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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 just 1-6 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City third baseman Bryce Denton, who was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 including a double and a three-run home run.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 24th.

Memphis Redbirds 0, Nashville Sounds 3

The Redbirds lost their third game in a row, shut out by the Sounds pitching staff and dropping to 61-70 on the season.

Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-3 with a double and his fifth stolen base of the season, although he was caught stealing third soon after. Carson Kelly also doubled among Memphis’ six hits.

Deck McGuire was the hard-luck loser, pitching six innings and giving up just one run. McGuire struck out eight and walked just one. John Brebbia followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs. Ryan Sherriff finished with 1 1/3 scoreless.

Thursday’s games: vs. Nashville, Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 5.20 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 4, NW Arkansas Naturals 10

Springfield lost its sixth game in the last eight, pummeled by the Naturals offense. The Cardinals are now 26-31 and 3.5 games out of first in the North Division of the Texas League.

Lance Lynn, making his third rehab appearance, first at Double-A, went three innings without allowing a run. He gave up three hits while striking out three on 48 pitches of his 50-pitch limit. He has now pitched 6 2/3 innings for a 1.35 ERA across three outings and will make his next start sometime next week. Johnny Walter followed with an outing he would rather forget. Walter went 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs. Ronnie Shaban pitching a scoreless frame. Chandler Hawkins was next with 2 1/3 innings yielding two runs. Rowan Wick was called on in the ninth and gave up another pair of runs.

The Springfield offense collected nine hits but the 1-through-4 hitters all went hitless. Catcher Luis Cruz led the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Allen Staton was 2-for-3 with a walk. Paul DeJong (.244 BA) went 2-for-5 with a double.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Corey Baker (3-7, 5.22 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 0 at Fort Myers Miracle 1

The Cardinals lost in an epic pitchers’ duel, dropping to 19-39 in the second half standings of the South Division of the Florida State League. It was their second low-scoring loss at Fort Myers this series.

Derian Gonzalez (0-2, 1.00 ERA) was dazzling in his start going seven innings, striking out eight, walking three, and yielding a single tally. Kyle Grana followed with a scoreless inning of relief striking out three.

Palm Beach managed just four hits and four walks. Danny Diekroeger comprised of half of that as he went 2-for-2 with two bases-on-balls. Michael Pritchard went 1-for-3 with a walk and Jose Fernandez singled.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Sandy Alcantara (0-2, 5.30 ERA, 5-9, 4.29 ERA on the year) 7:05 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 11 at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5  

The Chiefs brought the bats out as they scored 11 runs on 16 hits, three walks, and four Timber Rattlers errors. Peoria is 28-30 for the second half and in fifth place in the eight-team division.

Magneuris Sierra started things off going 2-for-6 with two RBI. Chris Chinea was 2-for-5. Jose Godoy went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. Leobaldo Pina, playing third base, went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run. Matt Davis went 2-for-5 with a double while Carlos Torres was 3-for-5 with a double. Josh Swirchak finished with a single, double and three RBI.

Jorge Rodriguez pitched a beauty, going six innings and giving up two unearned runs, striking out six and walking none. He gave up just two hits. Nick Frey tossed two innings, allowing three runs. Steven De La Cruz had a scoreless frame to close it out.

Thursday’s game: at Wisconsin, John Kilichowski (1-2, 4.30 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

State College Spikes 5, Batavia Muckdogs 6

The Spikes picked up their third loss in eight days despite a rally in the eighth and ninth innings.  The Spikes are 42-22 and still 8.5 games ahead of second place Williamsport in the NYP League Pinckney Division.

Dewin Perez got the start but lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs. Jordan DeLorenzo followed with 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs. Gerwuins Velazco pitched four innings, yielding a single run and Brady Bowen finished with a scoreless ninth.

Andy Young went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored while Ryan McCarvel had a 3-for-5 line with four RBI. Catcher Jeremy Martinez went 2-for-5, pushing his batting average up to .321.

Thursday’s game: vs. Batavia, Greg Tomchick (0-0, 6.30 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 5, Bristol Pirates 6

The Cardinals lost at home to Bristol despite a two-run ninth inning rally. Johnson City is now 35-25 on the year, maintaining a two-game lead in the West Division. The Wednesday loss comes after they won six of their previous seven contests.

Ian Oxnevad (3.07 ERA) pitched 5 2/3 innings, scattering 10 hits for just two runs. Noel Gonzalez followed with 2/3 of an inning allowing four runs, only one earned. Anthony Shew finished with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Player of the Day Bryce Denton provided the offense for Johnson City, going 4-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run. He is hitting .293 on the year and that home run was his third. Caleb Lopes went 3-for-4 with a walk. Matt Fielder was 2-for-5 with a double.

Thursday’s games: vs. Bristol, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.78 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

The GCL Cardinals’ game against the Mets was postponed due to rain

A possible make up day is Monday, August 29, the last time the two teams are scheduled to play this season.

Thursday’s game: off day

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Braves 4, 7 innings due to rain

The Cardinals (44-25) lost their third game in the last four, dropping six games back in the San Pedro Division of the DSL.

Junior Gonzalez pitched the first two innings, giving up one run. Enmanuel Solano followed with 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two. Estailin Tejada blew the save with 1 1/3 innings, yielding one unearned run.

The Cardinals managed just five hits, all singles. Julio Rodriguez and Carlos Soto had a hit and a run scored. Elehuris Montero singled and his sacrifice fly was the only RBI.

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

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