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

Weather disrupted two games on the St. Louis Cardinals system’s Sunday slate, with the teams in action going 3-2. State College led the way with a shutout started by Player of the Day Jordan Hicks.

Results from games played Sunday, August 21st.

 

Memphis 4 at Iowa 1

Mike Mayers fanned eight in five innings as Memphis (61-67) claimed a 4-1 victory over Iowa, evening the road series at one game each with two on tap.

Mayers (W, 4-6) held the Cubs to a single score on six hits and a base-on-balls, tossing 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes.  Dean Kiekhefer’s two-inning stint was sandwiched around scoreless frames by Ryan Sherriff and Miguel Socolovich.  Socolovich earned his fifth save.

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Breyvic Valera led the Redbirds’ 10-hit effort, going 3-for-5 at the top of the order with an RBI.  Efren Navarro, the number two batter, singled twice in five at bats, touching home once and knocking in one.  Valera and Navarro were the only Memphis players with more than one hit. 

Monday’s game:  at Iowa (58-71), 6:38 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-2, 5.68)

 

Springfield 3 at Midland 4 (13)

Springfield (25-30) snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, falling to Midland, 4-3 in 13.  The loss gave the RockHounds (37-19) a three-game home sweep of the S-Cards.

The visitors held a 3-1 lead with the sacks clean and two outs to go.  In the mere blink of an eye, Josh Lucas (BS, 3) had loaded the bases via a single, ground-rule double and walk.  It looked like the Florida native would wriggle out of the jam when he recorded a pop out in foul ground but no.  A two-run single ensued instead, sending the game into extras.

J.C. Sulbaran began the parade of six Springfield hurlers by giving up just an unearned run on five hits and a base-on-balls over 5 2/3.  Kevin Herget retired both batters faced, leaving Sulbaran’s last runner on.

Justin Wright recorded four outs, three by strikeout, but yielded two hits.  Both of those runners were left aboard by Lucas.  Ronnie Shaban tossed two scoreless frames, allowing three hits and a base-on-balls.  Chris Perry (L, 1-2) worked around a one-out double in the 12th but did not retire any of the three faced the next frame.  Perry jammed the sacks full on consecutive free passes plus a fielder’s choice before wild pitching in the winning tally.

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Jesse Jenner paced the S-Cards’ 11-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and a run scored.  Bruce Caldwell and Luke Voit had two hits apiece, in six and five at bats, respectively.  Springfield left 12 on base.  Yuck.

Monday’s game:  Off

 

Palm Beach vs. St. Lucie - suspended 

The last of three contests between Palm Beach (19-37) and St. Lucie (30-25) was suspended with one gone in the top of the fourth and the Mets up 1-0.  It is scheduled to be completed as a twin bill when the Beach Birds travel to St. Lucie this Friday, August 26th.

Monday’s game:  Off

 

Peoria 1 at Clinton 2

Peoria (26-29) came out on the wrong side of a pitching duel, falling to Clinton, 2-1.  The Chiefs lost all three games at Clinton (41-15).

Offense was scarce on both sides with three runs and six hits in all.  Unfortunately for Ronnie Williams, two of the four hits he allowed were long balls, saddling him with his second loss in three decisions with Peoria.  Williams issued a whopping six free passes in as many innings, striking out seven.  Steven De La Cruz retired all six faced, fanning two.

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The visitors manufactured their sole score in the fourth inning after Eliezer Alvarez was hit by a pitch.  Alvarez swiped his 27th bag of 2016 (he later added numbers 28 and 29), putting him in position to race home on a two-out single by Jose Godoy.

Monday’s game:  at Wisconsin (28-28), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (5-5, 2.88)

 

State College 5 at Mahoning Valley 0

A trio of Spikes hurlers held down the Scrappers, resulting in State College’s 5-0 victory.  The Spikes (41-20) hold a two-games-to-none road series lead with one remaining.

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Player of the Day Jordan Hicks (W, 3-1) started, scattering five hits and a walk through five. The 19-year old struck out four and lowered his State College ERA to 2.18. Connor Jones and Eric Carter each tossed two frames of one-hit ball, Carter issuing one free pass and earning his sixth save.

State College matched its host’s seven hits with shortstop Tommy Edman and center fielder Vince Jackson the only Spikes with more than one hit.  Edman doubled and tripled in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI while Jackson went 2-for-5 with a triple, touched home twice and drove in one.  Jackson swiped his 15th bag of 2016 as well.

Monday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (29-31), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (4-4, 3.55)

 

Kingsport at Johnson City - postponed   

The first of two games between the Mets and Cardinals (33-23) was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of double-header on Monday, August 22nd.

Monday’s games:  vs. Kingsport (19-37).  Game one – 7:00 pm ET, Daniel Castano (0-5, 6.88)/TBA

 

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 2

A five-run third lifted the Gulf Cardinals (30-18) over the Nationals (28-20), 5-2, in a showdown of the top two teams in the East Division.

Seven of the victors’ 12 hits were generated that frame as all nine Gulf Birds came to the plate.  The scoring started when Dylan Carlson doubled home Carlos Talavera and Edwin Figuera after both had singled.  Carlson easily scored on Dennis Ortega’s second triple of the season.  Ortega crossed home via a single to right by Stefan Trosclair, who was driven in on a single by Luis Flores.

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Trosclair singled three times in five at bats to lead the squad.  Carlson added a single to his double in five at bats, scored once and knocked in two.  Luis Flores, the final Cardinal with a multi-hit performance, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his first stolen base.  He was also hit by a pitch.

On the mound, Palm Beach’s Jacob Evans’ rehab advanced with three frames of shutout ball.  Evans fanned three before handing off to Juan Alvarez who took his regular turn in the rotation.

Alvarez (W, 4-2) held the opposition to two runs on five hits and two walks over 4 1/3.  Colton Thomson retired all five batters faced for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  Off

 

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (43-23) vs. Nationals (28-38), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (4-4, 5.11)

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