Michael McKenry (Kelley L. Cox / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

Other than Memphis’ win, fueled by Michael McKenry’s four RBI, the Cardinals system took four losses on Tuesday, including two shutout defeats.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 21st.

Memphis 11 at Colorado Springs 5  

Memphis (33-35) continues to creep back toward .500 with their 10th win in the last 13. Tuesday night’s 11 runs against the Sky Sox marked their highest-scoring output in a winning outing this season.

The Redbirds pulled far ahead with a six-spot in the second inning and added four runs late after the visitors had inched to within three.


Player of the Day Michael McKenry was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI and Jacob Wilson had three hits. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Carlos Peguero singled, doubled and drove in two each.

Jerome Williams picked up his third win in four starts despite yielding four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Sherriff pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief before Josh Lucas allowed one unearned run in the ninth in his Triple-A debut.

Due to makeups of April weather postponements, the Redbirds and Sky Sox will play doubleheaders each of the next two days before the six-game series finale on Friday.

Wednesday’s games: at Colorado Springs (2), 12:35 pm MT, Deck McGuire (6-6, 3.81), Kurt Heyer (0-0, 8.79)

Tulsa 9, Springfield 5

The first-half champs opened the second-half with a thud as the pitching could not hold a five-run lead Tuesday night at Tulsa.

Heading into the seventh with a 5-2 advantage, the game got away from Chris Thomas, who took a blown save and the loss. Two walks, a hit by pitch and three singles in just 2/3 of an inning plated three. With the bases loaded, Rowan Wick made his Texas League debut, but his wild pitch brought home the fourth tally of the inning.

Tulsa tacked on three more in the eighth against Kevin Herget, though only one run was earned due to a throwing error by second baseman Mason Katz. At that point, manager Dann Bilardello waved the white flag, pulling Herget after just one out in favor of first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez, who retired the final two batters.


The bullpen mess washed away another strong effort by starter Luke Weaver, who allowed just two runs over six innings on five hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander’s season ERA actually increased to 1.37.

The offense managed just eight hits, all singles, and a lone walk. Bruce Caldwell went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Michael Ohlman had two hits and an RBI.

Wednesday’s game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (4-4, 2.69)


St. Lucie 5 at Palm Beach 0

The 31-36 Cardinals extended their post-break scoreless inning stretch to 18. In six innings facing a Mets starter who came into the game with a 6.19 ERA in 11 starts, the Beach Birds had just one single, and against a trio of relievers over the final three innings, managed only one more single.

Matt Pearce took a shutout into the sixth, when he yielded a two-run home run and three St. Lucie scores in all, more than enough to be saddled with the loss. Versus Landon Beck in the ninth, the Mets tacked on two more tallies, including a leadoff bomb.

Wednesday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:30 pm ET, Ian McKinney (5-3, 3.60)


Midwest League All-Star Game – East 11 at West 10

In a wild Midwest League All-Star Game at Cedar Rapids, the Eastern Division came back with four in the ninth for an 11-10 win Tuesday night.

Peoria had seven all-stars on the West roster, but none started. On the offensive side, Eliezer Alvarez came in at second base and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Magneuris Sierra had the exact same line as the mid-game replacement in center field. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa drew a walk and scored a run in his two plate appearances.

Two of the four Chiefs all-star pitchers appeared, with Ryan Helsley held out and Derian Gonzalez on the DL. Brennan Leitao pitched the second inning, with a hit, a walk, a strikeout and one unearned run, due to his own throwing error. Jake Woodford handled the sixth, with a lone hit against him.

Wednesday’s game:  Off. The second half of the Midwest League season opens Thursday, June 23.


Hudson Valley 4 at State College 0

The Spikes managed just four hits, all singles, in a home loss to Hudson Valley (TB) Tuesday evening.

In his New York-Penn League debut, Bryan Dobzanski tossed a quality start, yielding three runs in six innings on six hits and two walks. The right-hander fanned two and took the loss. The Renegades scored their final tally in the ninth against Gerwuins Velazco.

Cleanup hitter Vincent Jackson singled and stole his second base of the season.

The score would have been worse had Ricardo Bautista not thrown out a runner at home. Fellow outfielder Anthony Ray also nailed a Renegade at second base.

Wednesday’s game: at Batavia, 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (0-1, 3.18)

DSL Rockies 5 at Cardinals 4  

In a game shortened to six innings due to rain, two of the hottest-starting DSL teams battled Tuesday morning. The visitors (10-4 on the season) came back from a 4-1 deficit to edge the Cardinals, 5-4. The home club dropped just their third game in 14 outings this season.

On the day, the Cards drew more walks, four, than hits, three, but made them count for two tallies each in the second and third innings. Outfielder Oscar Cotes had the only extra-base hit, an RBI double. Leadoff man Wadye Ynfante singled, walked and scored a run.

Starter Junior Gonzalez took his first loss in two decisions, allowing all five runs on 10 hits, including two solo home runs. The right-hander issued no free passes and fanned four over his five innings of work.

Wednesday’s game: at Rockies, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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