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

Matt Pearce’s strong mound effort plus some long ball offense led Springfield to victory as St. Louis’ minors went 4-5 on Tuesday.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 23rd.

Memphis 2 at Iowa 3

The Redbirds (61-69) were clipped by the Cubs, 3-2, in the series finale.  Memphis lost the road series one game to three.

The low-scoring affair hinged on an unearned tally in the eighth, handing Corey Littrell his fourth loss in five decisions. But it was Littrell’s own throwing error that led to the score.  He issued one free pass in 1 1/3.

Arturo Reyes did not finish the fourth, allowing a solo shot comprising one of his four hits yielded in 3 2/3.  Reyes walked three and fanned five.  Pedro Echemendia was touched for a run on a hit and base-on-balls over 2 1/3.  Miguel Socolovich recorded the final two outs in the eighth, stranding one inherited runner.

The Redbirds mustered just five hits in all, Breyvic Valera garnering two of them.  The third baseman singled twice in two at bats with two walks and a run scored.  He also stole a base.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (76-55), 6:35 pm CT, Deck McGuire (6-10, 5.63)


Springfield 9 vs. Northwest Arkansas 5

Springfield (26-30) fired the opening salvo in a big four-game set with the first-place Naturals, winning 9-5.  Only 2 ½ games separate the division leaders and the fourth-place S-Cards.

Player of the Day Matt Pearce (W, 1-2) tossed eight noteworthy frames, holding the opposition to two runs on four hits, including a solo bomb.  He struck out 11 with four ground- and six fly-ball outs.

Robby Rowland ran into trouble in the ninth, permitting five hits that translated to three runs.  Kevin Herget struck out his only batter faced, leaving two aboard and earning his eighth save.

Right fielder Allen Staton finished a home run shy of the cycle, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a free pass and run scored.  Turns out Staton was one of the few Springfield starters not generating a bomb.  Jacob Wilson and Luke Voit both went 2-for-4, three of those four hits long balls.  Wilson’s two bombs generated four RBI while Voit went yard with the bases empty.  Four players had one hit each, including Bruce Caldwell and Paul DeJong, who both launched solo shots. 

Wednesday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (29-28), 6:30 pm CT, Johnny Walter (0-4, 5.71)


Palm Beach 1 at Fort Myers 2

The Beach Birds (19-38) came close but no cigar as they were edged by Fort Myers in the road series opener, 2-1.

Palm Beach pushed across one in the ninth, placing the potential tying run in scoring position but that is a close as they got.  Juan Herrera and Cole Lankford both went 2-for-4, with Lankford driving in the team’s only score.

Ian McKinney (L, 7-10) struck out six through 5 2/3, giving up a run on six hits and two bases-on-balls.  Cody Schumacher shut down the Miracle on two hits in 1 1/3 but Dakota Hudson was charged with an unearned run in the eighth, after issuing two free passes and not working around Casey Grayson’s error.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Myers (30-28), 7:05 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (0-2, 5.30)


Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 4

Peoria (27-30) rallied for a 5-4 win over Wisconsin, evening the four-game series at one game apiece.

The Chiefs took an early 1-0 lead after one but that advantage evaporated when the Timber Rattlers put together a four-run second.  The visitors chipped away at the deficit, putting up straight numbers in the fourth and eighth plus a two-run sixth.

Peoria banged out 10 hits, led by Brian O’Keefe, who went 3-for-4 with a solo home run.  The catcher scored twice and knocked in two.  Leobaldo Pina and R.J. Dennard each singled twice in four at bats, Pina driving in one and Dennard two.

Dailyn Martinez (W, 5-5) survived Wisconsin’s big inning, allowing six hits and a walk through seven.  He struck out nine and hit a batter.  Josh Wirsu tossed two one-two-three frames for his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (29-29), 7:05 pm CT, Jorge Rodriguez (2-1, 2.26)


State College 6 vs. Batavia 1

State College (42-21) downed Batavia in the first of their three-game series, 6-1.

