The Minor League Baseball postseason is now in full swing, and the Cardinals have two teams still in the running. Here’s a look back at Thursday’s action:
Kevin Herget (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
Magneuris Sierra (CF): 1-4, 2 Ks
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-3
No-hit through seven innings, the Redbirds fell to the Sky Sox, 5-0, in the second game of the best-of-five series on Thursday.
Sky Sox starter Aaron Wilkerson allowed one base runner - a walk - and punched out 11 batters over seven dominant innings. Former Cardinal Michael Blazek allowed the first base hit of the game in the eighth: a Patrick Wisdom single. Magneuris Sierra notched his first Triple-A hit in the ninth, but the Redbirds couldn’t muster any more offensively.
Kevin Herget started for Memphis and was tagged for three runs (one earned) over five innings. Miguel Socolovich allowed a run in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh, and Arturo Reyes logged the final pair of frames.
After hosting the first two games, the series shifts to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the final three games, beginning Friday night.
Austin Warner (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 Ks
Stefan Trosclair (2B): 1-2, HR, RBI, R, 2 BB
Ryan McCarvel (DH): 1-3, 2B
Nick Plummer (CF): 1-2
After a wild win on Wednesday, the Chiefs fell in Quad Cities to the River Bandits, 4-1, in Thursday’s middle game of the series. The best-of-three set will conclude on Friday evening.
Austin Warner allowed four runs in his six innings of work on Thursday, being smacked for eight hits, including two doubles and a solo home run. Ronnie Williams and Max Almonte each followed with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
At the dish, the Chiefs couldn’t get much of anything going. Second baseman Stefan Trosclair drove in (and scored) the only Peoria run of the game, as he hit his first homer of the postseason in the top of the fourth.
State College Spikes
Paul Balestrieri (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks
Irving Lopez (2B): 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
Alexis Wilson (C): 0-3, BB, R
Bryce Denton (DH): 2-3, BB
With a 6-1 loss to the Crosscutters in Thursday’s regular-season finale, the Spikes’ campaign came to an end. The Spikes finished the year 40-35.
Spikes starter Paul Balestrieri gave up three runs in his four-inning start and dropped to 3-4 to close out his year.
At the plate, second baseman Irving Lopez drove in catcher Alexis Wilson in the seventh to account for the only Spikes run of the contest. Designated hitter Bryce Denton went 2-for-3.
MEM: Ryan Helsley
PEO: Anthony Shew
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