Junior Fernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

On Wednesday, three St. Louis Cardinals affiliates were in action, with Peoria winning big and Memphis losing big. Player of Day Junior Fernandez carried a perfect game into the seventh in Palm Beach’s home victory.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 19th.


Colorado Springs Sky Sox 13, Memphis Redbirds 4

A shaky start from Mike Mayers and sour relief appearance by Ryan Sherriff against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox eventually translated to a 13-4 road loss for the Redbirds on Wednesday afternoon. The sixth loss in their least seven games dropped Memphis to an even .500 (7-7) at this point in the young season.

Mayers, who served up a solo homer to Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard in the first, was rattled for five runs between the third and fourth innings, including a grand slam off the bat of Sky Sox outfielder Brett Phillips, his first of two long balls in the contest. The left-handed hitting Phillips took Sherriff deep in what unfolded to be a disastrous seventh inning for the Redbirds, as seven more Sky Sox crossed the plate.


As for the Memphis offense, Chad Huffman accounted for much of it. With four hits over the last two games entering the Wednesday matinee, Huffman jacked his second homer of the year - a two-run shot - to open the scoring in the first before he drove in his third run of the day in the fifth.

Paul DeJong had two hits in five at-bats. Tommy Pham walked twice, doubled, plated one and scored twice.

Thursday’s game: at Colorado Springs (MIL), Josh Zeid (0-1, 8.31), 7:40 pm CT


Springfield Cardinals off

The Double-A Cardinals (7-5) were off Wednesday, preparing for a road series at Arkansas that begins Thursday night.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas (SEA), Austin Gomber (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 pm CT


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Tampa Yankees 0

With over six perfect innings and a total of eight scoreless, starter Junior Fernandez backed the 8-6 Cardinals in their 7-0 shutout victory over the Yankees on Wednesday evening.


Fernandez, our Player of the Day, dazzled throughout the night, particularly in the first six innings, allowing no Yankee to reach base. With the perfect game intact, Tampa second baseman Nick Solak spoiled the impending feat with a single up the middle with one out in the seventh.

The knock ultimately proved to be one of just two hits - both Solak’s - against the Palm Beach staff, with Solak and outfielder Austin Aune (walk) being the only Yankees to reach the base paths. Fernandez whiffed six and required just 79 pitches through eight innings. Brennan Leitao allowed a double and struck out one in the eighth.


The Beach Birds offense scored one in the first, hung a four-spot on the board in the fourth and closed out the match with two in the seventh. Leadoff man Randy Arozarena went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Second baseman Darren Seferina, batting third, also had three hits in four at-bats including a double and drove in three. Chris Chinea had two RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. Tampa (NYY), Zac Gallen (0-1, 1.59), 6:30 pm ET


Peoria Chiefs 15 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 3

On the heels of a shutout loss on Tuesday, the Chiefs sounded off with 15 runs on 21 hits in their 15-3 blowout over the Kernels on Wednesday. Every spot in the Chiefs’ batting order except one recorded at least two hits with the other having “just” one.


Shortstop Tommy Edman tripled twice and doubled as part of his 4-for-6 evening. Outfielder Dylan Carlson smashed his second long ball of the year, an inside the park effort after two Kernels outfielders collided, going 2-for-5 and driving in three.

Stefan Trosclair singled, walked, went deep, plated three and crossed home plate twice. JR Davis and Andrew Knizner each had three hits and an RBI. Davis scored once and Knizner came home twice.


Jordan Hicks contributed a quality start, pitching especially strongly after he was touched for three runs in the second. Over seven innings, Hicks punched out eight of his 29 batters faced and surrendered no walks and seven hits. His ERA is 1.37 through three starts.

Thursday’s game: at Wisconsin (MIL), Ronnie Williams (1-0, 4.70), 6:35 pm CT


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