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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.

Junior Fernandez’ impressive mound effort led Palm Beach to one of three wins on Tuesday. Memphis and Peoria both won at home but Springfield fell on the road.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 31st.

Memphis 1 vs. New Orleans 0     

In an impressive pitching duel, Memphis (21-28) slipped past New Orleans, 1-0, in the home series opener.


Deck McGuire (W, 3-6) led a trio of Memphis hurlers blanking the Zephyrs on six hits.  McGuire gave up all six hits in seven, fanning five.  Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala each tossed a scoreless frame, the former issuing a free pass and the latter picking up his fifth save.

Charlie Tilson singled home Alex Mejia after the latter led off the seventh with his fourth double of the season.  Mejia singled and doubled in three at bats.  Tilson added his eighth stolen base and was credited with at outfield assist at home.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (21-29), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (0-0, 1.00)

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Springfield 0 at Midland 5

Springfield’s bats were held to just four hits in their 5-0 blanking by Midland in the road opener.

Paul DeJong had two of those hits for Springfield (28-23), going 2-for-3 with a single and double out of the six hole.

All the scoring occurred in the first. Corey Baker was charged with his third loss in five decisions, yielding all five tallies, three earned, on four hits and a base-on-balls.  He retired just one batter in his rough outing.  The bullpen performed admirably. Pedro Echemendia pitched long relief, fanning four in 4 2/3 while allowing two hits and two walks.  Joey Donofrio struck out four over three, issuing a free pass.

Wednesday’s game:  at Midland (26-24), 6:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-4, 3.58)


Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 1

Palm Beach (25-27) kicked off their three-game series at Bradenton with a 3-1 victory.

Matt Pearce (W, 6-1) tossed a strong effort, limiting the opposition to a run on five hits and a walk over 7 1/3.  He struck four with 11 ground- and three fly-ball outs.


Landon Beck went 1 1/3, permitting a hit and Rowan Wick K’d his only batter for his fourth save.  Both Beck and Wick left one inherited runner on.

The Beach Birds scored single tallies in the first, sixth and ninth, including solo home runs by Orlando Olivera and Steve Bean.  Olivera went 2-for-4 with a double and the aforementioned bomb.  Michael Pritchard and Casey Grayson joined him with a multi-hit performance, Pritchard singling and doubling in four at bats while Grayson singled twice in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bradenton (28-23), 10:30 am ET, Ian McKinney (3-3, 2.79)


Peoria 5 vs. Wisconsin 1

Junior Fernandez twirled a gem in Peoria’s 5-1 triumph over Wisconsin in the series opener.  The win gives Peoria (27-24) sole possession of second place in the Western Division, a half-game ahead of Clinton (SEA) and two games in back of Cedar Rapids (MIN).


Fernandez (W, 5-3) silenced the Timber Rattlers on just three hits and two bases-on-balls in six plus.  The righty struck out eight with five ground- and two fly-ball outs.  Fernandez walked one and plunked one.

Juan Perez left Fernandez’ last two runners aboard in the seventh before yielding a run on two hits the next inning.  Steven De La Cruz faced the minimum in the ninth.

The Chiefs backed Fernandez with eight hits, led by Brian O’Keefe and Chris Chinea, with two hits apiece in four at bats.  O’Keefe tripled, scoring two times and knocking in one while Chinea touched home once and drove in two.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (24-28), 7:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (3-1, 2.30)

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