J.C. Sulbaran / Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos

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 Springfield, Peoria and State College victorious. Our Players of the Day are the Springfield pitching tandem of J.C. Sulbaran, Rowan Wick, and Josh Lucas, who combined for a two-hit shutout of NW Arkansas.

Results for games played Saturday, July 16.


Memphis 8 at Albuquerque 9

In a frustrating night for the Redbirds, they fought back from an early deficit to take a two-run lead only to have the Isotopes tie the game and then steal the lead away again for the win in a ninth-inning walk off.

Starter Alex Reyes had a rough outing, pitching five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. Ryan Sheriff blew the save in the sixth after the Redbirds had taken a two-run lead.  Sheriff allowed two runs on four hits in his two innings pitched.  Sam Tuivailala pitched the eighth and the ninth, giving up the walk off runs in the ninth to earn the loss, his second.

The Redbirds offense scored eight runs on 13 hits, which should have been enough to win.  Harrison Bader was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jeremy Hazelbaker drove in three runs and was 2-for-3.  Breyvic Valera and Efren Navarro were 2-for-4; Valera also plated a run.  Charlie Tilson pinch hit for Reyes and remained in the game to play left field, and drove in a run.

Memphis has a record of 45-47.

Sunday’s game:  at Albuquerque, Deck McGuire (6-7, 4.81) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 0

A two-run blast off the bat of Allen Staton was all the offense needed to secure a victory in NW Arkansas on Saturday night.  The Cardinals provided eight more hits, including doubles by Anthony Garcia and Blake Drake.  Staton and Drake were both 2-for-4.


The pitching was close to perfection as all three Cardinals pitchers pitched brilliantly.  J.C. Sulbaran tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and fanning five. Relievers Rowan Wick and Josh Lucas combined for 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings to finish the game.  Sulbaran earned his second win, Lucas, his 11th save.


The Cardinals have a record of 9-12 in the second half.


Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, John Walter (0-1, 6.35) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Clearwater 6

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched a quality start on Saturday but was not rewarded for his efforts.  Flaherty tossed 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on 12 hits while fanning four.  Kyle Grana followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Blake McKnight pitched the ninth with a one run lead, but he blew the save, allowing three runs, and also took the loss.

The offense didn’t score until the sixth inning, but put four runs up across the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  Cole Lankford and Oscar Mercado were 2-for-4, and Lankford plated a run.  Michael Pritchard and Orlando Olivera had sacrifice flies.

The Cardinals have a record of 7-16 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Brevard County, Jacob Evans (3-7, 3.84) 4:00 CT.


Peoria 4, Great Lakes 3

Peoria held on to win on Saturday, despite a ninth inning rally by Great Lakes that fell just short.  Fresh off the disabled list, starter Derian Gonzalez pitched three perfect innings, allowing no runs, no hits, and fanning two.  Jorge Rodriguez followed with four scoreless, three hit innings to earn his second win.  Harley Holt pitched the eighth and into the ninth before being lifted with two outs in the ninth for Steven De La Cruz.  Two Loons tallies in the ninth were charged to Holt and one to De La Cruz, who earned his fifth save after allowing three hits and a walk before finally securing the last out.


Offensively, a third inning solo home run off the bat of Edmundo Sosa was the highlight, as the shortstop went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.   Leobaldo Pina was 2-for-3 with two runs driven in.  Eliezer Alvarez and R.J. Dennard were each 2-for-4.

The Chiefs stand at a record of 12-11 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Dailyn Martinez (1-2, 7.30) 5:00 CT.


State College 9, Mahoning Valley 3

Spikes’ starter Steven Farinaro earned his fourth win of the season with a quality start on Saturday.  Other than a three run hiccup in the second inning, Farinaro cruised through six innings, allowing the three runs on six hits and striking out seven.  Robby Rowland and Jonathan Escudero combined for three scoreless innings of relief.


The Spikes offense plated nine runs on nine hits. Ryan McCarvel was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-3 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.  Matt Davis plated his first two runners as a professional on a first inning single.  Riley Drongesen tripled in a run in the fifth.

State College is now 19-10 on the season and in first place by three games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Lowell, Ronnie Williams (3-1, 2.62) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 5 at Pulaski 6 (12 innings)

The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker in Pulaski on Saturday night, a game that was delayed by rain and then extended into extra innings, before concluding with a walk off defeat.

The Cardinals sent seven pitchers to the mound, starting with Austin Sexton.  After his offense took a two-run lead to begin the game, Sexton retired all three batters he faced before the rain ended his night prematurely.  After the game resumed, Levi MaVorhis pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits. Leland Tilley surrendered another run in the fifth.  Ross Vance began the sixth, and after giving up a double and hitting a batter, was lifted for Estarlin Arias with one out and two on.  Arias retired the last two hitters, then returned for two more innings of scoreless, hitless relief.

Keaton Siomkin followed Arias in the ninth and blew the save, surrendering two runs to send the game into extra innings.  After the offense took the lead in the 10th, Siomkin again gave up the tying run in the bottom of the frame.  Yeison Medina pitched the 11th and 12th innings, yielding the winning run in the bottom of the 12th on a walk off single.  Medina took the loss, his first.

Shane Billings and Erik Garcia were each 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Yariel Gonzalez was 2-for-6.  Also driving in runs were Joshua Lopez, Matt Fiedler, and Jonathan Rivera.

The Cardinals are now 12-9 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Pulaski, TBA 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals---Off

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals---Off

Sunday’s game:  Dominican Summer League All-Star Game at Seattle complex, American vs. National League, 9 a.m. CT.

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