All nine starters had one hit each, Vince Jackson’s home run the only one to go for extra bases.  Catcher Jeremy Martinez went 1-for-2 with two walks, touching home twice.

Steven Farinaro (W, 8-1) shut down the Muckdogs through six, allowing just three hits and a walk.  Batavia’s only score came off Jonathan Escudero, who served up a home run ball during his two innings on the mound.  Max Almonte allowed a hit in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Batavia (16-45), 7:05 pm CT, Dewin Perez (3-3, 4.00)


Johnson City 10 vs. Kingsport 9 (7) – Game 1

Kingsport 15 at Johnson City 2 (7) – Game 2

Johnson City (35-24) split a pair with Kingsport (20-39), claiming the opener, 10-9, but losing the finale, 15-2.  The Appy Birds took the series, two games to one, and hold a two-game lead over Elizabethton (MIN) with nine games remaining.  There are no games remaining between the two teams.

Game 1 was a wild affair that at one point saw the home team trailing 9-3.  But seven runs over the final three frames flipped the final result.

Allen Cordoba accumulated four of his team’s 10 hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, three runs scored, one RBI and his 21st stolen base.  Hunter Newman and Matt Fiedler each went 2-for-3, Newman adding a walk to go with two doubles, two runs scored and one driven in.  Fiedler crossed home once and knocked in two, one on a sac fly.

David Oca recorded just seven outs, permitting six runs, four earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  Yeison Medina was touched for three unearned runs on four hits in 2 2/3.  Keaton Siomkin (W, 2-1) recorded six straight outs, including three strikeouts.

JC-Cards’ hurlers allowed big innings in the final four frames of Game 2.  Frederis Parra managed three scoreless innings before being bitten for a five-run fourth, one earned.  Parra allowed six hits, including a two-run home run, and walked one in 3 2/3.

Levi MaVorhis (1 2/3), Leland Tilley (one out) and Julio Mateo (1 1/3) did not fare any better.  The trio was banged around for a combined 10 runs on eight hits and five walks.  Tilley also hit a batter.

Cordoba continued to hit in the second contest, singling twice in three at bats and scoring his team’s only two runs.  He was also caught stealing for only the third time this season but committed his 16th miscue.  First baseman Newman went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Bristol (23-36), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Marlins 4

Jacob Schlesener did not retire a batter as the GCL Cardinals (30-19) were blanked by the Marlins (21-28), 4-0.  The Gulf Birds’ lead over the Nationals in East Division is just one game with seven yet to play.  The top two teams will play twice more.

Schlesener (L, 1-3) walked his first three batters, two of whom scored under Mike O’Reilly’s watch.  O’Reilly struck out seven over six, giving up a run of his own on five hits.  Will Anderson yielded a run on two hits in his inning of work before Champ Rowland faced the minimum in eighth.

Starlin Balbuena acquired two of his team’s six singles and was caught stealing.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (22-27), 12:00 pm ET, Anthony Ciavarella (2-3, 2.20) or Zac Gallen (0-0, 1.86)


DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Nationals 3

An unearned late run doomed the Dominican Birds (44-24) to a 3-2 loss to the Nationals (29-39).  The loss eliminates the second-place Cardinals from postseason contention as they are five games in back of the DSL Rockies with the season down to four games.

Reliever Enrique Perez was charged with his second loss against two wins, permitting a double and walk in 1 1/3 and hitting a batter.  The run broke a 2-2 tie through seven.  Fabian Blanco got his only batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, leaving three aboard.

Angel Rondon went the first three innings, striking out six and allowing two runs on three hits and three walks.  Brian Pirela went three scoreless, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls.

The visitors used eight walks to go with only three hits to score their two runs.  William Jimenez, Moises Castillo and Julio Rodriguez each worked two free passes, Jimenez scoring one and driving in another.  

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Braves (28-40), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (4-4, 5.11)

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