Saturday was a good day on the farm as the St. Louis Cardinals affiliates combined to go 4-2.
A three-run blast by Allen Craig proved to be too much for the Zephyrs to handle. Craig finished his night with four RBIs and now has 41 in 45 games. Jim Rapoport singled twice while Tyler Greene had a couple of hits and scored a pair of runs.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead but the Naturals put up five in the sixth to take the lead and also take a playoff spot in the Texas League postseason.
Gary Daley was cruising until the wheels fell off in the five-run sixth. Daley finished the night after being tagged for seven runs on nine hits and five walks in 5.1 innings. Reliever Jason Buursma followed and only fueled the fire. Buursma was tagged for six hits that led to four runs in only 1.2 innings.
Daryl Jones did
his part with three hits out of the leadoff spot. Jones also stole a base and scored a
couple of runs. Tyler Henley
singled and doubled twice and is hitting a monstrous .476 in 11 games since
getting off the disabled list. Tony Cruz was 2-4 and is hitting .440 since being
Tommy Pham reached base three times with a pair of hits and a walk. The athletic centerfielder scored two runs and stole his 11th base of the season. He also threw a runner out at home. Jermaine Curtis singled twice and scored two runs. Leadoff man Chris Swauger doubled and drove in two.
Arquimedes Nieto picked up his fifth victory of the season after striking out seven in seven innings. Ramon Delgado picked up his first save of the season with two shutout innings. The right-hander now has an ERA of 0.87.
Jason Stidham led the charge for the postseason-bound River Bandits with three hits, two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. DH Devin Goodwin added a couple hits including a three-run blast in eighth. Matt Adams reached base three times with a pair of hits and a walk.
Coming in relief, Mike Blazek calmed the storm and picked up his fourth victory with 4.1 shutout innings. Jorge Rondon was knocked around for three runs on six hits and four bases on balls in only 3.2 innings of work. Aaron Terry struck out a pair in a perfect ninth.
Muckdogs starter Andrew Moss put together a fine performance in his first start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, while striking out five in five innings of work. Moss posted a spectacular 10-0 groundball-to-fly ball ratio. Kevin Siegrist was awarded his first hold of the season with 2.2 innings of shaky relief. Jose Rada picked up his first save after striking out four hitters in 1.1 innings.
The offense was led by recent fifth round pick Nick Longmire. The speedy centerfielder and leadoff man collected his first professional home run along with two doubles and six RBIs.
VSL Cardinals outlast the VSL Mariners 9-7
The Cardinals put up big numbers in the fourth and fifth innings and held on to pick up the victory. Catcher Gerwuins Velazco led the offense with three hits. Both Jhohan Acevedo and Tharick Martines had three RBIs.
Starter Dail Vilanueva was charged with a run on two hits and three walks. Jhonny Polanco earned the win by allowing only one unearned run in 1.1 innings of work. Ismael Brito picked up his first save.
DSL Cardinals fall to the DSL Brewers 8-9
Cardinals starter Bryan Martinez put together a dominant performance with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. Unfortunately, his bullpen then let him down and he did not factor in the decision. Four relievers combined to allow six runs to cross the plate in only 2.2 innings.
Daniel Barbuena and Ronard Castillo had two hits with Barbuena's both being doubles. Castillo is now hitting .346 while Barbuena is hitting a red-hot .375. Rafael Medina drew three walks and picked up three RBIs.
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