Dylan Carlson (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

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 5-1 on Monday. Johnson City advanced to the championship series, while the GCL Cards went up 1-0 in their three-game series against the Phillies. The regular seasons of Memphis, Springfield, Peoria, and State College ended Monday with the latter three clubs set to continue in the post-season. Our Player of the Day honor goes to GCL outfielder Dylan Carlson, who went 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI.

Results for games played Monday, September 5th.

Memphis Redbirds 7 at Round Rock Express 6

Memphis finished the 2016 season at 65-77 with a win over the Express of Round Rock, Texas. The Redbirds ended up in last place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Offensively, Memphis was guided by Anthony Garcia, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and Matt Williams, who hit 3-for-5 with a double of his own. Breyvic Valera (.341 BA) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBI, and two stolen bases. Efren Navarro added a pair of singles and a pair of bases-on-balls in his five plate appearances.


Starter Jeremy Hefner pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Corey Littrell got an out against the only batter he faced. Pedro Echemendia gave up a run in the seventh and Sam Tuivailala (5.21 ERA) pitched 1 2/3 innings with a run allowed before Ryan Sherriff picked up the save with the final out of the game.

Springfield Cardinals 10 at Tulsa Drillers 4

Springfield ended the regular season on a high note as they won the final four games of the schedule including a three-game sweep of the Drillers in Tulsa. The win locked the Cardinals in for third place in the Texas League North Division for the second half, although they will still play in the post-season beginning on Wednesday against NW Arkansas.

Springfield put on a hitting show Monday, collecting 17 hits. Standouts include the entire starting lineup starting with Vaughn Bryan, 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, Blake Drake, 1-for-3 with three walks and a stolen base, Harrison Bader, with his 16th home run and three RBI, Jonathan Rodriguez, 2-for-5, Jacob Wilson, 3-for-4, Allen Staton, 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk, Alex Mejia, 2-for-5, and Jesse Jenner, 2-for-5.


Starter Austin Gomber (1.40 ERA) lasted four innings, striking out five and giving up two runs, one earned. Blake McKnight yielded a run in his single inning of relief. Chandler Hawkins tossed three scoreless innings before the Cardinals turned to Rowan Wick for the final inning.

Peoria Chiefs 6 at Kane County Cougars 7

Peoria (33-36) lost its third in a row on Monday to Kane County before heading to Clinton for Game 1 of the Midwest league playoffs on Wednesday. The Chiefs won the first-half Western Division title.

In the loss, the Chiefs offense collected 16 hits. All nine starters came away with a least one with Josh Swirchak, Matt Davis, Leobaldo Pina, Jose Martinez, and Eliezer Alvarez all collecting two. Alvarez put one of his hits over the wall for his sixth home run of the year.

Jorge Rodriguez started in what would be a shortened outing, as he pitched three innings and gave up two runs while striking out three. Juan Perez followed with a scoreless inning of relief. Harley Holt allowed the majority of the damage as he went two innings and gave up four runs, one unearned. Josh Wirsu and Nick Frey finished the game for the Chiefs.

State College Spikes 4 at Williamsport Crosscutters 2

State College finished the season with four wins over their last five as they head into the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday at Staten Island. The Spikes clinched the top seed with the victory. State College ended the year with a 50-26 record, 10.5 games up on second place Williamsport in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

The Spikes offense was led by 2016 draftee Jeremy Martinez (.325 BA), who went 3-for-5 with a double and Danny Hudzina, who went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBI.


Dewin Perez got the start and pitched 2 2/3 innings yielding two runs. He was followed by three relievers, none of whom allowed a run. Greg Tomchick went 2 1/3 innings, Max Almonte pitched two innings, and Spencer Trayner picked up the save with the final two frames.

Johnson City Cardinals 8, Elizabethton Twins 6

Johnson City advanced to the championship series, beating Elizabethton in the final game of the three-game first-round series. The Cardinals head to Burlington on Tuesday.

Johnson City, like their Springfield and Peoria counterparts, drilled the Twins offense, collecting 18 hits. Four players had three hits - J.R. Davis, Allen Cordoba, Joshua Lopez, and Bryce Denton. Hunter Newman and Shane Billings added two hits apiece. Davis, Lopez, Denton, and Newman all made one of their hits of the two-base variety, while Billings hit two doubles. Eight different Cardinals had one RBI each.

After a back-and-forth game, the offense dramatically came back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs to take the lead from the Twins for good.


Ian Oxnevad started and pitched three innings, giving up three runs. Daniel Castano followed with two innings of one-run ball. Levi MaVorhis went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs. Keaton Siomkin picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth. Estarlin Arias picked up the save with a scoreless ninth to shut the door on the Twins season.

Tuesday’s game: at Burlington, TBA 7:00 PM ET

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Phillies 0

The Gulf Coast Cardinals shut out the Phillies in Game 1 of the three-game finals on Monday.

Franyel Casadilla pitched a marvelously, going five innings without allowing a run. Anthony Ciavarella and Jonathon Mulford pitched two scoreless innings apiece to close out the win.


The GCL Birds need just four hits to pick up their three runs they scored. Dylan Carlson was the star as he went 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI. Carlos Rodriguez singled, stole a base and scored. Delvin Perez added a walk, a pair of stolen bases and scored.

Tuesday’s game:  at GCL Phillies, TBA 12:00 PM ET

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