Daniel Poncedeleon (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

The Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Our co-Players of the Day are Springfield pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched a 7 2/3 inning scoreless gem in the win over Frisco, and Palm Beach pitcher Jack Flaherty, who pitched six scoreless frames while striking out nine batters on the way to a victory over Jupiter.

Results for games played Friday, May 27.

Memphis 1 at Las Vegas 4

The Redbirds suffered their 26th loss of the season in Las Vegas on Friday night.  In the second start for Alex Reyes since coming off his suspension, he pitched five innings, striking out seven, walking two, and allowing three hits and one earned run.  Reyes got a no decision for his outing. 

Further details on Reyes’ outing here: “Top Prospect Reyes with Progress in Second Start”

Ryan Sheriff pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but Miguel Socolovich in the seventh yielded two runs, one earned.  John Church surrendered an additional unearned run in the eighth, as the Redbirds defense committed three errors in this game.  Socolovich was tagged with the loss.

The sole Redbirds run came in the fourth inning.  Tommy Pham led off with a walk, and advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  David Washington’s sac fly plated Pham.  Pham was 2-for-3, the only multi-hit outing.  Jonathan Rodriguez and Alberto Rosario each doubled, the only extra base hits for the Redbirds.

Matt Williams had two defensive miscues, both fielding and throwing.  Pham committed a fielding error.

The Redbirds record is 19-26.

Saturday’s game:  at Las Vegas, J.C. Sulbaran (2-5, 7.52) 9:05 CT

 

Springfield 1, Frisco 0

This was a classic pitcher’s duel, with no team scoring until the eighth inning.

A Harrison Bader solo home run in the eighth was the only run, and one of just two hits for the Cardinals.  Bader’s home run was his 10th, and he leads Springfield in that category.  Carson Kelly singled for the only other hit.

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Daniel Poncedeleon was the Cardinals’ half of the pitcher’s duel, and it was a gem of an outing.  Poncedelon pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six, walking one, and allowing five hits.  Poncedeleon didn’t get the win, as the Bader home run came after Poncedeleon left the game for reliever Ronnie Shaban, who finished the eighth, pitched the ninth and got the win instead.

In his first game with the S-Cards, rehabbing Jhonny Peralta was 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Cardinals remain in first place in the Texas League North by 2.5 games with a record of 26-22.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Trey Nielsen (5-3, 2.91) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 2

The Cardinals took the lead early and kept it until the Hammerheads tied it in the eighth and took the lead in the ninth.  But the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the ninth to walk off with the win.

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Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six strong scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and striking out nine.  Chandler Hawkins added a scoreless seventh, but surrendered a leadoff triple to begin the eighth and was replaced by Landon Beck.  A sac fly then scored the tying run.  Beck was tagged with a blown save, but also picked up the win when the offense scored in the ninth.

For more details on Flaherty's outing, check out Derek Shore's non-scout scouting report.

On offense, Allen Staton was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Orlando Olivera was hitless but earned two RBI on a first inning groundout and ninth inning walk.  An Oscar Mercado single in the ninth was the walkoff hit.

This win gives the Cardinals a record of 23-26.

Saturday’s game:  at Jupiter, Blake McKnight (1-4, 3.35) 4:30 CT.

 

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 7

Starter Brennan Leitao suffered his third loss of the season, as he allowed five runs, four earned in 5 1/3 innings pitched.   Reliever Juan Perez surrendered two additional runs in 2 1/3 innings, and Steven De La Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth.

The offense scored four runs on 11 hits, but came up short.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Thomas Spitz and Chris Chinea were 2-for-5. Chinea plated a run on a fifth inning single.  DH Dylan Becker was 2-for-2.  A fourth inning single by Vaughn Bryan drove in another Chiefs run.  Spitz extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two singles.

The Chiefs stand with a record of 24-23.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Derian Gonzalez (2-0, 2.40) 6:00 CT.

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