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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 3-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria right-hander Sandy Alcantara, who allowed an unearned run in seven innings as Peoria took over first place.

Results for games played Friday, June 10.


Memphis 6, Colorado Springs 7 (10 innings)

The Redbirds fell behind early, but five runs in the fourth and another in the fifth put them in the lead.  The Memphis bullpen faltered as the Sky Sox added two in the eighth to tie the game, and scored the winning run in the ninth.

Early pitching woes plagued starter Arturo Reyes, who gave up two runs in the first and two more in the third before being replaced after the fourth with Justin Wright.  Wright pitched a scoreless fifth and yielded to Ryan Sheriff, who tossed two scoreless innings.  John Church followed and surrendered two runs in 2/3 innings. Juan Gonzalez replaced Church for the final out of the eighth and went on to pitch the ninth.  Corey Littrell gave up the winning run in the 10th inning to take the loss.

On the offense side, Kolten Wong was 2-for-6 with an RBI.  Wong is 5-for-10 in his two games with Memphis since being demoted from St. Louis.  Jose Martinez was 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the fifth inning.  Patrick Wisdom plated a run on a fourth inning single. Also with RBI were Charlie Tilson (ground out), Dean Anna (walk) and Alberto Rosario (hit by pitch).

The Redbirds record is 24-34.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs, Jerome Williams (0-1, 5.40) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 6, Arkansas 4

A three run eighth inning was the key to the Cardinals win over Arkansas.   Springfield scored six runs on seven hits, five of which came via the long ball.  Carson Kelly got the Cards on the board in the second inning with a two run shot.  Paul DeJong drove in the winning runs with a three run blast in the eighth.  The other Cardinals run in the third inning came home on a passed ball.

Starter Corey Baker pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, only one earned, on eight hits.  Pedro Echemendia finished out the sixth inning.  Rehabbing reliever Seth Maness pitched a scoreless seventh.  Ronnie Shaban followed, tossing 1 2/3 innings to earn the win. Kevin Herget got the final out for the save, his first with the S-Cards.

The Cardinals are 33-27 and 1.5 games out of first in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Luke Weaver (1-0, 0.00) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at Daytona 3

Starter Austin Gomber pitched seven innings, and struck out ten, but a fourth inning two run home run and no support from his offense led to his fifth loss of the season.  Reliever Chandler Hawkins surrendered the third Daytona run.  Cody Schumacher replaced Hawkins with two outs in the eighth and retired the final batter.

The Cardinals offense managed just six hits and no runs.  Dylan Tice and Bladimil Franco were each 2-for-4.  Andrew Sohn had the only extra base hit, a double.

Tice stole his first base of the season in his only attempt.  Jhohan Acevedo had an outfield assist.

Palm Beach has a record of 28-32.

Saturday’s game:  at Daytona, Jack Flaherty (1-4, 4.38) 6:05 CT.


Peoria 5, Cedar Rapids 2

In a battle for first place, the Chiefs prevailed. Starter Sandy Alcantara earned his fifth win of the season, tossing seven innings, giving up one unearned run on six hits.  The right-hander fanned nine and walked two while reportedly hitting triple-digits on the radar gun. Nick Frey surrendered one unearned run in his two innings of work, but picked up the save.

The Chiefs’ offense scored five runs on ten hits.  Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-4 with a two RBI double in the fourth inning.  Thomas Spitz drove in O’Keefe on a fourth inning single.  Chris Chinea put a seal on the deal with a two run home run in the eighth.

Spitz topped off his night with his seventh stolen base in 12 attempts and an outfield assist.

The Chiefs have a record of 34-27 and assumed a half-game lead in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Cedar Rapids, Jake Woodford (4-3, 2.23) 6:30 CT.


DSL Cardinals 13 at DSL Angels 11

In a Dominican Summer League slugfest, the Cardinals outslugged the Angels.  The slugging did not include a home run on either side, however.

The Cardinals took the lead in the first inning, but the Angels came right back in the bottom frame to put up six runs.  The Cards added three in the third and three more in the fourth. Five scores in the eighth sealed the deal for the visitors.

Center fielder Brian Sanchez was 3-for-5 with two runs driven in.  Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-6 with two RBI of his own.  Catcher Irving Wilson hit a bases clearing double in the eighth for three more scores.  Moises Castillo plated two.

Cardinals’ starter Edwar Ramirez lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits.  Wilfredo Pereira followed Ramirez with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Winston Nicacio surrendered five runs, three earned, in his 2 2/3 innings of work.  Wilman Madera pitched 1 1/3 scoreless to earn the win and Fabian Blanco pitched a clean ninth for the save.

The Cardinals have a record of 4-1.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Brewers, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT

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