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

In a jam-packed Wednesday in St. Louis’ minors, Blake Drake’s big blast helped Springfield to one of the system’s six wins in 10 tries.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 9th.


Memphis 4 at New Orleans 6 (7) – Game 1      

Memphis 0 at New Orleans 1 (7) – Game 2     

Memphis (57-60) lost a double-header at New Orleans, 6-4 and 1-0.  The Redbirds trail in the six-game series, three games to two.

A four-run fifth proved the Redbirds’ undoing in the opener, handing Kurt Heyer his first loss in three decisions.  Heyer yielded all six tallies, five earned, on 10 hits, including a solo home run.  Corey Littrell tossed a one-two-three seventh.

Six Redbirds had one hit each. Jacob Wilson’s double was the only one to go for extra bases. Jose Martinez drove in three, singling once in four at bats.

The offense generated just five hits in the second contest and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  Thomas Lee (L, 1-4) held the Zephyrs to a run on six hits and a base-on-balls through four.  John Brebbia allowed a hit and two free passes during his two innings on the mound.

Wednesday’s game:  at New Orleans (55-62), 6:00 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (8-4, 4.75)


Springfield 16 vs. Frisco 4

Springfield (22-22) put on an offensive display on Tuesday, pounding Frisco, 16-4, in the home series opener.

The S-Cards banged out 17 hits and worked eight free passes, paced by three players garnering three hits apiece:  Blake Drake, Bruce Caldwell and Nick Martin, who each did it in five at bats.  Drake, our Player of the Day, finished a triple shy of the cycle, launching a grand slam comprising four of his six RBI and touching home twice.  Caldwell blasted a solo shot, crossed home twice and drove in four while Martini added a walk to an RBI and scored two times.  All nine starters had at least one hit.

That was more than enough firepower for Daniel Poncedeleon to pick up his ninth win against six losses.  The righty was touched for four runs on seven hits and four walks through five.  Kevin Herget, Rowan Wick, Chris Perry and Josh Lucas each tossed a scoreless frame, Lucas allowing a hit and base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Frisco (17-28), 6:30 pm CT, Deck McGuire (0-0, 0.00)


Palm Beach 8 at Bradenton 7

Juan Herrera’s and Thomas Spitz’ three-hit nights helped propel Palm Beach (15-29) over Bradenton, 8-7.  Each team has won one of the first two games with one to go.

The two accounted for six of their team’s eight runs, Herrera going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, two knocked in and his first stolen base since rejoining Palm Beach.  Spitz went 3-for-5 with a double, crossed home twice and swiped a bag.  Oscar Mercado, the final Beach Bird with more than one of the squad’s 13 hits, singled and doubled in five at bats with two runs scored and his 29th stolen base of the season.

Reliever Cody Schumacher (W, 2-2) was the pitcher of record when his team pushed across two in the eighth, snapping a 6-6 tie.  Schumacher fanned five through three frames, giving up a hit and walk.  Kyle Grana served up a home run but held on for his fifth save.

Starter Junior Fernandez retired just two batters before he got the hook, surrendering five tallies on three hits and three bases-on-balls.  Blake McKnight recorded the final out of the frame, stranding one, limiting the Marauders to a run on three hits and a free pass over 4 1/3.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bradenton (19-26), 6:30 pm ET, Johnny Walter (2-3, 3.58)


Peoria 8 at Cedar Rapids 6

The Chiefs (22-22) rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Kernels (25-20), sealing a win of the four-game set, three games to one.

Down 5-2 with three outs to go, the visitors capitalized on the last of Cedar Rapids’ four miscues to score six times, three earned.  Peoria banged out 12 hits, led by Carlos Torres, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of the nine hole.

Three players had two hits each:  Jose Martinez, Leobaldo Pina and Eliezer Alvarez.  Martinez and Pina posted identical lines, going 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI while Alvarez singled twice in three at bats with two free passes, touched home once, knocked in two and swiped his 26th base of 2016.

Ronnie Williams went the initial five, yielding three runs on seven hits and three walks.  Two of the three scores were generated via a home run.

Bob Wheatley was charged with two unearned tallies over 1 1/3, both of whom crossed under Josh Wirsu’s watch.  Wirsu, who came into a bases-loaded-with-one-out jam, retired his first batter but could not work around a fielding error by first baseman Chris Chinea.  Steven De La Cruz (W, 6-1) permitted a run on two hits and a free pass over two.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

West Virginia 7 at State College 4

State College (35-16) fell in the first of three at home versus West Virginia, 7-4.

