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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 on 6-2 Saturday. Our Player of the Day is State College first baseman Ryan McCarvel, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Spikes’ win over Auburn.

Results for games played Saturday, July 9.


Memphis 4, Round Rock 1 (seven innings)

The Redbirds won their fourth straight in this rain-shortened game.


Starter Trey Nielsen earned his first Memphis win following his promotion to Triple-A.  Nielsen pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits.  Ryan Sheriff pitched the remaining 1 2/3 innings to earn his first save.

DH Jose Martinez was 2-fo-3 with a double and two RBI.  Breyvic Valera was 2-for-2 with a double and one run driven in.  Harrison Bader also doubled and scored a run.

Dean Anna had an interesting night on the base paths, stealing third base for his second stolen base in five attempts, but getting caught stealing for the third time in five attempts and getting picked off first base.

Memphis has a record of 44-44.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Deck McGuire (6-7. 4.47) 1:35 CT.


Springfield 2, San Antonio 1

This game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Missions plated one against another just-promoted starter, Austin Gomber.  Gomber pitched six innings, allowing only the lone run on four hits. Josh Lucas pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, his fourth.  Ronnie Shaban added a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.


The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth on a solo home run by Paul DeJong, his 15th of the season.  Blake Drake was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.  The winning run crossed the plate in the eighth when Drake tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals have a record of 8-7 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, J.C. Sulbaran (1-1, 3.94) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 3

Runs via the long ball was the theme on Saturday night at Lakeland.  The Cardinals scored five of their six runs via the home run.  It began in the second inning with a solo shot off the bat of Vaughn Bryan.  A two run blast by Orlando Olivera followed in the third.  Andrew Brodbeck matched Olivera with his own two run shot in the sixth.  Olivera and Brodbeck were each 2-for-4 on the night.  Darren Seferina and Michael Pritchard were 2-for-5 and Cole Lankford was 3-for-5.  Casey Grayson was hitless but plated a run on a sac fly.


Swingman Blake McKnight pitched four scoreless innings, allowing on two hit and striking out three.  Cody Schumacher followed with two scoreless innings to pick up the win.  Michael Heesch gave up all three Lakeland runs in his 1 1/3 innings, before Landon Beck finished with 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the save.

The Cardinals have a record of 7-10 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Lakeland, Jack Flaherty (2-6, 3.82) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 2

This contest was a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning, when the Chiefs scored after a leadoff single by Bladimil Franco, who crossed the plate two batters later on single by Carlos Torres.  The Timber Rattlers scored two in the seventh, but the Chiefs battled back in the eighth for two of their own to retake the lead for the last time. 

In the decisive eighth, a leadoff single by Eliezer Alvarez, a wild pitch, a walk by R. J. Dennard, a second wild pitch to score Alvarez from third, and a single by Franco that plated Dennard did the damage.  Franco and Torres were both 2-for-4; Alvarez was 2-for-3.


Chiefs’ starter Juan Perez hurled 6 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and fanning nine. Steven De La Cruz pitched 1 1/3 innings, taking both a blown save and a win, his third.  Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save.

The Chiefs have a record of 9-8 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Brennan Leitao (5-7, 3.48) 1:05 CT.


State College 10, Auburn 3

Starter Carson Cross pitched a strong six innings for the Spikes on Saturday night, giving up only one run on five hits, fanning four and walking three.  Cross earned his second win of the season.  In his first rehab appearance, Robby Rowland surrendered the remaining two Auburn runs in the seventh inning, and Max Almonte followed with two scoreless innings.


The Spikes scored seven of their ten runs in the second inning.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored.  Player of the Day Ryan McCarvel was 3-for-5 with two runs driven in, including a solo home run in the sixth inning.  Josh Swirchak plated one, scored two runs, and was 2-for-4.  Mick Fennel was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.  Also driving in runs were Dylan Tice, Vincent Jackson, and Danny Hudzina.

State College is now 16-6 on the season and in first place by four games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Steven Farinaro (2-0, 5.56) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 0, Bluefield 3

The Cardinals offense was shut down by Blue Jays pitching, as they were shut out on only five hits.  J. R. Davis was 2-for-4.  Joshua Lopez doubled and Allen Cordoba tripled.  The only other hit was single by Andrew Knizner.

Starter Daniel Castano pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Ramon Santos gave up the first Blue Jays run in his two innings of work and was the losing pitcher. Julio Mateo followed with 1 2/3 innings and one run surrendered; Levi MaVorhis allowed the third run in his 1 1/3. Noel Gonzalez finished with a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals are now 9-7 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Ian Oxnevad (1-1, 3.57) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Marlins 1

Two home runs were the difference in this close contest on Saturday in Jupiter.  Two solo shots, from second baseman Brady Whalen and third sacker Starlin Balbuena, were the only runs for the Cardinals, but it was enough.  Balbuena and DH Andy Young were 2-for-3.


Starter Anthony Ciavarellla tossed four scoreless innings, allowed two hits and fanned three. His tandem mate Mike O’Reilly pitched two scoreless for his first win. Memphis rehabber Thomas Lee allowed one unearned run in his two innings, and Jonathon Mulford followed with a scoreless inning to earn his second save.

The Cardinals are now 7-7.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Tigers 11 (11 innings)

Scoring 10 runs usually results in a win, but such was not the case for the DSL Cardinals on Saturday.  The road club put up three runs early, but surrendered the lead in the middle innings.  A run of seven scored across the seventh, eighth, and ninth restored the lead for the Cardinals, only for the Tigers to steal it back by tying it up in the ninth, and winning on a walk off in the 11th.

The Cardinals offense scored 10 runs with only one extra base hit, a double by Brian Sanchez, who was 2-for-6 with an RBI.  Diomedes Del Rio was also 2-for- 6 and drove in three runs.  Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-6 and plated one.  Carlos Soto drove in three and was 2-for-4; Andres Luna was 2-for-3.  Wadye Ynfante had only one hit but plated two.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits. Jesus Garcia gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits in 1 2/3 frames. Enrique Perez surrendered one run in 1 2/3; Fabian Blanco yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Wilfredo Pereira was charged with a blown save after relieving Blanco in the ninth with two on and one out.  Blanco got the final two outs but not until he gave up a double and a single to score the two inherited runners that tied the game.  Wilman Madera finished, giving up the walk off hit, and taking the loss.

The Cardinals are now 21-9, but remain in first place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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