Michael Ohlman (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 5-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield C/1B Michael Ohlman, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the Double-A Cards’ blowout in Corpus Christi.

Results for games played Friday, July 1.


Memphis 4 at Omaha 5 (10 innings)

The Redbirds lost a tough one on an extra inning walkoff in Omaha on Friday night.

Starter Corey Baker pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, one hit a solo home run in the first inning.  Dean Kiekhefer pitched 2 1/3 innings, surrendering the tying run in the sixth and being tagged with a blown save.  Corey Littrell finished, yielding the winning run in the bottom of the 10th and earning the loss.

The Redbirds offense knocked out 13 hits.  Dean Anna and Jacob Wilson drove in all four runs, including a solo home run from each.  Wilson was 2-for-4 with three RBI, Anna was 3-for-4.  Michael McKenry was 2-for-5, Charlie Tilson was 2-for-4.

Memphis' record is 38-42.

Saturday’s game:  at Omaha, Jerome Williams (4-1, 3.13) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 11 at Corpus Christi 1

The Cardinals pounded the Hooks in Corpus Christi, with a grand slam by Jonathan Rodriguez the big blow.  Paul DeJong went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Player of the Day Michael Ohlman was 3-for-4, plating four runs on two doubles.  Luis Cruz was 2-for-4 with an RBI.


Starter Andrew Morales went three scoreless innings, allowing only two hits.  Chris Perry followed with two scoreless frames.   Heath Wyatt yielded the only Hooks run in his three innings of work, but earned the win.  Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless ninth.

The 10-run win was the largest margin of victory for Springfield this season. The Cards are 4-3 in the second half, just 1/2 game out of first.

Saturday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Luke Weaver (4-0, 1.15) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 6

The Cardinals couldn’t get traction against the Mets as they lost their sixth in nine second half games.  For the full-season, Palm Beach is just 11-25 as the home team.

The offense scored three runs on five hits.  Catcher Steve Bean was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.  Orlando Olivera also doubled.  Cole Lankford was hitless but drove in two runs on a ground out and a sac fly.  Andrew Sohn scored twice.

Jhohan Acevedo had an outfield assist.

Starter John Walker was tagged with his first loss since joining the organization last month.  Walker pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  Cody Schumacher allowed three more Mets’ scores in the seventh.  Michael Heesch and Landon Beck combined for the remaining two scoreless innings of relief.

The Cardinals have a record of 3-6 in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Matt Pearce (6-5, 2.69) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 5, Clinton 4

The Chiefs won a close one on Friday night, as starter Junior Fernandez won his sixth game of the season.  Fernandez pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, one earned on five hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning.  Fernandez struck out seven and walked none. Nick Frey, Steven Gallardo, and Steven De La Cruz combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings.  De La Cruz earned his third save.


The Chiefs offense scored all five of their runs in the third and fourth innings.  A two run home run by Magneuris Sierra in the third opened the scoring.  Edmundo Sosa was hit by a pitch, and then two singles from Jose Godoy and Brian O’Keefe, followed by a sac fly from R.J. Dennard scored Sosa for the third run.  A Dylan Becker walk, a double by Craig Aikin and a sac fly from Sierra plated one score and a Sosa single plated a second in the fourth inning. Sierra finished with three RBI.

The Chiefs’ second-half record is 4-5.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Sandy Alcantara (5-5, 4.68) 5:00 CT.


State College 4, Mahoning Valley 3

Spikes starter Bryan Dobzanski pitched his way to his second win on the season, giving up one run on six hits in six innings pitched.  Dobzanski struck out six and walked none.  Reliever Max Almonte surrendered two scores in his two innings and Eric Carter pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.


Center fielder Anthony Ray drove in two on a fifth inning home run.  Catcher Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Ryan McCarvel plated a run on fourth inning double.

Tommy Edman stole his fourth and fifth bases of the season in six attempts.

State College is now 11-4 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, John Kilichowski (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 1 at Danville 0

Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks pitched six strong innings to earn his first win of the season.  Hicks allowed only three hits while striking out six and walking three.  Ross Vance and Leland Tilley combined for three scoreless innings with Tilley earning the save, his first of the season.


The lone run was scored in the first inning.  Carlos Torres, who was 2-for-4 on the night, led off with a single. Shane Billings singled to advance Torres to second.  Caleb Lopes was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Torres then scored on a wild pitch.  The only other Cardinal with multi-hits was DeAndre Asbury-Heath, who was 2-for-3.

Asbury-Heath stole his first base of the season in his first attempt.

The Cardinals are now 6-3 on the season and lead the Appalachian League West by one game.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Princeton, Austin Sexton (0-0, 0.00) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals----Off

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 11:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Yankees2 1

Both teams scored all of their runs in the first inning with the pitching prevailing the rest of the way.  Starter Noel De Jesus won his third game, after pitching five innings and giving up only one unearned run on one hit.  Wilman Madera added two scoreless innings, followed by Cristhian Lugo with a scoreless eighth.  Fabian Blanco pitched the ninth to earn his third save.


Left fielder Carlos Luis singled in the first run of the game on his way to a 2-for-4 day.  Oscar Cotes followed with a two RBI double.  Raffy Ozuna was 2-for-4.

Cotes stole his first base of the season on his first attempt.

The Cardinals have a record of 19-5 and have a three-game lead in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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

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