Jerome Williams (Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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 4-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis’ Jerome Williams, who pitched a complete game shutout in the Redbirds’ win over Colorado Springs.

Results for games played Saturday, June 11.


Memphis 2, Colorado Springs 0

It was a low scoring game, but two runs were enough for the gem pitched by Redibirds starter Jerome Williams.  The veteran right-hander pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only five runs and striking out three and earning his first win as a Redbird. It was Williams’ first complete game since May 1, 2012, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels, and the first complete game shutout by a Redbird since Tim Cooney on June 2, 2015.

The Memphis offense managed two runs on five hits.  Jose Martinez had the only RBI on a first inning single that scored Kolten Wong, on base via a leadoff single, his only hit of the night.  The second Redbirds run scored in the seventh on a throwing error on a Charlie Tilson infield single.  Breyvic Valera and Michael McKenry doubled for the only extra base hits.

The win puts Memphis’ record at 25-34.

Sunday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs, Deck McGuire (4-6, 4.22) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 6, Tulsa 3

Cardinals starter Luke Weaver earned his second win since returning from the disabled list.  Weaver pitched five innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out nine.  The one run came on a solo home run in the first inning.  Chris Perry allowed no runs and only one hit in the sixth and seventh innings.  Heath Wyatt followed, giving up one run on three hits while recording only one out.  Kevin Herget retired the final two batters and then pitched the ninth, allowing one additional run to score but earning the save.

Jonathan Rodriguez and Mason Katz provided most of the offense.  Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a two run home run in the first inning, his second since rejoining the S-Cards.  Rodriguez also had an RBI single in the sixth.  Katz was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and he hit a solo home run in the eighth, his first of the season.  A run scored in the fifth after Luiz Cruz singled, then rehabbing St. Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena singled, Luke Voit drew a walk to the load the bases, and Paul DeJong drew a second walk to plate Cruz, for his 39th RBI in 2016.

Springfield is now 34-27 and is just a half-game behind Tulsa for the lead in the Texas League North. With a win Sunday, the Cardinals would re-take first place.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Daniel Poncedeleon (3-4, 3.08) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 2

The Cardinals pounded out 13 hits to score eight runs in this Saturday contest at Daytona.  Shortstop Jose Martinez was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Allen Staton was 2-for-4 with three runs driven in, one on a third inning solo home run.  Darren Seferina and Casey Grayson were 2-for-3, with Seferina plating two.  Jhohan Acevedo drove in one run on a second inning single; a fourth inning groundout off the bat of Orlando Olivera brought another run home.

Starter Jack Flaherty earned his second win of the season. Flaherty pitched seven innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits while striking out 10.  Kyle Grana gave up a run in his one inning of relief before Landon Beck pitched a scoreless ninth.

Palm Beach has a record of 29-32 with this win.

Sunday’s game:  at Brevard County, John Walter (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.


Peoria 7, Cedar Rapids 6

Starter Jake Woodford had a tough night, as he put his team behind early by giving up six runs in the first inning, but the Chiefs stormed back to increase their division lead to 1 1/2 games over the Kernels. 

Woodford lasted four innings before yielding to Juan Perez, who pitched three innings of relief to earn the win.  Luke Harrison pitched the final two innings and picked up the save, his third.

The Chiefs offense rallied in the fifth and seventh innings, putting five and two runs on the board respectively.  Chris Chinea hit a two run home run in the fifth to top off the five run inning.  Leobaldo Pina was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and scored along with Craig Aikin on a Magneuris Sierra triple.  Sierra later scored on a wild pitch.  A Brian O’Keefe RBI single and a Chinea sac fly scored two in the seventh.

The Chiefs’ record stands at 35-27.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Ryan Helsley (5-1, 2.14) 5:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Brewers 8 (11 innings)

The Cardinals lost a tough one to close their first week of play, falling to the Brewers in extra innings via a walk off run on a fielding error in the bottom of the 11th.

Cardinals starter Alvaro Seijas and reliever Cristhian Lugo gave up seven Brewers runs between them in the fourth and fifth innings.  Seijas allowed two runs in the fourth before being replaced by Lugo with two outs in the inning.  Lugo escaped the fourth, but surrendered five runs in the fifth on two doubles, a single, and a home run.  Angel Rondon and Enrique Perez combined for five scoreless innings.  Brian Pirela was the pitcher in the 11th and was charged with the tough loss.

The Cardinals scored all of their runs in innings four through seven.  Red-hot Brian Sanchez (batting .522 through six games) was 3-for-6 with four RBI, including a two run home run in the fourth.  Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-6.  Wadye Ynfante and Carlos Luis were each 2-for-5 and each drove in a run.

The DSL Cardinals are now 4-2.

Sunday’s game: Off.

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