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

The system went 0-for-3 with a cancellation on Thursday. Memphis fell despite big games from Greg Garcia and Nick Martini, joining Springfield and Peoria in the loss column. Palm Beach’s game was cancelled.

Results from games played Thursday, May 19th.

Fresno 4 at Memphis 2     

The Redbirds (15-22) dropped their home series’ opener with Fresno, 4-2, their fifth loss in seven games.

Memphis managed seven hits to the Grizzlies’ eight but two players garnered three apiece:  Greg Garcia, the number two batter and Nick Martini who hit fifth, our co-Players of the Day.  Both went 3-for-4 with Martini doubling once but also being picked off first.  Garcia was aboard when David Washington smashed his fourth home run of 2016, Washington’s only hit in four at bats.

Three of Fresno’s four tallies were the products of long balls – a two-run shot off Jeremy Hefner and solo blast against Miguel Socolovich.  Hefner took the loss, which evened his record to 2-2, after giving up three runs on six hits and two walks over 5 2/3.  Corey Littrell retired all four batters faced, two via the K, and Socolovich yielded the aforementioned home run, one of two hits allowed in two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Fresno (16-23), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (3-2, 4.15)

 

Tulsa 10 at Springfield 2

Springfield (22-18) was pasted by Tulsa (18-21), 10-2, in the last of their four-game home set, giving each team two wins in the series.

Two four-run frames were the deciding factors, one against starter Andrew Morales (L, 3-4) and the other against Kevin Herget.  Morales surrendered six tallies in all on 11 hits, including two two-run bombs, in 5 2/3.

Herget yielded a two-run home run himself, one of two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3.  Joey Donofrio had trouble finding the plate, issuing four free passes to go with a hit in 1 2/3 and letting Herget’s final two runners score.

In the meantime, the offense did not do much until they pushed across single tallies in the eighth and ninth, the latter run via Alex Mejia’s first long ball of the season.  Luke Voit went 2-for-4 with an RBI, the only S-Card with more than one of six team hits.

Friday’s game:  at Arkansas (16-24), 7:10 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-1, 3.00)

 

Palm Beach vs. Lakeland - cancelled

Game four of the Beach Birds’ home series versus Lakeland (22-18) was cancelled due to lightning and rain.  Since this is the last time the Flying Tigers will be in town to face Palm Beach (17-24), the game will not be rescheduled.

Friday’s game:  at Clearwater (26-14), 6:15 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (0-4, 5.97)

 

Peoria 0 at Kane County 10

It was a long night for the Chiefs’ pitching staff as Peoria (20-19) was shellacked by Kane County (20-19), 10-0, preventing a three-game sweep by the visitors.

The Cougars scored in six of eight frames hurled by Peoria, beginning with Junior Fernandez.  Fernandez could not finish the fifth, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3.

The bullpen did not fare much better with two of three relievers being scored upon.  Jordan DeLorenzo managed just two outs, giving up three tallies on a three-run home run, one of four hits and a free pass allowed while letting two inherited runners score.  Luke Harrison stranded DeLorenzo’s last two runners but was touched for a run on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3.  Jorge Rodriguez worked around two hits for a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs mustered eight hits but could not generate a run, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 on.  Edmundo Sosa and Eliezer Alvarez each had two hits in three and four at bats, respectively.  Sosa worked one free pass.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit (19-20), 7:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (2-1, 2.14)

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