Ryan Helsley (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

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 4-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria Chiefs starting pitcher Ryan Helsley, who pitched a gem against the Beloit Snappers, 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, striking out a whopping 13 batters and issuing no walks.

Results for games played Friday, September 2.


Memphis 0 at Round Rock 7

It was a bad night for the Redbirds, both at the plate and on the mound.  The offense managed three hits, a double by Jose Martinez, and a single each by David Washington and Michael Ohlman.  That was the offense.

Starter Kurt Heyer didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, after giving up six runs on eight hits.  It his fifth loss with Memphis.  Pedro Echemendia allowed an additional run in 1 1/3 innings.  John Brebbia and Sam Tuivailala pitched the scoreless eighth and the ninth.

Memphis has a record of 63-76.

Saturday’s game:  at Round Rock, Matt Pearce (0-1, 5.40) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 5 at Arkansas 0

Starting pitcher Ian McKinney did his job for six strong innings without allowing a run.  Those six innings added up to a win for McKinney, his first with Springfield.  Rowan Wick and Blake McKnight combined for three scoreless innings of relief.


On the offense side, Paul DeJong was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Luke Voit was 2-for-5.  Blake Drake was 2-for-5 with a run driven in.  Jonathan Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with an RBI.  Harrison Bader plated a run on a sixth inning single.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 31-36.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, Johnny Walter (0-6, 6.91) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Charlotte 2

Jack Flaherty pitched a strong game against the Stone Crabs as the Cardinals claimed the victory on Friday.  Flaherty tossed seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The performance was aided by eight strikeouts and no walks.  Flaherty earned his fifth win of the season.    Dakota Hudson pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn his third save.


St. Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena, playing at first base, continued his rehab with Palm Beach by hitting 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.    Dylan Tice was also 2-for-4 with one RBI.  Casey Grayson was 3-for-4. Jose Fernandez plated a run on fourth inning sac fly.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 24-43.

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Charlotte, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 5.87) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Beloit 0

The Chiefs shut out the Snappers on the strength of a pitching gem by starter Ryan Helsley.  Helsley pitched 6 2/3 scoreless, one hit innings, striking out 13 batters and issuing no free passes. Helsley earned his 10th win of the season.   Relievers Harley Holt and Davis Ward combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Ward earned his first save.


The Chiefs didn’t score a lot, but they didn’t need to. In the first, Magneuris Sierra scored from third on a throw to second base catching Eliezer Alvarez stealing.  Brian O’Keefe doubled in a run in the third.  O’Keefe was 2-for-2 with two doubles.  Alvarez was 2-for-3.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 33-33.

Saturday’s game:  at Kane County, Ronnie Williams (1-3, 4.66) 6:30 CT.


State College 4, Mahoning Valley 2

A two run home run off the bat of Ryan McCarvel in the fourth inning got the scoring started for the Spikes.  State College added two more in the seventh on an RBI bunt single by Mick Fennell.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-4. 


Starter Jordan Hicks pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and fanning five.  Jordan DeLorenzo gave up one run in four innings pitched, and earned the win, his second.  Connor Jones surrendered an additional run in his two innings of work and was awarded his first save of the season.

The division winning Spikes are now 48-25 with three games to go in the regular season.

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Mahoning Valley, Carson Cross (5-5, 3.25) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off Friday.

Johnson City opens the post-season on Saturday with the GCL Cards’ first-round game on Sunday.

Saturday’s game: Johnson City at Elizabethton, TBA, 6:00 ET


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