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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.

Despite some truly impressive offensive displays on Sunday, St. Louis’ minors were on the wrong end of most of them, as the system went 3-4. Breyvic Valera led Memphis to victory with State College and Johnson City also winning. Springfield, Palm Beach, Peoria and the GCL club lost and the DSL club was off.

Results from games played Sunday, July 10th.

 

MLB Futures Game: World 11 at US 3

In the MLB All-Star Futures Game Sunday night in San Diego, Memphis’ Alex Reyes started for the World squad. With a number of pitches reaching triple-digits, the right-hander recorded four strikeouts among his five outs secured. He stranded a triple in the first and was removed after a double and a walk in the second. None of the runners scored. Reyes threw 23 strikes among his 38 pitches, which included a healthy number of changeups and curveballs.

Catcher Carson Kelly entered the game in the sixth for the USA and recorded a putout at home, tagging out the would-be tying runner. At the plate, the Springfield backstop went 0-for-2, robbed of a home run by a great defensive play.

 

Memphis 6 vs. Round Rock 5      

Memphis (45-44) rallied for a 6-5 victory over Round Rock (46-45).  The win is the fifth one in a row for the Redbirds, including a four-game sweep of the Express and the first time they have been over .500 since April 19.

Down 5-2 after seven, the home team strung together five straight hits, sandwiching singles around three doubles for a 6-5 lead.  One double was by Player of the Day Breyvic Valera, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and one knocked in.  Charlie Tilson and Matt Williams both went 2-for-4, Tilson doubling once with a sac fly that accounted for one of his two RBI.  Williams stole a base and drove in one.

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Memphis’ bullpen went to work early after starter Deck McGuire recorded just two outs, permitting four runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batsman.  Pedro Echemendia (2 1/3) and John Brebbia (2 2/3) each allowed two hits but were not scored upon although Echemendia let all three inherited runners score. 

Juan Gonzalez was touched for a run on two free passes while retiring three.  Corey Littrell (W, 1-3) left Gonzalez’ final runner on, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless frames with a hit and two walks permitted.  Miguel Socolovich walked the lead-off batter in the ninth, giving way to Dean Kiekhefer after his runner was sacrificed to second.  Kiekhefer sandwiched two swinging K’s around a free pass for his first save.

Monday’s game:  Off for the Triple-A All-Star break

 

San Antonio 6 at Springfield 4

Two runs yielded by Springfield’s bullpen sent the Cards (8-8) to a 6-4 loss, evening the series with San Antonio at one game each with one on tap.

Relievers Justin Wright and Kevin Herget stumbled after J.C. Sulbaran tossed eight solid frames. Coming in with a 4-4 tie, Wright (L, 0-2) gave up two hits while retiring one batter, both of whom scored on a two-out double served up by Herget.  Sulbaran allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out seven.

The S-Cards generated eight hits with Blake Drake and Sulbaran accumulating two each.  Each singled and doubled in four and three at bats, respectively, Drake scoring once with an RBI and Sulbaran driving in two.   

Monday’s game:  vs. San Antonio (7-10), 6:30 pm CT, John Walter (0-1, 10.80)

 

Palm Beach 1 at Lakeland 9

Palm Beach (7-11) was crushed by Lakeland, 9-1, giving the Flying Tigers a one-game series’ lead with one to play.

Jack Flaherty (L, 2-7) could not finish the fourth, permitting three runs on two hits and three walks in 3 1/3.  One of the two hits was a two-run home run.

Davis Ward began a parade of three relievers who each gave up two runs.  Ward’s 2 2/3-inning stint was the longest, followed by Josh Wirsu (2/3 of an inning) and Kyle Grana (1 1/3). 

The Beach Birds generated just six hits, paced by lead-off hitter Darren Seferina, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and strikeout.  The second baseman swiped his league-leading 31st bag of the season.

Monday’s game:  at Lakeland (4-12), 1:00 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (0-1, 6.00)

 

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 16

A nine-run seventh broke open a tie game as Wisconsin romped to a 16-6 victory over Peoria (9-9).  The Chiefs trail in the four-game road set, two games to one.

