Sandy Alcantara (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors won two and lost three on Thursday with one game not played. Sandy Alcantara’s pitching helped Springfield end a long losing streak while Peoria split its twin bill on the road. Memphis went down to defeat and the DSL Cardinals’ game was postponed.

Results from games played Thursday, June 15th.

 

Colorado Springs 6 at Memphis 2

The Redbirds were downed by the Sky Sox, 6-2, on Thursday but the home team still holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one game remaining.  Memphis (40-26) remains six games up on Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern.

Mike Mayers (L, 4-6) pitched better than his final line suggests, yielding four runs on five hits and two walks over five.  But three of the four tallies were the result of one long ball and all three scores were unearned due to a throwing error by third baseman Patrick Wisdom.  Mayers struck out six.

Kevin Herget served up a solo shot, the only hit given up in his two-inning stint.  Miguel Socolovich and Ryan Sherriff each went a frame, with Socolovich tagged with a run on a hit and two walks.

Wisdom’s defense may have faltered but he provided nearly all of his team’s offense, with three of the five Memphis hits. The California native was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, base-on-balls and two RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (38-26) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (0-1, 3.12)

Springfield 6 vs. Arkansas 3

Sandy Alcantara tossed six solid frames as the S-Cards flew past the Travelers, 6-3, snapping a nine-game losing streak.  The skid all but ended the first-half title hopes for Springfield (32-34), which went from first to a third-place tie with Arkansas during that span.  Both teams are 2 1/2 games in back of Northwest Arkansas with an elimination number of three.

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Player of the Day Alcantara (W, 3-4) blanked the opposition on two hits over six innings but did issue four free passes and was charged with a wild pitch.  The righty fanned four with six ground- to three fly-ball outs.

Landon Beck went 1 1/3, yielding two unearned runs following a throwing error by second baseman Dickie Joe Thon.  Both runners crossed under Tyler Bray’s watch, before he also allowed a run of his own on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3.

The home team generated seven hits, led by Adolis Garcia and Bruce Caldwell, with two hits apiece.  Garcia went 2-for-3 with a double and solo bomb that was part of his two runs scored and two driven in.  He worked a free pass and swiped two bases as well.  Caldwell singled twice in two at bats with two walks, touched home twice and knocked in one.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (32-34) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Zac Gallen (1-1, 2.45)

 

Dunedin 5 at Palm Beach 2

A four-run eighth by the visitors flipped a potential Palm Beach win into a loss as the Beach Birds were clipped by the Blue Jays, 5-2.  Palm Beach (38-25) lost three of four to Dunedin (33-33) (TOR), but their magic number to clinch the South Division still dropped down to two, thanks to a four-game losing streak by second-place Bradenton (PIT).

The PB-Cards were up 2-1 with six outs to go, but lefty reliever Jacob Evans could not successfully navigate through his second inning of work.  Evans (L, 2-2) let the first two batters reach on a walk and single before exiting after inducing a force at third.  But Estarlin Arias (BS, 1) was not effective, allowing both of Evans’ runners to cross the plate plus two of his own on a hit and two walks.  Both of Arias’ tallies were unearned because of his own throwing error.

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Connor Jones went the first five, striking out eight while giving up just one run on four hits and three free passes.  Andrew Morales (sixth) and Chandler Hawkins (ninth) tossed a clean frame each.

All-star second baseman Darren Seferina led his team’s eight-hit attack, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and RBI from the top of the order.  Thomas Spitz singled and tripled in three at bats, crossing the plate once.

Friday’s game:  Off for the Florida State League All-Star break

 

Peoria 2 at Kane County 11 (7) – Game 1

Peoria 6 at Kane County 3 (7) – Game 2

Peoria (27-38) split a double-header at Kane County (36-28) (ARI), dropping the opener, 11-2, but taking the nightcap, 6-3, to prevent a three-game sweep by the first-place Cougars.

The opener was not much of a contest, with the home team jumping out to a 5-0 lead before the Chiefs even got on the board in the fourth.  Facing the same team for the second straight start, Jordan Hicks’ results were not nearly as impressive this time.  On June 8th, the right-hander limited the Cougars to two runs, one earned, over six but allowed eight hits and three walks.  On Thursday, the 20-year-old gave up seven hits and four free passes in 3 1/3, generating five runs.

Ronnie Williams left Hicks’ last two runners on but only recorded one out the next frame, yielding five runs on two hits and three walks.  Eric Carter let all three inherited runners touch home plus one of his own, permitting three hits and a walk in 1 2/3.

The Peoria offense managed just three hits, led by a solo bomb from Andy Young.

 

The finale went much better for the visiting team.  Ian Oxnevad held his foes to two runs on five hits over six innings, for his first Peoria win in eight decisions.  Yeison Medina struck out the side in the seventh but not before giving up a tally on two hits and a walk.

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Peoria generated 11 hits, spearheaded by Juan Yepez, who went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run.  Vince Jackson and Dylan Carlson both had two hits in three at bats, Jackson scoring twice and Carlson doubling with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. Burlington (30-36) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Sexton (2-0, 0.78)

 

DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Twins - postponed

Thursday’s contest between the seventh-place DSL Cardinals (4-6) and first-place DSL Twins was postponed.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Twins (6-2), 10:30 am ET, Angel Rondon (0-1, 4.76)

 

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