Anthony Garcia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

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 minor league system was 2-2 on Saturday, with Peoria winning a six-inning, rain shortened game. Our Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder Anthony Garcia, who was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Springfield’s trouncing of the Arkansas Travelers.

Results for games played Saturday, June 17.

Memphis 3 at Round Rock 7

The Redbirds fell behind Round Rock early and couldn’t catch up.  Memphis pitcher Sean Gilmartin, in debut with the organization, took the loss.  Gilmartin pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 11 hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked two.  Trey Nielsen tossed two scoreless innings and Miguel Socolovich finished with 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Memphis’ offense scored three runs on 11 hits.  Harrison Bader was 3-for-4 and drove in a run on a solo home run in the sixth inning.   Carson Kelly added an RBI single in the fourth inning and Nick Martini later drove Kelly home on a single.  Rangel Ravelo was 2-for-4.

Martini made his first error of the season, a fielding miscue.

The Redbirds are 41-27 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 5.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Round Rock, Marco Gonzales (1-3, 3.26) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 18, Arkansas 1

The Cardinals dealt Arkansas a trouncing on Saturday, pummeling Travelers’ pitching for 18 runs on 17 hits.  Anthony Garcia had a two home run night, blasting a solo home run in the fourth and a two run shot in the eighth.  The outfielder was 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.

Other Cardinals hitters got in on the fun as well. Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-6 with three runs driven in.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-4, plated three and scored three runs.  Jose Adolis Garcia drove in three, scored two, and was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Jesse Jenner was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and Casey Turgeon was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 24th base of the season in 33 attempts.   In the field, Adolis Garcia made a fielding error, his fifth miscue of the season.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run on six hits while fanning six and walking none.  Blake McKnight relieved with two scoreless innings.  Hudson earned his fifth win of the season.

The Cardinals are 34-34 in the Texas League North and are 3 games back of first place.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Matt Pearce (5-5, 2.78) 4:10 CT.


Palm Beach - FSL All Star Game – North 5, South 2

Despite a trio of Palm Beach players participating, the South fell to the North in the Florida State League All-Star Game by a 5-2 score Saturday night in Lakeland.

After winning the Home Run Derby, Randy Arozarena batted sixth. The right-fielder went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and came around to score the South’s final run after being hit by a pitch. Second baseman Darren Seferina batted ninth and struck out in both of his plate appearances.

Junior Fernandez hit triple digits on the fastball as he faced three batters, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Sunday’s game:  Off


Peoria 3, Burlington 2 (six innings)

The Chiefs defeated Burlington in a rain shortened contest on Saturday night.  Three solo home runs, two by Brian O’Keefe and the other from J.R. Davis, accounted for Peoria’s three runs.  The second O’Keefe long ball came just before the rain hit, and was the last hit of the game in the sixth with two outs. O’Keefe was 2-for-3 in the game.

Ryan McCarvel and Stefan Trosclair were both caught stealing second base.  The caught stealings were the second of the season for both.  Third baseman Juan Yepez made a fielding error, his eighth in 19 games played in the field since joining the organization.

Starter Juan Perez pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up two unearned runs, via a two run home run in the fourth inning.  Perez allowed three hits and struck out one.  Max Almonte finished, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, and was the winning pitcher.

The Chiefs are 29-39 on the season and are 9.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Bryan Dobzanski (1-5, 4.97) 2:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals 0, DSL Angels 9

The Cardinals were shut out by the Angels as their offense was basically absent.  Cards hitters managed only three hits, with one good for extra bases, a double by Raffy Ozuna.  Cristhian Longo and Erik Pena each singled.  The hitters struck out five times and walked five times, but couldn’t scratch a run across the plate.

Defensively, the Cardinals made three errors. Ozuna made two throwing errors, his eighth and ninth miscues in just 10 games, and Luis Montano made a fielding error.  Catcher Joyser Garcia had a passed ball.

Starter Francis Ventura suffered his first loss of the season after pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs two earned, on two hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Wilman Madera relieved Ventura and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Roy Garcia followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.  Cristoffer Zapata relieved with two outs in the seventh.  Between Garcia and Zapata, they threw seven wild pitches, one of which scored a run.  Another Angels runner stole home on Zapata after advancing to third on two consecutive wild pitches. Zapata eventually got the final out, with all runs in that inning charged to Garcia.  Leonardo Taveras pitched the eighth and surrendered the final two runs, one unearned.

The Cardinals are 5-7 on the young season and are 3.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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