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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 Co-Players of the Day are State College Spikes’ pitcher Jordan Hicks, who pitched a seven inning three hitter with only one run allowed, and his battery mate, catcher Jeremy Martinez, who drove in all three of the Spikes’ division-clinching runs.

Results for games played Saturday, August 27.


Memphis 1, Nashville 2

A solo home run off the bat of Patrick Wisdom plated the only run for the Redbirds as they lost a squeaker to the Sounds.  Wisdom was 2-for-4, adding a double to the home run.  Efren Navarro was 2-for-3.

Starter Kurt Heyer pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, taking his loss with the Redbirds.  Ryan Sherriff, John Brebbia, and Dean Kiekhefer combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Memphis has a record of 62-72.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Matt Pearce (0-0,0.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 8, Tulsa 11

The Cardinals offense churned out eight runs against the Drillers, but Tulsa cranked out more.

Starter J.C. Sulbaran had a rough night, lasting 4 1/3 innings and giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits.  Blake McKnight surrendered four more runs in his 2/3 of an inning, capping off the seven-run fifth.  Chandler Hawkins and Rowan Wick pitched two scoreless innings each.  Sulbaran took the loss, his fourth with Springfield.

The bats were working, but it wasn’t enough.   Luke Voit was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Paul DeJong also plated two runs while going 2-for-5.  Harrison Bader drove in a run on a sac fly in the seventh inning.  Blake Drake had a pinch-hit RBI double, also in the seventh inning, as the Cards plated three to pull within three.

The Cardinals have a record of 28-32 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Ian McKinney (0-0, 0.00) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at St. Lucie 0 (suspended)

This scoreless game was suspended in the top of the eighth inning due to rain.  It will be completed on Sunday prior to the regularly scheduled game.

Sunday’s games:  at St. Lucie, TBA, Game 1 completion of suspended game, at St. Lucie, Jacob Evans (3-7, 3.98) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 5, Burlington 7

The Chiefs fell behind early and couldn’t catch up, as they lost to the Burlington Bees on Saturday.  Starter Ronnie Williams suffered his third Peoria loss, tossing 6 2/3 innings and giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Nick Frey allowed two additional runs in 1 1/3 innings before Josh Wirsu pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs brought five runs home on nine hits. Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Josh Swirchak was 2-for-4 and Carlos Torres was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Leobaldo Pina hit an eighth inning two run home run.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 29-32.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Jake Woodford (5-5, 3.29) 5:00 CT.


State College 3 at Auburn 1

The Spikes were victorious over the Auburn Doubledays in this division clinching game on Saturday night.

Starter Jordan Hicks pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one run on three hits, while striking out six.  Brady Bowen pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn his ninth save.

The Spikes’ offense scored three runs on five hits.  Catcher Jeremy Martinez plated all three, on a first inning sac fly and two on a third inning single.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

State College is now 44-23 on the season and remain have clinched first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Auburn, Carson Cross (4-5, 3.54) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 8 at Bluefield 9

The Cardinals were edged out by the Bluefield Blue Jays on a walk off run in the ninth.  In the slugfest, the Cardinals hit four home runs, two by catcher Andrew Knizner - solo shots in the third and fifth innings.  Luis Bandes hit a solo homer in the fourth, and Joshua Lopez’ two run blast in the ninth briefly tied the game.  Knizner was 4-for-4 with three runs scored.  Bandes and Lopez were each 2-for-4.

Starter Daniel Castano pitched five innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on 11 hits.  Julio Mateo followed with two scoreless innings.  Anthony Shew pitched the eighth and the ninth, allowing three runs on six hits, including the walk off single that ended the game and tagged him with the loss.

The Cardinals are now 37-26 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Bluefield, David Oca (2-2, 6.26) 5:05 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Astros 1

The Cardinals put five runs on the board in the first two innings to win handily against the GCL Astros.  Catcher Dennis Ortega plated two runs on a first inning double.  Rehabbing St. Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena drove in two runs on a second inning double and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Dylan Carlson’s double in the second also plated a run.  Delvin Perez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored; Edwin Figuera was also 2-for-3.

Starter Franyel Casadilla earned his fifth win of the season after pitching six strong innings, allowing only one run on two hits.  Robbie Gordon and Jonathon Mulford combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

The Cardinals have a record of 31-20 and are in first place by one game in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins, Juan Alvarez (4-2, 3.05) 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Rockies 2 (11 innings)

An RBI double from Diomedes Del Rio in the sixth inning brought home the only Cardinal run in an extra innings loss to close the season.  Del Rio went 2-for-5 and Raffy Ozuna also doubled and was 2-for-3.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched five innings, yielding one run on six hits, fanning six and walking none.  Winston Nicacio followed Ramirez five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out six.    Junior Gonzalez pitched the final inning, and yielded the walkoff run to take the loss

The Cardinals finished the season 45-26, but six games back of the first place Rockies in the Dominican Summer League San Pedro Division.

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