Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors went 5-2 on Sunday with the GCL Cards winning their playoff game behind pitcher Alvaro Seijas, but Johnson City lost a close one.

Results from games played Sunday, September 4th.


Memphis 8 at Round Rock 0 (mid-6th)

Memphis (64-77) scored in four consecutive frames, flying past Round Rock, 8-0, in a game called midway through the sixth due to wet grounds.  The Redbirds will try to gain a split of the four-game set in the season finale on Monday.

Eight of nine starters joined in the 13-hit attack, led by Nick Martini and David Washington who both went 3-for-4.  Martini touched home twice and Washington once with two RBI and a stolen base.  Patrick Wisdom singled twice in two at bats with a walk and run scored.

Deck McGuire (W, 7-11) tossed all five innings, yielding just two hits and striking out four.     

Monday’s game:  at Round Rock (71-71), 12:15 pm CT, Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 5.18)


Springfield 3 at Tulsa 2

The playoff bound S-Cards (33-36) clinched the final series of the regular season with a 3-2 victory at Tulsa.

Corey Baker (W, 4-8) battled Drillers’ starter Isaac Anderson to a draw through five, giving up just three hits and three walks, one intentional.  Paul DeJong launched his 22nd home run to open the sixth, giving Baker the win.

DeJong’s long ball was one of his three hits in four at bats.  He was the only Springfield player with more than one hit.  Harrison Bader accounted for the other two tallies, blasting one over the left field wall with Blake Drake (walk) aboard.  Four other players had one hit each.

Reliever Trey Nielsen tossed a one-two-three sixth but ran into trouble the next inning.  The righty was touched for a two-run home run that was one of four hits allowed.  Robby Rowland and Kevin Herget each tossed a clean frame, the latter picking up his 10th save.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (31-38), 6:05 pm CT, Austin Gomber (1-0, 1.17)


Palm Beach 3 vs. Charlotte 1

Palm Beach (26-43) (58-79) finished a disappointing 2016 season on an up note, downing the Stone Crabs (31-35), 3-1, for a three-game home sweep.

Andrew Brodbeck and Steve Bean each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Brodbeck doubling once with an RBI.  Four Beach Birds had one hit apiece.

Jacob Evans (W, 4-7) blanked Charlotte on three hits and a base-on-balls over five.  He also hit two batters.  Will Anderson was shaky in 1 1/3 innings, yielding a run on two hits and two free passes.  Daniel Bard recorded the final two outs in the seventh, limiting Anderson’s damage by leaving two aboard.

Michael Heesch fanned two in the eighth, allowing a hit.  Landon Beck used a double play to erase a one-out single for his seventh save.


Peoria 5 at Kane County 6 (13)

Peoria (33-35) took an early lead only to fall to Kane County, 6-5, in 13.  The Chiefs trail in the series, two-games-to-none, with one remaining.

The visitors led 4-2 after four only to find themselves in a 5-5 tie through five.  The score remained unchanged until the 13th when infielder-turned emergency pitcher Matt Davis (L, 0-1) permitted a run on two hits and two walks with two retired.

Dailyn Martinez did not impress through five, giving up five runs, three earned, on 11 hits.  Davis Ward and Steven De La Cruz posted identical lines of two one-two-three innings with two strikeouts.  Tyler Bray fanned five through three, allowing a hit.

Peoria banged out 13 hits with Eliezer Alvarez and Chris Chinea both going 3-for-6.  Alvarez scored once with a stolen base while Chinea doubled once and knocked in two.  Leobaldo Pina singled twice in six at bats with a run scored and Carlos Torres had a solo shot in four at bats, his first home run of the season.  Defensively, it was a lousy game for the Chiefs, who committed five miscues, with the two unearned runs the difference.

Monday’s game:  at Kane County (31-38), 1:00 pm CT, Jorge Rodriguez (4-1, 2.00)


State College 3 vs. Williamsport 2

At least two records were set in the Spikes’ 3-2 victory over the Crosscutters on Sunday.

First, the win was State College’s 49th of the season, setting a new franchise record for wins.  Second, the announced attendance of 6,111 broke the Spikes’ single game attendance mark of 6,105 set last August.  More importantly the win, combined with a loss by Hudson Valley, gives State College a one-game lead for the top seed in the playoffs.

The difference in the game occurred in the home half of the eighth when Jeremy Martinez’ two-out single drove in Tommy Edman.  Edman worked a free pass to kick off the frame, moving into scoring position with his 19th stolen base of 2016.

Martinez and Anthony Ray each had two of the team’s seven hits, the former in four at bats and Ray in three.  Martinez drove in two.

Monday’s game:  at Williamsport (39-35), 1:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (3-5, 4.93)


Elizabethton 8 at Johnson City 7

Johnson City ended up on the wrong end of a hitting barrage, dropping an 8-7 decision to Elizabethton.  The loss evens the best-of-three league semifinals at one game apiece.

The visitors scored in five straight frames against three JC-Cards’ pitchers, beginning with Frederis Parra. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3, permitting five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk.

Parra’s last two runners crossed with Yeison Medina on the mound.  Medina (L, 0-1) was charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits – including a solo shot – over 1 2/3.  Leland Tilley yielded a tally on a hit and two base-on-balls in 1 2/3 and let one of two inherited runners touch home.  Noel Gonzalez was the only Appy Birds hurler to not be scored upon.  He permitted a hit and walk over two.

The JC-Cards generated 13 hits, with Shane Billings leading the way.  Billings went 3-for-4 with one of the team’s three home runs.  Billings’ bomb came with the bases clean and represented one of his three runs scored.  He also swiped a bag.

Four players had two hits each:  J.R. Davis, Allen Cordoba, Matt Fiedler and Bryce Denton.  Davis and Cordoba went 2-for-5 with a run scored, Davis knocking in one.  Fiedler and Denton each went 2-for-4, Fiedler adding a three-run home run to a single and Denton doubling once.  DeAndre Asbury-Heath powered one out with none on, his only hit in four at bats. 

Despite all of the hitting, the game ended up hinging on two errors resulting in two unearned tallies.  Allen Cordoba’s throwing error led to the game’s initial tally in the third and a fielding error by Andrew Knizner resulted in a sixth-inning score.

Monday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton (1-1), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Red Sox 2

The Gulf Cardinals emerged victorious in the one-and-done semifinals versus the GCL Red Sox, winning 6-2.

Alvaro Seijas (W, 1-0) shut down the opposition on three hits and two walks over five, earning the Player of the Day nod.  Robbie Gordon was charged with a run on three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 but Colton Thomson kept the Red Sox in check.  Thomson retired all five faced, three via the K, and allowed only one of three inherited runners to score.  Will Changarotty gave up a run on a triple and ground out in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the bats produced a balanced attack with eight Cardinals having one hit each and seven of eight taking part in the scoring.  First baseman Stefan Trosclair accounted for three runs, going 1-for-2 with a walk, solo long ball, two runs scored and two driven in.  He stole a bag too.  Third baseman Starlin Balbuena doubled once in four at bats, touching home once with an RBI.

The team begins a best-of-three league championship series versus the GCL Phillies, hosting Game 1 on Monday.

Monday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (33-21) vs. GCL Phillies (43-15), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


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