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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 3-1 on Saturday. Our Players of the Day are the Memphis offense, which had their best offensive performance of the season, scoring 14 runs on 17 hits in a four-inning comeback attempt from a 10-0 deficit on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Results for games played Saturday, May 28.

Memphis 14 at Las Vegas 17

The Memphis offense had its best performance of the season, and one would think 14 runs would be more than enough to secure a victory, but a Saturday night in Las Vegas proved that to be false as Memphis scored that many and still fell short.



Michael Ohlman and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run home runs and each added another hit and RBI. New acquisition Michael McKenry plated three as well.  Charlie Tilson (3-for-5), Nick Martini (4-for-6, David Washington (2-for-6) and Alberto Rosario (1-for-1) each had an RBI.   All of this abundant scoring came after the Redbirds fell behind 10-0.

After starter J.C. Sulbaran gave up 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings, Heath Wyatt and Kurt Heyer combined to yield seven more.  Sulbaran took the loss, his second of the season.

Memphis falls to 19-27 and remains 8.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American South.

Sunday’s game: at Las Vegas, Jeremy Hefner (2-3, 4.17) 2:05 CT


Springfield 5, Frisco 4

The Cardinals fell behind 3-0 early, and were held scoreless until the eighth inning, where they plated four runs, and then added another score in the ninth to steal the win from Frisco.


The offense scored five runs on 10 hits, with Collin Radack going a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI.    Harrison Bader led off the four-run eighth with a solo home run, his team leading 11th and his third in three consecutive games.  Back to back singles by Luke Voit and Anthony Garcia led to a two run RBI double by Paul DeJong.  Radack then singled to drive DeJong home.  In the ninth, Breyvic Valera led off with a single, then advanced to second and third on a walk to Bruce Caldwell and a fly out of the bat of Voit.  A fielding error on an Anthony Garcia ball in play brought Valera home for the walk off score.

Starter Trey Nielsen had a mixed bag performance.  He pitched seven innings, striking out eight, but gave up three runs in the first two innings on two home runs.  Nielsen also walked three.  Joey Donofrio yielded an additional run in the eighth on a solo home run.  Chris Perry pitched the ninth, striking out two and earning his first win of the season.

Springfield remains in first place in the Texas League North with a record of 27-22.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Andrew Morales (3-4, 3.68) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3

The Cardinals squeaked by the Hammerheads, as the game was tied twice before the Cardinals added the winning run in the eighth.

The offense was not prolific, just four hits to earn the four runs, but it was enough.  Casey Grayson had the only multi-hit outing, going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored.  Blake Drake had the only other extra base hit, a leadoff triple in the eighth, and he came home on a sac fly of the bat of Grayson.  Allen Staton drove in a run on third inning single.

Starter Blake McKnight tossed five innings, and left with the game tied at 2-2.  Nick Frey gave up back to back doubles and the lead in the seventh inning.  Kyle Grana struck out the remaining two batters in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win.  Rowan Wick took the ninth, and after giving up a leadoff single, struck out the side for his third save of the season.


Palm Beach has a record of 24-26 with this win.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Jacob Evans (2-4, 3.25) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 9 at Quad Cities 2

The Chiefs took the early lead, and poured it on in the later innings to win handily on the road over the River Bandits.

Chiefs starter Derian Gonzalez earned his third win of the season after pitching six innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Harley Holt finished the game with three solid innings, yielding only one unearned run to grab the save.


The Chiefs offense was prolific, as seven of the starting nine had at least one hit.  Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-5, Jose Godoy was 2-for-4, and each drove in a run.  Brian O’Keefe had only one hit but made it count, hitting a ninth inning two run home run.  Also plating runs were Edmundo Sosa, Dylan Becker, and Craig Aikin.

The Chiefs’ record stands at 25-23, which puts them in third place in the Midwest League West, 2.5 games out of first place.

Sunday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Sandy Alcantara (4-2, 4.02) 1:15 CT.

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