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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-0 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis starter Arturo Reyes, who pitched eight scoreless innings while allowing only four hits in the Redbirds’ victory at Omaha. In an oddity, all four clubs scored four times and three gave up two runs.

Results for games played Friday, May 5.


Memphis 4 at Omaha 2

The Redbirds defeated the Storm Chasers on Friday behind a pitching gem from starter Arturo Reyes.    The right hander went eight scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, while striking out four and walking none.  Rowan Wick surrendered the two Omaha runs on three hits in the ninth.  Reyes earned his fourth win of the season.

Memphis got on the board in the third on RBI double off the bat of Chad Huffman.  Carson Kelly scored before Breyvic Valera crossed the plate on a fielding error by the Omaha right fielder.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the ninth when Toddy Cunningham doubled to right to plate two.  Cunningham was 2-for-5.  Kelly and Patrick Wisdom were 2-for-4.

Memphis is 16-11, four games in first place in the PCL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Mike Mayers (2-3, 6.08) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 4, Northwest Arkansas 3

Jack Flaherty gave Springfield fans another strong pitching performance, as the Cardinals won a close game against the Naturals.  Flaherty hurled seven innings, giving up one run on two hits, including a solo home run in the second inning.  The righty fanned 12, matching his career high, while issuing one free pass.  Flaherty now sports an astonishing 0.69 ERA.

Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless eighth and returned for the ninth, but after a single and a walk, was replaced by Kevin Herget.  Herget allowed the inherited runners to score on two consecutive singles, but got the three outs to end the inning and collect his third save.

The Cardinals got on the board with two runs in the third inning, as Oscar Mercado led off with a walk and Alex Mejia followed with a double.  Adolis Garcia singled to plate Mercado and Mejia.  In the fourth, Jacob Wilson led off with a double and came home on a Gabriel Lino single.   Mercado tripled to lead off the fifth and scored on a double play ball by Garcia. Garcia finished with two hits and two RBI and Mercado scored twice.

The Cardinals are 14-12, tied with the Naturals for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 5.60) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Lakeland 2

The Cardinals scored three in the second inning, and added another run in the seventh, to defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers.   Chris Chinea and Casey Turgeon each singled to begin the second.  After Edmundo Sosa bunted the runners over, Jeremy Martinez grounded out to plate Chinea.  Darren Seferina then singled to score Turgeon and Blake Drake followed with a double that sent Seferina home, though Drake was thrown out at third for the final out of the inning.

In the seventh, consecutive singles by Martinez and Seferina, followed by another Drake double, plated Martinez.  Seferina was thrown out at home trying to score behind Martinez. Drake’s two doubles and two RBI paced the Palm Beach attack. The left fielder also threw out a runner at second.

Ryan Helsley started, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up one run on six hits to earn his second win.  Brennan Leitao followed with 1 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering a solo home run to begin the eighth inning.  Ian McKinney came in with one out in the eighth, pitched to two batters and was replaced by Landon Beck, who got the final out of the inning.  Beck returned to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his seventh save.

The Cardinals are 15-13, 1.5 games out of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Lakeland, Connor Jones (2-1, 1.13) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 4 at Great Lakes 2

The Chiefs fell behind early, then tied the game in the sixth.  Peoria rallied for two runs in the ninth to defeat the Loons.  The Chiefs scored their first run in the fifth, when Ryan McCarvel led off with a single, and Matt Davis doubled him home.  In the sixth, the game tying run came on a McCarvel sac fly, following singles by J.R. Davis and Andrew Knizner, and a Brian O’Keefe walk.  Matt Davis led off the ninth with a double, and Tommy Edman singled to bring Davis home.   Edman later scored when Knizner reached on a fielder’s choice. Davis’ pair of two baggers were the only Peoria extra-base hits. The left fielder scored one and drove in another.

Peoria starter Ian Oxnevad pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits, fanning seven and walking one. Spencer Trayner and Brady Bowen tossed a run-free inning each. Ramon Santos pitched the eighth and ninth in scoreless fashion and was the winning pitcher.

The Chiefs are 11-14 on the season, five games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Great Lakes, Steven Farinaro (1-1, 5.94) 6:05 CT.


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