Sandy Alcantara (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

The Cardinals minor league system was 1-3 on Monday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starter Sandy Alcantara, who pitched six innings, striking out 14, walking one, albeit giving up four runs.

Results for games played Monday, May 23rd.

Memphis Redbirds 3 at Salt Lake Bees 14

The Redbirds (17-24) began an eight-game road series by losing 14-3 to the Salt Lake Bees on Monday.

Memphis starter J.C. Sulbaran didn’t last long - just two innings - allowing 11 runs, 10 earned, on 13 hits as his season ERA climbed to 7.52. Kurt Heyer, making his 2016 Memphis debut, fared better, going 4-2/3 innings, allowing three runs. Miguel Socolovich (2.95 ERA) pitched a scoreless 1-1/3, striking out three, as the lone bright spot for the pitching staff.

The offense was led by Jonathan Rodriguez, who went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run and fifth double of the season. Nick Martini also homered. Tommy Pham (.188 BA) went 0-for-4, continuing his post-injury slump.

Tuesday’s game: at Salt Lake, Jeremy Hefner (2-2, 3.50 ERA) 7:35 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 8 at Arkansas Travelers 3

Springfield (24-20) increased its lead on first place in the Texas League North Division to 3 1/2 games with a win over the Travs in the final game of a four-game set in North Little Rock Monday.

Springfield starter Trey Nielsen (2.91 ERA) had another effective game, pitching six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, while scattering eight hits and two walks. Ronnie Shaban added a scoreless seventh and eighth innings in relief. Joey Donofrio struck out two in the ninth.

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The offense was headlined by Bruce Caldwell (.309 BA) going 3-for-5 and Carson Kelly (.300 BA) with three hits in four at-bats. Both doubled. Other standouts include Alex Mejia, 2-for-5, Chris Jacobs, 2-for-4, and C.J. McElroy, 2-for-3.

Tuesday’s game: at Midland, Andrew Morales (3-4, 4.06 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Clearwater Threshers 9

With the loss Monday, Palm Beach ended their five-game win streak, leaving them with an overall record of 20-25.

Starter Jacob Evans struggled after a brilliant outing last time out. Evans pitched 5-2/3 innings, allowing nine runs, eight earned, while striking out four. Most of the damage came in the fifth and sixth innings. Michael Heesch pitched an effective 1-1/3 innings of no-run relief and Nick Frey added a scoreless inning.

Offensively, the Cardinals were paced by leadoff hitter Casey Turgeon who went 1-for-3 with two walks, and two-hole hitter Darren Seferina, 1-for-2 with two walks and his 11th stolen base. Florida State League Player of the Week Casey Grayson had a solid 1-for-3 outing with three RBI, one walk, and a sacrifice fly. Vaughn Bryan also went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Fort Myers, Matt Pearce (4-1, 2.18 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Peoria Chiefs 4, Beloit Snappers 5

Peoria (21-22) dropped the final three to the Beloit Snappers in the four-game home series, including a tough loss on Monday. The Chiefs starter was our Player of the Day, Sandy Alcantara. The right-hander (4.02 ERA) pitched six innings, giving up four runs while masterfully striking out 14 and walking just one. Alcantara tied the 23 year-old franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts with seven as well as tying the all-time stadium record with his 14-strikeout performance.

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Juan Perez added 1-1/3 innings of relief, allowing five baserunners, but no runs. Luke Harrison bailed him out in the eighth inning, before giving up a solo home run in the top of the ninth as Beloit took the final lead.

Offensively, all eyes at Dozer Park were on Jhonny Peralta, who managed to finally get on the board with a double in his third rehab game. Peralta, playing shortstop, went 1-for-3 before being replaced in the seventh inning.

Star hitters were Magneuris Sierra (2-for-5), Edmundo Sosa (2-for-5), and Chris Chinea (2-for-4). Eliezer Alvarez added a triple. The Chiefs nearly came back in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases before Brian O’Keefe struck out and Jose Godoy flied out to end the game.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Kane County, Jake Woodford (2-3, 2.66 ERA) 7:00 PM CT

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