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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis shortstop Paul DeJong, whose three-run home run gave the Redbirds the edge over the Iowa Cubs.

Results for games played Saturday, May 6.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 2

The Redbirds scored all five of their runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday night.  That five-run eighth featured a three run bomb off the bat of Paul DeJong.  Also driving in runs were Luke Voit, who was 3-for-5, and Patrick Wisdom.  Breyvic Valera was 2-for-4 with a triple.

Mike Mayers pitched six scoreless innings on four hits, while fanning three and walking three.  Chris Ellis allowed one run in the seventh, but earned the win, his second.  Mark Montgomery handled the final two innings of relief, surrendering an additional run.

This win was the ninth straight for Memphis, tying the franchise record.  In those nine games, the Redbirds have outscored their opponents 56-28.

The Redbirds are 14-11 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by four games.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, Luke Weaver (1-0, 0.00) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 0 at Tulsa 6

The Cardinals bats were silent as they were shut out in Tulsa on Saturday.  All the offense could manage against tough Drillers pitching were singles from Alex Mejia and starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara.

Alcantara fared better with his bat than with his pitching.  The righty gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings, though he fanned eight and only walked one.  The loss was Alcantara’s second of the season.  Corey Baker followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Pedro Echemendia pitched a scoreless ninth.

The loss was the first shut-out loss of the season for Springfield. It was also the first game in 2017 that leadoff man Oscar Mercado did not reach base. His hitting streak ended at 20 games.

The Cardinals are 14-13 in the Texas League North and are one game back of first place.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, Austin Gomber (1-2, 4.13) 1:05 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Lakeland 7

The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going offensively until late in the game, and a six run fourth inning against starter Connor Jones put them in a hole from which they couldn’t climb out.   Jones pitched only 3 2/3 innings, giving up the six runs on seven hits, including a two run home run.  Steven De La Cruz retired the final batter in the fourth and continued two more innings, allowing one run.  Juan Perez followed with two scoreless innings, and Dailyn Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth.

The offense scored a run each in the sixth and the seventh innings.  Danny Diekroeger plated the first run on a single to center as part of his 2-for-4 night.  Edmundo Sosa’s RBI single in the seventh scored the second Palm Beach run.  Other offense of note was a 2-for-4 performance by Blake Drake and a 2-for-3 game for Jhonny Peralta, in Jupiter on a rehab assignment.

Catcher Jeremy Martinez had a passed ball and Sosa committed a fielding error, his 10th of the season.

The Cardinals are 15-14 and are 2.5 games back of first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Lakeland, TBA 12:00 CT.


Peoria 4 at Great Lakes 8

Peoria’s pitching staff had a tough Saturday night against the Great Lakes offense.  Starter Steven Farinaro pitched six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits.  The Chiefs held a slim one run lead until the seventh, but that lead evaporated quickly when the Loons put up three runs against reliever Eric Carter.  Two came on an inside the park home run.  With the save blown, Carter was replaced by Greg Tomchick, who retired the last batter of the inning.  Tomchick returned for the eighth and relinquished two more runs.  Carter was tagged with the loss as well as a blown save.

The Chiefs scored four runs on eight hits, including solo home runs from Andrew Knizner and Matt Davis.  Davis was 2-for-2.  Stefan Trosclair was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Knizner scored twice.  Davis stole his first base of the season.

The Chiefs are 11-15 on the season and are five games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Great Lakes, Bryan Dobzanski (0-2, 6.46) 1:05 CT


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