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

Ryan McCarvel’s first professional cycle led State College to one of five victories in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Memphis, Springfield, Peoria and the DSL squad all won but Palm Beach and Johnson City did not.

Results from games played Thursday, June 30th.

Memphis 5 at Omaha 2      

Three long balls led the Redbirds (38-42) to a 5-2 victory over the Storm Chasers in the road series opener.

Home runs by Randal Grichuk and Jacob Wilson accounted for all five tallies.  Grichuk’s solo shot put Memphis up 1-0 after three and was the first of his two bombs.  Wilson followed with a two-run blast with Dean Anna (walk) aboard the next frame before Grichuk capped the scoring with a two-run home run that inning with Matt Williams (single) on. Tilson also had two hits in five at bats, the final Redbird with a multi-hit game.


Backed by that fire power, Mike Mayers (W, 3-2) tossed seven strong innings, limiting Omaha to a run on five hits and a base-on-balls.  The righty threw 60 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

Ryan Sherriff and Sam Tuivailala each threw an inning.  Sherriff was touched for a run on three hits while Tuivailala allowed a hit in the ninth for his 13th save.

Friday’s game:  at Omaha (32-46), 7:05 pm CT, Corey Baker (1-0, 0.00)


Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 1

A three-run second catapulted Springfield over the Hooks in the first of three at Corpus Christi.  After dropping its first three games of the second half, Springfield has won three straight.

The S-Cards generated half of their eight team hits in the second, with the big blow a two-run double by Michael Ohlman that scored Paul DeJong (walk) and Carson Kelly (single).  Ohlman crossed home on Juan Herrera’s liner up the middle, the latter advancing to second on Harrison Bader’s only hit of the game.  But the visitors failed to capitalize on the two-on/one-out opportunity and the scoring was done for the night.


Starter J.C. Sulbaran (W, 1-1) was on his game, striking out seven through six while allowing a run on five hits and a walk.  Pedro Echemendia, Justin Wright and Kevin Herget each faced the minimum in their respective one inning of work.  Wright struck out the side and Herget earned his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (4-3), 7:05 pm CT, Andrew Morales (4-4, 3.48)


Fort Myers 2 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (3-5) dropped its fourth straight, this time a 2-0 decision to Fort Myers (5-2).  The streak includes a three-game road sweep by the Miracle, during which the Beach Birds scored just five runs in total.

Jack Flaherty took the tough loss, his fifth in seven decisions.  Flaherty permitted both scores, one earned, on four hits and two free passes.  But it took the 20-year-old a whopping 100 pitches (64 strikes) to make it through just 4 2/3 innings.  The right-hander fanned four.

Chandler Hawkins tossed two scoreless frames, yielding two hits and letting one of two inherited runners to score.  Kyle Grana struck out four over the final 2 1/3, giving up a hit.

The Beach Birds were held to just five hits with no player having more than one.

Friday’s game:  vs. St Lucie (3-4), 6:30 pm ET, John Walter (1-1, 2.51)


Peoria 11 at Beloit 0

Eight late tallies blew open a competitive game as Peoria (3-5) salvaged the final of four at Beloit (4-4) with an 11-0 shellacking of the Snappers.

With the game scoreless through five, the visitors broke through for three in the sixth before producing two four-run frames in the eighth and ninth.  The Chiefs translated 16 hits and six walks into those 11 scores, led by Jose Godoy who went 4-for-6 with a double, run scored and an RBI.


R.J. Dennard and Eliezer Alvarez were right behind Godoy with three hits apiece.  Dennard finished a home run shy of the cycle in four at bats with a base-on-balls and three runs scored.  One of Alvarez’s hits was his third blast of 2016, a three-run shot comprising part of his two runs scored and five driven in.

Harley Holt led a trio of Chiefs pitchers blanking the Snappers on eight hits. Pressed into service in place of injured starter Ryan Helsley, Holt allowed five hits in 3 2/3 innings and did not issue a free pass. Luke Harrison (W, 2-1) tiptoed around two hits and three walks in 3 1/3 and Jorge Rodriguez gave up just one hit over the last two innings.

Friday’s game:  vs. Clinton (7-1), 7:00 pm CT, Junior Fernandez (5-5, 3.47)


State College 10 vs. Brooklyn 4

The Spikes (10-4) scored in four straight frames in a come-from-behind win over Brooklyn (6-8).  The victory gave State College the series win as well.

Down 3-1 after four, the home team then exploded. State College took the lead for good with a four-run fifth before expanding their advantage with three in the sixth plus single scores in the seventh and eighth. 


First baseman Ryan McCarvel, our Player of the Day, hit for the cycle in five at-bats, touching home twice and knocking in five.  Left fielder Dylan Tice compiled three more of the team’s 15 hits, with three singles and three runs scored.  Vincent Jackson, Bladimil Franco and Elier Rodriguez each had two hits.

All three tallies charged to Ronnie Williams in eight innings crossed the plate in the fourth when the righty yielded four of his six hits and his only walk.  Williams (W, 2-1) fanned 10 and threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes.  Jordan DeLorenzo was charged with a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley (3-11), 7:05 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (1-1, 2.57)


Johnson City 0 at Danville 3

Johnson City (5-3) was shut out by Danville, 3-0, evening the road series at one game each with one to play.

Frederis Parra took the loss in his first decision, permitting three runs, two earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls in 5 1/3.  Levi MaVorhis issued one free pass over 1 2/3, leaving Parra’s last runner aboard.  Noel Gonzalez walked one in his inning on the bump.

Bryce Denton was the sole shining light in the Appy Birds’ offense, singling and doubling in four at bats.  Unfortunately, that was half of his squad’s hits.

Friday’s game:  at Danville (4-4), 7:00 pm ET, Jordan Hicks (0-0, 4.91)


GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 4 (6 1/2 innings)  

The Gulf Birds (4-2) could not hold an early lead, falling to the Gulf Mets, 4-1, a game that was called midway through the seventh due to rain.

Franyel Casadilla (L, 1-1) was touched for two runs on nine hits and a free pass in five, striking out six.  Robbie Gordon allowed two more tallies on three hits in the sixth and Josh Wirsu was ready but unable to take the mound for the seventh.

The Cardinals generated seven hits spread among seven players.  Andy Young singled home Hunter Newman (single) in the second inning for his team’s only score.

Friday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (4-2), 12:00 pm ET, Juan Alvarez (0-0, 0.00)


DSL Cardinals 8 vs. DSL Yankees2 3

The Dominican Birds (18-5) claimed an 8-3 victory over the DSL Yankees2, their seventh win in their last eight games.

The team banged out 11 hits, paced by designated hitter Hector Linares, who singled three times in five at bats, scoring once and driving in one.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez and left fielder Carlos Luis both went 2-for-5, Rodriguez knocking in three and Luis scoring once.  Infielder Oscar Cotes singled twice in four at bats with a run scored and RBI.


Edwar Ramirez (W, 1-0) did a fine job through five, holding the opposition to an unearned run while giving up three hits and two walks.  Wilfredo Pereira was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks over 2 1/3, giving way to Estailin Tejada, who struck out three of his five batters for his first save.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Yankees2 (7-15), 10:30 am ET, Diego Cordero (1-0, 4.50)

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