R.J. Dennard (Brian Walton / The Cardinal Nation)

Highlights of Wednesday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system with a preview of Thursday’s action.

The Cardinals minor league system was 0-3 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria first baseman R.J. Dennard, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second of the year.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 8th.

The Memphis Redbirds (23-33) had the day off on Wednesday.  

Thursday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs, Mike Mayers (1-1, 2.45 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 0, Arkansas Travelers 6

Springfield (29-23) was blanked in the second game of a four-game home series against the Arkansas Travelers. The Cardinals slipped two and a half games out of first place with the loss.

The Cardinals offense managed just three hits with Mason Katz, making his Springfield debut, being the lone standout with a 1-for-2 day with a double. Jonathan Rodriguez went 1-for-3 as well, but was caught stealing. Brayan Pena went 0-for-3 with a walk in his second rehab appearance with Springfield.

Starter Trey Nielsen (3.52 ERA) pitched six innings, giving up four runs and striking out five against two walks and six hits. Seth Maness relieved for a scoreless seventh inning in his first minor league rehab appearance. J.C. Sulbaran also pitched in relief giving up two runs in an inning of work following his demotion from Memphis. Heath Wyatt tossed a scoreless final frame.

Thursday’s gamevs. Arkansas, Andrew Morales (4-4, 3.64 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 0 at Daytona Tortugas 8

Palm Beach (27-31) began an eight-game road trip to end the first half before the FSL All-Star Game next Saturday with a loss at Daytona Wednesday.

Starter Matt Pearce Peace (6-2, 2.54 ERA) was rocked for six runs on nine hits over six innings. Michael Heesch relieved for two innings, allowing two runs.

There wasn’t much to celebrate with respect to the Cardinals offense, but there were a few standouts. Right fielder Orlando Olivera (.233 BA) went 2-for-4 with his sixth double. Catcher Jesse Jenner also had a 2-for-4 night. Left fielder Allen Staton went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls hitting in the three hole.

Thursday’s game: at Daytona, Ian McKinney (4-3, 2.89 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 2 at Burlington Bees 4

The Chiefs (32-27) managed to stay in sole possession of second place in the Midwest League Western Division despite the loss to the Bees Wednesday.

Peoria’s starter was newly named MWL All-Star Brennan Leitao (3.02 ERA) who pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and striking out five. Leitao suffered primarily due to two home runs from the Angels farmhands. Brady Bowen secured the final two outs in the eighth, getting a double play from Edmundo Sosa.

Offensively, Peoria was led by Sosa (.257 BA), 2-for-4 with a double and his fourth stolen base. Player of the Day R.J. Dennard picked up two RBI on a home run in the second inning. Dennard went 2-for-4. Thomas Spitz also contributed, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Derian Gonzalez (3-0, 2.77 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

The DSL Cardinals were rained out on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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