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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.

Peoria and Springfield are postseason bound with first-half titles. The latter clinched in part due to Paul DeJong’s perfect day at the plate. The wins were two of four in St. Louis’ Sunday minors sweep, with Memphis and State College joining. Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals were idle.

Results from games played Sunday, June 19th.

Memphis 4 vs. Iowa 3 

Memphis (32-35) downed Iowa, 4-3, and extended its winning streak to four straight, including the first three of four versus the Cubs.  Those victories combined with four consecutive losses by New Orleans (MIA) means the Redbirds have climbed out of the American Southern Division cellar!  Woo Hoo!!

Mike Mayers (W, 2-1) was stellar through six, shutting down Iowa on two hits and a walk before departing after giving up a lead-off single the next frame.  That runner came around to score but was unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Breyvic Valera.  Mayers fanned five with eight ground- and one fly-ball outs.

Justin Wright, Juan Gonzalez and Sam Tuivailala each went an inning.  Wright walked one and threw a wild pitch, Gonzalez yielded two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls but Tuivailala faced the minimum for his 10th save.

Although Randal Grichuk had only one hit in four at bats, it was a big one – a three-run bomb with Charlie Tilson (walk) and Brayan Pena (single) aboard that increased Memphis’ lead to 4-0 after three.  The rehabbing Pena singled twice in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of five team hits.

Monday’s game:  vs. Iowa (31-36), 11:05 am CT, Arturo Reyes (5-4, 5.37)


Springfield 5 at Tulsa 2

Springfield (40-29) punched its ticket for the postseason with a 5-2 victory over second-place Tulsa in the series’ opener.  It is the third first-half title in club history and first since 2009.

Player of the Day Paul DeJong was not only perfect at the plate but took part in three of his team’s five tallies.  The third baseman went 3-for-3 with a sac fly and solo shot that was part of his two runs scored and two knocked in.  Carson Kelly was right behind, singling three times in four at bats, touching home once and driving in one.  Mason Katz went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. 

Ronnie Shaban earned his fourth win against no losses by tossing 2 2/3 frames of one-hit ball.  He stranded two runners inherited from starter J.C. Sulbaran in the fifth after the latter allowed a run on five hits and four free passes in 4 1/3.

John Brebbia worked around a single in the eighth but was not as fortunate the next inning.  The righty was touched for a run on two hits before giving way to Kevin Herget (S, 5), who retired both batters faced, leaving one on.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (37-31), 7:05 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-5, 5.10)


Palm Beach - off    

Sunday was the final day of the Florida State League’s 2016 All-Star break.  Play resumes on Monday, June 20th with five games remaining in the first half. The Cardinals have already been eliminated.

Monday’s game:  Palm Beach (31-34) vs. St. Lucie (33-31), 6:30 pm ET, TBA  


Peoria 2 vs. Burlington 1

Peoria (40-30) came out on the right side of a pitching duel, 2-1, over Burlington (32-38) for a four-game series’ sweep.  That win combined with a loss by Clinton (SEA), broke a tie atop the Western Division between the two squads and gave Peoria the first-half title!

Junior Fernandez put up zeros through six, permitting just three hits and two walks but left with a no decision because the Bees’ staff was doing the same thing.  Nick Frey gave up a run on two singles and a sac bunt in the seventh but held his opponents scoreless over the final two frames for his second win in four decisions.

Down 1-0 at the seventh’s midpoint, the home team tied it up in the bottom of the frame when Jose Godoy doubled home Eliezer Alvarez after the latter reached on a single.  The winning tally came about the next inning when Magneuris Sierra was plunked with two outs.  Back-to-back singles by Edmundo Sosa and Alvarez resulted in Sierra crossing home.  Alvarez and Chris Chinea (double) each had two of the team’s seven hits.   

Monday’s game:  Off


State College 7 vs. Hudson Valley 6

State College (2-1) walked off with a 7-6 victory over Hudson Valley in the first of three games versus the Renegades.

The game came down to a passed ball with the sacks jammed that allowed Anthony Ray to score.  Ray reached after he forced Elier Rodriguez (walk) at second.  A single by Danny Martin was followed by a free pass issued to Josh Swirchak to load the bases.  Swirchak led the team with a 3-for-4 performance including a double in addition to the aforementioned base-on-balls.  The third baseman scored one and knocked in two.

Shortstop Tommy Edman accounted for two tallies, going 2-for-4 with a triple, scoring once and driving in one.  Three other Spikes had one hit each but more important was a fourth-inning miscue by the visitors resulting in two unearned scores.

Yeison Medina earned the win by hurling two scoreless frames, giving up a hit and walk.  Starter Steven Farinaro was not very good in his 2016 debut, surrendering six runs, four earned, on nine hits over seven.

Monday’s game:  vs. Hudson Valley (1-2), 7:05 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (2016 debut)

DSL Cardinals - off  

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (10-2) vs. DSL Braves (7-5), 10:30 am ET, tandem of Francisco Ventura (1-0, 3.00)/Noel De Jesus (1-0, 2.00)

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