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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.

Ian McKinney pitched Palm Beach to one of only two wins in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. The Beach Birds split their twin bill while Peoria won its contest. Memphis and Springfield were both thumped at home.

Results from games played Thursday, April 13th.

Colorado Springs 8 at Memphis 2

Thursday was a tough night for Redbirds’ hurlers as Colorado Springs pounded Memphis (6-2), 8-2.  The home team still holds a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one yet to play.

Starter Chris Ellis (L, 0-1) only went four innings, permitting three runs on four hits and two free passes.  Two of the three tallies charged to the right-hander were solo shots.

Mitch Harris was not effective in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. The right-hander gave up two runs on a double, two singles and a sac fly in his inning of work.

Mark Montgomery tossed a clean sixth but Zach Phillips was tagged for three runs, two earned, while recording just one out.  Josh Lucas limited further damage by stranding Phillips’ final two runners, retiring all five batters faced.  Sam Tuivailala sent down the side in order in the ninth.


The Redbirds’ tallies were generated by a Carson Kelly home run, his third of 2017.  It came with Chad Huffman (single) aboard.  Five Memphis players each had one hit.

Friday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (4-3) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-0, 5.40)


Frisco 7 at Springfield 1

Springfield’s home opener was spoiled by a 7-1 loss to Frisco.

Sandy Alcantara (L, 1-1) put his team into an early hole, surrendering two-run frames in the opening two innings. The hard-throwing prospect got the hook after coughing up three more in the fourth, finishing with a line of seven runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3.  Alcantara struck out five and served up two long balls accounting for three runs.  Corey Baker (3 1/3 innings) and Chandler Hawkins (2) kept the RoughRiders from further scoring the rest of the way.


Springfield (4-3) produced just six hits with Eliezer Alvarez’ 2-for-3 effort leading the way. Adolis Garcia’s first professional home run accounted for the only tally.

Friday’s game:  vs. Frisco (3-4) (Tex), 7:10 pm CT, Austin Gomber (0-1, 54.00)


Palm Beach 0 at Clearwater 1 (7) – Game 1

Palm Beach 1 at Clearwater 0 (7) - Game 2

One was the winning number in the series opening double header as Palm Beach (6-3) visits Clearwater.  Each team claimed a contest by an identical 1-0 score.  Two games remain in the series.

A bomb in the first was enough to saddle Zac Gallen with a tough loss in the opening game.  Gallen allowed seven hits and did not issue a free pass in his complete-game effort.  The righty fanned six.  Gallen owed part of his good final line to right fielder Austin Wilson, who was credited with an assist after his throw caught a Clearwater player trying to score in the fifth.


The Beach Birds managed six hits, with Luke Dykstra’s two singles in three at bats the only multi-hit performance.  Magneuris Sierra opened the game with his second triple of 2017 but was nailed trying to score as the tail end of a double play after Chris Chinea popped out to the Threshers’ second baseman.  Palm Beach stranded nine runners.

Back-to-back-to-back fourth inning singles by Dykstra, Wilson and Leobaldo Pina produced the winning tally in the second contest.  It was Dykstra’s only hit in three at bats while both Wilson and Pina went 2-for-3 with the latter picking up the RBI.  Palm Beach had seven hits in all.


In his first start of the season, Player of the Day Ian McKinney was stellar over five. The lefty limited Clearwater to three hits and a base-on-balls while fanning five.  Juan Perez maneuvered around four hits and a walk over the final two innings for his first save.

Friday’s game: at Clearwater (6-3) (PHI), 6:15 pm ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 4.50)


Peoria 7 at Beloit 3

A balanced offensive attack led Peoria (5-2) to a 7-3 win at Beloit in the first of their three-game set.

Seven of eight Chiefs’ starters both generated a hit and crossed home.  Catcher Brian O’Keefe went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, the only player with more than one hit.  Stefan Trosclair, Danny Hudzina and J.R. Davis each doubled once, the former two knocking in two apiece. 


Ronnie Williams was stellar through six for Peoria, allowing no runs. However, three runs came in during his seventh, including a solo bomb. Overall, the right-hander struck out five, yielded just five hits and did not issue a free pass.  Spencer Trayner took over in the seventh with one on, no out and two already in. He let that inherited runner score, but in his two frames (three hits) and Greg Tomchick's one (two hits), no additional runs came home.

Friday’s game:  at Beloit (2-6) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (0-1, 6.23)


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