Jeremy Hazelbaker (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 3-3 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, who went 6-for-8 with a double, two walks, three RBI, and four runs in a double-header split.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 22nd.

Game 1: Memphis Redbirds 9 at Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10 (nine innings)

Game 2: Memphis Redbirds 16 at Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4 (seven innings)

The Redbirds (34-37) split a double-header at the Sky Sox despite scoring 25 runs over the two games.

In Game 1, the Memphis offense was led by the three-through-five hitters, Randal Grichuk, 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, a sacrifice fly, and three RBI, Jose Martinez, 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, and two RBI, and Jeremy Hazelbaker, 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Charlie Tilson reached base three times via a couple of singles and a walk, and Matt Williams doubled and drew two free passes. Both scored twice.

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Starter Deck McGuire (4.23 ERA) lasted five innings, allowing six runs but striking out six as well. Dean Kiekhefer pitched a scoreless sixth. Sam Tuivailala came on in the seventh for what was scheduled to be final inning, but allowed three runs to tie the game. John Brebbia permitted the 10th run to score for the Sky Sox in the ninth inning for the walkoff loss.

In Game 2, the Redbirds offense took no chances, slaughtering the Sky Sox pitching staff to the tune of 16 runs. Leading the way were the top six hitters in the lineup: Charlie Tilson, 3-for-5 with a home run, Dean Anna, 2-for-4 with a walk, Jeremy Hazelbaker, 3-for-4 with a walk, Carlos Peguero, 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI, David Washington, 2-for-3 with a double and two walks, and Jacob Wilson, 2-for-3 with two walks.

Kurt Heyer started and went four innings, allowing four runs. Juan Gonzalez followed with two scoreless innings, before Miguel Socolovich did the same in the seventh.

Thursday’s games: Game 1: at Colorado Springs, Alex Reyes (2-0, 3.46 ERA) 6:05 PM CT, Game 2: at Colorado Springs, TBA

Springfield Cardinals 6, at Tulsa Drillers 8 (10 innings)

Springfield (41-31, 0-2 second half) lost at Tulsa Wednesday in the last of the four game set.

Daniel Poncedeleon pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks. Pedro Echemendia allowed two runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief before Justin Wright ended the seventh inning. Ronnie Shaban added scoreless eighth and ninth innings before running into trouble in the 10th, with a two-run walk off home run ending it.

Offensively, Springfield was glad to have star centerfielder Harrison Bader (.308 BA) back. Bader went 3-for-5 with two triples, a stolen base, and an RBI. Anthony Garcia went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Paul DeJong was 2-for-5.

Thursday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Trey Nielsen (6-6, 3.38 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at St. Lucie Mets 1

Palm Beach (32-36) went with Ian McKinney (3.21 ERA) to start the final game of the first half. The lefty struck out five, giving up an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. Cody Schumacher got him out of a jam in the seventh and stayed on for a scoreless eighth before Kyle Grana pitched a scoreless ninth.

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The Beach Birds’ offense was steered by third baseman Andrew Sohn, who went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Darren Seferina was 1-for-2 with a walk and his 19th stolen base of the year. Oscar Mercado added a double in his four plate appearances.

Thursday’s game: at St. Lucie, Austin Gomber (4-5, 3.06 ERA) 6:30 PM ET

The Peoria Chiefs were off due to Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Juan Perez (3-1, 2.16 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

State College Spikes 11 at Batavia Muckdogs 1

The Spikes improved to 3-3 on the season with a road win over the Muckdogs Wednesday.

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Dailyn Martinez allowed just one unearned run over seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.42. The right-hander struck out six. Brady Bowen finished with two innings of scoreless ball, striking out two.

The Spikes offense hammered Batavia pitching for 17 hits and 11 runs. Scoring three times was lead-off hitter Tommy Edman, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two walks. Not to be outdone, two-hole hitter Dylan Tice went 4-for-5 with two RBI. Vincent Jackson complimented those hitting lines with a 3-for-5 night. Ricardo Bautista went 1-for-2 with a triple and DH Bladimil Franco went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Thursday’s game: at Batavia, Carson Cross (0-0, 4.26 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

The Johnson City Cardinals begin play on Thursday

Thursday’s game: at Greeneville, Ian Oxnevad (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Rockies 5

The Cardinals (11-4) now share first place in the DSL San Pedro Division with the Rockies after losing to them on Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Winston Nicacio went four innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out four. He did walk five however. Wilman Madera followed for two innings giving up a run and striking out three. Angel Rondon and Enrique Perez each pitched an inning and allowed three unearned runs between them. The Cardinals had three errors on the day.

The Cards outhit the Rockies 13-6, but 12 were singles and they couldn’t put them together consistently. Leadoff hitter Wadye Ynfante went 2-for-5 including a double. Second baseman Esequeil Delgado was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and Leandro Cedeno went 3-for-5. Elehuris Montero had two hits in four at-bats.

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

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