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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 1, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals system had only one win in five games on Saturday and that was against each other. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is DH Leonardo Bernal, whose three-run home run powered the DSL Cardinals Blue over the Cardinals Red.

Results from games played on Saturday, July 31.

Memphis 1, Gwinnett 2

The Redbirds were edged by the Stripers in a 2-1 loss at AutoZone Park on Saturday night.  Starter Johan Oviedo suffered his first loss of the season after pitching five innings and giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Tyler Webb, Grant Black, Connor Jones, and Seth Elledge each contributed a scoreless inning of relief.

In the third inning, Memphis scored its only run – the first of the contest.  The solo home run by Scott Hurst gave the Redbirds a lead that did not last long, as Gwinnett plated a pair in the fourth to take the 2-1 advantage.  Neither team scored in the final five innings.

Scott Hurst

Memphis’ offense managed only three hits and no walks. In addition to the home run by Hurst, Nolan Gorman doubled and Conner Capel singled.

Memphis is 38-39 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 13.5 games back of first place Durham

Sunday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Jack Flaherty RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Kyle Wright RHP (3-4, 3.69) 2:05 CT.

Springfield vs. Arkansas (suspended)

Saturday’s Double-A contest at Hammons Field was suspended with the score 1-1 after a lengthy delay in the top of the fourth inning due to lightning in the area and the threat of rain.  It will be resumed on Sunday at 4:05 pm, with the regularly scheduled game, shortened to seven innings, to follow.

The Cardinals’ run was due to Springfield’s only hit to that point, Luken Baker’s long ball.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Arkansas 4:05 pm (Game 1); Tyler Pike LHP (3-3, 5.05) vs. Tyler Herb RHP (2-3, 3.13) (Game 2)

Peoria 2, Beloit 11

The Chiefs were walloped by the Beloit Snappers in an 11-2 laugher at Dozer Park on Saturday night.  The Peoria offense managed only two runs on eight hits, while the Beloit offense teed off on Chiefs pitching.

The Snappers scored three times in the second inning to take the lead, and the Chiefs responded with one run in the home half of the second on a solo home run by Todd Lott. It was the first baseman’s second blast in four games since his promotion to High-A.

Todd Lott

In the third inning, Beloit put up another crooked number, four, to increase their lead to 7-1.  The Snappers piled on with an eighth run in the fourth.  Peoria scored its second and final run in the bottom of the fourth.  Pedro Pages led off with a single and Leandro Cedeno doubled.  Pages was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice by Chandler Redmond.  Aaron Antonini singled and Cedeno scored.

Beloit stacked on single runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth to blow the score up to 11-2.

Pages and Cedeno were both 2-for-4.  Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-3. Lott and Antonini each had an RBI.

Chiefs starter Michael YaSenka gave up seven runs, four earned, on four hits in 2 2/3 innings.  The right hander struck out two, walked four, and suffered his eighth loss of the season.  Enmanuel Solano surrendered two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief. Jacob Schlesener yielded two runs in the final two innings.

In the field, Lott and YaSenka made throwing errors.

Peoria is 30-47 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 21 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Logan Gragg RHP (2-3, 5.64) vs. George Soriano RHP (1-1, 3.18) 1:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Tampa 9

The Cardinals fell to the Tampa Tarpons by the score of 9-4 in a Saturday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter John Beller lasted only two innings, as he gave up seven runs, two earned, on six hits, struck out one and walked four.  The dreadful first inning included three fielding errors made by Palm Beach defenders, leading to five unearned runs.

Edgar Manzo

Beller was relieved in the third by Edgar Manzo, who tossed five scoreless innings with six punch outs and one walk.  Two new Cardinals took the ball the rest of the way, both allowing one run. Andrew Marrero went 2/3 innings and Ryan Loutos tossed the final 1 1/3. Beller took the loss, his fourth of the season.

As noted, the Beach Birds fell behind early to the tune of a 7-0 deficit going into the fourth inning when the offense scored their first runs.  Mack Chambers drew a leadoff walk.  Jacob Buchberger doubled to plate Chambers.  L.J. Jones doubled and Buchberger scored.  The Cardinals cut the lead to 7-2.

Palm Beach added a run in the seventh on a solo home run by Franklin Soto.  The Tarpons responded with eighth run in the eighth.  In the bottom of the eighth, three walks and a single led to the fourth and final run for the Cardinals.  Tampa added one more in the ninth, to bring the score to the final of 9-4.

Jones and Soto were both 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Palm Beach hitters struck out 14 times, but also drew seven walks.

On the base paths, Matt Koperniak was picked off first base.  Soto, Chambers, and Osvaldo Tovalin all made fielding errors in the first inning.

Palm Beach is 25-49 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 13.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Tampa, TBD (PB) vs. Matt Sauer RHP (2-4, 4.34) 11:00 am CT (Game 1), Game 2 follows, the makeup of the Wednesday, July 28 rainout.

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Marlins 2 (seven innings)

The Cardinals (12-9) were edged by the Marlins 2-1 in Jupiter on Saturday morning.  Starter Ettore Giulianelli pitched two scoreless innings, allowed one hit, and fanned four.  Juan Peralta tossed one scoreless inning of relief.  Victor Villanueva surrendered two runs in two innings and was tagged with the blown save and the loss.  Ben Baird tossed a scoreless sixth.

The Cardinals scored their only run in the first inning.  Springfield rehabber Chase Pinder led off with a double and scored on a single by Hansel Otamendi.  The Marlins came back with single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Hansel Otamendi

The Cardinals offense had just five hits and took two walks.  Doubles by Pinder and Jeremy Rivas were the only extra base hits.

On the base paths, Otamendi was picked off first base.  In the field, catcher Roblin Heredia picked a runner off second base.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Cardinals Red 1 (six innings)

The two Cardinals teams played each other on Saturday morning and the Blue prevailed 4-1 over the Red, putting both clubs at 7-7 on the season.  The game was called in the top of the sixth after one batter due to rain.

Blue scored first with one run in the first inning. Anyelo Encarnacion tripled and came home on a wild pitch.  Red tied it up in the second. Francis Reynoso and Jeremy Ramos singled, Felix Taveras walked, and Raul Guzman walked to score Reynoso.

Leonardo Bernal

The game remained tied 1-1 until the fifth when Blue pulled ahead on a three-run home run by Leonardo Bernal.  A rain delay occurred in the top of the sixth inning and the game was called.

The Blue scored four runs on seven hits. No Blue hitter had multiple hits.  Bernal had three RBI.

The Red scored one run on three hits.  All three hits were singles off the bats of Reynoso, Ramos, and Guzman.

Blue starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits, struck out five and walked three.  Ronny Oliver tossed a scoreless fifth and got the win, his first as a professional.

On the mound for Red was Yonael Dominguez, who pitched four innings and yielded one run on five hits, fanned five and walked one.  Juan Severino started the fifth and gave up three runs without recording an out.  Augusto Calderon competed fifth with no further damage.  Severino took the loss, his first.

Blue catcher Alejandro Loaiza committed an error on a pickoff attempt.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 31, 2021

photo: Ali Sanchez (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system struggled to an 0-7 Friday.  The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is catcher Ali Sanchez, who went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Memphis’ home loss to Gwinnett.

Results from games played Friday, July 30.

Memphis 7, Gwinnett 8

The Redbirds were edged by the Stripers in a one-run game at AutoZone Park on Friday night.  Starter Zack Thompson pitched five innings and gave up one run on three hits, fanned five and walked two.  Connor Thomas relieved Thompson in the sixth and threw three innings of relief.  The left hander surrendered seven runs on eight hits and was tagged with a blown save and the loss, his first of the season.  Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Zack Thompson

Memphis took the early lead, scoring in the first inning on an RBI single by Ali Sanchez, following a Juan Yepez walk and a Conner Capel single.  The Redbirds increased the lead to 2-0 in the second on a solo home run by Rayder Ascanio.

Memphis took a 5-0 lead with three runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Sanchez and a two-run home run by Clint Coulter.  Gwinnett finally got on the board in the fifth inning with one run scored to cut the lead to 5-1.

The Stripers continued to cut into the Memphis lead with three runs in the sixth.  Gwinnett took the lead with three more runs in the seventh inning.  The Redbirds scored two runs in the home half of the seventh to knot it up 7-7.  Nolan Gorman drew a walk and scored on a double by Capel.  Capel then scored on Sanchez’ single.

In the eighth, the Stripers regained the lead 8-7, which became the game’s final score, as the Memphis offense was stopped by the Gwinnett bullpen.

Sanchez earned our Player of the Day honots despite the loss, as he went 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Capel was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Ali Sanchez

The Redbirds infield pulled off a triple play.  Coulter had an outfield assist at home.

Memphis is 38-38 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 12.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Johan Oviedo RHP (1-0, 6.43) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Springfield 5, Arkansas 7

The Cardinals were defeated by the Arkansas travelers at Hammons Field on Friday night.  The Springfield offense fell behind early but fought back in the middle innings, but fell short of a victory.

Arkansas put up six runs in the first four innings, leaving the Cardinals to play catch up.  Springfield finally scored in home fourth on a solo home run by Luken Baker.

The Travelers increased their lead to 7-1 in the fifth.  In the sixth, the Cardinals added a second run on an RBI triple by Nick Plummer.  In the seventh, Springfield put up three runs on a two-run home run by Ivan Herrera and a second solo home run by Baker.  The rally stopped there as the Cardinals were not able to score further in the final two innings.

Iván Herrera

Herrera and Baker were both 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Plummer was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Nick Raposo was 2-for-4.

Luken Baker

Springfield starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, struck out six and walked three.  He took the loss, his seventh of the season.  Alex FaGalde tossed three scoreless innings of relief and Jacob Bosiokovic added a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Nick Dunn was caught stealing for the second time this season.

Springfield is 28-48 and stands in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 15 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Kevin McGovern LHP (1-1, 5.15) vs. Devin Sweet RHP (2-5, 5.78) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 4, Beloit 5 (10 innings)

The Chiefs were edged by the Beloit Snappers in an extra inning contest at Dozer Park on Friday night.  Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits, fanned seven and walked one.  Sean Kealey surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning before new arrival Kevin Marnon tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Leonardo Taveras yielded one unearned run in his two innings pitched.  Kealey was tagged with a blown save, and Taveras took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Wilfredo Pereira

Peoria scored first, with second inning on back-to-back singles by Leandro Cedeno and Todd Lott, followed by an RBI double by Aaron Antonini.  The Snappers knotted it up 1-1 in the fifth, but the Chiefs answered by scoring three runs in the home half of the fifth.  Francisco Hernandez singled and stole second base.  Tyler Reichenborn singled to plate Hernandez.  Reichenborn stole second and advanced to third on a single by Jordan Walker.  Chandler Redmond singled to score Reichenborn and Walker advance to third.  With Cedeno at the plate, Redmond stole second and Walker stole home as Cedeno struck out.  Peoria led 4-1.

Beloit tied it up with three in the seventh.  The 4-4 score remained through regulation but the Snappers scored in the 10th inning and the Chiefs failed to respond.

Antonini went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Reichenborn and Cedeno were each 2-for-5.  Hernandez was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, the Chiefs were active. Hernandez stole his third base of the season, Reichenborn stole his fourth base, Redmond stole his third base, and Walker stole his second base with Peoria.   In the field, Reichenborn made a throwing error and Hernandez had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 30-46 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 20 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-7, 6.41) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Tampa 7 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals fell to the Tampa Tarpons in the first game of a twin bill at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday.  Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits, fanned seven and walked two.  Moreno was relieved by Nathanael Heredia, who tossed 2 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs on seven hits.  Heredia took the loss.

Jose Moreno

Tampa took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the Beach Birds quickly tied it in the third.  Tommy Jew drew a walk and stole second.  Patrick Romeri walked.  Matt Koperniak doubled to score Jew.

The score remained 1-1 until the sixth inning when the Tarpons scored four to take the lead 5-1.  Palm Beach cut the lead to 5-3 with two runs in the home half of the sixth on a two-run home run by Franklin Soto.  Tampa added two runs in the seventh to take home the win with a final score of 7-3.

Koperniak went 3-for-3 with an RBI.  No other Cardinal had multiple hits.  Soto drove in two.

On the base paths, Jew stole his 11th base of the season.  Darlyn Del Villar was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Jacob Buchberger made a fielding error. Soto had a missed catch error.

The St. Louis Cardinals system struggled to an 0-7 Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is catcher Ali Sanchez, who went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Memphis’ home loss to Gwinnett.

Palm Beach 2, Tampa 6 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals were swept by Tampa in the twin bill with a loss in the nightcap by the score of 6-2.  The Beach Birds offense scored first, but the pitching couldn’t hold the Tarpons.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the second inning. Carlos Soto led off with double, advanced to third on a balk, and came home on a single by designated hitter Mike Antico. The 2021 eighth round draft pick was making his professional debut.

The Tarpons tied it up 1-1 in the third inning and took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Palm Beach added their second run in the home half of the fifth on an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger.  Tampa increased their lead to 6-2 with three runs in the sixth.

Buchberger, Antico, and Matt Koperniak each went 2-for-3.  Buchberger and Antico drove in runs.

Mike Antico

Cardinals starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits, and struck out four to take his second loss of the season.  Luis Tena surrendered three runs in the sixth.  Andre Granillo, 2021 14th round draft pick, tossed a scoreless seventh in his first professional action.

Ramon Mendoza made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 25-48 and is in last place in the in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 14 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tampa, TBA vs. Nicio Rodriguez (1-0, 6.75), 6:30 pm ET.

FCL Cardinals, FCL Astros (cancelled)

Friday’s game between the Cardinals and the Astros was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Saturday’s game:  at FCL Marlins, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 1 at DSL Phillies Red 2 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Blue (6-7) were edged by the Phillies Red 2-1 on Friday morning as the Blue offense was kept scoreless until the final inning.

Anyelo Encarnacion singled and Robelyn Lopez walked.  Juan Sanchez singled to score Encarnacion.  The Phillies had scored one run in the first inning and a second run in the fifth.

Juan Sanchez

Sanchez was 2-for-3 with an RBI. The offense scored one run on six hits.  There were no extra base hits.

Cardinal starter Henry Lopez pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one.  Lopez took the loss, his second of the season. Esteban Contreras and Alexander Beltre combined to toss the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Saturday’s game:  at Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT

DSL Cardinals Red 6, DSL Phillies White 9 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (7-6) lost to the Phillies White 9-6 in a morning contest on Friday.  Starter Engels Martinez pitched four innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, fanned four and walked one.  Darlin Saladin relieved and tossed two scoreless innings.  Omar Yanez started the seventh and yielded five runs, four earned, without recording an out.  Americo Lugo pitched the seventh and allowed one run.  Yanez took the loss, his first of the season.

The Cardinals got on the board first in the first inning.  Leadoff man Elias Reynoso drew a walk.  Romtres Cabrera singled, advancing Reynoso to third.  Reynoso scored on the throw when Cabrera was caught stealing second base.

Miguel Vargas

The Phillies tied it up in the second inning.  The Cardinals regained the lead in the home half of the second with two runs on a double by number nine hitter Miguel Vargas.  The Phillies knotted it up a second time with two runs in the top of the third.  In the bottom of the third, Cabrera plated a run on a sac fly, and Felix Taveras doubled to plate a second run.  The Cardinals led 5-3.

That score remained until the seventh inning when the Phillies put up six runs and took a 9-5 lead.  The Cardinals managed to get one run back in the bottom of the seventh, when Carlos Carmona singled and later scored on a wild pitch.

Carmona was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Taveras was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Left fielder Vargas plated two.

On the base paths, Taveras stole his third base of the season and Reynoso stole his second base.  Cabrera was caught stealing twice.  In the field, Martinez made a throwing error and Yanez had a fielding miscue.  Martinez picked a runner off first base.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 29, 2021

Photo: Juan Yepez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Wednesday.  Both games of the doubleheader in Palm Beach were postponed.  The FCL and the DSL teams were off.

The Player of the Day is Memphis first baseman Juan Yepez, who was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Memphis’ win over Gwinnett.  Honorable Mention goes to Springfield catcher Ivan Herrera, who was 3-for-5 with five RBI in Springfield’s loss to Arkansas.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 28.

Memphis 8, Gwinnett 7 (11 innings)

The Redbirds edged the Braves in extra innings at Auto Zone Park on Wednesday night.  Daniel Ponce de Leon, rehabbing an injured shoulder in Memphis, pitched three scoreless innings, and allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one.

Matthew Liberatore relieved Ponce de Leon and tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielded six runs on seven hits, and fanned six.  Kodi Whitley got the last out of the ninth.  Seth Elledge pitched the final two innings and surrendered one run to earn the win, his first of the season.

Memphis got on the board first with three runs in the fourth inning.  Juan Yepez drew a walk and Lars Nootbaar singled.  Ali Sanchez doubled and Yepez scored.  Nootbaar came home on a ground out by Conner Capel.  Sanchez scored on a wild pitch.

The Redbirds added two in the fifth on a home run by Yepez to make it 5-0.  Gwinnett finally scored in the sixth on a solo home run.  The Braves added two more in seventh to cut the lead to 5-3.

Juan Yepez

Memphis made it 6-3 in the eighth on a second home run by Yepez, this one a solo shot.  Gwinnett scored three in the ninth to knot it up 6-6.

The game went into the 10th inning.  Gwinnett scored to take a 7-6 lead.  The Redbirds answered in the bottom of the 10th with one run on a double by Kramer Robertson to tie it up again at 7-7.  In the 11th, the Braves failed to score in the top of the inning.  Memphis began the bottom of the 11th with Scott Hurst on second base.  Rayder Ascanio bunted Hurst to third and Evan Mendoza singled Hurst home for the walk off victory.

Nootbaar was 3-for-5 on the night with two runs scored.  Yepez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Mendoza was 2-for-5.

Memphis is 37-37 and sits in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 12.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Miles Mikolas RHP (1-1, 2.93) vs. TBD 7:10 CT.

Springfield 12, Arkansas 18

The Cardinals came out on the short end of a slugfest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  Springfield took on the Arkansas Travelers, whose offense went to town on Cardinal pitching to the tune of 18 runs.

The Cardinals got on the board first with one run in the first inning.  Delvin Perez led off the inning with a single and stole second base.  Perez follows that up with a steal of third base.  Ivan Herrera then grounded out to plate Perez.

The 1-0 lead was short-lived, as the Travelers came back in the second to score two runs to take the lead. Arkansas then added a third run in the third inning.  Springfield cut the lead to 3-2 with one run scored in the home half of the third on a solo home run by Herrera.

Iván Herrera

The Cardinals scored two runs in the fourth to make it 4-3. Irving Lopez hit an RBI triple to score the first run, and the second came home on a sac fly by David Vinsky.  Springfield increased the lead to 5-3 in the fifth on a solo home run by Luken Baker.

The wheels came off the bus for the Cardinals in the next two innings.  Arkansas put up four runs in the sixth to regain the lead.  Then in seventh, a bullpen meltdown allowed the Travelers to score 11 runs in the inning.

With the score 18-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals battled back from the deficit.  Herrera hit a three-run home run to cut the lead to 18-8.  In the eighth inning, it was a grand slam by Baker that added four more runs to the Springfield tally, making it 18-12.  That would be the final score of the game as there were no further rallies.

Perez and Herrera were each 3-for-5 in the game.  Herrera had five RBI.  Baker was 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored.  Toerner was 2-for-3.

The pitching for the Cardinals began with starter Andre Pallante, who pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits, struck out five and walked two.  Evan Sisk surrendered four runs, three earned, in 2/3 innings.  Kyle Leahy yielded eight runs in 2/3 innings.  Salvador Justo and Ramon Santos tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Pallante took the loss, Sisk was charged with a blown save.

On the base paths, Perez stole three bases.  In the field, Lopez, and Herrera each made fielding errors.  Justin Toerner had an outfield assist at home.

Springfield is 28-46 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 15 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Domingo Robles LHP (2-4, 4.58) vs. Matt Brash RHP (0-1, 2.70) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 6, Beloit 2

The Chiefs defeated the Beloit Snappers 6-2 in a Wednesday night contest at Dozer Park.  Starter Mac Lardner tossed four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, and fanned eight.  Jacob Schlesener surrendered two runs in three innings of relief.  Kevin Marnon and Leonardo Taveras each pitched a scoreless inning.  Schlesener was awarded the win.

Mac Lardner

The Peoria offense put up four runs in the third inning on a two-run home run by Matt Chamberlain, a solo home run by Masyn Winn, and an RBI single by Pedro Pages.

Beloit scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning.  The Chiefs responded in the home half of the sixth with two runs to widen their lead to 6-1.  RBI triples by both Francisco Hernandez and Winn plated the two additional scores.

The Snappers scored their second and final run in the seventh.  Marnon and Taveras shut the Beloit offense down for the final two innings and the Chiefs took home the victory.

Jordan Walker was 3-for-4 on the night.  Winn was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Pages was 2-for-4 and Hernandez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the base paths, Chamberlain was caught stealing for the sixth time this season.  In the field, Walker, and catcher Zade Richardson both made throwing errors.

Peoria is 30-44 and sit in last place in the High-A Central West Division 18.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Connor Lunn RHP (4-5, 4.61) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach, Tampa (game one, postponed)

This game was postponed due to rain.  It was to be one game of a doubleheader.  The game will be made up at a later date.

Palm Beach, Tampa (game two, postponed)

This game was a makeup of the July 27 game that was rained out and it was postponed for the second day.  The makeup of this game will take place on Thursday, July 29 as part of a doubleheader.

FCL Cardinals – Off

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Mets, TBD vs. TBD  11:00 am CT

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs DSL Phillies Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Phillies White, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 19-25

photo: Harrison Bader (Jim Cowsert/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 4-3 for the week, with two games lost due to bullpen failures. After 100 contests, the team is 50-50, eight games out. Harrison Bader has been leading the improving offense.

Game Recaps

Monday, July 19 – Cardinals 8, Cubs 3

The St. Louis Cardinals blew past the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a four-game series at Busch Stadium.  The Redbirds were in control throughout, behind good pitching from starter Jake Woodford, newly recalled from Triple-A to make the start.  Woodford pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up one run on six hits and fanned six to earn his second win of the season.  T.J. McFarland got the last out of the sixth.  Andrew Miller surrendered one run in 2/3 innings and John Gant yielded one run in 2 1/3 innings.

Jake Woodford

The Cardinals offense put the first of eight runs on the board in the third inning.  Harrison Bader led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Woodford.  Dylan Carlson singled to plate Bader.

St. Louis increased their lead to 5-0 with a four run fourth inning.  Tyler O’Neill reached on an error.  Yadier Molina singled and Tommy Edman drew a walk to load the bases.  Paul DeJong reached on an error and O’Neill scored.  Bader reached on a fielder’s choice and Molina scored.  Dylan Carlson walked to plate Edman, and Paul Goldschmidt drove in DeJong on a single.

The Cubs scored one run in the fifth on a double play following three consecutive singles.  The Cardinals widened the lead in the sixth with a two-run long ball by Carlson and a solo shot by Goldschmidt.

Former Cardinal Patrick Wisdom hit a solo home run in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-2.  The Cubs added their third and last run in the eighth.

Carlson, Molina, and Bader were each 2-for-4.  Carlson had four RBI while Molina and Bader both drove in two. Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Tuesday, July 20 – Cardinals 6, Cubs 7

The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Cubs in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.  The Cardinals took a five-run lead into the ninth inning, but the bullpen gave it up.

Johan Oviedo

Starter Johan Oviedo pitched five innings and yielded one run on three hits, fanned five and walked one.  The young right hander was looking for his first major league win, and almost had it, but the bullpen let him down.

Genesis Cabrera, Ryan Helsley, and Andrew Miller breezed through three scoreless innings, one each.  In the ninth, Luis Garcia surrendered three runs without recording an out.  He was relieved by Alex Reyes, who gave up three more.  Giovanny Gallegos replaced Reyes with one out and finished the inning, but the Cubs held a 7-6 lead after being down 6-1.  Reyes was charged with a blown save and the loss.

Initially, the Cubs scored in the second inning to take the lead.  The Cardinals tied it up in the third.  Harrison Bader doubled and crossed home on double by Dylan Carlson.  St. Louis added to their lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Nolan Arenado, an RBI single by Bader and an RBI single by Oviedo.

In the sixth, solo home runs by Tommy Edman and Jose Rondon gave the Redbirds a 6-1 lead.  This lasted until the bullpen meltdown in the ninth.

Bader was 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  The team scored half of their runs on the long ball and had a total of 10 hits with every player in the starting lineup except Paul DeJong contributing.

On the base paths, Tyler O’Neill and Paul Goldschmidt each stole a base.  In the field, DeJong made a throwing error.

Wednesday, July 21 – Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 (10 innings)

The Cardinals bounced back from the tough Tuesday loss with an extra inning, one run win over the Cubs in the third game of the set.

As in the previous game, the Cubs scored first with one run in the third inning.  They held this 1-0 lead until the seventh, when the Cardinals scored two runs to take the lead.  Paul DeJong singled and scored on a double by Harrison Bader.  Bader later came home on a double by Dylan Carlson.

The Cubs came back to tie the game in the ninth but failed to score in the top of the 10th.  In the home half of the 10th, with Paul Goldschmidt starting the inning on second base, Yadier Molina hit a walk off single to score Goldschmidt and the Cardinals celebrated.

Yadier Molina

Adam Wainwright got the start for the Redbirds. The right hander tossed seven innings, gave up one run on six hits, and fanned five.  Genesis Cabrera relieved in the eighth and got the first two outs.  Giovanny Gallegos finished the inning.  The right hander returned for the ninth and gave up the tying run and was tagged with the blown save.  John Gant got the final out of the ninth.  T.J. McFarland tossed a scoreless 10th to earn the win, his first of the season.

On the base paths, Tyler O’Neill was caught stealing for the fourth time this season.

Thursday, July 22 – Cardinals 3, Cubs 2

The Cardinals took the series over the Cubs with a win in the fourth and final game.  Again, the Cardinals won 3-2, but did so in regulation.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

Kwang-Hyun Kim took the mound for the Cardinals and pitched six innings.  The left hander yielded two runs on two hits, struck out seven and walked one.  Ryan Helsley tossed a scoreless seventh.  T.J. McFarland and Alex Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Redbirds got on the board with a first inning solo home run by Dylan Carlson.  The Cardinals increased the lead to 3-0 in the third on a two-run long ball by Nolan Arenado.

The Cubs came back to score two in the fourth inning to make it a one run lead.  The bullpen held the lead through regulation.

Carlson was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

On the base paths, Tommy Edman was caught stealing for the fourth time this season.  In the field, Edmundo Sosa made a fielding error.

Friday, July 23 – Cardinals 5 at Reds 6

The Cardinals were edged by the Reds in the first of a three-game weekend series at Great American Ball Park.  St. Louis’ bullpen again failed in the later innings to hold a lead.

The Cardinals got on the board with a first inning solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt.  The Reds quickly took the lead away in the home half, scoring two runs on a double by Joey Votto.

The Cardinals just as quickly tied it up in the second inning on another home run, this one a solo shot by Harrison Bader.

The Reds regained the lead in the fourth on a home run by Kyle Farmer.  The score remained 3-2 until the sixth inning when St. Louis scored three to take the lead. Bader led off the sixth with a double.  Tommy Edman followed with a single, then stole second base.  Andrew Knizner’s ground rule double scored Bader and Edman.  Edmundo Sosa singled, and Knizner crossed home on a sac fly by Dylan Carlson.

