Carson Kelly (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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

Carson Kelly’s bat led Memphis to one of two extra-inning victories in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday. The system won seven of the eight games contested.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 2nd.


Memphis 8 at Round Rock 7 (10)  

Carson Kelly walked and scored in the 10th, giving Memphis (52-57) an 8-7 win and a split of the four-game series at Round Rock (52-59).

Kelly was driven in by Matt Williams’ second single of the game (in five at bats), giving the latter two RBI.  Kelly, our Player of the Day, took part in five of his team’s scores, singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk, sac bunt, two runs scored and three driven in.  Defensively, he was charged with a passed ball.  Three Redbirds had one hit each.

Sam Tuivailala blew the save when he yielded a run on two hits in the ninth, his fifth blown save, but was the pitcher of record so raised his mark to three wins against two losses.  Tuivailala struck out three.  Corey Littrell worked a one-two-three 10th, fanning two, for his first Triple-A save.

Jeremy Hefner went the first 5 2/3, giving up five runs on four hits and five walks.  Ryan Sherriff (BS, 3) permitted a tally on a lead-off free pass, passed ball and two ground outs in 1 1/3.  Miguel Socolovich worked a scoreless eighth, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. 

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Omaha (49-60), 6:35 pm CT, Mike Mayers (3-4, 3.47)


Springfield 6 vs. Tulsa 2

Nick Martini’s grand slam broke a late tie, resulting in 6-2 win over the Drillers.  Springfield (18-21) has won the first two games of the home series with one on tap.

Martini, who came to the plate in the seventh with sacks jammed, one out and the score tied at two all, launched third Springfield home run in 2016.  Blake Drake (walk), Jhohan Acevedo (single) and Casey Turgeon (IBB) were aboard.  Martini went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, just behind Luke Voit.  Voit led the team in hits, if not total production, going 3-for-4 with a double and one driven in.  Matt Carpenter continued his rehab assignment with a home run, his sole hit in three at bats before being pinch hit for in the seventh.

Luke Weaver (W, 6-3) tossed another quality effort, permitting two runs on six hits and a free pass over seven. He struck out nine and even doubled at the plate.  Chandler Hawkins and Ronnie Shaban each allowed a hit in their inning of work.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (18-21), 6:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (7-6, 3.56)


Palm Beach - off  

Wednesday’s game:  Palm Beach (11-27) at Charlotte (19-17), 6:35 pm ET, Johnny Walter (1-3, 4.56)


Wisconsin 6 at Peoria 5

Three late runs yielded by the Chiefs’ bullpen left Peoria (18-19) with a 6-5 loss and a split of their four-game home set versus Wisconsin (19-19).

All three tallies were charged to Luke Harrison (L, 3-2), who yielded five hits over two innings.  Jake Woodford started, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in 5 1/3.  All three scores occurred in the first, the product of two long balls.  Steven De La Cruz pitched the final 1 2/3, permitting a hit and two walks.                                                                                        

Peoria generated eight hits with Jose Martinez singling twice in four at bats, the only Chief with a multi-hit performance.  Leobaldo Pina smashed his fourth home run of the season, bringing his team to within one after eight.  Pina also drew two walks and scored twice.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (20-18), 7:00 pm CT, Ronnie Williams (league debut)


State College 5 vs. West Virginia 4 (11)

State College (30-14) walked off with a 5-4 victory in the 11th inning, giving the Spikes a three-game home sweep of the Black Bears (20-24).

Right fielder Riley Drongesen supplied the big hit, doubling home Elier Rodriguez, who singled to open the 11th before being sacrificed to second by Danny Hudzina.  It was Drongesen’s only at bat of the day after taking over in right the previous inning.

Rodriguez’ single was his second hit, joining Tommy Edman with a 2-for-5 performance.  Edman doubled once and touched home one time.  Six Spikes had one hit each.

Carson Cross went the initial seven, yielding two tallies on six hits and two walks, including a solo home run.  Gerwuins Velazco was bitten by faulty defense in the eighth when Danny Martin was charged with two errors on the same play that let two unearned runs score.  Velazco (BS, 1) gave up four hits over two innings. Jonathan Escudero picked up his first win, tossing two scoreless frames while fanning four.

