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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 3-4 on Monday. Player of the Day honors go to Memphis starter Luke Weaver, who in his Triple-A debut hurled six scoreless innings, striking out four, walking two, and giving up just two singles.

Results for games played Monday, August 8th.

Memphis Redbirds 0 at New Orleans Zephyrs 1, 7 innings

Memphis Redbirds 2 at New Orleans Zephyrs 0, 7 innings

On the heels of splitting a double-header Monday, the Redbirds moved to 57-59 overall, cruising into second place in the PCL American Southern Division, 9 1/2 games back of leader Nashville.

In Game 1 of the two low-scoring affairs, Memphis managed just three hits, all singled from Breyvic Valera, Carson Kelly, and Jose Martinez. Valera also drew a walk.

Mike Mayers pitched excellent, giving up one unearned run in all six innings, striking out six. He now has an overall 8-7 record and an ERA of 2.72 in 122 1/3 innings between Springfield and Memphis in 2016. The winning run was scored by former Cardinal Xavier Scruggs, on a throwing error by second baseman Dean Anna.

The Game 2 starter was equally electric as Luke Weaver made his Memphis debut. Weaver went six scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing just two singles and two walks. Miguel Socolovich picked up with save with a scoreless seventh inning.

The Redbirds bats were a little livelier in Game 2. Breyvic Valera again went 1-for-3 batting leadoff and contributed a final inning sacrifice fly. Valera is crushing the ball since coming up to Memphis, sporting a .374/.459.458/.917 batting line. Anthony Garcia went 1-for-3 as well, while Dean Anna went 1-for-2. Catcher Michael Ohlman (.285 BA) went 2-for-3.

Tuesday’s game: Game 1: at New Orleans, Kurt Heyer (2-0, 5.17 ERA) 5:00 PM CT, Game 2: to follow, TBA

The Springfield Cardinals were off Monday.

The Cardinals are traveling home to face Frisco on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Frisco, Pedro Echemendia (2-1, 4.25 ERA) 6:30 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Bradenton Marauders 5, 11 innings

Palm Beach lost on Monday, dropping to 14-29 in the second half.

Casey Grayson went 3-for-5, while Dylan Tice went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Centerfielder Oscar Mercado also doubled. Thomas Spitz and Orlando Olivera contributed with solo home runs, but it was not enough.

Starter Jack Flaherty went six innings, giving up three runs while striking out five and walking three. His season ERA is now 4.08. Michael Heesch followed with two innings of one-run ball. Landon Beck took the loss with 2 2/3 innings, giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton, Junior Fernandez (1-2, 9.68 ERA) 6:30 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 4 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 8

The Chiefs lost for the third time in five games, dropping their second-half record back under .500 to 21-22.  

Jake Woodford had worst start since early June. The losing pitcher lasted just three innings while throwing 69 pitches. He allowed two runs on four walks and five hits striking out three. The outing pushed his ERA to 3.03. Steven Gallardo relieved with 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs. Davis Ward followed with 2 1/3 innings of two-run ball. Tyler Bray pitched the final 1 1/3 innings without yielding a run.

Catcher Brian O’Keefe had a solid game, with a walk, a double and two runs scored. Chris Chinea singled and hit his fifth home run of the year. Magneuris Sierra walked twice and stole his 27th base. He also made a throwing error in the fifth inning, his eighth miscue, though all eight Kernels runs were earned.

Tuesday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, Ronnie Williams (1-0, 1.35 ERA) 6:35PM CT

State College Spikes 4 at Vermont Lake Monsters 2

The Spikes pushed their lead in the Pinckney Division to six games, improving to 35-15 after winning their eighth game in the last ten.

6’5 righty Carson Cross delivered another solid outing of five innings, allowing one unearned run. Spencer Trayner followed with three frames, striking out three. Brady Bowen got the save in the ninth despite giving up a solo home run.

The Spikes scored four times without the luxury of any extra-base hits. Danny Hudzina went 2-for-3 with a walk. Mick Fennell went 1-for-3 with a free pass. Jeremy Martinez, the fourth rounder from the 2016 draft from USC, continued his elite OBP (.434) ways, picking up a pair of walks.

Tuesday’s game: vs. West Virginia, Steven Farinaro (6-0, 4.61 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 3, Burlington Royals 4, 7 innings

Johnson City (24-20) dropped a half-game out of first place in the Appalachian League West Division with a loss on Monday in the first game of a double-header. Game 2 was moved to Tuesday due to weather.

Frederis Parra was the only pitcher in action Monday, going all seven innings, yielding four runs, three earned, striking out two and walking none.

Offensively, Allen Cordoba started things off from the two-hole going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Matt Fielder also went 2-for-4 with a double and Jonathan Rivera added a triple. DeAndre Asbury-Heath had an excellent game, going 2-for-2 with a single, home run, a hit-by-pitch and two runs scored.

Tuesday’s games: Game 1: vs. Burlington, Daniel Castano (0-3, 6.00 ERA) 11:30 AM ET, Game 2 to follow, Ross Vance (1-0, 1.93 ERA)

The GCL Cardinals game was suspended in the third inning due to rain.

It will be completed on 8/13. The Cards are up 2-0 on a Brady Whalen double.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Mets, TBA, 12:00 PM ET

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Braves 0

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals received a dazzling performance from starter Noel De Jesus on Monday. De Jesus went six shutout innings, striking out three and walking none. Fabian Blanco and Jesus Garcia split the remaining three innings, pitching scoreless baseball as well.

The Dominican team’s offense came to play Monday with nine runs, though three of which were following errors. Wadye Ynfante went 2-for-4 with a walk. Moises Castillo went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, two RBI, and three runs scored, while no. 3 hitter, Carlos Soto, went 1-for-3. Esequeil Delgado reached base twice with a walk and a single.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Braves, TBA 10:30 AM ET

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