In the seventh, the Reds scored two to tie and put up the winning run in the eighth on the Cardinals bullpen.

Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Bader was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Knizner was 2-for-4 with two driven in.

St. Louis starter Wade LeBlanc pitched four innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The lefty fanned five and walked one.  Andrew Miller and Justin Miller combined to pitch a scoreless fifth. Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless sixth.  Ryan Helsley surrendered two runs in the seventh and was charged with a blown save.  Giovanny Gallegos allowed the winning run in the eighth to take the loss, his third of the season.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 17th base of the season.  In the field, Gallegos made a throwing error, and Carlson had a fielding miscue.  Carlson also threw out Eugenio Suarez at home for an outfield assist.

Saturday, July 24 – Cardinals 3 at Reds 5

The Cardinals lost to the Reds in the second game of the series on Saturday.  The Redbirds tried to play catch-up but were only partially successful.

Jake Woodford got the start and pitched five innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked two.  The right hander suffered his second loss of the season.  T.J. McFarland surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.  John Gant pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals once again got on the board first with one run in the second inning.  Tyler O’Neill led off with a single and later scored on a single by Harrison Bader.  The Reds took the lead in the home half of the second with two runs.

Cincinnati added to their lead with one run in the fifth and two more in the seventh.  The Cardinals attempted to rally in the eighth and did score two runs to cut the lead to 5-3.  The runs were driven in by Nolan Arenado on a ground rule double and by Paul DeJong on a single.

Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-5 and DeJong was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Sunday, July 25 – Cardinals 10 at Reds 6

The Cardinals took the final game of the road series 10-6 to avoid the sweep by the Reds.  The offense hit four home runs, one by all three outfielders, plus Nolan Arenado. The game also featured two ejections, one of manager Mike Shildt, and the other of pitcher Genesis Cabrera after he was already leaving the game.

The Cardinals put two runs on the board in the first inning on a long ball by Tyler O’Neill.  Joey Votto hit a three-run shot in the home half of the first to take a 3-2 lead.

The scored remained 3-2 until the fourth inning.  The fourth was a big inning for the Cardinals, and it followed the inning in which Shildt was ejected.  The inning began with a walk by Tyler O’Neill.  Paul DeJong followed with a single and Tommy Edman then doubled to score O’Neill.  Harrison Bader then stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run home run.

Harrison Bader

The fun continued with a double by Andrew Knizner and a two-run home run by Dylan Carlson.  Nolan Arenado hit a triple that was almost a home run, then scored on a wild pitch.  At the end of it all the Cardinals led 9-3.

The Reds began to cut into the lead with one run in the sixth and two in the seventh to make it 9-6.  Though the Reds continued to make trouble for the Cardinals they did not score again.  Arenado’s solo home run in the ninth inning was an insurance run.

Arenado was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Bader was 3-for-4 with three RBI. O’Neill was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week 4-3, winning three of four from the Cubs at Busch Stadium and winning one of three from the Reds at Great American Ballpark.  The Cardinals had the chance going into the series to pass the Reds in the standings, but that chance was lost.

The Cardinals were prevented from sweeping the selling Cubs in the four-game series by a bullpen meltdown in Game 2.  Pitching continues to be the team’s Achilles heel.  Either starting pitching or the bullpen has stretches where it all falls apart.  In the Cubs series it was the bullpen.  In the Reds series it was both.  The Reds have a powerful offense that Cardinals pitching at this juncture cannot contain.  The lack of Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty hurt in this series.  Wade LeBlanc, Jake Woodford, and Johan Oveido were all overmatched.

Nolan Arenado

The offense has been steadily improving since the All-Star break, though there are still games where it is lacking. The last two games of the Cubs series were low scoring on both sides, but the Cardinals prevailed by scoring one more run than the Cubs.  Top offensive performers over the last seven games are Harrison Bader (1.332 OPS), Nolan Arenado (1.126 OPS), Dylan Carlson (1.077 OPS), Paul Goldschmidt (.840 OPS), and Tommy Edman (.837 OPS).   Tyler O’Neill (.680 OPS) and Paul DeJong (.451 OPS) have fallen off slightly over the last week.  Yadier Molina was out with a neck issue over the weekend but his back up, Andrew Knizner, filled in admirably with an OPS of 1.407.

Dylan Carlson

If the offense can keep up the pace and continue improving, the impending return of Mikolas and Flaherty in the next several weeks would be a boon for the team’s chances down the stretch.  It is a long slog uphill against both the Brewers and the Reds, but it is not out of the realm of possibility.  If the bullpen can cease giving up runs late, and the starting pitching can keep the offense in the game, maybe some headway can be made.  It is a tall order to be sure.  Given that the Cardinals are eight games out a week before the trade deadline, there isn’t a whole lot of incentive for the front office to spend big for reinforcements.  The current team is likely going to have to sink or swim.

The Cardinals have two off days this week flanking a two-game series in Cleveland.  The Cardinals return home to play the Twins over the weekend, the last place team in the AL Central.  The Cardinals have a history of not faring well in interleague play, so it isn’t going to be a walk in the park by any means.  A series win against the Twins and at least a split against Cleveland should be the target.  More than that would be a gift.

NL Central Standings

At exactly 100 games into the 2021 season, the Cardinals are right where they began – at .500, but with an eight-game deficit in the division race.

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 58 42 0.580
Cincinnati 51 48 0.515 6.5
St. Louis 50 50 0.500 8
Chicago 49 51 0.490 9
Pittsburgh 38 61 0.384 19.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 7/19 The Cardinals recalled RHP Jake Woodford from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/19 The Cardinals optioned LF Lars Nootbaar to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/20 The Cardinals optioned RHP Junior Fernandez to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/20 The Cardinals recalled RHP Johan Oviedo from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/21 The Mets claimed RHP Roel Ramirez off waivers from St. Louis.
  • 7/22 The Cardinals sent RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/24 The Cardinals sent RHP Miles Mikolas on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/25 The Cardinals acquired 40-man roster RHP T.J. Zeuch from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash and assigned him to Memphis.

Cardinals Acquire 40-Man Roster Pitcher T.J. Zeuch

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), remains on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas made his first rehab start with the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night after three sessions facing live hitters at Busch Stadium. The right hander will make several more rehab outings before a return to the roster.  The hope for Mikolas is a mid-August return date.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) remains on the 60-day injured list and the team seems less optimistic that he can return to pitch sometime before the end of the season.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) is on the 60-day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) remains on the 60-day IL. Flaherty has begun throwing bullpen sessions and will make his first rehab start with Memphis on Tuesday, July 27.  The right hander will be limited to 40-45 pitches to begin the rehab assignment.  If all goes well, Flaherty could be on pace for a return date in the second half of August.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (right shoulder inflammation) remains on the 10-day injured list. The right hander was sent to Memphis on a rehab assignment on Thursday and will throw in two to three rehab games with Memphis.  The team would like Ponce de Leon to build up to about 50 pitches before he is activated.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right thumb ligament sprain) had surgery on July 16 to repair his thumb ligament. The surgery makes it less likely the right hander will return to pitch this season.  If that is the case, Martinez may have thrown his last pitch as a Cardinal.  Martinez is on the final year of his contract, and though the team holds options for 2022 and 2023, they are not expected to pick them up.
  • C Yadier Molina (neck stiffness) originally had a rest day for the first day of the Reds series, but during a warm-up for a potential pinch-hit appearance on Friday night Molina felt his neck tighten up. Adam Wainwright pinch hit instead.  Molina was not in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday as well.  No scans were performed as the team felt they were not needed.  The catcher is day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday, July 26 following the Reds series, and will be in Cleveland to play two games with the Indians (soon to be the Guardians).

After a second travel day Thursday heading home, the team will play a weekend series with the Twins.  Following an off day on Monday, August 2, the Cardinals continue the homestand with a three-game set with the Braves.

The homestand continues on Friday, August 6 with a weekend series with the Royals. The next road trip begins with a Monday, August 9 travel day to Pittsburgh to begin a three-day series with the Pirates on Tuesday, August 10.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past for the month of July is notable events month, as we describe one or more notable events from each day of the week the report covers.  As everyone knows, July is trade month, so some of the notable events will be trades that are either notable for the players or notable for something unique about them.

July 19, 1993 –A fire breaks out in the press box of Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, delaying the game between the Cardinals and the Braves for one hour.

July 19, 2002 – The Cardinals traded Coco Crisp and Luis Garcia to the Cleveland Indians for Chuck Finley.  Finley made 14 starts for the Cardinals with a record of 7-4 and an ERA of 3.80.  Finley became a free agent at the end of the season and did not play major league baseball again.  Crisp, who was the player to be named later in the trade, played for 15 seasons with four teams.

Rogers Hornsby

July 20, 1922 – Rogers Hornsby hit his 26th home run of the season, setting a modern National League record.

July 20, 2004 – Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5 with three home runs five RBI at Wrigley Field.  The Cardinals beat the Cubs 11-8.

July 21, 1975 – Ted Simmons hit a home run in a game in San Diego, but he was ruled out because the Padres manager claimed the bat was illegal due to grooves cut into the bat.  The bat was confiscated by the umpire and the Cardinals protested the game.  The protest was moot as the Cardinals won 4-0.

July 21, 2017 – The Cardinals traded pitcher Marco Gonzales to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

July 22, 1913 – Cardinal Slim Sallee becomes the first pitcher to steal home in a game, against the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers).

July 22, 2009 – The Cardinals traded Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for Julio Lugo.

July 23, 1969 – Cardinal pitcher Steve Carlton doubled in the third inning of the 1969 All-Star Game at RFK stadium.  The double was the last time a pitcher got an extra base hit in an All-Star Game.  Carlton was the starting and winning pitcher as the NL beat the AL 9-3.

July 24, 2009 – The Cardinals traded Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortenson, and Shane Peterson to the Oakland Athletics for Matt Holliday.  Holliday played for the Cardinals that day against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park and went 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Holliday had to borrow a glove and shoes from teammates before he could play.

July 24, 1949 – Stan Musial hit for the cycle in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.  The Cardinals won 14-1.

July 25, 1962 –Musial passed Mel Ott as the National League’s all-time RBI leader in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers at Sportsman’s Park.  The hit that put him over the top was a two-run home run off Don Drysdale.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 25, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 on Saturday with Springfield and Palm Beach absorbing doubleheader sweeps. TCN’s Player of the Day is second baseman Nolan Gorman, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Memphis’ win over Louisville.

Results for games played Saturday, July 24.

Memphis 8 at Louisville 4

The Redbirds blew past the Louisville Bats in a Saturday night contest at Louisville Slugger Field for their 14th consecutive win.  St. Louis starting pitcher Miles Mikolas made his first rehab start for Memphis, pitching three solid innings with no runs or hits allowed.  All outs were made either on the ground or in the air.

Jesus Cruz took over in the fourth and surrendered one run.  Connor Jones followed with two scoreless innings to earn the win, his fifth of the season.  Garrett Williams and Tyler Webb each tossed a scoreless frame.  Junior Fernandez gave up three runs in the ninth.

The game was scoreless for the first three innings, but both sides scored in the fourth. Lars Nootbaar and Kramer Robertson hit back-to-back home runs, a two-run shot by the former.  The Bats got one run back in the home half to cut the lead to 3-1.

Nolan Gorman

In the fifth, Memphis added four runs to their tally.  Dennis Ortega led off with a double.  With two outs, Evan Mendoza drew a walk and Nolan Gorman thumped a two-run double to center.  Juan Yepez followed with a two-run home run to left center field.

Juan Yepez

The Redbirds tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.  Scott Hurst walked, Rayder Ascanio doubled, and Mendoza plated Hurst on a sac fly.  Louisville launched a rally in the bottom of the ninth and put three runs on the board, but fell short.

Nolan Gorman went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Ortega was 2-for-4. Yepez and Nootbaar had two RBI each.

Memphis has a record of 35-36 and are in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 14 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  at Louisville, Connor Thomas RHP (5-0, 2.28) vs. Bo Takahashi RHP (2-5, 5.55) 12:00 CT.

Springfield 0 at San Antonio 2 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Missions 2-0 in the first game of a twin bill at Nelson Wolff Stadium on Saturday night.  Domingo Robles got the start for Springfield and gave up two runs, one earned, in the first inning.  They were the only runs scored in the game.  Robles pitched five innings and allowed four hits, struck out two and walked one.  Ramon Santos tossed a scoreless sixth.  Robles took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Domingo Robles

The Springfield offense scattered three hits in the third, fourth, and seventh innings.  The hits were all singles off the bats of Alec Burleson, Malcom Nunez, and Irving Lopez.

A passed ball by Aaron Antonini in the first inning was the only error and led to the unearned run.

Springfield 0 at San Antonio 2 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals lost the second game of the doubleheader to the Missions by the same score as the opener.  This was a makeup of a postponed game from July 22.

Cardinals starter Dalton Roach also gave up two runs in five innings pitched, matching his teammate Robles from Game 1.  The two runs came in separate innings, one in the second and the other in the fourth.  Roach allowed seven hits but also struck out seven hitters and issued no free passes.  Roach took his sixth loss of the season.  Salvador Justo tossed a scoreless sixth in relief.

Dalton Roach

In almost a mirror image of Game 1, the offense again scattered three hits, but one went for extra bases, a double by Luken Baker in the sixth.  Alec Burleson singled in the first inning, and Nick Raposo singled in the second.

Roach and Justo each picked a runner off base, Roach off second base and Justo off first base.

Springfield is 27-44 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 14 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game: at San Antonio, 6:05pm – SPR LHP Kevin McGovern (1-1, 4.78) vs. SA LHP Ethan Elliott (0-0, 3.12)

Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 4

The Chiefs defeated the River Bandits 6-4 at Modern Woodman Park on Saturday night.  Chiefs starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched four innings and yielded two runs on six hits, fanned five and walked three. Jacob Schlesener surrendered an unearned run in 2 1/3 innings in relief and was awarded the win, his third. Leonardo Taveras followed with 1 2/3 innings, in which he also allowed an unearned run.  Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save.

Freddy Pacheco

Peoria took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Moises Castillo.  In the third inning Jhon Torres hit a two-run home run to increase Peoria’s lead to 3-0.  Three long balls in the fifth, all solo shots, by Imeldo Diaz, Jordan Walker, and Pedro Pages gave the Chiefs a 6-0 lead.

Jhon Torres

Quad Cities began to chip away at the lead in the home half of the fifth with two runs on the board.  A third run was added in the sixth and another in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4.  Quad Cities’ rally stopped there, and the Chiefs took home the victory.

Walker and Diaz were both 2-for-4.  Torres had two RBI.

Jordan Walker

Chandler Redmond made a fielding error and Castillo made a throwing error.  Zade Richardson had a passed ball.

Peoria is 28-43 and stands in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 18 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-6, 6.55) vs. TBD 1:00 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 5 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were edged by the Hammerheads in the first game of a twin bill on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter John Beller pitched four innings and yielded two runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one.  Beller was relieved by Sean Kealey who surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Kevin Marnon started the seventh and gave up two runs in 2/3 innings.  The lefty was charged with the blown save and took the loss.

The Beach Birds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Masyn Winn and Carlos Soto singled.  Todd Lott alsosingled to score Winn.

The Hammerheads quickly tied it up in the home half of the first.  The resilient Cardinals came back in the second and took a 2-1 lead.  Matt Koperniak doubled and scored on a double by Tommy Jew.

In the fourth, Palm Beach added to their lead on an RBI single by Winn.  Jupiter responded in the bottom of the inning with a run.  Once again, the Beach Birds came back in the top frame of the next inning to score a run and increase the tally to 4-2.  Jacob Buchberger singled and later came home on a single by Patrick Romeri.

Jupiter scored in the bottom of the fifth and the lead was once again reduced by one run.  The Cardinals took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but the Hammerheads walked it off with two runs scored.

The Cardinals offense scored four runs on 10 hits.  Winn and Lott were each 2-for-4.  Extra base hits were doubles by Koperniak, Jew, and Lott.

On the base paths, Buchberger and Franklin Soto each stole a base.  In the field, Beller picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 3 (eight innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals were swept by Jupiter, losing both games of the twin bill on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.  The offense of Palm Beach was scarce, as Beach Birds hitters put up only one run on five hits in Game 2.

The Cardinals were held scoreless until the seventh, down 1-0.  Patrick Romeri singled and later scored on a single by Donivan Williams to tie the score.  The game went into extras, but Palm Beach could not get the run home in their half of the eighth.

A two-run home run by Jupiter in the home the ninth walked it off and sent the Hammerheads home with a Saturday sweep.

Romeri and Williams were each 2-for-3.  Williams had the only RBI, and Romeri had the only extra base hit.

Gustavo Rodriguez got the start for the Cardinals, and the young right hander pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits, struck out two and walked one.  Luis Ortiz followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Gianluca Dalatri tossed the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered the winning runs in the eighth to take the loss, his third of the season.

Luis Ortiz

In the field, Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 25-45 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast West Division, 12.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:  at Jupiter, Ludwin Jimenez (0-5, 4.95) vs. Matt Givin RHP (2-5, 3.34) 11:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals 6 at FCL Astros 3

The Cardinals (8-8) beat the Astros 6-3 on Saturday morning at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  Starter Reinys Portillo pitched five innings and gave up three runs on three hits, struck out one and walked three to earn his first win of the season.

The Astros took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.  The Cardinals responded with three runs to tie it in the second.  Hansel Otamendi and Julio Rodriguez each singled, and Adanson Cruz followed with a three-run home run to left field.

Adanson Cruz

The Cardinals added three more runs in the fifth.  Diego Velasquez and Ramon Mendoza singled.  Both runners scored on a throwing error on an attempted double steal.  Jeremy Rivas drew a walk and advanced to second on a ground out by Roblin Heredia.  Otamendi walked, and Rodriguez plated Rivas on a sac fly.  The Cardinals led 6-3, which became the final score.

The Cardinals offense scored six runs on six hits.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.  Cruz had three RBI on the home run.

On the base paths, Velasquez, and Mendoza each stole their first base of the season.

Sunday’s game:  The FCL is off Sundays.

DSL Cardinals Blue, DSL Cardinals Red – (suspended)

Saturday’s game between the Cardinals Blue and Cardinals Red was suspended due to rain.  The game was in the home half of the fourth inning with Cardinals Blue leading 7-1.  The game will resume at a future date to be determined.

Sunday’s games:  The DSL is off Sundays.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 24, 2021

photo: Zack Thompson (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-1 on Friday.  Our Players of the Day are Memphis starting pitcher Zack Thompson, who pitched six scoreless innings, with four hits allowed and five strikeouts, and Peoria starting pitcher Connor Lunn, who also pitched six scoreless innings, allowed three hits, and struck out six.  Honorable Mention goes to Keshawn Rombley, left fielder for DSL Cardinals Blue, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Results of games played Friday, July 23.

Memphis 4 at Louisville 1

The Redbirds extended their team record to 13 consecutive wins, defeating Louisville 4-1 at Louisville Slugger Field on Friday night. It began with very good pitching by Memphis left hander Zack Thompson.  Thompson tossed six scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned five and walked one to earn his long-awaited first win of the season and first at Triple-A.  Grant Black relieved and pitched two scoreless innings.  Kodi Whitley surrendered one run in the ninth.

Zack Thompson

The Redbirds got on the board first with three runs in the fourth inning.  Lane Thomas and Nolan Gorman hit back-to-back singles.  Juan Yepez followed with a three-run blast to left field that gave Memphis the 3-0 lead.

Juan Yepez

The score remained 3-0 in favor of the Redbirds until the top of the ninth inning.  Kramer Robertson reached on an error and scored on a double by Dennis Ortega.

Memphis’ offense scored four runs on six hits.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.  Yepez’ long ball and Ortega’s double were the only extra base hits.

Memphis is 34-36 and resides in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 14 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  at Louisville, TBA (MEM) vs. Michael Mariot RHP (2-2, 2.61) 6:00 CT.

Springfield 0 at San Antonio 4

The Cardinals were blanked by the San Antonio Missions 4-0 in a Friday night contest at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Springfield’s offense managed only four hits, with just one for extra bases, a double by Alec Burleson.  Justin Toerner was 2-for-2, and the other hit was a single by Luken Baker.  The offense was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times.

Cardinal starter Andre Pallante pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked three.  Pallante was tagged for his fourth loss of the season. Kyle Leahy tossed three scoreless innings in relief.

Kyle Leahy

Ivan Herrera was called for catcher interference.  Nick Plummer made a throwing error.

Springfield is 27-42 and are in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 13 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s games:  at San Antonio, Domingo Robles LHP (2-3, 4.85) vs. Adrian Martinez RHP (5-3, 2.62) 5:00 CT (Game 1), Dalton Roach RHP (5-5, 5.27) vs. Osvaldo Hernandez (2-6, 4.92) (Game 2).

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 0

The Chiefs blanked the first place Quad Cities River Bandits 3-0 at Modern Woodman Park on Friday night.  Peoria starter Connor Lunn tossed six scoreless innings, allowed three hits, and struck out six to earn his fourth win of the season. Mac Lardner pitched the final three scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Connor Lunn

Peoria got on the board in the first inning on a solo home run by Tyler Reichenborn.  The Chiefs increased the lead to 2-0 in the second.  Francisco Hernandez and Zade Richardson hit back-to-back singles, then Matt Chamberlain singled to plate Hernandez.

The Chiefs added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Hernandez.  The excellent Peoria pitching kept the River Bandits off the board for the full nine innings of play.

Chamberlain was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Hernandez and Moises Castillo were both 2-for-4.

In the field, Hernandez, and Pedro Pages each made throwing errors.

Peoria is 27-42 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 19 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (2-6, 4.44) vs. Anthony Veneziano LHP (2-2, 4.21) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach at Jupiter (postponed)

Friday’s game at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to rain in the area.  It will be made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

Saturday’s games:  at Jupiter, John Beller (0-3, 4.54) vs. Eury Perez RHP (1-3, 2.37) 3:00 CT (Game 1), Gustavo Rodriguez (0-3, 6.82) vs. TBD (Game 2).

FCL Cardinals 7, FCL Mets 0

The Cardinals (7-8) blanked the Mets 7-0 in Jupiter on Friday morning.   Starter Yordy Richard earned his third win of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings with two hits allowed and five strikeouts.  Tyler Statler and Roy Garcia each collected three outs in relief.

Yordy Richard

The Cardinals put four runs on the board in the first inning.  Jeremy Rivas and rehabber Julio Rodriguez singled.  Darlin Moquete was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Sander Mora drew a walk and Rivas scored. Luis Rodriguez walked, and J. Rodriguez scored. Albert Inoa singled to right to plate Moquete and Mora.

In the second inning, Luis Montano hit a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. The seventh and final run scored on an RBI double by Rivas.

Rivas was 3-for-5 with an RBI.  J. Rodriguez was 2-for-2.

Saturday’s game:  at FCL Astros, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Rockies 6 (eight innings)

The Cardinals Blue (4-5) defeated the Rockies 8-6 in extra innings on Friday morning.  The Cardinals took an early lead, but the Rockies fought back to tie and take the game into extra innings.

The Blue offense scored five runs in the first inning.  Adari Grant led off with a single.  Jose Cordoba reached on a fielding error.  Keshawn Rombley doubled to plate Grant and Cordoba.  Leonardo Bernal drew a walk, then Fernando Diaz hit a two-run home run to right field.

Keshawn Rombley

The Rockies scored one run in the second to cut the lead to 5-1.  That score remained until the sixth inning when the Rockies put up five runs to take a 6-5 lead.  The Cardinals answered with one run in the seventh to tie the score.

As the game went into extra innings, Grant started the eighth inning on second base.  Rombley doubled to right and Grant scored.  Rombley scored when Bernal reached on an error.  The Cardinals led 8-6.  The Rockies failed to score in the bottom of the eighth and the Cardinals took home the victory

Rombley was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Anyelo Encarnacion was 2-for-4.

Starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings, gave up one unearned run on four hits and fanned seven.    Alexander Beltre surrendered five runs in the fifth.  Alejandro Cervantes tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the season.

On the base paths, Grant, and Bernal each stole a base.  It was Grant’s second stolen base of the season and Bernal’s first.  In the field, Bernal had a passed ball.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Tigers 3 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (6-3) edged the Tigers 4-3 in a seven-inning contest on Friday morning.  Starter Diorys Guerrero pitched four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits, struck out three and walked two.  Darlin Saladin surrendered one run in two innings of relief and earned the win, his second of the season.  Augusto Calderon tossed a scoreless seventh to bank his third save.

The Tigers took the lead with one run in each of the first two innings.  The Cardinals answered in the home half of the second to cut the lead to 2-1.  Marcelo Perez led off the second with a single, followed by a single from Maikel Hernandez.  A passed ball advanced both runners.  Miguel Vargas grounded out and Perez came home.

Miguel Vargas

The Cardinals tied the score 2-2 in the fourth.  Perez reached on an error and Vargas singled.  Elias Reynoso plated Perez on a sac fly.

The Tigers regained the lead 3-2 in the sixth.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals added two runs to take the lead 4-3.  Felix Taveras drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball.  Hernandez singled and Taveras scored.  Romtres Cabrera pinch ran for Hernandez and scored on a Vargas single.

Neither team scored in the seventh and the Cardinals took home the win, their sixth of the season.

Hernandez, Vargas, and Carlos Carmona each had two hits.  Vargas had two RBI.

On the base paths, Reynoso stole his first base of the season.  In the field, Guerrero picked a runner off first base, but also made an error on a pickoff.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 22, 2021

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-3 on Wednesday. Memphis and Springfield played doubleheaders.  FCL Cardinals game was suspended.  The DSL teams were off on Wednesday.  Our Player of the Day is Matthew Liberatore, who pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, nine strikeouts and no walks in Memphis’ win over Louisville in the first game of the doubleheader.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Memphis 1 at Louisville 0 (eight innings, Game 1)

The Redbirds blanked the Bats 1-0 at Louisville Slugger Field on Wednesday night in the first game of a twin bill, making up an earlier postponement. Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched a gem – six scoreless innings, four hits, nine punch outs, no walks.  Kodi Whitley tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of 2021.

Matthew Liberatore

The game was scoreless through seven – until Memphis’ eighth.  Evan Mendoza started the inning on second base.  Scott Hurst singled and Mendoza scored on a throwing error Louisville’s third baseman.

Kramer Robertson was 2-for-4 and was the only Redbird with multiple hits.  Lars Nootbaar had the only extra base hit, a double.

Memphis 5 at Louisville 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

Memphis edged Louisville 5-4 in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday night.  The 11th consecutive win tied the all-time team record.

The Redbirds offense scored five runs on nine hits, with four runs home in the final inning.

Memphis got on the board in the second inning.  Conner Capel and Clint Coulter singled.  Dennis Ortega’s single plated Capel.

The score remained 1-0 until the sixth, when Louisville put three runs on the board to take the lead. In the seventh, Memphis scored four to regain the lead. Coulter singled, then Rayder Ascanio reached on a fielder’s choice with a fielding error by the Louisville shortstop.  Scott Hurst singled, and Lane Thomas also singled to score Coulter and Ascanio.  Kramer Robertson drew a walk and Nolan Gorman singled to score Hurst and Thomas.

The Bats scored one run in the home half of the seventh, but it was not enough.

Coulter went 2-for-4.  Thomas and Gorman each had two RBI.