Wednesday’s game:  at Auburn (19-25), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (5-0, 4.80)


Johnson City 11 at Bristol 5

Johnson City (22-17) banged out 13 hits in their 11-5 romp over Bristol (16-23).  The first-place Appy Birds have won four straight, including a three-game road sweep of the Pirates.

Right fielder Jonathan Rivera led the attack, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.  Rivera went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, run scored and two knocked in.  Second baseman Caleb Lopes and centerfielder Shane Billings both had two hits and crossed home once. Lopes singled and doubled in five at bats with two RBI.  Billings singled twice in six at bats, driving in one and stealing a base.

Ramon Santos went the first five, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks.  Julio Mateo walked one in the sixth and Levi MaVorhis earned a three-inning save, his second, allowing three hits.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Astros 3 (7) – Game 1   

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Astros 3 (7) – Game 2 

The GCL Cardinals (20-13) swept a pair from their Astros counterparts, 5-3 and 5-4, giving the Gulf Birds sole possession of first place in the East Division.  They lead the GCL Nationals by 1 ½ games.

Game 1 featured our first Will Anderson sighting of the season, rehabbing from Palm Beach.  The right-hander had his first real game action as the starter and he faced the minimum in the first inning, fanning two.

Regular starter Juan Alvarez (W, 3-2) followed Anderson to the mound and hurled five frames.  Alvarez was charged with three runs on five hits and a walk.  Jonathon Mulford worked around a base-on-balls for his fourth save.

For most of the game, it looked like Alvarez would take the loss, but the Cardinals rallied for four in the home half of the sixth, flipping a 3-1 deficit into the final score.

The key hit was a bases-loaded triple by Starlin Balbuena, his first triple of 2016 and only hit in three at bats.  Balbuena scored the team’s final run after the Astros’ pitcher uncorked a wild one.  One of those scoring was Irving Wilson, who singled twice in three at bats, garnering a third of his team’s total hits.

The offense created a counterpoint to Game 1 in their second affair of the day, scoring four times in three of the first four innings.  Two of the four tallies resulted from solo shots by Dylan Carlson and Tyler Lancaster.  Carlson added a double to his home run, going 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Lancaster’s long ball was his only hit in three at bats.  Luis Flores singled twice in three at bats but was nailed trying to steal second.

None of the Gulf Birds’ regular rotation started Game 2.  Instead, six pitchers combined for the seven frames.  2016 first rounder Dakota Hudson tossed a scoreless first, giving up a hit, before handing off to Silas Bohannon.  Bohannon (W, 2-0) had the longest outing of the six, a two-inning stint in which he was touched for an unearned run on two hits.

Connor Jones faced the minimum in the fourth but Zac Gallen’s mound time was bit mixed.  On the plus side, all five of Gallen’s outs were strikeouts but when he was not fanning the batter, he gave up two runs on three hits.  Will Changarotty (1 1/3) recorded his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Marlins (16-18), 12:00 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (3-1, 3.43)


DSL Cardinals 11 vs. DSL Brewers 2

The DSL Cardinals (31-19) put up a crooked number in four consecutive innings on their way to an 11-2 thrashing of the DSL Brewers (18-32).

The Dominican Birds banged out 12 hits, led by Carlos Soto who went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.  Four players had two hits apiece:  Brian Sanchez, Moises Castillo, Elehuris Montero and Dariel Gomez.  Sanchez launched his 14th home run of the season, a two-run blast, bringing two of his four RBI.  Castillo singled twice in three at bats with two base-on-balls and scored three times.  Montero and Gomez each went 2-for-5 while touching home once, Montero doubling once and Gomez twice with four driven in.

Noel De Jesus (W, 4-2) tossed a very solid effort, holding the opposition to a run on five hits and a walk through six.  He struck out five.  Diego Cordero was charged with an unearned run, giving up a hit and walk in his three-inning stint and picking up his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees2 (19-30), 10:30 am ET, Angel Rondon (2-2, 2.14)

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