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

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3. The only evening game was a Palm Beach win behind Player of the Day Zac Gallen’s eight innings of shutout pitching.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 18.


Albuquerque Isotopes 4 at Memphis Redbirds 3

A bases-loaded walk by Todd Cunningham in the bottom of the ninth pushed a run across for the Redbirds, but neither Nick Martini nor Rangel Ravelo could get the tying run home from third as Memphis fell to the visiting Isotopes by a 4-3 score.

The Redbirds plated their first two runs on a two-RBI base hit off the bat of catcher Alberto Rosario in the fourth inning, after John Gant was pulled from his start. Gant, in his Cardinals system debut in return from a groin injury, lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while punching out four.

Lefty Zach Phillips was called upon to help bridge the game without overly taxing the bullpen. Phillips, who took the loss, walked three and surrendered four hits over his two shaky, yet impactful innings of relief.

Redbirds shortstop Paul DeJong just continues to rake. On Wednesday, DeJong went 2-for-4 including a double to boost his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

Center fielder Cunningham notched two outfield assists, throwing out Isotopes runners at both second and third.

Thursday’s game: Mike Mayers (2-4, 5.82) vs. Isotopes, 7:05 PM Central time.


Tulsa Drillers 7 at Springfield Cardinals 4

Three early runs scored against an out-of-kilter Jack Flaherty proved to be critical in the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to the Drillers on Wednesday.

Flaherty, falling for the first time in seven decisions, was tagged for three runs on nine hits, including just his second homer allowed in nearly 50 innings this year. Though command was obviously an issue, Flaherty walked just one and whiffed seven in his 3 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals’ offense was held quiet until scoring three in the bottom of the eighth - right after the Drillers had plated three against Tyler Bray in the top half. Casey Grayson, Jesse Jenner, and Gabriel Lino each drove in one, and Adolis Garcia’s sacrifice fly was the club’s final tally in the bottom of the ninth.

Leading off with Oscar Mercado not starting, Dickie Joe Thon had two hits, including a triple, and Grayson singled twice.

Thursday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (2-3, 7.11) vs. Drillers, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 1

Seven runs scored and another great pitching performance by Zac Gallen, our Player of the Day, was the formula for the Cardinals’ 7-1 win over the Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium.

Three costly Jupiter errors helped the Palm Beach offense, as did their 11 hits. Four Cardinals - Chris Chinea, Leobaldo Pina, Randy Arozarena, and Shane Billings - had two hits, and Pina led the way on the RBI front with two.

Gallen, 4-2 on the season with his victory, pitched wonderfully, shutting out the Hammerheads on just five baserunners over eight innings to go with six punchouts. Gallen lowered his ERA to 1.47 over 43 innings. Sam Tewes lost the shutout in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: Derian Gonzalez (0-5, 6.90) vs. Hammerheads, 5:30 PM Central time.


Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Peoria Chiefs 4

A majority of the Kernels' five-run second inning lead was still standing come game’s end, as Peoria could not climb back in, losing 7-4 on Wednesday.

Chiefs starter Steven Farinaro took the loss after being charged for all seven Kernels runs. The right-hander was beaten up for a dozen hits and lasted just three frames.

Despite going 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the Chiefs offense left eight runners on, in some measure due to the fact that none of the club’s seven hits went for extra bases.

Positive notes came from Chiefs catcher Ryan McCarvel, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Ronnie Williams. The struggling right-hander allowed just two baserunners and fanned three in two innings of relief.

Thursday’s game: John Kilichowski (0-4, 4.94) at Snappers, 6:30 PM Central time.


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