Ramon Santos / Johnson City Cardinals

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

It is playoff time in St. Louis’ minors but results were mixed on Tuesday. Johnson City took the opener of its championship series behind Ramon Santos’ strong pitching performance. But the GCL Cards were unable to put away their opponents, triggering a winner-take-all game three for the Gulf Coast League championship.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 6th.


Springfield – off

The best-of-five Texas League semifinals begin on Wednesday with Springfield, the North Division’s first-half winner, taking on Northwest Arkansas, champions of the second half.  The S-Cards host games one and two with the balance of the series taking place at Northwest Arkansas.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (0-0), 6:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, ---)


Peoria - off

The Midwest League’s best-of-three semifinals for the West Division features Peoria, winners of the first half, traveling to Clinton, the second-half winners.  The series moves to Dozer Park for Games 2 and 3, the latter if necessary.

Wednesday’s game:  at Clinton (0-0), 6:30 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, ---)


State College - off

State College finished the regular season with a 50-26 mark, the best record in the New York-Penn League.  The reward is both home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the opportunity to play the Staten Island Yankees, the wild card entry, in the best-of-three semifinals.

Wednesday’s game:  at Staten Island (0-0), 7:00 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, ---)


Johnson City 6 at Burlington 2

Johnson City capitalized on the error-prone Royals’ defense, topping Burlington, 6-2, in the Appalachian League Championship opener.

A four-run third unraveled a 2-2 tie and it all came about due to three of the home team’s four miscues.  J.R. Davis’ single to right brought across De Andre Asbury-Heath (fielding error), putting the JC-Cards up for good.  Two batters later Shane Billings (force attempt-missed catch error) and Davis scored when Matt Fiedler reached on another fielding error.  Andrew Knizner doubled in Fiedler for the final tally.

Asbury-Heath and Knizner each had two of the team’s eight hits, Heath in four at bats with the aforementioned run scored and an RBI.  Knizner singled and doubled in five at bats, driving in two.  Defensively, the visitors used four double plays to keep Burlington’s offense in check.


Both runs off Player of the Day Ramon Santos (W, 1-0) came home in the first of his seven-inning stint.  Santos yielded six hits and a walk, fanning four and inducing 13 groundball outs.

Leland Tilley faced the minimum in the eighth and Noel Gonzales used one of those double plays to erase a lead-off walk in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Burlington (0-1), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Phillies 3

The Gulf Birds (1-1) could not hold an early lead, falling to the Phillies, 3-2.  The Gulf Coast League championship series is tied at one game each with one to go.

Two Phillies’ bobbles put the Cardinals up 2-0 after one, a lead they maintained until the home half of the fifth.  Mike O’Reilly (L, 0-1) recorded the first out before allowing two singles and a two-out double that scored one and put two in scoring position for Will Changarotty.

Changarotty yielded a two-run single, one of three hits surrendered in 1 1/3.  O’Reilly finished the game with a line of three runs permitted on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 with six strikeouts.

Robbie Gordon worked around a hit and two base-on-balls over 1 1/3.  He was aided by Silas Bohannon, who got a 6-4 force before catcher Irving Wilson recorded a caught stealing to finish the eighth.

It was a mixed day for first baseman Stefan Trosclair.  On the positive side, he led the team with a single and triple in four at bats, droving in one.  On the negative side, he had a lousy day on the base paths, getting picked off third and caught stealing home.

Six Gulf Birds had one hit apiece, including second baseman Edwin Figuera, who singled and scored in his only at bat before being replaced in the bottom of the first.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Phillies (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


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