfield and Peoria both joined Palm Beach in the win column but Memphis fell.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 17th.


Sacramento 10 at Memphis 3

The Redbirds’ inability to drive in teammates resulted in a 10-3 pasting by visiting Sacramento (16-24) in the series’ finale.  Each team won two of the four contests.

The home team squandered numerous opportunities, going a sad 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position despite generating nine hits.  David Washington had a third of them, going 3-for-5 with a double and run scored.  No other Redbird had more than one.

J.C. Sulbaran took the loss, his second in six decisions, after he yielded five runs on seven hits and two walks, one intentional.  Three of the five tallies resulted from two home runs.

Bookended by a pair of scoreless innings by Heath Wyatt and Sam Tuivailala were less than impressive outings by Ryan Sherriff and John Church.  Sherriff allowed two hits and a base-on-balls, producing two seventh-inning runs and Church was touched for three tallies on two hits and two free passes, one intentional.   

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 3

A balanced scoring attack led Springfield (21-16) over Tulsa, 5-3, in the home series opener.

Eight Springfield players either scored or drove in at least one, led by Bruce Caldwell and C.J. McElroy, who both went 2-for-4.  Caldwell knocked in two while McElroy touched home once with an RBI.

Five other players had one hit each, all singles, but Harrison Bader was not one of them.  The centerfielder’s league-leading consecutive game hit streak ended at 17, one shy of the club mark, due to an 0-for-2 performance.  Bader did work two free passes, scored once and swiped his sixth base.

On the mound, Daniel Poncedeleon (W, 2-3) held the Drillers to two runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls through six.  He fanned five.  Pedro Echemendia was touched for a tally on two hits in the sixth and John Brebbia tossed two clean frames for his first save.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Tulsa (16-20).  Game one – 5:10 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (4-2, 3.32)/Kurt Heyer (1-2, 3.63)


Palm Beach 6 vs. Lakeland 0

Palm Beach (16-24) rode Matt Pearce’s impressive effort to a 6-0 home blanking of Lakeland, evening the series at one game each with two to play.

Pearce, our Player of the Day, allowed just two base runners to reach second and retired 14 of his last 15 batters in his complete-game masterpiece.  The right-hander permitted four singles and a double with a first-inning free pass, throwing 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes.  He fanned six.

Blake Drake and Chris Rivera paced the Beach Birds with two hits each.  Drake doubled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, run scored, two RBI plus his fourth stolen base and Rivera went 2-for-4 while touching home once and driving in one.  Four other PB-Cards had one hit apiece. 

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (22-17), 6:30 pm ET, Ian McKinney (2-3, 3.38)


Peoria 4 at Kane County 3

A first-inning four spot was just enough for Peoria to hold on to edge Kane County, 4-3, in the first of three.  It is the fourth win in a row for the Chiefs (19-18).

Limited to just five hits in total, the visitors compiled four of them in the first, translating it into four runs.  Magneuris Sierra, Eliezer Alvarez and R.J. Dennard’s singles were interspersed with a walk by Brian O’Keefe.  Add in three stolen bases, two by Alvarez and one by Sierra, and good things ensued.  Alvarez and Dennard each collected an RBI and all four scored, the big blow being Chris Chinea’s two-run double.

That was more than enough support for Sandy Alcantara (W, 4-2) struck out 10 in seven plus, keeping the Cougars to a run on three hits and two walks through seven before tiring in the eighth.  The 20-year-old departed after putting his first two on via a single and hit batsman, both of whom came around to score.  Two of the three runs allowed were earned.  Alcantara threw 97 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Jordan DeLorenzo and Luke Harrison pitched the game’s balance, DeLorenzo letting both runners score on a sac bunt, RBI groundout and run-scoring single.  Harrison worked around an error in the ninth for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Kane County (19-18), 11:00 am CT, Jake Woodford (1-3, 3.12)

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