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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 3-3 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starting pitcher and 2015 first round draft pick Jake Woodford. Woodford pitched seven innings, giving up two solo home runs, but struck out nine without walking a batter.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 27th.

The Memphis Redbirds’ home game against Oklahoma City was rained out. They will play a double-header of two seven-inning games on Thursday.

Thursday’s games: DH vs. Oklahoma City, Jeremy Hefner (2-4, 5.08)/Kurt Heyer (2-0, 5.65) 5:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 5 at Tulsa Drillers 7

Springfield lost the final game of a three-game series in Tulsa, putting the team at 13-20 in the second-half standings and in last place in the division.

All of the damage against Springfield was done right away to bullpen starter Pedro Echemendia (4.73 ERA). Echemendia, the losing hurler, gave up five scores on two home runs in one inning. Chris Perry (2.93 ERA) followed with three innings, allowing two runs in the third. Chandler Hawkins settled things down with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball striking out three and Justin Wright ended the evening with 1 1/3 innings without yielding a run.

Nick Martini hit his second home run with Springfield as he also walked, had a sacrifice fly, and three RBI. Casey Turgeon went 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of runs scored. Luke Voit was 2-for-5 while Jonathan Rodriguez smacked a double and drew a walk.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Luke Weaver (4-3, 1.31 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Fort Myers Miracle 7

Palm Beach extended its stay in the cellar of the Florida State League with a loss Wednesday, the club’s fifth in a row.

In his first start since rejoining the Beach Birds from Springfield, John Walter gave up six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two and hit one batter. Blake McKnight allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth inning. McKnight went on to pitch 1 2/3 innings giving up a run of his own. Robby Rowland pitched a one-two-three eighth inning to finish the night.

Cole Lankford went 2-for-4 while batting third. Newly called up shortstop prospect Edmundo Sosa (.261 BA) went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring triple. Oscar Mercado, playing center field, went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk, and his 25th stolen base. Orlando Olivera and Steve Bean both singled and walked.

Thursday’s game: Off day as the Cardinals travel home to play Tampa Friday

Peoria Chiefs 8 at Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Chiefs, now 15-16, beat the River Bandits handily on Wednesday. The Chiefs broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning as they scored six runs.

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Player of the Day Jake Woodford had an excellent outing, slightly lowering his ERA from 2.83 to 2.81. Woodford went seven innings, giving up a pair of solo home runs, but struck out nine without walking a batter. Josh Wirsu picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings.

Leadoff hitter Magneuris Sierra (.298/.325/.377/.702) went 2-for-5. Jose Godoy, now up to a .303 BA on the year, went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Leobaldo Pina walked, hit a home run, had two RBI, and two runs scored. R.J. Dennard had a big bases-clearing triple in the ninth inning.

Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel was ejected for the third time this season when the base umpire changed his call on Godoy’s home run down the right field line in the fifth inning from fair to foul after a conference with the home plate umpire.

Here is a link to the video: http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?sid=milb&content_id=980098683

Peoria is in sixth place in the eight-team Western Division.

Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities, Juan Perez (3-3, 4.47 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

The State College Spikes were off Wednesday  

Thursday’s game: at Williamsport, Carson Cross (2-3, 3.98 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 10, Danville Braves 5

Johnson City (16-16) evened up their record with a big offensive night against Danville. They are a game out of first in the Appalachian League West Division after breaking their six-game losing streak.

Starter Austin Sexton lasted 3 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out three. Yeison Medina followed with four excellent scoreless innings of relief striking out two. Leland Tilley picked up the save, but yielded three runs in 1 2/3 innings and striking out three.

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Andrew Knizner provided the thump offensively. The first baseman went 3-for-5 including a double and three RBI. Joshua Lopez singled, doubled and plated two. Allen Cordoba had a pair of singles and two runs scored. Caleb Lopes doubled, walked and scored twice.

Thursday’s games: DH Game 1: vs. Kingsport, TBA, 6:00 PM ET, Game 2 to follow (makeup of July 8 postponement)

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 1

The GCL Cardinals, now 16-11, took a half-game lead over the Nationals in the GCL East standings with a close win on Wednesday.

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Starter Juan Alvarez had a tremendous outing, going six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, striking out three, and walking three. Silas Bohannan followed with a scoreless inning of his own. 2016 1st round draft pick Dakota Hudson pitched one inning, allowing an unearned run on fellow 1st rounder Delvin Perez’s fielding error, striking out two and giving up two hits. For those keeping score at home, that’s now eight strikeouts and no walks in three innings pitched for Hudson. Fellow top pick from the 2016 draft, Zac Gallen, followed and delivered a scoreless inning of his own while striking out one, garnering his first professional save.

Delvin Perez made up for his 12th error by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and his ninth stolen base. His overall batting line is now up to .330/.368/.443/.812. Dylan Carlson, playing center field and batting second behind Perez, followed with a 2-for-4 day of his own. Walker Robbins was also 2-for-4 including a double.

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

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Tigers 6

The DSL Cardinals (28-16) continue to plummet after a fast start, losing their third straight game Wednesday.

Brian Sanchez continues to pummel the ball though, going 3-for-4 including a double and an RBI. Dariel Gomez walked twice and scored both times. Moises Castillo went 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI. Carlos Soto had two bases-on-balls. Jonatan Machado went 0-for-4 batting leadoff.

2015 international signee Noel De Jesus started, but was pulled after securing just two outs. The 19-year-old gave up three runs, one earned, on two walks, a triple, two hit batters and two wild pitches. Wilfredo Pereira pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, giving up a run. In the fifth inning, Francis Ventura began a three-inning stint without allowing a run. Wilman Madera yielded two runs in the final frame.

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

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