Robertson, and Gorman each stole a base.  It was the fifth for Robertson and second for Gorman.  Nootbaar was caught stealing for the third time.

Austin Warner

Louisville native Austin Warner made the start for Memphis and pitched three scoreless innings with no hits allowed four strikeouts and one walk.  Jesus Cruz followed with a scoreless fourth.  Garrett Williams surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched and was charged with a blown save.  Junior Fernandez yielded one run in 2/3 innings but was awarded the win.  Connor Jones gave up one run in the seventh but earned his fourth save.

Memphis is 32-36 and in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  at Louisville, Angel Rondon RHP (2-4, 5.29) vs. Ashton Goudeau RHP (1-2, 4.68) 6:00 CT.

Springfield 5 at San Antonio 10 (completion of suspended game)

Tuesday’s game was suspended in the bottom of fourth inning tied 4-4 and resumed on Wednesday night as the first game of a doubleheader.

On Tuesday, San Antonio scored three in the first inning.  The Cardinals answered with two in the second to cut the lead to 3-2.  Justin Toerner, Irving Lopez and Delvin Perez singled to load the bases.  Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch and Toerner scored.  Ivan Herrera followed with a sac fly to plate Lopez.

Springfield took the lead in the fourth with two runs to make it 4-3.  Lopez and Plummer singled.  Alec Burleson singled to plate Lopez and Plummer.  The Missions tied it in the home half of the fourth on a solo home run.  The game was delayed by rain after the home run and suspended with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Alec Burleson

As game resumed on Wednesday night, San Antonio scored again in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.  They added to their lead with two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

The Cardinals put one on the board in the eighth. Lopez tripled and scored on Perez’ ground out.  The Mission scored their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth and took home the victory in the ninth.

Burleson went 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Luken Baker was 2-for-4.  Lopez was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

In the field, Herrera had a passed ball.

Starter Kevin McGovern pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits.  The left hander fanned four.  Michael Brettell relieved and tossed 2 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on five hits.  Johan Quezada surrendered one run on 1 1/3 innings.  Alex FaGalde pitched the eighth and gave up two runs, one earned.  Brettell took the loss.

Springfield 10 at San Antonio 3 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals bounced back from the Game 1 loss to beat the Missions 10-3 in a seven-inning contest.  Starter Tyler Pike pitched six innings, gave up three runs on six hits and fanned five.  Jacob Bosiokovic tossed a scoreless seventh in relief of Pike, who earned his third win of the season.

San Antonio scored first, putting up two runs in the first and one in the second.  The score remained 3-0 until sixth inning.  Nick Plummer led off with a single but was eliminated on a force out by Alex Burleson.  Ivan Herrera singled, and Luken Baker singled to score Burleson.  Herrera scored on a Malcom Nunez ground out.  The Cardinals cut the lead to 3-2.

In the seventh, Springfield went to town, scoring eight times via small ball. Nick Dunn reached on a fielding error and Aaron Antonini singled. Nick Rapsoso pinch ran.   Dunn scored on a wild pitch.  Delvin Perez singled, Nick Plummer singled and Raposo came home.

Nick Plummer

Burleson reached on a fielding error and Perez scored.  Herrera plated Plummer on a single.  Burleson came in on single by Nunez.  Justin Toerner plated Herrera on a single.  The lineup turned over and Raposo drew a walk.  Perez singled to score Nunez and Toerner.  The Cardinals led 10-3, which was the final score of the game.

Perez, Plummer, Herrera, and Dunn each had two hits.  Perez and Nunez had two RBI each.

Pike picked two runners off first base.

Springfield is 27-41 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at San Antonio, Andre Pallante RHP (3-3, 3.09) vs. Jordan Humphreys RHP (0-0, 9.28) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 9

The Chiefs fell to River Bandits 9-4 at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night.  Starter Logan Gragg pitched five innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits, and fanning seven.   Jacob Schlesener yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings to take his second loss of the season.  Paul Schwendel gave up three runs in the seventh in relief of Schlesener without recording an out.  Leonardo Taveras finished the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Peoria got on the board with one run in the first inning. Jordan Walker singled and later scored on a single by Moises Castillo.  The Chiefs added a run in the second on an RBI single by Walker.  Quad Cities tied it up 2-2 in the home second.

Peoria answered with three runs in the top of the third.  Castillo was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Tyler Reichenborn singled and scored Castillo.  Reichenborn was caught stealing second.  Francisco Hernandez then drew a walk and scored on a double by Imeldo Diaz.  The Chiefs led 4-2.

Quad Cities cut the lead to 4-3 with one run in the bottom of the third and tied it up 4-4 in the fourth.  In the seventh the River Bandits put five runs on the board to take the 9-4 lead.  Peoria did not score after the third inning.

Jordan Walker

Walker 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Chiefs player with multiple hits.  He also stole his first base for Peoria.

Gragg made a throwing error and Castillo had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 25-43 and sits in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 21 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (3-4, 4.93) vs. Noah Murdock RHP (2-1, 3.38) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 5 at Jupiter 6 (11 innings)

The Cardinals were edged by the Hammerheads in extra innings at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night.  Palm Beach took an early lead, but the game got away from them in the later innings.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning. Masyn Winn drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk.  Tommy Jew walked before Winn scored on a double by Jacob Buchberger.  Matt Koperniak hit a ground-rule double that plated Jew and Buchberger.

Jupiter cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs scored in the home half of the first.  The Beach Birds added two runs in the third on a two-run home run by Koperniak.  The score remained 5-2 in favor of Palm Beach until the seventh inning, when Jupiter scored three runs to tie the game.

The game went into extra innings still tied 5-5.  In the 11th, Jupiter walked it off on a run that scored on a throwing error.

Buchberger went 4-for-5 with an RBI. L.J. Jones and Koperniak each had two hits, and Koperniak had four RBI.

Matt Koperniak

Jose Moreno

Starter Jose Moreno pitched six innings and gave up two runs on three hits, fanned five and walked one.  Levi Prater relieved in the seventh and surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  Prater was charged with a blown save.  Nathanael Heredia tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Sean Kealey allowed one unearned run in the final 1 2/3 innings and took the loss, his third of the season.

Darlyn Del Villar stole his first base of the season. Buchberger, Del Villar, Kealey, and Jose Zapata each made throwing errors.  Jew had an outfield assist at second base. Prater picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 25-42 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 10.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Jupiter, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (3-0, 1.69) vs. Luis Palacios LHP (2-1, 4.67) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 11 at FCL Nationals 8 (suspended)

Wednesday’s contest between the Cardinals and the Nationals was suspended in the top of the ninth inning due to lightning.  It will be resumed on July 27.

Thursday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Rockies, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Tigers, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 12-18

photo: Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong (Billy Hurst/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals’ formula coming off the break was strong starting pitching and just enough offense to win two of three. The Pauls – Goldschmidt and DeJong – swung the hottest bats against the Giants. In our history feature, standout events during prior July 12-18s are remembered.

Game Recaps

Tuesday, July 13 – American League wins All-Star Game, 5-2

The American League beat the National League 5-2 in the 91st MLB All Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 at Denver’s Coors Field.  It was the eighth straight win in the Midsummer Classic for the Junior Circuit.

The St. Louis Cardinals sent two players to the event.  Nolan Arenado started, winning the fan vote over other NL third basemen.  Closer Alex Reyes was selected by MLB.  Yadier Molina was selected as a replacement for the injured Buster Posey, but Molina chose not to participate due to foot injury.

Nolan Arenado

Arenado made two plate appearances and grounded out both times.  He was replaced in the fifth inning by Manny Machado.  Reyes relieved Padre Mark Melancon with one out in the eighth inning and a runner on first base.  Reyes gave up a single to Joey Wendle of the Rays, then induced a force out by the Royals Whit Merrifield.  Reyes struck out his last hitter, Mike Zunino of the Rays, swinging on four pitches.

Alex Reyes

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Friday, July 16 – Cardinals 2, Giants 7

The Cardinals were defeated by the Giants in the first game of the three-game post-break set at Busch Stadium.  Starter Adam Wainwright battled through six innings.  The right hander gave up four runs on five hits, fanned seven and walked one.

Luis Garcia relieved to begin the seventh and surrendered two runs while recording only one out.  T.J. McFarland got the final two outs of the inning but yielded an additional run.  Andrew Miller and Junior Fernandez each tossed a scoreless inning.

St. Louis’ offense was held to only two runs.  After San Francisco scored in the top of the fourth, the Cardinals answered with the tying run in the home half of the inning.  Nolan Arenado led off with a single and later scored on a single by Tommy Edman.

The Giants added three runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh.  In the bottom of the seventh the Redbirds put up their second and final run on a solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt.

The long ball was Goldschmidt’s only hit.  Tyler O’Neill was 2-for-5, Paul DeJong was 3-for-4, and Harrison Bader was 2-for-3.

Saturday, July 17 – Cardinals 3, Giants 1

The Redbirds bounced back from defeat in the first game of the series to win Game 2 at Busch Stadium by a 3-1 score.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Tyler O’Neill.  St. Louis added to their lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt.

Paul Goldschmidt

The Giants finally got on the board in the seventh, scoring one run off reliever Ryan Helsley.   The Cardinal bullpen kept San Francisco off board for the final two innings and the Cardinals took the win.

Starter Kwang-Hyun Kim added six innings to his scoreless streak.  The left hander allowed three hits, struck out one and walked two.  Helsley relieved Kim in the seventh and surrendered the Giants only run.  The right hander recorded only one out and was replaced by Genesis Cabrera, who got the final two outs.  Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes each pitched a scoreless frame.  Kim earned his fifth win and Reyes earned his 21st save.

Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Paul DeJong was 2-for-3.  O’Neill made a fielding error.

Sunday, July 18 – Cardinals 2, Giants 1

The Cardinals edged the Giants in the rubber game to take the weekend series at Busch Stadium.  In six games with West Division leading San Francisco this season, St. Louis has won four.

Wade LeBlanc made the start for the Redbirds.  The left hander pitched five innings and yielded one run on five hits, struck out three and walked one.  Ryan Helsley, Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning.  Cabrera was awarded the win.  Reyes earned his 22nd save and set the MLB record for the most consecutive saves to begin a career at 24.

Wade LeBlanc

The Cardinals broke out on top in the third inning on a solo home run by Paul DeJong.  The Giants quickly tied it up in the fourth on a bases empty long ball by Darin Ruf.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the seventh inning.  Matt Carpenter began with a ground rule double to right field.  Jose Rondon pinch ran.  DeJong moved Rondon to third.  Harrison Bader hit a soft checked swing ground ball to pitcher John Brebbia, and hustled to first, outrunning the former Cardinal to the bag and stumbling on the bag for an infield single.  Rondon scored to make it 2-1.  That was the all the Cardinals needed.

The offense had five hits and scored twice, which was one more than the Giants on the same number of hits.  Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill, Carpenter, DeJong, and Bader each contributed hits.

The Big Picture

It was a short week for the Cardinals due to the All-Star Break.  St. Louis returned for a weekend series against the Giants at Busch Stadium and won two of the three games.  The Cards are tied with the Cubs for third place in the NL Central, nine games back of the Brewers, who swept the Reds in three over the weekend.

Despite the Cardinals’ series win over San Francisco, the offense continues to be lackluster. They scored only seven runs over the three games, fewer than the Giants.  St. Louis pitching held San Francisco to two runs scored over the last two games.

The top offensive performers over the weekend were Paul Goldschmidt (1.538 OPS), Paul DeJong (1.500 OPS), Harrison Bader (.875 OPS), and Tyler O’Neill (.846 OPS).  The remainder of the starters fared very poorly.  Their OPS’s are as follows: Tommy Edman (.347), Dylan Carlson (.231), Yadier Molina (.182), and Nolan Arenado (.154).

Paul DeJong

It was only three games, but they demonstrated that the team still has issues to overcome, even after a five-day break.  The hill to climb to get back in contention is massive, and the offense’s performance over the weekend was not a good start up the hill.

Starting pitching was the weekend’s bright spot.  Adam Wainwright, Kwang-Hyun Kim, and Wade LeBlanc all pitched well enough to keep the offense in the game.  Kim tossed six scoreless innings on Saturday.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

The bullpen in the weekend series consisted mostly of Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes.  That trifecta pitched in the final two games, which the Cardinals won.  The bullpen that pitched in the 7-2 loss on Friday consisted of two new additions, Luis Garcia, and T.J. McFarland, plus Andrew Miller and Junior Fernandez.  Garcia and McFarland combined to give up three runs in one inning.  Ryan Helsley appeared in the final two games, pitching poorly in one and better in the other.

The bottom line is that the bullpen does not inspire confidence.   The Cardinals need more than 3 or 4 relievers who can be counted upon, and they do not have them.  The trade deadline is two weeks away and there has been no indication of any potential deals to be made.  Instead, the front office has paraded a succession of waiver pickups and free agents who were released by other teams.  The only recent addition that has succeeded so far is Wade LeBlanc as a rotation replacement.

President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak has told the media that the team will not be sellers.  However, whether they will be buyers on any significant scale remains to be seen.

The Cardinals continue the homestand with four games against the Cubs to start the week.  A weekend series against the Reds in Cincinnati commences over the weekend.  The Cardinals are chasing both teams, so series wins are needed in both cases.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 56 39 0.589
Cincinnati 48 45 0.516 7
Chicago 46 47 0.495 9
St. Louis 46 47 0.495 9
Pittsburgh 36 57 0.387 19

2021 MLB First-Year Player Draft

MLB conducted this year’s draft in Denver during the All-Star festivities.  Prior to 2021, the draft had been held in early June, but MLB moved it a month later.

The draft was 20 rounds instead of the prior 40, another change that may become permanent.  A comprehensive look at the Cardinals draft can be found here at The Cardinal Nation (links below). As of this writing, the Cardinals have signed eight of their 21 selections, including their first rounder, and added two free agents.

Michael McGreevy

The Cardinals’ initial selection was right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy from the University of California-Santa Barbara.  Details on the player and comments by scouting director Randy Flores can be found here.  Further information on all three days of the draft can be found here and here.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report. The annual deadline is July 31.

Transactions

  • 7/15 The Cardinals optioned LHP Brandon Waddell to the Memphis Redbirds, from where he was placed on the COVID IL.
  • 7/16 The Cardinals selected the contract of LHP T.J. McFarland from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/18 The Cardinals optioned OF Lars Nootbaar to Memphis.
  • 7/19 The Cardinals recalled RHP Jake Woodford from Memphis

Jake Woodford

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), remains on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas is throwing and expected to begin a rehab assignment as early as this week, but the plans have not been finalized.  An August return date remains the hope.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day injured list and the team seems less optimistic that he can return to pitch sometime before the end of the season.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) is on the 60-day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) continues on the 60-day IL. Flaherty has begun throwing bullpen sessions and the tentative plan is to send the right hander on a rehab assignment during the first half of August.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all of the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session last week and he is expected to continue to throw and ramp up the intensity. A return date is possibly late August/early September.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right thumb ligament sprain) is weighing his treatment options. It is doubtful that the right hander will return to pitch this season and may have thrown his last pitch as a Cardinal.  Martinez is on the final year of his contract, and though the team holds options for 2022 and 2023, they are not expected to pick them up.

Looking Ahead

Following the Giants series, the Cardinals continue the homestand with a four-game set with the Cubs beginning Monday, July 19. Starters will be Jake Woodford, TBA, Adam Wainwright and Kwang-Hyun Kim.

The Cardinals travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.  After a travel day on Monday, July 26, the Cardinals will have two games in Cleveland.

After a second travel day on Thursday, July 29, the team returns to St. Louis for a weekend set with the Twins.  Following an off day on Monday, August 2, the Cardinals continue the homestand with a three-game series with the Braves.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past for the month of July is notable events month, as we describe one or more memorable events from each day of the week the report covers.  As everyone knows, July is a prime trade month, so some of the highlighted events will be trades that are either notable for the players or something unique about them.

July 12, 1966 – The 37th MLB All-Star Game was played at Busch Stadium.  It was the fourth time St. Louis had hosted the Midsummer Classic.  The NL won 2-1 in 10 innings.

Mark McGwire (Getty Images)

July 12, 1998 – Mark McGwire becomes the second player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in both leagues after previously doing so with the Oakland A’s.  The first to accomplish the feat was Darrell Evans, who hit 41 home runs with the Braves in 1973 and 40 with the Tigers in 1985.

July 13, 1948 – St. Louis hosts the 15th MLB All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Stan Musial hit a home run in the first inning, but the AL defeated the NL 5-2.

July 13, 1972 – The Cardinals bested the Braves 2-0 in a game that lasted 93 minutes.  As short as it was, this was not the MLB record for shortest game.  That honor belongs to the 51-minute game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28, 1919.

Rogers Hornsby

July 14, 1924 – While the Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Robins 12-0, Rogers Hornsby raised his average to .402 with three hits in four at bats.  Hornsby’s average remained above .400 for the rest of the season.

July 15, 1901 – Christy Mathewson throws the first no-hitter of the modern era for the Giants and it was against the Cardinals.  The Giants defeated St. Louis 5-0 at Robison Field in St. Louis.

July 15, 1967 – Bob Gibson is hit by a comebacker off the bat of Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente.  Gibson finished the inning before realizing he had fractured his fibula.  The broken leg kept Gibson out for most of the remaining season, but he returned in September to lead the Cardinals to a World Series Championship against the Boston Red Sox.

July 16, 1962 – In the second game of a doubleheader between the Cardinals and the Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Stan Musial took his 10,428th at bat in the seventh, establishing a new NL record.  The prior record was set by Honus Wagner in 1917.

July 17, 1924 – Future Hall of Famer Jesse Haines throws a no-hitter against Boston at Sportsman’s Park.

Bob Gibson (AP photo)

July 17, 1974 – Bob Gibson strikes out Cesar Geronimo, the 3,000th of his career.

July 18, 1952 – The Cardinals pull off the largest come-from-behind win in NL history, defeating the Giants 14-12 after trailing 11-0.

July 18, 1961 – The Cardinals first baseman Bill White ties Ty Cobb’s record of hits in consecutive doubleheaders with 14.  White went 3-for-4 in both of the final two games of a four-game sweep of the Cubs. The streak began on the day Cobb died.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 18, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 in six games on Saturday, as the two DSL teams played each other. Our Player of the Day is outfielder Alec Burleson, who was 4-for-5 with an RBI in Springfield’s win over Frisco.

Results from games played Saturday, July 17.

Memphis 9, Norfolk 5

At AutoZone Park on Saturday night, the Redbirds defeated the Tides for the fifth consecutive game and seventh overall.  Memphis goes for the series sweep on Sunday.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched six innings and surrendered one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Garrett Williams relieved Rondon and tossed a scoreless seventh.   Seth Elledge gave up two runs in the eighth, and Connor Jones also yielded two runs in the ninth.

Angel Rondón

Memphis got on the board with three runs in the first inning.  Lane Thomas and Juan Yepez drew walks, then executed a double steal.  Ali Sanchez walked to load the bases and Conner Capel plated Thomas on a sac fly. Kramer Robertson singled to score Yepez.  Evan Mendoza walked, and Sanchez came home on a wild pitch.

The Tides got a run back in the sixth to make it but the Redbirds increased their lead in the seventh to 7-1.  Thomas singled, Nolan Gorman singled, and Yepez doubled. Thomas and Gorman scored on the single and a fielding error.  Robertson walked and Mendoza singled to plate Yepez.  Robertson scored on a single by Clint Coulter.

In the eighth, Norfolk cut the lead to 7-3.  Memphis answered in the home eighth with a two-run home run by Gorman.  The Tides added two more in the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Thomas went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Gorman was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Mendoza was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Coulter was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Thomas stole his second base of the season and Yepez snatched his first base.

Memphis is 28-36 and in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Norfolk, Zack Thompson LHP (0-6, 8.49) vs. Dean Kremer RHP (0-2, 6.23) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 9 at Frisco 7

The Cardinals prevailed over the Rough Riders in extra innings on Saturday night at Riders Field. It was a hard-fought contest between the two teams with multiple lead changes.

Springfield took an immediate 1-0 lead.  Delvin Perez led off with a double and later scored on a sac fly by Ivan Herrera.  Frisco quickly tied it in the home first and took a 2-1 lead in the second.

The Cardinals answered with a big third inning.  Irving Lopez singled, Perez doubled, and Nick Plummer followed with a three-run blast to right field.  Alec Burleson doubled, and Luken Baker launched a two-run long ball.  Springfield led 6-2.

The Rough Riders responded with two runs in the third to make it 6-4.  In the sixth, Frisco tied it at 6-6 and that score remained through regulation and into the 10th inning.

With David Vinsky at second base to begin the 10th, Lopez’ sac bunt and a throwing error sent Vinsky home and put Lopez on second.  Plummer singled to score Lopez.  Plummer scored on a single by Burleson.  The top of the ninth ended with Springfield leading 9-6.  Frisco pushed only one run across the plate in the bottom frame and the Cardinals went home with a 9-7 win.

Burleson had a 4-for-5 night with one RBI.  Perez and Plummer were each 2-for-5.  Plummer had three RBI and Baker had two runs driven in.

Alec Burleson

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Ramon Santos surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.  Evan Sisk tossed two scoreless frames.  Jacob Bosiokovic yielded one run in two innings pitched and earned his fifth win of the season.

On the base paths, Vinsky was caught stealing for the second time in the season.  In the field, Lopez made a throwing error.

Springfield is 25-40 and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  at Frisco, Dalton Roach RHP (4-5, 5.73) vs. TBA 6:05 CT.

Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

The Chiefs edged the Timber Rattlers in a Saturday night contest at Dozer Park.  An eighth inning rally put Peoria over the top for the win.

The Chiefs put the first run on the board in the second inning.  Zade Richardson drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a ground out by Matt Chamberlain.  Wisconsin came back to tie the game in the fifth and take a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

In the eighth, the Chiefs recaptured the lead on solo home runs by Moises Castillo and Chandler Redmond.  The Timber Rattlers did not score in the ninth and Peoria took home the one-run victory.

Connor Lunn got the start for the Chiefs and tossed six innings, yielding two runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked one.  Leonardo Taveras pitched a scoreless seventh.  Jacob Schlesener hurled a scoreless eighth to earn his second win of the season.  Paul Schwindel earned his third save in the ninth, tossing a scoreless frame.

Connor Lunn

Castillo and Redmond each had two hits.  The Chiefs scored three runs on seven hits with the only extra base hit other than the two long balls a double by Jhon Torres.

On the base paths, Chamberlain was caught stealing twice.  In the field, Torres had an outfield assist at second base.

Peoria is 24-41 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 20 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (1-6, 4.97) vs. Victor Castaneda RHP (2-3, 3.74) 1:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 6

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in a Saturday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter Gustavo Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up one run on three hits, fanned four and walked two.

Sean Kealey relieved in the sixth and yielded one run in one inning pitched.  Gianluca Dalatri surrendered four runs in 1 1/3 frames and was tagged with a blown save and the loss.  Kevin Marnon tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez

The Mets scored first with a run in the third inning, but the Beach Birds answered in the home half of the inning to take the lead.  Tommy Jew drew a leadoff walk and Terry Fuller followed with a single.  Jew scored on a fielding error.  Fuller later scored on a sac fly by Masyn Winn.

Palm Beach added to their lead with a run in the fifth.  Patrick Romeri singled and later scored on a ground out by Franklin Soto.

The Mets scored a run in the sixth and the seventh to tie the game. In the eighth, St. Lucie put up three runs to take the 6-3 lead that became the final score.

Fuller was 2-for-5.  Soto and Winn each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Jew was caught stealing for the fourth time in the season.  In the field, Soto, and Jacob Buchberger each made fielding errors.  Fuller had an outfield assist at home plate.

Palm Beach is 25-39 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 8.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Levi Prater RHP (1-3, 4.07) vs. David Griffin RHP (0-0, 5.74) 11:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Mets 7 (seven innings)

The rookie-level Cardinals (5-8) were defeated by the Mets 7-4 in a Saturday morning contest in St. Lucie.  In his professional starting debut, 2020 draftee Tink Hence pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked two.

Victor Villanueva relieved and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Diego Cordero and Colin Schmid each pitched a scoreless inning.  Ben Baird started the sixth and surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  He was charged with the blown save and the loss.  Juan Peralta got the final out of the sixth.

The Cardinals offense scored quickly with two runs in the first inning.  Roblin Heredia led off with a double and scored on Jeremy Rivas’ double.  Adanson Cruz singled to plate Rivas.  The Mets answered in the home half of the first with a run and took the 3-2 lead with two runs in the second.

The Cardinals regained the edge with two runs in the fourth.  Luis Montano and Ramon Mendoza walked.  Brandon Hernandez singled to score Montano.  Mendoza came home on a single by Heredia.

The Mets added four runs in the sixth to make it 7-4, which became the final score.

Roblin Heredia

Designated hitter Heredia had two hits and drove in one.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Rivas, Cruz, and Hernandez had one RBI each.

In the field, Rivas and Jake Burns each made throwing errors.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 at DSL Cardinals Red 4 (seven innings)

The two Cardinals DSL teams played each other on Saturday morning with the Red designated the home team.  They blanked the Blue 4-0.

The Red scored one run in the first inning on an RBI triple by Felix Taveras.  In the second, Maikel Hernandez’ two-run home run increased the lead to 3-0.

Lizandro Espinoza led off the home sixth with a walk and scored on a ground out from teammate Taveras and a throwing error by Blue first baseman Fernando Diaz.

The Red offense scored four runs on seven hits, including three for extra bases. No hitter had multiple hits.

Engels Martinez

Red starter Engels Martinez pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one. Relievers Fraimin Marte, Americo Lugo, and Augusto Calderon each tossed a scoreless inning.  Calderon got the win.

The Blue team had only two hits, singles by Anyelo Encarnacion and Adari Grant.

Blue starter Henry Gomez pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four.  Gomez took the loss.  Ronny Oliver tossed a scoreless fifth.  Alejandro Cervantes yielded one run in the sixth.

On the base paths, Red left fielder Taveras was picked off third base.  For the Blue, Encarnacion was caught stealing for the first time.

In the field, Red right fielder Miguel Vargas had an assist at third base.  For Blue, Robelyn Lopez and Diaz each made throwing errors.  Catcher Leonardo Bernal picked off Taveras at third base.

Cardinals Blue has a record of 2-3, while Red’s record is 3-2.

Sunday’s games:  No game scheduled for either team.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 17, 2021

photo: Dionys Rodriguez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starting pitcher Dionys Rodriguez, who pitched five scoreless, no-hit innings in the Cardinals win over the first place St. Lucie Mets.

Results from games played Friday, July 16.

Memphis 6, Norfolk 5

The Redbirds edged the Tides in a one run win on Friday night at AutoZone Park.  Memphis has won six in a row including all four against Norfolk with two games remaining in the series.

Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched six innings and gave up five runs on six hits, fanned six and walked two to earn his fourth win of the season.  Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless seventh and Connor Thomas closed with two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Memphis fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but responded in the second inning with five runs scored to take a three-run lead.  Scott Hurst led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kramer Robertson plated Hurst on a sac fly.  Evan Mendoza singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Clint Coulter and Lane Thomas each drew a walk to load the bases.  Nolan Gorman walked, and Mendoza scored.  Coulter scored on a wild pitch. Conner Capel then singled to score Thomas and Gorman.

