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

Paul DeJong’s home run led Memphis to one of the system’s two wins on Tuesday. Reliever Dionis Zamora navigated a tricky 10th-inning situation, setting up the DSL Cardinals win but Springfield and Palm Beach both fell as each team’s play-off drive enters the home stretch.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 13th.

 

Memphis 7 vs. Colorado Springs 4

The four-game battle between division leaders kicked off with a 7-4 Memphis victory.  The Redbirds (39-25) hold a comfortable six-game advantage over Nashville (OAK).

Patrick Wisdom and Paul DeJong each launched two-run blasts, Wisdom’s coming off former Redbird hurler Michael Blazek.  Co-Player of the Day DeJong’s seventh-inning bomb flipped a 4-3 deficit, giving Memphis their first lead of the night.

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The team collected 12 hits, paced by Luke Voit who went 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Harrison Bader, Wisdom and DeJong had two hits apiece, including Bader’s 13th double. Voit and Wisdom each committed a throwing error.

Mark Montgomery tossed three scoreless frames for his third win in as many decisions.  Ryan Sherriff faced the minimum in the ninth for his fourth save.

Montgomery and Sherriff pitched in relief of Josh Zeid, who went the first five, yielding four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (37-25) (MIL), 11:05 am CT, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 1.50)

 

Springfield 1 at Tulsa 8

The S-Cards’ were dominated on the road by the Drillers, 8-1.  Second-place Springfield’s (31-32) seventh straight loss includes the just-completed four-game sweep by Tulsa (32-31) (LAD), whom they trail by a game.

The game was knotted at zeros until the fifth when Matt Pearce (L, 5-5) was touched for four tallies.  Pearce gave up eight hits in all, one intentional base-on-balls and a sac fly in five.

Blake McKnight went 1 2/3, permitting two hits and two free passes, translating to three runs.  All three runs scored as Pedro Echemendia served up a big fat gopher ball that broke the game wide open in the seventh.  (Springfield manager Johnny Rodriguez was then tossed by the third base umpire.)  Landon Beck tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The visitors’ only score occurred in the eighth after Jesse Jenner opened with a single, one of only five team hits.  Jenner advanced a base each via a walk and ground out then scored on a balk.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. fourth-place Arkansas (30-33) (SEA).  Game one – 5:10 pm CT, Austin Gomber (2-4, 4.64)/TBA

 

Dunedin 8 at Palm Beach 0

The Beach Birds were blanked by the Blue Jays, 8-0, their second straight loss to Dunedin with two to play.  Despite the loss, first-place Palm Beach (37-24) maintained its slim one-game lead over Bradenton (PIT) thanks to a loss by the Marauders that reduced the PB-Cards’ magic number to six.

Derian Gonzalez (L, 3-6) recorded just two outs, giving up a run on a hit and three walks.  Four relievers were pushed into service, beginning with Brennan Leitao, who allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits over 2 2/3.  Andrew Morales was charged with three runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3.

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Ross Vance stabilized matters by tossing three scoreless frames, permitting two hits and a free pass while fanning four.  Estarlin Arias faced the minimum in the ninth.

The home team mustered just eight singles with Tommy Edman and Thomas Spitz each going 2-for-4.  The two were separated however, with Edman batting second and Spitz way down in the seven hole.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Dunedin (32-32), 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (5-2, 3.61)

 

Peoria 3 at Kane County 4

Peoria (27-37) was unable to climb out of an early hole, falling to Kane County, 4-3, in the road series opener.  The Chiefs are tied with Burlington (LAA) for last place, with both squads already eliminated from first-half contention.

Mike O’Reilly suffered what is hopefully for him just a rare off night, losing for just the second time in six decisions.  O’Reilly surrendered a two-run long ball in the first and two more runs in the third, exiting after 2 2/3.  He yielded four hits and four walks.

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Dewin Perez stranded the sacks jammed, limiting O’Reilly’s damage.  Perez issued just one free pass over 3 1/3 and Max Almonte tossed two clean frames.

The Chiefs chipped away at the Cougars’ lead, scoring once in the third before adding two more in the eighth.  The visitors got the potential tying run just 90 feet away via a two-out walk that loaded the bases but were unable to convert.

Dylan Carlson swung the most productive bat, singling and doubling in four at bats and touching home twice.  Four Peoria players had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game:  at second-place Kane County (35-27) (ARI), 6:30 pm CT, Jordan Hicks (7-1, 3.34)

 

DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Phillies Red 5 (10)

The Dominican Birds capitalized on a new rule to edge the DSL Phillies Red, 6-5 in 10.  The DSL Cardinals (4-5) are part of a three-way tie for fifth, 2 1/2 behind the DSL Twins.

With the game going into extras, both teams began their half of the 10th with a runner at second, a new rule being tested this season.  While the visitors were unable to capitalize against Dionis Zamora, the home squad came through.  Number three hitter William Jimenez sacrificed Franklin Soto to third and left fielder Diomedes Del Rio singled him in for the walk-off win.  (For those that are curious, that is scored an unearned run.)

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Zamora (W, 1-1), the fifth Dominican Cards’ pitcher, maneuvered around an identical situation in the top of the frame, the runner having been sacrificed to third.  The 20-year-old righty notched a swinging K against the Phillies Red’s right-handed lead-off hitter, issued an intentional free pass to their switch-hitting left fielder and got another righty bat to fly out, ending the inning.  That earns the professional novice a co-Player of the Day nod.

Allinson Benitez went the first 2 2/3, yielding two scores on five hits and a walk.  He fanned five.  Right-hander Rodard Avelino permitted two runs on four hits and two bases-on-balls, recording three outs but keeping two of three inherited runners from scoring.

Hector Mendoza left all three of Avelino’s baserunners aboard but was touched for a run on a hit and walk over two.  Hector Soto left Mendoza’s last runner on, tossing 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

Jimenez and shortstop Raffy Ozuna each garnered two of the team’s nine hits.  Jimenez singled twice in four at bats, driving in two and Ozuna singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring twice.  Five Dominican Birds had one hit apiece.

Wednesday’s game:   at DSL Phillies Red (4-5), 10:30 am ET.

 

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