Daniel Poncedeleon (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors won four and lost one on Tuesday. Memphis took its third straight behind Daniel Poncedeleon’s noteworthy debut while Springfield and Palm Beach both came out on top. Peoria split its double-header.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 11th.


Memphis 5 vs. Colorado Springs 1

Daniel Poncedeleon’s impressive Triple-A debut was enough for Memphis (5-1) to drop Colorado Springs, 5-1, in the Redbirds’ home opener.

Poncedeleon, our Player of the Day, set down 15 of his first 17 batters, notching seven of his eight strikeouts in that span.  The only Sky Sox (MIL) to reach against him were via a walk to open the second and a two-out fourth-inning single.  The righty departed after 5 1/3 but not before surrendering a solo blast to his first batter in the sixth.  Poncedeleon threw 55 of his 84 pitches for strikes.


Mark Montgomery struck out four in 1 2/3, plunking two and giving up a hit.  Zach Phillips went one plus, giving way to Josh Lucas after permitting consecutive singles to open the ninth.  Lucas utilized a 4-6-3 double play and ground out for his first save.

Meanwhile, the Redbirds were playing long ball.  Four of their five tallies were produced on home runs by Harrison Bader, Carson Kelly and Luke Voit.  The bomb was Bader’s only hit in three at bats, although he did work a free pass out of the lead-off spot.  Kelly went 2-for-4 with both hits solo home runs, while Voit continued his assault on Triple-A pitching, adding a double to his home run in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.  Voit managed a successful steal of third base while he was at it. Paul DeJong singled twice in four at bats, the final Memphis player with a multi-hit effort.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (3-2), 6:35 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00)


Springfield 2 at Midland 1

Springfield finished its successful six-game road trip by edging Midland, 2-1, for the fourth victory of the young season.  The S-Cards took the series from the RockHounds (3-3) (OAK), two games to one.

Jack Flaherty (W, 2-0) went the first seven innings, limiting the opposition to a run on four hits.  He struck out four and did not issue a free pass.  Kevin Herget finished the contest for his first save.


Catcher Gabriel Lino, an off-season pick up by the Cardinals, accounted for both tallies.  His fourth-inning triple to right knocked in Blake Drake (single) before Lino scored on a wild pitch.

The visitors never quite clicked offensively, generating 10 hits but going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 on.  Alex Mejia joined Drake and Lino with two hits apiece.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 12 at Charlotte 6

A seven-run second catapulted Palm Beach (4-2) over Charlotte (0-6).  The Beach Birds go for a three-game sweep of the Stone Crabs (TB) Wednesday morning.

Magneuris Sierra’s three-hit performance paced the visitors’ 12-hit attack.  The center fielder went 3-for-5 with a triple, walk, two runs scored and two driven in.  Edmundo Sosa, Chris Chinea and Randy Arozarena each had two hits, the first two doubling once in five and six at bats while Arozarena singled twice in three at bats and joined Sosa by crossing home twice.


Connor Jones picked up the win in both his full-season and league debut.  The second round selection in last June’s draft gave up six hits and two free passes through five, resulting in four runs (two earned).  He fanned three with 12 ground- to one fly-ball out.

Ross Vance worked around a hit, a plunked batter and four walks over three to hold the home team scoreless.  But Tyler Bray made things a tad interesting in the ninth when he jammed the sacks full via two hits and a hit batsman.  Bray was touched for two runs on three hits.

Wednesday’s game:  at Charlotte (0-6), 11:05 am ET, Junior Fernandez (0-0, 1.93)


Quad Cities 2 at Peoria 0 (7) - Game 1

Peoria 3 vs. Quad Cities 2 (7) – Game 2

The Chiefs (3-2) split a twi-night double header with Quad Cities (HOU), dropping the opener, 2-0, but taking the finale, 3-2.  The final contest in the three-game series remains on Wednesday.

The Game 1 loss came down to single scores in the first and fourth frames, both charged to starter John Kilichowski (L, 0-1), although only one was earned.  The southpaw allowed four hits and three walks through four.  Relievers Ramon Santos (two innings) and Brady Bowen (one) kept the River Bandits off the board the rest of the way.

The home team mustered just two hits, singles by Stefan Trosclair and Andrew Knizner.  Center fielder Nick Plummer committed a fielding error.

Game 2 remained scoreless until the home half of the fifth when Ryan McCarvel launched a solo blast.  Vince Jackson followed with a base-on-balls, advanced to second on a wild pitch and raced home when Tommy Edman singled up the middle.


Quad Cities answered immediately with two in the top of the next frame, knotting the game at two all.  The sixth was the last inning of work for starter Bryan Dobzanski, who yielded two runs, one earned, on three hits.

The Chiefs walked off with the win on the team’s fifth hit of the game, another single by Edman.  This one scored Plummer, who had doubled with two gone.  Estarlin Arias maneuvered around a lead-off walk to open the top half of the seventh for the win, his first at full season ball.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (3-3), 11:00 am CT, Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00)  


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