With the big-league Cardinals dropping two of three over the weekend, more optimism can be found down on the farm.
So, here’s a look back at some highlights of the weekend:
-Springfield outfielder Anthony Garcia homered twice in an 18-1 win on Saturday and once again in Sunday’s 11-4 victory. Garcia is up to nine long balls this season for Springfield (ten total, if you include the one he hit in his stint with Memphis); his season high is nineteen, set in 2012.
-Magneuris Sierra had a big weekend for Springfield as well, going 8-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, and six runs batted in.
-After a promotion to Springfield last week, catcher Andrew Knizner drove in first run for the Cardinals on Sunday.
-Randal Grichuk had some home run fun of his own, smashing two for the Redbirds in Sunday’s 7-3 win.
-Harrison Bader jacked two as well, including his twelfth of 2017 on Sunday.
-On Friday night, Memphis starter John Gant allowed a mere two singles across eight shutout innings over the Sky Sox. Gant punched out six in the outing and now has a 2.13 earned run average to go along with 24 strikeouts in 25 1⁄3 frames.
-Backed by eighteen runs of support, Springfield hurler twirled seven innings of one-run ball for the Cardinals on Saturday to lower his earned run average to 2.95. Hudson allowed just six singles in his outing and punched out six along the way.
-Springfield designated hitter Dickie Joe Thon’s single in the bottom of the eleventh on Friday won the game for the Cardinals, 4-3. The walk-off knock was one of three hits Thon had over the weekend that saw him score five runs and drive in two.
-As highlighted in last week’s report, the Cardinals picked up former Mets lefty Sean Gilmartin and reassigned him to Triple-A Memphis. Gilmartin made his organization debut on Saturday and was rocked for seven earned runs on eleven hits.
MEM: Jack Flaherty
SPR: Austin Gomber
PMB: Jake Woodford (Game 1) and Derian Gonzalez (Game 2)
PEO: No game on Monday.