Danny Hudzina (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

Designated hitter Danny Hudzina’s big night led State College to one of three victories in seven Sunday games across St. Louis’ minors. Arturo Reyes marked his return to Memphis with a win and the GCL club won as well.

Results from games played Sunday, July 24th.

Memphis 5 vs. Iowa 1 

Home runs by Anthony Garcia and David Washington proved decisive in the Redbirds’ 5-1 victory over the Cubs.  Memphis (49-51) has taken the first three of four versus Iowa.

Both bombs were of the two-run variety.  Garcia led his team’s 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with the long ball accounting for his run scored and two RBI.  Washington added a single to his home run in three at bats, and also worked one free pass.  First baseman Efren Navarro was the final Redbird with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 and touching home once.


Making his first Triple-A start since June 20th, Arturo Reyes (W, 6-4) tossed a strong, albeit short, effort.  He held the Cubs to a run on three hits in five innings, fanning four.  Thomas Lee scattered three hits over three frames and Josh Lucas walked one in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. Iowa (43-59), 7:05 pm CT, Jerome Williams (5-3, 4.89)


Springfield 0 at Northwest Arkansas 2

Daniel Poncedeleon’s solid mound effort was not enough as the S-Cards were blanked by the Naturals, 2-0.  Springfield (11-19) won only one of the four-game road set.

The only mark against Poncedeleon (L, 6-6) in 5 1/3 was a two-run fifth when the righty yielded a two-out single plating both tallies.  That was one of six hits and three bases-on-balls allowed.

Justin Wright held Northwest Arkansas (17-13) scoreless on two hits in 1 2/3, leaving two inherited aboard.  Chris Perry struck out two of three in the eighth.

Six S-Cards had one hit apiece but none occurred in the seven opportunities with runners in scoring position. 

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (16-14), 7:05 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (6-7, 3.67)


Palm Beach 1 at Tampa 5

Palm Beach (10-21) dropped the series’ finale against Tampa (15-16), 5-1, for a split of the four-game road set.

Ian McKinney was charged with his seventh loss against six wins, allowing four runs on nine hits in five plus.  McKinney exited with his team down 2-1, but two on and none out, a jam from which Cody Schumacher was unable to extricate him. 

Schumacher was touched for a run on two hits and three free passes while recording six outs.  Landon Beck tossed a one-two-three inning.

Although Michael Pritchard was the only Beach Bird garnering more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats, Vaughn Bryan was the only player to score.  Bryan singled to open the third and eventually came home on a balk.

Monday’s game:  at Fort Myers (16-15), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (6-7, 2.87)


Peoria 3 at South Bend 4

Peoria (14-14) rallied for a late tie only to fall to South Bend, 4-3, in the road series opener.

Reliever Steven Gallardo (L, 1-2) yielded single tallies in each of his two innings of work, the latter run breaking a three-all tie in the eighth.  Sandy Alcantara went the first six, permitting two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning five.

Dylan Tice scored two of the Chiefs’ three runs, including his first home run since being reassigned from A-Advanced Palm Beach.  The second baseman went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, one of six Peoria players with one hit each.  Chris Chinea accumulated the last two of his team’s hits, singling and doubling in four at bats and knocking in two.

Monday’s games:  at South Bend (18-11).  Game one – 12:05 pm CT, Dailyn Martinez (2-2, 5.68)/Brennan Leitao (5-7, 3.84)


State College 8 at Batavia 6

State College (24-12) built an 8-1 lead after seven then hung on, topping the Muckdogs 8-6 in the first of three at Batavia.


The Spikes banged out 13 hits, paced by Player of the Day Danny Hudzina, who went 4-for-5 with a solo shot that was one of his three RBI.  Three other players had two hits each:  Ryan McCarvel, Jeremy Martinez and Matt Davis.  McCarvel and Martinez both went 2-for-5 with an RBI McCarvel scoring once and Martinez twice.  Davis singled twice in four at bats, driving in one.

Bryan Dobzanski tossed five solid frames, yielding a tally on two hits and three walks.  Gerwuins Velazco navigated two scoreless frames before running into trouble in the eighth.  Velazco and Eric Carter combined for the five-run inning, three of them charged to the former and two to the latter, although only one of Carter’s two runs was earned.

Monday’s game:  at Batavia (7-29), 7:05 pm ET, John Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60)


Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 5

The Appy Birds (15-14) were clipped by Elizabethton (14-16), 5-4, their fourth straight loss including a three-game home sweep by the Twins.

Ian Oxnevad (L, 3-2) struck out six in 5 2/3 but surrendered five runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk.  Leland Tilley gave up three hits over 2 1/3 and allowed his only inherited runner to score what proved to be the winning run.

Johnson City generated 12 hits, three by J.R. Davis.  The second baseman went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored from at the top of the order.  Allen Cordoba singled twice in three at bats with two bases-on-balls and an RBI.  Joshua Lopez went 2-for-5, the only other JC-Card with a multi-hit game.

Monday’s game:  vs. Danville (15-15), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 3 (11)

Starlin Balbuena’s two-out single drove in Irving Wilson (single), resulting in the Gulf Birds’ 4-3 win over the Marlins (10-17).


The singles were the second hits of the day for both Balbuena and Wilson, each player doubling earlier in the game in five and four at bats, respectively.  Balbuena touched home twice and swiped his first bag of the season while Wilson worked a free pass, scored one and drove in another.  Designated hitter Sanel Rosendo singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk and RBI.  The GCL Cardinals (14-11) mustered eight hits in all.

Jonathon Mulford worked around three hits spread between the ninth and 10th for his first pro win.  Robert Calvano faced the minimum in the 11th, earning his first professional save.

Starter Alvaro Seijas scattered five hits and three walks over four, holding the opposition to a single score.  Champ Rowland tossed a clean fifth but Connor Jones (BS, 1) yielded a run on two hits and a base-on-balls that made the score 2-2 after six. 

That pattern repeated itself over the next two frames.  Silas Bohannan held the score at 3-2 after seven but Jery Then continued his rehab assignment by giving up a run in his inning of work.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (11-13), 12:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-2, 3.80)


DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (28-14) vs. DSL Rockies (28-14), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-2, 5.40)

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