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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 5-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College outfielder Vince Jackson, who was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBI in the Spikes’ win over Staten Island.

Results for games played Friday, August 12.


Memphis 3, Tacoma 1

A three run seventh inning spelled a home victory for the Redbirds over the Tacoma Rainiers.  Anthony Garcia and Harrison Bader each singled and Patrick Wisdom’s double scored both Garcia and Bader.  Matt Williams followed with a double to plate Wisdom for the third score.  Williams was 2-for-3 on the night, Jose Martinez was 2-for-4.

Redbirds starter Arturo Reyes pitched 6 1/3 innings, yielding one run on a solo home run in the top half of the seventh to break a scoreless tie.  Dean Kiekhefer pitched two full scoreless innings to earn the win, his sixth.  Sam Tuivailala secured the last two outs in the ninth to earn his 17th save.

Memphis has a record of 58-61.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tacoma, Deck McGuire (6-9, 5.55) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 1, Midland 3

In a tight pitching duel between the Cardinals and the Midland Rockhounds, the game remained scoreless until the ninth inning.  Starter Johnny Walter pitched eight no-hit innings, finally surrendering two runs in the ninth to suffer his fourth loss.  Walter fanned eight and walked three.  Kevin Herget replaced Walter with no outs in the ninth, allowed the inherited runners to score and was responsible for an additional run before getting the three outs to end the inning.

The Cardinals offense managed one run, a Luke Voit solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.  Voit was 2-for-4.  Paul DeJong, Blake Drake, and Vaughn Bryan each singled.         

The Cardinals have a second half record of 23-24.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Midland, Corey Baker (3-5, 4.73) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 9

Palm Beach was overwhelmed in relief pitching and offense by the Jupiter Hammerheads on Friday night.  The Cardinals offense managed only four hits, scattered singles by Steve Bean, Dylan Tice, Casey Grayson, and Michael Pritchard.

On the pitching side, starter Derian Gonzalez suffered the hard-luck loss in his Florida State League debut, pitching six strong innings, giving up only one unearned run on four hits.  Cody Schumacher surrendered three runs in his single inning of relief.  In his return to the mound, former major leaguer Daniel Bard tossed 2/3 inning and gave up two runs, and Michael Heesch hurled the final 1 1/3 innings while yielding three more runs.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 16-30.

Saturday’s game:  at Jupiter, Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 5.40) 4:30 CT.


Peoria vs. Quad Cities

This game was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Quad Cities, Jorge Rodriguez (2-1, 2.74) 5:00 CT (Game 1 of a doubleheader), John Kilichowski (1-1, 2.77) (Game 2)


State College 4, Staten Island 3

The Spikes squeaked by the Yankees with a strong first inning of offense punctuated by two long balls, a two run home run off the bat of Vince Jackson followed by a solo shot from Ryan McCarvel. The Spikes added a run in the third on a single by Jackson that plated Tommy Edman.

Spikes starter Jordan DeLorenzo gave up one run on four hits in his four innings pitched.  Max Almonte followed with two innings, yielding one run and earning his first win.  Connor Jones surrendered a run in his two innings of work, and Brady Bowen pitched the final scoreless inning to earn his seventh save.

State College is now 37-17 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Staten Island, Jordan Hicks (2-0, 0.79) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Greeneville 6

The Cardinals hung on to win in a close contest against the Astros on Friday.  Starter Ian Oxnevad earned his fifth win while hurling 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, which included a two-run home run in the fourth inning.  Estarlin Arias tossed 1 1/3 innings, surrendering three additional runs.  Leland Tilley closed the game with 1 1/3 scoreless frames to earn his fourth save.

Cardinals third sacker Caleb Lopes led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance, including a double and two RBI.  Allen Cordoba plated two on a single and a sac fly.  Hunter Newman, Andrew Knizner, and Joshua Lopez drove in one.  Jonathan Rivera was 3-for-5 and J.R. Davis was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

The Cardinals are 28-21 on the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Princeton, TBA 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 2

The Cardinals were victorious on Friday over the Astros in Jupiter as rehabbing Springfield pitcher Andrew Morales took the mound to pitch two scoreless innings.  Morales allowed one hit while striking out five and walking one.  Regular starter Alvaro Seijas then pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits to earn his third win.  Jonathon Mulford tossed the final two innings, surrendering one unearned run.

On offense, Cardinals shortstop and first round draft pick Delvin Perez was 2-for-4 with a triple.  Perez led off the first inning with the three-base hit and scored on a triple off by fellow first rounder Dylan Carlson.   A double by Stefan Trosclair plated Carlson.  J.D. Murders drove in Trosclair on a single and an Edwin Figuera ground out plated the fourth run of the first inning.  A Starlin Balbuena double followed by a Figuera single in the sixth plated the final two runs for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 25-15 on the season.

Saturday’s games:  vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT. (completion of August 8 suspended game), TBA (regularly scheduled game).


DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Tigers 2

The Cardinals edged the Tigers on Friday behind a strong performance by the pitching staff.  Starter Edwar Ramirez earned his fifth win on the season, going five innings and giving up one run on two hits while fanning six.   Enmanuel Solano tossed two innings, allowing one run on one hit.  Estailin Tejada and Fabian Blanco combined for two innings of scoreless relief.  Blanco earned his sixth save.

The Cardinals offense scored three runs on eight hits.  Elehuris Montero was 3-for-4.  Brian Sanchez drove in a run on first inning single.  Dariel Gomez plated a run on a sixth inning triple and was 2-for-2.

The Cardinals have a record of 39-20 and are three games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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