Matt Fiedler / Johnson City Cardinals

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

St. Louis’ system went 4-6 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City outfielder Matt Fiedler, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Cardinals’ win over Princeton.

Results for games played Saturday, August 13.


Memphis 5, Tacoma 6

After falling behind by six runs, the Redbirds chipped away at the lead, pulling to within one, but in the end fell short.  Doubles in the fourth inning by David Washington, Harrison Bader, and Patrick Wisdom brought two runs home.  In the fifth, two more scores came on walks by Bader and Carson Kelly.  The Redbirds finished their scoring in the eighth on a Breyvic Valera RBI single.  Valera was 2-for-5 on the night, while Jose Martinez was 2-for-4.

The losing pitcher was starter Deck McGuire, who pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up all six runs on five hits.  Pedro Echemendia and Ryan Sherriff each pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Miguel Socolovich finished with two scoreless frames.

Memphis has a record of 58-62.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tacoma, Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.04) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 2, Midland 8

The Cardinals couldn’t get any traction against the RockHounds, as they went down in defeat on Saturday.  The Cardinals got on the board in the first on a Luke Voit RBI double, part of his 2-for-4 night.  Allen Staton’s single plated a second run in the bottom of the ninth, but in between Springfield was kept scoreless.  The only other Cardinal with multiple hits was Jhohan Acevedo, 2-for-2.

Starting pitcher Corey Baker suffered his sixth Double-A loss of the season after giving up four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched.  Justin Wright followed with 2 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Rowan Wick yielded two more scores in the ninth.

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

Sunday’s game:  vs. Midland, Daniel Poncedeleon (9-6, 3.52) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 6

The Cardinals offense had a tough time against Hammerheads pitching, managing only two runs on eight hits.  Casey Grayson’s double in the fifth plated the first Cardinal run and a ground out by Andrew Sohn in the eighth brought the second score home.  Dylan Tice was the only Beach Bird with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4.

Sandy Alcantara suffered his second loss with Palm Beach, despite a quality start. The prospect went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  Blake McKnight followed with 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs, one earned.  Kyle Grana tossed the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two additional runs, one earned.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Jack Flaherty (3-8, 4.08) 4:00 CT.


Peoria 4, Quad Cities 3 (Game 1 DH)

The Chiefs edged the River Bandits by one run in this first game of the twin bill.  A walk off single by Magneuris Sierra in the seventh brought the victory.  Sierra was 3-for-3 with the RBI and two runs scored.  Jose Martinez hit a two run home run in the fifth for his only hit in the game, but he made it count.

Chiefs starter Jorge Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, fanning six and walking one.  Josh Wirsu blew the save, allowing three runs on four hits.  Steven De La Cruz pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.


Peoria 3, Quad Cities 8 (Game 2 DH)

It was a tough nightcap for Chiefs starting pitcher John Kilichowski. The lefty pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, including a pair of two-run home runs in the fourth inning.  Davis Ward followed, tossing two innings and allowing one run on two hits.  Bob Wheatley added a scoreless seventh.

Offense was meager for the Chiefs.  Leobaldo Pina was 2-for-3 with two RBI, the only Chief with multiple hits.  Chris Chinea plated a run on a sac fly in the sixth inning.

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

Sunday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, TBA 5:00 CT.


State College 3, Staten Island 5

The Spikes got on the board first, but fell behind and could not close the gap, even with a rally in the ninth.  A sac fly by Riley Drongesen in the second inning plated the first run.  The Spikes were kept off the board for the next six innings.  In the ninth, a couple of walks, a wild pitch, and a ground out by Tommy Edman brought one run home.  Andy Young hit a sac fly to score another run, but Vince Jackson struck out to end the ninth inning rally. Jeremy Martinez and Bladmil Franco were 2-for-3.

Spikes’ starter Jordan Hicks took the loss after pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.  Hicks was followed on the mound by Bryan Dobzanski, who tossed the remaining 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits. Normally a starter, Dobzanski had thrown just one inning on Wednesday before his start was suspended due to rain.

State College is now 37-18 on the season and remain in first place by six games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Staten Island, Carson Cross (4-3, 3.07) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Princeton 3

The Cardinals had the bats going in Princeton on Saturday, amassing 13 hits for seven runs to defeat the Rays.  Five Cardinals had multiple hits.  Matt Fiedler made his presence known with the long ball, blasting a two-run shot in the fifth inning off the Rays starter to highlight his 2-for-4 night.  Also going 2-for-4 were Allen Cordoba and Luis Bandes.  Cordoba scored three runs.  Hunter Newman and Bryce Denton were both 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Starter Frederis Parra earned his second win, pitching seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six.  Keaton Siomkin and Noel Gonzalez added a scoreless inning each.

The Cardinals are now 29-21 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Princeton, Ramon Santos (2-1, 3.66) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 2 (completion of 8/8 suspended game)

The Cardinals entered this resumed game with a two-run lead and added on two more runs to take the victory over the Marlins.  Catcher Dennis Ortega was a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles.  Brady Whalen drove in two runs early with a double in the second inning.  In the sixth the Cardinals added two runs, one on a fielding error and the other via Starlin Balbuena’s two-base hit.

Starter Juan Alvarez pitched three scoreless innings.   Franyel Casadilla went the next five frames, giving up two runs on five hits and earning the win.  Robbie Gordon pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.


GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Marlins 0 (seven innings)

In this seven inning second game, which was the regularly scheduled game, the pitching staff was excellent, keeping the Marlins off the board.  Three pitchers contributed two scoreless innings each: Zac Gallen, Will Anderson and Silas Bohannan.  Colton Thomson pitched a scoreless seventh for his third save.  Anderson got the win, his second.

On offense, Irving Wilson, like his catching teammate Dennis Ortega in Game 1, was a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in a run on a fourth inning double.  Starlin Balbuena plated the second fourth inning run on a single, and was 2-for-3.

The Cardinals record is 27-14.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT. (Rained out)


DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Tigers 8

Pitching woes befell the Cardinals in this Saturday morning contest with the Tigers.  Starter Noel De Jesus pitched well enough, going five innings and giving up only one run on six hits and fanning seven.  Reliever Brian Pirela couldn’t find the strike zone in the seventh inning, as he loaded the bases on three walks and gave up a run on a sac fly before being lifted for Jesus Garcia.  A double and a triple later, both inherited runners had scored and two Garcia runners also scored for five total runs in that inning.  Cristhian Lugo threw a scoreless eighth inning.  Lugo came back for the ninth and gave up two runs.  Pirela was tagged with the loss and Garcia earned a blown save.

The Cardinals offense managed four runs on 10 hits.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Moises Castillo was 2-for-4 with one run driven in.

The Cardinals are 39-21 and are four games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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