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 St. Louis Cardinals minor league system was 3-4 on Wednesday. Our co-Players of the Day are Springfield third baseman Paul DeJong, who went 4-for-6 with three doubles, and Palm Beach starter Sandy Alcantara, who pitched a seven-inning complete game, giving up one run and striking out 10.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 31st.

The Memphis Redbirds game at the Oklahoma City Dodgers was cancelled.

With the season nearing its close and the game not having post-season implications, it was not rescheduled.

Thursday’s game: at Oklahoma City, Mike Mayers (4-7, 3.55 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 2 at Arkansas Travelers 4, 7 innings

Springfield Cardinals 2 at Arkansas Travelers 1, 7 innings

Springfield split a double-header on Wednesday, winning the first and losing the second game in Arkansas. The Cardinals are now 30-35 and 3.0 games out of first in the North Division of the Texas League with five games to go. They already won first place in the first-half.

In the opener, Daniel Poncedeleon pitched the entire game, going six innings, giving up four runs. Poncedeleon struck out three and walked three and hit the same batter twice.

The Cardinals offense managed two runs on seven hits. Blake Drake went 2-for-2 with a walk. Jacob Wilson, Luis Cruz, and Paul DeJong all went 1-for-3 with DeJong’s hit a two-bagger. Vaughn Bryan singled and plated both runs in the top of the seventh, but the rally fell short.

Austin Gomber came off the DL to pitch in Game 2. The lefty pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out two. Trey Nielsen followed with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Nielsen struck out two. Robbie Rowland pitched 2/3 of an inning without allowing a run and Kevin Herget pitched the same, getting his ninth save.

The Game 2 offense was the Paul DeJong (.255 BA) show, as the third sacker went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, one run scored and one driven in. Jonathan Rodriguez singled, claiming the other third-inning RBI.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, J.C. Sulbaran (3-4, 4.16 ERA) 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Fort Myers Miracle 2, 7 innings

Palm Beach Cardinals 0, Fort Myers Miracle 1, 7 innings

Like Springfield, the Beach Birds split a Wednesday double-header. The Cards head into the final four-game series of the year against Charlotte at 23-43 in the second-half standings.

In the first game, starter Brennan Leitao pitched four innings, allowing one run and struck out two against one walk. Will Anderson followed with 2/3 of an inning giving up a run. Anderson was picked up by Daniel Bard, who walked two, but managed to get the third out. Landon Beck pitched the final two innings. He fanned two in his scoreless effort.

The Cardinals spread around 10 hits to collect five runs. Oscar Mercado went 2-for-4 with his 32nd stolen base and two runs scored. Danny Diekroeger went 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored. Casey Grayson batted 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. Thomas Spitz went 2-for-2 with a walk while Dylan Tice doubled for two RBI.

In Game 2, the Cardinals offense reverted to form, managing just three hits. Oscar Mercado (.214 BA) singled, Thomas Spitz doubled and Andrew Brodbeck singled and stole a base. Casey Grayson drew the only two Cardinals walks.

Sandy Alcantara pitched masterfully in the loss. He went all seven innings, striking out 10 against just three walks and three hits. The only mistakes were a pair of third-inning doubles leading to the one run. Alcantara threw 102 pitches to rehabbing St. Louis catcher Brayan Pena, who went 0-for-3.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte, Jack Flaherty (4-9, 3.69 ERA) 6:35 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 8, Beloit Snappers 4  

The Chiefs won their third game in a row Wednesday as they brought out the bats for eight runs on 11 hits. Peoria is 32-32 for the second half and in fifth place in the eight-team division.

Hitters included Carlos Torres, 2-for-4, Leobaldo Pina, 2-for-4 with a double, Chris Chinea, 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI, and Craig Aikin, 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Eliezer Alvarez (.316 BA) also contributed a double in four plate appearances.

Jorge Rodriguez (2.00 ERA) picked up his fourth win of the year, pitching six innings of one-run ball. He allowed four walks and five hits, and struck out four. Nick Frey followed with two innings of scoreless baseball before yielding the mound in the ninth to Steven De La Cruz. De La Cruz had a night to forget as he gave up three runs.

Thursday’s game: vs. Beloit, Jake Woodford (5-5, 3.29 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

State College Spikes 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 6

The Spikes took their second home loss in a row. They are now 46-25 on the year and still 9.5 games ahead of second place Williamsport in the NYP League Pinckney Division with five games remaining on the schedule.

Starter Greg Tomchick pitched six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, and striking out five. He walked three and gave up five hits. Spencer Trayner did not fare well in three innings of relief, giving up two more runs and striking out two.

Six different Spikes picked up one hit each. Andy Young and Vince Jackson singled, walked and scored. Elier Rodriguez knocked in two runs on a double.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Brian Dobzanski (4-6, 4.03 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 0, Pulaski Yankees 8

The Cardinals were blanked at home by the Yankees. Johnson City is now 38-29 on the year, maintaining a two game lead in the West Division, which they have clinched. The loss Wednesday is Johnson City’s fourth in their last five contests with Thursday being the last game of the regular season.

Shaky defense continues to plague the Cardinals. Bryce Denton made his 21st error of the year, J.R. Davis committed his 18th and 19th and Shane Billings had the fourth JC miscue of the evening. Over their most recent three defeats, the Cards have committed at total of 10 errors.

Ramon Santos went six innings, giving up six runs, just three earned. Santos struck out five and walked three. Keaton Siomkin relieved with two scoreless innings, striking out a pair. Noel Gonzalez pitched the ninth inning, allowing two runs.

Shortstop Joey Hawkins went 2-for-3 with a double as the standout offensively. Caleb Lopes singled and walked and Davis contributed a double.

Thursday’s game: vs. Pulaski, Anthony Shew (0-1, 7.36 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

The GCL Cardinals game against the GCL Nationals was cancelled due to rain.

The Cardinals close their regular season on Thursday, with the one-game first round of the playoffs on Friday.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 AM ET

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