Luke Weaver / Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos

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

Luke Weaver was outstanding for Springfield in one of four wins in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Memphis, Peoria and the DSL club also put one in the win column while Palm Beach was off.

Results from games played Thursday, June 16th.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 2

Kolten Wong continued his offensive tear and Jerome Williams took care of business on the mound in the Redbirds’ 5-2 victory over the Sounds (OAK).  Last-place Memphis (29-35) won three of the four-game series at division-leading Nashville (40-27).

Wong scored three times during his 2-for-4 performance and swiped his first bag.  The centerfielder was also hit by a pitch.  One of those runs came when Tommy Pham hit a two-run bomb in the third that increased the lead to 3-0.  Pham went 2-for-4 with four RBI and stole a base.  Three other Redbirds had one hit each.

Meanwhile, on the bump, Williams (W, 2-1) scattered six hits and a walk over six.  The only blemish against him was a solo shot in his final inning of work.  He struck out four.

Seth Maness gave up a hit in the seventh, the first time he has pitched on consecutive days since his rehab tour started on June 8th.  Ryan Sherriff was charged with a run on two hits in the eighth but Miguel Socolovich faced the minimum in the ninth for his first save since 2014.

Friday’s game:  vs. Iowa (31-33) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Deck McGuire (5-6, 3.75)


Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 1

Luke Weaver’s mound gem led the S-Cards to a 2-1 win over the Naturals (KC), evening the series at one game apiece with two to go.  After spending most of the first half atop the North Division, Springfield (37-29) now trails first-place Tulsa (LAD) by a half-game with four remaining.

Weaver (W, 3-0) did more than his share to aid his team’s post-season chase, limiting Northwest Arkansas a run on seven hits through eight.  Our Player of the Day fanned six with eight ground- and two fly-ball outs while not issuing a free pass.  Weaver threw 74 of his 100 pitches for strikes.  Kevin Herget worked around a hit in the ninth for his fourth save.

All of Springfield’s production was focused on the third inning when Jonathan Rodriguez started with a base-on-balls.  Bruce Caldwell doubled Rodriguez to third and Harrison Bader’s fly out to right was deep enough to bring him across.  Caldwell scored on a sac fly by Luke Voit and that finished the scoring.

Caldwell and Anthony Garcia both went 2-for-4, the former doubling twice.  Rodriguez, Paul DeJong and Carson Kelly had one hit apiece.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (29-37), 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (3-4, 3.03)


Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (31-34) is off for the Florida State League All-Star break.  The 2016 All-Star Game will take place at Fort Myers (MIN) on Saturday, June 18th at 7:05 pm ET.  Starter Austin Gomber, reliever Rowan Wick and catcher Steve Bean have been named to the South squad.

Friday’s game:  off


Peoria 4 vs. Burlington 3

An unearned run broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth as Peoria (37-30) slipped past Burlington, 2-1, in the series opener.  The win reduces the second-place Chiefs’ magic number for postseason qualification to two.  Peoria trails first-place Clinton (SEA) by a half-game in the standings with the top two teams in each division advancing to postseason play.

With the game knotted at three all and two out in the eighth, R.J. Dennard reached on a throwing error by the Bees’ third baseman that ended with him on second.  Vaughn Bryan’s single up the middle put his squad up, 4-3.  Bryan earlier doubled, going 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Edmundo Sosa and Brian O’Keefe both went 2-for-4, Sosa singling twice in four at bats while scoring once and O’Keefe hitting his 16th double and knocking in two.  Three Peoria players had one hit each.

Sandy Alcantara struck out an eye-popping 12 Bees in five frames, yielding two runs on six hits and two bases-on-balls.  He departed with Peoria up 3-2, but that lasted only until the visitor half of the sixth.

Brennan Leitao, making his first relief appearance after 10 starts, was touched for an unearned tally on two singles sandwiched around a missed catch error on second baseman Eliezer Alvarez.  Those were the only hits allowed by Leitao (BS, 1) (W, 4-6) in four innings.  He struck out five.   

Friday’s game:  vs. Burlington (32-35) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Jake Woodford (4-3, 2.92)

State College Spikes

The 2016 New York-Penn League schedule opens on Friday night with the State College Spikes playing at the Williamsport Crosscutters. For Saturday, the two clubs travel to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to complete the two-game away-and-home series.

Friday's game:  at Williamsport (0-0) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 7 vs. DSL Nationals 2

Elehuris Montero had a perfect day at the plate in the Dominican Birds’ 7-2 win.  The DSL Cardinals (8-2) have won four straight.

Montero garnered four of the team’s 11 hits, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI.  Brian Sanchez and Irving Wilson each went 2-for-4 while touching home twice, with Sanchez hitting a solo bomb and Wilson knocking in one, too. 

Right-hander Winston Nicacio shut down the opposition on four hits and a walk over five, earning his first professional win.  Edwar Ramirez, his tandem mate, was not as productive.  Ramirez permitted two runs on six hits and three free passes in 3 1/3 and needed Wilman Madera’s assistance in keeping his line looking that good.  Madera left the sacks jammed by retiring both batters faced for the 17-year-old’s first professional save.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Nationals (4-6), 10:30 am ET, Alvaro Seijas (0-0, 3.52)

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