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

Brian Sanchez led the Dominican Birds to victory on Tuesday, one of four wins in five tries in St Louis’ minors. Peoria swept a double-header and Springfield won as well but Memphis did not while Palm Beach was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 7th.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 6

Alex Reyes did not finish the second in the Redbirds’ 6-5 loss to the Cubs.  Memphis (23-33) won only one of the four-game set at Iowa (29-27).

Reyes surrendered four runs on six hits and a walk in just 1 2/3, tossing 38 of 62 pitches for strikes.  Kurt Heyer went 2 2/3 scoreless but Corey Littrell was charged with his first loss after he allowed two runs, one earned, on a hit and base-on-balls while recording three outs. 

Heyer and Littrell each stranded an inherited runner, but not so for Ryan Sherriff who gave up a hit and walk in 2/3 of an inning.  John Church and Juan Gonzalez each tossed a scoreless frame, Gonzalez fanning the side.

Memphis banged out 10 hits, paced by Jose Martinez, Patrick Wisdom and Michael McKenry, who had three each.  One of Martinez’ hits was his fourth home run of 2016, first with Memphis, coming with none on.  Wisdom doubled and McKenry scored two times and swiped a bag.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 2

Michael Ohlman’s first home run of the season led Springfield (31-26) over Arkansas, 3-2, in the series opener.


Ohlman’s blast came in the seventh with Luke Voit and Jonathan Rodriguez on after both reached base on singles.  It was Rodriguez’ second hit of the game in three at bats. Brayan Pena began his rehab assignment by going 0-for-2 before Carson Kelly replaced him behind the plate in the top of the fifth.

While Kevin Herget (W, 1-0) was the pitcher of record when Ohlman went yard, he was also tagged for two eighth-inning scores on three hits in total over 1 1/3.  Herget struck out three.


The pitching star was Daniel Poncedeleon who scattered six hits and three walks, one intentional, over six with seven K’s.  A wild pitch by Josh Lucas let one of two inherited from Herget to score but Lucas retired the next five batters, three on strikeouts, for his sixth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (23-34), 6:30 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (5-4, 3.29)


Palm Beach - off

Wednesday’s game:  Palm Beach (27-30) at Daytona (27-30), 7:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (6-1, 1.87)


Peoria 4 at Burlington 2 - game one

Peoria 4 at Burlington 2  (7) – game two  

Peoria (31-26) took a pair at Burlington by identical 4-2 scores.  The Chiefs’ third win in a row, including the first two of four versus the Bees (LAA), leaves them just a half of a game behind first-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) and the same distance up on third-place Clinton (SEA).


Magneuris Sierra and Eliezer Alvarez each went 3-for-5 to lead Peoria’s 13-hit attack in game 1.  Sierra doubled twice while both players drove in one.  Dylan Becker and Vaughn Bryan both went 2-for-4, Becker scoring two times and Bryan touching home once with an RBI triple that put his team up for good in the ninth.  Chris Chinea singled twice in three at bats and received an intentional free pass but did no further damage.

Junior Fernandez held the opposition to two runs, one earned, on six hits and three free passes in 6 2/3 but left with the game knotted at two all.  Juan Perez (W, 2-1) yielded just one hit in 2 1/3.

The second contest consisted of as many errors (two) as hits by each squad but the visitors were able to capitalize of their foes’ miscues for two unearned tallies.  Craig Aikin hit his first home run, a solo sting that was hit only hit in three at bats.  Sierra doubled once in three at bats with a walk and run scored while Alvarez crossed home twice despite going 0-for-2, thanks to two bases-on-balls and two stolen bases.


Meanwhile, on the mound, Ryan Helsley (W, 5-1) struck out eight in six scoreless, limiting Burlington to just three hits.  Steven De La Cruz yielded two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in the seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  at Burlington (28-30), 6:30 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (3-5, 2.78)


DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Tigers 1  

Right fielder Brian Sanchez accounted for four runs in the DSL Cardinals’ 7-1 victory over the DSL Tigers.  Both teams sport identical 2-1 marks.


Sanchez, our Player of the Day, reached base in all five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double, three walks, two runs scored and two knocked in while batting clean up.  Designated hitter Daniel Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and first baseman Leandro Cedeno doubled and tripled in five at bats, crossing once and driving in one.

Francis Ventura (W, 1-0) compiled an un-DSL-like stat line in his professional debut, holding the opposition to a hit and walk over five scoreless.  The 16-year-old struck out four.  Noel De Jesus fanned six over the final four innings, giving up a run on three hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers (2-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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