Conner Capel

The Tides got a run back in the third to cut the Memphis lead to 5-3.  In the fifth Norfolk scored two to tie the game at 5-5.   In the sixth the Redbirds took a 6-5 lead.  Robertson and Mendoza singled and Thomas plated Robertson on a sac fly.  The 6-5 lead held, and Memphis took home their fourth straight victory in the series and their sixth win in a row.

Mendoza went 3-for-4. Capel and Robertson each had two hits.  Capel drove in two.  ‘

On the base paths, Capel was picked off second base.  In the field, Ali Sanchez made a throwing error.

Memphis is 27-35 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Angel Rondon RHP (1-4, 5.82) vs. Kevin Smith LHP (1-1, 3.63) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 4 at Frisco 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals beat the Rough Riders in a one run game in extra innings on Friday night.  Springfield came from behind in the final two innings to snatch the victory from Frisco.

The Rough Riders got on the board first with a run in the first inning.  Springfield scored one to tie in the third inning on a bases loaded walk by Ivan Herrera.  Frisco regained the lead 3-1 in the fourth.

The score remained 3-1 until the ninth inning.  Nick Dunn singled, and David Vinsky drew a walk.  Delvin Perez singled and Dunn scored.  Nick Plummer followed with a double to plate Vinsky, and the game was tied 3-3.

In the 10th inning with Herrera at second base, a ground out by Alec Burleson advance Herrera to third and then a passed ball sent the catcher home for a 4-3 Memphis lead.  Frisco did not score in their half of the 10th.

Starter Andre Pallante pitched six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, fanned five and walked one.  Tyler Pike tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Pallante to earn the win.

Tyler Pike

The Springfield offense scored four runs on six hits. Plummer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  He also had the Cards’ only extra base hit while extending his on-base streak to 17 games.

Plummer was caught stealing for the sixth time this season. Herrera made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 24-40 and stand in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Kyle Leahy RHP (0-7, 8.23) vs TBD 7:05 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers 4-1 in the fourth game of a six-game series at Dozer Park on Friday night.  Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson pitched six innings and yielded two runs on five hits, struck out one and walked two.  The right hander suffered his fourth loss of the season.  Mac Lardner relieved Trogrlic-Iverson and surrendered two runs in two innings pitched.  Cory Thompson tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs scored their only run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Pedro Pages.  The offense managed only two other hits, a double by Leandro Cedeno and a single by Imeldo Diaz.

Pedro Pages

In the field, Matt Chamberlain had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs are 23-42 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 19.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Connor Lunn RHP (3-5, 5.25) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 0

The Cardinals blanked the Mets 7-0 in a one hitter on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter Dionys Rodriguez threw a five-inning gem, no runs, no hits, one walk and four strikeouts.  John Beller relieved Rodriguez and tossed four scoreless innings, with only one hit allowed.  Rodriguez earned his third win of the season and Beller earned his first save.

Dionys Rodriguez

The Palm Beach offense scored seven runs on five hits. The first run scored in the second inning.  Todd Lott led off with a double, Patrick Romeri singled, and Lott scored on a groundout by Matt Koperniak.  The Cardinals increased their lead to 2-0 in the third on a walk by Donivan Williams and throwing error on a pickoff and a ground out by Masyn Winn.

In the fifth the Beach Birds made it 3-0.  Koperniak drew a walk and advanced to second on a ground out.  Williams singled, and Koperniak scored on a wild pitch.  The Cardinals had their first multi-run inning of the game in the seventh.  Winn walked and scored on a triple by Tommy Jew.  L.J Jones walked, Lott walked, Patrick Romeri walked, and Jew scored. Koperniak then walked to plate Jones.  The Cardinals led 6-0.

The final run for Palm Beach scored in the eighth on a walk, two wild pitches, and a ground out.  Lott went 2-for-5 in the game and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  The offense scored seven runs without benefit of the long ball.  They were helped by drawing 12 walks.

In the field, Jacob Buchberger made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 25-38 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 7.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Gustavo Rodriguez (0-3, 7.71) RHP vs. J.T. Ginn RHP (2-1, 2.48) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals – off Friday

Saturday’s game:  at Mets, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Mets2 8 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (2-2) were blanked by the Mets 2 8-0 in a Friday morning contest.  Starter Yonael Dominguez gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits, while recording only one out. The right hander struck out one.

Bruno Lopez relieved Dominguez and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Darlin Saladin yielded three runs on 2 1/3 innings of relief. Marlyn Almonte closed out the game with 2/3 scoreless innings. Dominguez took the loss, his first of the season.

The Cardinals Red offense managed only three hits, all singles. Marcelo Perez, Santiago Carbonara, and Justin Guerrero each contributed a base hit.  Cardinals Red hitters were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

On the base paths, Romtres Cabrera was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Perez made a throwing error.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Angels 4 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Blue (2-2) edged the Angels in a 5-4 contest Friday morning.  The Cardinals Blue offense scored all their runs in the first three innings and held on to defeat the Angels by one run.

The Angels scored first with one run in the top of the first.  The Cardinals Blue answered with two runs in the home half of the first.  Adari Grant was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Grant stole second and scored on a double by Anyelo Encarnacion. Encarnacion then scored on a single Leonardo Bernal.

Adari Grant

The Cardinals added a run in the second on an RBI double by Grant. In the third, an RBI double by Bernal and a single by Jose Suarez, plated two more runs for a 5-1 Cardinals lead.  Bernal was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, he had two.

On the mound, starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one.  Rincon was relieved by Miguel Martinez, who surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Martinez was awarded the win. Oliver Lopez tossed a scoreless seventh to earn his first save.

On the base paths, Grant stole his first base of the season. In the field, Encarnacion and Bernal each made throwing errors.  Suarez had an outfield assist at third base.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 15, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Wednesday as Palm Beach dropped both ends of a doubleheader. Player of the Day, DH Nolan Gorman, was 3-for-4 including a three-run home run and three RBI in Memphis’ win over Norfolk.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 14.

Memphis 8, Norfolk 3

The Redbirds blew past the Norfolk Tides in an 8-3 win at AutoZone Park on Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive win and second of the six-game series.

Starter Johan Oviedo had a somewhat shaky first inning but bounced back to finish strongly. The right hander pitched six innings and yielded two runs on five hits, fanned eight and walked two.  Oviedo gave up a double to begin the game and walked the second batter but retired the next two with a strikeout and a double play groundout.  Oviedo pitched much better for the remainder of his outing and earned his first Triple-A win.

Tyler Webb relieved in the seventh and tossed a scoreless frame.  Brandon Dickson surrendered a run in the eighth before Grant Black hurled a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds offense went to town in the first inning off Norfolk’s starter, who recorded only one out in the first and gave up five runs.   The lineup batted around, with 11 hitters coming to the plate.  Lane Thomas led off with a double.  Juan Yepez drew a walk. Nolan Gorman tattooed the third pitch he saw over the fence for a three-run home run.  It was Gorman’s first Triple-A home run.

Nolan Gorman

Ali Sanchez followed with a solo home run that almost left the ballpark entirely.

Conner Capel walked, stole second and went to third on a passed ball.  Evan Mendoza plated Capel on a single.  Kramer Robertson walked, Rayder Ascanio singled, and when Thomas came to the plate for the second time in the inning, he singled to score Robertson. Scott Hurst struck out to end the inning after six runs came home.

The Redbirds increased the lead to 7-1 in the second inning.  Yepez doubled and scored on a double play by Sanchez.  Memphis scored its eighth and final run in the sixth on a solo home run by Yepez.

Thomas was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Yepez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Gorman was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Sanchez and Mendoza were both 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Capel stole his second base of the season. Mendoza was caught stealing for the second time.

Oviedo was charged with a balk because he pitched out of the windup instead of the stretch with a runner on base.

The Redbirds are 25-36 and are in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Tommy Parsons RHP (1-6, 6.28) vs. TBA 7:10 CT.

Springfield 7 at Frisco 6 (10 innings)

The Cardinals edged the Rough Riders in extra innings at Riders Field on Wednesday night.  The game was close throughout the entire evening as both teams battled for the win.

Neither team scored in the first inning, but in the second, the Cardinals went up 2-0. Ivan Herrera led off with a single and Justin Toerner doubled to right. Luken Baker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nick Dunn singled with Herrera and Toerner coming home.

Frisco answered in the home half of the second with two runs to tie.  The Cardinals went up 3-2 in the third on a solo home run by Alec Burleson.  The Rough Riders responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth the Cardinals tied it up again. Toerner doubled to lead off and Baker drew a walk. Nick Raposo singled and the bases were juiced. With one out, Delvin Perez flied into a sacrifice double play, as Toerner scored to make it 4-4.

Frisco retook the lead in the home fourth and the score remained 5-4 until the seventh inning when Nick Plummer blasted a two-run home run to give Springfield the 6-5 lead.

The Rough Riders plated a run in the eighth and the score was knotted for the third time.  The game went into the 10th inning with the score 6-6.  Burleson started at second base but was pinch run for by David Vinsky.  Toerner singled to center and Vinsky scored to give Springfield the 7-6 lead.  Frisco did not score in the home half of the 10th and the Cardinals took home the victory.

Springfield’s starter Domingo Robles pitched only 1 2/3 innings and gave up two unearned runs on two hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked two.  Michael Brettell tossed the next 4 1/3 innings and yielded three runs on five hits.  Jacob Bosiokovic surrendered one run in three innings pitched and was charged with a blown save but was awarded the win. Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his first save.

Toerner was 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.  No other Cardinal had multiple hits.  Plummer and Dunn each drove in two.

Toerner was caught stealing for the second time in the season. In the field, Malcom Nunez made a fielding error and Baker was charged with interference.

The Cardinals are 23-39 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 11 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Frisco, Kevin McGovern LHP (1-0, 3.52) vs. Hans Crouse RHP (1-2, 3.50) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 10

The Chiefs suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. It was Peoria’s eighth consecutive loss. Wisconsin took a hefty lead in the early innings, an edge that Peoria could not overcome.

Reigning League Pitcher of the Week Michael YaSenka had a rough night, getting only six outs while giving up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  YaSenka was tagged with his sixth loss of the season.  Enmanuel Solano tossed four scoreless innings of relief.  Cole Aker yielded two runs in the seventh.  Paul Schwendel pitched the final two scoreless innings.

Peoria’s offense was faced with an 8-0 deficit when they finally put runs on the board in the fourth.  Chandler Redmond was hit by a pitch and Tyler Reichenborn tripled to center.  Redmond scored on the triple and Reichenborn came home on a throwing error.  Wisconsin’s lead was cut to 8-2.

The Chiefs responded in the seventh with a two-run home run by Leandro Cedeno.  In the eighth the Timber Rattlers added two final runs for the final score of 10-4.

Peoria scored four runs on just five hits. Reichenborn’s triple and a double by Redmond were the only ones to go for extra bases.  No Chief had multiple hits.

Moises Castillo made a throwing error. Cedeno had an outfield assist at second base and Cristhian Longa had a passed ball.

The Chiefs are 22-40 and stand in last placed in the High-A Central West Division, 19 games back of first placed Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs Wisconsin, Logan Gragg RHP (0-3, 7.01) vs. Carlos Luna RHP (2-0, 0.92) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 6 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were defeated by the St. Lucie Mets in the first game of a twin bill at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.

Palm Beach got on the board first with two runs in the second inning of the seven-inning contest.  Patrick Romeri doubled to center field and Tommy Jew followed with a single to right that plated Romeri.  Jew stole second base and Terry Fuller and Franklin Soto drew walks to load the bases. Masyn Winn walked, forcing in Jew.

Masyn Winn

The Mets answered in the third inning with two runs to tie.  The Beach Birds regained the lead 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Winn.  In the fifth, the Mets put up a four spot to take the 6-3 lead which ultimately became the final score.

Jew and Matt Koperniak each had two hits. Winn had two RBI.  Doubles by Romeri and Koperniak were the Beach Birds’ only extra base hits.

On the mound for Palm Beach, starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched four innings and yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits, fanned six and walked three.  Will Guay gave up four runs without recording an out.  Francisco Justo and Gianluca Dalatri combined to toss the final two scoreless innings of relief.  Guay was tagged with the loss.

Jew stole his ninth and 10th bases of the season. In the field, Jacob Buchberger made a fielding error.

Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. This was a makeup contest for Tuesday’s rainout.

Starter Nathanael Heredia pitched two innings.  The left hander surrendered one run on two hits, fanned six and walked one. Edwin Nunez tossed the next three innings and yielded two runs on three hits.  Nunez took the loss.  Luis Tena gave up one run in the sixth.  Tena was charged with a blown save. Kevin Marnon hurled a scoreless seventh.

The Mets scored first with one run in the second before the Beach Birds tied it up in the third.  Darlyn Del Villar singled and Patrick Romeri singled.  L.J Jones walked to load the bases and Del Villar scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger.  In the sixth, the Mets swatted a three-run home run off Tena with two of Nunez’ runners on, giving them a lead they would not relinquish.

The Palm Beach offense scored two runs on seven hits, none of which went for extra bases.  Edgardo Rodriguez had two hits as the only Cardinal with multiples.

On the base paths, Matt Koperniak was caught stealing for the first time this season.  In the field, Rodriguez had a passed ball and a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 23-38 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 9.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, TBA (PB) vs. Oscar Rojas RHP (2-1, 2.54) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5, FCL Marlins 12

The Cardinals (4-7) were walloped by the Marlins in a 12-5 laugher on Wednesday.  Starter Yordy Richard pitched four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out four.  The right hander took his second loss of the season.

Tyler Statler relieved for two innings and yielded four runs on three hits.  William Miranda surrendered three runs in the seventh.  Ettore Guilianelli tossed a scoreless eighth and Juan Peralta hurled a clean ninth.

The Marlins were up 9-0 before the Cardinals could get on the board.  In the bottom of the fifth the Cardinals scored two runs.  Albert Inoa drew a leadoff walk and Ramon Mendoza singled. Jesus Orrechia walked and with the bases loaded, Sander Mora grounded into a force out, and Inoa was thrown out at home.  Roblin Heredia grounded to first and Mendoza scored.  Hansel Otamendi drew a bases loaded walk to plate Orrechia.

Down 12-2 in the ninth, the Cardinals tacked on three on a bases-loaded double by Joyser Garcia.

Joyser Garcia

Mendoza and Joerlin De Los Santos each had two hits.  Garcia had three RBI.  Heredia made an error on a dropped foul ball and Mendoza had a fielding miscue.

Thursday’s game:  vs. FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT.

Dominican Summer League

No games are played on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game DSL Blue: at Angels, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday’s game DSL Red: vs. Mets2, 10:30 a.m.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 5-11

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The St. Louis Cardinals posted a 3-2 record in the shortened week and enter the All-Star break two games under .500 and tied for third place, eight games back. Carlos Martinez’ latest injury has the rotation down three starters. Kwang-Hyun Kim made two strong pre-break starts. Our history segment notes key events from team history on July 5-11.

Game Recaps

Monday, July 5 – Cardinals 5 at Giants 3

The Cardinals defeated the West’s first place Giants 5-3 at Oracle Park in the first of a three-game series.  The game was scoreless for the first six innings as the teams battled to score off the opposing pitcher.  The Cardinals sent Kwang-Hyun Kim to the mound.  The lefty tossed seven scoreless innings against the Giants offense, allowed only three hits, struck out two and walked two.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

Cardinal relievers Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes each gave up runs.  Gallegos surrendered one run in the eighth, and Reyes yielded two runs in the ninth.  Kim earned his third win of the season.

The Redbirds broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the seventh inning. Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman each singled and Matt Carpenter smacked a triple to plate both runners.  Arenado drove in the Cardinals third run in the eighth on a single.  The Cardinals final two runs came home in the ninth on an RBI single by Harrison Bader and a sac fly by Jose Rondon.

Arenado and Edman each had two hits.

Tuesday, July 6 – Cardinals 6 at Giants 5

The Cardinals edged the Giants in the second of the three-game series at Oracle Park. Though it was not one of Adam Wainwright’s better starts, he did earn his seventh win.  The right hander pitched five innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits.  He struck out three and walked four.

Andrew Miller and Ryan Helsley combined to toss the next two scoreless innings.  John Gant gave up a run in 2/3 innings as did Genesis Cabrera.  Justin Miller pitched the final 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Nolan Arenado

The Cardinals got on the board first on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado in the first inning.  The Giants tied it 2-2 in the third.  The Cardinals regained the lead 4-2 in the fourth on a two-run single by Paul DeJong.

The Giants cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth. The Redbirds added a run in the seventh on a Yadier Molina RBI single to make it 5-3. They added a sixth run in the eighth on a solo home run by Edmundo Sosa.

In the home eighth the Giants rallied for two runs to make it closer.  Neither team scored in the ninth and the Cardinals won 6-5.  Arenado, Molina, and Sosa each had three hits.  Goldschmidt was 2-for-5.  Harrison Bader’s double was the only other extra base hit.

Arenado stole his first base of the season.

Wednesday, July 7 – Cardinals 2 at Giants 5

The Cardinals failed to complete the sweep of the Giants as they were defeated 5-2 in the third game of the series at Oracle Park.  St. Louis started Johan Oviedo, who pitched four innings and gave up two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked four. Brandon Waddell surrendered a run in 2/3 innings pitched. John Gant and Andrew Miller combined for the next two scoreless innings of relief.  Justin Miller yielded two runs in 2/3 of an inning and Junior Fernandez pitched the final 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals scored in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Nolan Arenado.  The Giants tied it up in the bottom half of the inning, then plated a second run in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead.

The Giants extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth.  The Cardinals cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth on an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt.  But the Giants widened the lead to 5-2 in the home half of the eighth.

Dylan Carlson went 2-for-4 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Arenado, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each doubled for the only extra base hits for the Redbirds.

Thursday, July 8 – Off day

Friday, July 9 – Cardinals 5 at Cubs 10

St. Louis began a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Friday. The Cardinals lost the first game 10-5 in a shortened start by left hander Wade LeBlanc.  LeBlanc, taking the spot of injured Carlos Martinez, went just three innings and gave up three runs on five hits, struck out one and walked three.

LeBlanc was relieved by new acquisition Luis Garcia, who surrendered one run in 2/3 of an inning.  Andrew Miller, Justin Miller, and Ryan Helsley combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Genesis Cabrera and Junior Fernandez combined to yield five runs in the seventh.  Brandon Waddell allowed one run in the eighth. LeBlanc took the loss, his second of the season.

The Cardinals fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but cut the lead to 3-2 in the third on RBI singles by Tyler O’Neill and Yadier Molina.

The Cubs extended their lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning.  Then in the seventh the Cubs put up five runs against the St. Louis bullpen to put the game out of reach. They added an insurance run in the eighth.

Paul DeJong

The Cardinals attempted a comeback in the ninth but fell short, scoring three runs on a Paul Goldschmidt single and a two-run home run by Paul DeJong to make the final score 10-5 in the favor of the Cubs.

Dylan Carlson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Goldschmidt was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  DeJong’s two run long ball came as a pinch hitter.  Doubles by Goldschmidt, Carlson, and Harrison Bader were the only other extra base hits.

Saturday, July 10 – Cardinals 6 at Cubs 0

The Cardinals blanked the Cubs 6-0 in the second game of the series behind a pitching gem from starter Kwang-Hyun Kim. Kim tossed six scoreless innings, allowed five hits, fanned seven and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos, Genesis Cabrera, and Jon Gant combined to pitch the final three scoreless innings of relief.

St. Louis’ offense took the lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Carpenter.  The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning, when the Redbirds put up five more.  Paul Goldschmidt led off the inning with a solo home run.  Tyler O’Neill singled, and Tommy Edman followed with a two-run home run.  Harrison Bader then singled, and Paul DeJong followed with a two-run home run.

Tommy Edman

The three-home run inning is the Cardinals first since Matt Carpenter, Harrison Bader, and Paul Goldschmidt hit three home runs in an inning on September 12, 2020, in a game against the Reds.  The last time the Cardinals hit three home runs in an inning at Wrigley Field was on August 18, 2006.

Goldschmidt, DeJong, and Bader each had two hits. DeJong and Edman both had two RBI.

Bader stole his fifth base of the season and Tyler O’Neill snatched his seventh base.  Yadier Molina made a dropped foul ball error.

Sunday, July 11 – Cardinals at Cubs (postponed)

The final game of the series was postponed due to rain.  It will be played as part of a doubleheader on September 24.

The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 3-2 in five games played.  Sunday’s game at the Cubs was postponed due to inclement weather.

The team enters the All-Star break tied with the Cubs for third place in the NL Central. In this final week prior to the break the Cardinals played better.  They took 2 of 3 games from the first place Giants and won one of two games at Wrigley Field.

What the Cardinals do during the rest of July will be telling in terms of how the rest of the season unfolds.  If they can gain significant ground in the final weeks of July, they can enter August in much better shape for a run at the Division.  This will require help from both the Reds and Brewers as the Cardinals do not play the Brewers again until the middle of August.  A series against the Reds takes place on July 23-25, which gives the Cardinals the opportunity to help themselves a bit.

Carlos Martinez

Pitching injuries have once again hit St. Louis.  Carlos Martinez has a significant injury to his right thumb, which may or may not end his season.  At the very least he is out for a long period of time.  Jack Flaherty could return by the end of July, if all goes well, but early August is a more realistic time frame.  Miles Mikolas is likely out until mid-August.  The rotation for the next several weeks will consist of two of the original rotation members plus what the manager and front office can cobble together.  At this time, it looks to include Wade LeBlanc and Johan Oviedo plus whomever is chosen to replace Martinez.  Jake Woodford is currently being stretched out in Memphis, so perhaps he will be the next temporary rotation member.

The offense has the burden of taking up the slack for the pitching woes.  So far, this effort has been hit and miss.  Perhaps the All-Star break can rejuvenate a wobbly offense.  Top offensive performances over the last seven games are: Matt Carpenter (1.402 OPS), Paul DeJong (1.139 OPS), Paul Goldschmidt (1.065 OPS), and Harrison Bader (.920 OPS).  Slumpers over the last seven games are Nolan Arenado (.692 OPS), Dylan Carlson (.618), Tyler O’Neill (.533 OPS), Yadier Molina (.500 OPS), and Tommy Edman (.458 OPS).

Matt Carpenter

Whether the Cardinals front office will do anything at the trade deadline to help the team’s pitching woes remains to be seen.  The return of Flaherty and Mikolas may be too late to help the team get back into playoff contention.  The fiddling around the margins that has happened so far has done nothing significant for the cause.

The Cardinals return from the break to play three games against the Giants and four games against the Cubs.  All seven games will be played at Busch Stadium.  Winning both series is a must for any hope of a resurgence to playoff contention.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 53 39 0.576
Cincinnati 48 42 0.533 4
Chicago 44 46 0.489 8
St. Louis 44 46 0.489 8
Pittsburgh 34 56 0.378 18

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 7/7 The Cardinals placed RHP Carlos Martinez on the 10-day injured list. Right thumb sprain.
  • 7/9 The Cardinals transferred RHP Carlos Martinez to the 60-day injured list. Right thumb sprain.
  • 7/9 The Cardinals signed free agent RHP Luis Garcia.
  • 7/9 The Cardinals optioned RHP Johan Oviedo to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals optioned RHR Kodi Whitley to the Memphis Redbirds.

Kodi Whitley

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), remains on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas is expected to begin a rehab assignment by the end of July, but the build up to a return will be slow and careful.  A return date has now been reported as possibly by the second half of August.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day injured list and the latest report is not good. Hicks has only returned to light catching as of Saturday, and a return to full baseball activities is not close.  Manager Mike Shildt told the media that his return at all this season “remains to be seen”.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) was placed on the 60-day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Kodi Whitley (mid back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 27. Whitley has made several rehab appearances at Double-a Springfield.  His last appearance was as a starter, and he was roughed up early.  Originally Whitley was expected to return during the current pre-All Star break road trip, but that plan has been delayed.  On Sunday, the Cardinals optioned Whitley to Memphis, so it appears he will not return to the big-league roster from the IL.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room for newly acquired pitcher Justin Miller. Flaherty resumed light throwing on June 16 and will gradually increase the intensity of his baseball activities.  He remains on track for a late July/early August return.  A rehab assignment before he returns is likely.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all of the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon is on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort. This is the same injury that put him on the IL earlier in the season, but the recovery is expected to take longer this time.  Ponce de Leon will not pick up a baseball for at least three weeks and is expected to be out until late August/early September.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez was removed early from his start a week ago Sunday against the Rockies with a thumb issue. After imaging, it was reported that Martinez has a tear in his right thumb ligament.  Martinez is considering different treatment options, including surgery, any of which will keep him off the roster for most if not all of the remaining season.  Martinez may have thrown his last pitch for the Cardinals, as his 2022 option is not expected to be picked up.

Looking Ahead

The All-Star break begins on Monday, July 12. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was named an injury replacement for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but declined to participate due to a foot injury. Third base starter Nolan Arenado and closer Alex Reyes are expected to play in the Mid-Summer Classic from Denver.

The Cardinals return to action on Friday, July 16 with a three-game series at Busch Stadium against the Giants.  The rotation will likely be changed post All-Star break, so no probable pitchers for the Giants series have been announced.

The Cardinals will continue the homestand with a four-game set with the Cubs beginning Monday, July 19 and will travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.  After a travel day on Monday, July 26, the Cardinals will have two games in Cleveland.

After a second travel day on Thursday, July 29, the team will return to St. Louis for a weekend series with the Twins.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

July is notable events month for Blast from the Past, as we describe one or more remembrances from each day of the week the report covers.  As everyone knows, July is a heavy trade month, so some of the notable events will be trades that are either important due to the players or features something unique.

July 5, 1954 – Stan Musial outpolls all other National League players in the All-Star balloting.

Albert Pujols (USA TODAY Sports Images)

July 5, 2009 – Albert Pujols was the top vote getter for the 80th All Star Game.

July 6, 1929 – The Cardinals set the modern National League record for most runs scored in a game by defeating the Phillies 28-6.  Two teams in the AL later scored 29 runs: Red Sox against the Browns 29-4 on June 8, 1950; and White Sox against the Kansas City A’s, 29-6 on April 23, 1955.  The NL record was no broken until Sept. 9, 2020, when the Braves beat the Marlins 29-9.  The MLB record is 30 runs by the Texas Rangers (30) against the Baltimore Orioles (3) on August 22, 2007.

July 6, 1990 – St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog resigns after 10 seasons as the Cardinals skipper.  He was replaced on an interim basis by Red Schoendienst.

July 7, 1936 – The National League wins its first All-Star Game with St. Louis’ Joe Medwick driving in the winning run and pitcher Dizzy Dean picking up the win.

July 7, 1963 – Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst plays in his last major league game.

Stan Musial

July 8, 1962 – Stan Musial hits three home runs in a 15-1 trouncing of the Mets at the Polo Grounds.  Musial became the oldest player, at 41, to accomplish this feat.

July 8, 1969 – Bob Gibson pitches complete game number 150 in a 6-3 win over the Braves.  His pitching line is 9IP/8H/3ER/7BB/6K.

July 9, 1929 – Chick Hafey ties an NL record with 10 consecutive hits over two games.

Harry Caray

July 9, 1966 – Cardinals broadcaster Harry Caray is discovered calling a game against the Astros wearing only his underwear and socks.  Caray was surprised by a photographer, who took his picture adjusting the waistband of his boxers.

July 10, 1911 – In a game between the Cardinals and the Phillies, an unruly fan was removed from a game for the first time in major league history.

