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

The Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Anthony Garcia, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Redbirds’ win over Fresno.

Results for games played Friday, May 20.


Memphis 8, Fresno 7

In this high scoring contest, the Redbirds outlasted Fresno to earn their 16th win of the season.

Starter Arturo Reyes lasted only 4 2/3 innings while giving up seven runs, four earned, on five hits, two of the long ball variety for six of the seven Grizzlies’ runs.  A relief quartet of Ryan Sheriff, John Church, Juan Gonzalez and Sam Tuivailala combined for the remaining innings, with Sheriff getting the win and Tuivailala the save.

The offense ultimately prevailed with two runs in the first inning, five runs in the third, and the game winner in the fifth, before pitching finally shut both teams down.  Those with a multi-hit outing were Tommy Pham, 2-for-3, Patrick Wisdom, 2-for-3, and Anthony Garcia, 2-for-4.  David Washington drove in two on a first inning home run to begin the Redbird scoring.  The home run was Washington’s sixth, and it extended his hitting streak to a Redbirds season best 11 games.  Anthony Garcia plated three runs, two on a third inning double and the winning run on a fifth inning single.  Catcher Alberto Rosario drove in two on a third inning single.

The Redbirds’ record now stands at 16-22.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fresno, Deck McGuire (1-5, 4.20) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 4 at Arkansas 6

The Cardinals got on the board first and took the lead in the third inning before conceding the edge to the Travelers in the fifth.  The Cardinals tied the game in the seventh, but the Travelers snatched the lead in the bottom of the frame and held on for the win.

Bruce Caldwell and Chris Jacobs drove in all four of the Cardinals runs.  A third inning Caldwell single scored Jacobs and C. J. McElroy.  In the seventh, a Jacobs double to center plated Carson Kelly and Nick Thompson to tie the game.  Kelly and Jacobs were each 2-for-4.

Starter Corey Baker allowed three runs on six hits in his five innings pitched, including a three run home run in his final inning. Reliever Pedro Echemendia yielded an additional run in the sixth and John Brebbia surrendered the final two runs in his two innings of work to take the loss.

The defeat puts Springfield’s record at 22-19, but they remain in first place with a 2.5 game lead in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Mike Mayers (3-2, 2.61) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Clearwater 1

The Cardinals took the lead early and never gave it up, as starter Austin Gomber kept the Threshers’ bats at bay after allowing a run in the first.  Gomber tossed seven innings, allowing that lone run on five hits. Landon Beck and Rowan Wick combined for the last two innings of scoreless baseball, with Wick getting the save, his first of the season.  Gomber was the winning pitcher.

Darren Seferina had a 3-for-4 night, while Casey Grayson was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.  The first run scored on a force out after Casey Turgeon and Seferina hit back to back singles to start the game.  Grayson doubled to plate the second first inning run, and singled in the third for his second run batted in.  Seferina tripled in the eighth, and scored on a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 18-24 on the season after this win.

Saturday’s game:  at Clearwater, Jack Flaherty (0-4, 5.97) 5:15 CT.


Peoria 8, Beloit 3

A thunderous eighth inning rally by the Chiefs offense turned a potential one run loss into a five run lead and victory Friday night against the Beloit Snappers in Peoria.

The Chiefs fell behind early but managed to tie the game in the fifth on a leadoff walk and back to back singles by Thomas Spitz and Craig Aikin.  The Snappers snatched the lead back in the seventh.  Then in the bottom half of the eighth, the Chiefs came to the plate 12 times for a total of seven runs, all accomplished without the benefit of a home run.

The seven run inning included two doubles, one each from Magneuris Sierra and Chris Chinea, a sac fly from Eliezer Alvarez and singles by Edmundo Sosa, Leobaldo Pina, Aikin and Sierra.  Sierra and Aikin had two hits each.  Aikin, Chinea and Pina each drove in two runs.  Sierra plated one run.  Chinea extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his eighth inning double.

Amidst the late offensive surge, starter Ryan Helsley pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two Snappers runs, his first at home this season, before yielding to Juan Perez, who tossed 1 2/3 innings while allowing an additional run in the eighth.  Perez was awarded the win. Steven De La Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth.

Of additional note was the first appearance of rehabbing St. Louis infielder Jhonny Peralta, who started the game at shortstop, went four innings and was 0-for-2.

The Chiefs are 21-19 and are two games back of first in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Brennan Leitao (3-2, 2.01) 6:30 CT.

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