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Daily Farm Report: Derian Gonzalez and Ryan Helsley toss shutouts (and other notes)

Thursday’s notes

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Workouts
Marco Gonzales started on Thursday
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Here’s a look back at Thursday’s farm happenings:

Memphis Redbirds

Marco Gonzales (SP): 5 13 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Todd Cunningham (OF): 1-3, 2B, R

Breyvic Valera (2B): 2-4, BB, RBI

Four runs in the third inning lifted the River Cats over the Redbirds by a 5-3 final score on Thursday.

Marco Gonzales started for the Redbirds, and the River Cats smacked him around for nine hits to complement his command issues - four walks. Nevertheless, it’s just another rehab outing in the books for the lefty as he gets his feet wet after Tommy John surgery.

Springfield Cardinals

Dakota Hudson (SP): 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K

Magneuris Sierra (LF): 1-5, 2B, R

Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-5, 2B

It took ten innings, but the Hooks were able to squeeze out a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson twirled a quality start to lower his ERA on the season to 3.11 through 46 13 frames this season. Hudson ultimately took a no decision, as the Hooks scored in the seventh, ninth, and tenth off Springfield’s bullpen to get the win.

Palm Beach Cardinals (#1)

Derian Gonzalez (SP): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Casey Turgeon (3B): 1-1, HR, RBI, R, 2 BB

Seven dominant innings and a solo home run backed the Cardinals to the first of their 1-0 wins on Thursday over the Flying Tigers.

In the seven-inning game, Derian Gonzalez started the game for the Cardinals and finished the game, too, tossing seven shutout innings and whiffing six to earn just his second win of the year.

As for just his run support - just one run - Casey Turgeon smashed his fifth homer of the season in the second inning.

Palm Beach Cardinals (#2)

Ryan Helsley (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K

Darren Seferina (3B): 1-3, R

Chris Chinea (1B): 1-3, RBI

An outing like Derian Gonzalez’s earlier in the day is hard to top, but Ryan Helsley did just that in the second game of the Thursday’s doubleheader to again top the Flying Tigers, 1-0.

Supported by an RBI single from Chris Chinea in the first, Helsley allowed a mere four hits across seven masterful innings, during which he struck out eleven batters. With the stellar outing, Helsley upped his K/BB ratio to 42:15 and lowered his ERA to 3.50 through eight games and starts.

Peoria Chiefs

Bryan Dobzanski (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Ronnie Williams (RP): 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Tommy Edman (SS): 2-4

The River Bandits plated four runs over the first three innings to top the Chiefs on Thursday, 4-0.

Bryan Dobzanski surrendered six hits and walked four, and the River Bandits were able to force in two runs in the first on one of those walks and a hit by pitch, which both came with the bases loaded.

Friday’s probables:

MEM: Josh Zeid

SPR: Matt Pearce

PMB: Connor Jones

PEO: Mike O’Reilly