July 11, 1911 – The Bridgeport Train Wreck occurs.  This event was covered in a previous Blast from the Past.  The Cardinals were traveling to a game in New York when their train jumped the track and went over an embankment.  The team had been moved at the last stop to the last car of the train and that car did not go over the embankment.  14 people were killed in the wreck and members of the Cardinals were credited with helping to rescue some of the injured.

July 11, 1994 – Ozzie Smith moves into the top spot for most assists by a shortstop all-time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 11, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-2 on Saturday.  Memphis was postponed and Palm Beach was suspended. For the second time in three days, our Player of the Day is right fielder Nick Plummer, who was 2-for-4 including a home run and two RBI in Springfield’s loss to Tulsa.

Results from games played Saturday, July 10.

Memphis at Louisville (postponed)

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 21.

Sunday’s game: at Louisville, Zack Thompson LHP (0-6, 9.16) vs. Ashton Goudeau RHP (1-1, 5.50) 1:00 CT.


Also Sunday: MLB Futures Game at Denver: National League vs. American League, 2:00 p.m. CT. Redbirds Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore are participating.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 9

The Cardinals were defeated by the Tulsa Drillers in the fifth of a six-game series at Hammons Field on Saturday.  The game was moved to the afternoon due to the threat of inclement weather in the area.

Tulsa took a commanding six-run lead in the first two innings.  St. Louis reliever Kodi Whitley, who is rehabbing a back injury in Springfield, started the game but was ineffective.  Whitley pitched to four batters and gave up two walks and a three-run home run before being replaced by originally listed starter Tyler Pike.

The Cardinals got one run back in the bottom of the second.  Three consecutive Springfield hitters drew walks:  Malcom Nunez, Nick Plummer, and Luken Baker.  Nick Dunn followed with a sac fly that scored Nunez.

Tulsa scored two more in the fifth to extend their lead to 8-1.  The Cardinals answered in the sixth with three runs, two on a Nick Plummer single with a throwing error.  The third run came home on a single by Dunn.

Nick Plummer

Springfield added a final run to their tally in the eighth on a solo home run by Plummer.  Tulsa answered in the ninth to make the final score 9-5.

Pike pitched four innings following Whitley and yielded five runs, four earned, on nine hits.  The left hander fanned five and walked two.  Michael Brettell relieved Pike and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Salvador Justo pitched the ninth and surrendered one run.  Whitley took the loss, his second of his rehab.

Plummer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Nick Raposo doubled for the only other extra base hit other than the Plummer long ball.

Raposo made a throwing error and Dunn had a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals are 22-37 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 10,5 games back of first place NW Arkansas.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Andre Pallante RHP (3-2, 2.89) vs. Bryan Brickhouse RHP (1-2, 3.44) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 8

The Chiefs were bested by the Kernels by an 8-2 margin on Saturday night at Perfect Game Field as all three pitchers were scored upon.  Peoria starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson suffered his third loss at High-A.  The right hander pitched five innings and yielded four runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked four. Enmanuel Solano tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and gave up two runs. Paul Schwendel went the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered two more.

Moises Castillo

The Chiefs only scores came in the second inning on a two-run home run by Moises Castillo.  Peoria held a 2-0 lead until the fifth inning until Cedar Rapids plated all eight runs in the final four innings.

Castillo was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.  The only other hits were singles by Leandro Cedeno and Imeldo Diaz.

Tyler Reichenborn made a throwing error, his fourth miscue of the season.

The Chiefs are 22-37 and are in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 16.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Jack Ralston RHP (1-4, 3.95) vs. Tyler Watson LHP (1-0, 2.45) 2:05 CT.

Palm Beach at Lakeland (suspended)

Saturday’s game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to rain.  Lakeland has a 4-1 lead. The contest will be resumed on Sunday, July 11.

Sunday’s games:  at Lakeland, TBA/Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.59) 1:00 p.m. ET

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 10, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Ivan Herrera, who hit his second grand slam of the season, and had five RBI in the Cardinals win over Tulsa.  Honorable mention goes to Peoria third baseman Jordan Walker who had a 3-for-5 night with three RBI in Peoria’s loss to Cedar Rapids.

Results for games played Friday, July 9.

Memphis 2 at Louisville 4 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Redbirds fell to the Louisville Bats in the first game of a twin bill on Friday night at Louisville Slugger Field.  The extra game made up for Thursday’s rainout.

Starter Tommy Parsons surrendered four runs on seven hits in four innings pitched.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Parsons was tagged with his sixth loss of the season.  Austin Warner tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

Memphis immediately scored on a first-inning solo home run by Lane Thomas.  Louisville answered with the tying run in the home half of the first on a bases-empty home run by former Cardinal Max Schrock.

Lane Thomas

The Redbirds briefly regained the lead in the third inning with their second and final run, which scored without a hit.  Kramer Robertson drew a walk and was advanced to second and third on a sac bunt and a ground out.  With Nolan Gorman at the plate, a passed ball enabled Robertson to scamper home.

The 2-1 lead was very brief, as the Bats plated two in the home third, then added a fourth run in the fourth.

The Memphis offense managed only two hits – Thomas’ long ball and a single by Parsons.  Thomas also had an outfield assist at second base.

Memphis 2 at Louisville 1 (Game 2, eight innings)

The Redbirds squeaked by the Bats in extra innings of Game 2 of the twin bill on Friday night.  Louisville scored first but Memphis tied it up 1-1 several innings later.  The score remained knotted up through the seven regulation innings until the Redbirds took the lead in the eighth.

Redbirds starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings and surrendered one run in the third.  Seth Elledge tossed two scoreless relief innings, followed by Connor Jones with one clean frame.  T. J. McFarland pitched the eighth and also kept Louisville off the board.

Conner Capel

The Redbirds tied the game in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Connor Capel.  In the eighth, Irving Lopez started on second base, advanced to third on Lane Thomas’ ground out, and scored on a sac fly by Scott Hurst.

Memphis scored their two runs on four hits.  No Redbird had multiple hits.  The extra base hits were the Capel home run and a double by Kramer Robertson.

Nolan Gorman made a throwing error and Capel had a fielding miscue. Hurst had an outfield assist at third base.

Memphis is 22-36 and sits in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  at Louisville, Zack Thompson LHP (0-6, 9.16) vs. Ashton Goudeau RHP (1-1, 5.50) 6:00 CT.

Springfield 16, Tulsa 9

The Cardinals were the victors in a slugfest at Hammons Field on Friday night.  The Springfield offense tallied 16 runs on 14 hits against the Drillers.

Starter Kevin McGovern took the mound for the Cardinals and pitched five innings.  The left hander surrendered four runs on five hits, fanned seven and walked five to earn his first win as a Cardinal. St. Louis rehabber Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless sixth in relief.  Edgar Escobar gave up four runs in the seventh and was followed by Ramon Santos, who yielded one run in the final two innings.

Tulsa got on the board in the top of the first, but the Cardinals answered with four runs scored in their part of the frame.  Delvin Perez singled, Justin Toerner drew a walk and Brendan Donovan was hit by a pitch.  That set up Ivan Herrera’s home run to left field.  It was Herrera’s second grand slam this season.

Iván Herrera

Springfield added two more runs in the second on a double by Donovan.  The Drillers answered with two in the top of the third, but the Cardinals responded with a crooked number of six scores in the home third.  Luken Baker led off with a solo home run.  Nick Dunn doubled and Nick Raposo singled.  Perez followed with a single to plate Dunn. Toerner reached on a fielding error.  Raposo scored on a Donovan single. Herrera hit a sac fly to score Perez.  Finally, Toerner and Donovan came home on single by Nick Plummer.  The Cardinals led 12-3.

The Drillers made it 12-4 in the fifth on a solo home run.  Alec Burleson responded with his own bases-empty home run in the bottom of the fifth.  Tulsa came roaring back with four runs in the top of the seventh on three long balls.  The Cardinals lead shrunk to 13-8.

Springfield was not done.  The offense added three runs to the tally. Donovan reached on an error and went to second on a wild pitch. Burleson singled and Donovan scored on a ground out by Plummer. Baker and Dunn drew back-to-back walks. Raposo singled to score Burleson.  A fielding error brought Baker home.  The score was 16-8 in favor of the Cardinals.

The Drillers made one more effort, scoring one run in the eighth to make it 16-9, the final score of the contest.

Donovan and Burleson each had three hits and two driven in.  Raposo and Perez had two hits each.  Herrera had five RBI.

On the base paths, Perez and Plummer each stole a base.  In the field, Herrera had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 22-36 and stand in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 10 games back of first place NW Arkansas.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Tyler Pike LHP (1-2, 5.97) vs. Ryan Pepiot RHP (3-2, 1.73) 1:30 CT.

Peoria 8 at Cedar Rapids 9

The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker against the Kernels at Perfect Game Field on Friday night.  Peoria mounted a comeback from an 8-3 deficit in the ninth inning to tie the game, only to lose on a walkoff.

Cedar Rapids took an early lead, scoring five runs in the first four innings before the Chiefs got on the board.  In the fifth, Cristhian Longa and Jordan Walker both reached base on errors.  Leandro Cedeno doubled on a pop up to second and both Longa and Walker scored to cut the Kernels lead to 5-2.

Cedar Rapids answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth and another in the sixth to make it 7-2. In the seventh, Matt Chamberlain drew a walk and later scored on a Walker single, and the score became 7-3.  The Kernels made it 8-3 in the eighth.

In the ninth, the Chiefs rallied.  Zade Richardson led off with a solo home run. Chamberlain was hit by a pitch.  Jhon Torres singled, and Walker’s double plated Chamberlain and Torres.  Cedeno followed with a two-run home run. Peoria had tied the game at 8-8.

The jubilation was short lived as Cedar Rapids walked off in the bottom of the ninth on a double off reliever Leonardo Taveras.

Jordan Walker

Walker had a good night, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Cedeno and Chandler Redmond were both 2-for-5.  Cedeno drove in four.

Chiefs starting pitcher Logan Gragg pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs on four hits, struck out three and walked three.  He got a no decision when his offense let him off the hook in the ninth.  Cory Thompson relieved and allowed one run on two hits.  Mac Lardner yielded one run in two innings.  Cole Aker pitched the eighth and gave up one run.  Taveras took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Chamberlain stole his sixth base of the season.  Moises Castillo made a fielding error. Torres had an outfield assist at home plate.

Peoria is 22-36 and sits in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 16 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (3-2, 4.93) vs. Jon Olsen RHP (0-3, 3.65) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 2 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals beat the Flying Tigers at Publix Field on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.  The Beach Birds took the lead with four runs in the first inning and never gave it up.

Tommy Jew led off the game with a single and stole second.  Jacob Buchberger drew a walk and Matt Koperniak followed with a double that scored Jew. Donivan Williams’ double plated Buchberger and Koperniak and he later scored on a single by Edgardo Rodriguez.

Lakeland took two runs back in the home half of the first, but those were the Flying Tigers’ only scores of the game.

The Beach Birds added a run in the second on a wild pitch.  In the fifth, Darlyn Del Villar plated the sixth and final run on a single.

John Beller made the start for Palm Beach and surrendered two runs on two hits in two innings pitched.  The left hander struck out two and walked five. Edgar Manzo tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn his third win.  Kevin Marnon pitched a scoreless seventh.

Edgar Manzo

Koperniak went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Jew was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Jew stole his eighth base of the season.  Franklin Soto made a fielding error.

Palm Beach 3 at Lakeland 6 (Game 2, seven innings)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Flying Tigers in the second game of the doubleheader at Publix Field on Friday night.  This contest was a makeup of the rained-out game from the previous night.

The Beach Birds fell behind early, as Lakeland put up four runs in the first three innings.  In the fourth inning, Palm Beach received a solo home run by Carlos Soto.

Lakeland increased its lead to 6-1 in the fourth.  Palm Beach added one in the sixth on consecutive singles by Matt Koperniak and Patrick Romeri, followed by an RBI single by Jose Zapata. In the seventh, Masyn Winn led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch to bring the final tally to 6-3 in favor of Lakeland.

Winn had a 4-for-4 game with three doubles, a single, and a run scored. Koperniak was 2-for-3.

Masyn Winn

Starter Gianluca Dalatri pitched only 1 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits, struck out one and walked two. Francisco Justo got the final two outs of the second inning.  Gustavo J. Rodriguez tossed 1 1/3 innings and yielded two runs, three earned on three hits. Sean Kealey pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless frames.  Dalatri took the loss, his first as a professional.

Franklin Soto made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 23-34 and sits in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, seven games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  at Lakeland, Levi Prater (1-3, 3.50) vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5 at FCL Nationals 4

The Cardinals (4-5) edged the Nationals 5-4 in a Friday morning contest.  Starter Reinys Portillo pitched three innings and yielded one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one.  Rehabbing Memphis pitcher Johan Quezada followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Ettore Giulianelli tossed one inning and surrendered one run.  William Miranda started the seventh but gave up one run while only recording one out.  Omar Sanchez followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Tink Hence hurled the ninth inning and allowed one unearned run to get his first save of his career.  Quezada was awarded the win.

The Cardinals offense got on the board in the first inning on a two-run long ball by Tre Fletcher.  The Nationals answered with a solo home run in the home half of the first to cut the lead to 2-1.

Trejyn Fletcher

Jake Burns plated a run in the third on an RBI single to widen the deficit to 3-1.  In the sixth the Nationals added a run to their tally, and it was 3-2.

In the seventh a wild pitch run made it 4-2 in favor of the Cardinals.  Once again, the Nationals responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and the score stood at 4-3.

The battle of the two teams continued in the eighth as the Cardinals regained a two-run lead. Luis Montano tripled and scored on a ground out by Hansel Otamendi.  The Nationals rallied in the ninth but fell short of the two runs required to tie and the Cardinals prevailed 5-4.

Fletcher and Ramon Mendoza each had two hits. Fletcher had two RBI.

Otamendi was caught stealing for the first time this season.  Shortstop Jeremy Rivas made a throwing error.  Catcher Roblin Heredia had a passed ball but also picked a runner off first base.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 8, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Delvin Perez, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Springfield’s win over Tulsa.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 7.

Memphis 3 at Louisville 4 (10 innings)

The Redbirds lost a one-run contest in extra innings on Wednesday at Louisville Slugger Field.  Starter Jake Woodford tossed five innings and yielded one run on three hits, struck out two and walked two.

T.J. McFarland pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Connor Jones surrendered one run in the eighth.  Tyler Webb gave up the tying run in the ninth to send the game into the 10th and was tagged with a blown save.  Austin Warner allowed the walk off single in the 10th and took the loss.

Memphis got on the board first in the first inning on a solo home run by Juan Yepez.  Louisville tied it up in the fifth, but the Redbirds answered in the sixth with two runs on a second long ball by Yepez to make it 3-1.

Juan Yepez

Yepez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Ali Sanchez was 3-for-5 but made a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 21-35 and are in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17.5 games back of first-place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  at Louisville, Tommy Parsons RHP (1-5, 6.19) vs. Riley O’Brien RHP (3-3, 4.99) 6:00 CT.

Springfield 6, Tulsa 4

The Cardinals defeated the Drillers in a 6-4 contest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  The win was cemented by a five-run fifth inning by the Springfield offense.

The Cardinals scored first on an RBI single by Delvin Perez in the third inning.  Tulsa tied it up 1-1 in the fourth, then took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the fifth.

Springfield responded in the home half of the frame with five runs.  Nick Plummer led off with a single and Luken Baker doubled.  Nick Dunn drew a walk.  Plummer scored on a ground out by Aaron Antonini.  Perez doubled to plate Baker and Dunn, and then scored on a single by Brendan Donovan.  Ivan Herrera followed with a sac fly to bring in Donovan.

Delvin Perez

The Drillers rallied in the eighth and put up two runs but failed to score in the ninth.

Memphis starter Dalton Roach pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two to earn his fourth win of the season.  Edgar Escobar surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings and Ramon Santos earned his first save with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Player of the Day Perez went 3-for-4 with three RBI.  Baker was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Donovan snatched his sixth base.  Perez stole his 14th bag of the season but was also picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 20-36 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 11.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Domingo Robles LHP (2-3, 5.15) vs. Gerardo Carillo RHP (1-1, 4.91) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 5

The Chiefs fell to Cedar Rapids at Perfect Game Field on Wednesday night as starter Wilfredo Pereira suffered his fifth loss of the season.  The right hander tossed 4 2/3 innings, yielding five runs, four earned on three hits, fanned four and walked two.

Enmanuel Solano pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Leonardo Taveras hurled two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Peoria put its three runs on the board in the first inning.  Jhon Torres led off with a single and Pedro Pages reached on an error.  Torres scored on a single by Brady Whalen.  Leandro Cedeno singled.  Zade Richardson’s single plated Pages and Whalen.

Zade Richardson

The Kernels tied the game in the home first.  The score remained at 3-3 until the fifth, when Cedar Rapids took a 5-3 lead, all against Pereira.  The Chiefs were unable to add on to their three-run initial burst.

Torres was 2-for-4 and Cedeno went 2-for-3.   Richardson drove in two.

Moises Castillo made a throwing error, his eighth miscue of the season.

The Chiefs are 22-34 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 15 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-5, 6.53) vs. Tyler Beck RHP (1-1, 2.20) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 7

In a back-and-forth outing, the Cardinals were edged by the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Publix Field on Wednesday night. The Beach Birds took an early lead, but Lakeland rallied in the ninth for the walk-off win.

Palm Beach posted four runs in the first inning.  Masyn Winn hit a solo home run.  L.J. Jones walked and Jacob Buchberger singled. Todd Lott plated Jones on a double.  Buchberger and Lott both scored on wild pitches.

Lakeland put one run on the board in the home first.  The Flying Tigers scored again in the second inning to cut the lead to 4-2.

In the fourth, the Cardinals increased the lead to 5-2 on an RBI single by Winn. Lakeland answered with a run in the bottom frame of the frame, then tied the game 5-5 in the fifth.

The Beach Birds regained the lead in the seventh on an RBI ground out by Jones.  In the ninth, Lakeland scored two for the 7-6 walk off win.

Palm Beach starter Jose Moreno pitched four innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked three.  Nathanael Heredia yielded two runs in two innings of relief.  Will Guay tossed 2 1/3 innings and surrendered the tying run in the ninth.  Guay was charged with a blown save.  Sean Kealey secured one out in the ninth but was tagged with the loss.

Masyn Winn

Winn went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Winn also made a throwing error, his 16th miscue of the season. Guay made an error on a pickoff.

The Cardinals are 22-33 and are in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 7.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s games:  doubleheader at Lakeland, John Beller (0-3, 5.05) and Gustavo J. Rodriguez (0-3, 7.43) 3:00 CT (Game 1)

FCL Cardinals 0, FCL Astros 4

The rookie-level Cardinals (2-5) were blanked by the Astros 4-0 on one hit on Wednesday. All four Astros tallies were unearned as the Cards committed four costly errors.

Starter Enrique Saldana suffered his first loss of the season, after pitching five innings and giving up just one unearned run on five hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.

Enrique Saldana

Roy Garcia relieved and surrendered two unearned runs.  Victor Villanueva yielded one unearned run in the seventh.

Brandon Hernandez was the only Cardinal with a hit, a single in the third inning.

Hernandez and Adanson Cruz both committed throwing errors.  Saldana and catcher Jake Burns each made an error on a pickoff.

Thursday’s game:  at Marlins, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 28-July 4

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The St. Louis Cardinals opened the week with a sweep of the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. Success did not follow them to Colorado as they won just one game of a four-game series against the Rockies. The rotation has stabilized, but the lineup is struggling to provide runs.

Our Blast from the Past feature describes one or more notable events from each day of the week the report covers.

Game Recaps

Monday, June 28 – Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 1

The Cardinals whomped the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 in the first game of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.  The contest was a close one until the seventh inning when the Redbird offense broke out for a six-run inning to blow the game open.

The Cardinals started LHP Wade LeBlanc, and he tossed 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball on four hits.  He struck out two and walked one.  LeBlanc threw strikes, which is something the Cardinal rotation has been lacking in recent weeks.  Ryan Helsley, John Gant, Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, and Brandon Waddell all combined to pitch the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings.  Gallegos was awarded the win, his fifth of the season.

St. Louis got on the board first on an RBI triple by Dylan Carlson in the second inning.  The Diamondbacks tied it up in the fifth on a solo home run.  The game remained knotted up at 1-1 until the seventh inning.

In the seventh, Edmundo Sosa led off with a double and Tommy Edman bunted him to third.  Carlson singled to plate Sosa.  Carlson advanced to second on a passed ball and then scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt.  Tyler O’Neill singled, and Yadier Molina plated both Goldschmidt and O’Neill on a double.  Paul DeJong followed with a two-run home run to left center field.

Dylan Carlson

Carlson, O’Neill, and Sosa each had two hits in the game.  Carlson, Molina, and DeJong each had two RBI.

Tuesday, June 29 – Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2

The Cardinals edged the Diamondbacks in a one-run victory at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.  Carlos Martinez took the mound and reversed course on his recent string of short and ineffective starts.  The right-hander tossed six innings, yielded one run on four hits, fanned six and walked two.

Genesis Cabrera relieved Martinez and allowed one run in 2/3 innings.  Andrew Miller and Alex Reyes combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Martinez earned his fourth win and the first win by a Cardinal starting pitcher other than Adam Wainwright in a month.  Reyes got his 19th save.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Redbirds got on the board on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado.  The long ball was the third baseman’s 16th of the season.

Nolan Arenado

Arizona got a run back in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals responded in the home half of the sixth with their third run on an RBI single by Tommy Edman.

Andrew Miller, in relief of Cabrera, gave up a bases loaded walk in the seventh to score an inherited runner and make it 3-2, but Alex Reyes held on in a two-inning save for the Cardinal win.  Edman and Arenado each had two hits in the game.

Wednesday, June 30 – Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 4

The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks in the final game of the three-game series to complete the sweep.  Starter Kwang-Hyun Kim yielded one run on three hits in five innings pitched.  The left-hander fanned five and walked three.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

John Gant relieved Kim and tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Roel Ramirez came in to replace Gant in the eighth but surrendered three runs while only recording one out.  Ryan Helsley got the final two outs of the inning.  Alex Reyes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 20th save.

The Redbirds scored two runs in the second inning on a double by Kim.  Arizona cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third.  In the home half of the third the Cardinals increased the lead by two runs on singles by Tyler O’Neill and Yadier Molina.

In the fourth an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt made it 5-1 and an RBI single by Tommy Edman increased the tally to 6-1.  A seventh run in the seventh inning came home on a force out ground ball by Edman.

The three runs in the eighth made it closer, but the Helsley and Reyes staved off any further threat.

Goldschmidt was 3-for-5 in the game O’Neill was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.  Molina went 2-for-4 and Kim had two RBI.

O’Neill stole his sixth base of the season.  Edmundo Sosa made a throwing error, his sixth error of the season,

Thursday, July 1 – Cardinals 2 at Rockies 5

In the first game of a four-game series at Coors Field, the Cardinals were served with a walk off defeat by the Rockies on Thursday.  Adam Wainwright pitched a quality start of eight innings with two runs allowed on six hits.  The right-hander struck out four and walked one.

Adam Wainwright

Giovanny Gallegos gave up the walk off three-run home run in the ninth and took the loss, his second of the season.  Gallegos retired the first two batters with ease, but lost command and walked the next two batters.  His final hitter, Elias Diaz, blistered a middle-middle slider for the walk off win.

The Redbirds scored first with a run on an RBI single by Paul DeJong in the top of the second.  Wainwright gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

The Cardinals tied the game in the third on a Paul Goldschmidt solo home run.  The game remained knotted up 2-2 until the ninth, when the long ball ended the game.

Goldschmidt, DeJong, and Tyler O’Neill each had two hits in the game.  O’Neill and DeJong both made errors, a throwing error for O’Neill and a fielding miscue for DeJong.

Friday, July 2 – Cardinals 9 at Rockies 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals beat the Rockies in the second game of the four-game series on Friday night at Coors Field.  This game was a close fight for most of the game, not unlike the previous game, but it ended differently with a Cardinal victory in extra innings.

The Redbirds again scored first in the top of the second inning on a two-run home run by Yadier Molina.  This was Molina’s first home run in Coors Field in a regulation game. The catcher had homered in all other active National League ballparks but had yet to do so at Coors.

The Rockies answered in the bottom of the second with a run to make it a 2-1 Cardinal lead.  This score remained until the fifth when the Rockies tied the game on solo home run by Elias Diaz, the catcher who had hit the walk off long ball in Thursday’s game.  Colorado took a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

In the ninth, the Cardinals the tied the game 3-3. Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader each drew a walk. With two outs in the inning, pinch hitter Jose Rondon singled and Edman scored the tying run.  The Rockies failed to score in the home half of the ninth, and the game was sent into extra innings.

St. Louis broke it open in the 10th.  With Dylan Carlson starting the game at second base, the Rockies intentionally walked Nolan Arenado.  Molina singled to center and Carlson scored.  The Cardinals were not done.  Edman singled to plate Arenado.  Edman and Molina executed a double steal, then Paul Dejong drew a walk. With the bases juiced, Bader annihilated a baseball over the left field stands and onto the concourse for a grand slam and the Cardinals went up 9-3, a deficit from which the Rockies were unable to come back.

Harrison Bader

Molina went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBI and two runs scored.  Edman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Bader drove in four.  Everyone in the starting lineup but the pitcher had at least one hit.

On the pitching side of things, Johan Oviedo got the start.  The right hander tossed six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked one.  Ryan Helsley, Genesis Cabrera, John Gant, and Alex Reyes kept the Rockies off the board for the remaining four innings.  Reyes earned the win, his fifth of the season.

On the base paths, Molina stole his second base of the season and Edman snatched his 15th.

Saturday, July 3 – Cardinals 2 at Rockies 3

The Cardinals lost a tough game on Saturday, one day after a huge emotional win.  The Cardinal offense was unable to match the output of the previous night’s game and was stymied by left-hander Kyle Freeland.

The game was scoreless through six innings.  Cardinal starter Wade LeBlanc was also effective and kept the Rockies off the board throughout his 5 2/3 innings pitched. The left-hander allowed three hits, struck out three and walked three before yielding to Ryan Helsley with two outs in the sixth.

Wade LeBlanc

Helsley pitched 2/3 scoreless innings and was relieved by Genesis Cabrera.  Cabrera was not effective and surrendered three runs in one inning of work.  John Gant got the final two outs of the game.  Cabrera took the loss.

Cabrera gave up a three-run home run to Trevor Story in the seventh inning to give the Rockies a lead of 3-0.  The Cardinals came back in the eighth to score two runs on RBI singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina. A similar rally fell flat in the ninth with two runners on when Dylan Carlson struck out swinging to end it.

In the field, Helsley made a throwing error. On the base paths, Harrison Bader was picked off and caught stealing.

Sunday, July 4 – Cardinals 2 at Rockies 3

The Cardinals lost the final game of the four-game series at Coors Field.  The Rockies took three of four and won the series, and the Cardinals leave town to go face a much better team.

Carlos Martinez started the game and gave up a solo home run to Trevor Story in the first inning. In the second inning, Matt Carpenter singled, and Harrison Bader smashed his second home run of the series to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

Martinez only pitched 3 1/3 innings because he was taken out in the fourth with an injury.  It was reported to be a bruised right thumb suffered in his last at bat.  The Cardinals sent Brandon Waddell out for 1 2/3 innings and followed him up with new acquisition Justin Miller for an inning.  They kept the Rockies off the board.

