Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors won five and lost three on Thursday with one postponement. Alvaro Seijas’ mound effort led the DSL Cardinals to a double-header sweep, joining Palm Beach, State College and Johnson City in the win column. Memphis was on the wrong end in both games of their double header while Peoria fell in extras and Springfield was rained out.

Results from games played Thursday, June 23rd.

 

Memphis 8 at Colorado Springs 9 (7) – game one      

Memphis 5 at Colorado Springs 7 (7) – game two 

The Redbirds dropped a pair to the Sky Sox, 9-8 and 7-5.  Memphis (34-38) trails in the series, two games to three, with one remaining.

A five-run third plus a four-run sixth doomed the visitors in the opener.  Miguel Socolovich (L, 2-5) and Dean Kiekhefer (BS, 2) combined for the loss after Memphis led 8-5 midway through six.  Socolovich could not find the plate, walking three and giving up one hit while recording one out while Kiekhefer allowed two of three inherited to score.

Alex Reyes’s performance was not very good either.  The starter was charged with five runs on five hits and four bases-on-balls in five.  But the big blow off the talented righty was a grand slam in the third by former Major Leaguer Will Middlebrooks.

Matt Williams was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI.  Charlie Tilson and David Washington both went 2-for-3. Tilson doubled with a run scored and Washington launched two long balls, accounting for three RBI.

In the bullpen-pitched Game 2, the Redbirds clung to a 1-0 lead that was erased when relievers John Brebbia and Ryan Sherriff were touched for five tallies in the fifth.  Fill in starter Corey Littrell pitched the best of the group, blanking Colorado Springs on a hit over 3 1/3. 

Brebbia left that runner aboard but gave up three hits the next frame, all of whom crossed – two of them under Sherriff’s watch.  Sherriff recorded the final two outs in the fifth but not before permitting two hits and two free passes, resulting in two runs of his own.  Juan Gonzalez was charged with two runs on three hits in the sixth.

Williams continued his attack on Sky Sox hurlers, singling twice in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.  But Jose Martinez topped him, going 3-for-4 with three doubles, a run and three RBI.  Carlos Peguero singled twice in four at bats, driving in two.

Friday’s game:  at Colorado Springs (34-37), 8:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (2-1, 1.93)

 

Springfield vs. Arkansas - postponed

The home series opener between Springfield (0-2) and Arkansas was rained out.  It has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Monday, July 18th at Springfield.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (0-2), 7:10 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (6-6, 3.38)

 

Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 2    

Palm Beach opened the second half of Florida State League play with a 3-2 win at St. Lucie.  After taking only one of three at home versus the Mets, the Beach Birds bounced back to take the road opener.

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Austin Gomber yielded two runs in the fifth, his final inning of work, but evened his record to 5-5 with the win.  Gomber permitted five hits and three walks, fanning three.

Cody Schumacher scattered three hits over 1 2/3, aided by Blake McKnight who left Schumacher’s last two runners on.  McKnight allowed a hit in 1 1/3 before Landon Beck faced the minimum in the ninth for his second save.

Casey Grayson and Jhohan Acevedo each had two of eight team hits. Grayson doubled and walked and both players touched home once.  Collin Radack drove in two.

Friday’s game:  at St. Lucie (0-1), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (2-4, 3.86)

 

Peoria 4 at Burlington 5 (14)

Peoria (0-1) returned to action after the Midwest League All-Star break with a tough 5-4 loss to Burlington in 14.

The Chiefs had a chance to win in regulation but a run against Tyler Bray (BS, 4) in the ninth sent the game into extras.  Bray yielded three hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3. 

Luke Harrison held the Bees at bay on those same stats over 3 1/3 before handing the ball off to Harley Holt (L, 0-3).  Holt retired six batters, permitting three hits but could not work around a catcher’s interference call against Brian O’Keefe that jammed the sacks full in the 14th.  A single to left ended the contest, leaving Holt with an unearned tally and the walkoff loss.

