Matt Pearce (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

Matt Pearce’s pitching led Springfield to one of the system’s two wins on Tuesday. Palm Beach put one in the win column but both Memphis and Peoria did not.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 16th.

 

Albuquerque 6 at Memphis 3

A subpar outing by Arturo Reyes resulted in a 6-3 home loss to the Isotopes.  Memphis (25-14) and Albuquerque have each won one of the first two games with two to play.

Reyes went five frames, suffering his first loss in six decisions.  The righty gave up seven hits, including a solo bomb, and a walk that generated five runs.  Reyes was charged with both an error and a balk.

Chris Ellis, the first of three Redbirds relievers, was tagged for an unearned tally in the sixth.  Trey Nielsen retired all six batters faced in his first outing since being promoted from Double-A Springfield.  Josh Lucas fanned two in the ninth.

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Memphis batters were held to six hits, led by two from Chad Huffman, who singled and doubled in two at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.  Four other Redbirds had one hit each, including Jhonny Peralta.  Peralta went 1-for-4 with an RBI and strikeout and has hit safely in all three games since his rehab moved to Memphis.

Paul DeJong had a productive night at the plate.  The second baseman singled once in three at bats, worked a free pass, touched home once and knocked in one.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Albuquerque (20-18) (COL), 11:05 am CT, John Gant (season and affiliation debut)

 

Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 2

Another strong outing by Matt Pearce led Springfield over Tulsa, 5-2.  The S-Cards (20-16) hold a two-games-to-none series lead with two on tap at Hammons Field.

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Player of the Day Pearce (W, 3-2) struck out seven, scattering seven hits over seven innings. The only damage against him was a solo home run in the sixth.  It is the 23-year-old’s third straight start in which he has gone at least six frames and given up no more than one tally.

In his 2017 debut with Springfield, Ian McKinney fanned three over the last two innings.  The run charged to the lefty was generated by a lead-off double and one-out single in his first inning of work.  McKinney retired his final five batters.

Springfield’s bats provided a steady offense, scoring in four of their eight frames.  Three of the team’s five runs were produced by long balls off the bats of Jacob Wilson and Casey Grayson.  Both players went 2-for-3, Grayson adding a walk and was aboard for Wilson’s bomb.  Five players had one hit each.

Stephen Piscotty began his rehab assignment by going hitless in three at bats with a base-on-balls, RBI and strikeout. 

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (18-19) (LAD), 11:10 am CT, Jack Flaherty (6-0, 0.99)

 

Palm Beach 10 vs. Jupiter 6

A seven-run fourth catapulted Palm Beach (19-19) past Jupiter, 10-6.  The Beach Birds have won the first two of the four-game set.

10 Cardinals came to the plate that inning, transforming a slim 3-2 advantage into a formidable 10-2 lead.  Darren Seferina and Leobaldo Pina had three hits apiece, Seferina tripling once with two runs scored and an RBI.  Pina hit his team’s only double, touched home once and knocked in two.

Newcomer Ricardo Bautista was one of six players garnering one hit each, but his hit was a big one.  The right fielder smashed a bases-loaded, bases-clearing triple.

Junior Fernandez started but fell two outs shy of qualifying for the win.  The righty gave up nine hits and two walks resulting in two tallies.  He was charged with an error and credited with a pick off.

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Estarlin Arias was credited with the win, his first decision of 2017.  Arias struck out three over 1 2/3 scoreless frames and, most importantly, successfully navigated a bases-loaded with one out jam inherited from Fernandez.

Working in relief after having lasted just 2/3 of an inning on Saturday, Connor Jones blanked the opposition on two walks in two innings but Juan Perez did not record an out in the ninth.  Perez allowed four runs on two hits and two free passes, the last runner scoring under Ramon Santos’ watch.   

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (15-24) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Zac Gallen (3-2, 1.80)

 

Peoria 6 at Cedar Rapids 7

Peoria (13-23) went to the well one too many times with starter Ian Oxnevad and the end product was a 7-6 loss at Cedar Rapids.  The Chiefs will try to salvage a split of the four-game set in Wednesday’s finale.

All four runs charged to Oxnevad (L, 0-3) through seven came via three long balls that constituted three of the six hits he allowed to that point.  But the southpaw did not retire either of the batters he faced in the eighth, issuing a free pass and RBI triple that broke a 4-4 tie.  Austin Sexton let Oxnevad’s last runner score plus one of his own before the inning ended.

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Peoria outhit the Kernels, 12 to eight, but none were home runs.  Andy Young paced the effort, going 3-for-4 with a walk, triple and three RBI.  Tommy Edman and Andrew Knizner had two hits each. Edman singled twice in four at bats with a free pass, crossed home twice and drove in one.  Knizner doubled two times in five at bats with one knocked in.

Wednesday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (22-16), 12:05 pm CT, Steven Farinaro (1-2, 5.46)

  

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