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 3-3 on Saturday with two games either postponed or suspended due to weather. Our Players of the Day are the Johnson City Cardinals’ offense, who rallied in the bottom of the ninth to score four runs after falling behind by three runs in the top half of the ninth to secure a hard fought victory against the Princeton Rays.

Results for games played Saturday, July 2.


Memphis at Omaha

This game was postponed due to inclement weather.  It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, July 3.

Sunday’s games:  at Omaha, Jerome Williams (4-1, 3.13) 5:00 CT (doubleheader Game 1).

                          at Omaha, Kurt Heyer (0-0, 8.57) (Game 2 following).


Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 6

Walks and a fielding error led to a big inning against starter Luke Weaver, who pitched six innings, giving up four unearned runs on six hits to suffer his first loss of the season.  Ronnie Shaban followed with a scoreless seventh, but Josh Lucas gave up a two run home run in the eighth to put the lid on the loss.

Nick Martini was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Michael Ohlman was also 2-for-4.  Harrison Bader plated a fifth inning run with a double.  Luke Voit was hitless but drove in a run on a ground out.

The Cardinals have a record of 4-4 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at San Antonio, TBA 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 4, St. Lucie 2

A four run offensive burst by the Cardinals offense in the fifth inning led to the seventh win for starter Matt Pearce.  Pearce pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  Chandler Hawkins retired two batters in the eighth and was lifted for Blake McKnight, who finished the game and earned his first career save.


The big fifth inning began with back to back singles by Orlando Olivera and Oscar Mercado.  With Thomas Spitz at the plate, a wild pitch advanced the runners, and a double by Spitz scored them both.  A ground rule double off the bat of Darren Seferina plated Spitz.  A stolen base, two walks and single by Jesse Jenner brought Seferina home.

The Cardinals have a record of 4-6 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Ian McKinney (6-4, 3.34) 5:00 CT.


Peoria 0, Clinton 2

This was a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning, when Chiefs’ pitching blinked first.  Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out 10 and walking three.  The last walk issued by Alcantara was in the seventh, and that walk became the winning run.  Reliever Gerwuins Velazco gave up the double and the sac fly that scored that inherited runner, then surrendered the single that plated a second run.  Velazco was lifted in the eighth for Tyler Bray, who finished the game without allowing additional scores.  Alcantara suffered his fifth loss.

The offense scattered five hits across nine innings, all singles.  Dylan Becker was 2-for-3.

The Chiefs have a record of 4-6 in the second half.

Sunday’s game: vs. Clinton, Dailyn Martinez (0-0, 0.00) 2:00 CT.


State College 4, Mahoning Valley 1

Spikes’ pitching kept the Scrappers at bay into the ninth inning of this 12th win of the season for the Spikes.  John Kilikchowski started and tossed three scoreless innings before being lifted for Dewin Perez.  Perez pitched the next five innings-plus, giving up only one run on two hits, both hits occurring in the ninth inning.  Brady Bowen entered with the bases loaded and no outs and retired the next three batters, though a sac fly plated an inherited runner for the Scrappers’ only run of the game.  Bowen earned his first save of the season, with Perez getting his second win.


Elier Rodriguez, 3-for-4 including a double, led the offense.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-4 and Vincent Jackson was 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI.  Danny Hudzina plated a run on a sacrifice double play in the sixth inning.

State College is now 12-4 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, Carson Cross (1-1, 4.86) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 11, Princeton 10

It was a wild one between the Cardinals and the Rays on Saturday night.  The Cardinals had a two run lead going into the ninth inning, when the game suddenly took a turn.  Nine runs were scored between the two teams in the ninth.  Fortunately, the Cardinals came out on top.

Starter Austin Sexton lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Ramon Santos relieved with two outs in the fourth and contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Keaton Siomkin pitched the eighth, and Yeison Medina the ninth.  Siomikin actually began the ninth, but immediately gave up two singles and was lifted for Medina.  The two inherited runners scored, and three more runs were surrendered by Medina before the top half of the inning ended with the Rays holding a three run lead.  Medina was charged with a blown save, but thanks to his offense, was given the win as well.

After entering the ninth with seven runs on the board, the offense rallied for four runs for the walkoff win. Yariel Gonzalez plated the first. The second scored on an Andrew Knizner ground out and the final play was a fielding error by the Princeton shortstop that allowed two runs to cross the plate.


Three Cardinals hitters had three hit nights - Allen Cordoba (3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored), Joshua Lopez (3-for-5 with two runs scored), and Gonzalez (3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored).  Also plating runs were Luis Bandes, Matt Fiedler, Knizner, Caleb Lopes, and DeAndre Asbury-Heath. 

The Cardinals are now 7-3 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Princeton, Daniel Castano (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 0, GCL Nationals 17

The Cardinals pitching failed miserably while the hitting couldn’t get anything going against a well-known Nationals pitcher in this massive Saturday blowout.

Starter Juan Alvarez took his first loss of the season, lasting only 2 1/3 innings while giving up seven runs on six hits. Will Changarotty fared no better as he surrendered seven more runs, four earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Paul Salazar followed with two innings, yielding one run.  Robert Calvano finished with two innings, giving up a two run home run, the only hit he allowed.

While facing former major leaguer Bronson Arroyo, the Cardinals managed only three singles - by Luis Flores, first round draft pick Dylan Carlson, and Dennis Ortega.  Delvin Perez singled in the eighth for the fourth and final hit.

The Cardinals are now 4-3.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 10:00 a.m. ET (doubleheader Game 1)

                            vs. GCL Astros, TBA, (Game 2 following)


DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Nationals

This game was suspended due to rain in the second inning. The Cardinals were up 7-1, taking advantage of five walks and three hits.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez had a three-run triple. Starter Junior Gonzalez also yielded three hits and one earned run.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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