Todd Cunningham (Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

Todd Cunningham’s big night at the plate led Memphis to an extra-inning victory as the system won two of three on Thursday. Springfield put one in the win column but Palm Beach did not. Peoria’s game was cancelled.

Results from games played Thursday, May 4th.

 

Memphis 12 at Omaha 9 (10)    

St. Louis Cardinals’ injuries contributed to Memphis' (17-11) 12-9 victory at Omaha in 10 innings. The Redbirds extended their winning streak to seven, leaving them three games ahead of second-place Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern Division.  That streak includes the first three of their four-game set with the Storm Chasers.

In response to injuries to Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler in St. Louis during the evening, Tommy Pham was pulled from this game after two hitless at bats.  Todd Cunningham, his replacement and our Player of the Day, ended up going 3-for-4, scoring his team’s final run after notching the game-winning RBI.  Cunningham touched home twice and swiped his first base of the season.

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Cunningham was one of six Redbirds with a multi-hit performance:  Chad Huffman, Carson Kelly, Harrison Bader, Wilfredo Tovar and Breyvic Valera are the others.  Huffman and Kelly had three hits apiece in six and five at bats, Kelly doubling twice with a two-run bomb.  The visitors banged out 18 hits in all.

Reliever Josh Lucas took his first blown save and second win against no losses.  Lucas and Zach Phillips comprised the shaky Memphis bullpen which allowed six runs over the final two frames of regulation, sending the game into extras.

Daniel Poncedeleon went the initial six, permitting three runs on four hits and three walks.  Ryan Sherriff retired the side in order in the 10th for his second save.

Friday’s game:  at Omaha (13-13) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (3-0, 1.89)

 

Springfield 9 vs. Northwest Arkansas 1

Matt Pearce tossed eight frames of one-run ball as the S-Cards coasted to a 9-1 win over the Naturals, cutting Northwest Arkansas’ division lead to one game.  Springfield (13-12) trails in the series, two-games-to-one, with one remaining.

Pearce (W, 1-2) yielded five hits and a walk, including a solo shot.  He fanned three.  Daniel Bard issued a free pass in the ninth.

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Three S-Cards each had three hits: Adolis Garcia, Anthony Garcia and Alex Mejia.  Adolis Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI while Anthony Garcia and Mejia both went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Garcia slammed a two-run blast and Mejia doubled twice.

Friday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (14-11) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (4-0, 0.56)

 

Florida 3 at Palm Beach 0

The Beach Birds’ bats were held to three measly hits in their 3-0 shutout at the hands of visiting Florida (13-15) (ATL).  Palm Beach (14-13) took the series opener but dropped the next three contests.

Designated hitter Blake Drake was pretty much the entire PB-Card offense.  The number eight batter singled twice in three at bats and stole his first bag of 2017.  The other hit was by Jeremy Martinez, who went 1-for-3.

Derian Gonzalez took a tough loss, his fourth in as many decisions.  Gonzalez was solid through seven, yielding a two-run third featuring two of the four hits and one of two walks allowed overall.  He fanned six.

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Juan Perez served up a solo shot the next inning.  Landon Beck was the beneficiary of a caught stealing which was key to his scoreless frame since Beck permitted three singles.

Friday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (14-14) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (1-1, 4.50)

 

Peoria at Lansing - cancelled 

Peoria’s (10-14) Thursday game at Lansing (14-11) (TOR) was cancelled due to rain and wet field conditions.  Since this is the final meeting of 2017 between the two teams, the game will not be made up.

Friday’s game:  at Great Lakes (11-16) (LAD), 6:05 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (0-2, 4.79)

  

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