Michael McKenry (Isaiah J. Downing / 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 with Johnson City rained out and the GCL team with a day off. Our Player of the Day is catcher Michael McKenry, who hit a triple and a home run and drew a walk in Memphis’ win.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 6th.

Memphis Redbirds 7, Nashville Sounds 6

The Redbirds won the series over first-place Nashville as they inch closer to .500 at 41-44 overall.

Mike Mayers had an effective start of six innings, allowing a pair of runs and striking out two. Ryan Sherriff blew the save though, giving two runs up in the seventh. After a Memphis comeback, Miguel Socolovich blew save two by allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings. However, Dean Kiekhefer stopped the damage and a big blast in the ninth created the win.

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Offensively, Memphis was led by the overlooked catcher Michael McKenry, who went 2-for-3 with a triple, the walkoff home run, and a walk, pushing his batting average to .301. Harrison Bader made his Triple-A debut in left field, with a double his lone hit. Dean Anna, making a case to join the big league team if needed, went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Breyvic Valera went 3-for-4 with a double. 

Thursday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Corey Baker (1-0, 2.19 ERA – 3-5, 4.66 overall) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 7

Starter John Walter went five innings but gave up six runs in his Double-A debut. Chris Perry (3.31 ERA) relieved for 2 1/3 innings, allowing a single tally. Ronnie Shaban finished with a 1 2/3 inning scoreless performance.

Springfield had a one-man offense Wednesday with Luis Cruz (.226 BA overall) collecting half of the team’s six hits. The catcher went 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles and an RBI. Luke Voit also had a solid outing, singling and walking in four plate appearances.

Thursday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, Luke Weaver (4-1, 0.96 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 0 at Jupiter Hammerheads 4

Palm Beach’s run-scoring problems continued as the Beach Birds were blanked by the Hammerheads, dropping to last place in the second half standings at 5-9.

In his debut at High-A, Junior Fernandez pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and four runs, striking out two and walking none. Fernandez threw 59 strikes in 89 pitches. Davis Ward and Cody Schumacher followed with a scoreless inning each.

The Cardinals managed just two hits. Second baseman Andrew Sohn singled and walked. Sohn also stole two bases but was caught attempting a theft of home in the second inning. The other hit came from Darren Seferina in the leadoff spot.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte, Matt Pearce (7-5, 2.58 ERA) 6:35 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 2, Kane County Cougars 1

The Chiefs, now 7-7 (47-37 overall), got the win Wednesday despite the Cougars doubling the Chiefs’ hit total, 10 to five.

The trio of prospects at the top of the lineup provided all the firepower Peoria would need, going 5-for-10 collectively. Magneuris Sierra (.290 BA) went 2-for-4 with a double and his 17th stolen base. Edmundo Sosa (.266 BA) went 1-for-2 with two walks. Eliezer Alvarez (.318 BA) hit 2-for-4 and was caught stealing for the 11th time this season.

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Dailyn Martinez moved past his wretched debut with Peoria last week by throwing a gem Wednesday and getting the win. Martinez went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run while striking out seven versus three walks. Tyler Bray picked up the hold by pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Steven De La Cruz picked up save #4 with a scoreless ninth.

Jake Woodford will return from the DL to start in Thursday’s series finale.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County, Jake Woodford (4-3, 2.93 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

State College Spikes 7 at Tri-City ValleyCats 5 (11 innings)

The State College Spikes improved to 14-6 with a win over the ValleyCats in extra innings and keep hold of first place in the New York–Penn League Pinckney Division. The Spikes are two games up in the standings.

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Bryan Dobzanski, coming into his own after a couple of unsubstantial seasons, went seven innings allowing three runs, one earned, striking out five and walking one to bring his ERA to 2.00. Spencer Trayner, the 2016 25th rounder, also allowed a single tally in two innings of relief. Eric Carter followed Trayner (as he did in the draft as well, getting selected in the 26th round) with two innings of one-run ball, picking up the win in the 11th inning. Carter had strikeouts on five of his six outs.

Jose Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double and a walk. Tommy Edman, playing shortstop, drew three walks, and launched his first home run in the seventh, a three-run shot. Mick Fennell went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a sacrifice fly.

Thursday’s game: vs. Auburn, John Kilichowski (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

The Johnson City Cardinals (8-5) game in Kingsport, Tennessee was postponed.

Thursday’s games: Game 1: at Kingsport, Frederis Parra (0-1, 2.16 ERA) 5:00 PM ET, Game 2: Jordan Hicks (1-0, 1.86 ERA) 

The GCL Cardinals had Wednesday off.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 12:00 PM ET

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Braves 5

The Cardinals (20-7) dropped their second game in the last three.

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Junior Gonzalez had a nice start though, going six innings, allowing a single run and striking out three. Wilfredo Pereira allowed most of the damage, yielding four runs in his three innings, picking up the blown save and the loss.

It was just another day for DSL star Brian Sanchez, who hit 2-for-4 after tying the DSL Cardinals home run record in Tuesday’s game. Sanchez now has a Pujolsian batting line of .368/.461/.726/1.187. Another standout performer was 17-year-old catcher Carlos Soto, the newly added July 2nd signee from Mexico, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Diomedes Del Rio, another new signee, also made his debut, but the center fielder went 0-for-4.

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

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