It was minor league Opening Night on Thursday and the St. Louis Cardinals affiliates had a pretty strong evening. The only defeat was to the rain as the Peoria Chiefs were washed out in their opener in Burlington. A couple of top prospects, Jack Flaherty and Harrison Bader, showed why their names are near the top of the rankings. Here are the scores an highlights from Thursday’s minor league action.
New Orleans 4
Harrison Bader 2-for-6, HR, RBI, R
Tommy Pham 2-for-5, RBI, R, BB
Patrick Wisdom 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Luke Weaver 2 IP, H, 0 R , 0 BB, K
The Redbirds jumped out early as Bader led off the game with a solo home run. As you see from above, Luke Weaver only tossed two innings in his start Thursday night. It is unclear why he left the game, but Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch speculated it had something to do with a finger or hand. When we find out more we will let you know. After Kurt Heyer struggled through an inning plus of relief, the Redbirds bullpen was lights out. Mike Montgomery, Zach Phillips, Jon Brebbia, Josh Lucas, and Ryan Sherriff combined to go 9 1/3 innings and allowed just 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER while striking out 10. Patrick Wisdom’s home run in the 13th would be the game winner.
Player of the Game: Patrick Wisdom
Nick Martini 2-for-3, 2 BB, R
Jacob Wilson 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, BB
Alex Mejia 3-for-5, 3 RBI, R
Oscar Mercado 3-for-4, RBI
Jack Flaherty 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Springfield jumped out early with four runs in the first inning. They would also add four more in the third inning and their last run in the fourth. This gave them a 9-0 lead, which would be too much for the RoughRiders to come back from. Newly signed Cuban import Adolis Garcia was on base twice thanks to a walk and hit-by-pitch, but he was thrown out trying to steal in the first inning. Jack Flaherty’s three hits allowed were all singles.
Player of the Game: Jack Flaherty
Palm Beach 3
St. Lucie 1
Chris Chinea 1-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R
Danny Diekroeger 1-for 3, RBI
Luke Dykstra 1-for-3, RBI
Magneuris Sierra 0-for-4
Edmundo Sosa 0-for-4, R
Junior Fernandez 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, R, 4 BB, 5 K
Palm Beach scored single runs in the second, fourth, and sixth to defeat St. Lucie on Opening Night. The Beach Birds made the most of their 5 hits with timely hitting. Chris Chinea homered in his first High-A game, while Mags Sierra and Edmundo Sosa struggled. Control issues sunk Junior Fernandez, but his bullpen bailed him out going 4 1/ 3 innings and allowing just 3 hits. Jacob Evans got the win while Ross Vance picked up the save.
Player of the Game: Chris Chinea
Coming up Next
On Friday, all four clubs are in action and continuing their current road trips as Peoria is hoping to get their rescheduled opener in. Here are the scheduled starters.
Memphis – Arturo Reyes (0-0, 0.00)
Springfield – Sandy Alcantara (0-0, 0.00)
Palm Beach – Zac Gallen (0-0, 0.00)
Peoria – Jordan Hicks (0-0, 0.00)