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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 5-2 on Saturday with Palm Beach rained out. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City catcher Andrew Knizner, who was 2-for-3 with a three run home run in the Cardinals’ win over Elizabethton.

Results for games played Saturday, August 6.


Memphis 6, Omaha 5

Uber pitching prospect Alex Reyes has a good Saturday night on the mound.  Reyes pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits while fanning eight.  Two walks were the only blemish.

Miguel Socolovich pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth.  With only one out and the bases loaded, Socolovich was lifted for Sam Tuivailala. Tuivailala allowed all three inherited runners to score on a bases-clearing double before striking out the final two hitters.  Tuivailala returned in the ninth, surrendered back to back doubles and a run and was lifted with one out for Dean Kiekhefer.  Kiekhefer retired the final two batters.  Tuivailala was charged with a blown save and Kiekhefer was awarded the win.

The Redbirds offense battled to a one run win on a walk off.  Breyvic Valera was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI.  Carson Kelly was 2-for-4 with one run driven in.  Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Dean Anna drew a walk in the eighth to score a run; Anthony Garcia hit a walk off sac fly in the ninth.

Memphis has a record of 55-58.

Sunday’s game:  at New Orleans, Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.55) 6:00 CT.


Springfield 4 at Arkansas 5

A Springfield rally in the eighth inning tied the game, but the Cardinals ultimately lost in a walk off in the ninth. 

Starter J.C. Sulbaran pitched five innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  Justin Wright tossed three scoreless innings of relief, but Ronnie Shaban took the loss in the ninth on a walk off single.

A two run RBI triple by Luke Voit tied the game in the eighth.  The triple was Voit’s only hit.  Paul DeJong was 2-for-3 with a run driven in.  Jesse Jenner was 2-for-4.  Bruce Caldwell plated a run on an eighth inning sac fly.

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

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Pedro Echemendia (2-1, 4.25) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach vs. Jupiter

This game was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, August 11, beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT.

Sunday’s game:  at Jupiter, Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 15.43) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 7 at Cedar Rapids 4 (10 innings)

The Chiefs blew a lead in the eighth inning, but came back in extras to score three and earn the victory. 

Chiefs starter Jorge Rodriguez tossed four innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out seven.  Josh Wirsu pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, leaving in the eighth with two runners on.  Steven De La Cruz allowed both inherited runners to score, and surrendered a run of his own.  De La Cruz was charged with the blown save, but went on to pitch the remaining innings and got the win as well.

Catcher Chris Chinea drove in three Chiefs runs, and was 3-for-5 on the night.  Eliezer Alvarez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.  R.J. Dennard was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-4.  Jose Godoy reached on a fielding error in the 10th that scored a run.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 20-21.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, John Kilichowski (0-1, 4.50) 2:05 CT.


State College 3 at Vermont 2 (11 innings)

A ten inning pitching duel took place in Vermont, but the Spikes finally took the lead and held on to win against the Lake Monsters.

Harley Holt took the mound to start the game and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing five hits, fanning three and walking two.  New arrival Connor Jones, Jordan De Lorenzo, and Eric Carter followed with two scoreless innings apiece.  Carter was the winning pitcher.  Gerwuins Velazco pitched the 11th inning and gave up two runs on a home run, but got the save, his first.

The Spikes scored all three of their runs in the top frame of the 11th inning.  Danny Hudzina was 2-for-5 with an RBI double.  Elier Rodriguez plated a run on a single.  Hudzina scored the winning run on a passed ball.

State College is now 33-15 on the season and remain in first place by five games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Vermont, Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 5, Elizabethton 2

A four-run fifth inning featuring a three-run home run off the bat of Andrew Knizner propelled the Cardinals to a win on Saturday night.  Knizner was 2-for-3 and Matt Fiedler was 2-for-4.  Allen Cordoba drove in a run on a third inning ground out.

Starter Ian Oxnevad earned his fourth win of the season, tossing seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits.  Yeison Medina pitched two innings of relief and yielded one run on two hits.

The Cardinals are now 23-19 on the season.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Burlington, Frederis Parra (1-3, 2.52) Game 1 of a doubleheader 4:00 CT

                             vs.  Burlington, Levi MaVorhis (1-0, 2.79) Game 2 of a doubleheader, makeup of 7/15 game.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Nationals 4

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in a morning contest that featured rehabbing Memphis third sacker Patrick Wisdom.  Wisdom was 1-for-1 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored.  Leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson was 2-for-2.  Dennis Ortega drove in two and was 2-for-4, while Stefan Trosclair was 2-for-3 with one run plated. The latter two drove in the tying and lead runs in the seventh.

Starting pitcher Alvaro Seijas tossed five strong innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits.  Will Anderson pitched a scoreless sixth.  Silas Bohannan surrendered three runs, one earned, in 2/3 inning.  Robbie Gordon and Jonathon Mulford combined for the final 1 1/3 innings.  Gordon was charged with a blown save but received the win.  Mulford got his fifth save.

The Cardinals have a record of 22-14.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Nationals 6 (7 ½ innings)

The Cardinals fell to the Nationals in a game shortened by rain.  Starter Edwar Ramirez suffered his second loss of the season, pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits.  Enrique Perez followed with 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits.  Wilman Madera pitched two scoreless frames.

Moises Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Oscar Cotes was also 2-for-4 and drove in two.  Brian Sanchez plated a run on a third inning single.

The Cardinals are 34-20 and are six games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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