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

Luke Weaver was outstanding in his return from the disabled list, leading Memphis to one of two wins on Tuesday. Peoria came out on top but Springfield fell in extras. Palm Beach’s contest was postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 2nd.

 

Memphis 2 at Omaha 1

Memphis (15-11) came out on top of a low-scoring affair, topping Omaha, 2-1, in the road series opener.  It was the Redbirds’ fifth win in a row, keeping them two games ahead of second-place Nashville (OAK), possessors of their own five-game winning streak.

Fresh off the disabled list, Luke Weaver (W, 1-0) tossed six frames of three-hit ball, striking out five.  Two of the three hits were consecutive singles in the first but the righty avoided trouble when the second single hit the baserunner, making him out.  The final hit, another single, opened the third but right fielder Tommy Pham threw out the runner trying to stretch it into a double.  Weaver sent down his final 11 batters, throwing 47 of his 63 pitches for strikes.

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Weaver, our Player of the Day, departed with his squad clinging to a 1-0 lead, thanks to Patrick Wisdom’s first triple of the year.  Paul DeJong followed with a sac fly.  Wisdom went 1-for-2 with two walks and DeJong singled once in three at bats with the aforementioned sac fly.

First baseman Luke Voit garnered the majority of his team’s seven hits, going 3-for-4.  It was his two-out bomb in the eighth that provided what turned out to be the margin of victory.

Reliever Mark Montgomery hurled two innings, allowing a hit and walk but Zach Phillips ran into trouble in the ninth.  Phillips permitted a soft liner to begin the frame and a throwing error by third baseman Wisdom led to two on with none gone.

Josh Lucas entered, yielding a single to score the unearned tally, but then retired the next three batters for his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Omaha (13-11) (KC), 11:05 am CT, Josh Zeid (1-1, 5.75)

 

Northwest Arkansas 6 at Springfield 5 (12)

Springfield (12-11) mounted a late rally only to fall to Northwest Arkansas, 6-5, in 12.  The loss in the first of the two team’s four-game home set dropped the S-Cards into second place, a game off the Naturals’ pace.

Trailing 5-1 after seven, Springfield pushed across three the next inning before Dickie Joe Thon’s first home run of 2017 sent the game into extras.

Thon was one of four S-Cards with a multi-hit effort.  Anthony Garcia spearheaded the 11-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.  Oscar Mercado and Eliezer Alvarez joined Thon with two hits apiece.  Mercado has now hit in 17 straight games, one game off the club record.

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The game remained tied at five all until the 12th when Northwest Arkansas went up off Kevin Herget (L, 0-1).  Herget, just back from Memphis, permitted two hits and a walk over two.

Springfield starter Austin Gomber was solid, pitching six innings with six hits and three walks, resulting in two runs.  The lefty fanned five.  Pedro Echemendia and Trey Nielsen each went two frames, with Echemendia allowing three runs.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (13-10) (KC), 11:10 am CT, Dakota Hudson (1-1, 4.37)

 

Florida at Palm Beach - postponed

The second of three games between Florida and Palm Beach (14-10) was postponed due to inclement weather.  The two squads are scheduled to play two seven-inning contests on Wednesday with the Beach Birds leading the series, one game to none.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Florida (10-15) (ATL).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (1-0, 3.33)/Zac Gallen (2-1, 1.57)

 

Peoria 8 at Lansing 6

Peoria (10-13) opened a six-game road trip with an 8-6 victory over Lansing.

Jordan Hicks earned his fourth win in as many decisions, going six frames.  All three runs charged to the 20-year-old were produced by a first-inning long ball, one of six hits and three bases-on-balls allowed.

Brady Bowen was touched for a run on a triple and ground out in the seventh.  Estarlin Arias retired all four batters faced, stranding Bowen’s last runner.  Eric Carter gave up two runs in the ninth, with the tallies unearned due to his own missed catch error on a play at first.

The Chiefs’ 12 hits were spread evenly among six players:  Bryce Denton, Andy Young, Stefan Trosclair, Andrew Knizner, Brian O’Keefe and Shane Billings.  Denton’s two-run blast capped a four-run sixth, putting Peoria up for good.  Young, Knizner and Denton each doubled.

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Wednesday’s game:  at Lansing (13-11) (TOR), 9:35 am CT, Ronnie Williams (1-1, 7.27)

 

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