Kolten Wong (Memphis Redbirds)

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

St. Louis’ minors managed a clean sweep on Thursday with all five teams putting one in the win column. Kolten Wong’s grand slam gave Memphis one of two walk-off wins, the other coming from Springfield.

Results from games played Thursday, June 9th

Memphis 8 vs. Colorado Springs 5

Kolten Wong’s second bomb of the night capped a six-run ninth as Memphis (24-33) topped Colorado Springs, 8-5, in the first of their four-game series.

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Playing his first game since his reassignment from St. Louis, Wong opened the game with a home run to right and closed the game with a grand slam that finished off the Redbirds’ rally.  Our Player of the Day added a single and walk in between the two bombs while leading off.

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David Washington and Michael McKenry each garnered a single and double, in three and four at bats, respectively.  Washington scored once, knocking in one and worked a base-on-balls.

Sam Tuivailala picked up his second win in three decisions despite a horrific ninth in which the righty surrendered his own grand slam in his second inning of work.  That long ball flipped a 2-1 Memphis lead into a 5-2 hole.  Tuivailala gave up four hits, walked one and fanned five.

Mike Mayers went the initial six, holding the Sky Sox to a second-inning solo shot, one of five hits and three walks allowed.  Mayers struck out six.  Miguel Socolovich faced the minimum in the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (26-29), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-3, 4.10)

 

Springfield 4 vs. Arkansas 3 (11)

Paul DeJong’s ninth home run of 2016 gave Springfield a 4-3 walk-off win over Arkansas in 11.  The S-Cards (32-27) lead the series, two games to one, with one yet to play.

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While DeJong’s blast was the big hit of the night and his only one in five at bats, Luke Voit was perfect at the plate – going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI.  Jonathan Rodriguez doubled twice in five at bats, touching home once while Collin Radack went 2-for-4, the final Springfield player with more than one of 11 team hits.  On the rehab front, Brayan Pena singled once in three at bats before departing for a pinch runner in the sixth.

Josh Lucas (W, 2-2) limited the Travelers to a hit and base-on-balls over the final two frames.  He was the fourth Springfield hurler, following Andrew Morales, Chris Perry and John Brebbia.  Morales fanned six over six, permitting three runs, one earned, on three hits and two free passes.  Perry (1 1/3) and Brebbia (1 2/3) held down the fort in the middle frames, Perry walking one and Brebbia leaving that runner on.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (24-35), 7:10 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-4, 4.94)

 

Palm Beach 7 at Daytona 4

Tallies in four straight frames lifted Palm Beach (28-31) past Daytona, 7-4, evening the series at one game each with two on tap.

Jesse Jenner got the scoring started with a three-run bomb in the second, the first of his three hits in five at bats.  Cole Lankford went 3-for-5 as well, doubling once with a run scored and one driven in.  Darren Seferina and Jose Martinez both singled twice in five at bats as the one and two hitters, Seferina knocking in one and Martinez crossing home once.  Palm Beach generated 12 hits in all.

Ian McKinney (W, 5-3) struck out seven through six but allowed two home runs accounting for four tallies.  McKinney gave up five hits in all but did not walk a batter.  Blake McKnight, previously a starter, worked around two hits in two innings and Rowan Wick tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona (28-31), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (4-4, 3.12)

Peoria 6 at Burlington 4

Peoria (33-27) came out on top of a hot-hitting affair for a 6-4 win over Burlington (29-31).  The second-place Chiefs claimed the series, three games to one.

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The contest featured a combined 28 hits, including 13 by Peoria.  All nine players got into the action, led by Midwest League all-star Eliezer Alvarez, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and RBI.  Magneuris Sierra and Edmundo Sosa both singled twice in five at bats, Sosa crossing home once.

Derian Gonzalez upped his record to 4-0 despite permitting 10 hits and three walks over five.  That offense translated to only three runs, thanks in part to two of the four double plays turned by the Chiefs’ defense.

Harley Holt, the first of three relievers, allowed two hits in two scoreless frames but Jorge Rodriguez was touched for a run on three hits in 1 2/3.  Tyler Bray recorded the final out for his third save.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Cedar Rapids (33-26), 7:00 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (4-4, 5.21)

 

DSL Cardinals 9 vs. DSL Angels 4

The DSL Cardinals (3-1) maintained a share of first place in the San Pedro Division with a 9-4 victory over the DSL Angels.

Raffy Ozuna, Leandro Cedeno and Irving Wilson each had two of eight team hits.  Ozuna singled twice in three at bats with two base-on-balls, two runs scored and one driven in.  Cedeno singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home twice and knocking in two while Wilson went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI. 

Jesus Garcia picked up his first professional win, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a base-on-balls in two.  The Mexico native pitched in relief of Junior Gonzalez, who held the opposition to a run on seven hits and a walk over four. 

Cristhian Lugo, Angel Rondon and Enrique Perez each went an inning, Lugo yielding two runs, one earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Rondon walked one and Perez gave up a hit.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Angels (1-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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