Randy Arozarena (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, just two St. Louis Cardinals affiliates were in action, with the tally one win and one loss. Player of Day Randy Arozarena’s two-run home run helped key Palm Beach’s road victory, but Peoria could not come up with key hits.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 26th.


Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds were off Wednesday and will resume play Thursday evening at AutoZone Park against the Round Rock Express.

Thursday’s game: Josh Zeid (1-1, 5.52) vs. Round Rock Express, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals at Northwest Arkansas Naturals – postponed

The Springfield Cardinals game at Northwest Arkansas for Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather. The make-up date is part of a double-header on June 7. The clubs are expected to be able to play their Thursday contest as scheduled.

Thursday’s game: Dakota Hudson (1-1, 4.60) at NW Arkansas, 6:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at Florida Fire Frogs 8

Three key runs scored in the sixth and eighth innings against the Fire Frogs’ bullpen propelled the Cardinals to a 9-8 road victory on Wednesday evening.

The game lacked crispness in the field from Palm Beach, with three errors leading to six Florida runs with starter Junior Fernandez on the mound. Fernandez was charged with three of the scores in his 6 2/3 innings, although he added to his woes by committing two of the errors.

Cardinals outfielder Randy Arozarena blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first, the only runs surrendered by Fire Frogs pitcher Touki Toussaint until Darren Seferina scored on Edmundo Sosa’s RBI double in the fourth.


Run-scoring hits from Palm Beach catcher Jose Godoy and outfielder Thomas Spitz tied the game after the sixth inning. Florida got a run back in the seventh, but a wild pitch and a well-placed knock off the bat of Spitz pushed across three runs in the eighth for the Cardinals, just enough for them squeak past the Fire Frogs.

Juan Perez picked up the win despite allowing a run in 1/3 of an inning and Landon Beck earned his fifth save after a two-inning outing.

Thursday’s game: Zac Gallen (1-1, 1.50) at Florida Fire Frogs, 6:05 PM Central time.


Quad Cities River Bandits 6, Peoria Chiefs 1

A first-inning run stood up for the River Bandits and was supported by a handful of tallies later in the game, as Quad Cities comfortably cruised to a 6-1 home win over the Chiefs on Wednesday.

The Chiefs had numerous opportunities to crowd their half of the scoreboard with nine hits, just one fewer than the River Bandits - but those chances were squandered repeatedly. Peoria batters whiffed nine times and stranded a whopping 13 runners on the bases, including at least one in every inning. They went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

The Chiefs finally broke through on an RBI single from Tommy Edman in the seventh. The shortstop and number three hitter was on base four times, with a double and two walks as well, but never reached home plate.


On the pitching front, Chiefs starter Ronnie Williams was shaky, tagged for five runs on eight hits and three walks in his 5 2/3 frames. The right-hander struck out five but allowed his third and fourth long balls through four starts, leading to his first loss of the season.

Thursday’s game: Ian Oxnevad (0-2, 5.93) vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6:30 PM Central time.

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