Jack Flaherty (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

Memphis, Springfield and Peoria were road warriors on Sunday as the system went 3-0. Starter Jack Flaherty had another noteworthy outing for Springfield, earning our Player of the Day nod. Palm Beach’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Sunday, April 23rd.

 

Memphis 4 at Oklahoma City 3 

A big day at the plate by Breyvic Valera and Luke Voit led the Redbirds past the Dodgers, 4-3.  Memphis (10-8) has won the first two of four against Oklahoma City and stand two games ahead of second-place Round Rock (TEX) in the American Southern Division.

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Both Valera and Voit went 3-for-4 with Valera adding a walk and Voit tripling for the first time this season.  Valera scored twice and Voit knocked in two.

Reliever Zach Phillips was credited with the win, his first against one loss.  Phillips pitched the sixth and seventh, yielding two hits, a base-on-balls and an unearned tally.  Sam Tuivailala fanned four over the final two frames for his first save.

Phillips and Tuivailala pitched in relief of Arturo Reyes, who went the first four.  Reyes gave up four hits and four walks translating to one run.  Mark Montgomery tossed the fifth.

Monday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (8-9) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Chris Ellis (0-2, 11.25)

 

Springfield 8 at Arkansas 1

Springfield’s pitching and offense came together for an 8-1 triumph over Arkansas (8-8) (SEA), giving the S-Cards (9-7) a split of the four-game set.  The win also snapped a tie in the standings between the two teams, giving Springfield sole possession of first place.

Player of the Day Jack Flaherty (W, 4-0) continued his impressive trek through the Texas League with six frames of shutout ball.  The righty scattered six hits and a walk, striking out five.  Overall, the 21-year-old has fanned 19 in 21 1/3 innings covering four starts.  He has allowed just nine hits and issued two free passes.  His opponents have scored just once this season. (TCN members can find additional details on Flaherty’s feats this season here.)

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Blake McKnight was touched for a run on three hits over two innings.  Chandler Hawkins tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Meanwhile, the visitors’ bats pounded out 14 hits, including three doubles and a home run.  Adolis Garcia spearheaded the effort, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Alex Mejia singled three times in five at bats too, out of the seven hole.  Oscar Mercado’s only hit in four at bats was his second long ball.  Nick Martini, Eliezer Alvarez and Luis Cruz all doubled.

Monday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (8-8) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 5.87)

 

Charlotte at Palm Beach - postponed

The finale of the three games at Roger Dean Stadium between Palm Beach (9-8) and Charlotte (7-10) (TB) was postponed due to inclement weather.  It has been rescheduled as part of a June 19th double header at Charlotte.

Monday’s game:  Off

 

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 5

Four runs scored against the Timber Rattlers’ bullpen gave the Chiefs a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin (9-8) (MIL).  It was the only win in the four-game series for Peoria (7-9), which competes in the tight Western Division. Only 3 1/2 games separate first-place Kane County (ARI) and the seventh-place Chiefs.

Down 5-2 after six, the Chiefs tightened the gap with a tally the next inning and pushed ahead with a three-run eighth.  Second baseman J.R. Davis’ 3-for-4 performance was a key part of the rally.  He singled and scored on Stefan Trosclair’s double in the seventh before driving in Shane Billings (single) for the lead.

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Trosclair garnered two of the team’s 10 hits, adding a single to his double in four at bats and working a base-on-balls.  Brian O’Keefe led off the eighth with his second bomb of 2017, his only hit in four at bats.  

Relievers Ramon Santos (W, 1-1) and Eric Carter (S, 1) hurled two scoreless innings each.  Starter John Kilichowski went the first five, permitting five runs, four earned, on seven hits.

Monday’s game:  at Quad Cities (9-8) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Bryan Dobzanski (0-1, 2.08)

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