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Highlights of Monday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

The Cardinals system went just 1-3 on Monday with another Memphis contest lost to the weather. Brennan Leitao pitched Peoria to a home win.

Results from games played Monday, April 18th.

Colorado Springs 3, Memphis 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

After Saturday’s and Sunday’s games were scrubbed, the weekend weather mess in Colorado continued into Monday. The clubs got in the first tilt, but the second was scrapped due to the cold weather.

In the opener, the Redbirds (5-5) showed promise at the start, with Charlie Tilson doubling and scoring on a Dean Anna single in the first. Though Anna would single again later, that would be all the scoring for Memphis, which managed just five hits in total.

Starter Deck McGuire was touched for a pair of runs in the third and was pulled after four innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go with three strikeouts.

The final Sky Sox run scored against reliever John Church in the fifth.

Memphis at Colorado Springs Game 2 - postponed    

Monday’s Game 2 will be made up as part of a double-header in Colorado Springs on Thursday, June 23. Sunday's postponed contest will be part of a twin-bill on Wednesday, June 22. All four games will be seven innings in duration.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 1.80)


Corpus Christi 6 at Springfield 0

Springfield (6-5) was shut out at home in their second loss in two games against the Hooks. Starter Mike Mayers did his job, holding the visitors to one unearned run through six innings. After a Paul DeJong error in the second, Mayers issued a bases-loaded free pass.

However, the S-Cards’ bullpen let the game get away. In the seventh, three runs came home against Chris Thomas and another Hooks run scored against Kurt Heyer in the eighth. Ronnie Shaban yielded the sixth tally in the ninth.

Springfield’s offense was quiet all game, managing just seven hits, all singles. Breyvic Valera and David Washington had two each, with the latter adding a walk. The Cards were a collective 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.  

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, 11:10 am CT, Trey Nielsen (0-2, 10.00)

Dunedin 10, Palm Beach 3

On a Danny Diekroeger sac fly, Palm Beach (8-4) closed the gap against the Blue Jays to 2-1 in the top of the fifth Monday night. However, the Jays struck back harder in the bottom of the frame.

In the home fifth, Dunedin plated four runs against starter Ian McKinney and reliever Pedro Echemendia (two runs each). The latter stayed in to pitch the sixth and seventh, yielding three more Jays’ tallies. Rowan Wick gave up the 10th run in the eighth. McKinney, who was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, took the defeat.

The Beach Birds’ offense cranked out eight hits, including three doubles, but went just 2-for-14 on the night with runners in scoring position. The Cards added two in the seventh on an Oscar Mercado ground rule double and a Diekroeger ground ball, but by then, the deficit was too great to overcome.

Orlando Olivera doubled as he and Chris Rivera each went 2-for-4.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Bradenton (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 1.80)


Peoria 11, Clinton 3

The Chiefs (6-5) returned home Monday and picked up a win over the visiting LumberKings behind an outstanding outing by Brennan Leitao. The right-hander, our Player of the Day, went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks. He fanned seven in picking up his first Midwest League win. Reliever Landon Beck was touched for two runs in the ninth.

Quiet through the initial four frames, the Peoria offense came to life in the fifth, scoring three runs and piling on four more in the sixth and eighth. Third baseman Leobaldo Pina walked, doubled and plated three. His partner of the left side of the infield, Edmundo Sosa, drove in two.

Four Chiefs scored twice – Casey Turgeon, R.J. Dennard, Jose Godoy and Craig Aikin, while Turgeon, Godoy, Brian O’Keefe and Magneuris Sierra chipped in two hits apiece, making it a true team win.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Clinton (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 1.80)

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