Alex Reyes (Memphis Redbirds)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 4-0 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis starter Alex Reyes (6 innings, 2 runs, 11 strikeouts, 2 walks).

Results for games played Wednesday, June 1st.

Memphis Redbirds 3, New Orleans Zephyrs 2

A third straight win for Memphis (22-28) unfolded on Wednesday as top prospect Alex Reyes dazzled to pick up his first win for the Redbirds. Reyes (1.80 ERA) threw 97 pitches over six innings, striking out 11, walking two, and giving up a two-run home run in the first inning. Reyes’ 11 strikeouts are a Memphis season high. Reyes now has an incredible 15.6 K/9 rate after three starts. Ryan Sherriff (1.67 ERA) pitched a scoreless seventh and Juan Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to garner his fourth save.

Newly-signed catcher Michael McKenry led the way for the offense with two triples against a long-ago Cardinals farmhand, lefty starter Chris Narveson. Tommy Pham (.271 BA) went 2-for-4 with a double. The outfielder has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats. Patrick Wisdom also went 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: vs. New Orleans, J.C. Sulbaran (2-6, 8.73 ERA) 7:05 pm CT

Springfield Cardinals 6 at Midland Rockhounds 4

The Cardinals (29-23) added four runs in the second inning and two more tallies in the seventh and eighth to win 6-4 and preserve their hold on first place in the Texas League North Division.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon (3.42 ERA) lasted five innings, allowing just one run, striking out four, and walking three. Kevin Herget pitched a scoreless sixth before Heath Wyatt ran into some trouble in the seventh, giving up a hit and two walks, until Ronnie Shaban bailed him out. Shaban ran into his own problems in the eighth, with a double, triple and a run-scoring wild pitch, before John Brebbia finished off the inning. Brebbia conceded a home run in the ninth but otherwise pitched well in his 1 1/3 innings of work, striking out three.

Harrison Bader was back in the lineup after a minor scare on a hit by pitch on Tuesday. Bader went 1-for-5 with a double. Anthony Garcia had two hits, including a double. Paul DeJong hit his eighth home run and drove in two and Carson Kelly added his fourth long ball as their only hits. C.J. McElroy contributed two stolen bases to take the team lead with nine on the season and scored a run. 

Thursday’s game: at Midland, Trey Nielsen (5-3, 3.02 ERA) 7:00 pm CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Bradenton Marauders 3

The Cardinals (26-27) earned their 11th win in 14 tries after a 7-3 road win over the Miracle, putting them one win away from .500 and out of last place in the South Division of the Florida State League.

Ian McKinney (2.89 ERA) started and picked up his fourth win. The lefty struck out five in five innings, allowing two runs on 91 pitches. Nick Frey followed with three innings of one-run ball, striking out five. Kyle Grana finished with a scoreless ninth.

Oscar Mercado led the offense with a three hits in four chances, was hit by a pitch on the fourth and scored twice. Catcher Jesse Jenner added a double, single, and a walk in five plate appearances and also touched home twice. Blake Drake went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. Casey Grayson and Darren Seferina added a single, free pass and a run each.

Thursday’s game: at Bradenton, Austin Gomber (4-3, 2.47 ERA) 5:30 pm CT

Peoria Chiefs 7, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2

The Chiefs (28-24) are now tied for second in the Midwest League Western Division after securing their third win in a row.

Starter Ryan Helsley (2.38 ERA) picked up his fourth win after allowing two runs over six innings, while scattering eight hits and striking out eight. Brady Bowen followed with two scoreless innings of his own. Harley Holt pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Peoria offense was propelled by top middle infield prospect shortstop Edmundo Sosa. Sosa (.269 BA) went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, and his second home run. Magneuris Sierra (.293 BA) didn’t disappoint either, going 3-for-4 and stealing his 10th base of the season. Both Sosa and Sierra scored twice. Other standouts include Chris Chinea, 2-for-4 with two RBI, Thomas Spitz, 2-for-4, and Eliezer Alvarez, 1-for-3, with a walk.

Thursday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Brennan Leitao (3-4, 2.82 ERA) 7:00 pm CT

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