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

The Cardinals minor league system was 3-3 on Monday. Our Player of the Day is State College starter Ronnie Williams, who had an outstanding seven-inning outing, throwing just 84 pitches, allowing one run on five hits, striking out three, and walking two.

Results for games played Monday, July 11th.

Memphis Redbirds had the day off due to the AAA All-Star Game on Wednesday.

The Redbirds’ lone representative will be 26 year-old left-handed reliever Ryan Sherriff (3-0, 2.20 ERA).

Wednesday’s game: Pacific Coast League All-Stars vs. International League All-Stars in Charlotte, 7:00 PM ET

Springfield Cardinals 3, San Antonio Missions 8, 12 innings

The Springfield Cardinals (49-38 overall, 8-9 in second half) lost the finale of a three-game set in San Antonio. They will look to regroup with a day off Tuesday before continuing the road trip in Arkansas.

Starter John Walter rebounded nicely from his erratic Texas League debut last week with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out three and walking two. Chris Perry helped in relief in the seventh inning by stranding two of Walter’s runners. Texas League Pitcher of the Week Josh Lucas, however, did not fare as well, allowing a run to score in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Justin Wright was hit hard for five runs in the 12th inning.

No one had a truly standout game offensively. Anthony Garcia (.247 BA) hit his third home run with Springfield in the third inning, a two-run shot. Jonathan Rodriguez, batting leadoff, doubled. Blake Drake doubled and walked in four plate appearances.

Tuesday’s game: Off day for Springfield as they travel to Springdale, AR to play the NW Arkansas Naturals on Wednesday.

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 14

Palm Beach continued the poor second half with another loss Monday at Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland, pushing the Cardinals’ second half record to 7-12.

The Palm Beach pitching staff absorbed a beating. In his second Florida State League start, Junior Fernandez (8.71 ERA) took his second loss, after giving up six runs on seven hits and six walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Chandler Hawkins followed, allowing seven runs in the fifth sixth innings. Michael Heesch yielded one final run in two innings.

Offensively, the Cardinals had trouble finding hits as usual, with just five in the game. Second baseman Andrew Sohn went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a solo home run in the ninth. Cole Lankford had two singles, two walks and an RBI. Thomas Spitz drew three free passes but did not score.

Tuesday’s game: Off day for Palm Beach as they return home from Lakeland.

Peoria Chiefs 3 at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

Peoria dropped to 9-10 in the second half with a loss at Wisconsin Monday.

Leobaldo Pina went 2-for-5 batting in the two hole. Eliezer Alvarez hit his fourth home run of the season. He also stole his 20th base, but made his 19th error. Catcher Chris Chinea had a nice game, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Cardinal Nation’s 2014 Johnson City Starting Pitcher of the Year, Dailyn Martinez, labored through five innings while making 96 pitches. Martinez allowed four runs as he struck out four and walked two, while also hitting a batter. Three relievers split three scoreless innings of relief - Jorge Rodriguez, Harley Holt and Nick Frey.

Tuesday’s game: Off day for Peoria as they return home from Wisconsin.

State College Spikes 3, Connecticut Tigers 1

The State College Spikes improved to 18-6 on the season with a win in Norwich, CT over the Tigers, extending their NY-Penn League Pinckney Division lead to six games over second-place Auburn.

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Ronnie Williams (2.62 ERA) had an outstanding outing of seven innings while throwing just 84 pitches, allowing one run on five hits, striking out three, and walking two. Williams has now made four straight starts pitching seven innings or more. Brady Bowen picked up the save, going two innings and striking out three.

Leadoff hitter Tommy Edman led the charge offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Edman, a Stanford product, is now hitting .320/.457/.493/.951 on the season, an excellent start for the 2016 draftee. Dylan Tice went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and Jose Martinez was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Connecticut, Brian Dobzanski (2-1, 2.00 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 14, Bluefield Blue Jays 9

First-place Johnson City (11-7) put a thumping on the Blue Jays pitching staff Monday with 19 hits scoring 14 runs. The Cardinals were paced by Erik Garcia, who went 3-for-4 with three runs, two doubles, and a walk, and Matt Fielder who went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Other standouts include Caleb Lopes, 3-for-5, Yariel Gonzalez, 3-for-6 with four RBI, Stephen Zavala, 2-for-5 with a double, Joey Hawkins, 2-for-4 with a walk, and DeAndre Asbury-Heath, 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Jonathan Rivera hit a three-run home run.

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David Oca had a rocky 4 2/3-inning start, allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out just one and walking three. Keaton Siomkin picked up the win, with 2 1/3 scoreless innings striking out three. Yeison Medina and Anthony Shew weren’t as fortunate as they allowed two and three runs respectively in their single innings of work.

Tuesday’s game: Off day on Tuesday as the Cardinals make their way to Burlington, NC to play the Royals Wednesday in a battle of first-place teams.

GCL Cardinals off

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals (7-8) were off Monday.

Tuesday's game: DSL Cardinals at Nationals, TBA, noon ET

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Tigers 6

After losing three of their last four, the Dominican Summer League Cardinals (22-9) picked up a much needed win Monday over the Tigers.

19-year-old Winston Nicacio started and pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, striking out five and walking two in the short outing. Enmanuel Solano added 2 2/3 innings in relief allowing a single tally, and striking out four. Brian Pirela picked up the win with two flawless innings striking out four more. Estailin Tejada earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning. In all, Cardinals pitching had 13 strikeouts to just three walks.

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Leadoff hitter Wadye Ynfante led the way with a 2-for-4 day with a double and a pair of runs and RBI. Raffy Ozuna (.260 BA) went 2-for-4 with a couple of doubles. Ozuna, a 17 year-old shortstop, is beginning to show why he received a $600,000 signing bonus last July with his OPS now above .800 at .813. Brian Sanchez did well as usual, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Sanchez’s hit was his league-leading 10th home run of the season. 

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Angels, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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