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Cardinals Farm Report: Grichuk, Hazelbaker, & Pena Continue Working in the Minors

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Stats & highlights from all games over the weekend played by Triple-A Memphis, Double-A Springfield, Class-A Advanced Palm Beach, and Class-A Peoria. Enjoy.

Outfielder Randal Grichuk continued playing for the Memphis Redbirds this weekend, going 3-for-9 with two RBIs.
Outfielder Randal Grichuk continued playing for the Memphis Redbirds this weekend, going 3-for-9 with two RBIs.
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This weekend, Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker continued playing for the Memphis Redbirds. Brayan Pena, who is on a rehab assignment, caught for the Springfield Cardinals and is nearing a return to the majors.

The Palm Beach Cardinals’ game on Sunday against the Charlotte Stone Crabs was suspended in the top of the third inning; the date the game will resume has not yet been announced. The Cardinals were leading 1-0 at the time of suspension.

Friday, June 24

Sky Sox 11, Memphis 6

  • Mike Mayers (SP): 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Josh Lucas (RP): 0.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Randal Grichuk (PH): 0-1
  • Jose Martinez (LF): 2-5, 2B, SB

The Sky Sox plated seven runs in the seventh inning off Josh Lucas en route to an 11-6 win. Tyler Cravy started for the Sky Sox and tossed six innings of three-run ball. Michael McKenry and Carlos Peguero each drove in two for the Redbirds on Friday.

Travelers 4, Springfield 0

  • J.C. Sulburan (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Brayan Pena (C): 0-4
  • Anthony Garcia (RF): 1-3, 2B

With only three hits to their credit, Springfield fell to the Travelers by a 4-0 score on Friday night. Tyler Carpenter started the game for the Travelers and spun five innings of one-hit ball. Cardinals starter J.C. Sulburan whiffed eight in his six-inning outing and was killed by the long ball. He and Heath Wyatt, who pitched the final three innings of the game, served up a pair of two-run homers to Jabari Henry and Caleb Adams, respectively.

Mets 4, Palm Beach 3 14

  • Jack Flaherty (SP): 7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Jhohan Acevado (RF): 2-6, 2 RBIs
  • Darren Seferina (2B): 2-5, BB, 4 SB
  • Allen Staton (3B): 1-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB

The Cardinals scored a run in the top of the fourteenth inning to take a 3-2 lead, but Landon Beck struggled in the bottom half of the frame and allowed two runs, leading to a loss for Palm Beach. After allowing a single with one out, Beck walked two to load the bases. Beck failed to find the strike zone from there, walking the next two batters to push across the tying run and the go-ahead run.

Peoria 6, Bees 0

  • Brennan Leitao (SP): 6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Vaughn Bryan (CF): 3-5, 2B, R

A three-run eighth inning allowed the Chiefs to snatch Friday’s game over the Bees by a 6-4 score. The Chiefs’ pitchers combined to surrender fifteen hits, but the team was bailed out by two well-executed double plays on a night that featured five errors, including three from the Chiefs; only four of the game’s tens runs were considered earned runs.

Saturday, June 25

Memphis 4, Zephyrs 0

  • Corey Baker (SP): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Randal Grichuk (CF): 1-4, 2 RBIs
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker (RF): 0-4, 3 K
  • Jose Martinez (1B): 3-4, RBI

Corey Baker spun 6.2 innings of scoreless ball before giving way to an inning from Miguel Socolovich and a four-out save from Sam Tuivailala as Memphis knocked off the Zephyrs by a 4-0 score on Saturday. Jacob Wilson hit his third homer of the season, and Randal Grichuk and Jose Martinez accounted for the team’s other runs.

Springfield 12, Travelers 7

  • Andrew Morales (SP): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Brayan Pena (C): 2-5, 2 R
  • Mason Katz (2B): 3-3, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, BB
  • Paul DeJong (3B): 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs

After being held to three hits on Friday, Springfield erupted for twelve runs on Saturday to defeat the Travelers. Big nights at the plate for third baseman Paul DeJong and second baseman Mason Katz. DeJong drove in three to up his RBI count to 46; Katz clubbed two homers, his second and third long balls of the season.

Palm Beach 6, Mets 1

  • Jacob Evans (SP): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Cole Lankford (3B): 3-5, 2 RBIs
  • Blake Drake (CF): 0-0, 3 R, 4 BB

Jacob Evans was fantastic for Palm Beach on Saturday, as the Cardinals cruised to a 6-1 win. Evans was supported by two-RBI nights from Casey Grayson and Cole Lankford and a fine night from Blake Drake, who was able to draw four walks on Saturday and score three runs.

Peoria 6, Bees 4

  • Ryan Helsley (SP): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Thomas Spitz (RF): 3-3, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBIs, BB

Three two-run frames helped Peoria pick up a victory on Saturday. Bees second baseman Brendon Sanger committed his 20 error of the season in the top of the first, and that miscue would be one of five the Bees made in Saturday’s game.

Sunday, June 26

Memphis 6, Zephyrs 4

  • Jerome Williams (SP): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Randal Grichuk (CF): 2-4
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker (RF): 1-3, RBI, K
  • Michael McKenry (C): 1-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBIs

The Zephyrs loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth inning against Juan Gonzalez, and the Redbirds called upon Sam Tuivailala to pitch out of the jam as best as he could. After punching out Austin Nola looking, Tuivailala retired Xavier Scruggs and Destin Hood looking to preserve a 6-4 win for Memphis and earn his twelfth save of the year.

Springfield 4, Travelers 2

  • Luke Weaver (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
  • Brayan Pena (DH): 1-4, K
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (1B): 2-4, 3B, RBI

Behind another strong start from Luke Weaver, Springfield took Sunday’s game by a 4-2 score. The only run that the Travelers scored while Weaver was on the mound was on shortstop Juan Herrera’s fourth error of the season.

Bees 6, Peoria 3

  • Junior Fernandez (SP): 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Thomas Spitz (RF): 3-4, RBI

Fueled by a four-run fourth inning, the Bees took Sunday’s game by a 6-3 score. The Bees got to Junior Fernandez for six runs, including two on a single off the bat of Bees left fielder Jared Foster.