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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.

St. Louis’ minors went 4-2 with a rainout on Thursday. Sandy Alcantara’s impressive mound effort went for naught as Palm Beach was shut out again.

Results from games played Thursday, August 25th.

Memphis 7 vs. Nashville 6

Four runs in the last three frames gave Memphis (62-70) a 7-6 walk off victory over the Sounds, evening the series at one game apiece with three to play.

Down 6-3 midway through seven, the home team pulled within one on single scores in the next two frames.  Harrison Bader’s third Triple-A home run knotted it up, 6-6, before Jose Martinez singled home Breyvic Valera (double) for the win.

Bader’s long ball was the third of the game.  Matt Adams began his rehab stint with a bomb in his first at bat, putting the Redbirds up 2-0 after one.  Adams finished the night going 1-for-3, exiting after five.  Matt Williams’ only hit in four at bats was his first Memphis home run.

Efren Navarro led his team’s 13-hit effort, singling three times in five at bats, knocking in one.  Michael Ohlman and Valera both went 2-for-4, Ohlman tripling and scoring once while Valera added a single to his double and touched home twice.

Redbirds’ pitchers served up a little long ball themselves, accounting for four of Nashville’s six scores.  Starter Jeremy Hefner gave up a two-run blast in the third of his five-plus frames.  Hefner was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Corey Littrell’s (BS, 1) outs recorded matched his walks allowed – three – pushing across Hefner’s final runner plus one of his own.  He also hit a batter.  Dean Kiekhefer was even worse in the seventh, permitting two runs on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning, both tallies the result of a home run.  Thomas Lee (W, 2-5) retired all seven faced, leaving Kiekhefer’s last runner aboard.

Friday’s game:  vs. Nashville (77-56), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (4-6, 3.20)


Springfield 4 vs. Northwest Arkansas 3 (11)

Allen Staton’s big blast lifted the S-Cards over the Naturals, 4-3, in 11.  Springfield (27-31) holds a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one remaining.

Staton’s second hit in four at bats was his team’s second home run and the fourth overall for the game.  Blake Drake (1-for-4) launched a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh, eventually sending the game into extras.  Paul DeJong and Alex Mejia had two hits apiece. Mejia and Staton both swiped a base.

Corey Baker served up two home runs accounting for all three of the tallies charged to him over six.  Baker gave up seven hits in all, fanning six.

Justin Wright (2 1/3) and Josh Lucas (1 2/3) kept the opposition off the board, Lucas striking out three.  Kevin Herget (W, 4-0) worked around a two-out single in the 11th. 

Friday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (30-29), 7:10 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (9-7, 3.54)


Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 1

A 1-0 loss to Fort Myers saddled Palm Beach (19-40) with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Miracle (32-28).

The game’s only tally came off Sandy Alcantara (L, 0-3) in his seventh and final inning on the mound.  Alcantara permitted two hits that frame, half of the total he allowed in 6 2/3. Our Player of the Day fanned six and walked one.  Daniel Bard recorded the seventh’s final out and Blake McKnight issued a free pass in the eighth.

The hapless Beach Birds’ offense managed just three hits, singles by Juan Herrera, Dylan Tice and Andrew Sohn.

Friday’s games:  at St. Lucie (32-26).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, resumed contest from 8/21, TBA/Jack Flaherty (3-9, 3.87)


Peoria 4 at Wisconsin 5

Peoria (28-31) came out on the wrong end of a walk off, losing to Wisconsin, 5-4.  The Chiefs and Timber Rattlers (30-30) split the four-game set.

With the Chiefs down 3-2 after seven, Chris Chinea put his squad on top the next inning with his sixth home run of 2016, his only hit in four at bats.  But Tyler Bray (BS, 6) (L, 3-5) could not hold that lead, yielding two runs in the ninth, his second inning of work.

John Kilichowski went the initial 5 2/3, permitting a three-run long ball that was one of his six hits allowed.  Harley Holt retired all four batters faced.

Magneuris Sierra had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.  He was caught stealing once.  Seven players had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  vs. Burlington (32-28), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (8-2, 1.84)


State College 15 vs. Batavia 3

State College (43-22) scored 15 times in the last four frames, romping to a 15-3 win over Batavia.  The Spikes took the series, two games to one, and reduced their magic number for clinching the Pinckney Division to two.

Held scoreless through four, the home team broke out for five the next inning to go up 5-3.  They expanded their lead with two more the next frame before putting up four runs each in the seventh and eighth.

State College banged out 16 hits and worked 10 base-on-balls, paced by Yariel Gonzalez and Mick Fennell, who each went 3-for-4 and touched home twice.  One of Gonzalez’ three hits was a double while Fennell drove in two.  Four players had two hits apiece:  Vince Jackson, Jeremy Martinez, Ryan McCarvel and Ricardo Bautista.  Andy Young’s only hit in six at bats was a big one, a seventh-inning grand slam.

Starter Greg Tomchick lasted four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk.  Spencer Traynor (W, 1-0) spun three frames of one-hit ball and Eric Carter gave up two hits over two.

Friday’s game:  at Auburn (25-38), 7:05 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (4-5, 4.20)


Johnson City 7 vs. Bristol 6

Johnson City (36-25) rallied for a 7-6 win over Bristol, evening the series at one game each with one on tap. The Appy Birds expanded their West Division lead over Elizabethton (MIN) to three games with seven games remaining in the regular season.

It was a defensively sloppy affair, the two squads combining for a whopping nine miscues.  Those defensive lapses resulted in three unearned runs by each team, including two miscues by starter Ramon Santos.

Three of the five tallies yielded by Santos through six were unearned.  Santos allowed five hits and two free passes.  Leland Tilley (W, 2-0) yielded a run on three hits in the seventh and Estarlin Arias worked two scoreless for his fifth save.

The JC-Cards mustered eight hits, led by J.R. Davis, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Andrew Knizner singled twice in three at bats with a walk and three RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. Bristol (24-37), 7:00 pm ET, Ross Vance (3-0, 2.38)


GCL Cardinals - off 

The first-place GCL Cardinals (30-19) face off against the second-place Nationals, a team they lead by just 1 1/2 with the regular season down to seven games.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (29-21), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Braves - postponed

Thursday’s game between the DSL Cardinals (44-25) and DSL Braves (29-40) did not take place due to rain.  With only two games remaining in the regular season and the contest not figuring into post-season play, it has not been re-scheduled.  

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Rockies (50-19), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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