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Daily Farm Report: Randal Grichuk homers, Dakota Hudson & Anthony Shew toss gems, Johnson City starts season

Thursday’s farm recap

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look back on a busy Thursday’s in the Cardinals’ farm system:

Memphis Redbirds

John Gant (SP): 3 13 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks

Alex Mejia (SS): 3-4, 2 RBIs

Randal Grichuk (DH): 1-4, HR, RBI, R, K

Carson Kelly (C): 0-4, 4 Ks

The Storm Chasers took advantage of an offset Redbirds pitching staff to defeat Memphis on Thursday, 11-3.

John Gant started for Memphis and was knocked around more than he has been for quite some time, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits through one out in the fourth inning. You may recall his most recent outing before this one, where he three eight scoreless innings against the Sky Sox on June 16.

As for the Redbirds offense, not much was to be had against the Storm Chasers. Alex Mejia led the way with three hits and two runs batted in, and Randal Grichuk hit his fifth homer as a Redbird. Carson Kelly wore the sombrero, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Springfield Cardinals

Dakota Hudson (SP): 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks

Bruce Caldwell (3B): 1-2, HR, 2 BBs, 2 RBIs, R

Magneuris Sierra (LF): 1-4, 2B, SB, R

Dakota Hudson’s eight solid innings powered the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Travelers in Thursday’s contest.

Hudson, who improved to 6-3, threw eight innings of two-run ball, with both the runs unearned on his record, as the defense committed three errors behind him. The performance lowered Hudson’s earned run average to 2.66 in 81 13 innings with Springfield this season.

Cardinals third baseman Bruce Caldwell provided Hudson with some run support, blasting a two-run homer in the sixth. Magneuris Sierra doubled in four at-bats and pulled off a steal of home.

Palm Beach Cardinals

Ryan Helsley (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks

Blake Drake (CF): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R

Randy Arozarena (LF): 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs

Ryan Helsley’s quality start paired with a few breakout performances at the plate was perfect for an 8-1 Cardinals win on Thursday over the Hammerheads.

Helsley went six innings, allowing one run (not earned) and punching out four. With the win, Helsley is now 7-2 in twelve starts with Palm Beach this season. Helsley’s start was complemented by big nights at the dish for some of his teammates, including center fielder Blake Drake.

Drake is tearing it up with Palm Beach this year. With a double, homer, and two RBIs on Thursday, Drake is slashing .292/.343/.438 with eight two-baggers and two long balls in 27 games with the Cardinals. Randy Arozarena had a pair of doubles with as many runs batted in.

Peoria Chiefs

Austin Sexton (SP): 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks

Shane Billings (CF): 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, R

Matt Fiedler (LF): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R

Danny Hudzina (3B): 4-5, HR, RBI, 2 R

Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs

Chiefs starter Austin Sexton was given a very comfortable lead early in his outing and was able to pitch Peoria to a 11-2 rout of the Bees on Thursday.

Sexton, 3-1 on the year, lasted 5 23 innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. The biggest story of the day for the Chiefs, however, comes from the batter’s box.

A seven-run first inning knocked Bees starter Jose Suarez out after he recorded just one out in the frame. Shane Billings led off the game with a homer, and Matt Fiedler knocked one out following a Stefan Trosclair base hit. Ryan McCarvel and Danny Hudzina homered later in the game, while Dylan Carlson (he drove in two), Jose Martinez, and Juan Yepez drove in runs as well.

State College Spikes

Anthony Shew (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 Ks

Joshua Lopez (DH): 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs

Yariel Gonzalez (2B): 4-4, HR, RBI, 2 R

Dennis Ortega (C): 2-5, 3 RBIs

A combined one-run effort from the Spikes’ pitching staff backed State College to a 9-1 victory on Thursday.

Anthony Shew led the pitching side with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed over five scoreless innings. Out of the ‘pen behind him came Keaton Siomkin and Noel Gonzalez, who teamed up to allow one run over the game’s back four innings.

At the plate for the Spikes, infielder Yariel Gonzalez led the way, going 4-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Backstop Dennis Ortega chipped in as well, driving in three runs.

Johnson City Cardinals

Junior Gonzalez (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks

Carlos Rodriguez (1B): 2-5, HR, BB, RBI, R

Wadye Ynfante (CF): 1-4, 2 BB, RBI, R

Walker Robbins (LF): 1-5, HR, RBI, R

Fans who were out to see Johnson City’s season opener were in for free baseball, as it took thirteen innings for the Cardinals to pull out a 6-5 win over the Pirates.

Junior Gonzalez allowed three runs in his five-inning start, but the Cardinals were trailing, 5-4, by the end of the sixth inning. With two down in the bottom of the ninth, center fielder Wadye Ynfante tied the game with an RBI knock up the middle. It would be the only run scored for either side until the thirteenth.

Facing Pirates hurler Argenis Romano in his third inning, Walker Robbins popped a home run out to left-center to walk-off his team’s home opener, 6-5.

DSL Cardinals

Diego Cordero (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks

Victor Garcia (DH): 2-3, BB, RBI, R

The Cardinals couldn’t get much going against the Rockies and fell in Thursday’s contest, 5-3.

Diego Cordero’s solid start - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 Ks - for the Cardinals was wasted, as the Cardinals had just six hits and made three errors.

Cardinals designated hitter Victor Garcia collected two of the hits, driving in and also scoring two of his team’s three tallies.


Friday’s probables:

MEM: Luke Weaver

SPR: Matt Pearce


PEO: Juan Perez

SC: Levi MaVorhis

JNC: Angel Rondon