The score remained 2-1 as the sputtering and ineffective Redbird offense struggled to score runs off the worst bullpen in baseball.  In the eighth, one of St. Louis’ best relievers, Giovanny Gallegos, gave up the tying run.  Then in the ninth, the Cardinals All Star closer, Alex Reyes, gave up the winning run.

Harrison Bader, who has not played much since the season started because of injury, was 2-for-4 with the only RBI.  Matt Carpenter, who also does not play much, was also 2-for-4.  The rest of the starting lineup was 3-for-21.

Bader also stole a base, his fourth.  Edman stole his 16th base.

Big Picture

The Cardinals played seven games during the week, won all three against the Diamondbacks at home and lost 3 of 4 to the Rockies on the road, for a 4-3 week.  The 13 game stretch of games against sub .500 teams that it was hoped would get the team back on track ended with the Cardinals winning 5 and losing 8.

The Cardinals are now 3 games under .500 at 41-44 and are 10 games back of first place in the NL Central.  The Brewers, though their winning streak ended with a loss to Pirates on Sunday, are well entrenched in first place with a cushion of 7 games over the second place Reds.

St. Louis now heads to San Francisco to play the first place Giants, who are 22 games over .500.  The team ends the road trip against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and then head into the All-Star break.  The Cubs are the owners of their own 9 game losing streak, but the Cardinals have not played well at Wrigley this season.

The Cardinals are certainly not where they want to be at this point in the year.  The season is not over with however and anything can happen.  The Cardinals just have to play better.  Sounds quite simple, but that is the formula.  Whether the team can pull it off is the $64,000 question.

The offense is not scoring runs, most especially on the road.  Their run differential as of Sunday is -40. It breaks down to -5 at home and -35 on the road.  The individual performances break down like this over the last seven games: Dylan Carlson (.550 OPS), Paul Goldschmidt (.733 OPS), Nolan Arenado (.710 OPS), Tommy Edman (.927 OPS), Paul DeJong (.828 OPS), Yadier Molina (.748 OPS).  These are the players who have played in most of the past seven games.  Tyler O’Neill has played in 5 of the last 7 games and has an OPS of 1.140 in those games.  Harrison Bader played all four games of the Rockies series and has an OPS of 1.041 in that series.

Tyler O’Neill

As for pitching, it has improved somewhat over the last week.  John Gant was removed from the rotation and was replaced by Wade LeBlanc, who has pitched well in both his starts.  Adam Wainwright continues to be Adam Wainwright.  Carlos Martinez has been better, though he had a shortened start on Sunday due to injury.  Kwang-Hyun Kim has pitched well also.  Johan Oveido continues to improve. The rotation has stabilized for the time being.

The bullpen still remains a guessing game.  Genesis Cabrera and Giovanny Gallegos, once the stalwarts of the bullpen, have faltered recently.  Gant is back in the bullpen and pitches better there than in the rotation.  Alex Reyes is Alex Reyes, still walks people but still gets saves, though he did not on Sunday.  The new relievers have been fine, so far.

Defense and base running are good, those are not areas of concern for this team at this time.

The Cardinals head to San Francisco to play the Giants, one of the best teams in baseball at 22 games over .500.  They return before the break to play the Cubs at Wrigley.  The Cubs are on a downward slide recently with a nine-game losing streak, but it is Wrigley Field so anything can happen.  The most that can be hoped for with the Giants is that the Cardinals’ bats can heat up and the pitching remains solid.

NL Central Standings

Team                                                  W                                            L                                              Pct                                           GB

 

Milwaukee

 

           51

 

             34

 

         .600

 

          ——

 

Cincinnati

 

           43

 

             40

 

         .518

 

             7

 

Chicago

 

           42

 

             42

 

         .500

 

            8.5

 

St. Louis

 

           41

 

             44

 

         .482

 

            10

 

Pittsburgh

 

           30

 

             53

 

         .361

 

            20

Trade and Acquisition Rumors.

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 6/28 The Cardinals optioned RHP Seth Elledge to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/28 The Cardinals selected the contract of LHP Brandon Waddell from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/28 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Roel Ramirez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/28 The Cardinals optioned RHP Jake Woodford to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/28 The Cardinals designated 1B John Nogowski for assignment.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals sent CF Harrison Bader on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/1 The Cardinals activated CF Harrison Bader.
  • 7/1 The Cardinals optioned LF Lars Nootbaar to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/2 The Cardinals transferred RHP Jack Flaherty to the 60-day injured list.
  • 7/2 The Cardinals claimed RHP Justin Miller off waivers from the Washington Nationals.
  • 7/3 The Cardinals optioned RHP Roel Ramirez to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/3 The Cardinals traded 1B John Nogowski to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
  • 7/3 The Cardinals activated RHP Justin Miller.

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), was placed on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas will shortly begin a more rigid throwing program.  Mikolas has told the media he hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions by the All-Star Break.  Rehab games in the minors could follow by the end of July/early August.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day injured list with a return date sometime in August. Hicks has still not begun to throw.
  • CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) was activated from the 10-day injured list on Thursday, July 1 and was in the lineup for the Rockies series.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Kodi Whitley (mid back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 27. Whitley has made two rehab appearances at Double-A Springfield and a return date is penciled in for some time during the current road trip.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room for newly acquired pitcher Justin Miller. The pitcher resumed light throwing on June 16 and it is hoped he will ramp up his long toss program in the first two weeks of July. A return to throwing off a mound will follow but no timeline for that to begin has been established.  An August return is still expected.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all of the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon was removed from his last outing against the Tigers on Tuesday, due to injury. The right-hander was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort.  This is the same injury that put him on the IL earlier in the season, but the recovery is expected to take longer this time.  Ponce de Leon will not pick up a baseball for at least three weeks and is expected to be out until late August/early September.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill was hit by a pitch on his right hand in Friday’s game against the Rockies. The right pinkie finger is swollen, but imaging indicated no fracture.  O’Neill was out of the lineup for Saturday’s game and is considered day-to-day.
  • Carlos Martinez suffered a bruised right thumb in his last at-bat in Colorado which caused him to leave the game early. He is considered day-to-day.

Looking Ahead

After the Rockies series concludes, the Cardinals then head to San Francisco to play the Giants in a three-game series.  After a Thursday travel day, the Cardinals return to Wrigley Field for a weekend series with the Cubs before the All-Star Break begins on Monday, July 12.

After the All-Star break, the Redbirds play the Giants at Busch Stadium in a weekend series.  The home stand continues on Monday with a four-game series against the Cubs.

The Cardinals then leave St. Louis to travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past.

Blast from the Past for the month of July is notable events month, as we describe one or more notable events from each day of the week the report covers.  As everyone knows, July is trade month, so some of the notable events will be trades that are either notable for the players or notable for something unique about them.

June 28 – This day is notable because it is one of the few dates in the career of Cardinal superstar Stan Musial that he did not hit a home run.  No home run on any June 28 from 1941 through 1963.

June 28, 1963 – Bob Gibson pitched complete game #30 of his career.

June 29, 1935 – Joe Medwick hit for the cycle in a game against the Reds.  The Cardinals lost the game 8-6.

June 29, 1967 – Bob Gibson has his worst start in his career, pitching only 2/3 innings and giving up nine runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.

June 30 – On this date in 1943, 1950, 1952, 1957, and 1958, Stan Musial hit career home runs, #119, #155, #216, #370, and #394.

June 30, 1970 – Bob Gibson pitched complete game #171: 9IP/4ER/5BB/6K.

July 1, 1920 – The Cardinals play their first game in a new ballpark, named Sportsman’s Park.  The park is leased for 10 years at $20,000 per year.

July 1, 1968 – Bob Gibson pitched his 120th complete game in a 6-1 win over the Dodgers.  Gibson’s line was 9IP/9H/1ER/2BB/5K.

July 2, 1948 – Stan Musial hit his 89th career home run off Johnny Vander Meer in a 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.  Vander Meer is notable for the being the only pitcher in major league history to pitch two consecutive no-hitters.

July 2, 1965 & 1971 – Bob Gibson pitched complete game #70 on this date in 1965, and #195 on this date in 1971.  In 1965 Gibson’s line against the Mets was 9IP/7H/3ER/4BB/13K.  In 1971, his line against the San Francisco Giants was 9IP/4H/2ER/2BB/7K.

July 3, 1909 – In a doubleheader against the Reds, the Cardinals tied a major league record with 17 errors committed across both games.  The Reds swept the doubleheader.

July 3, 1918 – In a 2-1 win over the Cubs, the Cardinals second baseman Bob Fisher used the “hidden ball” trick on Cubs center fielder Dode Paskert in the ninth inning.

July 4, 2000 – Keith McDonald becomes the third Cardinal in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.  McDonald hit his as a pinch hitter.  Two weeks later, Chris Richards did the same, and on the first pitch he saw.  Richards was traded to Baltimore six days later.  Since 2000, six more Cardinals have repeated the feat, including active players Adam Wainwright, Paul DeJong, and Lane Thomas.

July 4, 2008 – Albert Pujols hit his 300th career home run in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs at Busch Stadium.  Pujols hit the long ball, a solo shot, in the eighth inning off Cubs reliever Bob Howry.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 4, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-0 on Saturday.  Four of the five teams won with one run margins.  The Player of the Day is Memphis catcher Ali Sanchez, who was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Memphis’ win over Jacksonville.

Results for games played Saturday, July 3, 2021

Memphis 9, Jacksonville 8

The Redbirds narrowly defeated the Jumbo Shrimp at Auto Zone Park on Saturday night.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched 5 2/3 innings and yielded four runs on nine hits.  The right-hander fanned seven and walked one to earn his first win of the season. Austin Warner replaced Rondon and got the final out of the sixth inning.  Zack Thompson surrendered four runs in three innings pitched but earned his second save.

Jacksonville took an early lead with three runs scored in the first inning.  Memphis got a run back in the home half of the first.  Lane Thomas drew a leadoff walk.  Juan Yepez singled, and Lars Nootbaar walked to load the bases.  Kramer Robertson was hit by a pitch and Thomas scored.

The Jumbo Shrimp increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth.  The Redbirds responded in the bottom frame of the fourth on a two-run single by Thomas.  Memphis took the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ali Sanchez and a grand slam off the bat of Rayder Ascanio.  The Redbirds led 8-4.

Jacksonville cut the lead to 8-5 in the top of the seventh.  Memphis got the run back in the bottom half of the inning on a solo home run by Sanchez.

The Jumbo Shrimp were not done, however.  In the ninth, Jacksonville put up three runs to get closer, but not close enough, as the Redbirds held on for a one run victory.

Sanchez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in the contest. Ascanio drove in four.  Thomas had two RBI and Robertson also had an RBI.

Ali Sanchez

Memphis is 20-33 and in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Connor Thomas, LHP (2-0, 3.38) vs. Shawn Morimondo LHP (2-2, 5.03) 6:35 CT

Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 4

The Cardinals edged the Naturals in a one-run contest at Hammond Field on Saturday night.  The game remained close for the entire nine innings as the two teams battled.

The Naturals scored first in the first inning to make it 1-0, but the Cardinals immediately responded with one run in the home half of the inning.  Justin Toerner doubled and Ivan Herrera singled.  Alec Burleson plated Toerner on a sac fly.

NW Arkansas took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third.  Springfield again answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it up on a two-run home run by Burleson.

Alec Burleson

The game remained knotted up 3-3 until the sixth, when the Naturals scored one to make it 4-3.  In the eighth, Malcom Nunez reached on an error and Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch.  Brendan Donovan singled, but Nunez was thrown out at home.  A wild pitch advanced Plummer and Donovan and Nick Dunn doubled to right to score both runners.  The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead that they kept through nine.

Starter Kevin McGovern pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, fanned six and walked three.  Evan Sisk relieved McGovern and pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.  Ramon Santos tossed the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.

The Cardinals scored five runs on nine hits.  The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Plummer, who was 2-for-3.  Burleson had three RBI and Dunn drove in two.

Plummer was picked off and caught stealing and Delvin Perez was caught stealing for the fifth time. In the field, Herrera had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 17-36 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 13 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Tyler Pike LHP (0-2, 6.84) vs. Drew Parrish (1-1, 6.61) 6:05 CT

Peoria 8, West Michigan 1

The Chiefs blew past the Whitecaps with an 8-1 victory at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed 6 2/3 innings, yielded one run on two hits, struck out five and walked three. Leonardo Taveras and Jacob Schlesener combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Trogrlic-Iverson earned his third win of the season.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Peoria got on the board early with three runs in the first inning on a three-run home run by Chandler Redmond.  West Michigan scored their only run in the game in the third inning.

In the fourth, Redmond doubled, and Francisco Hernandez plated Redmond on a single to increase the Chiefs lead to 4-1.  Then in the sixth, Peoria blew the game open with four runs scored on a three-run home run by Zade Richardson and a solo home run by Cristhian Longa.

Redmond was 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Longa was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Chandler Redmond

In the field, Richard was called for catcher interference.

The Chiefs are 21-32 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 15 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. West Michigan, TBD vs. TBD 5:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7, Dunedin 6

The Cardinals prevailed in a one run contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday night.  In this game the Beach Birds built up an early lead that later began to diminish, but the pitching held up in the final inning to keep Palm Beach in the win column.

The Cardinals began the game by scoring two runs in the first inning on an RBI triple from Carlos Soto and an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger.  The Beach Birds increased the lead to 4-0 in the second inning on a two-run double by Masyn Winn.

In the fifth, consecutive walks by Buchberger and Todd Lott, and a single by Franklin Soto brought home two more runs to make it 6-0 for Palm Beach.

The Blue Jays began to chip away at the lead beginning in the sixth inning with one run scored.  Dunedin added three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth and the game was tied 6-6.

The Beach Birds broke the tie in the ninth. Lott and F. Soto singled and Terry Fuller was intentionally walked to load the bases. Donivan Williams hit a sac fly to left to score Lott and walk it off for Palm Beach.

Soto, F. Soto, and Williams each had two hits in the game. Winn and F. Soto each had two RBI.

Starter Levi Prater tossed four scoreless innings, allowed no hits, punched out eight and walked five.  Gianluca Dalatri surrendered one run in two relief innings pitched.  Sean Kealey yielded three runs in 1/3 innings, and Dionys Rodriguez gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Rodriguez was charged with a blown save. Luis Ortiz threw the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season.

Levi Prater

The Cardinals are 21-32 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 7 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBD vs. TBD 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2, FCL Nationals 0 (seven innings)

The Cardinals blanked the Nationals 2-1 on Saturday, with Memphis Redbirds pitcher Johan Quezada, rehabbing from an injury, on the bump for the first inning. Quezada tossed a scoreless first with two strikeouts.

Quezada was followed by Yordy Richard, who pitched five scoreless innings, and Reinys Portillo, who pitched a scoreless seventh.  Richard earned the win and Portillo the save, his first of the season.

Yordy Richard

The Cardinals scored one run in the third inning on triple by Smith Vargas and a wild pitch.  The second run came home in the fifth.  Joyser Garcia singled but was eliminated on a force out by Vargas.  Jeremy Rivas singled and Adanson Cruz singled to plate Vargas.

Cruz was 2-for-2 in the game and had the only RBI.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 3, 2021

Photo: LJ Jones IV (Long Beach State University)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-5 on Friday.  Memphis played a doubleheader.  The Player of the Day is Palm Beach left fielder L.J. Jones, who was 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Cardinals loss to Dunedin.

Results for games played Friday, July 2.

Memphis 2, Jacksonville 6 (seven innings, game one)

The Redbirds fell to the Jumbo Shrimp in the first game of a twin bill on Friday night at Auto Zone Park.

Starter Tommy Parsons tossed five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, fanned six and walked one.  The right-hander was tagged with his fifth loss of the season.  T.J. McFarland yielded three runs, two earned in his final two innings of relief.

The Memphis offense was 0-for 3 with runners in scoring position and struggled to score runs when the opportunity came.  Both Redbird runs came on solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings.  Justin Williams blasted a long ball to center field in the fifth, and Clint Coulter did the same to left field in the seventh.  The two home runs were the only extra base hits in the game.  Kramer Roberson was 2-for-2.

Justin Williams

In the field, Irving Lopez committed a throwing error. Scott Hurst had an outfield assist at second base. Parsons picked a runner off first base.

Memphis 2, Jacksonville 7 (seven innings, game two)

The Redbirds lost to the Jumbo Shrimp in the second game of the twin bill at Auto Zone Park on Friday night.  The game was the makeup of the previous night’s rained out game.

Jake Woodford got the start, and he pitched two innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out two and walked one.  The right-hander took the loss.  Grant Black relieved Woodford and yielded two runs in 2/3 innings pitched.  Tyler Webb surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings, and Garrett Williams tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Jacksonville took the lead early with two runs in the second inning.  The Jumbo Shrimp added four more in the third to lead 6-0.  The lead became 7-0 in the fifth.

Memphis was kept off the board until the seventh.  Clint Coulter reached on an error and Rayder Ascanio singled.  Scott Hurst singled and Nolan Gorman grounded into a force out and a throwing error by the Jacksonville second baseman allowed Coulter and Ascanio to score.  The rally ended when Juan Yepez struck out swinging.

Ascanio was the only Redbird with multiple hits in the game, he was 2-for-3 with a run scored.  The only extra base hit was a double by Lane Thomas.

Rayder Ascanio

In the field, Irving Lopez made a fielding error, his fifth error of the season.

The Redbirds (19-33) are in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Angel Rondon RHP (0-4, 6.15) vs. Eric Stout LHP (0-1, 15.58) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 14

The Cardinals were walloped by the Naturals in a 14-1 smackdown at Hammons Field on Friday night.

Domingo Robles got the start for Springfield, and he pitched only 1 2/3 innings.  The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits, struck out one, walked two and took the loss, his third of the season.

Four relievers followed Robles:  Michael Brettell, Salvador Justo, Kodi Whitley, and Jacob Patterson. Three of the four combined to give up 11 more runs over the next 7 1/3 innings. Whitley was the only reliever to not yield a run.  He pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

The Cardinals scored their only run in the fifth inning.  Brendan Donovan and Ivan Herrera walked.  Alec Burleson singled, moving Donovan to third, and Luken Baker brought him home on a sac fly.

Nick Plummer went 3-for-3. Burleson and Justin Toerner each had two hits.  Baker made a fielding error, his second error of the season.

Nick Plummer

The Cardinals are 16-36 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 14 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Kevin McGovern LHP (0-0. 0.73) vs. Angel Zerpa LHP (0-2, 14.09) 6:35 CT. 

Peoria 7, West Michigan 4

The Chiefs defeated the Whitecaps with one crooked number inning in a contest at Dozer Park on Friday night.

West Michigan took an early lead against Peoria, scoring two runs on starter Logan Gragg in the first inning.  Gragg pitched 4 1/3 innings and surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and struck out five. The Whitecaps scored one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, the Chiefs offense went to town.  Moises Castillo led off with a double.  Pedro Pages singled.  Brady Whalen reached on a fielder’s choice, and Castillo scored.  Chandler Redmond singled.  Leandro Cedeno walked, and Pages scored.  Zade Richardson was hit by a pitch and Whalen scored.  Francisco Hernandez followed with a triple that plated Redmond, Cedeno, and Richardson.  Hernandez then scored on a single by Matt Chamberlain.

Francisco Hernandez

The Peoria relief pitchers Enmanuel Solano, Freddy Pacheco, and Cory Thompson combined to toss the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the Whitecaps off the board. Solano got the win and Thompson earned his first save.

The Chiefs offense scored seven runs on six hits, but no Chiefs hitter had multiple hits.  The Hernandez triple and the Castillo double were the only extra base hits.

Castillo stole his fourth base of the season.  Pages and Whalen were each caught stealing. Whalen made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 20-32 and are in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 15 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. West Michigan, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (2-2, 5.68) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Dunedin 5

The Cardinals lost by a knife’s edge to the Blue Jays at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night.  A ninth inning rally ended too soon for a Beach Bird victory.

Gustavo Rodriguez took the mound for Palm Beach and tossed five innings, yielded two runs on eight hits, fanned five and walked one.  The loss was the third of the season for the right hander.  Will Guay surrendered three runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Rodriguez.  Edgar Manzo pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals put the first run on the board in the third inning to take a brief 1-0 lead. The run came on a solo home run by Franklin Soto.  The Blue Jays scored two in the third to lead 2-1.

In the sixth Dunedin took a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but Palm Beach answered in the home half of the inning on a solo home run by L. J. Jones to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Blue Jays added to their run tally with two in the seventh.  The score stood at 5-2 entering the bottom of the ninth.  A rally began with a walk by Soto. Masyn Winn doubled to left and Soto scored.  Carlos Soto singled and Winn scored.  With the score now 5-4, Jones singled.  Jacob Buchberger then struck out swinging to end the rally and the game.

Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  F. Soto was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  In the field, Jones had an outfield assist at third base.  Rodriguez picked a runner off second base. C. Soto had a passed ball.

LJ Jones IV

The Cardinals are 20-32 and are in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 8 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBD vs. TBD 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Marlins 2

The Cardinals (1-3) lost to the Marlins in a low scoring contest on Friday.

Starter Enrique Saldana tossed five scoreless innings, punched out six and walked two.  William Miranda followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tyler Statler surrendered two runs in the eight and did not record an out.  Omar Sanchez pitched the final two scoreless innings.  Statler was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Enrique Saldana

The Cardinal offense scored its only run in the first inning.  Sander Mora was hit by a pitch and Darlin Moquete doubled to left to plate Mora.  Moquete was 2-for-4 in the game and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Mora stole his first base of the season.  Albert Inoa was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Tre Fletcher made a fielding error.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 1, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Wednesday.  Memphis, Springfield, and Palm Beach each played doubleheaders.  The Player of the Day is Memphis starting pitcher Matthew Liberatore, who pitched an eight-inning quality start with three runs allowed on five hits, six punchouts and only one walk.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 30.

Memphis 4, Jacksonville 6 (10 innings, completion of suspended game)

The Redbirds lost to the Jumbo Shrimp in a 10-inning game that began on Tuesday and was suspended due to field conditions not related to the weather.  The game was picked up on Wednesday in the sixth inning.  The game was tied 1-1 at the time of the suspension in the home half of the sixth.

The game began with Connor Thomas on the mound for Memphis.  Thomas retired the first two batters, then faced Lewin Diaz, who hit a solo home run to right center field to give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.  Thomas got out of the inning without further damage and tossed four additional scoreless innings.

The Redbirds tied the game in the fifth.  Harrison Bader led off with a walk and Nolan Gorman followed with a single.  Bader advanced to third on a double-play ball by Lane Thomas.  Juan Yepez then singled, and Bader scored.

In the sixth, with Memphis up to bat, Rayder Ascanio singled, Dennis Ortega walked, and Scott Hurst singled.  Bader was next to bat with the bases loaded, but the game was delayed because attempts were being made to fix the mound.  Earlier in the game Thomas had slipped on the mound.  When the pitcher for the Jumbo Shrimp later also slipped, the umpires delayed the game to smooth out the mound.  After a time, the game was suspended.

The game resumed on Wednesday with the bases loaded in the sixth for the Redbirds.  Bader, who was rehabbing a rib injury, had returned to St. Louis and was not available.  He was replaced by Justin Williams who took the at bat.  Williams, followed by Gorman and L. Thomas all struck out.

The game continued and Jacksonville took the lead in the top of the seventh with a run off of Austin Warner.  Warner had relieved Garrett Williams, who pitched the sixth.  Memphis answered in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run by Ascanio.  The Jumbo Shrimp added a run in the eighth to tie the game for the second time.

Rayder Ascanio

The game went into the 10th inning tied 3-3 with Connor Jones on the mound for Memphis.  Jones surrendered three runs to Jacksonville.  The Redbirds rallied in the bottom of the 10th but fell short with only one run scored on a single by Connor Capel.

Warner and Jones yielded five combined runs in the final four innings of the game.  Jones took the loss, his third of the season.

Ali Sanchez was 3-for-5 in the game. Ascanio, Yepez, L. Thomas and Hurst each had two hits.  Ascanio drove in two. In addition to the Ascanio home run, the only other extra base hit was a double by Bader.

Memphis 6, Jacksonville 3

The Redbirds defeated the Jumbo Shrimp in the second game of a twin bill at Auto Zone Park on Wednesday night.  Matthew Liberatore, fresh off being named as participant in the Futures Game, tossed a quality start of eight innings pitched with three runs allowed.  The left hander yielded five hits, fanned six and walked one. Reliever Seth Elledge closed out the win with a scoreless ninth.

Matthew Liberatore

Jacksonville put up the three runs on Liberatore in the third and fourth innings, the first on a double in the third and then a two-run home run in the fourth.  Liberatore held the Jumbo Shrimp scoreless for the next four frames.

Memphis got on the board with two runs in the fifth.  Justin Williams led off with a single, then stole second base. Kramer Robertson singled, and Irving Lopez followed with a single to plate Williams.  Robertson then scored on a ground out by Liberatore.

The Redbirds took the lead and the win in the eighth inning with four runs scored.  Scott Hurst drew a walk.  Lane Thomas singled, and Nolan Gorman followed with a single to score Hurst.  Juan Yepez then smacked a double to left that brought Thomas and Gorman home.  Justin Williams singled, and Kramer Robertson reached on a throwing error that scored Yepez.

The six runs for Memphis scored on nine hits, without the home run.  Thomas, Williams, and Robertson each had two hits.  Yepez drove in two.

On the base paths, Williams snatched his first base of the season.  Thomas was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Gorman made a fielding error and Thomas had an outfield assist at second base.

The Redbirds are 19-31 and stand in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 13.5 games back of the first place Durham Bulls.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Tommy Parsons RHP (1-4, 6.27) vs. Braxton Garrett LHP (3-3, 5.35) 7:10 CT.

Springfield 4, NW Arkansas 5 (seven innings, game one)

The Cardinals lost a one run game to the Naturals in the first game of a doubleheader at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.

Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Ivan Herrera and an RBI ground out by Alec Burleson.  NW Arkansas cut the lead to 2-1 in the second.  The Naturals continued to add on with one run in the third, a tying run in the fourth and one run each in the sixth and the seventh to lead 5-2 going into the bottom half of the seventh.

The Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the seventh, adding two runs on a second RBI ground out by Burleson and a single by Malcom Nunez.  The rally ended when Nick Plummer grounded into a force out for the final out of the game.

Starter Andre Pallante pitched four innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. The right hander struck out two and walked two to suffer his second loss of the season. Evan Sisk relieved Pallante and yielded two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Salvador Justo got the final out of the seventh.

Delvin Perez was 3-for-4 in the game.  Justin Toerner was 2-for-4.  Herrera’s double was the only extra base hit of the game.

Delvin Perez

Brendan Donovan made a throwing error.  Sisk picked a runner off first base.

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 5 (seven innings, game two)

The Cardinals fell to the Naturals in the second game of the twin bill at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  This game was a makeup of a previously rained out game from May 20.

Starter Kyle Leahy suffered his seventh loss of the season, tossing five innings and yielding five runs, three earned, on six hits.  The right-hander struck out five and walked three. Ramon Santos finished the game with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Naturals took the lead early and built to a 5-0 lead through five innings off Leahy.  Springfield finally broke through the wall of NW Arkansas’ pitching in the sixth with two runs without the benefit of a hit.  Nick Plummer and Malcom Nunez each drew a walk to start the inning and both advanced on a wild pitch. A passed ball scored Plummer.  David Vinsky walked, and Nunez scored on ground out by Nick Dunn.

