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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 Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1, primarily powered by offense. However, our Player of the Day, Connor Jones, threw five innings of one-hit ball to help enable Palm Beach to win comfortably.

Results from games played Sunday, April 30th.


Memphis 11 vs. Round Rock 7

Memphis (12-11) rallied for an 11-7 victory over Round Rock, breaking a first-place tie with the Express.  It was the Redbirds’ third win against one loss in the five-game series.

Trailing 4-1 through four, the home team pushed across five in the fifth to go up 6-4.  Memphis expanded its lead in the four-run seventh, a frame featuring back-to-back-to-back home runs.  Patrick Wisdom started with a two-run bomb scoring first baseman Rangel Ravelo (walk) followed by Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong also going deep.  It was DeJong’s second solo shot of the game.

Both Wisdom and Ravelo generated three-hit performances, the latter in his organizational debut.  Bader, DeJong, Chad Huffman and Breyvic Valera each had two hits.  Bader was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Chris Ellis went 5 2/3, long enough to acquire his first win in four decisions as a Redbird and Cardinal.  Ellis yielded four runs on nine hits, including a solo long ball, and two walks while striking out six.

John Brebbia recorded three outs and Ryan Sherriff retired his only batter faced, both hurlers stranding an inherited runner.  Josh Lucas tossed a clean eighth but Kevin Herget was touched for three runs on three hits, one of them a two-run bomb.

Monday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (11-12) (TEX), 11:05 am CT, Mike Mayers (1-3, 8.13) 


Springfield 11 vs. Arkansas 10

Springfield (12-9) needed every bit of their big early lead to overcome Arkansas, 11-10.  The S-Cards hold a two-games-to-none home series advantage with one to play and remain a game in front of second-place Northwest Arkansas (KC) in the North Division.

Seven fourth-inning runs plus two more in the fifth built a seemingly comfortable 9-2 lead through five.  But starter Jack Flaherty left the game at that point and the bullpen imploded, with a bit of help from the defense.  The Travelers cut Springfield’s lead to one by the time their half of the sixth inning was over.

Springfield responded with another tally in the home half of the frame but Arkansas tied it up at 10 all midway through seven.  The S-Cards scored one more in the bottom of the seventh for the final lead.

Five Springfield players had two hits apiece:  Bruce Caldwell, Adolis Garcia, Nick Martini, Gabriel Lino and Alex Mejia.  Six of the team’s 14 hits went for extra bases: Caldwell and Jacob Wilson both launched a home run with the bases clear, Caldwell also tripled for the first time in 2017 while Mejia doubled twice and Garcia once.

Flaherty gave up seven hits and a walk through five but held his opponents to a single tally.  Chandler Hawkins was charged with six runs, three earned, on three hits, a base-on-balls and two hit batsman in 2/3 of an inning.

Trey Nielsen (BS, 1) inherited mess of three runs already across with the sacks jammed.  A missed catch error on second baseman Eliezer Alvarez led to four more tallies, all unearned.  Nielsen served up a two-run home run that was one of his three hits permitted against three outs recorded.  Tyler Bray (W, 1-0) maneuvered around two hits and two free passes over the final 2 1/3 for his first Double-A win.

Monday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (9-13) (SEA), 11:10 am CT, Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 5.91)

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 1

Player of the Day Connor Jones tossed five strong frames as the Beach Birds downed the Hammerheads, 7-1, in the rubber game of the three-game “away” series, held at Roger Dean Stadium.  Palm Beach (13-10) has a slim half-game lead over second-place Bradenton (PIT) in the South Division.

Jones (W, 2-0) retired his first six batters before a fielding error, sac bunt, wild pitch and sac fly led to a third-inning tally, unearned.  The Connecticut native allowed his only hit at that point before retiring four straight.  Jones issued a free pass but the runner was erased via a 5-4-3 double play that ended his stint.  Juan Perez and Brennan Leitao each hurled two scoreless innings, with Leitao matching Jones’ three Ks.

Casey Turgeon led his team’s 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with three knocked in.  Chris Chinea doubled twice in four at bats with a walk a run scored.  Thomas Spitz and Leobaldo Pina also had two hits with each taking part in three scores.  Pina swiped a bag but committed his third miscue of 2017.

Monday’s game:  vs. Florida (10-14) (ATL), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Woodford (1-1, 3.18)


Cedar Rapids 1 at Peoria 0 (5) - Game 1

Peoria vs. Cedar Rapids – Game 2 (postponed) 

On-going rain resulted in only one of two scheduled games actually taking place and that was an abbreviated 1-0 loss by Peoria to Cedar Rapids (13-10).  Peoria dropped the home series, two games to one. 

John Kilichowski (L, 0-3) went the distance, permitting a run on three hits and two walks.  He also hit a batter.

The Chiefs offense consisted of just one hit, a single by Stefan Trosclair.

The postponed contest will take place when the Chiefs (9-13) visit the Kernels May 15th through 17th.  Peoria (9-13) is in a three-way tie for sixth with Clinton (SEA) and Burlington (LAA), six behind Kane County (ARI).

Monday’s game:  Off


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