Jacob Wilson (Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield infielder Jacob Wilson, who hit two home runs for the only Cardinals runs in their loss to Frisco.

Results for games played Friday, April 14.

Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 3

Redbirds starter Mike Mayers suffered his first loss of the season as his team fell to the Sky Sox at home.  Mayers pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  John Brebbia followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Ryan Sheriff and Rowan Rick each pitched a scoreless frame.


The Memphis offense scored just one run and it was in the first inning.  Leadoff hitter Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch.  Luke Voit and Patrick Wisdom each drew a walk to load the bases.  Paul DeJong then ground into a force out, scoring Bader from third.  That would be the only run of the game for Memphis.  In fact, the only Redbird hit was a DeJong single in the fourth.

The Redbirds are 6-3 on the season and remain in first place in the PCL American South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City, Josh Zeid (0-0, 11.25) 6:35 CT


Springfield 2, Frisco 7 (10 innings)

The Cardinals offense had 10 hits in this contest, but they produced only two runs, as Springfield lost to the Frisco RoughRiders at home on Friday night.  The scoring was via a pair of solo home runs off the bat of Jacob Wilson, in the fifth inning, and the ninth.  The Redbird third sacker was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Cuban acquisition Adolis Garcia was 2-for-5.  Other than the two home runs, the remaining eight hits were all singles.


Starter Austin Gomber pitched 4 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Pedro Echemendia followed with 2 2/3 scoreless frames before giving way to Blake McKnight. McKnight’s turn on the mound was ugly, as he relinquished five runs on six hits in three innings. After Wilson's second long ball tied the game in the home ninth, all five crossed the plate against McKnight in the 10th. Not surprisingly, he took the loss.

In the field, the Redbirds were sloppy. Normally steady Blake Drake had two errors, both of the throwing variety.  Reliever McKnight added to his own woes with a missed catch.

The Cardinals are 4-4 in the Texas League North and are tied for first place with the Tulsa Drillers.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 3.18) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Clearwater 6

The Cardinals couldn’t get much going offensively against the Threshers on Friday night in Clearwater.  One run in the first and another in the eighth were the only scoring for the Beach Birds. The first run came on a walk and two singles, with Luke Dykstra driving in the run on a base hit to left field.  Following six innings with no runs crossing the plate, Casey Grayson led off the eighth with an infield single.  Randy Arozarena reached on an error, and Edmundo Sosa singled to left to load the bases.  A sac fly from Chris Chinea brought the second and final run home.  Chinea, Sosa, and Dykstra were each 2-for-4 on the night.

Cardinals starter Derian Gonzalez suffered his first loss of the season. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings, and yielded six runs on seven hits, including two home runs.  Brennan Leitao pitched the remaining 2 1/3 innings, giving up no runs and only one hit.


The Cardinals stand at 6-4 on the season, two games back in the Florida State League South.

Saturday’s game:  at Clearwater, Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.00) 5:15 CT.


Peoria 4 at Beloit 5

The Chiefs took the early lead and maintained it until the later innings, when three runs across the seventh and eighth innings for the Snappers ended in a one run loss for Peoria.  Ian Oxnevad began on the mound for the Chiefs, and he surrendered two Beloit runs in the second on a two run home run.  The left hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, yielding three hits, fanning five and walking three.  Relievers Ramon Santos and Brady Bowen gave up the tying and winning runs, respectively, with Bowen taking the loss.


The Chiefs’ offense scored four runs on eight hits.  Tommy Edman, Andy Young, and Stefan Trosclair were each 2-for-4.  Young’s two run home run in the first inning got the offense going.  Edman smoked two doubles and scored twice.

The Chiefs’ defense played clean, with the story of this game shaky pitching.

The Chiefs are 4-3 and stand 0.5 game behind Kane County in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Beloit, Steven Farinaro (0-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.


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