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

A day after just one win in nine tries, St. Louis’ minors pulled a rare feat on Thursday, going 8-0. Memphis starter Arturo Reyes’ effort was one of several noteworthy performances.

Results from games played Thursday, August 18th.

Memphis 6 vs. Reno 4     

Arturo Reyes tossed eight strong frames in Memphis’ 6-4 win over Reno.  The Redbirds (60-65) trail in the series, two games to one, with one to go.

Player of the Day Reyes (W, 9-4) fanned eight, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits.  He did not issue a free pass.  Miguel Socolovich yielded two tallies on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The game was knotted at two all through seven but four runs the next frame put the home team up.  Left fielder Jose Martinez swung the biggest bat, going 3-for-4, scoring twice and knocking in one.  Six Redbirds had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  vs. Reno (67-59), 7:05 pm CT, Deck McGuire (6-10, 5.86)


Springfield 6 at Frisco 2

Four late tallies lifted Springfield (25-27) past Frisco, 6-2, enabling the Cards to salvage the third and final game of the road series versus the RoughRiders (20-33).

Jesse Jenner’s two-run double broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth, his only hit in four at bats.  Another double in the ninth, this one by Luke Voit, brought across Joey Hawkins (walk) with Jonathan Rodriguez driving in Voit for the final score.

Springfield banged out 12 hits, paced by Allen Staton who singled three times in four at bats.  Four players had two hits apiece:  Paul DeJong, Vaughn Bryan, Rodriguez and Voit.  DeJong singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home once while Voit went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, two runs scored, three RBI, one on a sac fly.

Bryan and Rodriguez each went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls and run scored.  Bryan stole two bases, but was caught on a third attempted theft and was picked off first twice.

Johnny Walter was solid through 6 1/3 innings, permitting two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  His final runner crossed under Ronnie Shaban’s watch (BS, 2) (W, 8-3), who allowed two hits and a free pass over 1 1/3.  Josh Lucas gave up a hit over the final 1 1/3, stranding an inherited runner.

Friday’s game:  at Midland (34-19), 7:00 pm CT, Corey Baker (3-6, 4.91)


Palm Beach 8 vs. Bradenton 6

Chris Rivera’s grand slam capped a six-run first as Palm Beach (19-35) flew past Bradenton, 8-6.  It was the Beach Birds’ only win of the four-game set with the Marauders (25-29).

Rivera’s bomb, his only hit in four at bats, brought in Casey Grayson (single), Danny Diekroeger (hit by pitch) and Jose Fernandez (walk).  Grayson led the 11-hit effort, going 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and two driven in while the free pass to Fernandez drove Bradenton’s starter from the game with only two gone.  Fernandez finished the night by singling twice in three at bats with two walks, a run scored and two RBI.  He also swiped a bag.

Sandy Alcantara held the opposition to a run over four but only retired one the next inning.  Alcantara yielded four runs in total on six hits and a hit batsman, striking out five.

Blake McKnight was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk in 1 2/3.  McKnight was pitching when Alcantara’s last two runners scored.  Cody Schumacher tossed two scoreless frames and was credited with his third win against two losses.  Kyle Grana picked up his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (28-25), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (3-8, 3.83)


Peoria 3 vs. Cedar Rapids 2

Peoria (26-26) walked off with a 3-2 victory over Cedar Rapids (30-23) in the series finale.  Each team won two of the four-game set.

Trailing 2-1 with three outs to go, R.J. Dennard and Brian O’Keefe worked back-to-back free passes, putting Dennard in position to tie the game up on a bunt single by Craig Aikin.  (OK, Dennard needed help to score from the Kernels’ third baseman, who committed a throwing error.)  Magneuris Sierra singled in O’Keefe for the win.

Six Chiefs split seven hits with Aikin the only one with a multi-hit game.  The left fielder singled twice in four at bats.

Both tallies charged to Jorge Rodriguez through 4 2/3 were unearned.  Rodriguez allowed four hits and two walks, fanning four.  Davis Ward kept his team in the hunt for the win by shutting down Cedar Rapids on two hits over 3 1/3 and leaving two inherited aboard.  Tyler Bray (W, 3-3) worked around a lead-off plunked batter for a scoreless ninth.

Friday’s game:  at Clinton (38-15), 6:30 pm CT, John Kilichowski (1-2, 5.82)


State College 5 at Williamsport 4

State College (39-19) downed Williamsport, 5-4, on Thursday, clinching a win of the three-game home series with one to play.

