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

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are the Johnson City Cardinals offense. Eight hitters combined for 15 runs on 20 hits to pound the Bristol Pirates into submission.

Results for games played Friday, August 19.


Memphis 2, Reno 5

A late inning surge by the Reno Aces against the Redbirds bullpen resulted in a disappointing loss in Memphis.  Starter Deck McGuire had a good outing, going six innings, giving up one run on four hits, striking out five and walking two.  However, Ryan Sheriff surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings to take his first loss of the season.  Pedro Echemendia finished with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Memphis offense managed only two runs on eight hits.  Alex Mejia was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Breyvic Valera plated a run on an eighth inning sac fly.  Patrick Wisdom added a pinch hit double.

Memphis has a record of 60-66.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Jeremy Hefner (3-5, 4.83) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 3 at Midland 9

Six early runs for the RockHounds against starter Corey Baker put the Cardinals in a hole from which they could not climb out.  Baker lasted only four innings and took his seventh loss of the season.  Chris Perry was pulled after loading the bases and walking in a run in the fifth.  Robby Rowland gave up a single that scored two inherited runners, but retired the next batter to end the inning.  Rowland pitched two more scoreless innings and Justin Wright pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.

On the offensive side, Bruce Caldwell was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Allen Staton was 3-for-3 with a double.  Luke Voit plated a run on a first inning groundout.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 25-28.

Saturday’s game: at Midland, Daniel Poncedeleon (9-6, 3.56) 7:00 CT.


Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 7

Neither rehabbing Lance Lynn nor regular Palm Beach starter Jack Flaherty had a particularly good night on the mound.  Lynn went two innings, threw 36 pitches and gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits.  Flaherty surrendered four runs, three earned, on four hits in his six innings pitched, but did strike out 10.  Only Michael Heesch pitched clean, a scoreless ninth inning.  Flaherty took the loss, his ninth.

The offense scored three runs on seven hits, including two by Casey Grayson.  The Cardinals plated two runs in the second inning on a groundout by Dylan Tice and a sac fly from Steve Bean.  Rehabbing St Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena plated a third inning run on a sac fly.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 19-36.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, TBA 4:30 CT.


Peoria 1 at Clinton 2

The Chiefs’ bats were cold as they fell at the Clinton LumberKings on Friday night.  A solo home run by Brian O’Keefe was the only run the Chiefs could muster, on only four hits.  O’Keefe was 2-for-4; Carlos Torres and Craig Aikin singled.

Starter John Kilichowski had a nice outing, pitching six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits.  The lefty fanned six and walked none.  Josh Wirsu yielded the winning run in his two innings of work and took the loss.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 26-27.

Saturday’s game:  at Clinton, Ryan Helsley (8-2, 1.93) 6:30 CT.


State College 2 at Williamsport 3

The Spikes grabbed a two run lead in the fourth, but a big fifth inning by the Crosscutters took it away and the Spikes could not get it back.

In his first start in over a year, Greg Tomchick was cruising until the fifth inning when he gave up a double and was lifted for Jordan DeLorenzo.  DeLorenzo yielded two singles to score two inherited runners and one of his own.  De Lorenzo pitched the remaining three innings in scoreless fashion, but took the loss.

Designated hitter Jeremy Martinez drove in both Spikes’ runs on a fourth inning double.  The offense managed only four hits; in addition to the Martinez double, Ricardo Bautista, Andy Young, and Danny Hudzina singled.

State College is now 39-20 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division by 7.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Bryan Dobzanski (4-5, 3.67) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 15 at Bristol 6

The Cardinals bats were hot in Bristol, as they put 15 runs on the board without the benefit of the long ball.  Center fielder Shane Billings was 3-for-6 with four RBI.  Deandre Asbury-Heath was a perfect 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Jonathan Rivera was 2-for-6 with two runs driven in.  Joshua Lopez plated two runs and was 2-for-5.  Bryce Denton was 3-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-5 with one run driven in and three runs scored.  Allen Cordoba also scored three runs, was 3-for-5 and plated one run.  Matt Fielder hit a seventh inning sac fly to score a run.  The only Cardinal without a hit or an RBI was leadoff hitter Caleb Lopes.


Starter Ramon Santos had an indifferent start, but his offense gave him the win.  Santos pitched five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits.  Levi MaVorhis was charged with one unearned run in three innings before Julio Mateo pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 32-23 on the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Bristol, Ross Vance (2-0, 3.00) 11:00 a.m. CT.


GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 0 (Game 1 DH seven innings)

In the first of a twin bill, the makeup of the August 14 rained out game, the Cardinals took the two run lead in the first inning and never gave it up.  Cardinals pitching was excellent, starting with Franyel Casadillo.  Casadillo pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.  Will Changarotty followed with four scoreless innings, yielding three hits and earning the win.  Jonathon Mulford pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.


The Cardinals runs came on a two run home run off the bat of Dylan Carlson, his only hit.  Edwin Figuera was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  The only other hit was a single by Luis Flores.


GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 2 (Game 2 DH)

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals could only put one run on the board and it was not enough.  Carlos Rodriguez’ (2-for-3) second inning triple drove in the only run. Dylan Carlson doubled, and Delvin Perez, Dennis Ortega, and Carlos Talavera singled.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits, fanning four and walking one.  Robert Calvano and Robbie Gordon combined for three scoreless innings of relief.  Silas Bohannan pitched the ninth, surrendering the winning run and taking the loss.

The Cardinals are 29-18 and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  Off.


DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Yankees2 3

After falling behind by three runs, the Cardinals rallied late to edge the Yankees on Friday.  In the eighth inning, a Julio Rodriguez double plated the Cardinals’ first run.  Rodriguez later scored the second run of the inning on a fielding error.  In the ninth, Jonatan Machado doubled to drive in the winning two runs.  Machado was 2-for-5.  Julio Rodriguez, Brian Sanchez, and Esequeil Delgado were each 2-for-4.


Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits while striking out three and issuing one free pass.  Wilfredo Pereira surrendered two unearned runs before Jesus Garcia and Estailin Tejada combined for the final two scoreless innings.  Garcia took the win, his fourth, and Tejada the save, his fourth.

The Cardinals have a record of 43-22 and are four games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees2, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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