J.C. Sulbaran (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

J.C. Sulbaran’s sparkling mound performance was squandered by Memphis’ bullpen, one of four losses in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday.

Results from games played Thursday, June 2nd.

New Orleans 4 at Memphis 1

Memphis (22-29) dropped a 4-1 decision to New Orleans but still holds a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one remaining.

The game remained scoreless until the ninth when John Church (L, 0-1) allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits and a walk in his only inning of work.  Player of the Day J.C. Sulbaran tossed six strong frames, yielding just three hits and a base-on-balls while striking out six.  Corey Littrell fanned one over two.

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David Washington’s 10th bomb since joining Memphis four weeks ago accounted for his team’s only score as Memphis was limited to just four hits.  Carlos Peguero had two of them, singling twice in three at bats with a stolen base.

Friday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (22-30), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-0, 1.59)

 

Springfield 3 at Midland 5

Springfield (29-24) was stymied by Midland (27-25), 5-3, in the rubber game of the road series.

Trey Nielsen (L, 5-4) was touched for five runs, four earned, on 12 hits – including a two-run long ball, and two free passes over six.  Chris Perry and Josh Lucas each tossed a scoreless frame with two strikeouts.

The S-Cards’ offense translated 11 hits into just three runs with Luke Voit’s 3-for-4 performance a good example of the lack of results.  Despite an excellent night at the plate, Voit neither scored nor drove in a run. 

Jonathan Rodriguez’ 2-for-4 night included his first Springfield home run of 2016 and came with the bases empty.  Collin Radack singled twice in two at bats with an RBI after taking over for C.J. McElroy in left.

Friday’s game:  at Frisco (30-21), 7:05 pm CT, Andrew Morales (4-4, 3.39)

 

Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 8

An 8-3 loss to Bradenton (29-24) prevented a three-game road series sweep by Palm Beach (26-28).

Austin Gomber (L, 4-4) had a three-run fifth then yielded three more after not retiring any of the three faced in the seventh.  Gomber gave up six hits, including a solo bomb, and four walks in six plus. 

Landon Beck allowed two hits and a base-on-balls while recording one out, allowing all three inherited to score plus one of his own.  Chandler Hawkins went the final 1 2/3, yielding two hits and a free pass that let one of Beck’s two runners score.

Casey Grayson and Allen Staton each garnered two hits in three and four at bats, respectively.  Grayson added a walk, run scored and RBI while Staton doubled once and drove in two.  Three other PB-Cards had one hit apiece.

Friday’s game:  vs. Dunedin (24-30), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (1-4, 5.08)

 

Wisconsin 3 at Peoria 1

The Chiefs (28-25) were bitten by the Timber Rattlers (25-29), 3-1, in the series finale.  Peoria took the home series two games to one.

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Brennan Leitao (L, 3-5) blanked the opposition through six before giving up a run in the seventh.  Peoria answered in the bottom of the frame but Leitao was unable to stop Wisconsin from scoring two more in the eighth.  The righty was touched for six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 with a solo shot and an unearned tally.

Tyler Bray matched two outs with two hits that let Leitao’s last runner score.  Steven De La Cruz worked around a hit and hit batsman in the ninth.

Peoria generated seven hits, all singles. Eliezer Alvarez and Dylan Becker had two each.  Becker drove in Vaughn Bryan for the team’s only tally.  

Friday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (30-23), 6:35 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (3-0, 2.28)

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