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St. Louis Cardinals: Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Hicks strong in starts

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates had a tough job on Friday. They had to follow a perfect 3-0 night on Opening Night. However, the clubs one-upped Opening Night and went 4-0 on Friday night. All four clubs got the win and three of those were in convincing fashion. A couple of big time pitching prospects, Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Hicks, looked really sharp as well.

Here are the highlights from Friday’s minor league action.

Memphis 5
New Orleans 1

Tommy Pham 1-for-5, 2B, R

Harrison Bader 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB

Patrick Wisdom 1-for-2, RBI, R, BB

Paul DeJong 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Tyler Lyons 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Rowan Wick 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The Redbirds again got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the first, thanks in large part to a Paul DeJong two run double. Tyler Lyons looked solid in his rehab start while Arturo Reyes, the original starter, also looked good. Paul DeJong got the start at second base, building his utility profile. I would not be surprised to see a start a third here and there. Rowan Wick tossed two scoreless innings in relief.

Player of the Game: Paul DeJong

Springfield 7
Frisco 0

Adolis Garcia 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Eli Alvarez 1-for-4, R

Bruce Caldwell 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI

Blake Drake 1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI

Sandy Alcantara 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Daniel Bard 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Springfield scored fast and early, scoring two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth, and two in the fifth to jump out to a 7-0 lead and they would hang on. Blake Drake not only hit his first home run, but also threw a runner out at the plate. Drake is one of the most underrated defenders in the Cards system. Former major leaguer Daniel Bard struck out two over his inning of relief. Sandy Alcantara had a successful AA debut.

Player of the Game: Sandy Alcantara

Palm Beach 3
St. Lucie 2

Magneuris Sierra 0-for-3, BB, R

Edmundo Sosa 1-for-3, RBI, R

Chris Chinea 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI

Randy Arozarena 0-for-4

Zac Gallen 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K

After scoring two runs in the fourth, St. Lucie would tie the game with two of their own in the 6th, however Palm Beach would take the lead with a solo run in the 8th thanks to an Edmundo Sosa single that scored Mags Sierra. Sierra has had a rough start to the season, going 0-for-7 thus far. Zac Gallen continued the theme of strong pitching as he had 9 punchouts over his 5 plus innings. Gallen is not known for his strikeouts, so that was good to see.

Player of the Game: Zac Gallen

Peoria 8
Burlington 2

Dylan Carlson 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB

Stefan Trosclair 2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB

Andrew Knizner 4-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

J.R. Davis 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB

Nick Plummer 1-for-5

Jordan Hicks 6 IP, 3 H, o R, 4 BB, 2 K

The Peoria Chiefs were rained out on Thursday and came out of the gates swinging as Dylan Carlson homered in the first. Catcher Andrew Knizner, known more for his offense, was a home run away from the cycle. Stefan Troslcair, who had a great spring, started his season with a home run. Jordan Hicks had some control issues, but overall looked good on the mound.

Player of the Game: Andrew Knizner

Coming up next

On Saturday, all four clubs are facing off against the same opponent. Peoria and Palm Beach have their home openers, but still against Burlington and St. Lucie. Here are the projected starters

Memphis – Chris Ellis (0-0, 0.00)

Springfield – Austin Gomber (0-0, 0.00)

Palm Beach – Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria – Ronnie Williams (0-0, 0.00)

John
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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