Luke Voit (Memphis Redbirds)

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 on Wednesday with Luke Voit leading the Memphis offense to a 10-run outburst. In the other four contests, however, the Cards' minor leaguers plated just four runs in total.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 14.

 

Memphis Redbirds 10, Colorado Sky Sox 4

A successful night in the batter’s box for Redbirds hitters and a 10-strikeout performance from the club’s starting pitcher lifted Memphis over the Sky Sox on Wednesday, 10-4.

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Luke Voit, our Player of the Day, powered the way on the offensive side with two of the Redbirds’ six total homers to plate four runs. Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Patrick Wisdom, and Randal Grichuk also went yard. For Grichuk, it was his first homer as a member of the Memphis squad this season.

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On the pitching front, Jack Flaherty strung together a very solid outing en route to his first win at the Triple-A level. Flaherty went six innings and allowed just three runs while punching out 10 batters and issuing only one walk. Flaherty’s earned run average sits at 2.50 in three starts at Memphis (18 innings), and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 62:11.

Thursday’s game: Mike Mayers (4-5, 4.29) vs. Colorado Sky Sox, 7:05 PM Central time.

 

Arkansas Travelers 9 at Springfield Cardinals 0 - Game 1 (seven innings)

A seven-run fifth inning for the Travelers was more than they would need in their 9-0 win over Springfield in the first game of Wednesday’s double header at Hammons Field.

Cardinals starter Austin Gomber cruised until the fifth, having allowed just a pair of singles to that point. Gomber recorded only two outs in the inning, as he was rattled for three singles, a home run, a base on balls, and a hit by pitch, leading to six of the seven runs. Corey Littrell entered in relief of Gomber, who dropped to 2-5 on the season, and allowed the final run of the inning before notching the final out.

The Cardinals offense was rather dim, as the club totaled just five hits, with outfielder Magneuris Sierra responsible for two.

 

Arkansas Travelers 5 at Springfield Cardinals 2 - Game 2 (seven innings)

The Travelers scored five unanswered runs to beat the Cardinals, 5-2, for a sweep of Wednesday’s twin bill and extend Springfield’s losing streak to eight.

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The Cardinals got in the board early after being shut out in Game 1. Sierra legged out an inside-the-park home run with a runner on third to put Springfield up 2-0 in the home first. However, it would be the only Cardinals scoring.

Arkansas got to Cardinals starter Chris Ellis, now 0-2 with Springfield, in the fifth for three runs (two earned), taking advantage of Alex Mejia’s ninth throwing error. With one down in the fifth, the Cardinals turned to Ian McKinney out of the bullpen. McKinney recorded four outs without allowing any more damage before Corey Baker entered and surrendered two tallies which opened the gap for the visitors.

Thursday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (2-4, 6.05) vs. Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.

 

Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Dunedin Blue Jays 0

Ryan Helsley's splendid pitching led the Cardinals in a narrow 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday evening.

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Helsley improved to a 6-2 record with the gem, twirling 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and striking out eight batters along the way. Helsley’s scoreless start lowered his earned run average to 3.20 after he was smacked for four runs in under three innings in his last start. Dailyn Martinez and Ramon Santos preserved the shutout with the latter collecting his third save.

The only run in the game came by way of a fielding error, as Cardinals second baseman Luke Dykstra reached base, allowing outfielder Thomas Spitz to score from third. On the whole, Palm Beach mustered just four hits. Catcher Chris Chinea, who went 2-for-3 with a double, was responsible for half of them.

Thursday’s game: Connor Jones (4-4, 5.10) vs. Dunedin Blue Jays, 5:30 PM Central time.

 

Peoria Chiefs rained out; postponed

The Peoria Chiefs’ game on Wednesday evening in Geneva, Illinois, against the Kane County Cougars was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday. Jordan Hicks (7-1, 3.34) will take the mound in the first game at 4:30 PM Central time, and Ian Oxnevad (0-7, 4.04) will get the ball in the nightcap.

 

DSL Phillies Red 2, DSL Cardinals 1

Despite a solid outing from their starting pitcher, the DSL Cardinals came up on the short end of Wednesday’s 2-1 matinee at the DSL Phillies Red.

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Cardinals starter Jose Moreno turned in four scoreless innings, allowing as many base hits along the way but with no harm done. Wilfredo Pereira gave up two runs over the next three innings, and with the Cardinals offense scoring just one run, the Phillies’ success against the reliever was enough. With the loss, Pereira dropped to 0-2.

Cardinals leadoff batter Erik Pena drove in the only run of the day for his club with a sacrifice fly. First baseman Luis Montano accounted for two of the Cardinals’ six hits, and outfielder Victor Garcia’s first double of the season was the only extra-base hit.

Thursday’s game: DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Twins, 9:30 AM Central time

  

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