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St. Louis Cardinals: Luke Voit swats a game winner, Tommy Pham stays hot

Monday was another rain shortened night in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system as Peoria was once again rained out. The other affiliates went 2-1 as Memphis, thanks to Luke Voit and Tommy Pham, improved to 4-1 on the young season and Palm Beach upped their record to 3-2. Springfield was on the short end of a 5-1 loss and their record dropped to 3-2. Here are the highlights from Monday’s action

Memphis 7
New Orleans 6

Harrison Bader 0-for-4, 2 R

Tommy Pham 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI

Luke Voit 2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI

Paul DeJong 2-for-4, 2B

Anthony Garcia 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Josh Zeid 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Memphis scored early and often, taking a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the third. However, starter Josh Zeid could not hold the lead and New Orleans led all the way up to the 9th with two outs when Luke Voit blasted a 2 out, go ahead 2 run home run off Baby Cakes closer and former big leaguer Hunter Cervenka. Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up his second win. Anthony Garcia also added his first home run earlier in the game.

Player of the Game: Luke Voit

Springfield 1
Midland 5

Adolis Garcia 0-for-3

Eli Alvarez 0-for-4

Bruce Caldwell 1-for-3, 2B

Blake Drake 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI

Matt Pearce 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Daniel Bard 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

The Springfield Cardinals were held to just three hits on Monday night as the Rockhounds pitchers dominated. Blake Drake was the lone bright spot for Springfield, blasting his second home run of the season. Oscar Mercado had a three game hitting streak snapped, but he was able to steal his first base of the season. Former big leaguer Daniel Bard threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Player of the Game: Blake Drake

Palm Beach 4
Charlotte 3

Magneuris Sierra 1-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB

Edmundo Sosa 3-for-5

Chris Chinea 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Jeremy Martinez 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB

Jake Woodford 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Landon Beck 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The Palm Beach Cardinals had 12 hits and 6 walks, but managed just 4 runs as they left 12 runners on base and were 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Mags Sierra was on base 4 times Monday night, bringing his on base streak to 4 games. Outfielders Randy Arozarena and Austin Wilson continue to struggle as both are hitting just .067 on the young season. Jake Woodford was solid in his first High-A start, but could not complete 5 innings as the Cards pulled him at 79 pitches.

Player of the Game: Jake Woodford

Coming up Next

On Tuesday, it will be Opening Night in Memphis as the Redbirds take on Colorado Springs. Springfield continues their series with Midland and Palm Beach theirs with Charlotte. Peoria and Quad Cities will play a 7 inning double header in Peoria with the first game starting at 6 PM Eastern. Here are your probable starters:

Memphis – Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, 0.00)

Springfield – Jack Flaherty (1-0, 0.00)

Palm Beach – Connor Jones (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria Game 1 – Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria Game 2 – John Killichowski (0-0, 0.00)

Father, husband, teacher who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Grew up in St. Louis and has been a huge Cards fan as long as I can remember.
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