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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 1-8 on Wednesday as Memphis and Palm Beach dropped double-headers. Our Player of the Day is State College starter Steven Farinaro, who won his seventh game against one loss. Farinaro pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit baseball, striking out eight and walking none.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 17th.

Game 1: Memphis Redbirds 1, Reno Aces 4, 7 innings

Game 2: Memphis Redbirds 4, Reno Aces 10, 7 innings

The Redbirds lost both ends of a home double-header, dropping to 59-65 for the season. The second game was the make-up game from Tuesday’s rain out.

In the opener, starter Kurt Heyer went five innings, allowing four runs while striking out four. Pedro Echemendia (0.96 ERA) followed with two innings of scoreless relief.

Leadoff man Breyvic Valera (.361 BA) went 2-for-3 and scored Memphis’ lone run. Four other hitters singled - Efren Navarro, Jose Martinez, Carson Kelly, and Harrison Bader.

In Game 2, Efren Navarro was on base all four plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Catcher Michael Ohlman went 2-for-3 with a walk including his sixth home run. Shortstop Alex Mejia had three hits, including a double.

The depletion of the pitching staff reared its head in Game 2 as the Redbirds had trouble getting outs. Thomas Lee started and yielded three runs in two innings of work. John Brebbia followed, allowing five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Corey Littrell struggled as well, lasting 1 1/3 innings while giving up a pair of runs. Dean Kiekhefer followed with a perfect inning and shortstop Matt Williams was called upon to finish, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

Thursday’s games: vs. Reno, Arturo Reyes (8-4, 4.52 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 6 at Frisco RoughRiders 9

Despite a five-run comeback across the seventh and eighth innings, Springfield lost Wednesday to the Roughriders in Texas, bringing their record to 24-27, 2.5 games out of first place in the North Division. 

Matt Pearce’s Double-A troubles continue, as he was charged with eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pearce struck out just two while walking four, giving up nine hits, and hitting a batter. Kevin Herget yielded a run in an inning of relief before Chandler Hawkins and Robby Rowland pitched scoreless baseball in their 3 1/3 combined innings.

Centerfielder Blake Drake was the star of the game offensively going 2-for-4, including a three-run home run. Allen Staton tripled. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled and walked. Jesse Jenner and Joey Hawkins reached base twice with matching 1-for-3 games with a walk.  

Thursday’s game: at Frisco, Johnny Walter (0-4, 6.35 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Game 1: Palm Beach Cardinals 0, Bradenton Marauders 1, 7 innings

Game 2: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Bradenton Marauders 5, 7 innings

The Cardinals lost a pair of games on Wednesday as they made up a rain out from August 10th in Game 2.

Ian McKinney was the hard-luck loser in the opener after going six innings, striking out eight and allowing just a single tally. McKinney walked just two in his longest outing since the middle of July. Landon Beck relieved with a one-two-three seventh.

Outfielders Michael Pritchard and Jose Fernandez each smacked a double in one of three plate appearances. Orlando Olivera, Andrew Sohn, and Oscar Mercado all singled. The latter was picked off once and caught stealing. Casey Grayson reached base twice with a single and walk and also stole a base.

The Cardinals were done in by their defense in Game 2, with four of five Bradenton runs unearned due to errors by Michael Pritchard, Matt Davis and Orlando Olivera.

Starter Derian Gonzalez went five innings, striking out eight and allowing one earned and three unearned runs. Dakota Hudson took the blown save and loss after he was charged with an unearned score in the sixth. Hudson pitched one inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Cody Schumacher pitched a scoreless final inning.

Centerfielder Oscar Mercado went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot with two RBI and a run scored. Davis went 2-for-3, Steve Bean added a double and both scored. Michael Pritchard drove in two.

Thursday’s game: vs. Bradenton, Sandy Alcantara (0-2, 4.40 ERA) 6:30 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 1, Cedar Rapids Kernels 4  

The Chiefs lost again to Cedar Rapids, continuing their second-half swoon. Peoria will still have a postseason, thanks to their first-half exploits.

Dailyn Martinez went 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven to one walk. Martinez gave up four runs, three earned, all coming in the second and third innings. Steven De La Cruz followed with 1 1/3 innings, facing the minimum.

Magneuris Sierra (.303 BA) singled and scored the Chiefs’ only run. Leobaldo Pina and Jose Martinez singled and walked. Jose Godoy went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Carlos Torres doubled and walked, but the Chiefs were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Thursday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids, Jorge Rodriguez (2-1, 2.47 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

State College Spikes 5, Williamsport Crosscutters 3

The Spikes continued their winning ways in the first game back after the all-star break. The win pushes the Spikes up to 38-19 on the year and 7.5 games ahead of second place Williamsport in the NYP League Pinckney Division.

All-star shortstop Tommy Edman led the way offensively as he went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI from the leadoff spot. Andy Young’s 2-for-4 night included a triple. Another all-star, Danny Hudzina, singled and scored a pair of runs and Mick Fennell tripled and had a sacrifice bunt.

Player of the Day Steven Farinaro (4.41 ERA) continued his winning ways, picking up his seventh win after pitching seven scoreless innings of four-hit baseball, striking out eight and walking none. 2016 draftee Conner Jones faltered in relief, allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Spencer Trayner (0.77 ERA) picked up the slack for his third save with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. 

Thursday’s game: at Williamsport, Dewin Perez (2-3, 4.15 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

The Johnson City Cardinals were off Wednesday

The Cardinals head to Bristol to take on the Pirates.

Thursday’s game: at Bristol, Ian Oxnevad (5-2, 2.96 ERA) 5:30 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Astros 2

The GCL Cardinals’ (27-16) lead in the East Division dropped to just one game after losing their second game in a row after going 11-2 in their previous 13 games.

2016 third round draftee Zac Gallen got the start and went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. His ERA is now 1.86. Will Anderson and Silas Bohannan each pitched a scoreless inning. Mike O’Reilly was the star as he went four innings without yielding a run, striking out six. Needing the last three outs for a 1-0 win, the Cardinals only got one. Jonathon Mulford allowed both the game-tying and game-winning runs as the Astros walked off winners.

Stefan Trosclair went 2-for-4, including a solo home run and a walk. Dylan Carlson singled twice and stole a base. Irving Wilson went 2-for-4 as well. Delvin Perez continues his late-season slide as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, but did steal his 11th base after reaching base on a wild pitch after a strikeout.

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

DSL Cardinals 0 at DSL Brewers 2

After winning seven of their last nine, the DSL Cardinals (41-22) lost in a shutout Wednesday.

The offense managed just five hits and three walks. Dariel Gomez singled twice. Wadye Ynfante (.349 BA), playing left and center field, hit his 15th double of the year. Esequeil Delgado went 1-for-3 with a walk. Carlos Soto was back in action going 1-for-4.

Dominican Birds’ starter Junior Gonzalez pitched well in the losing effort, giving up a single unearned run and striking out two over five innings. Enmanuel Solano pitched two scoreless innings of relief before Estailin Tejada yielded another run in the eighth inning on a double, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly.

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

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