Ross Vance / Johnson City Cardinals

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-5 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City pitcher Ross Vance, who pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, fanning six and walking none, in a win over Bristol.

Results for games played Saturday, August 20.


Memphis 3 at Iowa 6

The Redbirds fell to the Cubs on Saturday night, as starter Jeremy Hefner had a bad night on the mound.  Hefner pitched five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and suffered his sixth loss of the season.  Corey Littrell and John Brebbia combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Redbirds hitters brought three runs home on eight hits.  Harrison Bader was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Nick Martini was 2-for-3.  Michael Ohlman plated a run on an eighth inning double.

Memphis has a record of 60-67.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, Mike Mayers (3-6, 3.30) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 3 at Midland 11

The Cardinals lost a laugher in Midland. The bats rallied in the ninth, but the deficit was far too large.  Springfield took the early 1-0 lead in the third on a Thomas Spitz double and a Bruce Caldwell RBI single.  The Birds scored two in the ninth on a Spitz single and a throwing error.  Spitz was 2-for-4 with the one run driven in.  Jonathan Rodriguez was 2-for-3.

The pitching of starter Daniel Poncedeleon was fine, as he gave up two runs on four hits in six innings pitched.  It was the bullpen and the defense that derailed the game.  After Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless seventh, reliever Chandler Hawking gave up eight runs, four earned, in 2/3 inning.  All of the damage came in the eighth inning as the RockHounds put nine runs on the board.  A throwing error by Alex Mejia led to the four of the runs being unearned.  After Hawkins was lifted and position player Rodriguez was brought in to pitch, and a wild pitch, a walk and two singles brought home two inherited runners.  Rodriguez then walked in a run of his own.  Rodriguez did get the final out of the inning.  Poncedeleon suffered his seventh loss of the season.

The Cardinals have a record of 25-29 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Midland, TBA 2:00 CT.


Palm Beach 1, St. Lucie 3

This was a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning.  Starter Junior Fernandez pitched six strong innings, giving up no runs and allowing five hits.  Daniel Bard relieved Fernandez in the seventh and couldn’t record an out, as he hit two batters and walked two, the second of which scored a run.  Bard was lifted for Blake McKnight, who allowed two inherited runners to score.  McKnight pitched the eighth without damage.  Landon Beck added a scoreless eighth.  Bard was the losing pitcher.

The Cardinals offense managed only one run on eight hits.  Rehabbing backup catcher Brayan Pena was 2-for-4 and drove in the only run.  Juan Herrera and Dylan Tice were also 2-for-4.

Palm Beach has a record in the second half of 19-37.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Ian McKinney (7-9, 4.30) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 1 at Clinton 5

This game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Chiefs put one on the board on a Craig Aikin triple and a Josh Swirchak sac fly.  Unfortunately, that was it for the offense.  The Chiefs managed eight hits total, with Eliezer Alvarez going 3-for-4 with a double.  Magneuris Sierra and Carlos Torres also doubled.

Starter Ryan Helsley pitched four scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out two.  Harley Holt tossed two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits.  Holt was the losing pitcher, taking his fourth loss.  Nick Frey pitched the final two innings, surrendering two additional runs.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 26-28.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Ronnie Williams (1-1, 5.51) 2:00 CT.


State College 13 at Mahoning Valley 8

The Spikes’ offense was churning out the hits in this contest in Mahoning Valley.  The bats put 13 runs on the board on a total of 23 hits, a new team all-time record.  Three of the hits and six of the runs came on the long ball.  In the first inning, Andy Young hit a two run home run. Danny Hudzina hit a solo shot in the fifth inning.  Vince Jackson blasted a three run bomb in the fifth as well.  Young was 3-for-5, Jackson was 3-for-4 with four RBI and Hudzina was 2-for-6 with two runs driven in.

Every hitter in the Spikes lineup had multiple hits.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-5 with one RBI.  Ryan McCarvel plated a run and was 3-for-5.  Elier Rodriguez was 3-for-6.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-5 with one run driven in and two runs scored.  Yariel Gonzalez was 3-for-6 with an RBI.

On the mound, the pitching was a little shaky but the offense made up for it.  Starter Bryan Dobzanski pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Winning pitcher Max Almonte went 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits.  Gerwuins Velazco pitched the remaining three innings, yielding two runs on five hits and earning his second save.

State College is now 40-20 on the season and remain in first place by 7.5 games in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Jordan Hicks (2-1, 2.87) 3:05 CT.


Johnson City 4 at Bristol 2

Ross Vance had a stellar outing, pitching seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits while striking out six and walking none. Our Player of the Day earned his third win of the season.  Anthony Shew surrendered two runs in his one inning pitched.  Noel Gonzalez tossed a clean ninth and picked up the save, his first.

The Cardinals offense scored four runs on nine hits. J.R. Davis was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  Luis Bandes hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Caleb Lopes plated a run on a third inning single.

The Cardinals are now 33-23 on the season.

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


GCL Cardinals---Off

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 0, DSL Yankees2 3

The Cardinals offense was shut down by Yankees pitching on Saturday.  The offense managed only six hits, and only one was for extra bases, a double by Elehuris Montero. Dariel Gomez was on base all four times with two singles, his club’s only two walks and a stolen base.

Starter Winston Nicacio pitched well enough, going five innings, giving up only one run on three hits while fanning eight.  Nicacio suffered his third loss of the season.  Wilman Madera surrendered one run in his two innings.  Enrique Perez pitched the eighth and yielded an additional run.  Enmanuel Solano pitched a scoreless ninth, the only Cardinals hurler to be unscored upon.

The Cardinals are 43-23 and are five games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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