Delvin Perez

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 4-4 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is GCL Cardinals’ leadoff man Delvin Perez. The shortstop went 3-for-6 with a pair of two-run singles and a two-run triple for six RBI and is now hitting .348 on the year.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 20th.

Memphis Redbirds 10 at El Paso Chihuahuas 3

After a six-game losing streak while on the road in Albuquerque and El Paso, Memphis finally got a win, hammering out 10 runs on 11 hits and moving to 46-50 in the PCL American Southern Division.

Jerome Williams put together a very solid start, going seven innings and yielding just three runs, striking out three and walking four. Ryan Sherriff and Sam Tuivailala both pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The Redbirds were led offensively by centerfielder Harrison Bader (.286/.351/.488/.838 overall line), who went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Dean Anna had two doubles, a walk, and three RBI. Charlie Tilson went 1-for-3 with a triple and two bases-on-balls while David Washington smacked his 17th home run pinch-hitting for Williams in the eighth inning.

Thursday’s games: at El Paso, Alex Reyes (2-1, 4.86 ERA) 8:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 1, Arkansas Travelers 4

Springfield ended its five-game home series with Arkansas with a fourth loss, dropping to 10-16 in the second half. The Cardinals moved into last place in the division.

Nick Martini led off once again and hit a pair of singles in his four plate appearances. Andrew Sohn and Luis Cruz went 2-for-4, including a double by Sohn. Centerfielder Blake Drake went 2-for-3.

Trey Nielsen pitched all nine innings, throwing 101 pitches. The right-hander gave up four runs on 11 hits while striking out six, walking none, and hitting a batter.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, J.C. Sulbaran (2-1, 3.45 ERA, 4-7, 5.70 ERA overall) 7:05 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 0, Brevard County Manatees 1

Palm Beach extended its hold on last place in the second half standings at 8-19 with the shutout loss to close a 1-7 homestand.

The Cardinals wasted an excellent outing from Austin Gomber by getting blanked by the Manatees. The left-hander went nine innings, striking out eight and allowing one run on 93 pitches.

The offense managed 11 baserunners through six hits and five walks, but brought none of them home. The more productive players were Vaughn Bryan, 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base, Michael Pritchard, 0-for-2 with two walks, and Oscar Mercado, 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: at Tampa, Jack Flaherty (2-7, 3.90 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 1 at West Michigan Whitecaps 11

Coming off a three-game win streak, the Peoria Chiefs, now 14-12 in the second half, were handed a loss Wednesday.

Jake Woodford started and lasted five innings. Woodford was handicapped with four unearned runs, giving up seven overall and striking out none. Luke Harrison followed, giving up a run in an inning of work and Steven Gallardo was charged with three more in his two innings.

Defensively, the Chiefs had a bad night up the middle. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez committed his 22nd error of the year and shortstop Edmundo Sosa committed two errors, his 14th and 15th.

The Peoria offense managed just four hits and two walks. R.J. Dennard went 1-for-3 with the lone run scored. Dylan Tice had a double in three plate appearances. Carlos Torres stole his first base of the year.

Thursday’s game: at West Michigan, Juan Perez (3-2, 3.68 ERA) 6:00 PM CT

The State College Spikes were off on Wednesday  

Thursday’s game: vs. Auburn, John Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 7, Greeneville Astros 6, 13 innings

Johnson City (15-10) picked up an extra inning victory, securing first place for the time being in the Appalachian League West Division.

Starter Jordan Hicks pitched five innings, allowing a single tally and striking out four, but he hit a batter and walked four others. Levi MaVorhis gave up two runs, one earned, in 1 1/3 innings. Yeison Medina pitched next, going scoreless over 1 2/3 innings. Keaton Siomkin was called on for the save in the ninth but blew it by allowing a run. Ross Vance allowed two in the 10th, but the offense bailed him out in the home half to keep the game going. Vance stayed on to cover the 11th and 12th before Noel Gonzalez shut the door on Greeneville in the 13th inning for the win.

The big story for Johnson City was Bryce Denton (.268 BA) going 4-for-6 with a double and two runs, including the game-winner. Matt Fiedler had a solid game as well at 3-for-6 with a double. Allen Cordoba was another standout, hitting 2-for-5 with a walk. J.R. Davis had his only hit in the 10th, but it was a doozy as it was his first home run of the year.

The walkoff play in the 13th was bizarre, to say the least. Here is the recap: “Andrew Knizner grounds into a force out, shortstop Miguelangel Sierra to catcher Ruben Castro. Matt Fiedler out at home. Bryce Denton scores. Stephen Zavala to 2nd. Andrew Knizner advances to 1st, on a missed catch error by first baseman Connor MacDonald.”

Thursday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Austin Sexton (0-0, 3.52 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 10 at GCL Mets 6, 10 innings

The GCL Cardinals pushed their record above .500 at 12-11 with an extra inning win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Jacob Schlesener, the left-handed starter from Missouri, was roughed up, giving up four runs on five walks in two innings. Colton Thomson answered the bell by pitching three innings of one-run ball, striking out two. In the sixth inning, the Cards turned to Connor Jones in relief to make his professional debut after being picked in the second round of the 2016 draft. Jones promptly retired the side in order on three ground balls. Mike O’Reilly followed, allowing a run in the seventh, but returned to pitch three more scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Delvin Perez led the charge offensively, going 3-for-6 with a pair of two-run singles and a two-run triple for a total of six RBI. The Cards’ first pick in the June draft now has a .348/.392/.483/.875 overall line. Edwin Figuera had 2-for-6 day. Carlos Rodriguez had a solo shot in the seventh inning, going 2-for-6 as well. Walker Robbins was 2-for-3 from the eighth spot with a base-on-balls.

Thursday’s game: off

Game 1: DSL Cardinals 12 at DSL Nationals 3, 9 innings. Game was completed after being suspended on 7/2 due to rain with the Cardinals ahead after two innings, 7-1.

Game 2: DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Nationals 3, 7 innings

In Game 1, the Cardinals poured it on more after getting seven runs on July 2nd. Julio Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. Wadye Ynfante went 1-for-1 with two runs scored after pinch-running for Carlos Luis. Esequeil Delgado went 1-for-3 with three free passes batting leadoff and Elehuris Montero nearly matched him going 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Junior Gonzalez pitched the first two innings back on July 2nd, but Edwar Ramirez started fresh in the third inning and lasted five innings, giving up two runs and striking out four. Brian Pirela followed with two scoreless innings.

In Game 2, a seven inning affair, the Cardinals (26-13) lost after managing to score just one run. Johan Oviedo, the $1.9M-bonused international signee, started and went two innings, giving up a single run while striking out four against no walks. Enrique Perez followed with two scoreless frames. Estailin Tejada lasted 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs in the effort. Cristhian Lugo ended the game with a 1 1/3 innings outing, giving up no runs and striking out two.

Leandro Cedeno and Hector Linares doubled for two of the Cardinals’ three hits. Oscar Cotes collected the lone RBI.  

Thursday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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