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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.

Noteworthy pitching performances abounded in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday although results were mixed. Austin Gomber was outstanding in Springfield’s win as was Luke Weaver for Memphis but Palm Beach and Peoria both went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, May 7th.

 

Memphis 10 at Iowa 1    

Memphis (20-11) pounded Iowa, 10-1, upping their current winning streak to 10, a new franchise record.  The Redbirds have two of their four-game set remaining at the Cubs.

Two games into his latest Memphis stint, Nick Martini led the offensive charge.  The center fielder went 4-for-6 with two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI.  Defensively, Martini was credited with an outfield assist at second.

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Carson Kelly had a perfect day at the plate although he did not have much to show for it, going 3-for-3 with a walk and one batted in.  Four Redbirds each had two of the team’s 16 hits:  Todd Cunningham, Luke Voit, Rangel Ravelo and Paul DeJong.  Voit and Ravelo both went yard, Voit with one aboard and Ravelo two.

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Meanwhile on the mound, Luke Weaver (W, 2-0) was impressive in his third start, second since coming off the disabled list.  The righty limited his opponents to just four hits without issuing a free pass over seven frames.  Weaver fanned four, throwing 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes.  Ryan Sherriff tossed the final two innings, yielding a run on three hits.

Monday’s game:  at Iowa (13-15), 6:38 pm CT, Josh Zeid (1-1, 5.81)

 

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 1

Stellar pitching combined with a balanced offense translated into a 4-1 victory at Tulsa.  Springfield (15-13) has split the first two of their four-game series.

Austin Gomber (W, 2-2) and Trey Nielsen (S, 1) combined on a two-hitter, with both allowed by Gomber during his seven innings on the bump.  A home run accounted for Tulsa’s sole score.  Gomber, our Player of the Day, retired 13 of his last 14 batters, issuing two free passes. Nielsen struck out three in two perfect frames.

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Eight S-Cards shared their squad’s eight hits with seven either scoring or driving in a run.  Oscar Mercado, whose hitless Saturday snapped a 20-game hitting streak, started another.  He joined Bruce Caldwell in singling once in four at bats with a base-on-balls.  Mercado swiped his eighth bag of 2017.  Gabriel Lino’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (13-16) (LAD), 11:05 am CT, Dakota Hudson (1-2, 4.13)

 

Lakeland 2 at Palm Beach 1 (14)

Marco Gonzales’ 2017 debut was a strong one - but not enough - as the Beach Birds fell to the Flying Tigers (16-15), 2-1 in 14.  Palm Beach (15-15) won the home series opener but dropped last two games.

Gonzales kicked off his journey back to the majors with six innings of two-hit ball.  The southpaw struck out seven, the only blemish coming on a second-inning solo blast.  52 of his 73 pitches were strikes.

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Dailyn Martinez and Brennan Leitao each tossed a scoreless frame, sandwiched around Ross Vance’s two-inning stint.  Ian McKinney (L, 1-2) was scored upon in his fourth inning of work, the runner crossing home with Landon Beck on the mound.

Blake Drake and Casey Turgeon both went 2-for-6. Drake doubled and knocked in his squad’s only tally.  It was the center fielder’s fourth consecutive multi-hit performance since rejoining Palm Beach 10 days ago.

Monday’s game:  at Fort Myers (15-16) (MIN), 6:35 pm ET, Jake Woodford (1-1, 2.65)

 

Peoria 1 at Great Lakes 2

The Chiefs came out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, falling 2-1 at Great Lakes (13-17) (LAD).  Peoria (11-16) dropped the series, two games to one.

John Kilichowski (L, 0-4) fanned five over three innings but surrendered a long ball to his first batter in the seventh, right after Peoria had tied it up.  That was the only hit allowed by Kilichowski to go with two walks.

Bryan Dobzanski went the initial five, giving up a run on three hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

The Chiefs outhit the Loons, six to four, but left nine on the base paths.  Stefan Trosclair and Dylan Carlson each had two hits but the visitor’s only run was produced by Matt Davis’ bomb, his second of the season.

Monday’s game:  vs. West Michigan (19-11) (DET), 6:30 pm CT, Jordan Hicks (4-0, 2.81)

  

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