Andrew Knizner / Johnson City Cardinals

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

Andrew Knizner’s bat helped Johnson City to one of three wins in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday as the system took four losses and had two rain outs. Five State College players contributed to an all-star victory.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 16th.

Memphis vs. Reno - postponed      

The series opener between Memphis (59-63) and Reno was postponed due to bad weather.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Wednesday, August 17th.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Reno (65-58).  Game 1 – 6:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-1, 5.54)/Thomas Lee (1-4, 5.63)


Frisco 4, Springfield 3

Springfield (24-26) began a six-game road trip with a 4-3 loss at Frisco.

J.C. Sulbaran (L, 3-3) held the RoughRiders to two runs through six but allowed two more without retiring any further batters.  Sulbaran gave up five hits, a walk and a key hit batsman over six plus, striking out six.

Chris Perry issued more walks (two) than he recorded outs (one), permitting his only inherited runner to score.  Justin Wright finished the seventh, leaving Perry’s two runners aboard.  Rowan Wick issued two free passes in the eighth.

The visiting team had plenty of scoring opportunities, with seven hits and nine walks, but squandered them by fanning 11 times and going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Luis Cruz and Jonathan Rodriguez launched a solo shot and two-run bomb, respectively. Cruz was joined by Luke Voit with two hits.  Thomas Spitz went 1-for-4 with a walk and stolen base in his Double-A debut.

Wednesday’s game:  at Frisco (19-32), 7:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (0-1, 8.31)


Bradenton 5 at Palm Beach 2 - Game 1   

Bradenton at Palm Beach – Game 2 - postponed

Palm Beach (18-33) fell in the first of two scheduled games versus Bradenton, 5-2.  Game 2 was rained out.

Shortstop Juan Herrera’s two-run long ball, his first of 2016, put the Beach Birds up 2-0 after one.  The Marauders halved the lead after four before knotting the game up in the sixth.  All five of Bradenton’s runs, four earned, came off Brennan Leitao (L, 0-1), who allowed eight hits and two wild pitches in 7 2/3.  Blake McKnight permitted a hit and two walks in 1 1/3, allowing Leitao’s last runner to score.

Casey Grayson led his team’s offensive effort, going 3-for-4, batting clean up.  Unfortunately for Grayson, the three batters ahead of him were a collective 1-for-11 with the one hit being Herrera’s home run.  The PB-Cards had seven hits in all.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Bradenton (23-28).  Game 1 – 5:00 pm ET, Ian McKinney (7-8, 4.45)/TBA


Peoria 10 vs. Cedar Rapids 1 (7) – Game 1

Cedar Rapids 7 at Peoria 2 (7) – Game 2

Peoria (25-25) split a pair with Cedar Rapids, pounding the Kernels, 10-1, in the opener but losing the finale, 7-2.  Each team has won one with two to go.

Game 1’s balanced offense featured seven of nine starters with at least one of the team’s 10 hits.  Three Chiefs had two hits apiece:  Jose Martinez, Chris Chinea and Leobaldo Pina.  Martinez and Chinea both went 2-for-3, Martinez adding a free pass plus three runs scored while Chinea doubled once with a sac fly, run scored and four RBI.  Pina launched his fifth home run of 2016, a two-run bomb comprising two of his three RBI.

Jake Woodford picked up the win, his fifth in 10 decisions, with five frames of shut-out ball.  Woodford allowed four hits and a base-on-balls.  Nick Frey was touched for a run on two hits through two.

Starter Ronnie Williams could not hold a 1-0 lead after three in the nightcap, surrendering six runs on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3, including a two-run long ball.  Williams fanned eight.  Josh Wirsu struck out three in 1 1/3 but Bob Wheatley allowed three hits in the seventh, resulting in another run.

The Chiefs had six hits in all, including two by Carlos Torres, who singled and tripled in three at bats with one driven in.  Jose Godoy scored both Peoria runs, going 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (29-22), 7:00 pm CT, Dailyn Martinez (4-4, 5.95)


State College - off

NY-Penn League All-Star Game, South 9, North 5

The Spikes (37-19) return to action after the New York-Penn All-Star Game, played at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY Tuesday night.  The South squad prevailed over the North, 9-5 with all five Spikes’ representatives seeing action.

