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

St. Louis’ minors went 2-2 on Sunday. Memphis and Springfield were both victorious but Palm Beach and Peoria went down to defeat, the latter despite a noteworthy performance by starter Brennan Leitao.

Results from games played Sunday, April 24th.

Memphis 6 vs. Round Rock 4

The Redbirds rallied for a 6-4 win over the Express (TEX) in a battle of the top two teams in the American Northern.  The win gives second-place Memphis (8-8) one of the first two games of the series with two to go.  They trail Round Rock by one game in the standings.

Down 4-2 through five, the home squad keyed their rally with a bit of long ball.  Anthony Garcia’s solo shot cut the deficit in half after six and Carlos Peguero’s three-run bomb vaulted Memphis into the lead.  Garcia led the team’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and the aforementioned home run whole Peguero’s blast was his only hit in four at bats.

Nick Martini was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Greg Garcia was the final Redbird generating a multi-hit performance, singling twice in four at bats and touching home two times.

J.C. Sulbaran was pretty bad for Memphis, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits and five free passes in three plus.  He struck out five.  Ryan Sherriff was touched for a run on two hits and a walk over two, but importantly, left Sulbaran’s final three runners aboard.

Dean Kiekhefer had a solid effort in relief, stalling the Express on a hit through 2 1/3, fanning two.  Juan Gonzalez, the pitcher of record when the Redbirds took the lead, permitted two hits and three walks while recording three outs but was unscored upon, thanks to Sam Tuivailala.  Tuivailala struck out both batters faced, leaving two aboard and earning his second save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (9-7), 6:35 pm CT, Jeremy Hefner (2-0, 2.30)


Springfield 10 at Arkansas 2

The S-Cards’ 12-hit barrage generated a 10-2 victory over Arkansas (LAA), earning Springfield a split of the four-game set.  The first-place Cardinals (9-7) hold a two-game advantage over the Travelers in the North Division.

Carson Kelly led the effort, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one driven in, out of the nine hole.  Chris Jacobs, Bruce Caldwell and Luke Voit each had two hits in four at bats, Jacobs touching home three times and Caldwell adding his fourth home run – one of his two runs scored and two RBI.  Voit and Caldwell each worked a base-on-balls and Voit knocked in one.

Mike Mayers (W, 2-1) scattered eight hits and a walk over five, allowing two runs.  He fanned four.  Chris Perry retired four batters, giving up a hit and two walks.  Corey Littrell struck out the side and three of Kurt Heyer’s five outs were also K’s.

Monday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (6-10) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (1-2, 6.43)


Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 3

The Beach Birds tied it late, only to fall 3-2 to the Hammerheads (8-10) in the rubber game of the series.  Palm Beach (10-8) has lost four of its last six, dropping a game behind first-place St. Lucie (NYM).

The decisive run was charged to Ian McKinney (L, 1-2) who gave up the unearned tally in his third inning of work.  The lefty issued two walks and a hit in 2 2/3.  Cody Schumacher permitted the RBI single to his first batter faced.

Jack Flaherty got plenty of swings-and-misses in his five frames of action, striking out seven.  Both of his hits and one of the two bases-on-balls he issued occurred in Jupiter’s (MIA) two-run third.  55 of Flaherty’s 92 pitches went for strikes.

Palm Beach matched their opponents’ five hits but did not capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities, going 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Danny Diekroeger singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, the only PB Card with more than one hit.  Mikey Reynolds singled and scored while Brian O’Keefe worked three free passes, touching home once.

Monday’s game:  Off


Wisconsin 6 at Peoria 2 (11)

A big 11th doomed the Chiefs as they fell to Wisconsin (7-11) (MIL) 6-2, splitting the series at two games apiece.  Peoria (8-9) sits in fifth, three in back of Clinton (SEA).

Landon Beck (L, 0-1) got Tyler Bray out of a 10th-inning jam, recording the final two outs of the frame with a runner in scoring position but gave up back-to-back singles to open the 11th.  In came Sasha Kuebel, who threw gasoline on the fire by permitting an RBI single and two-run double.  The game’s final score came via a fielding error by second baseman Eliezer Alvarez, his eighth miscue of the season.

That spoiled a dandy performance by Player of the Day Brennan Leitao, who held the TimberRattlers to a run on six hits and a walk over eight.  Leitao fanned six with seven ground- and seven fly-ball outs.  Chandler Hawkins and Bray each recorded two outs and gave up a hit.

The home team was outhit 12-to-six with R.J. Dennard being the only Chief with more than one.  The first baseman singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once, before being replaced by a pinch runner after his double in the 10th. 

Monday’s game:  Off

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