It was another strong day/night for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates on Wednesday. Three clubs were in action and three clubs were victorious, all by one run. Memphis beat Colorado Springs 2-1, Palm Beach topped Charlotte 8-7, and Peoria beat Quad Cities 3-2. It was an exciting night as Palm Beach and Peoria won in extra innings, while Memphis broke a tie in the 8th. Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s action.
Colorado Springs 1
Todd Cunningham 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI
Chad Huffman 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI
Paul DeJong 1-for-3, 2B
Tyler Lyons 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
Player of the Game: Tyler Lyons
Palm Beach 8
Magneuris Sierra 3-for-5, BB, 3 R
Darren Seferina 3-for-5, R
Danny Diekroeger 3-for-4, R
Luke Dykstra 1-for-1, HR, R, 2 RBI
Austin Wilson 2-for-4, RBI
Junior Fernandez 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Player of the Game: Luke Dykstra
Quad Cities 2
Tommy Edman 1-for-4, 3B, BB, R
J.R. Davis 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Ryan McCarvel 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI
Jordan Hicks 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Player of the Game: Jordan Hicks
It seems like there are strong pitching performances every night in the Cards system. Jordan Hicks has not allowed a run over 12 2/3 innings this season and has worked at least 6 innings in both starts. I told you coming into the season that Hicks will be a riser up the prospect rankings this season and this start has helped that.
Tyler Lyons made his second rehab start for Memphis and appears to be ready to go. The question is who does he replace? It seems like it will be Miguel Socolovich, but it probably shouldn’t be. I think the most ideal move would be to DFA Jonathan Broxton, but I really don’t see that happening.
Ryan McCarvel hit his second home run in as many games for Peoria on Wednesday. This kid has serious power and is a sleeper prospect, in my opinion. I really enjoy watching him swing. Here is video of his Wednesday home run.
— Peoria Chiefs (@peoriachiefs) April 12, 2017
Luke Dykstra also went yard on Wednesday, and unlike McCarvel, that’s pretty rare. Going in to Wednesday’s game, Dykstra had 714 minor league at-bats and only had two home runs. His homer on Wednesday was a pinch-hit, two-run home run to break a tie in the 10th inning. Combine all those factors and you can’t get any more clutch than that.
Coming up Next
On Thursday, Memphis (6-1) and Colorado Springs (3-3) continue their series, while the Springfield Cardinals (4-2) host the Frisco RoughRiders (2-4) for their home opener. Palm Beach (5-2) will travel across the state of Florida to take on Clearwater (5-2) for a double-header, and Peoria (4-2) travels to Beloit, Wisconsin to take on the Beloit Snappers (2-5).
Here are the probable pitchers for Thursday
Memphis – Chris Ellis (0-0, 3.60)
Springfield – Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 0.00)
Palm Beach – Zac Gallen (1-0, 1.69)
Palm Beach – Ian McKinney (0-0, 8.10)
Peoria – Ronnie Williams (0-0, 5.40)