Kolten Wong (Memphis Redbirds)

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

Kolten Wong’s big bombs led Memphis to one of three system victories on Tuesday. Springfield and the DSL club both posted wins but Palm Beach fell and Peoria was rained out.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 14th.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 4 (10 innings) 

Player of the Day Kolten Wong’s multi-homer night propelled Memphis (28-34) past Nashville, 7-4, in 10. The Redbirds’ four-game winning streak includes the first two of four versus the Sounds (OAK).

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Wong’s first home run came with Matt Williams and Alberto Rosario aboard after the latter two reached on singles.  The blast knotted the game at three all midway through five.  The center fielder opened the 10th with his second long ball, breaking a 4-4 tie.  Wong went 2-for-5 and was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Williams and Rosario joined Wong and Charlie Tilson with multi-hit performances although Wong was the only Redbird to hit for extra bases.  Rosario went 3-for-5 while Williams and Tilson both singled twice, in four and five at bats, respectively.

Reliever Miguel Socolovich picked up his first win in five decisions, working around a hit and two walks over 1 1/3.  Sam Tuivailala fanned two of three faced in the 10th for his seventh save.

Starter Mike Mayers allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and three bases-on-balls through five, striking out six.  One of the five hits was a solo bomb that put Nashville back up 4-3 after five.  Corey Littrell (one inning) and John Church (1 1/3) both gave up two hits and struck out two.  Church left two inherited on and Socolovich one.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville (39-26), 12:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-3. 4.41)

Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 6

A see-saw battle featuring two ties and three lead changes ended in a 7-6 victory by Springfield (36-28) over Tulsa (35-28).  The win both clinched the four-game series for the S-Cards and moved them back into first, a half-game up on the Drillers (LAD).

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Bruce Caldwell and Anthony Garcia led the team’s nine-hit effort, each going 3-for-4 with a double and walk.  Caldwell, newly named as one of Springfield’s six 2016 Texas League All-Stars, scored twice with an RBI and Garcia drove in three.  Jonathan Rodriguez’ only hit in three at bats was his fourth home run since re-joining Springfield and one of his two runs scored and two RBI.  He walked twice.

J.C. Sulbaran’s first start since his reassignment from Memphis was not particularly impressive.  The 26-year-old was touched for four tallies on five hits and two free passes over six. 

John Brebbia (W, 2-1) left Sulbaran’s last runner aboard but allowed one of his own to score, yielding three hits in two.  Josh Lucas began the ninth looking for his eighth save but left after permitting a run on a double and RBI single.  Kevin Herget recorded the final out for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (28-36) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-4, 4.63)

 

Palm Beach 1 at Brevard County 2

Palm Beach (30-34) came out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, dropping a 2-1 decision at Brevard County (MIL).  The Beach Birds trail in the series, two games to one, with one game remaining.

Matt Pearce was charged with his third loss in nine decisions despite holding the opposition to two runs on six hits over seven.  One of the six hits was a solo bomb that proved to be the winning margin.  Blake McKnight gave up one hit in the eighth.

The PB-Cards mustered just five hits, two of them by Steve Bean in three at bats.  Casey Grayson went 1-for-3 but it was his seventh-inning walk that proved to be the most productive after he was doubled home by Mason Katz.

Wednesday’s game:  at Brevard County (23-40), 10:35 am ET, TBA

 

Peoria at Clinton – postponed  

Game two of three between first-place Peoria (36-28) and second-place Clinton (SEA) was rained out. It has been rescheduled as part of a Wednesday double-header.

Wednesday’s games:  at Clinton (35-28).  Game one 5:00 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (4-0, 3.00)/bullpen start in Game 2

 

DSL Cardinals 17 vs. DSL Yankees2 4

The Dominican Birds romped to a 17-4 victory over the DSL Yankees2.

Only 10 of the 17 tallies were due to three miscues by the visiting team, typical of play at this level.  Eight of the runs scored in the fourth, the scoring capped by white-hot Brian Sanchez’ grand slam – one of his three hits in five at bats.

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Elehuris Montero and Esequiel Delgado had three hits each as well.  Montero went 3-for-4, touching home three times and stealing his first bag of the season while Delgado added a double and two-run long ball to a single five at bats, scoring three times.

Noel De Jesus earned his first win of 2016, allowing one run on four hits and a base-on-balls over five.  Francis Ventura, his tandem mate, went the final four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Yankees2 (3-4), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (0-0, 2.25)

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