Matt Fiedler / Johnson City Cardinals

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

Matt Fiedler and J.R. Davis were extra-inning heroes in Johnson City’s victory on Sunday, one of four in St. Louis’ minors. Memphis, Peoria and State College all triumphed but Springfield and Palm Beach did not.

Results from games played Sunday, July 31st.


Memphis 4 at Round Rock 2 

A quartet of Redbirds’ hurlers combined on a three hitter as Memphis (51-56) topped Round Rock, 4-2.  Each team has won one of the first two games with two to go.

Arturo Reyes (W, 7-4) gave up just one hit in five frames, although he issued four free passes.  The righty yielded one run and threw 49 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

That run scored with John Brebbia on the mound. Brebbia also runs of his own on a two-run bomb in the sixth.  Miguel Socolovich tossed two scoreless frames, fanning four, before Sam Tuivailala walked one, picking up his 15th save.

The visitors struck early when David Washington launched his 21st long ball of 2016, coming with Efren Navarro aboard.  The right fielder led the team’s nine-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.  Navarro, one of two Redbirds with two hits, singled and doubled in five at bats, touched home twice and knocked in one. Carson Kelly went 2-for-4 out of the seven hole.

Monday’s game:  at Round Rock (51-58), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (2-2, 5.07)


Northwest Arkansas 5 at Springfield 2

Springfield (16-21) dropped the home series finale to Northwest Arkansas (19-18), 5-2, preventing a four-game series’ sweep by the S-Cards.

Trey Nielsen (L, 7-8) allowed all five runs, a two-run shot in the second plus three more in his fifth and final inning of work.  Nielsen was touched for five hits and three walks. Pedro Echemendia and Chandler Hawkins each tossed two scoreless frames, Echemendia allowing a hit and free pass with two strikeouts.

Springfield generated nine hits, led by Jesse Jenner, who was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and scored a run.  Luke Voit and Nick Martini each singled twice, with Voit adding a walk and RBI. 

Brandon Moss continued his rehab by going 0-for-3 and is still looking for his first hit, having gone 0-for-8 in three games so far. In his debut, second baseman Matt Carpenter walked, singled, scored a run and struck out in three plate appearances.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (18-19), 6:30 pm CT, J.C. Sulbaran (2-2, 4.14)


Tampa 6 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (10-27) was shut out by Tampa, 6-0, the Cards’ eighth straight loss, including the first three at home to the Yankees.

Sandy Alcantara laid an egg in his A-Advanced debut, permitting four runs on four hits and four walks in 2 1/3.  Blake McKnight limited the damage, somewhat, by leaving Alcantara’s last runner on but was charged with two unearned tallies in the fifth via Jhonny Peralta’s fielding error.  McKnight gave up two hits and a walk over 2 2/3. 

Michael Heesch shut down the opposition over three frames, issuing one free pass.  Robby Rowland allowed a hit in the ninth.

Five PB-Cards had one hit each, one of them Peralta who began his latest rehab assignment by doubling once in three at bats. 

Monday’s game:  vs. Tampa (21-16), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (2-8, 4.23)


Peoria 5 vs. Wisconsin 2

Home runs by Brian O’Keefe and Chris Chinea led the Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Timber Rattlers.  Peoria (18-17) has claimed the first two of the four-game home set.

Both of the long balls came with a runner on, O’Keefe’s flipping a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead after four and Chinea’s capping a three-run sixth that broke a 1-1 tie.  O’Keefe took part in four of his team’s five scores and was on base when Chinea sent one over the wall.  The catcher went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three driven in and was the only Chief with more than one hit.

Starter Brennan Leitao lasted long enough to be credited with the win, his sixth against seven losses.  Leitao permitted two runs on six hits and two bases-on-balls over six.  Steven Gallardo pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing a hit and two walks, and Steven De La Cruz tossed a one-two-three ninth, striking out two.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (17-19), 7:00 pm CT, John Kilichowski (Peoria debut)


State College 5 vs. West Virginia 3

State College (28-14) won the first of three at home over the Black Bears, 5-3.

Reliever Bob Wheatley was credited with his third win in as many decisions with 2 1/3 frames of shutout ball.  Wheatley issued two free passes, the only walks allowed by the quartet of Spikes’ pitchers.  He also hit a batter.

In a bullpen start, Harley Holt went the first three, yielding three runs on five hits, including a two-run home run.  Brady Bowen kept West Virginia off the board over 2 2/3, stranding Wheatley’s runner and Eric Carter faced the minimum in the ninth for his fifth save.

The Spikes’ balanced offense featured seven players either garnering one of seven hits or scoring.  Vincent Jackson had a busy day at the office, singling twice in four at bats with a run scored and two stolen bases.  Elier Rodriguez drove in three, with his bases-loaded double in the third for three RBI putting the Spikes ahead for good.  

Monday’s game:  vs. West Virginia (20-22), 7:05 pm CT, Jordan Hicks (State College debut)


Johnson City 4 at Bristol 3 (14)

The second lead in extras proved decisive as Johnson City (20-17) edged Bristol, 4-3, in 14.  The series opening win moved the visitors back into first place, a half of a game ahead of Greeneville (HOU).

Twice Matt Fiedler came through in extras, the first time singling home J.R. Davis after the latter singled to begin the 12th.  But shortstop Allen Cordoba’s second error of the game led to an unearned run in the bottom of the frame, the second unearned tally allowed by the Cardinals. 

Fiedler produced again two innings later, this time doubling in Davis (hit-by-pitch) to go back up 4-3.  The two combined for seven of the team’s 11 hits. Fiedler went 3-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI while Davis went 4-for-6 with a double, solo shot and three runs scored.  They are our co-Players of the Day.

Starter Frederis Parra scattered seven hits and a walk over 7 2/3, permitting two runs, one earned.  Leland Tilley allowed two hits and a free pass in two while Yeison Medina received that unearned run in the 12th.  Medina gave up two hits in 2 1/3 and joined Tilley by stranding two inherited runners.  Noel Gonzalez retired all six faced for his third win against no losses.

Monday’s game:  at Bristol (16-21), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Cardinals - off  

Monday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (17-13) at GCL Nationals (18-13), 12:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (2-2, 2.96)


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Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (30-18) at DSL Brewers (18-30), 10:30 am ET, Edwar Ramirez (3-1, 5.51)

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