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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 three up and five down on Tuesday. Infielder Jonathan Rodriguez’ mound effort was crucial in Springfield’s extra-innings victory. Peoria and the DSL club both put one in the win column but all of the rest lost.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 5th.

Nashville 8 at Memphis 2

The Redbirds (40-44) fell victim to the long ball in an 8-2 loss to Nashville.  The defeat evened the series at one game each with one remaining.

All six runs charged to Deck McGuire over 5 2/3 were produced by three home runs, part of eight hits and four walks permitted.  John Brebbia yielded two more tallies on three hits and a base-on-balls over 1 2/3. 

Pedro Echemendia was the lone bright spot among Memphis hurlers.  Three of the five retired by Echemendia in his Triple-A debut were via the K, the Cuban allowing a hit and leaving Brebbia’s last runner aboard.

Matt Williams was the sole Redbird generating multiple hits.  The shortstop singled twice in four at bats out of the six hole but the three players immediately in front of him in the batting order went a combined 1-for-12 so RBI opportunities were slim.  Breyvic Valera and Alberto Rosario, the seven and nine batters, both crossed home once.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (48-38), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (3-2, 2.41)


Springfield 5 at San Antonio 4 (12)

Late-inning offense propelled Springfield (6-5) to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over San Antonio (4-8) in 12.  The S-Cards claimed the road series, two games to one.

Down 4-0 with three outs to go, the visitors strung together five singles and a double to score four times and send the game into extras.  Carson Kelly opened the ninth with a single and the 12th with a walk that proved decisive.  Kelly ended up on third in the latter frame on a wild pitch/single by Jonathan Rodriguez and scored the winning run on Paul DeJong’s sac fly. 

Rodriguez’ 3-for-6 effort led the team, although he fanned three times.  But his biggest contribution to the win came on the mound where he pitched a scoreless 12th for his first professional save in only his second time on the mound.

Two other S-Cards mustered two hits apiece: Allen Staton and DeJong, both in five at bats.  Staton doubled once with an RBI while DeJong scored and knocked in two. 

J.C. Sulbaran tossed a solid effort for Springfield, giving up three runs on five hits and three bases-on-balls over 6 1/3.  He fanned six.  Rowan Wick recorded the final two outs in the seventh, permitting a hit and allowing Sulbaran’s final runner, who was on third when Wick entered the game, to score.

Heath Wyatt was touched for a run on two hits in the eighth but Josh Lucas (W, 3-2) quieted the Missions’ scoring over the next three frames.  Lucas struck out three and gave up two hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (6-6), 6:30 pm CT, John Walter (Double-A debut)


Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 4

Palm Beach (5-8) was scored upon in three straight frames, resulting in a 4-1 loss to Jupiter and evening the series at one game each with one on tap.

Jack Flaherty (L, 2-6) permitted runs in three of his five innings on the bump, allowing nine hits in all to go with a free pass. The top prospect right-hander fanned seven.  Kyle Grana struck out three in two innings and Michael Heesch tossed a scoreless eighth.

The Beach Birds managed six hits with Cole Lankford acquiring a third of them.  The designated hitter singled and doubled in four at bats but the run production came from Vaughn Bryan and Casey Grayson.  Bryan went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored, driven in on Grayson’s double, his only hit in three at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Jupiter (6-7), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (A-Advanced debut)


Peoria 7 vs. Kane County 5

The Chiefs overcame an early deficit to claim a 7-5 victory over the Cougars.  Peoria (6-7) has won the first two of the four-game home series with Kane County.

The visitors pounced for three first-inning tallies off Brennan Leitao (W, 5-7) to take a 3-0 lead, which they held through the midpoint of the third.  Peoria got on the scoreboard with a run in the home half of the third but Kane County got that run right back the next inning.  But the Chiefs put together a four-run fifth before adding two more in the sixth to go up 7-4. 

Peoria’s eight-hit effort was led by R.J. Dennard and Craig Aikin, who each had two hits.  Dennard launched his third bomb of 2016, accounting for one of his three RBI.  Aikin singled twice in four at bats with a run scored.  Magneuris Sierra accounted for three runs, going 1-for-4 with a sac fly, touching home once and driving in two.

