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

Ronnie Shaban pitched out of an inherited mess to preserve Springfield’s extra-inning win on Thursday. That was one of four wins in St. Louis’ minors, the other four contests resulting in losses.

Results from games played Thursday, August 4th.


Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2

Three sixth-inning tallies lifted Memphis (53-58) over Omaha, 3-2, evening the home series at one game each with two to play.

With Memphis down 2-0, David Washington’s 22nd home run of 2016 knotted the score. The long ball scored Randal Grichuk, who singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls.  Dean Anna followed Washington to the plate, working a free pass and driving the Storm Chasers’ starter from the contest.  Anna eventually scored on one of Breyvic Valera’s two singles in three at bats.  The final Redbird with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Carson Kelly, who went 2-for-4.

Reliever John Brebbia picked up the win, evening his record to 2-2.  Brebbia went 1 2/3 innings, yielding a run on two hits and a walk.  He also left starter Kurt Heyer’s final two runners aboard after the latter allowed a tally on five hits in 4 1/3.  Miguel Socolovich fanned three over two scoreless and Sam Tuivailala faced the minimum for his 16th save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Omaha (50-61), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (7-4, 4.89)


Springfield 3 at Arkansas 2 (10)

Springfield (20-21) scored twice in the top of the 10th and hung on to edge Arkansas 3-2 in the road series opener. It was the fourth consecutive win for the S-Cards.

The visitors used a lead-off double by Paul DeJong plus back-to-back-to-back singles by Luke Voit, Jonathan Rodriguez and Blake Drake for the scores.  A one-out free pass loaded the bases but Springfield was denied more runs after Jhohan Acevedo grounded into a 6-2 double play.

DeJong and Drake paced the S-Cards, both going 3-for-5, DeJong doubling and scoring once while Drake drove in one.  Defensively, Drake garnered an outfield assist after the centerfielder’s strong throw home nailed a runner for the tail end of a double play finishing the eighth.  Shortstop Juan Herrera singled and doubled in three at bats with two walks and a stolen base.

In his Springfield debut, Deck McGuire tossed a strong effort, fanning eight over seven frames and permitting an unearned run on two hits and three walks, one intentional.  Pedro Echemendia jammed the sacks full on a hit and two bases-on-balls, one intentional, but benefited from Drake’s arm to escape the mess.

Kevin Herget picked up his third win in as many decisions despite allowing five hits in one inning plus and not retiring any of three 10th-inning batters.  Player of the Day Ronnie Shaban entered with a run across, runners at first and second with none out, retiring all three faced – two on strikeouts (foul bunt, looking) for his 10th save.

Friday’s game:  at co-leader Arkansas (21-20), 7:10 pm CT, TBA


Palm Beach 1 at Charlotte 2

In a familiar outcome, Palm Beach’s good pitching could not overcome their sputtering offense, resulting in a 2-1 loss.  The Beach Birds (12-28) split their brief two-game set with the Stone Crabs (20-18).

The visitors mustered just four hits, two by Oscar Mercado, who singled and doubled in four at bats and scored his squad’s only run.  The centerfielder stole his 28th base of 2016.

Matt Pearce hurled six scoreless innings before tiring in the seventh. The Cardinals organization July Pitcher of the Month finished with a line of eight hits over 6 1/3 and one run, lowering his ERA to 2.37. Pearce’s run scored on Robby Rowland’s watch.

Rowland (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) allowed the winning tally on one of his two walks combined with a stolen base, ground out and fielder’s choice in the eighth.  Blake McKnight retired both batters faced, leaving one inherited aboard.

Friday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (23-17), 6:30 pm ET, Ian McKinney (6-7, 4.46)


Quad Cities 4 at Peoria 3 (13)

Peoria (19-20) rallied for three in the ninth only to fall at Quad Cities in 13, 4-3.  The Chiefs and River Bandits have each won one of the first two with one on tap.

In his Peoria debut, Bob Wheatley (L, 0-1) yielded the winning margin in his fourth inning of work, the southpaw permitting a run on four hits and two walks over 3 1/3. Pressed into relief duty, infielder Josh Swirchak left Wheatley’s final runner on.

