Alex Reyes (Memphis Redbirds)

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 2-3 on Monday with Memphis and the DSL club winning. Despite a somewhat inefficient start, our Player of the Day is Memphis starter Alex Reyes, who went five innings, allowing a solo home run, while striking out nine and walking three.

Results for games played Monday, June 13th.

Memphis Redbirds 4 at Nashville Sounds 3

The Redbirds (27-34) began a four-game series in Nashville on Monday, and came away with a win in the opener.

Top Cardinals prospect and Player of the Day Alex Reyes pitched an effective, albeit inefficient, five innings. Reyes (3.32 ERA) struck out nine and walked three, allowing a solo home run in his final inning on 96 pitches in total. Ryan Sherriff added two scoreless innings in relief. Juan Gonzalez allowed a run in the eighth, as did Sam Tuivailala (5.70 ERA) in the ninth inning, but still managing to secure his sixth save.

Batting leadoff and playing center field for the first time as a professional, Kolten Wong (.421) went 1-for-4 with a base-on-balls. Tommy Pham (.224 BA) shifted over to right field, with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base. David Washington was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Dean Anna also played well, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, netting two RBI. Matt Williams singled, walked twice, stole three bases and collected an RBI.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville, Mike Mayers (1-1, 2.12 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 4, Tulsa Drillers 9

The Cardinals (35-27) came into the game on Monday with a half-game lead in the division over the Drillers but relinquished the lead by the day’s end.

Starter Trey Nielsen pitched five innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. His ERA has crept up to 3.64 after being as low as 2.91 on May 23rd. Heath Wyatt pitched two innings in relief, giving up four runs, pushing his Springfield ERA to 11.57. Ronnie Shaban and Pedro Echemendia then yielded one run each in their single innings of work.

Springfield’s offense was led by the catching duo of Carson Kelly and Michael Ohlman (the latter playing 1B). Both players went 2-for-4, with one of Kelly’s (.288 BA) hits a double. Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 batting leadoff.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Andrew Morales (4-4, 3.45 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Brevard County 8

Palm Beach (30-33) starter Jacob Evans did not have the best day, pitching four innings and allowing eight runs on 10 hits. In relief, Michael Heesch did well, adding three scoreless innings. Chandler Hawkins finished with a scoreless frame.

Offensively, Blake Drake was the lone standout, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Jesse Jenner doubled and walked. Dylan Tice singled, walked, scored and drove in one.

Tuesday’s game: at Brevard County, Matt Pearce (6-2, 2.54 ERA) 6:35 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 2 at Clinton LumberKings 9

First-place Peoria (36-28) began a three-game set in Clinton, Iowa on Monday, losing 9-2 to the second-place LumberKings.

19-year-old Junior Fernandez (3.26 ERA) started for Peoria, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks, striking out just three in five innings. Jorge Rodriguez was unable to secure an out in the sixth, giving up three runs, before Tyler Bray finished with three innings of one-run (unearned) ball.

Edmundo Sosa went 2-for-5 with his fifth stolen base, while Eliezer Alvarez (.320 BA) went 1-for-4 and scored a run, batting third. Brian O’Keefe had a single, double, run scored and an RBI. The Chiefs all-star infielders had a rough game in the field as Sosa committed his 12th error on the season while Alvarez committed both his 12th and 13th errors.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton, Brennan Leitao (3-6, 3.02) 6:30 PM CT

DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Brewers 5

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals improved to 5-2 on the young season with a Monday home win over the Brewers. The Cards took a quick a first-inning lead of four runs, but the Brew Crew came back to tie the game in the sixth before the Cards quickly recaptured the lead.

Starter Diego Cordero pitched well, yielding just two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings. The three tallies in the sixth that allowed the Brewers to tie were all unearned while Jesus Garcia was on the mound. He took both a blown save and the win. Fabian Blanco fanned three over the final two hitless innings to pick up his second save.

Clean up hitter Brian Sanchez continues to rake, with a single, double, triple, RBI and two runs scored. The right fielder is batting .556. Four other Cardinals had two hits and plated five among them – Wadye Ynfante, Leandro Cedeno (home run and two RBI), Irving Wilson and Carlos Luis (.412 average).

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Yankees #2, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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