Jack Flaherty (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

On Monday, all four St. Louis Cardinals affiliates were home and three picked up wins. Memphis prevailed in extra innings, and Springfield and Palm Beach were powered by strong pitching performances. Springfield’s Jack Flaherty is our Player of the Day after throwing 7 2/3 dominant innings.

Results from games played Monday, April 17th.

 

Memphis 4, Oklahoma City 3 (11 innings)

A move that seemed insignificant to the outcome of the game turned out to be the bridge to a victory for the Redbirds on Monday over the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Outfielder Tommy Pham - who entered the game as part of a ninth-inning double switch - drove in the go-ahead run in a 4-3 victory in 11 innings to round out Memphis’ first homestand of the year at AutoZone Park.

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With the Redbirds leading the  Dodgers by a 3-2 margin in the ninth, Rowan Wick entered the game (with Pham) with the intent to secure his first save. That was not to be, as the Dodgers played small ball and took advantage of defensive dullness to tie the game. The rally began with a leadoff walk to Brett Eibner, a sacrifice bunt by Charlie Culberson, and a fielding error by first-year shortstop Paul DeJong, who has already committed four miscues this season.

With the score knotted at three in the bottom of the 11th, Pham stepped up with Wilfredo Tovar on first and two down against Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow. Pham promptly poked the ball through the right side to plate Tovar for the win. In the process, the 7-5 Redbirds salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke their four-game losing skid.

Rehabbing major leaguer Tyler Lyons made his third rehab start and yielded two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Piggyback starter Arturo Reyes went 3 1/3 with an unearned score on his tally. Wick took a blown save for his two frames and Sam Tuivailala picked up with win after his scoreless 11th.

Chad Huffman went 3-for-5 including two doubles, scored one and drove in another. DeJong plated a pair.

Tuesday’s game: Memphis (7-5) at Colorado Springs, 7:40 CT, Chris Ellis (0-1, 5.00)

 

Springfield 3, Midland 0

A dominant start by St. Louis’ seventh-ranked prospect Jack Flaherty served as the backbone for a 3-0 Springfield victory on Monday evening over the Midland RockHounds at Hammons Field.

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The 21-year-old, our Player of the Day, took the mound for the third time in the 2017 regular season and turned in his finest, most polished start yet, fanning nine batters, walking one and giving up two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Flaherty’s three runs of support spanned over three innings (the first, fifth, and sixth) but left fielder Nick Martini’s blast with one out in the first proved to be the only run needed for Springfield to secure the team’s sixth win in 11 games this year.

Oscar Mercado and Alex Mejia also drove in a run each. Gabriel Lino singled, doubled and scored. Corey Baker added his second save of the season.

Tuesday’s game: Springfield (6-5) vs. Midland, 11:10 CT, Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 6.52)

 

Palm Beach 3, Tampa 1

On the strength of a quality outing from right-hander Jake Woodford, the Palm Beach Cardinals outlasted the Tampa Yankees on Monday, 3-1.

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Woodford held the Yankees off balance throughout his six-inning outing, as he was tagged for just one run on six hits, complemented by eight punchouts.

Palm Beach left fielder Casey Turgeon produced most of the magic on offense with a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance. He also threw out a Yankees runner at third base. Edmundo Sosa singled, doubled and scored twice. Jeremy Martinez added two hits and plated one.

Jacob Evans earned a hold with two perfect frames before Tyler Bray fanned the side in the ninth for his first save.

Tuesday’s game: Palm Beach (7-5) vs. Tampa, 6:30 ET, Connor Jones (1-0, 3.60)

 

Cedar Rapids 8 at Peoria 2

Peoria starter John Kilichowski was smacked around for five runs on 12 hits through his five innings of work on Monday, resulting in an 8-2 home loss to the Kernels. The score would have been worse had left fielder Vince Jackson not gunned down Cedar Rapids runners at the plate in each of the first two innings.

Kilichowski, a 22-year-old lefty, is coming off a strong 2016 in which he logged a 2.70 ERA over 11 outings between State College and Peoria. However, his 2017 record fell to 0-2 and his ERA is up to 6.00.

Spencer Trayner tossed two scoreless relief frames before Greg Tomchick yielded the final three Kernels tallies in the ninth to seal the outcome.

Catcher Brian O’Keefe and designated hitter Ryan McCarvel went a combined 3-for-8, with two and one RBI, respectively. McCarvel homered, Stefan Trosclair tripled and Tommy Edman doubled, but the latter two were stranded on base.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria (5-5) vs. Cedar Rapids, 6:30 CT, Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, 1.50)

 

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