Magneuris Sierra (Brian Walton / The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ system went a tough 1-3 on Thursday, including a ninth inning implosion and two extra-inning defeats. Player of the Day Magneuris Sierra sparked a win that put Palm Beach in first place.

Results from games played Thursday, April 27th.


Round Rock 9 at Memphis 7

What should have been a comfortable win turned into a stinging 9-7 loss to Round Rock in the series’ opener.  The Redbirds (10-11) slip into second place with the defeat, a game behind the Express (TEX).

Rowan Wick (BS, 2) (L, 1-1) entered the ninth with his team up 7-4, in line to pick up his first save of 2017.  Four hits, including two home runs, a walk and a wild pitch later, Memphis was down 9-7.

Josh Zeid started, going 5 2/3 and yielding a two-run bomb that was one of four hits and two bases-on-balls allowed.  Zach Phillips let both of Zeid’s runners score before recording the final out.  Ryan Sherriff worked around two hits in the eighth.

Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera, the eight and nine hitters, both went 3-for-4, Wisdom touching home twice with two RBI. The third baseman was one of three Redbirds to go yard, joining Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong.  Bader, the only other player with more than one of the team’s 12 hits, added a single in three at bats with a walk, two runs scored and two driven in.  He was also credited with an outfield assist at home and stole a base.

Friday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (11-10), 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 1.69)


Springfield 3 at Northwest Arkansas 4 (11)

Jacob Wilson’s two-run home run tied it in the ninth but Springfield (10-9) still fell in extras, losing to Northwest Arkansas 4-3 in 11.  The loss resulted in a tie for first between the S-Cards and Naturals (KC), after the latter team took two of the three-game series.

Wilson came to the plate with Gabriel Lino (single) on base and his team down to their last out.  The ball he sent over the wall in left center was his only hit in four at bats and his third blast of the season.

Lino led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a solo shot and two runs scored.  Oscar Mercado and Nick Martini both singled twice in five at bats.

Blake McKnight (L, 1-2) was his own worst enemy in the 11th, his second inning of work.  The righty gave up a lead-off single but it was his errant throw on an attempted pickoff that proved costly.  McKnight then wild pitched the deciding run in.

Dakota Hudson tossed the first seven, fanning seven and allowing seven hits and two free passes.  Two of the three runs charged to him were generated by a two-run home run in the sixth. In relief, Daniel Bard went 1 2/3, yielding two hits and two walks.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (9-11) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Matt Pearce (0-2, 5.17)


Palm Beach 4 at Florida 2

Magneuris Sierra’s productive night with the bat aided the Beach Birds to a 4-2 victory at Florida (9-12) (ATL), in the decisive third game of the series.  Palm Beach (11-9) moved a half of a game in front of second-place Bradenton (PIT).

Player of the Day Sierra accounted for three tallies, singling twice in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.  He was not quite so productive on the base paths with his fourth caught stealing of 2017.

Batting right behind Sierra in the two slot was Randy Arozarena, who also went 2-for-5 with an RBI and his first stolen base.  The final PB-Card with more than one of the team’s seven hits was Jeremy Martinez, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, one driven in and his first stolen base.

Zac Gallen (W, 2-1) hurled five frames, yielding two runs, one earned, on six hits and two bases-on-balls.  He fanned six.  Both tallies scored in the first but the righty lasted long enough for his team tie the game in his final inning of work and push across another score the next frame while he was still the pitcher of record.  Ian McKinney struck out six over the final four innings for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  at Jupiter (10-11) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-2, 7.80)


Cedar Rapids 5 at Peoria 3 (12)

Peoria tied the home contest in the ninth only to fall in extras, mimicking their Springfield counterparts. The 5-3 loss in 12 innings was the opener of a four-game set versus Cedar Rapids. The Chiefs (8-12) are tied for last in the eight-team West Division, 5 1/2 behind Kane County (ARI).

With the score knotted at two all after eight, the Kernels went up 3-2 with a tally against Ramon Santos.  But the Chiefs answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.  Reliever Brady Bowen tossed two scoreless before handing off to Estarlin Arias, who served up a two-run long ball that was decisive.

Starter Ian Oxnevad kept the visitors off the board through six but permitted a solo shot that broke a scoreless game in the seventh.  After Peoria plated two in the home half of the frame, Oxnevad yielded a double to open the eighth.  That brought in Santos (BS, 1), who could not keep the Kernels from tying up the contest.

Peoria banged out 11 hits, paced by Shane Billings who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored at the bottom of the order.  Andy Young and Stefan Trosclair each singled twice in five at bats, Trosclair walking once with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (12-9) (MIN), 6:30 pm CT, Steven Farinaro (0-1, 9.31)


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