Derian Gonzalez went the first 5 2/3, fanning 10 and giving up a run on a solo shot, one of four hits yielded.  Nick Frey was touched for two tallies on three hits over two before giving way to Steven Gallardo, who retired four straight.

Down three with three outs to go, the Chiefs used three singles, two walks and a hit batsman to send the game into extras.  Peoria had eight hits in all with Magneuris Sierra the only Chief with more than one.  Sierra singled twice in five at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (21-19), 7:00 pm CT, Dailyn Martinez (3-3, 5.74)

State College 5 at Auburn 3

The Spikes (32-14) scored four times in the first on their way to a 5-3 road win, taking a two-games-to-none series’ lead with one to go.

The balanced attack featured eight players with either a hit, run scored or RBI – or a combination thereof.  Jeremy Martinez and Anthony Ray both went 2-for-4, Martinez doubling once and knocking in one.  Shortstop Tommy Edman’s only hit in five at bats was his fourth triple of 2016.  Edman touched home once, drove in one and swiped his 10th bag.  He also committed his third error.

Bryan Dobzanski (W, 4-4) tossed six frames, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks.  Spencer Trayner was charged with a run on two hits over two innings and Brady Bowen tossed a one-two-three ninth for his fifth save.

Friday’s game:  at Auburn (19-27), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (2-2, 2.81)


Elizabethton 5 at Johnson City 1

Starter Daniel Castano could not finish the second, leading to a 5-1 loss in the home series opener. Castano (L, 0-3) was charged with five runs on five hits and a walk, including a solo bomb, over 1 2/3.  He hit a batter as well.

Ross Vance recorded the final out of the second, stranding two, and went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless frames with two hits and a free pass.  He fanned six.  Leland Tilley walked two over two and Keaton Siomkin yielded a hit in the ninth.

Johnson City (22-18) matched the visitors’ eight hits with two Appy Birds acquiring two hits each:  Allen Cordoba and Jonathan Rivera.  Cordoba singled twice in four at bats while Rivera went 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI but was picked off first.

Friday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton (20-20), 7:00 pm ET, David Oca (1-1, 4.73)


GCL Mets 13 at GCL Cardinals 2

The GCL Cardinals (21-14) were pounded by the GCL Mets (15-18), 13-2, in a game they most likely would like to forget ever happened.

The pitching staff was thumped for 15 hits and issued eight free passes and the defense committed three errors.  Those miscues translated to seven unearned tallies.

Starter Anthony Ciavarella (L, 2-2) recorded just five outs, surrendering seven runs, one earned, on six hits and three free passes.  Jacob Schlesener did not last even that long, giving up two runs on a hit and four walks over 1 1/3.

Champ Rowland and Will Changarotty went two frames each but with vastly differing results.  Rowland permitted four runs, three earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls but Changarotty was unscored upon, allowing two hits.  Jonathon Mulford faced the minimum in the ninth.

Three Gulf Birds had two hits apiece in four at bats:  Edwin Figuera, Starlin Balbuena and Tyler Lancaster.  Shortstop Figuera and third baseman Balbuena each singled twice with a free pass, but Figuera also committed two miscues, one fielding and one throwing.  One of Lancaster’s two hits was his second bomb of 2016.  Right fielder Sanel Rosendo also hit a solo shot to account for the Gulf Cardinals’ other tally.

Friday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Yankees2 2

Cuban signee Johan Oviedo tossed his longest outing to date as the DSL Cardinals (33-19) flew past the DSL Yankees2, 5-2.

Oviedo finished one out shy of four frames, blanking the Dominican Yankees2 (19-33) on four hits and not issuing a free pass.  He struck out six.  Cristhian Lugo retired his only batter, leaving Oviedo’s last runner on.

Regular starter Winston Nicacio was credited with his second win against two losses despite yielding two runs on two hits and four walks in 2 2/3.  Fabian Blanco fanned five in 1 1/3, yes – five strikeouts for four outs, and left the sacks full of Nicacio’s runners in the process.  Estailin Tejada pitched a one-two-three ninth for his third save.

Between them, Brian Sanchez and Oscar Cotes had four of the team’s five hits.  Sanchez singled and doubled in four at bats while Cotes launched a solo bomb to go with a single in four at bats.  Six Dominican Birds worked a free pass and four of them touched home.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (23-29), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-3, 5.91)

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