Thomas Spitz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

Thomas Spitz’ four hits led Peoria to one of two wins in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday. Springfield notched a victory but both Memphis and Palm Beach went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, May 15th.

Sacramento 4 at Memphis 2

Memphis (14-20) scored first and last, but it was not enough as they lost to Sacramento (SF), 4-2, evening the series at one game each with two on tap.

The Redbirds pushed across single scores in the first and ninth, mustering just five hits in total.  Charlie Tilson and Jonathan Rodriguez posted identical marks, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Deck McGuire (L, 1-5) was charged with all four of the River Cats’ tallies, giving up seven hits – including two solo bombs – and four bases-on-balls in 5 2/3.  Corey Littrell fanned three in 1 1/3 but allowed two hits and a free pass which allowed one of three inherited runners to score.  John Church and Sam Tuivailala each tossed a scoreless frame.

Monday’s game:  vs. Sacramento (15-23), 11:05 am CT, Mike Mayers (2016 Triple-A debut)


Springfield 5 vs. Northwest Arkansas 2

A string of eighth-inning hits lifted the S-Cards to a 5-2 victory over Northwest Arkansas (17-18).  Springfield (20-16) claimed the home series, winning three of four.

Tied 2-2 with six outs to go, the Cardinals scored three times on four singles, a walk and sac fly.  Luke Voit led the eight-hit effort, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored and RBI.  He struck out twice but extended his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games, the second longest active streak in the Texas League.

The longest streak belongs to Voit’s teammate Harrison Bader, who hit safely for the 17th straight game, going 1-for-3 with a walk, touching home once and swiping a base.  Bader is one game away from tying the club’s all-time mark of 18 games, held by four players.  Tommy Pham’s rehab stint continued with the center fielder going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and run scored out of the three hole.

Ronnie Shaban took both his first win and first blown save after allowing a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in his only inning of work.  Josh Lucas earned his second save, allowing a hit.

Both pitched in relief of Corey Baker, who struck out six over six, limiting the opposition to a solo long ball, one of three hits and two walks permitted.  Joey Donofrio bridged the gap between Baker and Shaban.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (16-19) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-2, 3.63)


Bradenton 3 at Palm Beach 2 (11)

Palm Beach (15-23) dropped a 3-2 decision to Bradenton (18-18) (PIT), giving the Marauders three-game sweep of the PB-Cards. The offense-starved Cardinals completed the first half of May with just one win in 15 tries.

The Beach Birds managed just five hits with no player having more than one.  Oscar Mercado and Cole Lankford both singled once in three at bats, scoring once.  Mercado added a free pass but was did not remain long on the basepaths either time, first caught stealing and then picked off.

Nick Frey (L, 0-1) yielded the winning margin on four hits over two innings. Starter Blake McKnight gave a solid account of himself, permitting two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a free pass through seven.  Rowan Wick tossed two scoreless, issuing a walk.

Monday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (21-16) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Jacob Evans (2-2, 2.48)


Peoria 8 at Clinton 2

Chiefs’ bats exploded for 15 hits in their 8-2 win over the LumberKings (21-15), taking the road series three-games-to-one.

Player of the Day Thomas Spitz led Peoria (18-18) with a 4-for-5 effort that included his first home run of 2016, a solo bomb representing one of his three runs scored and two RBI.  Jose Godoy, Craig Aikin and Magneuris Sierra each had two hits, Godoy singling twice in three at bats with two bases-on-balls and two runs scored.  Aikin’s triple was one of only two extra-base hits.

Derian Gonzalez (W, 2-0) was touched for two runs on five hits and two walks in six.  Juan Perez went the final three, fanning four while issuing three free passes for his first save.

Monday’s game:  Off

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