Juan Perez, the first of six Chiefs pitchers, started the marathon, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk in 4 2/3.  Steven De La Cruz (1 1/3) and Jorge Rodriguez (1 2/3) provided the bridge between Perez and Bray.

Peoria’s 11 hits were spread among eight starters, paced by Leobaldo Pina.  The shortstop went 3-for-6 with a double and run scored out of the eight hole.  O’Keefe singled twice in seven at bats, driving in one.

Friday’s game:  at Burlington (1-0), 6:30 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (4-6, 2.84)

 

State College 8 at Batavia 4

A five-run third catapulted the Spikes over the Muckdogs, 8-4.  State College (4-3) has taken the first two of three at winless Batavia.

Second baseman Danny Martin led State College, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.  Left fielder Vincent Jackson singled once in three at bats with a free pass, two runs scored and one stolen base in two attempts.

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Carson Cross (W, 1-0) yielded eight hits and a base-on-balls over 5 1/3, resulting in four runs.  Dewin Perez struck out five in three, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner but issuing four free passes.  Greg Tomchick retired both batters faced, leaving two inherited aboard, for his first save.

Friday’s game:  at Batavia (0-7), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (0-0, 6.43)

 

Johnson City 10 at Greeneville 6

The bats were the stars in Johnson City’s season-opening win at Greeneville.

Five Appy Birds generated multi-hit performances during their team’s 13-hit attack, led by Bryce Denton.  The third baseman singled three times in four at bats with a walk and three runs scored. 

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Joshua Lopez, Andrew Brodbeck and Shane Billings all went 2-for-4. Lopez tripled with four RBI and joining Brodbeck by scoring once.  Brodbeck drew a free pass and Billings drove in one in his first professional game.  Luis Bandes singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home twice.

Reliever Yeison Medina (BS, 1) (W, 1-0) picked up the win, giving up a run on two hits in 1 1/3.  Starter Ian Oxnevad struck out six over 6 2/3, allowing six hits and a walk resulting in five runs, two of them on one home run.

Free agent signees Ross Vance and Levi MaVorhis each pitched a scoreless frame with one hit allowed and two strikeouts in their pro debuts.  Vance issued a free pass.

Friday’s game:  at Greeneville (0-1), 7:00 pm ET, David Oca (season debut)

 

GCL Cardinals   

The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ 2016 campaign kicks off with a noon game versus the GCL Marlins, their co-inhabitants of the Jupiter facility. 

Friday’s game:  at GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

 

DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Tigers 1 (7) – game one

DSL Cardinals 8 vs. DSL Tigers 4 (7) – game two

The first-place Dominican Birds (13-4) swept a twin bill over the DSL Tigers, 10-1 and 8-4.

In the opener, the Cards blew open a tight 2-1 contest with seven in the fourth.  In an unusual situation in Dominican Summer League play which features many players getting their first taste of pro ball, nine of the 10 runs were earned.

All nine starters compiled at least one of the team’s 12 hits, paced by left fielder Carlos Luis.  Luis singled three times in four at bats, crossing home once.  Brian Sanchez and Elehuris Montero each hit a two-run home run, with Sanchez generating four RBI. 

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Highly touted Alvaro Seijas, our Player of the Day, limited the opposition on three hits over six, fanning eight with seven ground- and two fly-ball outs.  The run charged to Seijas was unearned.  Cristhian Lugo walked one in the seventh.

A big third inning in Game 2 flipped a 1-0 deficit into an 8-1 lead.  All seven of the DSL Cardinals’ hits occurred in the third to go with two of the team’s four walks.  Wadye Ynfante singled twice in four at bats, scoring one and knocking in another.  He was the only player with more than one hit.  A triple by Sanchez drove in two.

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Reliever Brian Pirela fanned five in 2 1/3 with one hit allowed, evening his record to 1-1.  Edwar Ramirez was charged with four runs on six hits, including a solo bomb, and a walk in 4 2/3. 

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers (6-10), 10:30 am ET, Diego Cordero (1-0, 2.25)

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