Deck McGuire (Memphis Redbirds)

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

Deck McGuire’s stellar mound effort led Memphis to victory, one of four wins in St Louis’ minors on Clean Sweep Sunday!

Results from games played Sunday, June 12th.

Memphis 5 vs. Colorado Springs 0

Deck McGuire was dealing through eight in Memphis’ 5-0 win over Colorado Springs.  The Redbirds (25-34) took three of four from the Sky Sox (27-31) for their first series win of the 2016 season.

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McGuire (W, 5-6) limited the visitors to two hits and a walk over eight, striking out seven and throwing 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes.  Miguel Socolovich tossed the ninth giving up a hit.

The home team managed just six hits themselves but capitalized on one of nine free passes and a hit batsman by Sky Sox pitchers. One of those hits was a two-run double by Tommy Pham that scored Alberto Rosario (walk) and Kolten Wong (hit by pitch) to get Memphis on the board in the third.  The Redbirds scored an unearned run in the seventh via Nick Martini’s single, a two-base throwing error and sac bunt by Matt Williams.  Wong tripled in Dean Anna (single) the next frame before scoring on a single by Charlie Tilson.

Monday’s game:  at Nashville (39-24), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-0, 3.78)

 

Springfield 4 vs. Tulsa 3

The S-Cards (35-27) rode three home runs to a 4-3 home win over Tulsa, taking a slim half game advantage over the second-place Drillers with just eight games to go in the first half.  Springfield has won the first two of the four-game set.

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Jonathan Rodriguez got the scoring started with a two-run bomb in the third, plating Harrison Bader (single).  Back-to-back solo jacks by Bruce Caldwell and Carson Kelly finished the scoring the next inning.  Rodriguez and Caldwell each had two of the team’s eight hits, with Rodriguez adding a base-on-balls.

Daniel Poncedeleon headed a quintet of Springfield hurlers holding Tulsa to five hits in all.  The only hit allowed by Poncedeleon in four was a long ball with none on.  The righty issued a free pass and hit one batter.

Seth Maness was touched for a solo bomb in the fifth before giving way to Pedro Echemendia (W, 1-0) for two scoreless frames.  John Brebbia kept Tulsa off the board in the eighth but Josh Lucas was charged with a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth before picking up his seventh save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (34-27), 11:10 am CT, Trey Nielsen (5-5, 3.52)

 

Palm Beach 9 at Brevard County 2

A balanced offensive effort resulted in a 9-2 victory by Palm Beach (30-32) over Brevard County in the road series’ opener.  The win, combined with losses by Ft. Myers (MIN) and Jupiter (MIA), propelled Palm Beach into a three-way tie for fourth, 4 ½ in back of Bradenton (PIT).

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All nine Beach Birds starters either got a hit, scored a run or drove one in.  Casey Grayson, one of three PB-Cards with two hits, singled twice in three at bats with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base.  Jose Martinez and Cole Lankford both went 2-for-5 while touching home once, Lankford doubling once with two RBI.  Four other Beach Birds had one hit each.

John Walter (W, 1-0) generated a solid effort in his Cardinals and Palm Beach debut, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 1/3.  He fanned six and did not issue a free pass but did hit three batters.

Cody Schumacher aided Walter’s final line by stranding two inherited runners, yielding two hits in 1 2/3.  Blake McKnight struck out the side in the eighth and Rowan Wick faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at Brevard County (21-40), 6:35 pm ET, Jacob Evans (2-6, 3.31)

 

Peoria 3 vs. Cedar Rapids 1

Ryan Helsley struck out seven over six as Peoria (36-27) slipped past Cedar Rapids (33-29), 3-1, for a three-game sweep that propelled the Chiefs into first and knocked Cedar Rapids out of it.

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The only blemish against Helsley (W, 6-1) was an unearned tally giving the visitors the lead midway through two.  Helsley scattered five hits and a base-on-balls.  Two was a big number for Harley Holt who gave up two hits and struck out two in his two-inning stint.  Steven De La Cruz allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save.

All of the Chiefs’ scoring occurred in the third and all of it came with two outs.  Craig Aikin worked a free pass to open the frame before being sacrificed to second by Magneuris Sierra.  A ground out moved Aikin to third and he was brought across on Eliezer Alvarez’ single.  A walk to Brian O’Keefe and single by Chris Chinea jammed the sacks full for Jose Godoy whose two-run single brought Alvarez and O’Keefe in.    Alvarez, Chinea and Godoy accounted for all six of Peoria’s hits, all three going 2-for-4, Godoy doubling once.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Clinton (34-28), 6:30 pm CT, Junior Fernandez (5-3, 2.75)

 

DSL Cardinals - off  

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (4-2) vs. DSL Brewers (3-3), 10:30 am ET, Diego Cordero (0-0, 1.80)

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