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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.

The Cardinals system went 3-4 on Sunday with Players of the Day Jose Martinez and Ronnie Williams leading first-place State College to a road victory.

Results from games played Sunday, July 17th.


Memphis 6 at Albuquerque 7

Three home runs did not suffice as the Redbirds were clipped by the Isotopes, 7-6.  This fourth straight loss by Memphis (45-48) encompasses their four-game set at Albuquerque (41-53).

All six tallies resulted from long balls by Jacob Wilson, David Washington and Michael Ohlman, representing three of the team’s nine hits.  Wilson went 3-for-5 with a two-run bomb, one of his two runs scored.  Washington’s solo shot was one of his two hits in four at bats and Ohlman’s three-run blast was his only hit in four at bats.

Deck McGuire was charged with his eighth loss against six wins, surrendering all seven runs on seven hits and three walks over four. One of the hits was a two-run home run.  Kurt Heyer (1 1/3) and Corey Littrell (1 2/3) each faced the minimum before Juan Gonzalez walked one in the eighth.

Monday’s game:  at El Paso (54-40), 7:05 pm MT, Mike Mayers (3-2, 2.49)


Arkansas 7 at Springfield 4

Springfield (9-13) could not overcome a six-run fifth, falling to the Travelers, 7-4, in the series’ opener.

All six runs were charged to John Walter (L, 0-2), who did not finish the frame.  The right-hander yielded seven hits, four bases-on-balls and hit two batters through 4 2/3. 

Walter’s last three runners scored with Chris Perry on the bump via a free pass and double.  A passed ball charged to Jesse Jenner tagged Perry with an unearned score.  The righty settled down after that, fanning four over 2 1/3.  Justin Wright and Kevin Herget both tossed a scoreless frame.

Six S-Cards had one hit each, including three for extra bases: a solo bomb by Jenner and doubles by Nick Martini and Paul DeJong.  DeJong knocked in one and Jonathan Rodriguez drove in two.

Monday’s games:  doubleheader vs. Arkansas (8-13).  Game one – 5:10 pm CT, TBA/Luke Weaver (4-2, 1.48)


Palm Beach 10 vs. Brevard County 6

A five-run first launched Palm Beach (8-16) to a 10-6 home victory over Brevard County in the first of four versus the Manatees, breaking the Beach Birds' six-game losing skid.

The inning was capped by Orlando Olivera’s three-run bomb that scored Casey Grayson and Thomas Spitz, who had both singled.  It was Olivera’s only hit in four at bats.

The most potent bats belonged to Cole Lankford and Grayson, who each were a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.  Lankford doubled once with a walk, three runs scored and one driven in while Grayson worked two free passes and touched home once with two RBI.  The other seven Beach Bird starters had one hit apiece.

Reliever Davis Ward was credited with the win despite being touched for two unearned tallies during his two-inning stint.  He fanned three.

Ward pitched in relief of Jacob Evans, who left the game with two gone in the third after reaching his pitch count in his first start off the disabled list.  Evans gave up three hits and a walk but was not scored upon.  Junior Fernandez’ first relief outing of the season was not pretty, as the righty allowed four runs on seven hits and two free passes in 3 1/3.  He struck out five.  Chandler Hawkins pitched a one-two-three ninth.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Brevard County (6-17), 6:30 pm ET, Matt Pearce (8-6, 2.26)


Peoria 5 vs. Great Lakes 2

Dailyn Martinez pitched into the seventh in the Chiefs’ 5-2 victory over the Loons.  Peoria (13-11) has taken the first two of the three-game series.

Martinez (W, 2-2) struck out eight over 6 2/3, giving up single tallies in the second and seventh.  The 23-year-old permitted four hits and a walk with two plunked batters.  Luke Harrison recorded four outs, three via the K, and Tyler Bray worked around a hit and walk for his seventh save.

The Chiefs’ 13-hit attack was paced by Craig Aikin and R.J. Dennard, who each went 3-for-4 including a double.  Aikin scored three times from the top of the order and Dennard touched home once.  Eliezer Alvarez singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once and driving in three.  Aikin (one) and Alvarez (two) both stole bases.  Jose Godoy went 2-for-4 with an RBI, the final Peoria player with more than one hit.

Monday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes (8-15), 12:00 pm CT, Brennan Leitao (5-7, 3.76)


State College 7 at Lowell 4

Ronnie Willlams’ pitching and Jose Martinez’ perfect night at the plate led State College (20-10) to a 7-4 win over Lowell in the road series’ opener.

Martinez went 4-for-4 with a double, two walks, two runs and an RBI.  Danny Hudzina singled three times in four at bats with a base-on-balls, scored once and knocked in one.  He swiped his first base of the season.  Five other Spikes had one hit each.

Williams tossed six-plus strong frames, yielding a run on four hits and a walk.  Brady Bowen was shaky during his 2 2/3 innings on the mound, giving up three runs on seven hits but did leave Williams’ final two runners aboard.  Eric Carter recorded the final out, leaving one on, for his third save.

Special for members of The Cardinal Nation: Williams discusses his breakout 2016 season in an exclusive interview.

Monday’s game:  at Lowell (18-12), 7:05 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (2-2, 2.25)


Johnson City 1 at Pulaski 5

Starting pitcher Daniel Castano was bitten by the long ball, resulting in a 5-1 loss to Pulaski.  Johnson City (12-10) has lost the first two of three at the Yankees.

Four of the five runs charged to Castano (L, 0-2) in five innings were generated by two home runs, two of the five hits and two walks allowed.  Ramon Santos gave up two hits and two bases-on-balls over the final three frames.

The visitors were held to an unearned run on five hits.  Second baseman J.R. Davis singled and doubled in four at bats and Joshua Lopez scored the only Cardinals tally.

Monday’s game:  at Pulaski (11-12), 7:00 pm ET, Ian Oxnevad (2-1, 2.92)


GCL Nationals 9 at GCL Cardinals 3

The Gulf Birds (10-10) out hit but could not outscore the Nationals (12-8), resulting in a 9-3 loss.

The home team outhit their guests, 14 to eight, went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position, did not commit an error (versus three for the Nationals) and still lost.  Edwin Figuera led the Cards, going 3-for-4, but did not figure in the scoring.  Starlin Balbuena, Hunter Newman and Carlos Rodriguez each had two hits.

Starter Alvaro Seijas (L, 2-1) was touched for five runs on six hits through six, including a two-run home run.  Champ Rowland gave up a run on two walks and a hit batsman in the seventh before Paul Salazar was charged with two tallies on a hit and three bases-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning.  Robert Calvano limited further damage by stranding three in the eighth before giving up a run on a hit and walk the next frame.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Astros (10-12), 12:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-2, 4.42)


DSL All-Star Game – American League 4, National League 3

The Dominican Summer League played its 15th annual midsummer classic on Sunday. The Cardinals were represented by outfielder Brian Sanchez and reliever Brian Pirela.

Sanchez, the league’s home run and RBI leader, started in right field for the Nationals. The 20-year-old singled and struck out in two plate appearances and scored a run. Pirela pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits, one walk and fanned two.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (24-11) at DSL Yankees2 (13-22), 10:30 am ET, Winston Nicacio (1-0, 4.18)

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