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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 a perfect 7-0 on Wednesday as Johnson City was off. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starter Johnny Walter, who went seven scoreless innings on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 3rd.

Memphis Redbirds 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (10 innings)

Memphis lost a close one as the game went into extras tied at two apiece, but the Storm Chasers outscored the Redbirds four to two in the 10th. Memphis is now 52-58 on the season.

Mike Mayers (3.36 ERA) got over his major league funk with a short, but effective outing, going 4 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two. Mayers gave up two runs, one earned. Thomas Lee followed with 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Juan Gonzalez took the loss after giving up a grand slam in the 10th.

In his first game back with Memphis, Randal Grichuk was the star of the night, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Anthony Garcia was a sensational 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Breyvic Valera went 1-for-3 with two free passes and Matt Williams went 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: vs. Omaha, TBA 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 2, Tulsa Drillers 0

Springfield picked up the win in a classic pitchers’ duel, giving them their first sweep of the second half and improving their record to 19-21.

Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 in his final rehab game. Six other players had one hit apiece. Allen Staton doubled and Jacob Wilson homered. Nick Martini did his best Matt Carpenter impression with a single and two walks.

Daniel Poncedeleon was the star of the day, going 6 2/3 innings allowing one single and three walks in the shutout win. Josh Lucas picked up the save with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, TBA 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 1

Palm Beach (12-27) picked up its second win in a row by beating the Stone Crabs with relative ease.

Not to be outdone by his Springfield brethren, Player of the Day Johnny Walter went seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one. Junior Fernandez, in relief, pitched one inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, but striking out a hitter. Kyle Grana tossed a scoreless ninth.

Centerfielder Oscar Mercado doubled, drew two walks and dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Dylan Tice went 2-for-3 with a walk. Andrew Sohn singled, doubled and drove in three while leadoff man Vaughn Bryan reached base three times in five tries with two singles and a walk.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte, Matt Pearce (8-8, 2.42 ERA) 6:35 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 1

Coming off a two-game losing streak, the Chiefs, now 19-19, beat the River Bandits on Wednesday. They are in sixth place in the eight-team Western Division, 5 1/2 games out of first.

In his Peoria debut, Ronnie Williams kept with the night’s other pitching stars by going 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, and giving up a single run on five hits and a walk. Josh Wirsu pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing Williams’ inherited runner to score. Tyler Bray finished with a clean ninth inning.

Magneuris Sierra went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, but was caught stealing. Brian O’Keefe went 2-for-4, including his third home run in the last four games. Chris Chinea went 2-for-3 with a walk. R.J. Dennard smacked a three-run home run.

Thursday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Derian Gonzalez (5-0, 2.45 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

State College Spikes 8 at Auburn Doubledays 3

State College, now 31-14, picked up their fourth win in a row, creating a four-game cushion in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Steven Farinaro, now 6-0, went 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking none. Jordan DeLorenzo went 1 1/3 innings in relief without yielding a run, but allowed two inherited runners to score.

Vincent Jackson led the offense, going 3-for-5 with two double and four RBI. Tommy Edman and Andy Young both went 2-for-4 with a walk as table-setters atop the lineup. Ricardo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a triple.

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

The Johnson City Cardinals were off Wednesday.

The Cards head back home to play Elizabethton on Thursday.   

Thursday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, Daniel Castano (0-2, 4.62 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Marlins 2 (12 innings)

The GCL Cardinals, 21-13, beat the Marlins in extras on Wednesday giving them a four-game winning streak and a 1 1/2-game lead over the Nationals in the GCL East Standings.

Starter Mike O’Reilly pitched a six inning gem, striking out six and allowing one run on just three hits and no walks. Robert Calvano followed and gave up a run in an inning and a third. Colton Thomson bailed Calvano out in the eighth and followed that with two more shutout innings, striking out three. Robbie Gordon was called upon in the 11th inning and after striking out the second batter in a row, catcher Dennis Ortega threw the ball away, allowing the runner to advance to third. Gordon then struck out another hitter, before the runner on third was oddly caught stealing home for the fourth out in the inning. Gordon pitched two innings total with four strikeouts.

Starlin Balbuena, playing shortstop, went 2-for-5 with a triple and a RBI, while Carlos Rodriguez, playing first base, had two singles in five at-bats. Going 2-for-6 was Dylan Carlson, now batting .250 on the year, but getting caught stealing in the fifth inning on a Hunter Newman strikeout. Oddly, the game ended in the 12th after Edwin Figuera advanced from first to home on three separate wild pitches.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, TBA, 12:00 PM ET

DSL Cardinals 14, DSL Yankees2 4

Despite the win, the DSL Cardinals (32-19) are still five games out as the Rockies have won ten straight to take command of the San Pedro Division.

The Cardinals offense laid some serious wood with six doubles and a triple. They also accumulated nine walks. Standouts were Wadye Ynfante, going 2-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, and a walk, Leando Cedeno, 2-for-6 with a double, Carlos Soto, 0-for-2 but with two walks and a sacrifice fly, Elehuris Montero, 2-for-4 with a walk, Dariel Gomez, 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, and William Jimenez with a single, two walks and two runs scored. Jimenez and Ynfante also stole a base.

Angel Rondon got roughed up a bit, yielding three tallies in 3 1/3 innings. Two of the runs came home while reliever Jesus Garcia was pitching. Francis Ventura picked up with win with three innings pitched, allowing a run and striking out five. Enrique Perez finished with two scoreless innings.

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

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