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

With only two affiliate teams still playing in the post-season, and Springfield playing two games due to a suspended game from the previous night, the Cardinals system was 2-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield first baseman Luke Voit, who was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in the completed suspended Game 2 victory, and 2-for-4 with a two run home run in the Game 3 loss at the NW Arkansas Naturals. State College advances into the New York-Penn League finals.

Results for games played Friday, September 9.


Springfield 12, NW Arkansas 11 (completion of Thursday suspended game)

Game 2 of the Texas League North Division series at Springfield was cut short on Thursday due to weather with the Cards down 8-7 in the seventh.  With a rough forecast for Friday, the completion of the suspended contest was moved to Northwest Arkansas to be held before Game 3.

When the contest resumed, the Cardinals went to work, putting up a five-run eighth inning - the cushion they needed to squeak by the Naturals.  In total, the Cardinals scored 12 runs on 11 hits, eight fewer than their opponent, but it was sufficient.

Three runs came on a Jacob Wilson long ball in the fifth inning, the only home run for the Cardinals, while the Naturals hit five.   Alex Mejia was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Luke Voit was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Luis Cruz was 3-for-3.  Paul DeJong plated two runs on a first inning single.  Allen Staton drove in two on a fifth inning ground out and an eighth inning single.

J.C. Sulbaran started for the Cardinals, but pitched only 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including three home runs.  Corey Baker followed but gave up another run without recording an out.  Kevin Herget got out of the inning, but allowed an additional run in his three innings of work.  Chandler Hawkins surrendered a score in one inning of relief.  Rowan Wick pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and was the recipient of the win.  Josh Lucas pitched 2/3 of the ninth inning but yielded three runs and was rescued by Dakota Hudson, who secured the final out to earn the save.


Springfield 3, NW Arkansas 8

The Cardinals did not fare as well in Game 3 of the division series.  Starter Matt Pearce pitched into the fifth inning, but was lifted after three batters for Chandler Hawkins.  Pearce gave up three runs in his four complete innings, allowing eight hits, including two home runs.  Hawkins yielded three more runs in the fifth, his only inning. Ronnie Shaban went two innings, giving up one run.  Robbie Rowland tossed the final frame, surrendering one unearned run. Pearce was the losing pitcher.

The Cardinals offense scored three runs on eight hits.  Luke Voit was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning.  Jacob Wilson drove in a run on a ninth inning double.  Rehabbing St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double.  Harrison Bader also doubled.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Austin Gomber (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT. (With Springfield down 1-2, this is a potential elimination game.)


State College 6, Staten Island 5

The Spikes were victorious on Friday night, winning the division series against Staten Island to take them to the Championship series.  The Spikes will take on Hudson Valley (TB) beginning on Sunday at the Renegades.

Starter Carson Cross pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits.  The relief squad was less successful, however.  Gerwuins Velazco followed with 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs.  Eric Carter surrendered three runs in his one inning and was charged with a blown save but also got the win when the offense rallied.  Brady Bowen pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in scoreless fashion to earn the save.

The offense scored four runs in the seventh to take the lead back after losing it in the top half of that inning.  Ryan McCarvel hit a two run home run before the other two runs scored on a Jeremy Martinez single and an Andy Young single.  Young was 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Martinez was also 2-for-3.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Saturday’s game:  Off.

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