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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 4-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Jose Martinez, who was 3-for-5 with a three run home run and five RBI in a win over his ex-Omaha teammates.

Results for games played Friday, August 5.

Memphis 11, Omaha 5

The Redbirds’ bats were working hard on Friday night, as Memphis logged a decisive home win over the Omaha Storm Chasers. Against his former teammates, outfielder Jose Martinez drove in five runs, three on an eighth inning blast to left field. Breyvic Valera was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Carson Kelly was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Efren Navarro plated two runs on sac fly in the second inning and a single in the sixth.

Starter Arturo Reyes earned his eighth win of the season, going six innings and giving up three runs, two earned on six hits. Corey Littrell pitched the seventh inning and surrendered two runs, and Ryan Sherriff pitched the eighth and ninth in scoreless fashion to earn his second save.

Memphis has a record of 54-58.

Saturday’s game: vs. Omaha, Alex Reyes (2-3, 5.31) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 3

Starter Corey Baker pitched five strong innings on his way to his third Double-A win of the season on Friday night. Baker gave up only one run on two hits, fanning seven and walking none. Fresh off the disabled list, Rowan Wick pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up two hits but no runs. Chris Perry followed with 1 1/3 innings, yielding a run on two walks, a wild pitch and a ground out. Chandler Hawkins surrendered an unearned run over the final two innings.

Bruce Caldwell and Luke Voit drove in two runs each. Voit plated two on a fifth inning single, while Caldwell drove in one a ground out in the third and the other on a seventh inning sac fly. Voit was 2-for-3 on the night. Luis Cruz added a sixth inning RBI single.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 21-21.

Saturday’s game: at Arkansas, J.C. Sulbaran (2-2, 4.07) 7:10 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Jupiter 2

Starter Ian McKinney earned his seventh win of the season on Friday night against the Jupiter Hammerheads. McKinney pitched five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits. Reliever Cody Schumacher pitched three scoreless innings, followed by a scoreless ninth from Landon Beck, who earned his fifth save.

Run support for McKinney came from the outfield, starting with a 3-for-4 performance from right fielder Thomas Spitz, who hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Left fielder Vaughn Bryan was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Center fielder Oscar Mercado was 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Also plating runs were Dylan Tice and Steve Bean.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 13-28.

Saturday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 15.43) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 4, Quad Cities 11

The Chiefs’ pitching was not good on Friday night as they took on the River Bandits in the rubber game of the three-game series. Starter Dailyn Martinez suffered his fourth loss, giving up six runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Davis Ward surrendered four runs on four hits in his two innings before Tyler Bray allowed one unearned run over the final two frames.

The Chiefs’ bats were working, but the run total didn’t match the hits. Four runs were scored on 11 hits, with the bulk of the damage coming from leadoff hitter Magneuris Sierra. Sierra was 3-for-5 with three runs driven in. The fourth run was plated by Bladmil Franco on a seventh inning single. Leobaldo Pina and Carlos Torres were 2-for-4.

The Chiefs have a record of 19-21 in the second half.

Saturday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, Jorge Rodriguez (2-1, 2.79) 5:05 CT.

State College 0 at Auburn 9

It was a rare ugly night for the first-place Spikes in all facets of the game. On the pitching side, starter Dewin Perez suffered his third loss of the season. Perez pitched five innings, giving up six runs, three earned, on five hits. Max Almonte followed with 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Greg Tomchick relieved Almonte and retired the final two batters.

The offense was lackluster, managing only five hits, none for extra bases. Tommy Edman, Ryan McCarvel, Elier Rodrgiuez, Ricardo Bautista, and Anthony Ray each singled. The Spikes were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners.

The defense was even worse than the offense, with as many miscues as hits. The five errors included two each by catcher Jeremy Martinez and left fielder Ray, plus a throwing error by shortstop Andy Young.

State College is now 32-15 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game: at Vermont, Harley Holt (1-0, 8.10) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 1, Elizabethton 14

Bats were working and balls were flying against Cardinals pitching on Friday night. Starter David Oca gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits during his three innings of work. In three innings of relief, Anthony Shew surrendered three runs, including two on a sixth-inning home run. Estarlin Arias yielded one run in the seventh. Julio Mateo pitched the eighth and part of the ninth, giving up five runs, including a three run home run in the eighth. Mateo was lifted with one out in the ninth for Noel Gonzalez, who retired the final two hitters.

The Cardinals offense managed only one run on six hits. The only run scored on a fifth inning single by J.R. Davis, who was 2-for-3 on the night. Matt Fiedler went 2-for-4.

The Cardinals are 22-19 on the season.

Saturday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, Ian Oxnevad (3-2, 3.05) 6:00 CT.

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Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals 9, DSL Nationals 8 (12 innings)

The Cardinals hung on for a tough win after plating two in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extras.

Starter Junior Gonzalez had a tough day on the mound, giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits in six innings of work. Two relievers pitched three innings each. Enmanuel Solano allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. Wilfredo Pereira tossed the final three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning three to earn the win.

The offense battled for nine runs on 16 hits. Moises Castillo was 4-for-5 with a RBI and three runs scored. Oscar Cotes was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in and two runs scored. Carlos Luis also plated two runs and was 2-for-3. Carlos Soto was 2-for-4. Diomedes Del Rio brought in the tying run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly and Brian Sanchez drove in the walkoff winner with a pinch hit single.

The Cardinals have a record of 34-19 but are five games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

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

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