Darren Seferina (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach second baseman Darren Seferina, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Cardinals’ 8-0 victory over the Florida Fire Frogs.

Results for games played Friday, May 19.

Memphis 2 at Fresno 10

The Redbirds lost in a laugher in Fresno.  Memphis starter Luke Weaver had his first bad night of the season, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits.   The righty did strike out six and walked none in five innings pitched.  Josh Zeid fared no better, as he surrendered four more runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Trey Nielsen pitched the remaining 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Memphis offense scattered 12 hits, but only brought two runs across the plate.  The scoring opened in the first inning on a Harrison Bader RBI single and in the fifth, the outfielder drew a bases loaded walk. Bader was 4-for-4 on the night with both of Memphis RBI.  Nick Martini was 2-for-5.  Carson Kelly was 2-for-3.


In the field, Weaver and Rangel Ravelo each committed an error - a bad throw by the pitcher, and a missed catch miscue for the right fielder.  Carson Kelly was charged with a passed ball, his first of the season.

Memphis is 26-16 and has a five game edge in first place in the Pacific Coast League South.

Saturday’s game:  at Fresno, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 1.29) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 4, NW Arkansas 5 (six innings)

In a rain-shortened home game, the Cardinals lost to NW Arkansas in a squeaker.  Fourth-inning home runs from Anthony Garcia and Jacob Wilson plated three of Springfield’s four runs.  Garcia’s was good for two scores.  It was the third of the season for Garcia and the sixth for Wilson.  Wilson was 2-for-2, and Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-3.  Stephen Piscotty, on a rehab assignment coming back from a hamstring injury, was 1-for-3.

Starter Austin Gomber suffered his second loss of the season.  The left hander tossed five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits.  Corey Baker pitched a scoreless sixth.

The Cardinals are 20-19 and are two games back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Dakota Hudson (2-2, 3.35) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 8, Florida 0

At Roger Dean Stadium, the Cardinals routed the Florida Fire Frogs behind strong pitching from starter Ryan Helsley.  The right hander pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits while fanning four and walking one.  Helsley picked up his third win.  Estarlin Arias tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings, earning his first save.


The Palm Beach offense scored eight runs on 12 hits.  Darren Seferina and Chris Chinea were each 3-for-5.  Played of the Day Seferina drove in four of the Cardinals eight runs on three singles.  Chinea plated two.  Leobaldo Pina and Luke Dykstra also collected RBI.  Shane Billings was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.


The Cardinals are 22-19, 3.5 games out of first place in the Florida State League South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Florida, Connor Jones (2-2, 5.24) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 1, Beloit 2 (12 innings)

A 1-1 game went into extra innings, but the Chiefs were finally defeated in the 12th on Friday night.  Starting pitcher Bryan Dobzanski hurled six strong, scoreless innings, surrendering four hits, striking out six and walking two.   Reliever Frederis Parra took over in the seventh and immediately gave up a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.   Parra pitched 3 2/3 innings and was charged with the blown save. Dewin Perez pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and relinquished the winning run to absorb the loss.


Peoria’s scoring consisted of a solo home run by Tommy Edman in the fourth.  Stefan Trosclair was 2-for-5.  The only other extra base hit was a Nick Plummer double.

On the basepaths, Trosclair and Matt Davis each stole a base.  It was the second steal of the season for both in two attempts.  Plummer and Andrew Knizner were each caught stealing.  In the field, left fielder Vince Jackson made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 14-25 on the season and are nine games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Mike O’Reilly (0-1, 2.55) 6:30 CT.


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