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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.

Luke Weaver’s outstanding mound effort in his season debut was a welcome sight for Cardinals’ fans and led to a Springfield victory on Sunday. Peoria won as well but Memphis and Palm Beach went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, June 5th.

Memphis 1 at Iowa 6

Memphis (22-32) lost its fourth straight game, this time 6-1 to Iowa.  That streak includes the first two of the four-game set with the Cubs.

Jerome Williams (L, 0-1) fell victim to the long ball in his Redbirds debut, surrendering two home runs totaling the three tallies he yielded in five.  Williams struck out six and walked three, giving up five hits.

Kurt Heyer faced the minimum in the sixth but Corey Littrell was charged with three runs on four hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh, his worst outing in 13 appearances since his May 14th promotion from Double-A Springfield.  Juan Gonzalez tossed a clean eighth.

The offense was stymied on four singles, three in the fourth.  Nick Martini, who went 1-for-3, worked a two-out free pass in the fourth, advanced to second on a single by Patrick Wisdom and went to third via a wild pitch.  Matt Williams’ single drove in Martini for a brief 1-0 lead.

Monday’s game:  at Iowa (28-26), 7:08 pm CT, Deck McGuire (3-6, 4.27)


Springfield 5 at Frisco 0

Luke Weaver, our Player of the Day, returned to the mound with a bang as Springfield (30-26) shutout Frisco (32-22), 5-0, salvaging the third and final game of the series.

Weaver (W, 1-0) struck out 10 over 7 1/3 in his long-anticipated season debut, holding the RoughRiders to four hits and did not issue a base-on-balls.  The right-hander threw 62 of his 87 pitches for strikes.  Ronnie Shaban went the last 1 2/3, giving up a hit and leaving one inherited runner aboard.

The S-Cards pushed across a three spot in the third before adding single scores in the eighth and ninth.  Luke Voit and Breyvic Valera each went 2-for-4, Voit knocking in two and Valera scoring one.  Harrison Bader’s only hit in four at bats was his 13th home run of 2016, coming in the ninth.  Bader was plunked in the third, eventually coming around to score his team’s third run of the inning.

Monday’s game:  Off


Dunedin 5 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (27-30) dropped the third game of four versus Dunedin, 5-0, and trail the home series two games to one.

Jacob Evans took his sixth loss in eight decisions despite tossing a solid outing of three runs on three hits and a sac fly over six.  Two of the three hits were solo home runs.  Evans fanned five and hit a batter which was key in his last run allowed.

Cody Schumacher struck out two and walked one in the seventh, handing the ball off to Nick Frey, who was touched for two tallies on four hits in two.

The Beach Birds managed just four hits with no player having more than one.  Cole Lankford’s double was the only one to go for extras.

Monday’s game:  vs. Dunedin (26-31), 6:30 pm ET, Matt Pearce (6-1, 1.87)


Peoria 9 at Cedar Rapids 4

Big days at the plate by Eliezer Alvarez and Chris Chinea lifted Peoria (30-26) past Cedar Rapids (31-25), 9-4, in the rubber game of the series.  The Chiefs, tied for second with Clinton, climb to within a game of the first-place Kernels as a result.

Alvarez and Chinea led a balanced attack that saw eight of nine starters producing at least one of the 14 team hits.  Both players generated three-hit performances, Alvarez going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored, an RBI and stolen base out of the three hole.  Batting cleanup, Chinea singled three times in five at bats, touching home once and driving in three.

Magneuris Sierra and R.J. Dennard had two hits apiece, Sierra singling twice in five at bats with a run scored and two knocked in.  Dennard went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, crossed home twice and drove in one.

Jake Woodford (W, 4-3) pitched a strong effort, striking out six over six while giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.  Tyler Bray allowed two tallies on five hits over two and Steven De La Cruz tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Monday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals are off Sundays.

Monday’s game: at DSL Rockies, 10:30 am ET, TBA.

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