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

Tommy Pham and Luke Voit each had big days with the bat in Memphis’ win on Sunday. Springfield notched a victory, too, but Palm Beach and Peoria lost.

Results from games played Sunday, April 9th.


Memphis 8 at New Orleans 4

Tommy Pham’s and Luke Voit’s four-hit performances led Memphis (3-1) over New Orleans, 8-4.  The victory clinched the five-game away series for the Redbirds, which hold a three-games-to-one advantage with one yet to play.

Co-Players of the Day Pham and Voit both launched a bomb among their four hits while batting second and third respectively.  Pham’s solo shot, his third in two games, was his only extra-base hit in six at bats although the centerfielder did score four times.  One of those came when Voit blasted one over the left center wall in the ninth.  The first baseman added a double, walk, two runs scored and three RBI in his 4-for-5 effort.

Patrick Wisdom, Paul DeJong and Carson Kelly had two hits apiece.  Memphis banged out 16 hits in all.

Mike Mayers picked up the win in his 2017 debut, scattering nine hits and two base-on-balls over five.  Two of the three runs charged to him were produced by one home run coming in his fifth inning of work.  Josh Lucas tossed a clean eighth but Ryan Sherriff was tagged for a tally on three hits the next frame.

Monday’s game:  at New Orleans, (3-1), 7:00 pm CT, Josh Zeid (season debut)


Springfield 6 at Midland 3

Springfield (3-1) came out on top of a see-saw battle, downing Midland in the road series opener, 6-3.

Midland struck first with an unearned tally off Dakota Hudson, who tossed his maiden Double-A effort.  The righty held the RockHounds (OAK) in check until he served up a two-run long ball with two gone in the sixth.  That ended Hudson’s night but he exited with seven K’s, eight ground- and one fly-ball outs.  The top prospect gave up seven hits and issued two free passes.

The S-Cards put up straight numbers in the third and fourth before surrendering the lead in the sixth.  Their final rally was in the next frame, as the visitors pushed across four scores, making a winner out of Blake McKnight (W, 1-0).  McKnight allowed just two hits in 2 1/3.  Corey Baker earned the save.

Meanwhile at the plate, eight of nine starters combined for 11 hits.  Nick Martini and Alex Mejia each went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored, Martini knocking in two.  The final Springfield player with a multi-hit game was Oscar Mercado, who singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.  Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.

Monday’s game:  at Midland (2-2), 6:30 pm CT, Matt Pearce (season debut)  


St. Lucie 6 at Palm Beach 3 

A ninth-inning implosion by Palm Beach (2-2) flipped a win to a 6-3 loss at the hands of visiting St. Lucie (2-2).  Each squad won two of the four-game road-home set.

Leading 3-1 with three outs to go, the Beach Birds coughed up five unearned tallies.  The inning began with a hit batsman sandwiched around two fielding errors by shortstop Leobaldo Pina.  A force out at second put runners at the corners and the home squad clinging to a 3-2 lead.  The flood gates opened.  Three singles and a double later off Ross Vance (BS,1) (L, 0-1), and bye-bye lead.

That spoiled a fine start by Ryan Helsley, who no-hit the Mets through five, striking out six and walking one.  Juan Perez yielded a run in the sixth before handing off to Jacob Evans, who shut down the opposition over the next two.

Monday’s game:  at Charlotte (0-4) (TB), 6:35 pm ET, Jake Woodford (league debut)


Burlington 4 at Peoria 1

Ian Oxnevad’s full-season debut was a tad shorter than he no doubt wanted in Peoria’s 4-1 home defeat to Burlington (1-2).  The loss split the brief two-game home set.

Oxnevad retired 12 of his first 15 batters with the three reaching against him coming in different innings – a second-inning solo blast, third-inning walk and fourth-inning single.  But the southpaw ran into trouble in the fifth, yielding three singles and committing a throwing error which allowed another runner to reach.  His final line was four earned runs in 4 1/3 on five hits and a base-on-balls.  Oxnevad fanned five.

His final two runners crossed with Spencer Trayner on the bump.  Trayner permitted two hits and a sac fly in 1 2/3.  Eric Carter (two frames) and Greg Tomchick (one) shut down the Bees (LAA) the rest of the way.

Peoria’s (2-1) only run was generated in the first after Dylan Carlson doubled, advanced to third via Andrew Knizner’s single and scored on a sac fly by Brian O’Keefe.  Danny Hudzina singled twice in four at bats, the only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Monday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (2-2) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Steven Farinaro (league debut)


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