Ricardo Bautista (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 4-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College right fielder Ricardo Bautista, who was 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Spikes’ blowout win over Batavia.

Results for games played Friday, June 24.


Memphis 6 at Colorado Springs 11

The Redbirds suffered their fourth loss of the finale of their six game series in Colorado Springs on Friday night. As in the previous five games, the Redbirds jumped to the early lead, but the bullpen failed.

Three Redbirds had multiple hits, as Jose Martinez was 2-for-5, Matt Williams was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Jacob Wilson was 2-for-4, also with a run driven in.  Leadoff batter Charlie Tilson hit his sixth triple of the season.  Michael McKenry and Carlos Peguero plated two runs each.

Starter Mike Mayers took the loss, pitching six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.  The Redbirds trailed by one run when Josh Lucas followed Mayers on the mound in the seventh.  Lucas surrendered seven runs in 2/3 of inning to put the game out of reach.  Kevin Herget made his Triple A debut with two outs in the seventh, and after getting the last out in that inning, pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds record is 34-40.

Saturday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, TBA, 6:35 CT.


Springfield 0, Arkansas 4

The series opener was a pitchers’ duel for the first five innings.  Starter J.C. Sulbaran struck out seven and scattered three hits during those five innings, but in the sixth he yielded a two run home run to the Travelers DH Jabari Henry to put Arkansas in the lead.  Heath Wyatt pitched the remaining three innings, surrendering a second two run home run in the seventh.  Sulbaran took the loss.

The Cardinal offense was virtually toothless, managing just two hits.  Paul DeJong singled in the fifth inning following a Luke Voit walk, but both were left stranded when Carson Kelly struck out.  In the seventh, Anthony Garcia doubled and Nick Martini drew a walk, but DeJong struck out to end the inning.

The first half Texas League North Division Champion Cardinals are 0-3 to begin the second half and sit at the bottom of the North Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, TBA (likely Andrew Morales), 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 4 (14 innings)

A hard fought extra innings game on Friday ended in a loss for the Cardinals in 14 innings after two blown saves.

Starter Jack Flaherty tossed 7 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, including a solo home run in the second inning.  Chandler Hawkins came in with one out and one on in the eighth, and after striking out the first batter, issued a walk to his second batter and was removed for Kyle Grana.  Grana, after a hit by pitch and a walk that scored the tying run, retired the last batter to end the inning.  Grana was tagged with a blown save and the run was charged to Flaherty.  Grana pitched two more scoreless innings before yielding to Davis Ward.  Ward, fresh off the GCL roster, pitched three scoreless innings.  Landon Beck came in to pitch the 14th inning with a one run lead, and blew the save again for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on a single and four walks.

Allen Staton hit a solo home run in the fourth that gave the Cardinals their second lead of the game. Jhohan Acevedo plated two runs and was 2-for-6.  Casey Grayson and Darren Seferina were 2-for-5.

The Cardinals have an overall record of 33-37 and a 1-1 mark to begin the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Jacob Evans (2-7, 4.15) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6 at Burlington 4

A three run eighth inning sealed the deal for the Chiefs’ 41st win of the season.  Center fielder Vaughn Bryan was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored to lead the offense.  Jose Godoy had the only other extra base hit, a leadoff double in the eighth. Godoy came into score the first of three runs in that inning.  Thomas Spitz was hitless but had two RBI.  Craig Aikin and Dylan Becker drew walks in the eighth inning to each plate a run.


Starter Brennan Leitao pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, none earned, on 11 hits.  Gerwuins Velazco tossed the next 1 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on only one hit.  Nick Frey surrendered one run in the ninth, but received the save.

The first half Midwest League Western Champion Chiefs have a record of 41-31, and are 1-1 to begin the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, Ryan Helsley (7-1, 1.77) 6:30 CT.


State College 10 at Batavia 3

The Spikes’ six run third inning sealed the blowout win and clinched the road series sweep over the Muckdogs.

Starter Steven Farinaro earned the win, tossing six innings and giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits.  Bob Wheatley pitched the final three innings in scoreless fashion.


The offense was led by Player of the Day Ricardo Bautista, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.  Vincent Jackson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Anthony Ray was 2-for-5 and plated two.  Danny Martin doubled in the seventh to drive in another run.

State College is now 5-3 on the young season.

Saturday’s game:  at West Virginia, Ronnie Williams (0-1, 9.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 8 at Greeneville 9

A four run eighth for the Astros ended the Cardinals’ bid for their second straight win in as many games to begin the Appalachian League season.

Starter David Oca gave up five runs on ten hits in his six innings of work.  The lefty struck out six and walked one.  In the eighth, Julio Mateo gave up a leadoff home run, two walks, then a three run shot, and was given the hook for Keaton Siomkin, who retired the final hitter.  Mateo was charged with both the blown save and the loss.

Seventh round draft pick Andrew Knizner was 3-for-5 with two RBI, which included a ninth inning solo home run to bring the Cardinals to within one run.  Allen Cordoba plated two on a second inning double.  Bryce Denton drove in a first inning run on a ground out and also hit a seventh inning single.  Carlos Torres plated a run on a sac fly in the second.

The Cardinals are now 1-1 to begin the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Greeneville, Frederis Parra (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Marlins 4

The Cardinals took the early lead in the third inning, then added three runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to earn the victory in the Gulf Coast League season opener.


First round draft pick Delvin Perez made his professional debut with three hits in five at bats, a third inning triple and two singles.  Starlin Balbuena was also 3-for-5 with one RBI.  Carlos Rodriguez was 3-for-4 and plated one.  Catcher Dennis Ortega drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth.

Franyel Casadilla pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and took the win. In his mound debut, Champ Rowland yielded two more runs in the sixth and was lifted for Silas Bohannan, who tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Will Changarotty pitched two scoreless to earn the save.

The Cardinals are now 1-0.

Saturday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, Juan Alvarez (season debut), 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 10, DSL Tigers 9

The Cardinals won a close contest with two runs in the ninth to earn their 14th win in 18 games.


Esequeil Delgado was 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the offense.  Delgado’s ninth inning single scored the winning run.  Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-4 and Dariel Gomez was 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Brian Sanchez hit a third inning home run to plate two, his only hit of the day.  Pinch hitter Wadye Ynfante drew a walk in the ninth to tie the game.

Starter Diego Cordero pitched just two innings, giving up five runs on three hits. After walking the first four batters in the third, he was lifted for Jesus Garcia.  Garcia walked an inherited runner to score the second run of the inning, then walked in a run of his own.  Garcia gave up two singles following to yield the second run charged to him.  Wilfredo Pereira pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Garcia.  Angel Rondon surrendered two additional Tigers’ scores in his two innings.  Fabian Blanco finished the final two innings in scoreless fashion to earn his first win of the season.

The Cardinals have a record of 14-4 to lead the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels, TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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