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Highlights of Thursday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Friday’s action.

In Thursday playoff action, Springfield’s game was suspended, Peoria was eliminated and State College fell in 10 innings. The Spikes’ Tommy Edman is our Player of the Day with three hits, a stolen base and two crucial RBI.

Results from games played Thursday, September 8th.


Northwest Arkansas at Springfield - suspended

Springfield’s game versus Northwest Arkansas was suspended due to rain.  The contest is currently in the top of the seventh with one gone and a runner at first and Springfield down 8-7.  Although the game became official when it reached the sixth inning, Texas League rules state playoff games must be completed through nine innings to determine a winner.

Because weather reports indicate further rain in Springfield on Friday, both teams will head to Northwest Arkansas where this contest will be completed before the previously scheduled game three on Friday evening.  Springfield trails in the best-of-five series, one game to none.

Friday’s games:  at Northwest Arkansas (1-0).  Game two completion – 5:30 pm CT, TBA/Matt Pearce (0-0, ---)


Clinton 4 at Peoria 3

Peoria’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Clinton as the LumberKings advance to the Midwest League Championship by taking the first two of the best-of-three series.

Ryan Helsley (L, 0-1) was charged with the loss, permitting all four scores on nine hits (including a solo shot) and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.  Nick Frey issued one free pass in two before three of the four outs recorded by Steven De La Cruz were strikeouts.

The Chiefs were down 4-0 after six but played a bit of long ball the next frame to pull close.  Eliezer Alvarez opened with a double, his only hit in four at bats, and Brian O’Keefe immediately followed with a bomb to left.  Chris Chinea’s line-drive home run made it back-to-back jacks, driving Clinton’s starter from the game.   But Peoria could get no closer.  The Chiefs managed eight hits by eight players and just two bases-on-balls.


Staten Island 3 at State College 2 (10)

The Spikes tied it up in the bottom of the ninth only to fall to the Yankees, 3-2, in 10.  The decisive third game of the New York-Penn League semifinals unfolds on Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College’s hurlers matched the seven hits allowed by Staten Island but one of those seven hits was a home run that led off the 10th.  Brady Bowen (L, 0-1) retired his next three batters but it was too late.

Jordan Hicks battled control problems during his entire 5 2/3-inning outing, issuing six free passes to go with four hits. It generated two runs, one of them when a base-on-balls forced across a run.

Reliever Max Almonte kept the game close in a tough situation.  The righty came into a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and recorded the final out, preventing further damage.  Almonte worked around a lead-off single for a clean seventh.  Connor Jones tossed two scoreless frames, giving up one hit.

The Spikes’ seven hits were mainly split between two players that were nowhere near each other in the batting order:  Tommy Edman and Danny Hudzina.  Edman, our Player of the Day, singled three times in five at bats at the top of the order, his third hit driving in Hudzina (single) and Yariel Gonzalez (walk) to send the game into extras.   Edman also stole a base.

Hudzina singled twice in three at bats with two walks and the aforementioned run scored.  He hit out of the seven hole.

Friday’s game:  vs. Staten Island (1-1), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (0-0, ---)


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