Austin Gomber (Brian Walton / The Cardinal Nation)

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 2-6 on Monday with State College rained out. Player of the Day honors belong to Austin Gomber of Palm Beach. The lefty carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and had a final pitching line of 7 1/3 innings, three runs, striking out nine and walking none.

Results for games played Monday, July 25th.

Memphis Redbirds 2, Iowa Cubs 6

The Redbirds fell to 49-52 yet maintained a distant second place in the PCL American Southern Division with a loss to the Cubs Monday, still giving Memphis three of the four games in the series.

Corey Baker allowed three runs in the first inning and two in the third inning before settling down to go seven frames, striking out five. Josh Lucas followed with a couple of scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as the offense only provided two runs.

Efren Navarro went 2-for-4 with his sixth home run. Anthony Garcia went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run. The two combined for all of Memphis’ hits. 

Tuesday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Alex Reyes (2-2, 5.02 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 9, Tulsa Drillers 4

The Cardinals (12-19 in the second half standings) walloped the Drillers Monday.

Nick Martini hit his first Springfield home run this season as part of a 2-for-5 game with three RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2-for-4 including a double. Mason Katz had a pair of singles in four at-bats.

Trey Nielsen went eight strong innings, giving up four earned runs and striking out two. Nielsen threw just 94 pitches, 61 for strikes. His ERA is now 3.73. Chandler Hawkins followed with a scoreless inning of relief.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, J.C. Sulbaran (2-2, 4.01 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 2 at Fort Myers Miracle 3

Palm Beach scored two runs in the top half of the eighth inning to take the lead only to surrender a pair to the Miracle in the bottom half and lose the game.

The Beach Birds were paced by a trio of players. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-5. Cole Lankford was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Casey Grayson doubled and walked twice.

Starter Austin Gomber carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The lefty had a final line of 7 1/3 innings, yielding three runs and striking out nine. Gomber threw 100 pitches before being lifted in the top of the eighth. Kyle Grana didn't give up any runs of his own but did allow an inherited runner from Gomber to score in his 2/3 of an inning. It was the decisive run.

Tuesday’s game: at Fort Myers, Jack Flaherty (2-7, 3.89 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Game 1: Peoria Chiefs 8 at South Bend Cubs 9, 7 innings

Game 2: Peoria Chiefs 2 at South Bend Cubs 9, 7 innings

Peoria dropped the first game of a double-header in dramatic fashion as the Cubs rallied in the last inning to win 9-8. South Bend then doubled down, scoring another nine runs in the second game to sweep the double-header.

In Game 1, Brennan Leitao pitched six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and one walk as his ERA rose to 4.14. Tyler Bray followed in the seventh inning, giving up three runs including the game-winning single.

The Peoria offense was led by Jose Martinez. Martinez, acquired from the Royals for Tony Cruz in the off-season, went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Magneuris Sierra doubled and walked, Chris Chinea went 2-for-4 and Jose Godoy went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Game 2 starter Dailyn Martinez struggled through five innings. Martinez allowed eight runs and struck out four. Juan Perez allowed an unearned run to score in his inning of work.

Magneuris Sierra went 2-for-4 and swiped two bases, to finish the twinbill 3-for-7. Jose Martinez also did well in the nightcap, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, making a 4-for-7 night.

Tuesday’s game: Off day for Peoria as they head to Quad Cities to take on the River Bandits.

The State College Spikes game was postponed due to weather

Tuesday’s games: at Batavia, Game 1: Dewin Perez (2-1, 2.33) 11:05 AM ET, Game 2: John Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60 ERA)

Johnson City Cardinals 3, Danville Braves 6

Johnson City (15-15) lost control of first place over the weekend and dropped to .500 for the year after their fifth straight loss, this time against Danville at home.

Starter Frederis Parra went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, although three of them were unearned. Parra struck out three and lowered his ERA to 2.84. Noel Gonzalez followed with 1 2/3 innings, with an unearned run as well.

J.R. Davis (.358 BA) went 2-for-4, batting leadoff and playing second base. Joshua Lopez also had two hits. The Cardinals had no extra base hits.

Johnson City had four errors at the hands of Allen Cordoba (sixth), Bryce Denton (ninth), Shane Billings (first), and Davis (fourth), leading to four unearned runs – the difference in the game.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Danville, Jordan Hicks (2-0, 2.03 ERA) 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Mets 3

The GCL Cardinals (15-11) managed to hold on despite allowing the Mets back in the game in the eighth and ninth innings. The Cardinals are now a game out of first in the GCL East Division.

The Cardinals were led by Brady Whalen, who went 2-for-4 and played second base. Hunter Newman went 1-for-3 with a walk and his first home run of the year. 2016 1st round draft pick Dylan Carlson hit his first career home run.

Franyel Casadilla had an excellent outing pitching six innings of shutout baseball, striking out two. The bullpen followed with inconsistent performances from Paul Salazar, 1/3 of an inning and three baserunners allowed, Colton Thomson, 1 1/3 innings with two runs given up, and Robbie Gordon, 1/3 of an inning and one run allowed. Luckily, Will Changarotty got the last three outs and the save.

Tuesday’s game:  Off day

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Rockies 8

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (28-15) lost a tough one on Monday. They not only lost the game to the Rockies in a blowout, they gave up first place in the DSL San Pedro Division to the same team.

Junior Gonzalez started and gave up seven runs on eight hits, striking out five in four innings. Enrique Perez added two innings of scoreless relief. Cristhian Lugo followed for three frames, yielding one unearned run.

Julio Rodriguez had an excellent game at the plate with two doubles. Leandro Cedeno also doubled en route to a 2-for-4 day. Esequeil Delgado smacked a double in one of his three plate appearances.

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

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