Tommy Pham (Memphis Redbirds/Allison Rhoades)

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

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-4. Tommy Pham’s extra-innings double powered Memphis to a road win.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 4.

  

Memphis Redbirds 6 at Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (10 innings)

A two-run double in the top of the 10th inning by outfielder Tommy Pham lifted the Redbirds to their sixth straight win, a 6-4 victory at Omaha on Wednesday afternoon.

The Redbirds jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the sixth inning, on Patrick Wisdom’s fifth homer of the year, a sacrifice fly by Rangel Ravelo, a bases-loaded walk, and an RBI single from Luke Voit. Starter Josh Zeid ran into trouble in the bottom of the frame, however, as the Omaha pushed across three tallies, including a two-run shot by of Gavin Cecchini to tie the game.

With the score knotted at four in the 10th, Storm Chasers hurler Bobby Parnell surrendered a leadoff double to hot-hitting Paul DeJong. Wilfredo Tovar drew a walk next, and a wild pitch later put two runners in scoring position with one out for Pham.

Already 1-for-3 on the day with a pair of walks, Pham, our Player of the Day, promptly laced his eighth double of the season - his second of the game - to left field to plate DeJong and Tovar, giving Redbirds hurler Rowan Wick a two-run lead that he used to nail down the save in the bottom of the inning, his first of the year.

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Thursday's game: Daniel Poncedeleon (2-0, 1.64 ERA) at Omaha Storm Chasers, 6:35 PM Central time.

 

Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4 at Springfield Cardinals 1

Single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings padded the score for a 4-1 Naturals’ victory in Wednesday’s contest at Hammons Field.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI single from infielder Bruce Caldwell. With three consecutive hits, it appeared as if the Cardinals would score frequently, but Naturals starter Corey Ray had a different plan. Ray went on to allow just three more hits - no runs - to Springfield as he finished his night after five innings, during which he punched out four Cardinals and walked just one.

In a steady rain, Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson cruised along for 5 2/3 innings but was tagged for three runs (two earned). Hudson whiffed seven and walked none, his third start of the season with seven punchouts and first without walks. Hudson avoided a ‘big inning’, but run-scoring hits by the Naturals in the fourth, fifth, and sixth put him on the hook for the loss.

Leadoff man Oscar Mercado had two singles and a double, tying the team record of 18 consecutive games with a hit and raising his batting average to .355.

Thursday's game: Matt Pearce (0-2, 4.57) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 Central time.

 

Florida Fire Frogs 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

In the opener of the two seven-inning contests, Cardinals starter Junior Fernandez was locked in a scoreless battle into the sixth, when it all fell apart. A double, single and intentional walk loaded the bases. After a sacrifice fly and another walk, Luis Gohara launched a fly ball that hit off the top of the center field wall. Magneuris Sierra tried in vain to bring down the grand slam shot that ended Fernandez’ night at 5 2/3 innings and five runs in.

The visitors scored three more against reliever Ross Vance to put an exclamation point on the win.

Danny Diekroeger had the lone Palm Beach RBI, a seventh-inning RBI single. The designated hitter also doubled for two of the team’s six hits.

 

Florida Fire Frogs 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0 (Game 2, seven innings)

The visiting Fire Frogs cruised to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday evening’s Game 2.

Fire Frogs lefty Tyler Pike stifled Cardinals batters across his six innings of work, holding Palm Beach to a mere four base runners. Pike struck out eight and was supported by four runs of support, including three that came in the top of the fifth.

Cardinals starter Zac Gallen was roughed up for those three runs, via three singles, a bunt, and a fielding error by shortstop Edmundo Sosa, his ninth of the season. Gallen went on to complete six innings, but ultimately was tagged with the loss, his second of the year. Still, his ERA sits at 2.17 and his strikeout-to-walk ratio widened to 36:6 in 29 innings over five starts.

Thursday's game: Derian Gonzalez (0-3, 7.65) vs. Florida Fire Frogs, 9:30 AM Central time.

 

Lansing Lugnuts 9, Peoria Chiefs 7

Seven runs in a disastrous second inning for starter Ronnie Williams and the Chiefs sent the Lugnuts home winners on Wednesday by a 9-7 final score.

Peoria got out in front early, 4-0, with a big first inning, highlighted by Ryan McCarvel’s two-run triple. That crooked number was erased, however, when the Lugnuts knocked around Williams in the second.

The Lugnuts pushed across seven runs in their half of the second frame with two, two-run doubles and a home run off the bat of Vladmir Guerrero Jr. Mixed in with the five total hits was an error on left fielder Matt Davis, which could have been the first out of an inning that kept unraveling.

Following two more Lugnuts runs, the Chiefs scored two of their own - one on Andy Young’s third homer - to keep the game interesting. J.R. Davis homered and drove in three, but the extra offense proved to not be enough for Peoria.

Thursday's game: Ian Oxnevad (0-2, 4.79) at Lansing Lugnuts, 6:05 PM Central time.

 

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