Matt Pearce (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 Palm Beach control artist Matt Pearce. Pearce went eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out three, but took a loss due to lack of run support and an untimely error.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 13th.

AAA All-Star Game in Charlotte, NC: Pacific Coast League 2 at International League 4

Memphis - off    

Memphis was represented by LHP Ryan Sherriff, who was named to the Pacific Coast League squad to replace RHP Sam Tuivailala after the latter was recalled by St. Louis on July 2nd. Sherriff was brought during the top of the eighth to face one hitter, who weakly grounded out to third base. The International League All-Stars ended up winning the contest, however.

Thursday’s game: at Albuquerque, Corey Baker (1-0, 4.20 ERA – 3-5, 4.95 overall) 8:05 PM CT


Springfield Cardinals 1 at NW Arkansas Naturals 6

Springfield dropped to 8-10 in the second half after Wednesday’s loss to the North Division-leading Naturals. The Cardinals are still just two and a half games back, keeping them in third place in the South Division.

Star prospect Luke Weaver (1.48 ERA) had a rough outing, lasting 5 1/3 innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and a walk. Weaver struck out eight. Reliever Heath Wyatt allowed a home run to the second batter he faced, but ultimately pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up just the single tally.

It was very nearly a one-man show offensively for Springfield. First baseman Luke Voit (.284 BA) went 2-for-3, including his 13th home run of the year. Catcher Luis Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, but the offense managed just four hits overall.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Daniel Poncedeleon (5-4, 3.12 ERA) 7:05 PM CT


Palm Beach Cardinals 0, Clearwater Threshers 4

The Cardinals (39-49) were blanked by the Threshers, keeping them in last place in the second half standings at 7-13.

Starter Matt Pearce went eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out three. Our Player of the Day lowered his ERA to 2.26 while throwing his sixth consecutive quality start. With a scoreless game in the eighth, Darren Seferina’s fielding error opened the door for the two unearned scores. Cody Schumacher yielded two more runs in the ninth.

The Palm Beach offense was completely stymied by the Threshers pitching staff, no-hit for seven innings. Designated hitter Cole Lankford broke up the bid with an eighth-inning single for the Beach Birds’ lone hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. Clearwater, Ian McKinney (6-5, 4.08 ERA) noon ET


Peoria Chiefs game against the Lansing Lugnuts was postponed

Thursday’s games: Double header vs. Lansing, Sandy Alcantara (5-7, 4.40 ERA)/Jake Woodford (4-3, 2.81) 5:00 PM CT


State College Spikes 0 at Connecticut Tigers 4

State College dropped the rubber match of a three-game series in Norwich, CT to fall to 18-8 on the season, but still keeping a solid hold of first place in the Pinckney Division. It was the Spikes' first series loss in the last eight.

6’0 lefty Dewin Perez (2.53 ERA) pitched five innings and struck out five, but allowed all four runs. Spencer Trayner pitched two scoreless innings of relief striking out one, but giving up three hits and a walk. Eric Carter pitched the final inning, going one-two-three.

The Spikes offense outhit the Tigers eight (all singles) to seven, but grounded into four double plays. Dylan Tice and Ricardo Bautista had two hits each. Danny Hudzina and Mick Fennell each went 1-for-2 with a walk. The latter was picked off first base by Tigers pitching prospect Kyle Funkhouser, who threw the first three innings of the team shutout.

Catcher Ryan McCarvel threw out two of three Tigers trying to steal.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, John Kilichowski (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 7:05 PM ET


Johnson City Cardinals 5 at Burlington Royals 2

Frederis Parra made the start for first-place Johnson City (12-7). Parra went six innings, giving up just one run and striking out two to win his first game of the year and lower his ERA to 2.95. Ramon Santos added three innings of solid relief, striking out six and picking up the save.

Leadoff man J.R. Davis went 2-for-5 including a triple. Bryce Denton, playing third, doubled and walked, raising his BA to .275. Joshua Lopez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Shane Billings went 2-for-4 including a two-base hit. First baseman Yariel Gonzalez added a RBI double.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Jordan Hicks (2-0, 1.15 ERA) 7:00 PM ET


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 2

The Cardinals (7-9) had a pair of rehabbing Memphis starters begin the game on Wednesday with Arturo Reyes starting and Thomas Lee next to pitch. Reyes went three innings in his first rehab outing, striking out three and allowing just a solitary single. Lee came on to start the fourth inning and allowed two unearned runs, but threw three innings striking out two as he worked around three errors in total, including top pick Dewin Perez’ eighth miscue. Juan Alvarez pitched the final three scoreless innings after inducing two double plays to pick up the rare three-inning save.

Hunter Newman led the offensive charge, going 3-for-4 including a triple and three RBI. Irving Wilson doubled and walked. Edwin Figuera had two hits and was hit by a pitch.

Thursday’s game:  at GCL Marlins, TBA 12:00 PM ET


DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Angels 4

The Cardinals (20-7) came back with three runs in the ninth to take a nail-biter against the DSL Angels Wednesday.

Brian Sanchez led a balanced attack, reaching base three times in four plate appearances, once by a hit and twice via walks. Hector Linares and William Jimenez went 2-for-4 with the latter doubling. Wadye Ynfante (.333 BA) hit his first home run of the year.

In his professional debut, July 2nd international Cuban signee Johan Oviedo started. Oviedo, 6’6” tall, struck out five over three innings, yielding a single run, walking just one and allowing two singles. He was followed by Edwar Ramirez, who went five innings allowing three runs, one earned. Fabian Blanco picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Brewers, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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