Adolis Garcia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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 2-3 on Friday, with both victories coming from the Springfield Cardinals in their doubleheader. Our Player of the Day is outfielder Adolis Garcia, who drove in three across the pair of wins.

Results for games played Friday, May 12.


Memphis 4, El Paso 7

It was a tough Friday night on the mound for Redbirds starter Mike Mayers, who suffered his fourth loss of the season as Memphis fell to El Paso at AutoZone Park.  In 4 1/3 innings, Mayers gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits, including a three run home in run in the fifth.  Reliever Chris Ellis followed with 1 2/3 scoreless frames.  Zach Phillips tossed the final three innings in scoreless fashion.

Memphis bats pounded out 10 hits, though only two went for extra bases.  Luke Voit was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, as was right fielder Rangel Ravelo, who scored twice.  Carson Kelly was also 2-for-4.  Wilfredo Tovar and Patrick Wisdom drove in a run each, with Wisdom plating the first Redbirds run on a sac fly.  Tovar hit an RBI single in the second inning.

In the field, Wisdom committed a fielding error and Ravelo had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 22-13 and are six games in front for first place in the PCL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. El Paso, Luke Weaver (2-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 7, Arkansas 5 (Game 1, seven innings)

In the first game of a twin bill, the Cardinals defeated the Travelers behind good pitching from Jack Flaherty.  The right hander hurled six innings, surrendering two runs on six hits to earn his sixth win of the season.   Tyler Bray relieved in the seventh and gave up three runs before yielding to Blake McKnight with two outs.  McKnight struck out his only batter to claim his second save.

The Springfield offense drove in seven runs on 11 hits. Adolis Garcia, Jacob Wilson, and Anthony Garcia were each 2-for-4, while Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-3.  Casey Grayson’s solo home run in the fifth was his only hit of the game.  Springfield scored six of their seven runs in the first inning.  Adolis Garcia’s double scored two and Wilson followed with a single to bring Garcia home.  Anthony Garcia followed with an RBI double and Eliezer Alvarez plated Garcia on single.  Alvarez later scored on a throwing error.


Springfield 4, Arkansas 0 (Game 2, seven innings)

Game 2 of the doubleheader was the makeup of the rained out game from Thursday.  Trey Nielsen made the spot start and hurled three scoreless innings. Corey Baker pitched the next 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits to earn the win, his first of the season.   Chandler Hawkins and Pedro Echemendia followed with a combined 2 2/3 scoreless frames.

On offense, Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.  Bruce Caldwell drove in the first Springfield run in the fifth inning, singling to score Thomas Spitz from second.  The Cardinals scored three in the final inning, two on the RBI single by Mercado and the fourth and final run on an RBI single by Adolis Garcia to plate Mercado.

The Cardinals are 18-14 and tied with the Naturals for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Sandy Alcantara (2-2, 6.27) 5:30 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 20

It was a bloodbath at the hands of the Marauders as the Cardinals fell in spectacular fashion in Bradenton on Friday.  Palm Beach sent four pitchers and an infielder to the mound, and all five gave up multiple runs.  Starter Ryan Helsley lasted 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on four hits. Helsley took the loss, his second of the season.  Ian McKinney surrendered two runs in his 1 2/3 innings.  Anthony Ciavarella relinquished four more runs in only 1/3 of an inning.  Four additional runs were allowed by Steven De La Cruz in 2/3 innings.  Finally, Leobaldo Pina, the starting shortstop, pitched the last two innings, yielding the final four.

The Palm Beach offense did not put a run on the board until the eighth inning, and by that time the game was well out of reach.  Jeremy Martinez singled to plate Chris Chinea, who with Luke Dykstra, had preceded Martinez with singles.  In the ninth, a Darren Seferina triple and a sac fly from Shane Billings, scored the second and final Palm Beach run. 

Leadoff man Seferina was 3-for-5, and Dykstra had two hits in four at-bats.  Casey Turgeon contributed an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 17-18, and are 5.5 games out of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, Connor Jones (2-1, 3.66) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 3, South Bend 4

The Chiefs lost a close one at home on Friday night against the South Bend Cubs.  A two run home run in the first inning by Andrew Knizner put the Chiefs ahead early.  After the Cubs tied the game, Peoria took a one run lead in the sixth after Dylan Carlson drew a leadoff walk and then stole second base.  Carlson came home on a Bryce Denton single.  Carlson was 2-for-3, while Tommy Edman was 2-for-4.  Knizner’s home run, his fifth of the season, was the only extra base hit by Peoria hitters.

Starter John Kilichowski went only 1 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits.  Frederis Parra followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering an additional run.  Ronnie Williams pitched the next 2 1/3 innings, relinquishing two runs on four hits to take the loss. Ramon Santos tossed a scoreless 2 2/3 innings to finish.

The Chiefs are 12-20 on the season, six games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. South Bend, Bryan Dobzanski (0-2, 5.31) 6:30 CT.


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