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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. Our Player of the Day is Springfield starting pitcher Austin Gomber, who pitched seven innings of one-hit shutout ball.

Results for games played Saturday, July 30.


Memphis 7 at Round Rock 13

The Redbirds fell six runs behind early, then fought back, but came up short.  Starter Deck McGuire faltered, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, including three home runs, totaling five of the Express’ 13 scores.  Thomas Lee pitched a total of three innings, surrendering four runs on five hits.  Ryan Sherriff added 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Sam Tuivailala yielded two more runs in the eighth.  McGuire was tagged with the loss.

The Redbirds offense tried and failed to play catch up, scoring seven runs on 11 hits. Hot-hitting Anthony Garcia had a solo home run in the second inning.  Jose Martinez hit a two run shot in the sixth.  Michael Ohlman was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Breyvic Valera was 3-for-4.  Dean Anna drove in a run, and Alex Mejia drove in two.

Memphis has a record of 50-56.

Sunday’s game:  at Round Rock, Arturo Reyes (6-4, 5.10) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 0

In his return to Springfield, Austin Gomber had a brilliant performance on Saturday, tossing a seven inning, one hit shutout, earning his first Double-A win.  Corey Baker, Justin Wright, and Ronnie Shaban combined for three scoreless innings.

The Cardinals brought their only run home in the second inning.  Luke Voit led off with a single and later came home on a Blake Drake single to right.

The Cardinals have a record of 16-20 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Trey Nielsen (7-7, 3.73) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Tampa 5

Not enough offense and some ugly defense spelled defeat for the Cardinals on Saturday.

Starter Ian McKinney pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits.  Cody Schumacher followed with one inning pitched, allowing two unearned runs and taking his first loss.  Davis Ward and Kyle Grana combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Edmundo Sosa led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI.  Vaughn Bryan was 3-for-5.

The Cardinals have a record of 10-26 in the second half and stand in last place in the Florida State League South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tampa, Sandy Alcantara (0-0, 0.00) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0

Starter Dailyn Martinez pitched a gem - 7 1/3 scoreless innings with six hits allowed, five strikeouts and no walks.   Josh Wirsu handled the final 1 2/3 in scoreless fashion.  Martinez picked up his third win, Wirsu his first save.

The Chiefs sole run scored in the third inning.  Matt Davis hit a leadoff single, followed by a single from Carlos Torres. Magneuris Sierra advanced the runners on a ground out and Jose Martinez plated the run on a ground out.  Sierra and Martinez also singled, as did Jose Godoy and Bladimil Franco, for a total of six Chiefs’ hits.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 17-17.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Brennan Leitao (5-7, 4.14) 6:30 CT.


State College 1, Williamsport 5

It was not a good night for Spikes’ starter Bryan Dobzanski.  The right-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits.  Spencer Traynor, Gerwuins Velazco, and Eric Carter combined for the remaining 4 2/3 scoreless innings.  Dobzanski took the loss, his third.

The Spikes offense managed one run on six hits.  The lone Spikes’ run scored on a solo home run off the bat of Tommy Edman in the first inning. Andy Young was 2-for-3, the only Spikes batter with multiple hits. 

State College is now 27-14 on the season and remain first place by two games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. West Virginia, Dewin Perez (2-2, 2.81) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Kingsport 1

After briefly falling behind, the Cardinals tied it up and then cruised to a win over the Mets.  Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits, fanning six and walking two.  Ross Vance followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win.  Levi MaVorhis pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

A Matt Fiedler double scored the first run for the Cardinals.  Singles by Joshua Lopez and Luis Bandes drove in two runs in the sixth.  A run crossed the plate in the fourth on a double play.  Fielder and Lopez were 2-for-4; Bandes was 2-for-3.

The Cardinals are now 19-17 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Bristol, Frederis Parra (1-3, 2.84) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Mets 4 (11 innings)

The Cardinals got on the board first, but the Mets tied it up twice and won in in walk off fashion in the 11th inning.

The Cardinals sent six pitchers to the mound.  Alvaro Seijas started and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, fanning four and walking one.   Silas Bohannan started the sixth, retired the first batter and then gave up three consecutive singles and a run before being lifted for Colton Thomson.  Thomson got the last two outs of the inning on a double play. Thomson returned to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Jonathon Mulford followed with two innings or work, allowing a run and blowing the save. 

Robert Calvano started the 10th and was lifted for Champ Rowland with two outs and two men on.  A walk and a fielding error later, the game was tied for the second time.  Rowland returned for the 11th, and gave up the winning run, also unearned.  Rowland took both the blown save and the loss.

Starlin Balbuena committed three of the Cardinals’ four fielding errors, with shortstop Delvin Perez’s 14th miscue of the season the other.

The offense produced three runs on 10 hits.  Carlos Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Balbuena was also 2-for-5.  Dylan Carlson was 2-for-4.  Hunter Newman and Dennis Ortega each drove in a run.

The Cardinals have a record of 17-13.

Sunday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Angels 3

The Cardinals took the lead early and never gave it up, cruising to a home victory over the Angels.  Recent international signee Jonatan Machado was 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, and an RBI.  Esequeil Delgado was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-3 and Dariel Gomez was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Oscar Cotes was 2-for-4.

Starter Junior Gonzalez pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits.  The run charged to Gonzalez was allowed to score by reliever Wilman Madera, who took a blown save.  Enrique Perez pitched a scoreless sixth inning.  Fabian Blanco pitched the remainder of the game, giving up two runs, one earned on two hits.  Blanco also was charged with a blown save, his third, but was also awarded the win.

The Cardinals are 30-18 and are four games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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