Charlie Tilson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 4-4 on Saturday. Peoria was rained out. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Charlie Tilson, who hit the game winning walk off two run home run in the first game of a doubleheader, and drove in two runs in the second game of the twin bill sweep.

Results for games played Saturday, July 23.

Memphis 6, Iowa 4 (Game 1 DH)

In this first game of the home twin bill, starter Deck McGuire pitched five strong innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Corey Littrell followed with one scoreless inning of relief.  Sam Tuivailala pitched the next two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, and earning his fourth blown save.  Ryan Sheriff pitched the ninth, and allowed an additional run but earned his fourth win.

Outfielder Charlie Tilson, who entered the game as a pinch runner for Anthony Garcia in the sixth inning, was the walk off hero, hitting a ninth inning two run home run to send the Redbirds to the victory.  Harrison Bader was 3-for-5. Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Anthony Garcia hit a run scoring double in the sixth, as did Carson Kelly and Dean Anna in that same inning.

Memphis 5, Iowa 2 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

Game 2 ended in the same fashion as Game 1, in a victory for the Redbirds.  Fill-in starter Kurt Heyer went five strong innings, giving up one on two hits.  Juan Gonzalez surrendered a second run in the sixth innings and was lifted for Dean Kiekhefer, who pitched the remaining 1 1/3 innings in scoreless earn his second save.  Heyer, who replaced Mike Mayers, St. Louis Sunday starter, was the winning pitcher.

As he did in Game 1, outfielder Charlie Tilson contributed significantly, with an RBI single in the fourth to help put the Redbirds in the lead, and then hitting a sac fly in the sixth.  Efren Navarro was 2-for-4, while Michael Ohlman was 2-for-3 with a run driven in.

Memphis has a record of 48-51.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Iowa, Corey Baker (1-2, 9.00) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 1 (10 innings)

Starter Luke Weaver pitched a strong game, going seven innings and giving up a lone run on solo home run in the second inning.  After the home run, Weaver was lights out, hurling five more scoreless innings, fanning six and walking one.  Weaver received a no decision for his efforts, however.

Reliever John Brebbia got the win, following Weaver with two scoreless innings.  Ronnie Shaban pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

In the seventh, the offense tied the game at 1-1 on a walk, a single and a passed ball.  The game went into extra innings, and in the 10th, Paul DeJong hit a solo home run, his 18th to put the Cardinals in the lead. Three consecutive singles by Luke Voit, Luis Cruz and Andrew Sohn, plated a third insurance run.  Sohn was 2-for-5, Juan Herrera was 2-for-3.

The Cardinals have a record of 11-18 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Daniel Poncedeleon (6-5, 3.45) 2:05 CT.


Palm Beach 10 at Tampa 7 (suspended game from 7/22)

A two run home run by Casey Turgeon highlighted an offense that scored 10 runs on 11 hits.  The home run was Turgeon’s only hit, but he plated three runs, two on the home run and one on a sac fly.  Thomas Spitz was a perfect 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Newly promoted Edmundo Sosa was 2 for-5 with one run driven in.  Casey Grayson was 2-for-3 with a double.  Orlando Olivera plated two on a fifth inning single; Vaughn Bryan did the same on a fifth inning double.

Starter Jacob Evans pitched just 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  Michael Heesch replaced Evans and got the last two outs in the inning.  When the game was resumed, Junior Fernandez tossed three innings, surrendering four runs on six hits, but earned the win.  Blake McKnight pitched three scoreless innings and Robby Rowland followed with a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Palm Beach 0 at Tampa 2 (seven innings)

In the regularly-scheduled game of the two game set, the Cardinals could not get anything going offensively as they managed only one hit, single by Sosa.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched the complete game, six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, fanning five and walking none.  Pearce suffered his his hard-luck seventh loss of the season.

The Cardinals have a record of 10-20 in the second half.

Sunday’s game: at Tampa, Ian McKinney (6-6, 4.43) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria at South Bend

This game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a double header Monday at 1:05 p.m. Eastern with two 7-inning games.

Sunday’s game:  at South Bend, Sandy Alcantara (4-7, 4.16) 1:05 CT.


State College 4, Auburn 8

In a tough night for Spikes’ pitching, starter Ronnie Williams gave up five runs on eight hits in six innings of work.  Williams suffered his second loss of the season.  Reliever Max Almonte surrendered three additional runs, two earned on four hits in his two innings pitched.  Greg Tomchick pitched a scoreless ninth.

Danny Hudzina and Andy Young were both 3-for-4; Young scored two runs.  Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Anthony Ray plated two and was 2-for-4.  Tommy Edman added an RBI single as the Spikes’ comeback attempt fell short at three runs in the ninth.

State College is now 23-12 on the season and in first place by 2.5 games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Batavia, Bryan Dobzanski (2-3, 3.57) 3:05 CT.


Johnson City 5 at Elizabethton 6

Starter Daniel Castano took his second loss of the season after pitching five innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits.  Castano struck out six and walked none.  Levi MaVorhis finished with three scoreless innings.

The Cardinals offense scored five runs on 11 hits.  Only one of the 11 hits was for extra bases, a double by Allen Cordoba.  Cordoba was 2-for-5 and hit an RBI single in addition to the double.  Caleb Lopes was 2-for-5 and Andrew Knizner was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Jonathan Rivera plated a run on second inning single.  Shane Billings drove in a run on a sixth inning single and Matt Fiedler did the same on an eighth inning single as the Cards inched to within one.

Johnson City is now 15-13 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Ian Oxnevad (3-1, 2.90) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals---Off

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


DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Braves 12

It was a tough day on the mound for the Cardinal pitching staff.  Starter Winston Nicasio suffered his first loss of the season, pitching four innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits.  Brian Pirela and Enrique Perez fared better, combining for three scoreless innings.  Enmanuel Solano surrendered four runs on two hits in his one inning pitched, and Estailin Tejada was rocked for three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Wilman Madera got the final out of the ninth inning without further damage.

The offense managed three runs on five hits. All three scored in the first inning. Leandro Cedeno hit an RBI double, Carlos Soto and Raffy Ozuna each drove in a run on a single.  Jonatan Machado doubled in the second inning but was left stranded.  Wadye Ynfante singled in the fifth but was doubled off second on a fly ball double play.

The Cardinals are 28-14 and are tied for first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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