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

St. Louis’ minors posted a 1-4 mark on Sunday, a day that included double-headers for Springfield and Peoria. Paul DeJong led Springfield to a split but Palm Beach and Peoria (twice) went down to defeat. Memphis’ game was postponed again.

Results from games played Sunday, May 1st.


Memphis @ New Orleans - postponed      

Rain kept Memphis (8-12) and New Orleans (11-11) off the field for the second day in a row.  The contest is re-scheduled as part of a double-header at New Orleans on Tuesday, August 9th.

Monday’s game:  vs. Omaha (14-8) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, J.C. Sulbaran (2-1, 3.57)


Springfield 9 vs. Arkansas 8 (7) – game one

Arkansas 6 at Springfield 1 (7) – game two

Springfield (12-10) split a pair with Arkansas (10-13) (LAA), taking the opener, 9-8, but falling in game two, 6-1.  The home Cardinals trail in the series, two-games-to-one, with one to go.

The S-Cards’ bats erupted for 14 hits in game one, scoring in all six frames in which they came to the plate with all nine players garnering at least one hit.  Player of the Day Paul DeJong was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, solo shot, two runs scored and an RBI.  His blast was one of four by his team, accounting for five tallies.

Harrison Bader, Luke Voit and Breyvic Valera had two hits apiece – Bader and Voit in four at bats and Valera in three.  Bader crossed hom once with an RBI and stolen base while Voit added a two-run bomb that comprised two of his three driven in.  Valera scored once.

Springfield’s pitching staff was bailed out by the bats after surrendering 10 hits and walking five.  Daniel Poncedeleon lasted just three innings, permitting five runs, two earned, on four hits and three free passes.  Joey Donofrio (W, 1-1) allowed two runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls.  Corey Littrell fanned three over two, but served up a solo bomb, for his first save.

It was a different story at the plate in game two, as Springfield was held to just one hit, a single by Valera.  Bader and DeJong did not play.

Unfortunately, S-Cards’ hurlers spit up another 10 hits.  In a bullpen game, Kurt Heyer took the loss in his first start of 2016, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk in 3 2/3.  Josh Lucas struck out five in three frames but yielded three tallies on four hits and a free pass.  Ronnie Shaban permitted a double that scored Lucas’ final runner.

Monday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, 11:10 am CT, Trey Nielsen (1-2, 5.95)


Palm Beach 4 at St. Lucie 5

The Beach Birds (14-10) were clipped by the Mets (14-10), 5-4, preventing a three-game series sweep by Palm Beach.

Jack Flaherty (L, 0-2) was touched for three runs on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3, including a solo home run.  Flaherty struck out eight and threw 97 pitches, 58 for strikes.

A Palm Beach bullpen trio split pitching duties the rest of the way: Michael Heesch, Kyle Grana and Pedro Echemendia.  Heesch did not fare well, permitting four hits resulting in two tallies, one earned, in 1/3 of an inning.  Three of the five retired by Grana came via the K, the righty giving up a hit and free pass while leaving two of Heesch’s runners on.  Echemendia retired both batters faced.

Palm Beach took an early lead with a run in the first but did not score again until their three-run seventh brought them within a run.  Orlando Olivera, Steve Bean and Andrew Sohn posted nearly identical lines, each singling twice in four at bats with a run scored.  Sohn added an RBI.  Three Cards had one hit apiece.

Monday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers (13-11) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Austin Gomber (3-1, 1.59)


Peoria 2 at Lake County 6 (7) – game one

Peoria 0 at Lake County 4 (7) – game two  

The Chiefs (9-14) dropped their Sunday twin bill at Lake County, 6-2 and 4-0, for a three-game sweep at the hands of the Captains (17-7) (CLE).

Junior Fernandez took the opening loss, yielding three runs, two earned, on four hits and two bases-on-balls in five plus.  He fanned seven.

Tyler Bray was completely ineffective, serving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while recording just one out.  Bray also allowed Fernandez’ last runner to score.  Luke Harrison limited further damage, stranding two inherited runners and walking one.

Five Chiefs had one hit each, including Chris Chinea, who singled and scored in the fifth on a double by Leobaldo Pina.  Craig Aikin worked two free passes, touching home once via Magneuris Sierra’s sac fly.

The offense was even more inept in the nightcap, as three Peoria players mustered just one hit apiece.

Brennan Leitao (L, 1-2) was charged with four runs on six hits in 5 1/3.  Steven De La Cruz retired two, yielding a single and sac fly.

Monday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green (12-12) (TB), 6:30 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-3, 3.80)

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