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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.

Palm Beach did not reward starter Junior Fernandez’ excellent outing, leading to one of three losses against four wins in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, August 28th.


Nashville 14 at Memphis 4 

The 2016 Memphis home schedule concluded on a long Sunday afternoon as the Redbirds were flattened by the Sounds, 14-4.  Memphis (62-73) won only one of the five games with Nashville (80-56).

Matt Pearce (L, 0-1) had mixed results in his Triple-A debut.  Yes, the right-hander allowed six runs in five frames but only three were earned and the latter was the result of a three-run long ball in his first inning.  Pierce yielded five hits, two walks and a sac fly but could not work around the first of Patrick Wisdom’s two errors allowing the lead-off batter to reach in the fourth.

Thomas Lee gave up two hits, a base-on-balls and hit a batter, resulting in three runs in 1 2/3.  All three scored under Corey Littrell’s watch, as the southpaw was banged around for five runs, four earned, on five hits and two free passes in 2/3 of a frame.  Ronnie Shaban let two of three inherited runners score, permitting three hits in 1 2/3.

Dean Anna garnered a third of his team’s hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and stolen base.  Michael Ohlman added his sixth bomb, a solo shot, plus a sac fly while rehabber Matt Adams singled once in four at bats, striking out twice.

Monday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (74-59), 7:05 pm CT, Deck McGuire (6-11, 5.43)


Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 5

Springfield (29-32) scored five times in the first two innings then held on to claim a 7-5 victory over Tulsa.  Each team has taken one of the first two games with one remaining.


The home team accumulated 12 hits, including five doubles and a home run.  Catcher Jesse Jenner led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Three players had two hits each: Bruce Caldwell, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit. Caldwell and DeJong both went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Caldwell blasted a solo bomb and Voit went 2-for-3 with a sac fly, touching home once and driving in two.

Ian McKinney was a tad shaky in his Double-A debut, yielding five hits and five bases-on-balls in 3 1/3 innings, but somehow only allowing three runs, including a long ball with the bases clear.

Kevin Herget blanked the Drillers on a hit and walk in 2 2/3 and was credited with his fifth win in as many decisions.  Herget also worked around a bases-loaded with one out inherited jam in the fourth.

Justin Wright was charged with two runs on three hits in the seventh.  Trey Nielsen held the opposition to a hit over the final two innings for his first save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (29-33), 6:30 pm CT, Johnny Walter (0-5, 6.94)


Palm Beach 0 at St. Lucie 3 - Game 1    

Palm Beach 8 at St. Lucie 3 - Game 2

Palm Beach (21-42) split two with St. Lucie (34-28), falling 3-0 in the opener but claiming the second contest, 8-3.  The Beach Birds dropped the five-game set, two games to three.

Game 1 boiled down to a three-run home run served up by Will Anderson (L, 0-1), giving the Mets the walk-off win.  The bomb was one of only three hits by the Mets to go with four walks, one intentional.  Anderson issued two free passes, including the IBB, in 1 2/3.

Starter and Player of the Day Junior Fernandez pitched a gem, holding the opposition to two hits and two walks through seven. 


Unfortunately, the PB-Cards’ woeful offense did not back his effort, kept off the board despite Juan Herrera, Cole Lankford and Casey Grayson each going 2-for-4.  Those three represent the two, three and four bats in the lineup.

The offense picked up the pace in Game 2, accumulating 13 hits.  Eight of nine starters had at least one hit, paced by Orlando Olivera who went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and two driven in.  Oscar Mercado and Lankford both singled twice while touching home once, the latter knocking in two.  Eight different players scored once.


On the mound, starter Jacob Evans lasted just three innings, permitting two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk.  Michael Heesch (W, 2-2) tossed the next three, yielding a solo shot that was one of his two hits allowed.  Kyle Grana gave up two hits in two before Landon Beck faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers (33-30), 6:30 pm ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-2, 1.00)


Burlington at Peoria - postponed

Game three of four between Peoria (29-32) and Burlington was rained out.  It has been re-scheduled as part of a twin bill on Monday, August 29th.  Each team has one win in the series.

Monday’s games:  vs. Burlington (33-29).  Game 1 – 4:00 pm CT, Jake Woodford (5-5, 3.29)/Dailyn Martinez (5-5, 5.53)


State College 7 at Auburn 0 

The Spikes (45-23) drilled the Doubledays (26-40), 7-0, in the rubber game of the series.

Shortstop Andy Young accounted for three runs, going 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and one knocked in.  Mick Fennell and Danny Hudzina both had two hits, Fennell singling and doubling in five at bats while touching home twice and Hudzina going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.


Carson Cross was strong over six frames, blanking Auburn on four hits and two free passes.  Max Almonte matched Cross’ four K’s but did it in three innings, giving up just two hits and earning his first save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Aberdeen (27-40), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (8-1, 4.04)


Johnson City 5 at Bluefield 9

The Appy Birds’ sloppy defense left them with a 9-5 loss and a two-games-to-none series deficit with one game on tap.  The defeat, combined with a win by second-place Elizabethton, leaves Johnson City (37-27) with a slim one-game advantage in the West Division, though a playoff berth is already in hand.

Four miscues resulted in seven unearned runs, all charged to David Oca (L, 2-3) who allowed eight runs on five hits and six base-on-balls over 3 2/3.  Yeison Medina limited his opponents to a hit and plunked batter in 2 1/3, leaving two inherited aboard.  Noel Gonzalez was touched for a run on three hits and a walk in the seventh and Leland Tilley permitted a walk in his inning of work.

Four JC-Cards had two hits apiece: J.R. Davis, Shane Billings, Matt Fiedler and Caleb Lopes.  Davis, Billings and Fiedler all singled twice in five at bats with the first two scoring once and twice, respectively.  Lopes, who had one of only two extra base hits for his team, singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and two RBI. 

Monday’s game:  at Bluefield (36-27), 7:05 pm ET, Frederis Parra (2-5, 2.84)


GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Marlins 2

The Gulf Birds’ four-run eighth broke open a tight contest, leading to a 6-2 victory over the GCL Marlins (22-30).  The GCL Cardinals (32-20) reduced their magic number for clinching a post-season berth to three with four games to play.


Stefan Trosclair’s fifth home run of 2016 capped the frame and came with one runner on.  It was hit only hit in four at bats and occurred after Edwin Figuera doubled to open the inning and scored via Dylan Carlson’s third triple of the season.  Dennis Ortega singled in Carlson, leading to a pitching change for the Gulf Fish.  Trosclair greeted the new pitcher with the bomb.

Figuera and Ortega each went 2-for-4 while Luis Flores singled twice in three at bats.  The Gulf Birds had 11 hits in all.

Both of the GCL Marlins’ tallies were unearned with starter Juan Alvarez and reliever Colton Thomson each picking up one.  Alvarez went 6 2/3, scattering six hits and a walk.  Thomson (BS, 2) (W,1-0) left Alvarez’ final two runners on in the seventh but could not work around an error the next inning.  Thomson issued four free passes that frame, one intentional.  He fanned four over the last 2 1/3.

Monday’s games:  vs. GCL Mets (24-27).  Game one – 10:00 am ET, Anthony Ciavarella (2-3, 2.20)/TBA


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