Sam Tuivailala (Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

St. Louis’ minors won three and lost two with one suspension on Sunday. Memphis’ win hinged on a shutdown performance by Sam Tuivailala, with the Redbirds joining Springfield and State College in the win column. Peoria and Johnson City fell while Palm Beach’s game was suspended.

Results from games played Sunday, June 26th.


Memphis 6 vs. New Orleans 4

Memphis tallied in three straight frames, rallying for a 6-4 victory over New Orleans.  The Redbirds (36-40) have taken the first two of the four-game set.

Down 2-1 after three, the home team took the lead in the fourth on Michael McKenry’s two-run shot.  The Zephyrs responded with a run against Jerome Williams in the fifth but Memphis went back up on one in the home half.  The Redbirds expanded their lead in the two-run sixth before New Orleans scored one late on a solo shot off Ryan Sherriff.

Memphis generated eight hits, paced by Randal Grichuk who singled twice in four at bats out of the three hole.  McKenry’s bomb, his only hit in three at bats, accounted for one of his two runs scored and both of his RBI.  Dean Anna joined McKenry with a 1-for-3 with two runs scored effort and took part in two of Memphis’ three double plays.

Two of the three tallies charged to Williams (W, 4-1) through six frames were produced by a two-run bomb in the first.  The right-hander scattered nine hits and a walk in all, fanning four.

Ryan Sherriff yielded the aforementioned home run, his only hit allowed in 1 2/3 but two reached base via consecutive fielding errors on right fielder Carlos Peguero and shortstop Breyvic Valera.  Juan Gonzalez recorded the final out in the eighth only to jam the sacks full on a single-walk-single combo the next inning.  Player of the Day Sam Tuivailala doused a bases-loaded with none out inferno by striking out the side – one looking – for his 12th save. 

Monday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (36-39), 7:05 pm CT, Deck McGuire (6-6, 4.23)


Springfield 4 vs. Arkansas 2

Luke Weaver’s strong performance was key in the S-Cards’ 4-2 victory over the Travelers in the rubber game of the series.

The only criticism of Weaver’s outing was its length, or lack thereof.  Weaver (W, 4-0) required 97 pitches, 69 strikes, for five innings but struck out eight and did not walk a batter.  The righty gave up six hits and an unearned tally.

Ronnie Shaban, Rowan Wick and Justin Wright finished the game, with Shaban shutting down Arkansas (1-4) on two hits over two. Wick issued two free passes to his first two batters then uncorked a wild pitch and sac fly that brought one across.  Wright retired the next four batters before walking one.  He induced a 4-3 ground out for his first save.

Two was the magic number for Nick Martini, as the left fielder went 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base.  Jonathan Rodriguez singled and tripled in four at bats while knocking in one – the only other player for Springfield (2-3) with more than one of the team’s eight hits.  Brayan Pena went 1-for-4 in his on-again/off-again rehab assignment.  

Monday’s game:  Off for the Texas League All-Star break


Palm Beach 1 at Charlotte 0 - suspended

The Beach Birds’ game at Charlotte was stopped due to rain midway through the third inning, unnaturally shortening John Walter’s start.  Palm Beach (2-1) had just scored an unearned run in the top of the frame after Darren Seferina worked a one-out walk and scored on a combination of Cole Lankford’s single and a throwing error that allowed Lankford to go to third. 

This suspended game will resume on Monday at 5 pm in the bottom of the 3rd inning. A seven-inning game will follow the completion of the suspended game.

Monday’s game:  at Charlotte (1-2), 5:00 pm ET, Matt Pearce (6-4, 2.67)


Peoria 3 at Burlington 6

A four-run fourth proved decisive in the Chiefs’ 6-3 loss to the Bees (2-2).  Each team won two of the four games in the series.

Junior Fernandez was charged with all six scores yielded by Peoria pitchers, dropping his record to 5-5.  Fernandez allowed nine hits and four free passes over six.  Harley Holt faced the minimum over the final two innings.

Peoria (2-2) took an early lead, posting single tallies in the first and second but did not score again until the sixth, at which point they were down 6-2.  The Chiefs banged out 11 hits, but none went for extra bases.  Thomas Spitz went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Craig Aikin, Eliezer Alvarez and Jose Godoy had two hits apiece.

Monday’s game:  at Beloit (1-3), 7:00 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (5-4, 4.48)


State College 3 at West Virginia 1

A wild first inning and good starting pitching was the formula resulting in the Spikes’ 3-1 win over the Black Bears.  State College (7-3) has taken the first two games with one on tap and has now run its winning streak to five.

The visitors scored three times on a lead-off double and two walks. Of course, the hit batsman, sac fly and three wild pitches played their role in the scoring as West Virginia’s starter was yanked after recording just two outs.  Danny Martin (double), Jose Martinez (walk) and Dylan Tice (hit by pitch) all crossed home. Martin and Tice each mustered two of only five hits for State College.

Bryan Dobzanski (W, 1-1) was impressive on the mound, scattering six hits and a walk over eight innings, resulting in one run.  Jordan DeLorenzo worked around a hit and base-on-balls for his first save.

Monday’s game:  at West Virginia (6-4), 7:05 pm ET, John Kilichowski (pro debut)


Elizabethton 13 at Johnson City 12

Johnson City (2-2) lost a wild and wooly home opener to Elizabethton, 13-12.

The home team built leads of 6-1 and 10-6, but could not sustain them in a contest featuring 27 hits in all.  Designated hitter Andrew Knizner led the attack, going 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and three RBI.  Center fielder Shane Billings, second baseman Andrew Brodbeck and shortstop Allen Cordoba had two hits apiece in three, four and five at bats, respectively.  Billings doubled once and touched home three times with Brodbeck and Cordoba each scoring twice.

Johnson City was betrayed by a porous defense that committed five errors, four fielding, that translated into six unearned runs.  Left fielder Carlos Torres had two miscues with third baseman Bryce Denton (throw), first baseman Luis Bandes and Cordoba each making one.

Only two of the six tallies allowed by Jordan Hicks through 3 2/3 were earned.  The balance resulted from two errors in the five-run fourth.  Hicks, making his professional debut, allowed nine hits but did not issue a free pass.

Ross Vance headed a quartet of relievers pitching the game’s balance and was one of three charged with at least one tally.  Vance’s run was unearned, as the southpaw permitted a hit and walk while recording three outs.  Levi MaVorhis (three runs-two hits-one walk in 1 1/3) and Leland Tilley (one inning) went next, with Tilley the only hurler not scored upon.  The three scores, two earned, yielded by Keaton Siomkin (BS,1)(L, 0-1) in the first of his two-inning stint proved decisive.

Monday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton (4-0), 7:00 pm ET, Daniel Castano (pro debut)


GCL Cardinals - off  

The Gulf Coast League Cards were off Sunday.

Monday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (2-0) vs. GCL Nationals (1-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (14-5) at DSL Angels (8-9), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 4.80)

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