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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.

Junior Fernandez’ complete-game effort led Palm Beach to one of three wins in four tries across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Tuesday. Springfield and Peoria both put one in the win column but Memphis lost not only the game and winning streak but also its starting pitcher.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 9th.


Memphis 1 at Iowa 3

The Redbirds dropped a 3-1 decision to the Cubs, snapping a franchise-best 11-game winning streak.  Memphis (21-12) took the road series, three games to one, maintaining a comfortable six-game lead over Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern.

The big news of the day was the injury to starter Daniel Poncedeleon, struck in the head by a batted ball with no outs in the second.  Although a status update is not available at this time, Poncedeleon is reported to have been alert and waving to the crowd as he was carried off the field.


On the field, the visitors took a brief 1-0 lead after five, but Iowa answered with a two-run sixth against Zach Phillips, the Redbirds’ third pitcher.  Phillips (BS, 2) (L, 0-2) went three frames, allowing four hits and fanning three.

Phillips followed Mark Montgomery, who blanked the home team on one hit and three strikeouts over three. Ryan Sherriff gave up a run in the eighth.

Six Redbirds had one hit each, including Breyvic Valera who singled once in three at bats and scored his team’s only run.  He was driven in by Todd Cunningham.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Springfield 1 at Tulsa 0

A quartet of S-Cards hurlers combined on a two hitter in their 1-0 victory over Tulsa (14-17) (LAD).  The win salvaged a split of the four-game away set, leaving second-place Springfield (16-14) two games behind Northwest Arkansas (KC).


Starter Matt Pearce (W, 2-2) shouldered the majority of the effort, striking out six over six while giving up two hits and two walks.  He also hit a batter.  Tyler Bray, Kevin Herget and Pedro Echemendia (S, 3) each went an inning, with Herget fanning the side.

The visitors managed just four hits themselves but one was Eliezer Alvarez’ second home run of 2017.  It came with two gone in the fourth.  First baseman Casey Grayson reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two free passes.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 7 at Fort Myers 1

A four-run third catapulted the Beach Birds past Fort Myers, 7-1, evening the series at one game all with one to go and ending Palm Beach’s three-game losing skid.  The second-place Cardinals (16-16) trail Bradenton (PIT) by 3 1/2 games in the Southern Division.


Three Cards had two hits apiece:  Casey Turgeon, Edmundo Sosa and Shane Billings.  Turgeon did the most damage, going 2-for-4 with a walk and two-run bomb that capped the third’s scoring.  He touched home twice.  Sosa singled twice in five at bats, scoring once and Billings went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, a run scored and one RBI. 


Player of the Day Junior Fernandez (W, 2-1) was impressive in his complete-game performance.  The righty scattered five hits and a base-on-balls with six K’s.  Fernandez threw 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes, inducing eight ground- to seven fly- ball outs.

Wednesday’s game:  at third-place Fort Myers (16-17) (MIN), 11:05 am ET, Zac Gallen (2-2, 2.17)


Peoria 3 vs. West Michigan 1

The Chiefs’ late offensive push proved decisive in their 3-1 win over West Michigan, evening the home series at one game apiece with one to play.  Peoria (12-17) is mired in sixth place in the tight Western Division, five behind Kane County (ARI).

With the score locked at 1-1 after seven, the home team utilized timely hitting and aggressive base running to go on top.  Nick Plummer opened with a single, taking an extra base on a defensive bobble by the Whitecaps’ right fielder.  J.R. Davis followed with his own single, scoring Plummer and took second on a subsequent passed ball.  Tommy Edman reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, putting Davis in position to score on a sac fly by Brian O’Keefe. 


Peoria banged out nine hits, paced by Andy Young, who went 3-for-4 with his fourth bomb of 2017 that tied the game in the fourth.  The only other Chiefs with more than one hit were Davis who singled twice in four at bats and Dylan Carlson who went 2-for-3.

Mike O’Reilly led a trio of Peoria pitchers generating their own two-hit effort.  O’Reilly, making his first start of the season after three relief efforts, allowed just two hits over five, one of them a double to begin the second.  Consecutive ground outs brought that runner across.  O’Reilly struck out six and did not issue a free pass.


Austin Sexton picked up the win in his Peoria debut, retiring all nine batters faced.  Brady Bowen tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first professional save.  

Wednesday’s game:  vs. West Michigan (20-12) (DET), 11:00 am CT, Tyler Lyons (rehab)/Ian Oxnevad


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