Here are some highlights from the weekend in the Cardinals’ farm system:
-In his first start with the Redbirds on Sunday, right-hander Dakota Hudson allowed four earned runs on six hits over seven innings. Hudson whiffed four and walked three, throwing 91 pitches - 59 for strikes.
-Palm Beach starter Jordan Hicks pitched five scoreless innings with six punchouts against the Yankees on Friday.
-Memphis outfielder Tyler O’Neill appears to be settling in well with the Redbirds. In Sunday’s game, O’Neill hit his 23rd home run of the season, a two-run shot.
-Johnson City Cardinals catcher Julio Rodriguez had five hits over the weekend, including his second homer of the season.
-Palm Beach Cardinals first baseman Chris Chinea had a career day on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a grand slam and seven runs batted in in Palm Beach’s 12-3 rout of the Marauders.
-Springfield center fielder Oscar Mercado launched his ninth homer of the year on Sunday. Mercado is slashing .295/.344/.428 with 15 doubles, four triples, nine homers, and 33 stolen bases in 92 games.
-Second baseman Irving Lopez hit two long balls for Johnson City this weekend, his second and third long balls of the year.
-Springfield shortstop Tommy Edman had two doubles in Sunday’s game.
-Darren Seferina drew five walks this weekend, including four in Springfield’s 7-4 win on Friday.
-Springfield starter Austin Gomber won his fifth game of the year with a superb outing on Sunday, allowing just one run - a solo homer - over seven frames. He struck out five along the way.
MEM: Jack Flaherty
SPR: Zac Gallen
PMB: Mike O’Reilly (Game One); Ramon Santos (Game Two)
PEO: Sam Tewes
SC: Johan Oveido
JNC: Evan Guillory