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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.

St. Louis’ minors won three and lost one on Thursday with Memphis, Springfield and Peoria all coming out on top. Mike Mayers’ impressive mound performance for Springfield was tops among several noteworthy efforts.

Results from games played Thursday, May 26th.

Memphis 8 at Salt Lake City 4

Tommy Pham’s and Charlie Tilson’s offensive onslaught led the Redbirds to an 8-4 win over the Bees (25-20).  Memphis (19-25) claimed the final two games of four versus Salt Lake for a series’ split and crawled out of the basement of the American Southern as a result.


Acting as the designated hitter, Pham was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and two driven in before being pinch hit for in the 7th.  Tilson countered with a 4-for-5 effort, including a double and three runs scored. 


Not to be considered an afterthought was Jonathan Rodriguez’ multi-bomb day.  The third baseman blasted a two-run long ball and solo home run in four at bats,  Nick Martini, the final Redbird posting a multi-hit performance, singled twice in five at bats, touching home once. 


That was more than enough support for Deck McGuire to notch his second victory in eight decisions.  The right-hander blanked the opposition through seven before tiring in the eighth, departing with two runs across and runners at the corners with none out.  One of those two runners eventually scored, giving McGuire a final line of three runs on seven hits and two walks in seven plus.

Corey Littrell limited the damage by stranding one of two inherited in the eighth, yielding a hit.  John Church was charged with a run on a hit and base-on-balls.

Friday’s game:  at Las Vegas (24-22) (NYM), 8:05 pm MT, Alex Reyes (0-0, 0.00)


Springfield 9 vs. Midland 1

Springfield (25-22) scored four first-inning tallies on the way to a 9-1 pasting of Midland (24-22), salvaging the third and final game of the home series.

Harrison Bader and Luke Voit both sent one over the wall that frame, Bader with C.J. McElroy (single) on.  All three were among five players producing two hits with Alex Mejia and Breyvic Valera joining the fray.  Voit and Mejia each doubled once and Mejia knocked in two.  But Carson Kelly led the 15-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with his third home run of 2016 that comprised two of his three RBI.


Player of the Day Mike Mayers (W, 5-2) sizzled on the mound, fanning 10 over 7 2/3 and limiting the RockHounds to a single tally on a long ball that was one of four hits given up.  The righty induced 11 ground- to two fly-ball outs and did not issue a free pass during his 100-pitch effort.  Pedro Echemendia retired all four batters faced, stranding two.

Friday’s game:  vs. Frisco (30-16) (TEX), 7:10 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-4, 4.22)


Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 6

Five late scores broke open a tight contest as Palm Beach (22-26) was downed by Fort Myers (25-23), 6-2.  The loss prevented a three-game road series sweep by the Beach Birds.

Although Austin Gomber took the loss, his third against four wins, the defeat falls on the bullpen, which was not able to protect Gomber’s seven-inning one-run effort.  Gomber scattered seven hits and two walks, fanning six.

Kyle Grana and Nick Frey simply did not have it. Grana yielded four runs on a hit and three bases-on-balls with one out recorded and Frey permitted a tally on three hits that let Grana’s last two runners score.

Palm Beach mustered nine hits but was kept off the board until the ninth when three straight singles, a sac fly and two walks generated two scores.  Blake Drake and Oscar Mercado each went 2-for-4 with a double, Drake scoring once.

Friday’s game: vs. Jupiter (25-23) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (1-4, 5.87)


Peoria 4 vs. Kane County 3

Peoria (24-22) swept Kane County (22-24) out of town on a 4-3 victory.


Ryan Helsley tossed seven strong frames, upping his record to 3-1, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks.  He struck out five and hit a batter.  Brady Bowen was touched for a run on two hits in the eighth but Luke Harrison tossed a one-two-three ninth for his second save.

The Chiefs took an early lead via a two-run second but the Cougars answered with two in the top of the third.  That is now things stood until the home half of the seventh when Peoria pushed across two more.

The offense was a balanced effort with six players either scoring or driving in a run.  Leobaldo Pina, Chris Chinea and Magneuris Sierra each had two of 10 team hits. Pina touched home once, Chinea knocked one in and Sierra doubled once with his seventh stolen base.  Edmundo Sosa took part in three tallies, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (20-26) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (3-3, 2.36)

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