Magneuris Sierra (Peoria Chiefs)

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 7-2 on Monday. Player of the Day honors go to Peoria leadoff hitter Magneuris Sierra, who scored the game-tying run in the final inning, and went 4-for-4 overall with two doubles, three runs scored, and his 31st stolen base in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep.

Results for games played Monday, August 29th.

Memphis Redbirds 11 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 4

Memphis, now 63-73, walloped the Dodgers on Monday. It was just the Redbirds’ second win in their last eight games.

The Redbirds offense put the hurt on the Dodgers collecting 11 runs, six in the ninth inning. David Washington led the charge, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. Carson Kelly matched Washington with a pair of doubles and also collected a base-on-balls. Other top performers include Bruce Caldwell, 2-for-5 with a triple, Matt Williams, 2-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly, and three RBI, Nick Martini, 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, and Efren Navarro, 2-for-4 with a walk.

Starter Deck McGuire lasted 6 1/3 innings, striking out 11 hitters while walking just one. McGuire allowed three runs, two were earned. Ryan Sherriff picked up the win bailing McGuire out in the seventh inning and going 2/3 of an inning without giving up a run. Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless eighth inning striking out three. Pedro Echemendia allowed the final run in the ninth inning, giving up a couple hits, a walk, and striking out one.

Tuesday’s game: at Oklahoma City, Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 5.21 ERA) 7:05 PM CT

Springfield Cardinals 3, Tulsa Drillers 7

Springfield lost on Monday, bringing their second half standings to 29-33, or two games out of first in the Northern Division, but still in last place among the four teams.

In his third game since returning to the Springfield roster, Harrison Bader went 1-for-4 with a walk batting leadoff. He now has a .266 BA on the year across both Memphis and Springfield. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Luke Voit went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Cole Lankford picked up a pinch-hit double.

Johnny Walter, 6.91 ERA, took the loss after pitching 6 2/3 innings, yielding six runs, five earned, and striking out three. Blake McKnight finished the game with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one run.

Tuesday’s game: at Arkansas, TBA 7:10 PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Fort Myers Miracle 3

The Beach Birds knocked off the Miracle after a three-run sixth inning to take the lead for good. Palm Beach is now 22-42 in the second half standings.

Dylan Tice (.289 BA) and Chris Rivera were the hitting stars, both going 2-for-4 with a double. Tice added a stolen base. Andrew Sohn and Casey Grayson went 1-for-3 with a walk each. Thomas Spitz added a pair of singles in four plate appearances.

Derian Gonzalez (1.46 ERA) turned in a quality start, throwing 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs and one unearned. He struck out five while walking two. Cody Schumacher followed with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. 2016 first rounder Dakota Hudson (1.23 ERA) picked up his second save with a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, Sandy Alcantara (0-3, 4.26 ERA) 6:30 PM ET

Peoria Chiefs 7, Burlington Bees 6, 7 innings

Peoria Chiefs 4, Burlington Bees 3, 7 innings

Peoria (31-32) picked up a pair of wins on Monday, coming back in both games and beating the Bees in dramatic fashion in Game 1.

Game 1 starter Dailyn Martinez went five innings, giving up five runs and striking out four. Martinez was relieved by Tyler Bray and Steven De La Cruz, who both pitched a scoreless inning. De La Cruz came away with the eventual win.

In the final inning of the opener, Magneuris Sierra led off with a double. After a groundout pushed Sierra to third, Eliezer Alvarez was walked and promptly stole second before a Brian O’Keefe single scored them both to win the game.

Player of the Day Sierra (.311 BA) went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and stole his 31st base. Shortstop Jose Martinez (.277 BA) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Eliezer Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk and the aforementioned stolen base, which was his 34th. Brian O’Keefe went 2-for-4 and Craig Aiken doubled.

In Game 2, starter Harley Holt went four innings, allowing two runs. Bob Wheatley added 1 2/3 innings, giving up a run. Josh Wirsu picked up the save with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Game 2 hitting stars include Craig Aikin, 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base, Jose Martinez, 2-for-2 with a double and a HBP, and Brian O’Keefe, 1-for-3 with two RBI. Eliezer Alvarez and Carlos Torres doubled.

Tuesday’s game: Off day

State College Spikes 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 2

State College won its third in a row on Monday. They are 9-4 since the All-Star break and extended their commanding lead in the Pinckney Division to 10.5 games ahead of second place Mahoning Valley.

Steven Farinaro (3.72 ERA) pitched six shutout innings, striking out five, walking none and setting a new team record for wins with nine, against just one loss. Conner Jones added a one-run inning of relief. Eric Carter picked up his seventh save with two scoreless frames.

The Spikes offense brought the sticks as they pounded out 12 hits and drew three walks. Jeremy Martinez (.331 BA) led the charge with a 2-for-4 game including a triple. Ryan McCarvel went 2-for-2 with a home run and two base-on-balls. Ricardo Bautista went 2-for-4 as well with a three-run home run. Mick Fennell added to the mix with a 2-for-3 game with a walk.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Aberdeen, Dewin Perez (3-4, 4.53 ERA) 7:05 PM ET

Johnson City Cardinals 3 at Bluefield Blue Jays 2

Johnson City (38-27) held on to its two-game lead in the West Division, beating Kingsport with a nice 1st inning four-run cushion. It was the playoff-bound Cardinals’ fifth straight win.

Starter Frederis Parra hurled a gem, allowing just two unearned runs. Parra went seven innings, striking out six and walking one. Keaton Siomkin pitched a clean eighth before Estarlin Arias picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals managed just five hits. Erik Garcia had a home run, a base-on-balls, and three RBI. Joey Hawkins went 1-for-3 with a walk. 

Tuesday’s game: vs. Pulaski, TBA 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 2, 7 innings

GCL Cardinals 8, GCL Mets 3, 7 innings

The Gulf Coast Cardinals (34-23) clinched the East Division title by splitting a double-header with the Mets on Monday.

In Game 1, Delvin Perez (.294 BA) went 2-for-3 and stole his 12th base. Starlin Balbuena doubled.

Game 1 starter Anthony Ciavarella pitched six innings, allowing a single tally and striking out four. Jonathon Mulford was credited with the loss, giving up a run in 1/3 of an inning.

In Game 2, Will Changarotty started and lasted three innings, giving up one unearned run. Robert Calvano pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing two runs. Robbie Gordon picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Silas Bohannan pitched the final inning without allowing a run either.

Offensively, the GCL Birds put six runs up in the sixth. They were led by Brady Whalen, 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Carlos Talavera went 2-for-3 with a double. Stefan Trosclair doubled and had a sacrifice fly.

Tuesday’s game:  Off day

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