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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.

Happy Fourth of July! Unfortunately, the Cardinals system fizzled on Sunday, going 2-7. Memphis split its double header, joining Johnson City as the only teams to put one in the win column. Springfield lost despite a noteworthy effort by starter Daniel Poncedeleon while Palm Beach, Peoria, State College and the GCL club all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, July 3rd.


Memphis 3 at Omaha 8 (7) – Game 1       

Memphis 2 at Omaha 1 (7) – Game 2 

Memphis (38-43) split a twin bill at Omaha (34-46) - dropping the opener, 8-3, but claiming the finale, 2-1.  The two squads each won two of the four-game set.

A seven-run third took down the visitors in Game 1. All eight tallies were charged to Jerome Williams (L, 4-2), who pitched all six innings.  Three of the 12 hits he yielded were long balls, resulting in five runs.

Charlie Tilson, Jose Martinez and Matt Williams all had multi-hit hit performances. Tilson led the way, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Martinez and Williams both went 2-for-3, Martinez doubling once with a walk and run scored.  Williams knocked in one.


Martinez’ seventh home run of 2016 accounted for all of the offense in the Game 2 victory, the bomb plating David Washington (walk).  Catcher Alberto Rosario singled twice in two at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s four hits.

A trio of Memphis relievers held the Storm Chasers to five hits.  Kurt Heyer allowed four, along with two walks, over four-plus frames.  That resulted in one run.  Ryan Sherriff was credited with his third win in as many decisions, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.  Miguel Socolovich retired all four batters faced for his third save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Nashville (47-37), 6:35 pm CT, Alex Reyes (2-1, 4.93)


Springfield 1 at San Antonio 2 (11)

Springfield (4-5) took a series’ opening loss at San Antonio, 2-1 in 11 innings.

Chris Perry (L, 1-1) walked the bases full in the 11th before surrendering a single that brought across the winning tally.  That spoiled an excellent outing by Player of the Day Daniel Poncedeleon, who held the Missions to a run on four hits and two free passes through seven.  The righty fanned seven and plunked one.  Kevin Herget and Justin Wright each tossed a scoreless frame.


Anthony Garcia led off the seventh with his second bomb of the season, knotting the game at one all and sending it into extras.  Garcia’s hit was one of only four by the visitors who turned almost as many double plays (three) as they had hits.

Monday’s game:  at San Antonio (4-6), 5:05 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (6-6, 3.38)


St. Lucie 4 at Palm Beach 2 (10)   

Palm Beach (4-7) fell in the rubber game of its three-game home series with the St. Lucie Mets (5-5), 4-2 in 10 innings.

Landon Beck took the loss, his third in four decisions. Beck permitted two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3.  Starter Ian McKinney scattered seven hits and two bases-on-balls over 6 2/3, giving two first-inning tallies.  He struck out four.  David Ward bridged the span between McKinney and Beck, allowing a hit and walk in two.

The Beach Birds mustered seven hits, led by right fielder Thomas Spitz, who singled twice in three at bats with a walk.  Darren Seferina and Andrew Brodbeck both crossed home despite going hitless in four and three at bats, respectively.  Each had worked a free pass.

Monday’s game:  at Jupiter (5-6), 6:00 pm ET, Austin Gomber (5-6, 3.24)


Clinton 5 at Peoria 2

The Chiefs (4-7) could not overcome a big first, falling to the LumberKings, 5-2, in the decisive third game of the home series.

All five runs were charged to Dailyn Martinez (L, 0-1), who was making his full season debut.  The right-hander retired only two batters, yielding five hits and two free passes.

The bullpen took over from there and was superb. Nick Frey stymied the opposition on a hit over 3 1/3, striking out five.  Jorge Rodriguez blanked Clinton on three hits while fanning three during his three-inning stint.  Steven De La Cruz struck out two in two, giving up a hit.

Peoria could not touch Clinton’s starter Nick Neidert (W, 6-1) until his eighth and final inning on the bump when Leobaldo Pina and Brian O’Keefe went yard back-to-back.  Neidert fanned 11 Chiefs, giving up just five hits.

Monday’s game:  vs. Kane County (4-7), 5:30 pm CT, Juan Perez (3-1, 2.65)


Mahoning Valley 4 at State College 0

State College (12-5) was blanked by Mahoning Valley (4-13), 4-0, on Sunday but still took the home series over the Scrappers, two games to one.

Each team generated six hits but the Spikes went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on.  Shortstop Jose Martinez singled twice in four at bats while third baseman Danny Hudzina’s double was the only Spikes’ hit to go for extra bases.

Starter Carson Cross was charged with his second loss in three decisions.  Cross fell victim to the long ball, three of his four runs allowed, three earned, the result of two home runs.  The righty yielded five hits and two walks over eight and hit a batter.  Spencer Trayner gave up a hit in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at Tri-City (8-9), 6:30 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-0, 4.24)


Johnson City 2 at Princeton 1 (10)  

Andrew Knizner’s RBI single gave Johnson City (8-3) a walk-off 2-1 win over Princeton in 10.  The JC-Cards lead the series, two games to none, with one remaining.


Knizner’s hit, his only one in five at bats, drove in Shane Billings after the latter reached first via a wild pitch strike three call.  A walk to Allen Cordoba hit-by-pitch to Bryce Denton jammed the sacks full for Knizner with no one out and he came through. 

Billings and Cordoba were joined by newly-signed J.R. Davis in generating multi-hit performances.  All three players singled twice, Billings in five and the latter two in four at bats.  Center fielder Billings scored both of his team’s runs and Cordoba swiped two bags.

Estarlin Arias limited the opposition to two hits over the final 2 2/3 for his second win.  Arias also escaped a bases-loaded with none out inherited mess in the eighth.  Daniel Castano started, shutting down on four hits over 3 2/3 while fanning five. 

Levi MaVorhis was perfect through 2 1/3, leaving Castano’s final runner aboard.  But Julio Mateo (BS, 2) allowed Princeton to tie the game in the eighth - although an error allowing the lead-off batter to reach plus a hit batsman compounded the problem.  Mateo yielded an RBI single and departed after his free pass loaded the bases.

Monday’s game: vs. Princeton (5-6), 2:00 pm ET, Ian Oxnevad (1-0, 4.63)


GCL Astros 5 at GCL Cardinals 1 (7) – Game 1  

GCL Astros 3 at GCL Cardinals 0 (7) – Game 2  

The Gulf Cardinals (4-5) suffered a Saturday double-header sweep at the hands of the Astros, 5-1 and 3-0.

Jacob Schlesener (L, 0-2) could not finish the third in the opener, giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 2 1/3.  Colton Thomson let Schlesener’s last runner score, allowing two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 2/3.  Silas Bohannon was touched for two tallies on five hits over the final two frames.

The Gulf Birds managed just three hits, led by designated hitter Stefan Trosclair, who singled twice in three at bats with an RBI.  The final hit was a triple by first baseman Carlos Rodriguez, who scored his squad’s only run.

The offense was even worse in Game 2 with two measly hits.  Southpaw Anthony Ciavarella held the opposition scoreless in his first start as a professional, and third game overall.  The New Jersey native allowed two hits and a walk over three. 

His tandem mate, Mike O’Reilly, was not as good during his three innings on the bump.  O’Reilly (L, 0-1) was touched for three runs on five hits.  Robbie Gordon allowed a hit in his inning of work.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Marlins (5-4), 12:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 1.50)


DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (19-5) at DSL Nationals (12-12), 10:30 am ET, Francisco Ventura (1-1, 3.14)

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