Daniel Poncedeleon (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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 4-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ win over NW Arkansas.

Results for games played Friday, June 17.

Memphis 7, Iowa 6

The Redbirds held on to win a hard fought game against the Cubs on Friday.

The Redbirds took a 7-0 lead in the first two innings.  The offense was aided by a first inning two run home run by Michael McKenry, and furthered by a three run blast by Tommy Pham in the second.  Pham’s homer was his third in his last two games, after two on Thursday against Nashville.  More offense came from Jose Martinez, 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Carlos Peguero, 2-for-4 with a run driven in.


Starter Deck McGuire pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits to earn his sixth win.  John Church pitched the seventh, yielding two runs, none earned due to a throwing error by Breyvic Valera.  Juan Gonzalez surrendered another run in the eighth, and Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

The Redbirds record is 30-35.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Iowa, Alex Reyes (2-0, 3.32) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 0

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon was brilliant on Friday night, pitching a gem and earning his fourth win of the season.  Our Player of the Day pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up five hits, striking out nine batters, and walking two.  Josh Lucas struck out the last two in the ninth to earn his eighth save.


First baseman Luke Voit was 3-for-4, the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Jonathan Rodriguez doubled in the first run in the third inning.  Carson Kelly plated the second on a double in the fourth.

The Cardinals are 38-29 and a half-game in first over the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League North with just three games remaining in the first half.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Trey Nielsen (5-6, 3.64) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach---Off

Saturday’s game:  The Florida State League All-Star Game will be held at Fort Myers (MIN) at 7:05 pm ET.  Palm Beach pitchers Austin Gomber and Rowan Wick and catcher Steve Bean are members of the South squad.


Peoria 4, Burlington 3 (11 innings)

The Chiefs took the lead early on and maintained it until the eighth, when the Bees tied it up.  A walk off single in the 11th inning brought Peoria an important victory.


Thomas Spitz’ 11th inning single drove in Eliezer Alvarez from third with the winning run.  Spitz came into the game in the ninth as pinch runner for DH Chris Chinea, and remained as the DH for the final two innings.  Chinea was 2-for-4 and catcher Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-5.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5 and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Jorge Rodriguez blew the save, surrendering the tying run in the eighth.  Steven De La Cruz added two scoreless innings, before Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless 11th to earn the win.

The Chiefs have a record of 38-30 and are tied with Clinton for first place in the Midwest League Western Division with two games remaining and the top two clubs to punch playoff tickets.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Ryan Helsley (6-1, 1.94) 6:30 CT.


State College 1 at Williamsport 4

In the Spikes’ season debut, the offense couldn’t get anything going against Williamsport pitching until the ninth inning, and it was too little too late.

Bladimil Franco doubled in the only Spikes’ run, following a double by Ricardo Bautista.  The only other hits were off the bats of Jose Martinez, Ryan McCarvel, and 10th round 2016 draft pick Danny Hudzina.

Starter Dailyn Martinez pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on nine hits.  Martinez was the losing pitcher.  Gerwuins Velazco and Greg Tomchick added 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Carson Cross (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.

Note: For more news from Williamsport on the Spikes' opener, check out Kara Duriez' report here.

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Nationals 6

The Cardinals took the early lead, and added on in the sixth to squeak by the Nationals.

Starter Alvaro Seijas was the winning pitcher, though he gave up six runs on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings.  Seijas struck out seven and walked none. Cristhian Lugo, Brian Pirela, and Angel Rondon combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Rondon picked up the save, his first of the season.


The offense scored seven runs on ten hits.  Raffy Ozuna, Leandro Cedeno, Brian Sanchez, Elehuris Montero, and Carlos Luis each had two hits. Ozuna, Sanchez and Cedeno doubled; Cedeno had two RBI, and Ozuna drove in one.

The Cardinals have a record of 9-2.

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

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