Jesse Jenner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 3-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Jesse Jenner, who was 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored in the Cardinals’ blowout win in Tulsa. Johnson City won its playoff opener with a late scoring burst.

Results for games played Saturday, September 3.


Memphis 2 at Round Rock 4

Two late inning runs were not enough for the Redbirds, as they went down in defeat to the Round Rock Express, 4-2.  The Redbirds were held scoreless until the eighth inning, when a Jose Martinez RBI double plated the first Redbird run.  A solo home run by David Washington followed in the ninth.  Breyvic Valera was 2-for-4.  Efren Navarro was 3-for-4.

Starter Matt Pearce gave up three Express runs, including a solo home run, in the first inning.  Pearce went on to pitch six innings, allowing seven hits.  Pearce was tagged with the loss, his second as a Redbird.  Ryan Sheriff relieved in the seventh and surrendered a run.  Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless ninth.

Memphis has a record of 63-77 with two games remaining in the regular season.

Sunday’s game:  at Round Rock, Deck McGuire (6-11, 5.30) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 11 at Tulsa 2

A big seven-run third inning for the Cardinals was the key to victory against the Drillers on Saturday.  The Cardinals batted 11 times before the inning finally came to a close.  Vaughn Bryan led off with a single, and came around to double in the final run of the frame.  Blake Drake and Jonathan Rodriguez each doubled in a run, as did Jacob Wilson two batters later.  Alex Mejia hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Jesse Jenner.  Jenner scored on a Johnny Walter sac bunt.  After Bryan’s RBI double, Blake Drake struck out to finally end the inning.

Springfield batters had 18 hits to score 11 runs.  Jenner was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored. Wilson was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Drake was 3-for-5 with one run driven in.  Bryan was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Starter Johnny Walter pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Chandler Hawkins added two scoreless innings.  Kevin Herget surrendered one run on two hits in the ninth.

The Cardinals have a record of 32-36 in the second half and have two games remaining in the regular season before playoffs begin.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, Corey Baker (3-8, 5.17) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 6, Charlotte 5 (10 innings)

The Cardinals edged the Stone Crabs in extra innings on a walk off single by Dylan Tice.  The RBI single was Tice’s only hit.  Danny Diekroeger was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Thomas Spitz plated two on an eighth inning double.  Juan Herrera was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz played in his first rehab game for the Cardinals, and was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Junior Fernandez pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, one earned on two hits.   Landon Beck followed with 1 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run on three hits.  Daniel Bard, Cody Schumacher, and Kyle Grana combined for the remaining three scoreless innings of relief.  Grana was the winning pitcher.

The Cardinals have a second half record of 25-43 with one game remaining on the season.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Charlotte, Jacob Evans (3-7, 3.95) 9:30 a.m. CT.


Peoria 2 at Kane County 3

Though the Chiefs took the lead early, late inning runs by the Cougars doomed Peoria to a one run loss.  Ronnie Williams kept the Cougars off the board until the sixth inning.  The starter finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched, having given up two runs on three hits.  Nick Frey followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Josh Wirsu gave up the winning run in the ninth to earn the loss.

The Chiefs’ offense plated two runs on eight hits.  Jose Godoy was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the fourth inning. R.J. Dennard drove in the second run on a double, also in the fourth inning.  Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-4 with two doubles.

The Chiefs have a second half record of 33-34 with two game remaining in the regular season before the playoffs begin.

Sunday’s game:  at Kane County, Dailyn Martinez (5-5, 5.81) 6:30 CT.


State College 0 at Mahoning Valley 3

The Spikes were shut out by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday, as they wind down the regular season with two more games to play.  The offense managed only five hits against Scrappers’ pitching.  Yariel Gonzalez was the only Spikes batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.  Anthony Ray and Ryan McCarvel each doubled. Riley Drongesen had the only other hit, a single.

Starter Carson Cross pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits.  Jonathan Escudero provided two innings of scoreless relief.

The Division winning Spikes are now 48-26 on the season and have two regular season games remaining.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Steven Farinaro (9-1, 3.72) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Elizabethton 4

The Cardinals claimed victory over the Elizabethton Twins in Game 1 of the Appalachian League playoff semifinals with run scoring late.   Joshua Lopez blasted a two run home run in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.  Two more runs in the ninth put the game away for the Cardinals.  A J.R. Davis sac fly and a Matt Fielder single plated the final two runs in the ninth.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Bryce Denton plated a run and was 2-for-3, as was Lopez.

Starter Ross Vance pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned on six hits while fanning 11.  Levi MaVorhis tossed 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing an additional run on three hits.  MaVorhis was the winning pitcher.  Keaton Siomkin and Estarlin Arias combined for the remaining 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings, with Arias earning the save.

The Cardinals lead the semifinal series 1-0.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton, Frederis Parra (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.


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Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Red Sox, TBA 11:00 a.m. CT (GCL one-game semifinals).


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