Leitao led a trio of Chiefs’ pitchers, yielding eight hits and a walk through six.  Gerwuins Velazco allowed a hit during his two innings and Luke Harrison settled down after serving up a lead-off home run in the ninth to strike out the side for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County (4-9), 11:00 am CT, Dailyn Martinez (0-1, 67.50)

State College 5 at Tri-City 6 (12)

State College (13-6) could not hold 5-1 lead with three outs to go, falling to Tri-City 6-5 in 12.  Each team has taken one of the first two games of the series with one to play.

Jordan DeLorenzo and Brady Bowen combined for the blown save while Max Almonte took the loss.  DeLorenzo induced an inning-ending double-play ball to leave on two inherited runners in the eighth but did not retire any of the three faced the next frame.  DeLorenzo jammed the sacks full on a double, single and hit batsman, leaving Bowen an untenable mess.  Bowen threw gas on the fire by allowing two two-run singles sandwiched around a sac bunt, which tied the game. 

Bowen went on to toss a clean 10th and 11th before giving way to Almonte, who could not pitch around a fielding error by second baseman Josh Swirchak on what should have been the final out of the 12th.  Instead, Almonte loaded the bases on a walk and single before pushing across the winning tally on another free pass.

The bullpen’s dismal performance spoiled an excellent effort by starter Ronnie Williams, who held the ValleyCats to a run on three hits over 7 1/3.  Williams fanned five.

Five Spikes compiled two hits each: Jose Martinez, Dylan Tice, Ricardo Bautista, Elier Rodriguez and Swirchak.  Martinez blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that was one of his two runs scored.  He drew two walks as well.  Doubles by Tice and Bautista accounted for the other two extra-base hits, Bautista crossing home once.  Rodriguez drove in two and Swirchak scored a run.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tri-City (9-10), 7:00 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (2-1, 2.25)


Elizabethton 6 at Johnson City 4

Starter David Oca was left in one inning two long, resulting in 6-4 home loss to Elizabethton (6-7).

Oca (L, 1-1) held the Twins to two runs on six hits through six and began the seventh with the score knotted at two all.  The southpaw got the hook after surrendering consecutive one-out doubles which broke the tie and brought Leland Tilley into the contest.  Oca struck out six.

Tilley exacerbated the matter by surrendering three hits and a walk before he got out of the inning, the end result being two more Twins runs.  Yeison Medina allowed an unearned run during his two-inning stint.

Johnson City (8-5) generated eight hits, paced by shortstop Allen Cordoba, who doubled twice in four at bats, stole a base and scored twice.  Six other players had one hit each, including Luis Bandes and Jonathan Rivera who both touched home once.

Wednesday’s game:  at Kingsport (4-9), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Mets 3 at GCL Cardinals 2

A ninth-inning run left the Gulf Birds (5-6) on the losing end of a 3-2 decision.

Robbie Gordon (L, 0-1) gave up the tally on two hits and two bases-on-balls.  He was the fourth and final pitcher of the game for the Cardinals, following Franyel Casadilla, Silas Bohannan and Will Changarotty.

Casadilla worked around numerous baserunners during his five-inning start, holding the opposition to an unearned run on four hits and four walks.  Bohannan was charged with a run on two hits and two bases-on-balls in one plus frames, his final runner left on by Changarotty, who retired all six batters faced.

With just three hits and four walks as their offensive output, the Gulf Birds were aided by three miscues by the GCL Mets.  That produced two runs, one earned.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Braves 5

The Dominican Birds (20-6) used a key error to score four unearned tallies in their 7-5 win over the DSL Braves.

The visiting Cards were outhit 13 to five, but one of the Braves’ two miscues provided the difference in the game.  Brian Sanchez’ eighth home run of 2016 capped a four-run third, all of the runs unearned due to a two-out throwing error by the Braves’ second baseman.  Sanchez’ bomb came with Elehuris Montero aboard after the latter reached on said miscue that also brought two across.

Reliever Jesus Garcia was credited with the win, his third against no losses.  The Mexico native allowed four hits and a walk through two, producing one run.  Winston Nicacio went the initial four, yielding three runs, two earned, on six hits and a free pass. 

Brian Pirela struck out three in 1 2/3, giving up a run on three hits.  Fabian Blanco walked one over the final 1 1/3, striking out three and leaving two of Pirela’s runners aboard for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Braves (10-16), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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