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Highlights of Sunday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Monday’s action.

St. Louis’ minor league teams laid a big ‘ole Mother’s Day goose egg, going 0-for-3. Kevin Herget’s relief effort for Palm Beach was noteworthy but not enough to prevent an eighth straight loss. Memphis and Springfield also went down to defeat and Peoria was idle.

Results from games played Sunday, May 8th.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 3

David Washington’s two-run bomb was not enough as Memphis (11-16) suffered a walk-off loss to Nashville, 3-2.  The Redbirds trail in the series, one game to two, with one on tap.

The home run came with Nick Martini aboard in the ninth, knotting the game at two all.  It was Washington’s first long ball since joining Memphis last week and his second hit of the game in four at bats.  Martini pinch ran for Tommy Pham (single), who was one of five other Redbirds with one hit each.

The tie lasted just long enough for Miguel Socolovich (L, 0-3) to give up the winning run via a hit-by-pitch, stolen base and RBI single – all with two outs. 

Starter Jeremy Hefner tossed a strong effort, permitting two runs on five hits and a walk over seven. He fanned five. Heath Wyatt faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out two.

Monday’s game:  at Nashville (14-16) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (1-2, 5.73)


Springfield 0 at Tulsa 5

Starter Andrew Morales could not finish the fifth and Springfield’s offense could not find home plate, the end result being a 5-0 blanking by Tulsa (LAD).  The loss evened the series at one game apiece with two to go.

The Drillers hit Morales hard for four runs on nine hits and four bases-on-balls in 4 2/3.  He fanned three and surrendered a solo home run.

Joey Donofrio staunched the bleeding by leaving the sacks jammed in the fifth before tossing a one-two-three sixth.  Chris Thomas pitched the final two frames, allowing a run on three hits.

Bruce Caldwell and Luis Cruz each had two of seven team hits for Springfield (16-14).  Caldwell went 2-for-3 with a walk out of the three hole, Cruz singled and doubled in four at bats, hitting eighth.  Harrison Bader was on twice with a hit and walk, extending his hitting streak to 11 games and Paul DeJong drew a pair of free passes.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (11-18), 11:05 am CT, Corey Baker (2-0, 1.33)


Charlotte 7 at Palm Beach 5 (13)

The Beach Birds’ (14-17) losing slide reached eight straight games with a 7-5 13-inning loss to the Stone Crabs in the series’ opener at Roger Dean Stadium. 

Palm Beach struck first with three first-inning tallies but that lead evaporated by the fourth by which point Austin Gomber had surrendered four runs.  Gomber hurled six innings in all, yielding six hits and three free passes.

Pedro Echemendia was touched for a run on three hits in the seventh, his only inning on the mound.  Rowan Wick continued his solid work, fanning two with one hit allowed the next frame. 

Player of the Day Kevin Herget settled in for four scoreless innings, striking out three and permitting two hits.  The Cardinal Nation’s Relief Pitcher of the Month for April was the pitcher of record when his teammates pushed across unearned runs in the ninth, sending the game into extras.

The 13th became Palm Beach’s undoing as Silfredo Garcia (L, 1-3) and Kyle Grana combined for the go-ahead scores.  Garcia gave up a single to his only batter, exiting after a passed ball charged to Steve Bean put the runner in scoring position.  Grana issued a free pass to his first batter but looked like he would escape the mess after recording two outs.  A two-run triple ensued, instead, and the offense could not answer in the bottom of the frame, saddling Palm Beach with yet another loss.

The home team’s nine-hit effort was led by three players with two hits each:  Danny Diekroeger, Casey Grayson and Orlando Olivera – the three, four and five batters.  Diekroeger went 2-for-6 with two runs scored and Grayson singled twice in five at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.  Olivera went 2-for-3 with a walk and two driven in before exiting for a pinch runner in the ninth. 

Monday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (16-14) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Blake McKnight (0-3, 5.24)


Peoria - off

Fresh off a three-game sweep of Dayton at home and a day off Sunday, sixth-place Peoria (13-16) heads out on a 10-game road trip through Beloit (OAK), Clinton (SEA) and Kane County (ARI).  All three teams are ahead of the Chiefs in the Western Division standings.

Monday’s game:  at Beloit (14-15), 6:30 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 2.74)

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