Shortstop Tommy Edman, catcher Jeremy Martinez and first baseman Elier Rodriguez started while Danny Hudzina pinch hit in the fifth before taking over at third.  Edman was hitless in two at bats and committed the South’s only miscue, departing after four.  Martinez caught four frames, singling once in two at bats and scored once.

Rodriguez played the entire game, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.  Hudzina singled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls and an RBI.  Reliever Eric Carter worked around two hits for a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Williamsport (30-25), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (6-1, 4.94)


Johnson City 17 at Elizabethton 7

Two high-scoring innings launched Johnson City (30-23) over Elizabethton (28-24), 17-7, in the final game of the regular season between the top two teams in the West.

The JC-Cards scored five times before they made three outs only to see the game tied at seven all after four.  Player of the Day Andrew Knizner’s three-run bomb in the sixth broke the tie.  Knizner was a key cog in seven of his team’s tallies, going 3-for-6 with a double and home run, three runs scored and five RBI.

Another long ball, this one off Jonathan Rivera’s bat, capped a six-run eighth that put the game out of reach.  Rivera added a single to his home run in five at bats with four RBI.

All nine Appy Bird starters acquired at least one of 21 team hits, paced by Allen Cordoba who went 4-for-6 with a triple, three runs scored and a stolen base.  J.R. Davis and Luis Bandes joined Knizner with three hits each, Davis in six at bats with a run scored and Bandes doubling twice in four at bats, touching home once and driving in one.  Bandes was plunked once.

David Oca did not have a good start, yielding seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in four.  Three of the seven tallies were produced by a home run.

Leland Tilley was credited with the win, striking out three over two with a hit allowed.  Keaton Siomkin, Estarlin Arias and Noel Gonzalez each tossed a scoreless frame, with Arias fanning the side.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


GCL Nationals 4 at GCL Cardinals 1

Andrew Morales’ second rehab start did not go well, resulting in a 4-1 loss to the GCL Nationals (26-18).

Morales (L, 0-1) tossed a scoreless first but yielded three runs over the next 1 2/3, giving up four hits – including two doubles and a solo shot – and two free passes in 2 2/3.  He fanned five.

Will Changarotty retired his only batter, leaving one inherited runner aboard.  Jacob Evans began his rehab stint by giving up two hits over two and was charged with an unearned run.  Jacob Schlesener issued two free passes and hit a batter in the sixth before handing off to Juan Alvarez, the regular starter.  Alvarez retired all nine faced.

The Gulf Birds (27-16) were held to just four hits, including Stefan Trosclair’s third home run of 2016.  Trosclair went 2-for-4 with a strikeout, batting fourth.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Astros (17-27), 12:00 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (3-1, 3.00)


DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Angels 1 (10)

The DSL Cardinals (41-21) claimed an extra-inning affair with the Angels (33-28), winning 2-1 in 10.  Unfortunately, the second-place Dominican Birds could only keep pace with first-place Rockies, who are in the midst of another bloody winning streak!  The Cardinals trail by four games with 10 contests remaining, only one of them with the Rockies.

The winning tally scored in a fashion typical for rookie ball.  Wadye Infante lined a single with one out, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third via a wild pitch and scored on Julio Rodriguez’ sac fly.  Infante’s single was just the fourth hit of the game for the team and Infante’s second in five at bats.

The Cardinals’ first run was unearned. After Moises Castillo reached on a throwing error, he eventually came home on a single by Brian Sanchez.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched quite well, holding the Angels to one hit and a base-on-balls over four.  He hit one batter.  Angel Rondon, who had started six out of his last seven times out, went two frames, yielding an unearned run on two hits.  It was Rondon’s first appearance since August 3rd.

Wilfredo Pereira kept the opposition off the board over 2 1/3, giving up four hits.  Fabian Blanco (W, 4-2) struck out four in 1 2/3, permitting a hit and an intentional walk.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers (21-41), 10:30 am ET, Johan Oviedo (0-1, 1.15)

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