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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 1-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Todd Cunningham, who was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Redbirds win over El Paso.

Results for games played Saturday, May 13.


Memphis 10, El Paso 1

Memphis pounded El Paso on Saturday, as the offense put up 10 runs on 14 hits, all without the aid of the long ball.  Todd Cunningham led the way with a 4-for-5 performance.  The right fielder drove in two and scored three.   Nick Martini was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Harrison Bader and Patrick Wisdom were each 2-for-5. Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-3.  Four doubles by Cunningham, Martini, Bader and Wisdom were the only extra base hits.

Luke Weaver opened on the mound for the Redbirds, and tossed seven innings of one run ball on six hits.  The right hander struck out nine and walked one to earn his third win of the season.  Ryan Sherriff pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

The Redbirds are 23-13 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 6.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. El Paso, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 9

The night after the Travelers were swept in a doubleheader at home, Arkansas took its revenge, soundly defeating the Cardinals in an eight-run victory.   It was a tough night on the mound for Springfield starter Sandy Alcantara, who gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings pitched and suffered his third loss of the season.  The Travelers tacked on two more runs against Daniel Bard in the sixth inning.  Kevin Herget finished the game without further damage, tossing the final two frames.

The Cardinals were held off the scoreboard until the final inning.  Dickie Joe Thon, who was 2-for-4 on the night, thumped a solo home run to avoid the shutout.  Only two other Cardinals managed hits against Arkansas pitching, singles by Anthony Garcia and Alex Mejia. Mejia stole his first base of the season in his only attempt.

Catcher Gabriel Lino committed two miscues, a throwing error and a passed ball.  Anthony Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 18-15 in the Texas League North and are tied for first place.

Sunday’s game: at Arkansas, Austin Gomber (2-2, 3.48) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 12

Palm Beach was routed for the second straight night in Bradenton.  Starter Connor Jones didn’t make it out of the first inning, as the Marauders put up five runs.  With two outs in the first, Sam Tewes took the ball.  Tewes got the last out of the inning, then returned to pitch a scoreless second.  The right handed reliever then began the third, but before it was over, Bradenton hung five unearned runs on the board in the professional debut of the Cardinals' eighth-round pick from last June.

Ross Vance relieved with two outs in the third and struck out the last batter to end the inning.  Vance returned to pitch a scoreless fourth, and then like his predecessors, came back out for another inning and gave up runs, two, one earned.  With two outs in the fifth, Landon Beck retired the final batter. Beck tossed a scoreless sixth, returned for the seventh and surrendered a leadoff single and a walk.  Juan Perez entered with no outs and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.

The left side of the infield had a terrible game defensively. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina committed three errors, one fielding, and two throwing.  Third baseman Danny Diekroeger made two defensive miscues, one fielding and one throwing.  Randy Arozarena had an outfield assist.

While the Marauders were beating up on Cardinals pitching, the offense managed to put up four runs in the fourth inning, temporarily closing to within one. It began with an RBI single by Jose Godoy and ended with a three-run home run off the bat of Pina.  Pina was 2-for-3 and Darren Seferina went 2-for-4. 

The Cardinals are 17-19 and are 6.5 back of first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.


Peoria 0, South Bend 4

The Chiefs scattered eight hits against the South Bend Cubs, but failed to get a run home.  Three of the eight were doubles off the bats of Bryce Denton, Andrew Knizner, and Brian O’Keefe.  Denton also contributed a single and was 2-for-3. On the base paths, Tommy Edman was picked off and caught stealing in the fifth inning.

Peoria starter Bryan Dobzanski suffered his third loss of the season, after pitching five innings and giving up three runs on six hits.  The righty fanned six and walked four. Austin Sexton followed with two clean innings and Brady Bowe pitched a scoreless eighth.   Eric Carter gave up a solo home run in the ninth.

The Chiefs are 12-21 on the season and are seven games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  Off.


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