J.D. Murders

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

Friday was brutal for the Cardinals minor league system, as only one game of the seven played ended in a win. Memphis and Springfield were blown out and Palm Beach lost in 13 innings. Johnson City was rained out. Our Player of the Day is GCL Cardinals second baseman J.D. Murders.

Our Player of the Day is GCL Cardinals second baseman J.D. Murders, who was 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Cardinals win over the GCL Mets, the only victory.

Results for games played Friday, July 15.


Memphis 5 at Albuquerque 10

The long ball was featured prominently in Albuquerque.  The Redbirds launched three for four of their five runs.  A solo shot by Jeremy Hazelbaker was first.  Dean Anna blasted a two run shot in the fourth, before David Washington hit a solo shot in the seventh.  The other Redbirds run scored on an RBI single by the starting pitcher, Jerome Williams.

Williams did not fare well on the mound, however, as he gave up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings pitched to earn his third loss of the season.  Two hits were home runs, a two run shot in the second inning and a grand slam in the fourth.  Juan Gonzalez pitched the sixth inning and surrendered two runs without giving up a hit.  Gonzalez walked the first three batters and a ground out and sac fly plated the two runs.  Miguel Socolovich pitched a scoreless seventh and Dean Kiekhefer yielded the final tally in the eighth.

The Redbirds record is 45-46.

Saturday’s game:  at Albuquerque, Alex Reyes (2-1, 4.35) 8:05 CT.


Springfield 4 at NW Arkansas 10

The Naturals offense had a field day with Cardinals pitching, scoring 10 runs before it was all over with.  Starter Trey Nielsen lasted just four innings, surrendering four runs, three earned on seven hits.  Ronnie Shaban gave up three more runs in two innings pitched to take the loss.  Kevin Herget allowed three runs, one earned, in 2/3 innings, before Josh Lucas and Justin Wright managed to stop the bleeding over the remaining 1 1/3 innings.


The Cardinals offensive efforts consisted of 11 hits and four runs.  Paul DeJong blasted a two run home run in the third inning and was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Anthony Garcia was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Allen Staton was 3-for-5.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 8-12.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, J.C. Sulbaran (1-1, 4.06) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 5 (13 innings)

This game was a pitcher’s duel in every sense of the word.  Both starters went six innings and gave up one run each.  Relievers on each side kept the game tied until the 13th inning when the final relievers on both teams gave up multiple runs.  Even the number of pitchers on both sides, five, was the same.  It was the Cardinals that came out on the short end, however.


Starter Austin Gomber pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, eight strikeouts and two walks.  Relievers Davis Ward, Chandler Hawkins, and Landon Beck combined for five scoreless frames. Cody Schumacher pitched two innings and surrendered four runs on four hits to take the loss, his first.

The Cardinals scored in the second inning on a solo home run by Thomas Spitz, their only extra base hit of the game.  The offense rallied for two runs in the 13th on a single, two walks, an error and a sac fly.  The rally ended when Andrew Brodbeck was caught stealing for the final out.  Cole Lankford provided much of the offense after the Spitz home run, going 5 for-6.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  

Palm Beach has a second half record of 7-15.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Jack Flaherty (2-7, 4.00) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 0, Lansing 3

The Chiefs could get no traction against Lugnuts pitching, failing to bring a run home on Friday night.  The offense managed to scatter seven hits.  Carlos Torres was 2-for-4.  Bladimil Franco was 2-for-3.

Starter Juan Perez went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, including a two run home run.  Despite the quality start, Perez took the loss, his second.  Nick Frey and Steven Gallardo combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Peoria has a second half record of 11-11.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, TBA 6:35 CT.


State College 5, Mahoning Valley 9

A ninth inning rally fell short as the Spikes lost a tough one to the Scrappers on Friday night.

Starter Carson Cross suffered his second loss of the season, as the tall right-hander gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits in five innings pitched.  Reliever Bob Wheatley surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings, before Jordan DeLorenzo yielded one score in two innings.  Spencer Trayner retired the final batter in the ninth.

On offense, Ricardo Bautista and Danny Hudzina were each 2-for-5; Hudzina drove in two runs, Bautista plated one.  Vincent Jackson and Jeremy Martinez were both 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Mick Fennel was 2-for-3.

State College is now 18-10 on the season and remains in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, Steven Farinaro (3-0, 5.34) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Burlington

This game was postponed due to rain. The two clubs will make up the contest in Johnson City during the Royals' August 7-9 visit.

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


GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 5

The Cardinals won a close one over the Mets on Friday, as 31st round draft pick J.D. Murders led the offense. The second baseman had a 2-for-4 performance consisting of a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored, in just his second professional game.  Tyler Lancaster drove in two on a single and a sac fly.  Delvin Perez plated one on a double.


Starter Mike O’Reilly allowed a solo home run in the second inning and three additional hits over his four innings pitched.  Silas Bohannan gave up two unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Anthony Ciavarella earned his second win, after pitching 3 1/3 innings, and surrendering two additional runs, both unearned.  Colton Thomson tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first professional save.

The Cardinals have a record of 10-9.

Saturday’s game:  Off.


DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Brewers 5

Starter Angel Rondon suffered his second loss of the season after pitching four innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  Wilman Madera surrendered two unearned runs his two innings.  Brian Pirela, Enrique Perez, and Estailin Tejada combined for three scoreless innings to finish the game.

On the offensive side, Leandro Cedeno was 3-for-4.  Elehuris Montero was 2-for-4, and Esequeil Delgado was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Montero, Wadye Ynfante, and Raffy Ozuna drove in one run each.

The Cardinals have a record of 24-11 and remain two games ahead in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  Off

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