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

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 with a Peoria rainout. Our Player of the Day is first baseman Luke Voit, whose two-run home run in the ninth powered Memphis’ comeback win.

Results for games played Monday, April 10.

Memphis 7 at New Orleans 6

The Redbirds finished a very successful stop in New Orleans with a fourth win in five tries over the Marlins Triple-A affiliate to open the season.

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Down by one with one out remaining, Memphis stole the win via Luke Voit’s two-run home run. The first baseman drove in three runs for the second consecutive game. Voit opened the scoring as well, with his first-inning double scoring another hot hitter, Tommy Pham. The outfielder added a bases-loaded double in the second, plating all three. Paul DeJong added two hits, including a double and Anthony Garcia hit a solo home run.

Starter Josh Zeid only went four innings in his organizational debut, allowing five runs, including three long balls. With the game tied heading into the late innings, John Brebbia and Ryan Sherriff dodged further damage from the fifth through seventh until Rowan Wick allowed the Baby Cakes’ go-ahead run in the eighth. The right-hander picked up the win as the result of Voit’s heroics and a shutdown ninth.

The Redbirds are 4-1 on the season and remain in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Tuesday’s game:  Home opener vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL), Daniel Poncedeleon (Triple-A debut), 7:05 p.m.

 

Midland 5, Springfield 1

After taking the opener at Midland, the Cards dropped Game 2 Monday night by a 5-1 score. The Springfield hitting and defense struggled. The offense managed just three hits, led by Blake Drake’s solo home run in the eighth.

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Starter and losing pitcher Matt Pearce yielded a pair of runs in the second on a pair of doubles and a single before settling down. He remained on the mound until being removed with two on and two out in the fifth. Lefty Jimmy Reed escaped that jam and added two more scoreless frames before finding trouble in the eighth.

After Drake had brought the score to within one, the RockHounds loaded the bases in the home eighth against Reed. Daniel Bard relieved, giving up an RBI single, with two more coming home on an error by Adolis Garcia in center and the game’s second passed ball charged to Luis Cruz.

The Cardinals are 3-2 in the Texas League North and remain in first place by a half-game.

Tuesday’s game:  at Midland (OAK), Jack Flaherty (1-0, 0.00), 6:30 p.m.

 

Palm Beach 4 at Charlotte 3

The Cardinals picked up a series-opening road win over the winless Stone Crabs on Monday night.

Palm Beach got out ahead early, with three runs in the first two innings on the way to 12 total hits. Magneuris Sierra figured in the scoring in both frames. The centerfielder walked in the first and was doubled home by Chris Chinea. In the next inning, Sierra singled in the third run following Randy Arozarena’s sacrifice fly. Arozarena added an RBI single in the sixth, scoring Jeremy Martinez for the second time. Though he did not figure in the scoring, shortstop Edmundo Sosa had three singles in five at-bats.

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Starter Jake Woodford had a successful Florida State League debut, falling just one out short of earning a win. The right-hander allowed no runs on three hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. Brennan Leitao would pick up with win with 2 1/3 scoreless relief frames.

Asked to protect the 4-0 lead in the eighth, lefty Ian McKinney yielded more runs, three, than outs secured, two. Landon Beck was called upon and collected a key strikeout to stop the Stone Crabs rally. With the help of a double play in the ninth, Beck earned his second save.

Palm Beach improved its record to 3-2 to begin the season and are two games back in the Florida State League South.

Tuesday’s game:  at Charlotte (TB), Connor Jones (FSL debut), 6:30 p.m.

 

Quad Cities at Peoria – rained out

Rain kept the Chiefs and River Bandits (HOU) from playing the series opener at Dozer Park. The two clubs will try to get in a pair of seven-inning games on Tuesday.

The Chiefs are 2-1 on the season, two games out of first in the Midwest League Western Division.

Tuesday’s games:  double-header vs. Quad Cities (2-2), John Kilichowski (season debut) and Bryan Dobzanski (MWL debut), 5:00 p.m.

  

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