Steven Farinaro (L, 6-1) allowed runs in four of his 5 2/3 innings on the mound, giving up five runs on 12 hits and two free passes.  Max Almonte was touched for two unearned scores, permitting three hits and a walk in 3 1/3.  He left Farinaro’s last two runners on.  Jordan DeLorenzo yielded a hit in the ninth.

The Spikes generated 10 hits but were held to just one run until the ninth when they plated three more.  Shortstop Tommy Edman was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, a run scored and a stolen base.  He also committed his fourth error.

Yariel Gonzalez and Danny Hudzina each had two hits in four at bats.  Gonzalez doubled once and drove in two and Hudzina touched home one time.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. West Virginia (23-28), 7:05 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (4-4, 3.73)


Burlington 6 at Johnson City 2 (7) – Game 1  

Johnson City 3 vs. Burlington 1 (7) – Game 2 

Johnson City (24-21) played two and won one, on Tuesday, falling in the opener, 6-2, but taking the finale, 3-1.  Each team won twice during their four-game set.

Daniel Castano lost for the fourth time in as many decisions in Game 1, permitting six runs, three earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls through five.  Anthony Shew allowed four hits in two scoreless relief innings.

The Appy Birds managed six hits, two by DeAndre Asbury-Heath, who singled twice in three at bats but did not figure in the scoring.  Shane Billings took part in both runs, tripling with a run scored and RBI.

Ross Vance (W, 2-0) claimed victory in the second contest, striking out eight over five innings while holding the Royals to a run on four hits and a walk.  Estarlin Arias earned his third save, allowing a hit over two.

The JC-Cards matched their guests’ five hits but two free passes in the two-run fifth provided the difference.  The big hit was Bryce Denton’s two-out single, scoring Billings (fielder’s choice) and Matt Fiedler (walk), unraveling a one-all tie.

Wednesday’s game:  at co-leader Greeneville (25-21), 7:00 pm ET, David Oca (1-2, 5.46)


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Mets 2

The GCL Cardinals (24-14) flew past the Mets, 4-2.

The first four slots in the batting order came through, combining for eight of nine hits and all of the scoring.  Shortstop Delvin Perez saw his first action in almost 10 days after sitting out with a hamstring injury, doubling once in two at bats with a run scored before being replaced at the top of the order by Edwin Figuera.  Figuera went 2-for-3, touching home once.

Patrick Wisdom, the number three batter, continued his rehab by singling twice in four at bats with a walk and two RBI.  Clean-up hitter Dennis Ortega went 2-for-5, knocking in one, while Dylan Carlson doubled once in four at bats with a free pass and two runs scored, batting second.

Zac Gallen, the Cardinals’ third round selection in the recent June draft, made his first start and struck out three in two innings.  Rehabbing Will Anderson was credited with the win, matching Gallen’s one hit allowed over two frames.

Jacob Schlesener and Silas Bohannan each tossed a scoreless inning, Schlesener working around two free passes.  Regular starter Mike O’Reilly gave up two runs, one earned, in his third and final inning of work, picking up his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (21-17), 12:00 pm ET, Anthony Ciavarella (2-2, 1.48)


DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Braves 0

The DSL Cardinals (36-20) blanked the DSL Braves (24-31), 6-0, their seventh win in their last eight games.  Unfortunately for the Dominican Birds, the DSL Rockies just lost for the first time in their last 18 games, leaving the second-place Dominican Cardinals five games behind the first-place Rockies.

The home team’s 13-hit effort was led by catcher Julio Rodriguez and left fielder Wadye Infante, who each had three hits.  Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a two-run bomb, touching home twice and Infante added a double to two singles in four at bats with a free pass and two runs scored.  Brian Sanchez and Elehuris Montero posted identical marks, singling and doubling in four at bats while knocking in one.

18-year-old Diego Cordero held the opposition to just two hits over the first four frames.  It was the southpaw’s first start since June 24th.  He dropped from sight for almost a month after that before making three relief appearances between July 19th and August 2nd.  Cordero fanned four.

Francis Ventura was credited with his third win against one loss.  Ventura struck out five over four frames, giving up four hits.  Cristhian Lugo faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Rockies (41-15), 10:30 am ET, Angel Rondon (2-2, 2.68)

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