The Cardinal offense managed six hits, though none produced runs.  Plummer was 2-for-3 with a double and a single.  Plummer’s double was the only extra base hit.

Nick Plummer

On the base paths, Plummer stole his fourth base of the season. In the field, Nunez made a throwing error for his third error of the season.

The Cardinals are 16-34 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 13 games back of the first place Wichita Wind Surge.

Thursday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Dalton Roach RHP (3-4, 5.56) vs. Yefri Del Rosario RHP (1-0, 4.63) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4, West Michigan 9

The Chiefs lost to the West Michigan White Caps 9-4 in a nearly four-hour regulation game at Dozer Park on Wednesday night. Most of the scoring took place at the beginning and at the end of the nine-inning game.

The White Caps racked up four runs in the first inning on Peoria starter Connor Lunn, who pitched four innings with four hits allowed, two strikeouts and three walks. Lunn was tagged with his third loss of the season.  Cole Aker, Jack Ralston, Freddy Pacheco, and Cory Thompson combined to hold West Michigan scoreless for the next four innings.  The scoreless streak ended in the ninth when Fabian Blanco yielded five runs to the White Caps.  Jacob Schlesener stopped the bleeding in the ninth and got the final two outs.

As for the Chiefs, the offense scored three of its four runs in the fourth inning. Pedro Pages led off the inning with a walk. Brady Whalen followed with a double to right and Leandro Cedeno then singled to left to plate Pages and Whalen.  Cedeno later scored on a single by Zade Richardson.

The Chiefs put up their final score in the home half of the ninth on a solo home run by Francisco Hernandez to lead off the inning. After Jhon Torres reached on an error, Pages grounded into a double play to end the rally.

Francisco Hernandez

Peoria’s four runs scored on nine hits.  Torres and Richardson each had two hits. The extra base hits were Hernandez’ home run and Whalen’s double.

In the field, Pages made a throwing error, it was his eighth error of the season.

The Chiefs are 19-30 and sit in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 13.5 games back of the first place Quad Cities River Bandits.

Thursday’s games:  vs. West Michigan, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (1-4, 5.67) vs. TBD 5:05 CT (Game One)

vs. West Michigan, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-4, 6.28) vs. TBD (Game Two)

Palm Beach 5, Dunedin 3 (seven innings, game one)

The Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays in the first game of twin bill at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.  The Beach Birds came back from an early deficit in the final three innings of the seven-inning contest.

Palm Beach starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched 1 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Luis Ortiz and Dionys Rodriguez combined for 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings and Rodriguez was awarded the win.  Gianluca Dalatri gave up one unearned run in his two innings pitched but earned his first save.

Dunedin maintained a 2-0 lead until the fourth inning when the Cardinals tied the game.  Franklin Soto doubled, and Terry Fuller brought him home on a single.  Fuller then stole second base and scored on a throwing error on a ground ball by Donivan Williams.

The Beach Birds took a 4-2 lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Todd Lott and a single by Edgardo Rodriguez.   The Blue Jays got one run back in the sixth, but the Cardinals widened their lead to 5-3 in the home half of the sixth on a single by L.J. Jones.

Soto and Jones were each 2-for-4 in the game.  Fuller stole his first base of the season.  Jimenez and Dalatri both made errors on a pickoff attempt. Masyn Winn made a throwing and a fielding error.

Franklin Soto

Palm Beach 7, Dunedin 6 (seven innings, game two)

The Cardinals edged the Blue Jays in a one run victory in the second game of a twin bill on Wednesday night at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right-hander punched out seven and issued no free passes.  Edgar Manzo relieved Moreno and yielded three runs, two earned, on four hits in two innings pitched.  Manzo was charged with a blown save but was also awarded the win, his second.

The Beach Birds got on the board first with three runs scored in the second inning.  Patrick Romeri was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  Franklin Soto followed with a double and a wild pitch scored Romeri.  Terry Fuller drew a walk but was eliminated on force out by Jose Zapata.  Darlyn Del Villar plated Soto on a double and Zapata scored on a single by Masyn Winn.

Dunedin tied the game with three runs in the third, but the Cardinals answered in the bottom frame with two runs on a Fuller ground out and a double by Zapata.

The Blue Jays scored three in the sixth to regain the lead 6-5.  The Beach Birds responded in the home half of the sixth with two runs on a single by L.J. Jones.  Jones was 3-for-4 in the game.  Winn and Zapata each had two hits.  Zapata also made a throwing error.

LJ Jones IV

The Cardinals are 19-31 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 8.5 games back of he first place St. Lucie Mets.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBD vs. TBD 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2, FCL Mets 8 (seven innings)

The Cardinals (0-2) fell to the Mets on Wednesday by the score of 8-2 in the second game of the Cardinals FCL season.  Right-hander Reinys Portillo got the start for the Cardinals and pitched 1 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs, four earned, on three hits.  He struck out two and walked three.

Ben Baird followed Portillo with two scoreless innings of relief.  Roy Garcia yielded two runs in 2 1/3 innings of work, and Juan Peralta gave up one unearned run in 2/3 innings.  Portillo took the loss.

The Cardinals were behind 5-0 when the offense came to bat in the home half of the second inning.  Jake Cruz led off the inning with a single and came home on a triple by Adanson Cruz.  Cruz then scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-2.

The two runs were the only scores for the Cardinals.  Jake Burns went 3-for-3 and Adanson Cruz was 2-for-2.  Tre Fletcher had the other extra base hit, a double, in addition to Cruz’ triple.

Adanson Cruz

Cruz had an outfield assist at second base.  The defense made two errors, one by Ramon Mendoza (missed catch, and one from Jeremy Riven (fielding).  Baird picked a runner off third base.

Thursday’s game:  at Astros, TBD vs. TBD 11:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 21-27

Photo: Adam Wainwright (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

It was a difficult week for the St. Louis Cardinals, who went 1-5 against a pair of last place teams. The Redbirds were outscored 35-to-15 in their two games against Detroit and four games against Pittsburgh combined. Struggles on the mound and at the plate have given the team problems.

Our history feature concludes the major league debut series with a look at the debuts of six more pitchers who have made at least one appearance for the Cardinals this season or has not yet been covered.

Game Recaps

Monday, June 21 – Off day.

Tuesday, June 22 – Cardinals 2 at Tigers 8

The Cardinals played the first game of a two-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park on Tuesday. Johan Oviedo got the start and struggled through 3 2/3 innings.

The right-hander managed to keep Detroit off the board until the fourth inning, when the Tiger offense erupted for six runs in the inning.  The frame began to unravel after Oviedo made a throwing error on a comebacker to him.  Oviedo fielded the ball and then threw to third base to get the lead runner, but there was no fielder at the bag.  The throw went into foul territory and a run scored.

Following the error, the wheels came off the bus for the right-hander.  Two walks, a double, and a three-run home run followed before Daniel Ponce de Leon came in to relieve Oviedo and get the final out of the inning.

The Cardinals were able to get two runs back in the fifth.  Edmundo Sosa was hit by a pitch.  Paul DeJong singled, and Lars Nootbaar hit a sac fly to plate Sosa.  Singles by Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt scored DeJong.

The Tigers regained their six-run lead in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs off Ponce de Leon and Andrew Miller.  The Cardinals were unable to score further.

Oveido pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits.  The right-hander struck out one and walked three.  Ponce de Leon and Miller each surrendered a run.  Jake Woodford, Wade LeBlanc, and Junior Fernandez each tossed a scoreless inning.

The offense scored two runs on six hits.  Edman was 2-for-5.  Dylan Carlson, Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill, and DeJong each had a single.

Wednesday, June 23 – Cardinals 2 at Tigers 6

The Cardinals were swept by the Tigers in a loss in the second game of a two-game series at Comerica Park on Wednesday.  Starter John Gant continued to issue too many walks and lasted only three innings before being replaced.  Gant surrendered three runs on two hits, struck out four and walked four and was charged with his sixth loss of the season.

The Cardinal offense scored early but failed to add on as the Tigers quickly took the lead away from the Redbirds.  Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Cardinals the initial 1-0 lead.  In the third inning, Lars Nootbaar tripled and scored on a Tommy Edman single.

Lars Nootbaar

Detroit answered back in the bottom of the second with two runs to tie the game.  Gant issued two lead off walks, both of whom scored on a double by Jonathan Schoop.  Ryan Helsley relieved Gant in the fourth and immediately gave up a solo home run to give the Tigers the lead.

Detroit continued to score in each inning except the seventh. Helsley yielded a second solo home run to lead off the fifth.  Genesis Cabrera surrendered a run in the sixth.  Giovanny Gallegos retired all three batters he faced in the seventh.  Alex Reyes allowed a final run in the eighth.

The Cardinals had a total of seven hits in the game.  Three of the seven hits went for extra bases, the Arenado home run, the triple by Nootbaar, and a Tyler O’Neill double.  Edman, Dylan Carlson, Paul Goldschmidt, and Matt Carpenter each singled.

Nootbaar had an outfield assist at home plate.  Gallegos picked a runner off first base.

Thursday, June 24 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 8

The Cardinals lose for the fourth consecutive game, this time at home against the Pirates.  The game was the first of a four-game series with the Bucs at Busch Stadium to begin a seven-game homestand.

Carlos Martinez once again had a turbulent start, his fourth in his previous five.  Beginning with a start in Los Angeles that lasted less than an inning, the right-hander has gone more than five innings once, in a seven-inning outing in Chicago.

This game Martinez managed to make it through five innings, with five runs yielded on five hits.  This game featured seven walks, the most he has issued since April 15, 2017, when he walked eight in a game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  The loss was Martinez’ ninth this season.

The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but got one run back in the second on an RBI single by Lars Nootbaar.  The Bucs added three in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 5-1, and one more in the sixth to make it 6-1.

The lead became 8-1 in the eighth, with Wade LeBlanc, who relieved Martinez in the sixth, responsible for the final three runs. Seth Elledge and Junior Fernandez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The lethargic Redbird offense managed to put one more run on the board in the bottom of the eighth when a single by Dylan Carlson and walks by Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado to load the bases was followed by a hit by pitch of Tyler O’Neil.  Carlson was 2-for-4 in the game and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Dylan Carlson

Friday, June 25 – Cardinals 4, Pirates 5

The Cardinals were edged by the Pirates as the losing streak continues at five games straight.    Starter Kwang-Hyun Kim went 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, struck out one and walked one.

The Cardinals got on the board first with one run scored in the second inning.  Lars Nootbaar and Edmundo Sosa hit back-to-back singles and Kim was hit by a pitch.  Dylan Carlson grounded into a force out and Nootbaar scored to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates answered in the top of third by scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead.  The Cardinals responded in the home half of the third with two runs to cut the lead to 4-3.  Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run to left field.  Yadier Molina doubled and Lars Nootbaar plated Molina on a single.

In the fourth St. Louis tied it up 4-4 on a solo home run by Dylan Carlson.  Jake Woodford relieved Kim in the fifth and surrendered the winning run on a walk, a fielder’s choice and a single.  Relievers Ryan Helsley, Genesis Cabrera, Andrew Miller, and Giovanny Gallegos were able to keep the Pirate for scoring for the remainder of the game, but the Cardinals were also unable to add on.

Arenado and Nootbaar each had two hits.  Carlson had two RBI.  Nootbaar had an outfield assist at second base.  Molina stole his first base of the season.

Saturday, June 26 – Cardinals 3, Pirates 1

The Cardinals stopped their losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Pirates on Saturday. Unsurprisingly it was Adam Wainwright on the mound, a frequent stopper of such streaks.  Wainwright tossed six innings and allowed one run on six hits.  The right-hander fanned eight and walked one to earn his sixth win of the season.  Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Reyes earned his 18th save.

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis got on the board in the first inning beginning with a Dylan Carlson leadoff walk, followed by a Paul Goldschmidt single. Molina later drove in Carlson on a single.

In the second, Paul DeJong increased the Cardinals lead to 2-0 with a solo home run to left field.  The Pirates made it 2-1 in the fourth on a solo home run by Gregory Polanco.  That was the Pirates only run of the game.

In the fifth, Paul Goldschmidt blasted a monster 470-foot home run over the center field grass.  The Cardinals led by the final score of 3-1.

Goldschmidt and Molina each went 2-for-3 in the game.  There was not a lot of offense, 3 runs on 6 hits, but it was enough for a win.

Paul Goldschmidt

On the base paths, DeJong snatched his third base of the season.  Tommy Edman was caught stealing for the third time this season.  Molina made one error, a dropped foul ball.

Sunday, June 27 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 7

The Cardinals fell to the Pirates 7-2 thus losing three of four to a last place team.  This follows being swept in a two-game series to another last place team.  Things are not going well for the Redbirds.

The offense was not only no-hit in five innings by a young Pirates pitcher making his major league debut, but they were also the victims of a budding perfect game.  The team was saved by a rain delay, that kept them from having to continue to be no-hit for the remaining innings.  The Pirates starter did not take the mound after the delay and the Cardinals finally got a hit in the seventh inning, a Dylan Carlson lead-off double.  Carlson came home to score on a sac fly by Nolan Arenado for their first run of the game.

The offense scored only one more time, in the eighth. Yadier Molina doubled and Paul DeJong plated Molina on a single.

Johan Oviedo took the mound as the starter and had a disastrous first inning, yielding three runs and throwing over forty pitches before the inning was over.  He was better in the next two innings, but two more runs were scored on him in the fifth. He gave five runs total on six hits, walked four and struck out five.

Jake Woodford surrendered two additional runs in his two innings of work.  Junior Fernandez and Seth Elledge stopped the bleeding with a combined three scoreless innings.  Oviedo took the loss, his fourth.

Tyler O’Neill had an outfield assist at home, preventing an eighth run.  Molina had a passed ball.

Big Picture

A stretch of games against sub .500 teams that many had hoped would help get the Cardinals out of their June funk, has in fact done the opposite.  In six games against two last place teams, the Tigers and the Pirates, the Cardinals have won one game.  That was not a typo, the Cardinals were 1-5 this week against two last place teams.

The team next plays two more sub .500 teams, the Diamondbacks, and the Rockies.  Seven games that may make or break the Cardinals’ season.  They can either make strides into pulling themselves out of the hole they have sunk into or dig it so deep they may never climb out.  St. Louis was last in first place in the division on May 30.  Since then, it has been a deep dive down into fourth place.

The problems are pitching and offense, with occasional forays into poor defense.  The pitching suffers from serious injury problems, but the offense suffers from nothing other than an inability to hit the ball and score runs on a consistent basis.  Occasionally the offense has a brief surge, only to fall back into lethargy the next day.  With only one lineup regular still on the injured list, the offense does not have any excuse on which to fall back.

There is no help in the minor leagues at the present time, so it remains for the front office to do what it can to ameliorate the situation.  Some changes in the pitching have already been made, but one could argue they are nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  John Gant has been sent back to the bullpen, and Wade LeBlanc inserted into the rotation.  The 36-year-old has spent much of his career as a reliever but does have starting experience.  Perhaps his best season as a starter was with Seattle in 2018 when he was 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA.  Before he was signed by the Cardinals, LeBlanc was signed and released by three teams in 2021, the Orioles, the Brewers, and the Rangers. Perhaps the Cardinals are hoping for something three other teams did not see in LeBlanc, but his recent history is not encouraging.

So, the Cardinals saunter forth with a rotation that is limping, a bullpen that does not know what it is at any given moment and an offense that cannot get out of its own way.   How has the offense been this week?  Well, there is exactly one player with an OPS over .800, Nolan Arenado (.886).  That is it folks.  Our former lead-off hitter, Tommy Edman, who was someone most thought could always be counted on, has an OPS in his last 15 games of .439.  Some of the other performances in the last 15 games are Tyler O’Neill (.593), Paul Goldschmidt (.712), Dylan Carlson (.762), and Yadier Molina (.503).  O’Neill, Goldschmidt, and Carlson have been even worse over the last week, Molina only slightly better.

Nolan Arenado

Without improvement in the pitching and the offense, one can see little hope of resurgence in the immediate future.  The All-Star Break comes in two weeks and if the Cardinals have not sunk much further in the standings, perhaps with some rest the team can have a better second half.

The coming week brings three games with the Diamondbacks at home and four games with the Rockies at Coors Field.  After that the Cardinals have a tough road before the break, three games in San Francisco with the first place Giants and another series at Wrigley with the Cubs.  With the loss today against the Pirates, the Cardinals are now 8 games out of first place.

NL Central Standings

Team                                        W                                     L                               Pct                                    GB

 

Milwaukee

 

           45

 

             33

 

         .577

 

          ——

 

Chicago

 

           42

 

             36

 

         .538

 

             3

 

Cincinnati

 

           38

 

             38

 

         .500

 

             6

 

St. Louis

 

           37

 

             41

 

         .474

 

             8

 

Pittsburgh

 

           29

 

             47

 

         .382

 

            15

Trade and Acquisition Rumors.

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 6/22 The Cardinals designated LHP Bernardo Flores Jr for assignment.
  • 6/22 The Cardinals optioned OF Lane Thomas to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/22 The Cardinals selected the contract of OF Lars Nootbaar from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/23 The Cardinals placed RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon on the 10-day injured list. Right shoulder discomfort.
  • 6/23 The Cardinals recalled RHP Seth Elledge from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/24 LHP Bernardo Flores Jr was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies.
  • 6/25 The Cardinals sent CF Harrison Bader on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.
  • 6/26 The Cardinals sent RHP Kodi Whitley on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), was placed on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas could begin some light throwing shortly but a return date in August is still the expected outcome.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day injured list with a return date sometime in August. Hicks has still not begun to throw.
  • CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) continues on the 10-day injured list. The center fielder has been sent to the Palm Beach Cardinals for a rehab assignment beginning June 25. Bader will remain in Florida through the weekend, after which an evaluation will be made concerning further rehab in another location.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Kodi Whitley (mid back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 27. Whitley was sent on a rehab assignment to Springfield on Saturday with no specific number of appearances on rehab specified, but probably at least two.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) was injured in a game on May 31. The right-hander felt tightness while pitching that was then exacerbated by swinging the bat. Flaherty has begun some light throwing and will slowly build up the intensity.  He will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the roster, which is expected to be late July/early August.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all of the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon was removed from his last outing against the Tigers on Tuesday, due to injury. The right hander was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort.  This is the same injury that put him on the IL earlier in the season.  The discomfort is believed to be due more to arm fatigue than a specific incident.  No injection in the shoulder is planned, just rest and strengthening.  A return sometime in July is expected.

Looking Ahead

Following the Pirates series, the home stand continues on Monday with a three games series against the Diamondbacks.

July begins in Denver with four games at Coors Field against the Rockies. The team then heads to San Francisco to play the Giants in a three-game series.

After a Thursday travel day, the Cardinals return to Wrigley Field for a weekend series with the Cubs before the All-Star Break begins on Monday, July 12.

After the All-Star break, the Redbirds play the Giants at Busch Stadium in a weekend series.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past.

The final installment of the major league debut series looks at the debuts of six bullpen pitchers who made a least one appearance for the Cardinals in 2021 but who were not covered in last week’s segment.  Dakota Hudson was left out of the segment on starters but will be covered here.

Bernardo Flores Jr.—-Flores made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox on September 3, 2020 in an 11-6 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffmann Stadium.  Flores pitched the eighth inning in a game started by Dylan Cease.  The left-hander pitched to five batters in the inning.  He surrendered a single to the first hitter and a double to the second one.  Two ground outs followed that scored two runs.  Flores struck out his final batter, Meibrys Viloria, looking, on four pitches for his first major league strikeout.  Flores appeared in only two games for the White Sox in 2020.

The Cardinals claimed Flores off waivers on April 1, 2021, and he made one appearance out of the bullpen for the Cardinals on May 5 against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader.  He was optioned back to Memphis and was designated for assignment last Tuesday to make room on the roster for Lars Nootbaar.  The Rockies claimed Flores off waivers on Thursday.

Bernardo Flores Jr.

Angel Rondon—Rondon made his debut for the Cardinals on June 6, 2021, in an 8-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.  He pitched the sixth inning in game started by John Gant, who only lasted four innings.  The right-hander pitched to four batters in the inning.  He allowed a single to Mike Freeman to lead off the inning, induced a fly out by Mark Payton, struck out Jonathan India looking on seven pitches for his first major league strikeout, and induced Jesse Winker to pop out in foul territory for the final out of the inning.

Angel Rondón

Kodi Whitley (10-day IL) —Whitley made his debut with the Cardinals on July 26, 2020 in a 5-1 loss to the Pirates at Busch Stadium.  The right-hander pitched the seventh inning in a game started by Dakota Hudson.  Whitley retired all three batters he faced on a ground out by Jacob Stallings, a lineout to CF by Erik Gonzalez, and then a swinging strike out of Adam Frazier on four pitches for his first major league punch out.  Whitley made four appearances for St. Louis in 2020, two in July and two in September.

Kodi Whitley

Seth Elledge—Elledge made his debut with the Cardinals on August 16, 2020 in a 7-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.  The right-hander entered the fifth inning in relief of Roel Ramirez in a game started by Dakota Hudson.  Elledge got the final out of the inning by striking out Edwin Encarnacion looking on three pitches.  This was Elledge’s first major league strikeout.  Elledge returned to pitch a scoreless sixth inning, then struck out Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, and Yasmani Grandal, all swinging in the seventh inning.

Seth Elledge

Jordan Hicks—The unique debut of Jordan Hicks came on March 29, 2018, Opening Day of 2018.  The game was a 9-4 loss against the New York Mets at Citi Field.  Hicks made the opening day roster out of spring training in 2018 despite having never pitched an inning above the A+ level.

The hard throwing right-hander appeared in the seventh inning of a game started by Carlos Martinez. In his debut inning Hicks gave up an infield single to Brandon Nimmo, followed by a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes. Hicks struck out his final batter, Jay Bruce, swinging on four pitches for his first major league strikeout. His slowest pitch was an 86.4 mph slider to Bruce. His fastest pitch was also to Bruce, a 101.6 mph sinker that was called for a ball.

Jordan Hicks

Dakota Hudson—Hudson was not included in the starting pitcher segment because he has not appeared in a game in 2021 and was inadvertently left out.  Hudson is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he had late in the 2020 season.  The last game he pitched in 2020 was on September 17.  The right-hander made his debut with the Cardinals on July 28, 2018, in a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Hudson made his debut out of the bullpen in relief of starter Miles Mikolas in the seventh inning.  The right-hander pitched to three batters. He struck out Kyle Schwarber swinging on six pitches for his first major league strikeout.  He followed that with a strikeout swinging of Ian Happ on five pitches.  His last hitter, Victor Caratini, grounded out to third base.

Hudson pitched only out of the bullpen in 2018.  His first start was on March 30, 2019, which was the third and final game of the season opening series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  The Cardinals lost the game 4-2 and Hudson pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits, fanned six and walked two.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 27, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system had a 1-2 Saturday. Our Players of the Day are Memphis right fielder Conner Capel (triple, double, two RBI) and shortstop Kramer Robertson (single, home run, two RBI) in Memphis’ comeback win at Toledo.

Results for games played Saturday, June 26.

Memphis 7 at Toledo 4

The Redbirds came back to win the 7-4 contest over the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night.  Memphis’ offensive game was aided by five extra base hits, including two long balls.

Toledo put the initial run on the board in the first inning off Redbirds starter Grant Black.  The Mud Hens added to their lead in the fourth with two more scores.

Kramer Robertson

The Redbirds finally crossed home in the fifth via a solo home run by Kramer Robertson.  Memphis poured it on in the top of the sixth with a five-spot.  John Nogowski drew a walk and stole second base. Juan Yepez was hit by a pitch.  Conner Capel tripled to plate Nogowski and Yepez. Robertson followed with a single to score Capel.  Rayder Ascanio piled on with a two-run home run to left center field as Memphis grabbed a 6-3 lead.

Conner Capel

The Mud Hens answered in the home half of the sixth to make it 6-4.  The Redbirds added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI double by Matt Szczur.

Black pitched three innings for Memphis and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two.  Austin Warner tossed two scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.  Brandon Waddell surrendered one run in the sixth. Roel Ramirez hurled two scoreless innings before Connor Jones pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Capel and Robertson were each 2-for-4 with two RBI. Ascanio also drove in two. Nogowski stole his second base of the season.

The Redbirds are 18-29 and in last place in the Triple-A East-Southeast Division, 13.5 game back of the first place Durham Bulls.

Sunday’s game:  at Toledo, Angel Rondon RHP (0-3, 5.65) vs. Drew Hutchison RHP (4-2, 4.40) 1:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 8

The Cardinals were edged by the Drillers in a Saturday night contest in Tulsa that got away late.  Springfield led before a one-hour stoppage in the seventh, but after action resumed, the lead evaporated.

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Cardinals starter Domingo Robles. Springfield responded in the second inning to tie the score on a two-run double by Justin Toerner.  The Cardinals took the lead in the third on a two-run home run by Nolan Gorman.  In the fourth, a solo home run by Brendan Donovan gave the Cardinals a 5-2 edge.

The Drillers got one back in the fifth, but in the sixth Springfield regained the three-run lead on a solo home run by Luken Baker.

After the delay, Springfield increased its lead to 7-3 on an RBI single by Ivan Herrera.  The Drillers then started their five-run half of the eighth with a solo home run. That was not the end of it as a three-run home run followed and Tulsa went up 8-7 on a sac fly. The Cardinals were unable to rally in the ninth.

Nolan Gorman

Gorman and Perez were both 2-for-5.  Gorman had two RBI.  Baker was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Toerner drove in two.

Robles tossed five innings and allowed three runs on five hits, fanned five and walked two.  Kyle Leahy pitched a scoreless sixth.  Michael Brettell took the mound after the delay and yielded five runs, three earned.  A fielding error by Delvin Perez led to the three-run home run that tied the game.  Ramon Santos finished with 2/3 scoreless innings.  Brettell was charged with a blown save and the loss.

In addition to the costly Perez error, Herrera had a passed ball.  Toerner had an outfield assist at third base.

The Cardinals are 16-30 and in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 10 games back of first place Tulsa, whose win in this game put them in a tie for first place with Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, Kevin McGovern LHP (0-0, 1.42) vs. Michael Grove RHP (0-2, 9.47) 1:05 CT.

Peoria at Wisconsin (postponed)

Saturday’s game between Peoria and Wisconsin was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be played on Sunday, June 27, as part of a doubleheader. Both games will be seven innings.

Sunday’s games:  at Wisconsin, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (2-1, 5.20) RHP vs. Justin Bullock RHP (2-1, 3.18) 1:05 CT. (Game 1) – Logan Gragg (0-3, 6.48) RHP vs. Zach Mort RHP (1-3, 5.59) (Game 2)

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 7

The Cardinals were defeated by Fort Myers on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium, in the fifth game of this week’s six-game series. Starter Levi Prater pitched 4 1/3 innings and yielded four runs on three hits.  The left-hander issued seven walks, two of which came home to score, and fanned five.  Prater suffered his third loss of the season.

The Beach Birds fell behind 6-0 before the offense was able to respond. The result, a single run for Palm Beach, came in the sixth.  MLB rehabber Harrison Bader doubled to right and Masyn Winn and Jordan Walker followed with singles as Bader scored.