The Spikes battled back from an early 2-0 deficit, knotting the game up with single tallies in the third and fourth.  State College took the lead on a three-run seventh only to watch the Crosscutters close the gap to one in the bottom of the frame.

Bladimil Franco and Jeremy Martinez each had three of the Spikes’ 13 hits, in four and five at bats, respectively.  Franco doubled once with a walk and two RBI and Martinez doubled as well, knocking in one.

Andy Young, Vince Jackson and Ricardo Bautista all went 2-for-5, Young scoring twice and the other two once.  Jackson doubled and drove in two.

Dewin Perez (W, 3-3) overcame a two-run first to go six solid frames.  Perez permitted five hits and two base-on-balls, striking out six.  Jonathan Escudero ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk while recording two outs.  Brady Bowen struck out four in 2 1/3, leaving Escudero’s potential tying run on.

Friday’s game:  at Williamsport (30-27), 7:05 pm ET, Greg Tomchick (0-0, 6.89)


Johnson City 7 at Bristol 3

Ninth-inning bombs by Jonathan Rivera and DeAndre Asbury-Heath gave Johnson City (31-23) a 7-3 win over Bristol in the road series opener.

Both blasts came with a runner aboard, transforming a 3-3 tie into a 7-3 lead.  Rivera’s home run was his only hit in four at bats while Asbury-Heath’s long ball was one of his three hits in four at bats.  Asbury-Heath stole his fourth base of 2016.

Andrew Knizner and Caleb Lopes each garnered three hits as well, both players doubling once, Knizner in five at bats with an RBI and Lopes  in four at bats with two runs scored.  Allen Cordoba singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and stolen base, the final Appy Bird with more than one of the team’s 14 hits.

Ian Oxnevad went the initial seven, yielding three runs, all on a home run in the first.  Oxnevad allowed eight hits in all.  Estarlin Arias (W, 4-0) permitted two hits in two innings, fanning three.   

Friday’s game:  at Bristol (22-31), 7:00 pm ET, Frederis Parra (2-4, 2.87)


GCL Cardinals 9 vs. GCL Marlins 6

The GCL Cardinals (28-17) rallied for a 9-6 win over the Marlins (20-25), maintaining their one-game lead over the Nationals in the East Division with 11 to play.

Down 5-0 midway through five, the home team pushed across six in the bottom of the frame to go up 6-5.  The visitors tied it up in the top of the seventh but a three-run long ball off the bat of Starlin Balbuena in the home half of the seventh put the Gulf Cards up for good.

Balbuena was one of three players going 2-for-4, the third baseman knocking in four.  Dylan Carlson and Luis Flores were the other two players garnering two hits, each one doubling once.  Carlson crossed home twice with three RBI and Flores scored once.

Over 4 1/3 innings, Anthony Ciavarella was touched for five runs, four earned, on six hits and three base-on-balls, including a solo long ball.  Champ Rowland struck out four in 1 2/3 before handing the ball off to Will Anderson.  Pitching back-to-back for the first time in his rehab stint, Anderson (BS, 1)(W, 3-0) served up a home run in the seventh.  Colton Thomson went the final two innings for his fourth save.

Friday’s games:  at/vs. GCL Mets (19-25).  Game one – 10:00 am ET, Alvaro Seijas (3-1, 2.61)/TBA


DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Brewers 4

The DSL Cardinals (42-22) used a big fifth to down the Brewers (22-42), 6-4.  Despite the win, the Dominican Cardinals’ elimination number slipped to four because the first-place Rockies won for the sixth straight time.

All of the Birds’ tallies came in the fifth, flipping a 4-0 deficit into a 6-4 advantage.  Four of the team’s six hits and three of their four walks occurred that inning, the big blow being Wadye Infante’s two-run triple.  A double by Carlos Soto brought across Infante for the inning’s final score.  Elehuris Montero singled twice in four at bats, touching home once, the only player with more than one hit.

Johan Oviedo was shaky in his two plus innings on the mound, giving up four runs, two earned, on a hit and three walks.  All four tallies crossed home in the third, three of them after Oviedo’ exit.

Brian Pirela, Cristhian Lugo (W, 1-0) and Enrique Perez each tossed two scoreless frames, Perez striking out four.  Fabian Blanco tossed a one-two-three ninth for his seventh save.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Yankees2 (25-38), 10:30 am ET, Edwar Ramirez (5-2, 4.94)

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