Cole Lankford (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 2-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Cole Lankford, who as the designated hitter for Palm Beach was 3-for-4 with two RBI in their win over Dunedin.

Results for games played Saturday, June 4.


Memphis 0 at Iowa 4

The Redbirds could get nothing going with the bat as they fell to the Cubs in the first game of a four game road series.

The offense managed only four hits but put runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings, but the runners were left stranded.  Jose Martinez, David Washington, Dean Anna, and Matt Williams singled.  The Redbirds struck out 11 times and walked only once.

Starte Arturo Reyes who hurled six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and took the loss. Reyes struck out seven and walked only one.  Justin Wright and Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless inning each.

Memphis falls to 22-31 on the season.

Sunday’s game: at Iowa, Jerome Williams (season debut) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 6 at Frisco 11

Shaky pitching and two big scoring innings by the Roughriders did the Cardinals in on Saturday.

Starter Corey Baker lasted only 3 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on four hits, including a home run.  Baker took the loss.  The relief squad of Pedro Echemendia, Chris Perry and John Brebbia added to the woes by giving up seven additional Frisco runs among them.

The offense took the early lead, scoring one run in each of the first three innings.  Frisco answered with one in the second to cut the lead.  But the six run rally by the Roughriders in the fourth poured cold water on the offense, who managed only one hit in the next three frames.  The Cardinals rallied in the eighth to add three runs on an Anthony Garcia three run blast to left field and bring the score to within one run.  It was to no avail as Frisco increased their lead in the bottom half with a four run inning.

Luke Voit had a 3-for-3 night at the plate with two runs driven in.  Voit was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. 

Springfield falls one game out of first place in the Texas League North with a record of 29-26.

Sunday’s game:  at Frisco, Luke Weaver (season debut) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 9, Dunedin 4

The Cardinals offense got it going early and even after losing the lead, poured it on in the middle innings to secure the win.

Eight of nine hitters in the lineup had at least one hit.  Orlando Olivera and Cole Lankford were each 3-for-4; Player of the Day Lankford drove in two runs.  Rehabbing Jhonny Peralta was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.  Darren Seferina was 2-for-3 and plated one.   Allen Staton was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  The 15 hits from the offense was one shy of their season high.

Starter Blake McKnight pitched five innings and earned the win after giving up four runs on a third inning grand slam.  He walked five, two of which scored on the grand slam.  Chandler Hawkins, Michael Heesch, and Kyle Grana combined for four scoreless innings to complete the game.

Palm Beach has a record of 27-29 with this win.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, Jacob Evans (2-5, 3.19) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 9

It was a tough night for Chiefs’ starter Sandy Alcantara, who allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits to make an early exit after three innings pitched.  Brady Bowen gave up two additional scores in relief of Alcantara in his two innings pitched.  Harley Holt tossed the remaining three innings without surrendering any runs. Alcantara was tagged with his fourth loss.

The offense was not much help, as they produced two runs on eight hits.  Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-4 and drove in the two Chiefs’ scores.  Craig Aikin was 2-for-4 with a double.  Edmundo Sosa tripled and scored in the sixth. Magneuris Sierra stole his 12th base in 19 attempts.

The Chiefs’ record stands at 29-26.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Jake Woodford (3-3, 2.14) 2:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Rockies 1

The Dominican Summer League began its season on Saturday, and the DSL Cardinals got a decisive first win against the Rockies.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Enrique Perez and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.  Wilfredo Pereira and Estailin Tejada combined for three scoreless innings to finish the day.

The Cardinals offense took the lead with one run in each of the first and second innings.  They added runs in the fourth, fifth, and eighth innings for a total of seven.  Andres Luna and Leandro Cedeno were each 2-for-4.  Cedeno drove in three runs, two on an eighth inning home run.   Luna plated one.  Brian Sanchez was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The DSL Cardinals are now 1-0.

Sunday’s game:   Off.

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