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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 first baseman Luke Voit, who was 4-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored in Springfield’s blowout win over Corpus Christi.

Results for games played Friday, July 8.

Memphis 3, Round Rock 2

The Redbirds defeated the Express in a close contest with the aid of outfielder Harrison Bader, recently promoted from Double-A.  Bader provided all three runs for the Redbirds.  His two-run home run in the sixth inning tied the game, and his RBI single plated the winning run in the eighth.  Bader was the only Memphis hitter with a multi-hit game.  The only other extra base hit was a double by Michael Ohlman.

Starter Jerome Williams tossed 7 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  Dean Kiekhefer finished the game in scoreless fashion to earn his fourth win of the season.

The Redbirds record is 43-44.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Trey Nielsen (0-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 14, Corpus Christi 5

The long ball was supreme as the Cardinals hit a team-record seven, good for 12 runs.

Luke Voit hit two homers and had two RBI singles as well for a total of five runs driven in.  Voit scored three times.  Luiz Cruz was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored.  Allen Staton was 3-for-3 with one home run, three RBI and three runs.  Paul DeJong hit a solo home run in the second inning; Blake Drake also had a solo shot in the fifth.  Jonathan Rodriguez was 2-for-5.

Daniel Poncedeleon picked up his fifth win of the season, despite giving up five runs on two long balls - a grand slam in the third inning, and a solo home run in the fifth.  Poncedeleon pitched 6 2/3 innings. Ronnie Shaban and Rowan Wick combined for 2 1/3 frames of scoreless relief.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 7-7.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Austin Gomber (6-6, 3.16) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 10

Starter Ian McKinney had a very rough outing on Friday, giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched.  Five home runs accounted for seven of Lakeland’s ten tallies.  Chandler Hawkins and Josh Wirsu combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.  McKinney was charged with this fifth loss of the season.

The Cardinals scored five runs on eight hits, with outfielder Vaughn Bryan contributing a solo home run in the seventh inning.  Darren Seferina was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Oscar Mercado was also 2-for-4.  Thomas Spitz hit an RBI triple in the fourth and Cole Lankford singled in a run in the fourth.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 6-10.

Saturday’s game:  at Lakeland, TBA 5:00 CT.


Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 4

Chiefs’ starter Sandy Alcantara suffered his seventh loss of the season, despite pitching a quality start.  Alcantara tossed six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, fanning nine and walking three.  Harley Holt allowed a run on three hits in his two innings of relief.

Chris Chinea was a perfect 4-for-4 with one RBI.  Magneuris Sierra plated one and was 2-for-4.  Brian O’Keefe doubled.  Aikin walked three times and singled in four plate appearances, but only scored once.

Sierra had an outfield assist but also committed his seventh error, a throwing miscue.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 8-8.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Juan Perez (3-1, 3.72) 6:35 CT.


State College 3, Auburn 0

Starter John Kilichowski pitched five strong innings in State College Friday night, allowing no runs on five hits before being lifted for Dewin Perez.  Perez provided the final four innings of scoreless relief, earning his first save, while Kilichowski picked up his first win as a professional.

The Spikes got on the board in the first inning on consecutive singles by Jose Martinez, Vincent Jackson, and Ryan McCarvel.  Two more runs were added in the seventh, including one on a single by Jeremy Martinez.  Jackson was 2-for-4; Jose Martinez scored two runs.

State College is now 15-6 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Carson Cross (1-2, 4.38) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Kingsport

The game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Johnson City on July 28.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Austin Sexton (0-0, 4.05) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Astros 3 (10 innings)

Jacob Schlesener pitched four scoreless innings for the Cardinals to begin this extra inning contest.  Paul Salazar, Colton Thomson, and Robbie Gordon each pitched two innings of relief, and each gave up a run.  Thomson’s was unearned.  Gordon earned his first professional win.

The Cardinals secured the victory with a five run 10th inning.  Number one draft pick Delvin Perez continues to be hot at the plate, going a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI.  Andy Young was 2-for-5.  Starlin Balbuena plated two on an eighth inning single.  Pinch hitter Dennis Ortega drove in two with a 10th inning single.  Carlos Rodriguez and Edwin Figuera each drew a walk to plate a score in the 10th.

The Cardinals have a record of 6-7.

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Rockies 2

In a back-and-forth contest, the Cardinals got on the board first on a double by Dariel Gomez in the second inning followed by a fielding error that sent him home.  After the Rockies tied it up in the third, the Cardinals took the lead again in the fourth on a solo home run by Julio Rodriguez, his first of the season.  The Rockies tied it up again in the eighth, but the Cardinals scored three in the ninth to secure the win.  A Diomedes Del Rio triple plated two, and an Esqueil Delgado single drove in Del Rio for the third score.  Carlos Soto was 2-for-4.

Starter Noel De Jesus pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits. Brian Pirela and Estailin Tejada added two innings of relief each.  Tejada allowed the tying run in the eighth and was tagged with the blown save, but the offense bailed him out in the ninth and he was given the win, his first of the season.

The Cardinals have a record of 21-8 and remain two games ahead in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Tigers, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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