Allen Staton (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Highlights of Saturday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Sunday’s action.

The Cardinals system was 2-2 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach third baseman Allen Staton, who was 3-for-5 and drove in two on his first home run of the season to help defeat Clearwater.

Results for games played Saturday, May 21.

Memphis 1, Fresno 7

Offense was sparse for the Redbirds as they managed only one run - in a fifth inning leadoff triple by Nick Martini, followed by an RBI single from Patrick Wisdom.  David Washington singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.  Wisdom was 2-for-4.

Starter Deck McGuire lasted only until one out in the fifth, after surrendering six runs on five hits.  Two of those six runs came via solo home runs in the second.  Corey Littrell pitched two scoreless, one hit innings and has not allowed a run since being promoted to Memphis a week earlier.  Heath Wyatt added 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run.  Miguel Socolovich came in to retire the final batter.

This loss brings the Redbirds’ record to 16-23.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fresno, Alex Reyes (season debut) 2:05 CT. Look for a special update from The Cardinal Nation's Memphis reporter Thomas Simpson, who will be reporting from AutoZone Park on Reyes' outing.


Springfield 6 at Arkansas 4

The Cardinals jumped to an early lead with three first-inning runs at Arkansas.  They added another in the third.  Arkansas threatened with two runs in the sixth and seventh and two more in the eighth, but a Springfield run in the top of the eighth and the top of the ninth cemented the victory.

The first runs came on a three-run first inning blast off the bat of Paul DeJong, his seventh of the season.  Harrison Bader added a solo shot, his eighth home run, in the third inning for run number four.  Luke Voit joined the long ball parade with a solo blast of his own in the eighth. It was Voit’s seventh long ball of the season.  The final Cardinals run in the ninth came on a walk to Collin Radack, a sac bunt from Carson Kelly, and a wild pitch that scored Radack from second base.  Kelly had the only multi-hit outing, 2-for-4.

Cardinals starter Mike Mayers was the winning pitcher, as he held the Travelers to one run in 5 2/3 innings, via a solo home run in the sixth.  Chris Perry surrendered three additional Arkansas runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Ronnie Shaban pitched a scoreless eighth, and Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

The Cardinals remain in first place by 2.5 games with a record of 23-19.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-3, 3.69) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 9 at Clearwater 6

The Cardinals put seven runs on the board in the first four innings.  Clearwater threatened with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cardinals hung on to win.

Palm Beach starter Jack Flaherty earned his first win of the season, but it wasn’t easy.  Flaherty pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking two.  Reliever Cody Schumacher came to the mound in the seventh with two men on and two outs and surrendered four hits to score two runs charged to Flaherty, and two runs of his own.  Schumacher did not record an out and was replaced by Chandler Hawkins, who struck out the next batter to end the inning.  Hawkins pitched an additional hitless inning before yielding to Landon Beck, who pitched a scoreless inning to earn the save.

Two Cardinals provided home runs to score three.  Casey Grayson hit a fourth inning solo home run and Allen Staton a seventh inning two run shot.  Grayson was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in; Staton was 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Casey Turgeon plated one run and was 2-for-5.  Steve Bean and Andrew Brodbeck were each 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Palm Beach stands at 19-24 with this victory.

Sunday’s game:  at Clearwater, Blake McKnight (0-4, 4.11) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 1, Beloit 10

It was a rough night for the Chiefs, who were blown out at home by the Beloit Snappers.

Starter Brennan Leitao took the loss, though he did not pitch as badly as the score suggests.  Leitao went 5 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits while striking out four.  Reliever Harley Holt replaced Leitao in the sixth and returned in the seventh, allowing only one hit and giving up no runs.  In the eighth and ninth, the Snappers got to Brady Bowen for seven runs, five earned, to put the game out of reach.

The lone Peoria run came in the first inning, on an RBI double by Eliezer Alvarez.  Thomas Spitz was the only Chief with multiple hits, he was 3-for-5 including a first inning leadoff double.  Five more Chiefs had one hit for a total of eight.  Rehabbing Jhonny Peralta started at third base and played four innings, going 0-for-2.

The Chiefs have record of 21-20 and remain two games back of first place in their division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Derian Gonzalez (2-0, 2.60) 5:00 CT.

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