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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.

On a light Easter Sunday schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-2. Both Memphis and Springfield were close, but let the games get away in the late innings. Springfield’s Nick Martini had two hits, including a two-run home run.

Results from games played Sunday, April 16th.


Oklahoma City 3 at Memphis 2    

Reliever Zach Phillips’ free pass plus a subsequent miscue by Breyvic Valera proved to be the difference in Memphis’ 3-2 loss to Oklahoma City.  The first-place Redbirds (6-5) have lost four in a row and trail in the series two games to none, with one to play.

Phillips (L, 0-1) began his two-inning stint by issuing a base-on-balls to his first batter.  Valera committed a fielding error one out later which was important after the Dodgers’ number two hitter lined a two-out single to right that broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh.

Daniel Poncedeleon produced mixed numbers in his second Triple-A start.  On the plus side, he struck out five in 4 2/3 while giving up just one run.  In the minus column were his four walks and three hits.

John Brebbia replaced Poncedeleon with two gone in the fifth and the home team clinging to a 2-1 lead.  Brebbia served up a home run to his first batter and it was bye-bye lead.  Mitch Harris faced the minimum in the ninth, his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list.

Five Redbirds had one hit each, but the team also hit into five double plays, tying the all-time Memphis record.  Patrick Wisdom got the scoring started in the second with a lead-off double, eventually scoring on Chad Huffman’s sac fly. It was the third baseman’s third two-base hit in the last two days. It was déjà vu the next frame when Carson Kelly opened with a double and came home on an RBI single by Valera.

Monday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (7-4), 11:05 am CT, Tyler Lyons (MLB rehab) (0-0, 0.00)


Midland 9 at Springfield 4

A late surge against the S-Cards’ bullpen transformed a tight contest into a blow out in Springfield’s 9-4 loss to Midland.  Springfield (5-5) falls a half game off Tulsa’s division lead with the series-opening defeat.

Matt Pearce was charged with his second loss in two starts.  The righty yielded three runs on four hits and four walks over five.  But a five-run eighth inning against relievers Jimmy Reed and Pedro Echemendia put the game out of reach. Echemendia walked in the final Midland run in the ninth.

Player of the Day Nick Martini was the only Springfield player with more than one of the team’s five hits.  His two-run long bomb with Eliezer Alvarez (single) aboard brought the home team within one after three innings.  Martini later added a single in four at bats.  Oscar Mercado was responsible for the S-Cards’ other two tallies, blasting a two-run shot with Luis Cruz (walk) on base in the home eighth.

Monday’s game: vs. Midland (5-5) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (2-0, 0.66)


Palm Beach - off

Fresh off a seven-game road trip in which the Beach Birds swept Charlotte (TB) before dropping three of four to Clearwater (PHI), Palm Beach opens a seven-game home stand versus Tampa and Charlotte.  The PB-Cards’ 6-5 record places them second in the South Division, two games behind Bradenton (PIT).

Monday’s game: vs. Tampa (7-4) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria - off

Peoria (5-4) lost two of three at sixth-place Beloit (OAK) and will host third-place Cedar Rapids for three starting on Monday.  The Chiefs and Burlington (LAA) are tied for second, 1 ½ in back of Kane County (ARI) and a half game in front of Cedar Rapids and Wisconsin (MIL).

Monday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (5-5) (MIN), 6:30 pm CT, John Kilchowski (0-1, 2.25)


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