J.C. Sulbaran (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors won two and lost three with two cancellations on Thursday. State College and Johnson City were both victorious but Springfield fell, despite a strong start by J.C. Sulbaran.

Results from games played Thursday, September 1st


Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 5

Memphis (63-75) dropped the decisive third game of their series at Oklahoma City (77-60), 5-3.

Mike Mayers (L, 4-8) yielded a three-run second plus one more in his sixth and final inning of work.  The righty allowed eight hits and four walks, one intentional, over 5 2/3.

Ronnie Shaban retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners.  Corey Littrell walked one in the seventh before Thomas Lee permitted a Dodgers insurance run on three hits and an intentional free pass in the eighth.

Carson Kelly and Nick Martini each had two of the team’s eight hits, Kelly going 2-for-4 with an RBI and Martini singling twice in three at bats.  Jose Martinez launched a pinch hit home run with the bases clear.  Defensively, Kelly picked off a runner at third.

Friday’s game:  at Round Rock (69-70), 7:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-4, 5.75)


Springfield 5 at Arkansas 9

A comfortable four-run lead vanished in a late offensive barrage against the Springfield pen, resulting in 9-5 loss to the Travelers.  Each team has won one of the first two games with one remaining.

Springfield (30-36) held a 5-1 lead with six outs to go, thanks to an impressive effort by starter J.C. Sulbaran, our Player of the Day.  The 26-year-old struck out nine through seven, giving up just one run on three hits and three walks.


That all changed in a nightmarish eighth when Robby Rowland and Justin Wright (BS, 1) (L, 0-4) combined for eight runs on five hits, three walks, Rowland’s throwing error and a catcher’s interference.  Oh, and a wild pitch.

The S-Cards managed eight hits with Harrison Bader and Blake Drake garnering two each.  Bader went 2-for-5 with a solo shot and two strikeouts. Drake singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one.

Friday’s game: at Arkansas (34-32), 7:10 pm CT, Ian McKinney (0-0, 8.10)


Palm Beach at Charlotte - cancelled  

The first of four scheduled games between Palm Beach (23-43) and Charlotte was cancelled due to inclement weather.  Since both teams have been eliminated from postseason contention, the game was not rescheduled.

Friday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (31-32), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 5.87)


Beloit 2 at Peoria 1

Offense was at a premium in the Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to the Snappers.  The defeat evens the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Peoria (32-33) struck first with a first-inning tally but generated just six hits without a free pass for the game.  Magneuris Sierra singled twice in four at bats, scoring his team’s only run.

Starter Jake Woodford tossed just two innings, allowing a run on two doubles and one of his three walks.  John Kilichowski (L, 1-3) struck out six over five but was charged with an unearned tally.  The decisive run resulted from a Leobaldo Pina throwing error to begin the fifth plus all three hits Kilichowski permitted.

Tyler Bray struck out the side in the eighth, giving up one hit.  Josh Wirsu tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning two.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit (26-40), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (9-2, 1.83)


State College 8 at Mahoning Valley 6

State College (47-25) overcame a late rally to claim the series opener at Mahoning Valley, 8-6.

The Spikes built an 8-2 advantage only to watch the Scrappers score four times in their final inning.  Brady Bowen gave up five runs in 1 1/3 on four hits –including a two-run long ball – and a walk.  Eric Carter let both inherited runners score before recording two outs but did get his eighth save.

Starter Bryan Dobzanski struck out six over four, yielding a run on five hits and three free passes.  Max Almonte was credited with his third win in four decisions, blanking the opposition on two hits and a walk through three.  He fanned four.  Dobzanski, Bowen and Carter each hit a batter.


Tommy Edman and Anthony Ray led State College’s 10-hit effort, each with three hits.  Edman went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in (one on a sac fly) while Ray finished a home run shy of the cycle in five at bats, scoring three times.

Friday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (35-36), 7:05 pm ET, Jordan Hicks (4-1, 1.95)


Johnson City 5 vs. Pulaski 1

Johnson City (39-29) flew past Pulaski (29-37), 5-1, salvaging the third and final game of the series.

The Appy Birds posted two tallies in the third and fourth plus a final score in the fifth, flipping a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 lead.  Allen Cordoba, Joshua Lopez and Shane Billings each had two hits, Cordoba and Billings both going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  In his return to action after missing a week, Cordoba added a walk and RBI while Billings drove in two.  Lopez doubled twice in three at bats, knocking in one.  Four other JC-Cards had one hit each.


Anthony Shew, making his first start after 14 appearances out of the pen, tossed the first 3 2/3, yielding a solo bomb that was one of his three hits allowed.  Julio Mateo faced the minimum over 1 1/3.

Daniel Castano (W, 2-5) struck out three in two innings, permitting a hit.  Estarlin Arias and Yeison Medina each tossed one frame of one-hit ball.

Friday’s game:  Off


GCL Astros at GCL Cardinals - cancelled 

The regular season finale between the GCL Astros (22-31) and GCL Cardinals (33-21) was cancelled due to wet grounds.  The Gulf Birds now wait to find out which team they will face in the play-offs that begin on Saturday, September 3rd – either the Red Sox or the Twins of the South Division.


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