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

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system was 1-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield third baseman Bruce Caldwell, who socked a three-run home run to give the Double-A Cardinals the edge in their victory against Frisco.

Results for games played Saturday, April 15.

Memphis 4, Oklahoma City 8

The Redbirds rallied in the ninth but it was too little too late, as they fell to the Dodgers at home on Saturday night for their third consecutive home loss. 

Memphis got on the board first on a Patrick Wisdom RBI double.  The lead was lost a couple of innings later and was never regained. The Redbirds brought it to within one in the seventh on a RBI base hit by Tommy Pham.  The Dodgers blew the game open with a five run eighth, though Memphis got two runs back with a small rally in the ninth on a two run home run by Paul DeJong.  Wisdom was 3-for-4 on the night, including two doubles.  Pham was 2-for-4 and Harrison Bader was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Starter Josh Zeid pitched 4 2/3 innings and took the loss.  The right hander gave up three runs on four hits, fanning six and walking four.  Mark Montgomery pitched two scoreless innings before Ryan Sherriff got the final out in the seventh.  Josh Lucas relinquished the five runs, four earned, in the eighth that put the game out of reach.  Sam Tuivailala got the final out of the eighth and went on to pitch a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds are 6-4 on the season and remain in first place in the PCL American South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 1.69) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 6, Frisco 5

The Rough Riders made it close, but the Cardinals edged Frisco for the home victory.  Starter Dakota Hudson cruised through six innings, giving up only one run on three hits to earn his first win of the season.  Daniel Bard followed Hudson with a scoreless seventh.  Trey Nielsen got into trouble in the eighth, surrendering four runs before being bailed out by Kevin Herget.  Herget got the final two outs in the eighth and returned to pitch a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season.

The Cardinals got on the board in the second on an Eliezer Alvarez RBI double followed by a sac fly off the bat of Gabriel Lino.  A solo home run by Jose Adolis Garcia increased the lead by one.  The Cardinals plated three in the fifth inning.  Singles by Nick Martini and Garcia set up a three run home run by Bruce Caldwell.  That was all the scoring for Springfield, but it was enough for them to hang on for the one run victory.  Garca, Alvarez, and Alex Mejia each had two hits.

The Cardinals are 5-4 in the Texas League North and remain in first place.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Midland, Matt Pearce (0-1, 3.86) 4:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1 at Clearwater 2 (10 innings)

The Cardinals dropped a squeaker in extra innings at Clearwater on Saturday night.  The Threshers took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, when the Cardinals tied it up on a solo home run by Casey Turgeon, one of his two hits in three at-bats.  The only other extra base hit was a double by Jose Godoy.

Cardinals starter Ryan Helsley pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, including a solo home run.  The right-hander struck out four and walked three.  Ross Vance followed with two scoreless innings.   Landon Beck gave up the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

The Cardinals are 6-5 and are two games behind first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.


Peoria 0 at Beloit 12

The Chiefs suffered a rout at the hands of the Beloit Snappers on Saturday.  Steven Farinaro started in his Peoria debut and gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings pitched.  Those five runs were just the start for the Chiefs’ pitching staff. Dailyn Martinez replaced Farinaro in the fifth with no outs and two men on base and allowed both inherited runners to score.  Martinez returned for the sixth, and surrendered four runs of his own.  With one runner on and no outs in the sixth, Eric Carter took over.  Carter allowed the Martinez runner to score plus one of his own.  Carter then gave up a two-run home run.  Estarlin Arias pitched the final two scoreless innings.  Farinaro took the loss.

The Chiefs offense scattered five singles.  Stefan Trosclair and Andrew Knizner were each 2-for-4.    Knizner was picked off first base, and Tommy Edman made a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 5-4 on the season, 1.5 games back in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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