Eliezer Alvarez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria second baseman Eliezer Alvarez, who was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Chiefs’ win in Cedar Rapids.

Results for games played Friday, June 3.

Memphis 1, New Orleans 5

In a game marred by defensive errors, the Redbirds lost this series finale of the four game home set against the New Orleans Zephyrs to tie the series at 2-2.

The Redbirds got on the board first with a leadoff double by Alex Mejia, who later scored on a Charlie Tilson ground out.  This would be the only run for the Redbirds.   In addition to Mejia, Patrick Wisdom and Tommy Pham doubled.  The Redbirds had five hits total, with Dean Anna and starter Mike Mayers contributing singles.

Mayers went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits, and took the loss.  Kurt Heyer, Miguel Socolovich, and Justin Wright followed.  Heyer surrendered a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Three errors in the fourth inning by David Washington (missed catch), Patrick Wisdom (fielding) and Dean Anna (throwing) led to the two unearned runs against Mayers.

The Redbirds record is 22-30.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Arturo Reyes (5-2, 3.88)  7:08 CT.


Springfield 5 at Frisco 6

This was close and hard fought game, as the Cardinals tied the game twice, but they fell to the Roughriders by one run.

Starter Andrew Morales tossed six innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  Heath Wyatt took the loss after giving up the winning run in the seventh inning.  Kevin Herget pitched a clean final frame.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning on a solo home run by Harrison Bader, his 12th of the season.  Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.  Anthony Garcia and Paul DeJong plated the other two Cardinals runs, DeJong on a sixth inning single, Garcia on a seventh inning single.

The Cardinals are tied for first place in the Texas League North with a record of 29-25.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Corey Baker (2-3, 4.37) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Dunedin 3

Starter Jack Flaherty had his best start of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out seven and walking two.  Flaherty’s offense, however, didn’t give him any run support.  Reliever Landon Beck surrendered all three Blue Jays scores on an eighth inning home run.  Rowan Wick pitched a clean ninth and struck out the side.  Beck took the loss.


The Cardinals offense was meager at best.  Five hits, all singles, was all they could produce.  Palm Beach did not have a runner in scoring position until the fifth inning, when Blake Drake and Allen Staton hit back to back singles.  Both runners were stranded following a fly out and two strike outs.  The Cardinals had a runner on third in the sixth, but he was stranded.  Rehabbing Jhonny Peralta led off the ninth with a single, but pinch runner Andrew Sohn was stranded on third after an inning ending double play.

Palm Beach has a record of 26-29.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, Blake McKnight (1-4, 3.19) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 13 at Cedar Rapids 4

There was plenty of offense in this laugher, as the Chiefs scored both early and late.  Peoria went ahead by eight runs after two innings, and though the Kernels added four in the middle innings, the Chiefs put the game away in the ninth with five scores.

A three run blast off the bat of Brian O’Keefe in the first inning got the scoring going.  In addition, the top three hitters in the lineup drove in seven runs collectively. Magneuris Sierra and Edmundo Sosa were both 2-for-5 with two RBI, Player of the Day Eliezer Alvarez was 4-for-5 and plated three.  Vaughn Bryan was 2-for-5 with one run driven in; Dylan Becker was 2-for-4.  Craig Aikin had an RBI on a second inning single.


Peoria starter Derian Gonzalez pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up all four Kernels’ runs on nine hits.  Jorge Rodriguez tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.  Luke Harrison finished with two scoreless innings.

The Chiefs have a record of 29-25.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Sandy Alcantara (4-3, 4.37) 6:35 CT.

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