Gerwuins Velazco was charged with his first loss against one win when he surrendered eight runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 1/3.  The home run Velazco allowed was one of five long balls served up by Peoria hurlers, accounting for seven runs.

Starter Brennan Leitao gave up three of the gopher balls, three of the seven hits he yielded for five tallies in 5 1/3.  If it is any comfort, Leitao fanned six. 

Reliever Steven Gallardo allowed more runs (two) than he recorded outs (one) but was the only Chiefs’ pitcher to not serve up a bomb.  Luke Harrison permitted a solo shot in the eighth.

Peoria collected 11 hits but the Timber Rattlers banged out 17.  Four Chiefs had two hits each:  Leobaldo Pina, Eliezer Alvarez, Chris Chinea and R.J. Dennard – the two through five batters.  The quartet scored five of the six tallies with each player touching home at least once and collectively drove in three.  Alvarez and Dennard doubled.

Monday’s game:  at Wisconsin (9-9), 12:05 pm CT, Dailyn Martinez (1-1, 7.36)

 

State College 10 vs. Auburn 3  

Five late tallies broke open a competitive game as the first-place Spikes (17-6) completed a three-game sweep of the Doubledays (12-11) with a 10-3 home win.

Up 5-3 through seven, State College capitalized on a lead-off error plus a single and triple encasing three bases-on-balls to score five unearned runs.  The Spikes mustered 11 hits, paced by three with two hits apiece:  Ryan McCarvel, Dylan Tice and Ricardo Bautista. 

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McCarvel touched home twice with an RBI in four at bats while Tice added a two-run bomb that was one of three runs scored in four at bats with a stolen base.  Bautista singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in two.

Steven Farinaro (W, 3-0) held the opposition to three runs through six despite giving up six hits and walking five.  Bob Wheatley worked around two hits and a free pass for two scoreless frames and Greg Tomchick allowed two hits with two strikeouts in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at Connecticut (15-8), 7:05 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (2-1, 2.96)

 

Johnson City 6 vs. Bluefield 4  

First-place Johnson City (10-7) scored in four of the first five frames in a 6-4 home win over Bluefield.  The win evens the series at one game apiece with one to play.

The Appy Birds’ balanced offense featured eight of nine starters with at least one of the team’s 11 hits.  Yariel Gonzalez, Luis Bandes and Jonathan Rivera each went 2-for-4, Gonzalez doubling once with an RBI and Bandes twice while knocking in two.  Both players scored once and Rivera knocked in one. 

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Ian Oxnevad (W, 2-1) scattered six hits and three walks over seven, resulting in two runs, one earned.  Ross Vance did not last long on the mound, loading the bases on a plunked batter, single and free pass before forcing a run across when he hit his second batter.

Leland Tilley inherited the bases-loaded mess, yielding an RBI single before settling down to record the final two outs of the frame.  Estarlin Arias maneuvered around two walks for his second save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Bluefield (10-7), 7:00 pm ET, David Oca (1-1, 4.91)

 

GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Mets 10

The Gulf Cardinals’ bullpen failed to hold a three-run lead in the ninth, resulting in a 10-9 loss to the Mets.

The pen received some ‘assistance’ in the lead-blowing from shortstop Delvin Perez, whose second miscue of the game should have been the second out of the frame.  Instead, the sacks were jammed with two out when Robert Calvano (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) served up a walk-off grand slam to a player barely hitting over the Mendoza line.  All four tallies were unearned.

Starter Alvaro Seijas produced his shakiest outing since being promoted from the Dominican Summer League.  The 17-year-old lasted just 4 1/3, yielding five runs, three earned, on eight hits and two free passes. 

Silas Bohannan limited the damage by leaving two inherited aboard in the fifth but was charged with an unearned run thanks to another of the Cards’ four errors.  Will Changarotty allowed a hit over 2 2/3 scoreless but let Bohannan’s runner score.

Five Gulf Birds had two hits each:  Dylan Carlson, Hunter Newman, Stefan Trosclair, Brady Whalen and Luis Flores.  The first three doubled once and the latter two scored twice.

Monday’s game:  Off

 

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (21-9) vs. DSL Tigers (15-15), 10:30 am ET, Winston Nicacio (1-0, 3.54)

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