Eliezer Alvarez (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 a perfect 5-0 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria second baseman Eliezer Alvarez, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Chiefs’ playoff-clinching win over Burlington.

Results for games played Saturday, June 18.

Memphis 6, Iowa 4

A big third inning gave the Redbirds the cushion they needed to hang on for a home win over the Cubs.


The Redbirds hung five runs on the board in the third, aided by a three-run home by Carlos Peguero.  Starting pitcher Alex Reyes helped himself by driving in a run on a fourth inning sac bunt on a squeeze play.  Reyes also hit a third inning single and scored on a Brayan Pena sac fly.  Charlie Tilson was 2-for-4, and Jose Martinez was 2-for-3. 

Reyes pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out six and issuing two free passes.  Reyes was relieved in succession by Kurt Heyer, Corey Littrell, Ryan Sheriff, Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala.  Two runs were charged to Heyer after Littrell allowed his inherited runners to score.  Sheriff, Socolovich and Tuivailala each pitched a scoreless inning.  Tuivailala earned his ninth save.

In other actions of note, Jeremy Hazelbaker was hit by a pitch in the third inning and had to leave the game.  Dean Anna was ejected in the sixth inning after saying something forbidden to the third base umpire after striking out on a check swing.

The win, Memphis’ eighth in their last 10, improves their record to 31-35.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Iowa, Mike Mayers (1-1, 2.45) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 1 at NW Arkansas 0

A pitcher’s duel ended in a Cardinals victory on Saturday night.


Cardinals starter Trey Nielsen pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, striking out eight and walking two.  Nielsen earned his sixth win of the season.  Pedro Echemendia, John Brebbia, and Josh Lucas combined for three scoreless innings, with Lucas earning the save, his 9th.

The lone Springfield run scored in the second inning.  Anthony Garcia singled, and Carson Kelly followed with a double.  Mason Katz’ single plated Garcia.   Kelly’s double was the only extra base hit of the six total by Cardinals hitters.

Springfield is now 39-29 and in first place by 1/2 game in the Texas League North with two remaining.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, J.C. Sulbaran (0-0, 7.71 with Springfield) 1:05 CT.


Palm Beach---Florida State League All-Star Game: North 1, South 0

In a pitching duel, the North defeated the South, 1-0 in the FSL All-Star Game Saturday night at Ft. Myers. The lone run scored in the sixth inning.

Palm Beach’s Austin Gomber tossed a perfect third inning with a strikeout for the South. Rowan Wick took the ball in the ninth and faced three batters, but secured just one out, yielding a hit and a walk, before being relieved. Neither runner scored, however.

Steve Bean caught the final three innings and struck out in his lone at-bat.

Sunday’s game:  The FSL is off, with action resuming Monday.


Peoria 8 vs. Burlington 3

The Chiefs scored early and often to build the lead, which they held for nine innings and secured the victory.


The scoring started in the first with a two run home run by Eliezer Alvarez.  Player of the Day Alvarez was 3-for-5 with four RBI.  The Chiefs put six more runs on the board in the second inning.  The inning began with a leadoff single by Jose Godoy followed by a triple by Thomas Spitz to plate Godoy.  Magneuris Sierra singled to drive in Spitz.  Alvarez later singled to bring two more scores home.  A groundout from Brian O’Keefe resulted in an RBI and Alvarez crossed the plate on a Godoy single.  Chris Chinea and Edmundo Sosa were each 2-for-4.

Chiefs’ starter Ryan Helsley went six innings, allowing only one unearned run on eight hits and striking out seven.  Harley Holt surrendered two runs, one earned, in two innings in relief.  Luke Harrison pitched a scoreless ninth.  Helsley earned his seventh win.

The Chiefs’ record stands at 39-30. The win clinched a playoff spot in the first half for the Chiefs, for the first time since 2006.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Junior Fernandez (5-4, 3.26) 1:00 CT.


State College 6, Williamsport 3

The Spikes secured their first win of the season in Game 2, with five runs scored in the sixth and eighth innings.


The professional debut of 2016 sixth-round draft pick Tommy Edman was memorable.  Edman was 4-for-5 with two doubles, but no RBI.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-4, also with two doubles and no RBI.  Bladimil Franco and Ryan McCarvel each singled in a run.  Thought hitless on the night, Jose Martinez earned two RBI, one on a groundout in the third and another on a sac fly in the eighth.  The sac fly came after two runners scored from third on two successive wild pitches with Martinez at the plate.

Starter Carson Cross pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Dewin Perez relieved with one out in the seventh, and finished the game in scoreless fashion to earn his first win.

State College has a record of 1-1.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Hudson Valley, Steven Farinaro (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Braves 4

This was the 10th win of the young season for the DSL Cardinals and the first for starter Diego Cordero. 


Cordero pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, striking out seven and walking none.  Reliever Jesus Garcia allowed two runs on three hits and was removed after one out for Fabian Blanco.  Blanco finished the seventh and pitched the eighth without allowing any additional runs.  Enrique Perez added a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense scored eight runs on 15 hits.  Leandro Cedeno was 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Raffy Ozuna and Carlos Luis were each 3-for-5; Ozuma drove in two, Luis plated one.  Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-5 with a double.

The DSL Cardinals are now 10-2.

Sunday’s game:   Off.

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