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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 6-1 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is State College designated hitter and 2016 14th round pick, Vincent Jackson, who went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles, stole his fifth base, and picked up three RBI.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 29th.

The Memphis Redbirds had Wednesday off.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha, Mike Mayers (7-4, 2.44 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

The Springfield Cardinals had Wednesday off.

Thursday’s game: at Corpus Christi, TBA 7:05 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Fort Myers Miracle 5

The Cardinals (35-40) spotted the Miracle five runs before running out of innings late to drop to 3-4 in the second half standings of the Florida State League’s South Division.

Starter Austin Gomber (3.24 ERA) went five innings, allowing three runs while striking out five as the lefty took the loss. Davis Ward yielded two runs in two innings and Michael Heesch finished with two scoreless frames. 

Leadoff batter Darren Seferina (.248 BA) led the attack for Palm Beach, going 2-for-5. Shortstop Andrew Sohn picked up two RBI while batting 2-for-3 with a walk.

Thursday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, Jack Flaherty (2-4, 3.70 ERA) 12:00 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 4 at Beloit Snappers 9

The Chiefs (42-35) lost another to the Snappers of Rock County, Wisconsin, dropping to 2-5 in the second half standings of the Midwest League’s Western Division.

Starter Brennan Leitao (3.29 ERA) lost his seventh contest after giving up eight runs in six innings. Leitao struck out six, but allowed three walks and 12 hits. Tyler Bray pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Peoria had opportunities, with 11 hits and four walks, starting with leadoff hitter Craig Aikin’s 3-for-5 performance. Leobaldo Pina was 2-for-4. Four players had two-base hits, including Pina, R.J. Dennard, Brian O’Keefe, and Thomas Spitz.

Thursday’s game: at Beloit, Ryan Helsley (8-1, 1.89 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

State College Spikes 9, Brooklyn Cyclones 8 (11 innings)

State College improved to 9-4 with a win over the Cyclones in extra innings to maintain first place in the New York – Penn League Pinckney Division.

Starter Steven Farinaro lasted four innings, giving up two runs and striking out just two while allowing six hits and three walks. The majority of the Brooklyn damage was done in the sixth inning against Max Almonte (two runs) and in the seventh against Greg Tomchick (four runs). Brady Bowen pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball before Bob Wheatley finished with two scoreless innings of his own.

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The Spikes offense was quite productive. University of Tennessee’s Vincent Jackson (.273 BA) was 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles, stealing his fifth stolen base, and picking up three RBI. Danny Hudzina went 2-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. Dylan Tice hit a two-run home run in the first inning and picked up a sacrifice fly. His hit by a pitch in the 11th inning with the bases juiced scored the winning run.

Thursday’s game: vs. Brooklyn, Ronnie Williams (1-1, 3.75 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 5 at Danville Braves 3

Johnson City (5-2) moved into first place with the win Wednesday over Danville in south-central Virginia.

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Lefty David Oca pitched six innings of one-run ball. He struck out four, but was a little wild, walking two and hitting three Braves’ hitters. Julio Mateo pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up a pair of runs in the ninth, before Estarlin Arias came in to close the door on the Danville rally.

Offensively, the Appalachian Cards were headed by shortstop Allen Cordoba (.304 BA) who went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. 2015 second-rounder Bryce Denton singled and drew a pair of walks, then scoring twice. The seventh-round NC State product, Andrew Knizner (.429 BA), went 2-for-4 including a double.

Thursday’s game: at Danville, Frederis Parra (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 12 at GCL Marlins 11

The Gulf League Cards improved to 4-1 in an absolutely wild one. After allowing five runs in the top of the ninth and blowing a four-run lead, the Cards landed two more to win the game. 

Starter Mike O’Reilly, St. Louis’ 2016 27th round draft pick from Flagler College, pitched two innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one and walking one. Monmouth College alum Anthony Ciavarella, 24th rounder from the 2016 draft, followed O’Reilly with two innings of relief, striking out two. Paul Salazar gave up five runs, four earned, in the fifth inning, forcing the Cardinals to bring in Colton Thomson. Thomson pitched through the sixth inning without giving up any runs. Silas Bohannan surrendered five runs and the lead in the ninth.

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Luckily for Salazar and Bohannan, the Cards’ offense came to play, scoring 12 runs. Andy Young went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a walk, scoring three times and driving in two. Stefan Trosclair went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Dennis Ortega had a 2-for-4 day with a walk, while Sanel Rosendo went 2-for-4 with a walk and including a big run-scoring double to tie the game in the ninth inning.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 12:00 pm ET

DSL Cardinals 11, DSL Brewers 4 (7) – game one  

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Brewers 6 (8) – game two   

The Cardinals (16-5) won both games of a double-header over the Brewers on Wednesday.

In game one, the offense jumped all over the Brewers with four runs in the first and capped off the win with five more in the seventh. Hector Linares provided the initial damage with a grand slam in the first, leading to 3-for-4 day. Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-3.

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Angel Rondon pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four. Brian Pirela (one run in two innings) and Jesus Garcia (three runs in 1 2/3 frames) followed in relief.

In game two, starter Winston Nicacio pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned and striking out three. Enrique Perez and Fabian Blanco pitched in relief, with Perez only allowing one unearned run.

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The offense was led by Elehuris Montero, who went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and the game-winning single. Shortstop Oscar Cotes went 2-for-4, Moises Castillo was 2-for-3, and William Jimenez went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Yankees #2, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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