John Gant (Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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 3-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is John Gant, who pitched eight scoreless innings and drove in the only run of the game in Memphis’ victory over Colorado Springs.

Results for games played Friday, June 16.

Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 0

Memphis won a low scoring contest, shutting out Colorado Springs, 1-0.   One run was all that was necessary for starter John Gant, who pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while fanning six and walking one.  Gant won his first game of the season.  Josh Lucas earned his third save, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Gant also helped himself at the plate, driving in the Redbirds’ only run on a second inning single that plated Carson Kelly.  Kelly led off the inning with a single, then advanced to second when Patrick Wisdom drew a walk.  With two outs, Gant’s single to center brought Kelly home.  Randal Grichuk’s double was the game’s only extra base hit.

Memphis is 41-26 and is in first place in the PCL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Round Rock, Sean Gilmartin (2-2, 7.05) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 4, Arkansas 3 (11 innings)

The Cardinals went into extras with Arkansas on Friday with a walk off single by Dickie Joe Thon the game winner in the 11th.  Springfield got on the board in the first inning on a Jacob Wilson RBI single.  Wilson went 2-for-5, as he added a solo home run in the seventh inning.  Oscar Mercado and Magneuris Sierra were each 2-for-5, with Sierra driving in a run in the sixth on a double to right field.  Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-5 and Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4.

Mercado stole two bases, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, in 32 attempts.  Caldwell made a fielding error, his fifth error of the season.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on eight hits while fanning four and walking none.  Corey Littrell relieved with two outs and a man on in the seventh, walking the first two hitters he faced before getting the final out of the inning.  Littrell returned for the eighth and gave up a two run home run. Ian McKinney got the final two outs without further damage.   Littrell was charged with a blown save.  McKinney secured two more outs in the ninth, and was pulled for Corey Baker, who retired his only batter to end the inning.  Baker finished the game, and earned his second win of the season.

The Cardinals are 32-34, 3.5 games back in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Dakota Hudson (4-3, 3.12) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach - Off for FSL All Star Break

The Cardinals are off for the Florida State League All Star game, which will be played tonight.  Infielder Darren Seferina was tabbed to represent the Cardinals on the South squad.  Pitchers Zac Gallen and Landon Beck were also chosen, but both have since been promoted to the Springfield Cardinals.

Saturday’s game:  FSL All-Star Game at Lakeland, 7:00 p.m. ET


Peoria 2, Burlington 7

The Chiefs were held scoreless until the late innings, and fell short in their rally attempt as they lost to the Burlington Bees on Friday.  Peoria scattered seven hits, and were only able to scratch single runs across the plate in the eighth and ninth innings.  Vince Jackson was the only Chief with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Stefan Trosclair was caught stealing for the first time in six attempts.  In the field, Andy Young made a throwing error, his second error of the season.  Jose Martinez made two defensive miscues, one fielding, and one throwing.  Dylan Carlson had an outfield assist.

Starter Austin Sexton suffered his first loss of the season. Sexton pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits.  The right hander fanned two and walked three.  Frederis Parra and Brady Bowen combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Chiefs are 28-39 on the season and are 10 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Juan Perez (0-0. 0.00) 6:30 CT.


DSL Cardinals 11 at DSL Twins 4

The Cardinals blew past the Twins in a seven run blowout on Friday.  The offense scored 11 on 13 hits, only four of which were for extra bases.  Quite a small ball victory.  First sacker Cristhian Longo was 3-for-5, including two doubles, with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the way.  Pablo Gomez was 2-for-6 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.  Joyser Garcia came home twice and was 2-for-5, while Erik Pena was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The defense committed three errors. Raffy Ozuna made a throwing error, and Carlos Soler and Luis Montano both made fielding errors.  Montano had an outfield assist.

Starter Diego Cordero pitched four innings, and gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked one.  Brian Pirela followed with three innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits.  Pirela was the winning pitcher.  Jose Geronimo, and Oneiver Diaz each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals are 5-6 on the young season, 2.5 games back of first in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Angels, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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