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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 system was 5-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City third baseman Bryce Denton, who was 2-for-4 with a two run home run and four RBI in the Cardinals’ playoff-clinching win.

Results for games played Friday, August 26.


Memphis 3, Nashville 5

Though the Redbirds took the early lead, five runs against them in the middle innings could not be overcome.   Starter Mike Mayers suffered his seventh loss of the season, as he gave up all five runs on five hits, four of which came via the long ball.  Mayers surrendered a three-run blast in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the fifth.  Pedro Echemendia and new arrival Ronnie Shaban combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

The Redbirds offense scored three runs on eight hits.  The first two scores came in the first inning as Breyvic Valera led off with a single, followed by a double off by rehabbing St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams.  Valera scored on a ground out by Efren Navarro.  A single by Jose Martinez plated Adams.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the ninth, when a run came home on a single by David Washington.  Valera had the only multi-hit game, as he was 2-for-4.

Memphis has a record of 62-71.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Kurt Heyer (2-3, 5.92) 5:35 CT.


Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 1

Springfield squeaked out a win against the Naturals on Friday.  The Cardinals tied the game up in the third on an RBI double by Alex Mejia, then plated the winning run in the eighth on an Allen Staton single.  Staton, Paul DeJong and Blake Drake had two hits apiece.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon hurled five innings, giving up one unearned run on six hits and fanning seven.  Trey Nielsen, Robby Rowland, and Josh Lucas combined for the remaining four scoreless innings.  Rowland earned the win, his first, and Lucas picked up his 16th save.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 28-31.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, J.C. Sulbaran (3-3, 3.74) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 5, St. Lucie 7 (Game 1 DH, completion of suspended 8/21 game)

The opener was the completion of the suspended game from last Sunday, restarted with the Mets ahead 1-0.  The Cardinals took a one run lead in the sixth inning, but quickly lost the edge.

The offense scored five runs on seven hits, only one for extra bases.  Michael Pritchard drove in runs on a fourth inning single and a sixth inning double.  Danny Diekroeger was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Juan Herrera and Erik Garcia drove in a run each.

Starter Brennan Leitao pitched six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits.  Leitao also issued five walks.  Cody Schumacher followed for two innings and was tagged with a blown save after yielding the tying run. Struggling Daniel Bard was the losing pitcher, as he surrendered two additional runs while not recording an out in the ninth.  Landon Beck secured the final three outs, but the damage was done.


Palm Beach 1 at St. Lucie 0 (Game 2 DH, regularly scheduled game, seven innings)

The Cardinals edged the Mets 1-0 in the regularly scheduled second game of the doubleheader.  The Cardinals’ one run scored on a sixth inning double by Danny Diekroeger.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits.  Flaherty struck out four and walked five.  Dakota Hudson pitched a scoreless seventh to earn his first save.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 29-31.

Saturday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 7.18) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 3, Burlington 0

The Chiefs shut out the Bees behind strong pitching.  Starter Ryan Helsley earned his ninth win of the season after five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, fanning eight and walking one.  The relief corps of Davis Ward, Bob Wheatley, and Steve De La Cruz combined for the remaining four scoreless innings with De La Cruz earning his seventh save.

The Peoria offense scored three runs on 13 hits.  Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-4.  Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Leobaldo Pina and R.J. Dennard were each 2-for-4.  Craig Aikin plated a run on a third inning double.

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

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Ronnie Williams (1-2, 4.84) 6:30 CT.


State College 0 at Auburn 2

Spikes hitting was shut down by Auburn pitching on Friday night.  State College hitters managed only four singles.  Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-3.

Starter Bryan Dobzanski tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits but suffered his sixth loss of the season.  Connor Jones pitched a scoreless eighth.

State College is now 42-23 on the season and in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division by 9.5 games. Their magic number to clinch is one.

Saturday’s game:  at Auburn, Jordan Hicks (3-1, 2.18) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 8, Bristol 7 (10 innings)

Two late comebacks were the key in this extra-inning contest with the Cardinals edging the Pirates for the win. In the process, Johnson City clinched an Appalachian League playoff berth.

Down 3-0, the Cardinals offense put five runs on the board in the seventh inning. The scoring began with a two run home run by Bryce Denton.  Consecutive singles by Joey Hawkins, J.R Davis, and Shane Billings, plus an error and a passed ball brought three more runs across.

After the Pirates tied the game in the top of the ninth, the Cardinals plated three runs in the 10th on a Denton double and a sac fly by Deandre Asbury-Heath for the victory.  Denton was 2-for-4 with four RBI.  Billings was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Ross Vance pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.  Levi MaVorhis followed with two scoreless innings.  Keaton Siomkin allowed the two tying runs in the ninth and was tagged with the blown save.  Yeison Medina pitched the 10th, giving up two additional runs, but earned the win.

The Cardinals are 37-25 on the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Bluefield, Daniel Castano (1-5, 6.37) 6:05 CT.


GCL Cardinals 1, GCL Nationals 8

Starter Alvaro Seijas had a tough outing in a big game.  Seijas pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits, including three home runs, two to the same hitter.  Seijas earned his second loss. Will Changarotty pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run.  Silas Bohannan surrendered two runs in his two innings before Robert Calvano pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense was lackluster, scoring a single run on six hits.  The lone score came via a solo home run by rehabbing St. Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena.  The remaining five hits were singles.  DH Dennis Ortega had two, with Dylan Carlson, Stefan Trosclair and Luis Flores hitting one each.

The Cardinals are 30-20 and are in first place by just 0.5 game over the Nationals in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Rockies 5

A grand slam by DH Esequiel Delgado in the eighth inning highlighted this slugfest with the DSL Rockies.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the first inning to begin the scoring.  Diomedes Del Rio was 2-for-5, Elehuris Montero was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Raffy Ozuna was 2-for-4.  Del Rio tripled and Ozuna and Moises Castillo doubled.

Starter Johan Oviedo pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits and fanning five.  Noel De Jesus tossed two innings and earned the win, his sixth.  DeJesus allowed two runs on three hits.  Cristhian Lugo pitched a scoreless seventh.  Enrique Perez allowed two runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief, and Fabian Blanco got the final two outs of the ninth without allowing a run for his eighth save.

The Cardinals have a record of 45-25 and are five games back of first place in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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