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

The Cardinals system was 4-5 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Jacob Wilson, whose grand slam secured a win over NW Arkansas.

Results for games played Friday, July 29.

Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 9

Following his disastrous start in St. Louis five days earlier, starter Mike Mayers didn’t fare a lot better in his first start in Memphis since returning.  Mayers pitched five innings, giving up five runs on six hits to suffer his fourth loss for the Redbirds.  Reliever John Brebbia was not much better, allowing four runs on three hits in his 1 1/3 innings.  Corey Littrell and Juan Gonzalez combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Two of the Redbirds’ three runs came via a sixth inning home run off the bat of David Washington.  Washington was 2-for-4 as was Efren Navarro.  The only other Redbirds score came on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.

Memphis has a record of 50-55.

Saturday’s game:  at Round Rock, Deck McGuire (6-8, 5.09) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 4

The Cardinals won a squeaker, as Daniel Poncedeleon earned his seventh victory.  Poncedeleon had an indifferent start, but it was just good enough.  The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, including a solo home run.  Kevin Herget and Josh Lucas combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, with Lucas earning his 12th save.


Most of the offense came from Jacob Wilson, recently demoted from Memphis, who hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to put the Cardinals on top.  That was Wilson’s only hit, but he made it count.  Nick Martini was 2-for-3.  Paul DeJong tripled in the second inning and Jonathan Rodriguez singled him home.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 15-20.

Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Austin Gomber (0-0, 1.50) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Tampa 2

Starter Matt Pearce lost his eighth game of the season, despite another very good performance.  Pearce tossed eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, fanning six and walking none, and lowering his ERA to 2.42.  Landon Beck pitched a scoreless ninth.


The sputtering Cardinals offense could not come through for Pearce, managing only one run on six hits.  Edmundo Sosa had the only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4.  The lone Cardinals run was driven in by Cole Lankford on a third inning single.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 10-25.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tampa, Ian McKinney (6-7, 4.58) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 10 at Quad Cities 4

The Chiefs walloped Quad Cities on Friday, racking up 19 hits in the rubber match.  Every hitter in the lineup had hits save one, Bladmil Franco.  Carlos Torres was 4-for-5 with an RBI.  R.J. Dennard and Jose Godoy each hit a solo home run, Dennard in the fourth inning, Godoy in the eighth.  Godoy was 3-for-5, Dennard was 2-for-5.  Jose Martinez was 3-for-6 and plated a run.  Chris Chinea and Leobalo Pina were each 2-for-5 with a run driven in.  Josh Swirchak was 2-for-4. 


The Chiefs got five scoreless innings from starter Derian Gonzalez, in his third outing since missing a month. Gonzalez, who earned his fifth win, gave up only three hits and struck out four.  Nick Frey followed with two innings of relief, surrendering two runs on four hits, while Tyler Bray yielded two runs on two hits over the final two frames.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Sandy Alcantara (5-7, 4.08) 6:30 CT.


State College 9, Williamsport 2

The Spikes had this game well in hand behind the starting pitching of Steven Farinaro and relievers Max Almonte and Ionathan Escudero.  Farinaro pitched five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits to earn his fifth win of the season.  Almonte tossed two scoreless innings, before Escudero hurled a scoreless eighth.


Elier Rodriguez was the star on offense, hitting a three run blast in the third inning.  Rodriguez was 2-for-4.  So was Tommy Edman, who added an RBI.  Mick Fennell, Vinceny Jackson, Ryan McCarvel, and newcomer Yariel Gonzalez each drove in a run.

State College is now 27-13 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Ronnie Williams (4-2, 2.72) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 3, Kingsport 2 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

In this first game of a twin bill, the Cardinals eked out a win over Kingsport.  Starter Daniel Castano was cruising with a shutout and a two run lead until the sixth inning.  Castano secured the first two outs of the inning, then walked the next two hitters before being lifted for Noel Gonzalez.  Gonzalez allowed both inherited runners to score, and was charged with a blown save, but ultimately received the win when the offense came back.  Gonzalez returned to pitch the seventh inning, giving up a single, but getting out the inning unscathed.


The Cardinals offense scored three runs on 11 hits.  Caleb Lopes and Stephen Zavala were both 2-for-3, and Lopes drove in one of the Cardinals three runs.  Allen Cordoba and Shane Billings were 2-for-4.  Andrew Knizner drove in a run on a first inning single.


Johnson City 3, Kingsport 6 (Game 2 DH seven innings)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in the second game of the Friday twin bill.  Starter David Oca tossed 3 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits. In his Johnson City debut, Greg Tomchick followed with 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and suffering the loss.  Estarlin Arias entered in the sixth after Tomchick left with two on and nobody out, and allowed the two inherited runners to score.  Arias was charged with a blown save. Anthony Shew pitched the seventh, surrendering three runs on five hits.

Joey Hawkins hit a two run home run in the fifth to take the temporary lead for the Cardinals.  Erik Garcia also drove in a run.  Bryce Denton doubled.

The Cardinals have an 18-17 record following this loss.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Ian Oxnevad (3-2, 3.19) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 0, GCL Marlins 6

The Cardinals bats were kept relatively silent on Friday, managing only four singles and scoring no runs to fall to the GCL Marlins.  Hits came from Dylan Carlson, Hunter Newman, Irving Wilson, and Walker Robbins.

On the pitching side, starter Anthony Ciavarella took his second loss of the season, pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, including a solo home run.  Will Changarotty surrendered an additional two runs, one earned, in 2 1/3 innings.  Robbie Gordon pitched the final two innings, yielding one more score.

The Cardinals have a record of 17-12.

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


DSL Cardinals 2, DSL Angels 9

Starting pitcher Winston Nicacio suffered his first loss of the season after giving up five runs, four earned, in only three innings.  Nicasio allowed four hits, including two home runs totaling three runs scored.  Enmanuel Solano followed with three scoreless innings of relief.  Estailin Tejada surrendered one unearned run in his one inning of work, and Cristhian Lugo yielded three runs, two earned in two innings pitched.

Wadye Ynfante had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.  Brian Sanchez was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Elehuris Montero was also 2-for-4. 

The Cardinals have a record of 29-18 and are four games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Braves, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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