Ian Oxnevad (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors had a rough day at the upper levels with four losses to go with three rookie-level wins. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City starter Ian Oxnevad, who allowed just one run in six innings and picked up his first Appalachian League victory.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 28th.


New Orleans 8 at Memphis 7

Alex Reyes could not finish the fourth in the Redbirds’ 8-7 loss to the Zephyrs (37-40).  The defeat prevented a four-game sweep by Memphis (37-41).

Reyes (L, 2-1) allowed three two-run frames in 3 2/3, four earned, on six hits and a walk – including a two-run home run.  The newly-named 2016 Futures Game representative threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes.

Kurt Heyer left Reyes’ last runner on but gave up two runs of his own on five free passes and two hits over 2 2/3.  Corey Littrell (1 2/3) and Juan Gonzalez (one) both tossed clean outings.

The home team banged out 11 hits, led by lead-off batter Charlie Tilson.  The left fielder went 3-for-5 with a solo bomb that was part of his three runs scored. Tilson also swiped his 12th base of 2016.  Unfortunately, the other eight hits were spread across eight players.  Catcher Michael McKenry was the most productive of the eight, singling once in two at bats with three bases-on-balls and three runs scored.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Texas League All-Star Game at Springfield: South 8 at North 5

The home crowd was treated to a Home Run Derby win by Luke Voit, and then saw three more long balls during the Texas League All-Star Game main event at Hammons Field on Tuesday. However, five of the winning South’s eight runs came via two of those homers as the six S-Cards and their North teammates lost, 8-5.

Daniel Poncedeleon yielded four earned runs on five hits over two innings. Late all-star addition Josh Lucas fanned his only batter faced. Mike Mayers was also named to the team, but has since been promoted to Memphis.

Bruce Caldwell had the lone North big fly, a three-run shot. Springfield starters included Harrison Bader, who had a game-leading four hits, Carson Kelly, who went 1-for-2 and Voit, who singled and doubled in five at-bats. Reserve Paul DeJong fanned twice in three at-bats.

For full details on the festivities from our local reporter, check out Derek Shore’s game report.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Fort Myers Miracle 3 at Palm Beach 2

The Beach Birds dropped their third of six second-half outings due to an ongoing lack of offense, but despite just four hits, still managed to score two runs. Three of their four hits and both runs came in the third, on a triple by Darren Seferina, a RBI single from Blake Drake and a run-scoring double by Casey Grayson.

Starter Ian McKinney was one out short of a quality start, allowing five hits and three walks for three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Relievers Cody Schumacher and Kyle Grana kept the visitors from further damage, but the offense couldn’t come back.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers (3-2), 6:30 pm ET, Austin Gomber (5-5, 3.10)


Peoria 3 at Beloit 4 (12)

The Chiefs (2-4, second half) let an extra-inning opportunity slip away in their 4-3 loss to Beloit in 12.  Peoria has lost three straight, including the first two of their four-game series with the Snappers.

Chris Chinea’s RBI double in the 11th gave the visitors their second lead of the night but reliever Steven De La Cruz could not close the deal.  De La Cruz let Beloit re-tie the game on a single, sac bunt and double – the only two hits he permitted in 2 1/3. 

Jorge Rodriguez (L, 1-1) could not work around a lead-off double the next frame, yielding the winning run on two hits and an intentional free pass while recording just one out. 

Earlier, starter Juan Perez battled control problems during his 4 1/3-inning stint.  Perez issued six free passes as well as three hits and was tagged for two runs.  Gerwuins Velazco (two hits, one walk, 2 1/3) and Nick Frey (three hits, three strikeouts, two innings) bridged the gap between Perez and De La Cruz.

Chinea was joined by Edmundo Sosa with a three-hit effort, in five and four at bats, respectively.  Chinea drove in Magneuris Sierra (2-for-6) in the 11th and Sosa scored in the fourth to give Peoria a very brief lead.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (3-3), 7:00 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (4-6, 2.61)


Brooklyn 6 at State College 2

State College (8-4) never led in its series-opening home loss to Brooklyn.

All three tallies charged to Carson Cross (L, 1-1) in his five innings scored in the first two frames.  That left the Spikes in a 3-0 hole from which they did not escape.  Cross struck out six, yielding eight hits and a walk, resulting in two earned runs. 

The Spikes committed two miscues, both by shortstop Jose Martinez, and both came back to bite them.  Eric Carter tossed a scoreless sixth but Dewin Perez was touched for three runs, one earned, on three hits and two bases-on-balls in 1 2/3.  Greg Tomchick went the final 1 1/3.

State College pushed across single scores in the fifth and ninth, managing just five hits and two walks in total. Bladimil Franco singled once in three at bats with a free pass and run scored. 

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Brooklyn (NYM, 6-6), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-0, 4.15)


Johnson City 2 vs. Elizabethton 0 (7) – game one  

Johnson City 3 vs. Elizabethton 1 (7) – game two   

Johnson City (4-2) took a pair from Elizabethton, 2-0 and 3-1, handing the Twins (4-2) their first two losses of the young season and claiming the three-game series. 

‘Opportunistic’ was the word for game one, a contest in which the Appy Birds generated just two hits, doubles by DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Allen Cordoba.  Both come in the third with the latter driving in the former. 

The next inning, Johnson City produced a run on a hit batter and three of the four walks issued by Elizabethton hurlers overall.  Lead-off batter Luis Bandes scored when designated hitter Caleb Lopes worked the third base-on-balls.

Daniel Castano and Ramon Santos (W, 1-0) combined on a four hitter, giving up two hits in three and four frames, respectively.  Santos issued a base-on-balls and hit one batter.  Castano’s start was his professional debut and Santos’ effort was his first for 2016.


Elizabethton struck first in the nightcap with a first-inning home run off Ian Oxnevad (W, 1-0).  Oxnevad held the opposition scoreless over the rest of his six-inning stint, allowing five hits without issuing a free pass.  Yeison Medina worked around two hits in the seventh for his second save.

The Appy Cards answered the Twins’ run with one of their own in the home half of the first, before adding single scores in the third and fifth.  Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez and designated hitter Joshua Lopez both produced two of the team’s eight singles.  Gonzalez scored twice and Lopez knocked in two.

Wednesday’s game:  at Danville (3-3), 7:00 pm ET, David Oca (0-0, 7.50)


GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Astros 1

Alvaro Seijas’ US debut was a successful one as the GCL Cardinals (3-1) flew past the Gulf Astros (2-3), 5-1.


Seijas (W, 1-0), who was promoted from the DSL Cardinals after only four starts totaling 19 1/3 innings, limited his opponents to a run on five hits and two bases-on-balls over six.  The 17-year-old struck out three with five ground- and eight fly-ball outs.

Jonathon Mulford fanned three in two, issuing a free pass before handing the ball to Palm Beach’s Josh Wirsu.  Wirsu began his GCL rehab assignment with a one-two-three ninth.

The visitors’ balanced attack featured eight players sharing the nine hits.  Centerfielder Carlos Talavera was most effective, singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk, run scored and two RBI.  Defensively, he was also credited with a put out at first.    

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins (3-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals at DSL Brewers - postponed  

The game between the DSL Cardinals (15-5) and DSL Brewers was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Wednesday, June 29th.

Wednesday’s games:  vs/at DSL Brewers (8-11).  10:30 am ET, Edwar Ramirez (0-0, 10.24)/Winston Nicacio (1-0, 2.31)

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