Jeremy Hefner (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

St. Louis’ minors went 5-0 in a rain-shortened schedule on Sunday. Jeremy Hefner’s noteworthy pitching was key in Memphis’ extra-inning victory. Palm Beach also won in extras, joined in the win column by Peoria, State College and the GCL club.

Results from games played Sunday, August 7th.


Memphis 5 at New Orleans 2 (10)     

Harrison Bader’s pinch-hit home run capped a four-run 10th, lifting Memphis (56-58) over New Orleans, 5-2, in the road series opener.

Bader’s bomb came with Efren Navarro on, the latter reaching on a single, his second hit of the game in five at bats.  That single knocked in Matt Williams (walk), breaking a one-all tie.  Randal Grichuk’s ground out brought across Breyvic Valera (walk) for the inning’s second score.  Dean Anna and Jose Martinez joined Navarro with two hits apiece.

Player of the Day Jeremy Hefner tossed eight strong frames, scattering seven hits and a walk and permitting just one tally on a long ball.  Ryan Sherriff (W, 6-0) served up a home run too, one of four hits and a free pass allowed over two.

Monday’s games:  doubleheader at New Orleans (52-61).  Game one – 5:00 pm CT, Mike Mayers (3-4, 3.36)/Luke Weaver (league debut)


Springfield at Arkansas – postponed

The series finale between Springfield (21-22) and Arkansas (22-21) was postponed due to inclement weather.  It has been rescheduled as part of an August 31st twin bill at the home of the Travelers.  The S-Cards took the series two games to one.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3 (11)  

Cole Lankford’s two-out RBI single was the difference maker as Palm Beach slipped past Jupiter, 4-3, in 11 innings.  The Beach Birds (14-28) took both contests in their brief series versus the Hammerheads (23-19).

Lankford’s single, his second of the day in six at bats, brought across Andrew Sohn after the latter worked a base-on-balls to open the 11th. Casey Grayson and Oscar Mercado joined Lankford with two hits each in five at bats, Grayson adding a walk and run scored.  Five Beach Birds had one hit apiece.

Starter Sandy Alcantara bounced back from a shaky Florida State League debut, holding Jupiter to three hits and three free passes that generated one score over six.  Alcantara struck out six.

He left in line for his first A-Advanced win, but single scores in the eighth and ninth sent the game into extras.  In his Palm Beach debut, Dakota Hudson struck out the side in the seventh but Blake McKnight was charged with a run on two hits the next inning.  Robby Rowland (BS, 2)(W, 1-1) permitted a run on four hits in two before Kyle Grana worked around a hit and walk for his fourth save.

Monday’s game:  at Bradenton (18-25), 6:30 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (3-8, 4.06)


Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 2

A three-run first was just enough for the Chiefs to edge the Kernels, 3-2.  Peoria (21-21) holds a two-games-to-none series lead with two to go.

The visitors managed just four hits, but used two walks, two singles, a stolen base, throwing error and passed ball to score three times, two earned.  Magneuris Sierra singled once in three at bats with two free passes and a run scored.  He stole his 25th and 26th bags of the season.  Shortstop Jose Martinez scored one and drove in another, singling once in five at bats.

Southpaw John Kilichowski (W, 1-1) went seven strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and not issuing a free pass.  Nick Frey served up a solo shot, one of three hits and a walk allowed over two frames, but still earned his fourth save.

Monday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (24-19), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (4-4, 2.94)


State College 11 at Vermont 2

State College banged out 15 hits, romping over Vermont, 11-2.  The Spikes (34-15) have won 10 of their most recent 12 games, including the first two of three at the Lake Monsters.

All nine starters contributed, led by Jeremy Martinez and Yariel Gonzalez, who both went 3-for-5.  Martinez had a three-run home run of the inside the park variety, and scoring another time while Gonzalez doubled once and matched Martinez’ three RBI.

Ryan McCarvel singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, run scored and two driven in out of the cleanup slot.  Ricardo Bautista, the final Spike with more than one hit, went 2-for-5 with a triple, crossed home twice and knocked in two.  Defensively, Bautista committed his sixth miscue.

Jordan Hicks (W, 2-0) went the first 5 1/3, giving up two runs, one earned on five hits and three free passes.  Jonathan Escudero struck out four over 2 1/3, walking three and Greg Tomchick issued one base-on-balls in 1 1/3.  Both Escudero (one) and Tomchick (two) left inherited runners aboard.

Monday’s game:  at Vermont (19-30), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (3-3, 3.35)


Johnson City vs. Burlington - postponed

A double-header between Johnson City (23-19) and Burlington was rained out.  The two squads will try again to get in a twin bill on each of the next two days.

Monday’s games:  doubleheader vs. Burlington (26-16).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Levi MaVorhis (1-0, 2.79)/TBA


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Astros 0  (mid-sixth) 

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals (23-14) claimed a rain-shortened affair versus the GCL Astros (16-22), 2-0.

The visitors took a very early lead as Stefan Trosclair singled home Luis Flores (double) in the first.  Tyler Lancaster added a fifth-inning home run, his third of 2016.  Four other Gulf Birds had one hit each.

Franyel Casadilla (W, 3-2) tossed all five frames, yielding three hits and a base-on-balls.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins (18-19), 12:00 pm ET, Juan Alvarez (3-2, 3.48)


DSL Cardinals - off 

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (34-20) at DSL Braves (24-29), 10:30 am ET, Noel De Jesus (4-2, 1.93)

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