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Weekend Farm Report: Redbirds win PCL South, Ryan Helsley tosses six hitless, Spikes have six All-Stars, Austin Warner goes seven scoreless

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MLB: Spring Training-Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals
Lucas was on the mound for Memphis when they clinched the PCL South.
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Here’s a look back on the weekend’s farm action:

-With a win on Sunday, the Memphis Redbirds won the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title for the fifth time in franchise history and first time since 2014. The Redbirds will be looking to win it all for the first time since 2009.

-Springfield starter Chris Ellis punched out nine batters in his seven-inning outing on Sunday.

-Ellis’ batterymate, Jesse Jenner, provided the necessary run support on Sunday for the Cardinals, launching a three-run homer and driving in four runs, in total, on the day.

-Palm Beach center fielder Blake Drake went 4-for-4 with a walk in Friday’s 12-8 loss to the Tortugas.

-In his third start with Springfield, right-hander Ryan Helsley twirled six hitless innings. With a pitch count of 91-55 as the result of five walks and six strikeouts, Helsley was removed. Pedro Echemendia followed with two clean frames before the Hooks managed a one-out hit off Rowan Wick in the ninth.

-Johnson City backstop Julio Rodriguez doubled, homered, drove in five runs, and scored twice on Saturday in the Cardinals’ 12-5 victory over the Twins.

-In his third game with the Chiefs, infielder Evan Mendoza drove in the game-winning run on Sunday in the bottom of the 11th inning in Peoria.

-With the All-Star Game coming up on Tuesday, the Spikes were proud to announce six representatives: catcher Joshua Lopez, infielder Yariel Gonzalez, outfielder Scott Hurst, and pitchers Daniel Castano and Andrew Summervile. Infielder Evan Mendoza - a .370/.431/.549 hitter in 41 games with State College - was named an All-Star; however, he was promoted to the Chiefs and is unable to play in the game.

-Speaking of Andrew Summerville: The left-handed hurler allowed just one run in his seven innings of work on Saturday for the Spikes.

-Patrick Wisdom continued his hot-hitting for the Redbirds with his 25th home run of the year on Saturday and three doubles on Sunday.

-The Chiefs had a rough time at the dish on Friday, combining to strike out 14 times in their 6-2 loss to the Bees. Catcher Brian O’Keefe and left fielder J.R. Davis were the only Chiefs to not whiff, while right fielder Dylan Carlson fanned in four trips.

-Austin Warner allowed just three hits and recorded five strikeouts in seven scoreless frames for Peoria on Saturday. The bullpen faltered behind him, however, and the Bees won, 4-2, in 11 innings.


Monday’s probables:

MEM: John Gant

SPR: No game

PMB: Ramon Santos

PEO: Ian Oxnevad

SC: No game

JNC: Evan Guillory

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