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Daily Farm Report: Ryan Helsley dazzles, Jack Flaherty earns promotion, and other notes

Thursday’s farm action

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look back at Thursday in the St. Louis farm system.

Memphis Redbirds

Josh Zeid (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Rangel Ravelo (DH): 2-4. HR, RBI, R

Starter Josh Zeid pitched well, but the Redbirds could hardly manage a single run of support as Memphis fell to the Storm Chasers, 2-1.

Zeid, who dropped to 2-2 with the loss, tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Storm Chasers. The two runs he allowed came on solo home runs, and Zeid made few mistakes aside from those, as he surrendered a total of four hits on the day.

On the offensive side, Redbirds designated hitter Rangel Ravelo drove in the only run on Thursday by going yard with two outs in the first. He ended up picking up a base hit later on and finished the day with two of the Redbirds’ five total hits.

Springfield Cardinals

Matt Pearce (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Landon Beck (RP): 23 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Anthony Garcia (LF): 2-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R

Oscar Mercado (CF): 1-5, HR, RBI, R

Adolis Garcia (RF): 2-4, 2B

Despite a four-run sixth inning, the Cardinals fell to the Hooks on Thursday by a 6-4 final score.

Springfield starter Matt Pearce rolled through five innings of two-run ball before turning things over to Landon Beck, who was quickly smacked around for three runs through the first two outs in the sixth. The Hooks’ rally was too much for the Cardinals to overcome, even with their four runs in the bottom of the frame.

In the Cardinals’ only inning of notable offense, Oscar Mercado homered (a solo shot), and Anthony Garcia did the same; his was a three-run shot.

Palm Beach Cardinals

Ryan Helsley (SP): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Chris Chinea (1B): 2-4, RBI, R

Randy Arozarena (LF): 1-4, 2B

Behind Ryan Helsley’s masterful outing, the Cardinals were able to sneak by the Flying Tigers on Thursday for a 3-2 win.

Helsley surrendered one run (it was unearned) over his six innings en route to his fifth win in seven decisions this season.

Darren Seferina, Chris Chinea, and Leobaldo Pina each plate a run in the ballgame for the Cardinals, and they all proved to be critical in the game’s final outcome.

Peoria Chiefs

Jordan Hicks (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Jose Martinez [Note: This is the Jose Martinez the Cardinals got from the Royals for Tony Cruz; not the Jose Martinez the Cardinals got from the Royals for cash.] (SS): 1-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, R

J.R. Davis (2B): 2-5, 2B, RBI

Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Six runs in the sixth stood strong on Thursday for the Chiefs, who breezed by the Timber Rattlers for an 8-4 win.

Jordan Hicks backed the effort with a quality start, and there was a chance he could have been factored out of the decision; when he completed his sixth inning, the score was tied. That was until the Chiefs got the line moving in the bottom of the frame.

There were six hits in the frame, and they worked with a walk and throwing error to account for the half-dozen tallies. Shane Billings and Jose Martinez each drove in a pair, and J.R. Davis and Stefan Trosclair took care of the other two.

Friday’s probables:

MEM: Jack Flaherty: After he maintained a 1.42 earned run average and 62:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in ten starts at Double-A Springfield to begin the season, the 21-year-old right-hander was granted a much-deserved promotion to Triple-A Memphis this week.

SPR: To be announced.

PMB: Connor Jones

PEO: Ian Oxnevad