Mason Katz / Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos

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 7-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Mason Katz, who was 3-for-3 with two home runs, a walk, two RBI and four runs scored in Springfield’s victory over Arkansas.

Results for games played Saturday, June 25.


Memphis 4, New Orleans 0

The Redbirds breezed to a shutout win behind the strong starting pitching of Corey Baker.  In his Triple-A debut, Baker pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six.  Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala collected three and four outs, respectively, with the latter earning his 11th save of the season.

The Redbirds took the early lead with one run in the third inning on a Charlie Tilson single, a throwing error that advanced Tilson to second and an RBI single by Jose Martinez.  Martinez was 3-for-4 on the night.  Jacob Wilson hit a solo home run in the seventh and the Redbirds scored two more in the eighth on a single by Randal Grichuk.

The Redbirds record is 35-40.

Sunday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Jerome Williams (3-1, 2.81) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 12, Arkansas 7

The long ball featured prominently on both sides in this slugfest.

Player of the Day Mason Katz treated the home town fans to two long balls, a second inning solo blast, and another solo shot in the sixth.  Katz was 3-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored.  Bruce Caldwell was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.  Paul DeJong was 2-for-3 with three runs driven in.  Rehabbing Brayan Pena was 2-for-5.

In his return from the disabled list, starter Andrew Morales went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits, including a solo home run in the second inning.  Morales struck out six and walked one.  Reliever Chris Perry surrendered two earned runs in 2/3 innings, including another solo shot.  Pedro Echemendia followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run.  Justin Wright and Rowan Wick combined for two scoreless innings.  Echemendia was the winning pitcher.

The first half Texas League North Division Champion Cardinals have improved their record to 1-3 to begin the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Luke Weaver (3-0, 1.37) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at St. Lucie 1

Jacob Evans kept the Mets to only one run in eight innings to earn his third win of the season.  The only damage was a solo home run in the third inning.  Evans allowed just three hits, struck out three and walked two.  Michael Heesch pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense scored six runs on seven hits, with only one hit for extra bases, an RBI double by Steve Bean.  Cole Lankford was 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Casey Grayson was hitless but plated two on sacrifice flies.  Jhohan Acevedo drove in a run on ground ball force out.  Blake Drake walked four times and scored three runs.

The Cardinals have an overall record of 34-37 and are 2-1 to begin the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, John Walter (1-1, 3.92) 12:35 ET


Peoria 6 at Burlington 4

Starter Ryan Helsley picked up his eighth win of the season, holding the Bees offense to two runs in his 5 1/3 innings of work.  Helsley yielded four hits, struck out five and issued three free passes.  Jorge Rodriguez gave up one run in one inning of work. Steven De La Cruz went 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Nick Frey pitched the ninth, allowing another run but earning the save, his third.

The Chiefs scored six runs on 11 hits, led by shortstop Edmundo Sosa, who was 4-for-5 with an RBI.   Thomas Spitz was 3-for-3 with a walk, plating two and scoring two runs.  Leobaldo Pina was 2-for-3 including a double, drew a free pass and drove one in.

The first half Midwest League Western Champion Chiefs have a record of 42-31, and are 2-1 to begin the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Burlington, Junior Fernandez (5-4, 2.97) 2:00 CT.


State College 5 at West Virginia 2

The Spikes had the game well in hand throughout, thanks to good starting pitching by Ronnie Williams.  Williams went seven innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits.  Brady Bowen surrendered an earned run in his two innings.  Williams was the winning pitcher.

Hot-hitting Tommy Edman was 3-for-4 with two RBI, upping his average to .464.  Ryan McCarvel was 2-for-4, including a fifth inning solo home run, and scored twice.  Edman stole his third base in four attempts.  Ricardo Bautista had an outfield assist.

State College is now 6-3 on the young season.

Sunday’s game:  at West Virginia, Bryan Dobzanski (0-1, 4.50) 3:05 CT.


Johnson City 5 at Greeneville 3

The Cardinals earned their second win on the strength of a four run eighth inning that created a cushion big enough to withstand a ninth inning rally by the Astros.

The big blow for the Cards was a three run home run by Joshua Lopez, who was 2-for-3 with a walk. Jonathan Rivera was 2-for-4 including a triple and scored on a wild pitch.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled twice in four at-bats, and Andrew Brodbeck singled and doubled in five at-bats.

Starting pitcher Austin Sexton pitched three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three.  Frederis Parra followed with three innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits and striking out four.  Estarlin Arias pitched two innings and allowed an inherited runner to score, which was charged to Parra and tied the game.  Arias was tagged with a blown save, but also earned the win.  Noel Gonzalez began the ninth, surrendering two runs and collecting two outs before being lifted. Yeison Medina retired the final batter to earn the save.

The Cardinals are now 2-1 on the young season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton, TBA, 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 3

First-round draft pick Delvin Perez continued his hot hitting in this second professional start.  Perez was 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and two stolen bases in two attempts, as the Cardinals defeated the Mets on Saturday.

20th rounder Stefan Trosclair blasted a second inning two run home run.  Starlin Balbuena was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Irving Wilson plated a run on a fifth inning sac fly after a leadoff double in the second inning and scoring on Trosclair’s home run.

Starter Juan Perez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out six.  Paul Salazar surrendered two runs in 2/3 inning.  Four 2016 draftees followed, all in their professional debuts. Anthony Ciavarella followed with another 2/3 inning, allowing no runs and no hits to earn the win.  Mike O’Reilly pitched a scoreless inning, Jonathan Mulford yielded one run in his one inning pitched, and Robbie Gordon pitched a clean ninth to pick up the save.

The Cardinals are now 2-0.

Sunday’s game:  Off.


DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Angels 12

The Cardinals just couldn’t catch up to the Angels as they suffered their fifth loss in 19 games.

Starter Francis Ventura lasted only 2 1/3 innings, as he gave up four runs, two earned on two hits.  Enrique Perez added 2 1/3 innings, surrendering an additional four runs on five hits. Wilman Madera and Noel De Jesus combined for the remaining 4 1/3 innings, allowing a combined four runs, three earned, on nine hits.  Ventura was tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals scored six runs on seven hits.  Raffy Ozuna hit a fifth inning two run home run, and plated an additional score on a walk.  William Jimenez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Moises Castillo drove in a run on a ground out and Carlos Luis walked in a run.

The Cardinals have a record of 14-5.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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