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Highlights of Saturday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

The Cardinals system was 3-5 on Saturday, led by the Peoria Chiefs winning both games of a doubleheader. Our Player of the Day is Memphis second baseman Matt Williams, who drove in five runs and was 2-for-2 in Memphis’ victory.

Results for games played Saturday, May 14.

Memphis 10, Sacramento 3

The Redbirds snapped a three-game losing streak, pouring it on the River Cats in this laugher at home.

Arturo Reyes won his third straight start, going six innings and yielding three runs, two earned on six hits. Relievers Miguel Socolovich, Heath Wyatt, and Corey Littrell combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Littrell made his Triple-A debut, following his promotion from Springfield earlier in the day.

The offensive star of the game was second baseman Matt Williams, who drove in five runs and was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, a sac fly, a single and a double. His five RBI is a Redbird season high. Charlie Tilson, Greg Garcia and David Washington each had two hits. Washington extended his hitting streak to seven games. Nick Martini scored three runs.

Tilson, Rodriguez and Garcia all stole bases. For Tilson, it was his seventh in as many attempts; it was the second stolen base for both Rodriguez and Garcia. Garcia has one caught stealing.

The Redbirds are now 14-19 on the season, in last place, but just three games back of a share of the division lead.

Sunday’s game: vs. Sacramento, Deck McGuire (1-4, 3.86) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 7

Cardinals starter Andrew Morales fell victim to the big inning, as the Naturals put four runs on the board in the second to take the early lead. Those four runs would be the only runs allowed by Morales, who pitched six innings and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, but took the loss. Reliever Chris Perry pitched a scoreless seventh inning. New arrival Kevin Herget allowed three runs in the eighth and ninth.

The offense did not score until the eighth, when they put their only two runs on the board. A walk to C.J. McElroy and an RBI triple by Breyvic Valera led to the first score. Valera then dashed home on a sac fly by Harrison Bader. Bader extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a third inning single. Bader is two games away from tying the Springfield all-time record of 18 games. Also extending a hitting streak was first baseman Luke Voit, who is now up to 12 games.

The Cardinals remain in first place in the Texas League North Division by 1.5 games with a record of 19-16.

Sunday’s game:vs. NW Arkansas, Corey Baker (2-1, 3.30) 2:10 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Bradenton 2

The Cardinals dropped a close one - their 13th loss in 14 games during the month of May and the 12th straight loss at home.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning on a leadoff double by Casey Grayson, who then scored on an Orlando Olivera single. The run would be it for Palm Beach. No Cardinal had more than one hit, with the only other extra base hit a double by Oscar Mercado.

Starter Austin Gomber went six innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out six. In his Palm Beach debut, Landon Beck pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Beck was followed by Chandler Hawkins, who gave up the winning run in the ninth and took the loss.

Palm Beach now has a record of 15-22 on the season and remain in last place in their division.

Sunday’s game: vs. Bradenton, Blake McKnight (0-4, 4.82) 12:00 CT

Peoria 3 at Clinton 1 (Game 1 of a doubleheader)

The Chiefs scored two in the sixth inning of this seven-inning contest to win the first of two at the Clinton LumberKings.

Starter Brennan Leitao tossed a complete game, allowing one run on five hits and striking out seven. The only LumberKings score was a fifth inning solo home run.

Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-4, while catcher Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Thomas Spitz drove in two and Chris Chinea had the other RBI.

This Game 1 win put the Chiefs record at 16-18.

Peoria 7 at Clinton 2 (Game 2 of a doubleheader)

Game 2 of the doubleheader required nine innings to decide but ended in a second Chiefs victory over Clinton.

Starter Junior Fernandez had a short outing, removed after two outs in the first inning. Fernandez walked the first two batters before getting two outs on a bunt force out and a strikeout. Two consecutive singles to score two signaled the end for Fernandez.

The bullpen was fantastic. Jorge Rodriguez went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings before yielding to Tyler Bray. Bray and then Steven De La Cruz combined for four scoreless frames, with De La Cruz earning the win.

The Chiefs offense got on the board first with one run in the first inning. After Clinton took the lead in the bottom frame, the Chiefs tied the game in the fourth. The game would remain tied at 2-2 until the top of the ninth, when Peoria added five runs to seal the victory.

DH Brian O’Keefe drove in two runs and was 3-for-5. Also going 3-for-5 was Eliezer Alvarez, who plated one. Craig Aikin was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Jose Godoy was 2-for 4. Edmundo Sosa drove in two runs on a ninth inning single.

The Game 2 victory moved the Chiefs’ record to 17-18.

Sunday’s game: at Clinton, Derian Gonzalez (1-0, 2.51) 2:00 CT.

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