Dionys Rodriguez relieved in the fifth and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Francisco Justo surrendered one run in two innings before Kevin Marnon tossed a scoreless ninth.

Jordan Walker

Walker was 2-for-4 with the solo RBI for Palm Beach. In his second outing with the club, Bader went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

The Cardinals had seven hits, the same as Fort Myers, but did not draw a walk compared to the home team receiving eight free passes from Beach Birds pitching.

Winn was picked off third base.  Carlos Soto made a throwing error. Tommy Jew had an outfield assist at second base.  Prater picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 16-31 and are in last place in the Low-A Southeast- East Division, nine games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Fort Myers, Gustavo J. Rodriguez RHP (0-2, 8.00) vs. Louie Varland RHP (3-1, 1.99) 11:00 am CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 26, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria right fielder Jhon Torres, who was 2-for-4 including a three-run home run and two runs scored in the Chiefs’ twin bill Game 2 win.

Results from games played on Friday, June 25.

Memphis 3 at Toledo 5 (seven innings)

The Redbirds (17-29) fell to the Mud Hens in a disrupted Friday night at Fifth Third Field.  The game was delayed twice for rain in the area and was finally called in the mid-seventh inning.

Falling behind 5-0, Memphis was kept off the board until the sixth inning. Conner Capel doubled to center, then Juan Yepez and Tyler Heinemann walked to load the bases.  A wild pitch scored two.  Rayder Ascanio singled to plate Heinemann.

Memphis failed to score in the top of the seventh and with one out in the bottom of the frame the rain came for the second time.  The game was called with the Mud Hens on top.

Redbirds starter Zack Thompson is still looking for his first Triple-A win and suffered his sixth loss of the season. The left hander pitched four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked three.  Tyler Webb tossed two scoreless innings of relief, fanning three.  Brandon Dickson pitched the final 1/3 inning.

Tyler Webb

Memphis’ offense scored three runs on five hits. Yepez, Capel, and Irving Lopez doubled.  Capel had an outfield assist at third base.

The Redbirds sit in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 13.5 games back of the first place Durham Bulls.

Saturday’s game:  at Toledo, TBD vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 3

The Cardinals (16-29) were victorious over the Tulsa Drillers in a 5-3 contest on Friday night at ONEOK Field.  The game was close as the Drillers tied the score twice before Springfield’s offense broke out in the sixth inning.

Springfield scored first in the second inning on a solo home run by Justin Toerner.  Toledo knotted it up in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cardinals regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a Nick Dunn solo home run.

Justin Toerner

The Mud Hens answered in the bottom of the fifth by tying the game once again.  In the top of the sixth the Cardinals added three runs to widen the gap.  Brendan Donovan singled, and Alec Burleson and Nick Plummer walked to load the bases.  Toerner doubled to plate two.  Plummer scored on a sac fly by Dunn.

Toledo made it closer with a run in the seventh, but Springfield pitching kept the Mud Hens at bay over the final two innings for the 5-3 Springfield win.

Starter Dalton Roach won his third game of the season after pitching five innings and giving up two runs on eight hits.  The right hander punched out seven and issued one free pass.  Salvador Justo surrendered a run in his 1 2/3 innings pitched. Alvaro Seijas and Jacob Bosiokovic combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Bosiokovic earned his second save.

Donovan, Burleson, and Toerner had two hits each. Toerner had three RBI and Dunn drove in two.  Burleson stole his second base of the season.  Delvin Perez was caught stealing for the fourth time in 2021.

The Cardinals are in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 9.5 games back of the first place Wichita Wind Surge.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, Domingo Robles LHP (2-2, 4.62) vs. Andre Jackson RHP (2-2, 3.00) 7:05 CT

Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 9 (completion of suspended game)

The Chiefs (18-27) were defeated by the Timber Rattlers in the completion of the suspended game from Thursday.  Peoria starter Logan Gragg had pitched only one inning on Thursday when the contest was stopped due to rain.  Gragg gave up one run on one hit and walked one.

When the game resumed on Friday, Wilfredo Pereira took the mound.  The right hander tossed four innings and yielded three runs on three hits, struck out two and walked three.  Pereira absorbed the loss, his fourth of the season.

Moises Castillo

The Chiefs took the lead in the third inning on a two-run home run by Moises Castillo that put Peoria up 2-1.  Wisconsin tied it up in the bottom of the fifth.  The Timber Rattlers continued to score with a total of eight runs off the relief combination of Pereira, Fabian Blanco, and finally Nathanael Heredia who surrendered the final run in the seventh.

Peoria added one more run to their tally in the ninth on an RBI single by Tyler Reichenborn, but there the rally ended.  Leandro Cedeno was the only Chief with multiple hits with a single and a double.  Cedeno also committed a fielding error. Francisco Hernandez was caught stealing for the second time this season.

Peoria 7 at Wisconsin 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Chiefs were the winners in the regularly scheduled contest with the Timber Rattlers on Friday, a seven inning second game of a twin bill.  The contest was close until the Chiefs put up a crooked number in the final inning to secure the victory.

Peoria scored first in the top of the third inning, on bases loaded walks by Tyler Reichenborn and Zade Richardson.  Wisconsin responded with three runs, taking the lead in the home half of the third.

The Chiefs tied the game in the fourth on a third bases loaded walk, this one from Chandler Redmond.  The game remained knotted up 3-3 until the seventh inning.  Redmond singled and Francisco Hernandez drew a walk.  Matt Chamberlain singled to plate Redmond.  Jhon Torres then blasted a three-run home to left center field to break open the game and give the Chiefs the 7-3 lead.  The Timber Rattlers added a run in the bottom of the final frame, but the rally attempt fell short.

Jhon Torres

Peoria starter Michael YaSenka tossed five innings and yielded three runs on five hits, fanned nine and walked two. Cory Thompson pitched the final two innings and surrendered one run.  Thompson’s win is his second of the season.

Torres was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Moises Castillo was 3-for-3 and Chamberlain was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Richardson made two errors, a dropped foul and a throwing error.

The Chiefs currently stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 11 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (2-2, 4.12) vs. Zach Mort RHP (1-3, 5.59) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 1

The Cardinals (16-30) prevailed over the Mighty Mussels on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Beach Birds took an early lead and were backed by good pitching from starter Jose Moreno.

Todd Lott singled to begin the second and scored on a single by Tommy Jew.  Moreno kept Fort Myers off the board through five innings.  He walked the lead off hitter in the sixth and that runner came around to tie the score.

Palm Beach answered in the sixth with three runs to take a 4-1 lead. Lott and Matt Koperniak singled.  Both scored on a triple by Jew.  Franklin Soto plated Jew on a single to left.

Tommy Jew

Will Guay and Sean Kealey kept the Mighty Mussels off the board for the final innings.  The Cardinals added a fifth run in the seventh on a sac fly by Jacob Buchberger.

Jose Moreno

Moreno pitched five-plus innings and yielded one run on three hits, fanned six and walked one.  Guay tossed three scoreless innings to earn the win, however, he was also charged with a blown save in allowing Moreno’s inherited runner to score in the sixth.  Kealey pitched a scoreless ninth.

Lott, Jew, and Soto each had two hits.  Jew drove in three.  Soto committed his 14th error of the season, a fielding miscue.  Lott made a throwing error.

In his first rehab game, St. Louis center fielder Harrison Bader led off for Palm Beach and singled once in three plate appearances.

Palm Beach in in last place in the Low-A Southeast Division, 8.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Levi Prater LHP (1-2, 3.35) vs. Sawyer Gipson-Long RHP (3-2, 6.37) 5:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 24, 2021

photo: Moises Castillo (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria shortstop Moises Castillo, who went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, five RBI and two runs scored.  Teammate Connor Lunn threw seven innings of one-run ball in the Chiefs’ win over Wisconsin.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 23.

Memphis 4 at Toledo 0

The Redbirds (17-27) blanked the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night.  Starter Connor Thomas pitched very well, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings for his second win of the season.

Memphis got on the board with two runs in the third inning.  Juan Yepez led off with a single and Scott Hurst doubled to right field. Kramer Robertson’s sac fly plated both Yepez and Hurst as Toledo CF Jacoby Jones caught the ball while hitting the wall and fell to the ground, thus allowing both runners to tag up and score.

The score remained 2-0 until the seventh.  Evan Mendoza led off with a single.  Hurst was hit by a pitch and Robertson drew a walk.  With the bases loaded, the Mud Hens pitcher balked, scoring Mendoza, and advancing Hurst and Robertson.  Hurst came in on a ground out by Lane Thomas.   Neither team scored in the final two innings and the Redbirds prevailed 4-0.

Connor Thomas

Starter Thomas allowed five hits in his 5 2/3 innings pitched, fanned seven and walked one.  Roel Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Jones and Brandon Waddell each tossed a scoreless frame.

Hurst and Thomas had two hits each and Thomas drove in one.  Robertson plated two.  Thomas also stole his first base of the season and Mendoza snatched his eighth base.

Thursday’s game:  at Toledo, Matthew Liberatore LHP (2-3, 4.26) vs. Mark Leiter Jr RHP (0-0, 9.00) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 4

The Cardinals lost a close one to the Tulsa Drillers at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night.  The game began with the Drillers taking a 3-0 lead against Cardinals starter Tyler Pike in the first inning.  After that, Pike shut Tulsa down through the next five innings.  The left hander punched out six and walked two but took his second loss of the season.

The Cardinals offense finally broke through against the bullpen in the eighth with two runs to make it a one run game.  Luken Baker reached on a fielding error when Tulsa’s third baseman fielded a grounder but dropped the ball on the transfer.  Brendan Donovan took advantage with a two-run home run to right field.

Brendan Donovan

In the bottom of the eighth the Drillers added a run to increase their lead to 4-2 against Cardinals reliever Ramon Santos.  Springfield rallied in the ninth, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Nick Dunn and Nolan Gorman and a walk by Ivan Herrera.  Alec Burleson smacked a single to right field.  Dunn scored, and Gorman attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate by a rocket throw from the Tulsa right fielder.  Baker came to the plate with Herrera still on base, but he flied out to left to end the game.

Springfield managed only one hit in six innings off Drillers starter Pepiot, a single by Alec Burleson in the fifth inning.  Once the bullpen came in, the offense was able to get their bats going.  Delvin Perez singled in the seventh but was caught stealing.  Burleson was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

In addition to the caught stealing of Perez, Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch in the eighth and was subsequently caught stealing.  Ivan Herrera made a throwing error on a stolen base attempt.  Burleson had an outfield assist at second base.

Thursday’s game:  at Tulsa, RHP Andre Pallante (3-1, 2.23) vs. TBA 7:05 CT.

Peoria 13 at Wisconsin 6

The Chiefs (18-26) crushed the Timber Rattlers in a Wednesday afternoon contest.  Connor Lunn took the mound for Peoria and tossed seven innings, yielding one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked one to earn his third win of the season.

Connor Lunn

The Chiefs offense got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run by Malcom Nunez.  The Timber Rattlers responded in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1.

In the top of the fifth, Jhon Torres singled and later scored on a double by Brady Whalen.  The score remained 3-1 until the top of the eighth when the Chiefs broke out for a six-run inning. Whalen doubled and Leandro Cedeno singled. A sac fly Chandler Redmond plated Whalen.  Back-to-back singles by Fernando Hernandez and Zade Richardson brought Cedeno home.  Tyler Reichenborn drew a walk and Hernandez scored on a single by Moises Castillo. A wild pitch sent Richardson home.  Torres reached on a fielding error that scored Reichenborn and Castillo.  Peoria led 9-1.

Wisconsin battled back in the bottom of the eighth to score five runs off Chiefs’ reliever Leonardo Taveras.  Paul Schwendel took over for Taveras and got the final out of the inning.

Peoria added to their 9-6 lead in the ninth by scoring four more on a grand slam by Castillo.  Schwendel shut the Timber Rattlers down in the bottom of the ninth.

Moises Castillo

Whalen, Hernandez, and Castillo each had two hits.  Castillo had five RBI and Nunez drove in two.  Torres and Castillo both stole their second base of the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Logan Gragg RHP (0-3, 6.65) vs. Justin Jarvis RHP (0-5, 7.02) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals (14-30) were edged by the Mighty Mussels in a one-run, 10-inning defeat at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night.  The Beach Birds led for most of the game until the final two innings.

John Beller got the start for Palm Beach and tossed three innings during which he gave up one run on two hits.  The left hander struck out five.  Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in Beller’s final frame.

The Cardinals answered in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.  Jacob Buchberger and Todd Lott singled back-to-back.  Matt Koperniak hit into a force out, but Buchberger scored on a throwing error.

In the fifth the Beach Birds took the lead 2-1.  Franklin Soto singled, stole second base, and advanced to third on a balk. Carlos Soto plated him on a single.

Edgar Manzo

Gianluca Dalatri

Edgar Manzo and Gianluca Dalatri combined to toss four scoreless innings in relief of Beller.  Two new Cardinals finished the game and figured in the loss. Kevin Marnon followed Dalatri and pitched into the ninth inning.  Marnon yielded two singles then surrendered the tying run on a wild pitch and a balk.

The game went into the 10th with Palm Beach reliever Sean Kealey on the mound.  Kealey allowed the winning run on a double that plated the runner from second base.  The Cardinals did not score in the bottom of the ninth.  Marnon was charged with a blown save and Kealey took the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored two runs on seven hits.  Buchberger and F. Soto each had two hits.  F. Soto also stole his first base of the season.  Center fielder Tommy Jew had an outfield assist at third base.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Ludwin Jimenez RHP (0-4, 5.18) vs. Brent Headrick LHP (3-2, 2.76) 5:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 14-20

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The St. Louis Cardinals managed to log a 4-3 week that was clouded by three tough losses in Atlanta over the weekend. With the exceptions of Paul Goldschmidt and Dylan Carlson, the offense is still not hitting consistently. In our history feature, the MLB debuts of St. Louis’ relief pitchers are revisited.

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Monday, June 14 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 2

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins in the first of a three-game series on Monday at Busch Stadium.  This was the second meeting of the two teams, as the Cardinals swept the Marlins in Miami in April.

Starter Adam Wainwright provided much needed stability. The 39-year-old pitched six innings, yielded two runs on four hits, fanned six and walked three.  Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Gallegos was awarded the win and Reyes the save, his 17th.

The Cardinals got on the board first in the second inning on an RBI single by Edmundo Sosa that plated Yadier Molina, who singled to right earlier in the inning.  The Marlins scored their two runs in the third inning on two singles and two walks.

The Redbirds tied it up in the fifth on a leadoff ground rule double by Tommy Edman and an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt.  The winning runs came home in the eighth.  Dylan Carlson drew a leadoff walk and Goldschimdt singled. Tyler O’Neill doubled to left and Carlson scored.  Goldschmidt came home on a ground out by Paul DeJong.

Carlson, Goldschmidt, O’Neill and Sosa each had two hits.  Edman had an outfield assist at home plate and Molina picked off a runner at first base.

Tuesday, June 15 – Cardinals 2, Marlins 1

In Game 2, the Cardinals edged the Marlins 2-1 to take the series. Kwang-Hyun Kim made his first start since coming off the injured list and again the pitching staff covered for the limited offense.  The left hander tossed six innings and gave up one run on three hits, struck out six and walked five.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes each tossed a scoreless inning.  Reyes was awarded the win, his second of the season.

Miami took a 1-0 lead in the third inning off Kim on a leadoff walk and two singles.  The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth. Jose Rondon singled, stole second base, and came home on a single by Paul Goldschmidt.

The score remained tied 1-1 until the bottom of the ninth.  Goldschmidt led off with a solo home run on the fourth pitch to give the Cardinals the walk off victory.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Paul Goldschmidt

In addition to Rondon’s stolen base, Goldschmidt stole his fifth base of the season.  Tyler O’Neill was caught stealing for the second time. Dylan Carlson made a throwing error.

Wednesday, June 16 – Cardinals 1, Marlins 0

The Cardinals swept the Marlins, winning the final game by the score of 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel.  The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, as St. Louis collected their second walk off of the series.

Starter Johan Oviedo tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed six hits and struck out four.  Andrew Miller and Ryan Helsley combined for the final two scoreless innings with Helsley getting the win, his fourth.

Johan Oviedo

The walk off run scored  when Paul Goldschmidt reached on a error, Matt Carpenter drew a walk, and Yadier Molina singled to left field, scoring Goldschmidt.  For the second day in a row, Goldschmidt represented the walkoff run.

Both teams had six hits, and both pitchers pitched at least seven innings.  Marlins starter and former Cardinal Sandy Alcantara tossed a complete game, but took the hard-luck defeat.

Edmundo Sosa stole his third base of the season and Tyler O’Neill was caught stealing for the second day in a row.

Thursday, June 17 – Cardinals 0 at Braves 4

The Cardinals were blanked by the Braves in the first of a four-game weekend series in Atlanta.  The Redbirds offense managed only three hits against Braves starter Charlie Morton, who pitched into the eighth inning.

The Cardinals were no-hit until the seventh when Paul Goldschmidt singled to left field.  He was left stranded when Nolan Arenado popped out and Tyler O’Neill struck out.

The only real scoring opportunity for St. Louis came in the eighth when Matt Carpenter and Jose Rondon singled.  Morton came out of the game but Tommy Edman struck out to end the inning.

John Gant started for the Cardinals and pitched 5 1/3 innings, yielded three runs on four hits, punched out four and walked three. Daniel Ponce de Leon surrendered a run in the seventh.  Newcomer Wade LeBlanc pitched to two batters in the seventh, gave up a double to Freddie Freeman and got Ozzie Albies out on a pop up.  Junior Fernandez added a scoreless eighth. Gant took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Friday, June 18 – Cardinals 1 at Braves 9

The Cardinals were walloped by the Braves in the second game of the series in Atlanta. The Cardinals scored one run to begin the game and were shut down for the remainder.

The lone run for the Redbirds was set up by a leadoff double by Tommy Edman, who scored after ground outs by Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt.  That was all the offense for the Cardinals other than two scattered hits by Paul DeJong and Edmundo Sosa.

Carlos Martinez started and lasted only three innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits, including two long balls.  The right hander struck out three and walked four.  Jake Woodford relieved Martinez and surrendered one run in his two innings pitched.  Wade LeBlanc tossed the final three scoreless frames. Martinez took the loss, his eighth of the season.

Sosa was picked off and caught stealing in the second inning.

Saturday, June 19 – Cardinals at Braves – Postponed

This game was postponed due to rain in Atlanta.  It was played on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.

Sunday, June 20 – Cardinals 9 at Braves 1 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals returned the favor to the Braves, matching their win over the Cardinals in Game 2 with the win by the same score over the Braves in Game 3.  Adam Wainwright was brilliant in this seven inning doubleheader game, going all seven.  The right hander allowed only one run on three hits and struck out 11 for a season high.  He also issued three walks.

Adam Wainwright

The Redbirds bats were out and busy.  Nolan Arenado’s home run in the first inning gave St. Louis the 2-0 lead. Tommy Edman singled to start the inning as the first of three hits for the leadoff hitter.

In the fourth inning the Cardinals made it 3-0.  Tyler O’Neill led off with a double and Yadier Molina drove him home on a ground ball single up the middle.  The Braves scored their only run off Wainwright in the home fourth. Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies singled, then Freeman stole home on a double steal attempt.

The Cardinals piled on in the fifth.  Edman singled for the second time and Dylan Carlson followed with a double.  Paul Goldschmidt then blasted a three run home run, his 10th of the season, to make it 6-1. The Redbirds added three more in the sixth.  Wainwright drew a walk and Edman singled for the third time. Carlson walked and Goldschmidt singled to plate Wainwright.  Arenado drew a bases loaded walk to score Edman, and Carlson came home on a sac fly by Tyler O’Neill.

Wainwright earned the win, his fifth.  In addition to his three hits, Edman stole his 13th base of the season.

Sunday, June 20 – Cardinals 0 at Braves 1 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals followed up the thrashing of the Braves in Game 1 of the twin bill, with a no offense shut out by the Braves in the nightcap.

St. Louis’ offense was hobbled by the unremarkable offerings of left hander Drew Smyly, who no-hit the Redbirds through five innings.  The first hit by a Cardinal was an infield single that could have been scored an error off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt.  The second hit by Nolan Arenado was also an infield single.  Both runners were left stranded when Tyler O’Neill struck out swinging.  This was essentially the only scoring opportunity for the Cardinals in the seven inning game.

The Braves didn’t set the world on fire with the bat either, but Ronald Acuna hit a Kwang-Hyun Kim slider at the bottom of the zone in the third inning for a solo home run.  That was enough to win over the sluggish bats of the Cardinals.

Kim tossed four innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked one to take the loss, his fifth of the season.  Ryan Helsley and Genesis Cabrera each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week 4-3, a winning record bolstered by a sweep of the last place Marlins. Losing 3 of 4 to the Braves puts the team in a tie with the Reds for second place in the Division, four games behind the Cubs and Brewers, who are tied for first place.

It’s the same song. different verse for this team over the last several weeks.  Inconsistent pitching and inconsistent offense.  John Gant continues to lead baseball in total walks.  Carlos Martinez is an exercise in guessing whether you will get good Carlos or bad Carlos on any given start.  The bullpen is also a guessing game, sans the golden three, Cabrera, Gallegos and Reyes.

Adam Wainwright is the bright spot in the rotation.  Johan Oviedo continues to improve his game.  Kwang-Hyun Kim has yet to build up to a stable rotation option due to his back issues but is doing well when he can pitch.  So the Cardinals are left with basically two starting pitchers who garner some confidence when they take the mound.  A team can’t win on a regular basis with a rotation like that.

The offense is a roller coaster with the doubleheader on Sunday its poster child.  Big offense one minute, none the next.  The hitting is like the pitching of Martinez, guessing which one you are going to get.   Only two Cardinal hitters have an OPS over .800 over the last week – Dylan Carlson (.808) and Paul Goldschmidt (.985).  The next closest is Tyler O’Neill (.642).

Dylan Carlson

Injuries are an easy excuse, but as far as the offense goes, only one regular remains on the injured list, Harrison Bader.  Injury is much more of a factor with pitching.  If the offense can get it going with some consistency, the missing pieces in the rotation will be easier to overcome.

The defense has cleaned up its act lately, so that is one less thing about which to be frustrated, as long as it stays that way.

The Cardinals are in a prime stretch of schedule during which to make headway in the division, but so far the results are less than optimal.  They did sweep the last place Marlins, but the Braves have been struggling and the Cardinals should have been able to take advantage, but it didn’t happen.  The next week the Cardinals play the last place Tigers, followed by the last place Pirates, and end the month with the last place Diamondbacks.  The Cardinals have to cash in there or else fall farther behind in the Division and perhaps not catch back up.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 40 32 0.556            – —
Milwaukee 40 32 0.556            – —
St. Louis 36 36 0.500 4
Cincinnati 35 35 0.500 4
Pittsburgh 25 45 0.357 14

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 6/15 The Cardinals activated LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim from the 10-day injured list.
  • 6/15 The Cardinals optioned RHP Angel Rondon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/17 The Cardinals optioned RHP Seth Elledge to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/17 The Cardinals signed free agent LHP Wade LeBlanc.
  • 6/17 The Cardinals placed 2B Max Moroff on the 60-day injured list. Right shoulder subluxation.
  • 6/18 The Cardinals optioned LF Justin Williams to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness), remains on the 60-day injured list. A second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to the UCL or a flexor tendon tear.  Mikolas could begin some light throwing shortly but a return date in August is still the expected outcome.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day injured list with a return date sometime in August. Hicks has still not begun to throw.
  • CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) remains on the 10-day injured list. Bader was injured on Monday, May 24 in a game against the White Sox.  He sustained the rib fracture while diving for a line drive and landing on the ball on his right side.  The CF has begun light baseball activities, and will slowly ramp up.  The discomfort Bader has been experiencing is subsiding but hewill likely need a rehab assignment before returning.  Late June to early July is the forecast for him to again take the field.
  • 2B Max Moroff (left shoulder subluxation) was placed on the 60 day injured list after suffering a shoulder injury in a batting practice session. Moroff had surgery on the shoulder and is out for the rest of the season.
  • RHP Kodi Whitley (mid back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroctive to May 27. The relief pitcher has been playing catch and is ramping up the intensity.  It is reported that the reliever is 4 to 6 days from returning to a mound.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (left oblique strain) was injured in the game against the Dodgers on Monday, May 31. The right hander felt tightness while pitching that was then exacerbated by swinging the bat.  Flaherty has begun some light throwing and will slowly build up the intensity.  He will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the roster, which is expected to be late July/early August.
  • OF Justin Williams (neck stiffness) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 3. While on a Memphis rehab, the OF was activated from the injured list and optioned to the Redbirds.
  • LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim (right lower back tightness) was activated from the injured list and has returned to the rotation.
  • RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgery) is expected to be out all of the 2021 season. Hudson is tracking well toward an Opening Day 2022 return, though a late 2021 season return is not impossible, but unlikely.
  • 2B/SS Edmundo Sosa was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the June 16 game against the Marlins. Imaging revealed no fracture but he was kept out of the lineup on Thursday against the Braves.  Sosa returned to the lineup in Friday’s game.

Looking Ahead

Following the Braves series, the team has a travel day on Monday and heads to Detroit for a two-game series with the Tigers. Johan Oviedo and John Gant are the projected starters.

The Cardinals will return to St. Louis to play a four-game weekend set with the Pirates.  The homestand will continue with a three games against the Diamondbacks starting Monday, June 28.

July begins in Denver with four games at Coors Field with the Rockies. The team then heads to San Francisco to play the first-place Giants for three.

After a Thursday travel day, the Cardinals return to Wrigley Field for weekend series with the Cubs before the All-Star break begins on Monday, July 12.

The Cardinals regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

This week in the major league debut series we look at eight pitchers who are currently (as of June 20) in the Cardinals bullpen.  (Daniel Ponce de Leon was covered in the starting pitcher segment last week.)

Genesis Cabrera – Cabrera made his major league debut with the Cardinals on May 29, 2019 in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  Though he is currently in the bullpen, the left hander made his major league debut as a starter.  Cabrera pitched 3 2/3 innings against the Phillies and gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits.  He struck out five that day, with the first one Jean Segura, caught looking, in the first inning.  J.T Realmuto struck out swinging in the first inning as well.  Cabrera struck out the side, Scott Kingery, Maikel Franco, and Aaron Nola in the second inning.  The two unearned runs were Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper, who scored on a single by Cesar Hernandez in the first inning.  Cabrera gave up a two run home run in the third (Bryce Harper).  The fifth run was an inherited runner allowed to score by Michael Wacha, who relieved Cabrera in the fourth.

Genesis Cabrera

Junior Fernandez – Fernandez made his debut at Busch Stadium in an 11-9 win over the Pirates on August 11, 2019.  The right hander relieved Miles Mikolas in the sixth inning.  Fernandez pitched to four batters, struck out two and allowed a single to the other two.  The first punch out was of Elias Diaz, who struck out looking on six pitches.  Pablo Reyes also struck out looking on four pitches.  Tyler Webb relieved Fernandez with two outs in the sixth and allowed both of the runners inherited from Fernandez to score.

Junior Fernandez

Giovanny Gallegos – Gallegos made his major league debut as a New York Yankee on May 12, 2017 at Yankee Stadium against the Houston Astros.  The Yankees lost the game 5-1.  Gallegos pitched to one batter, Carlos Correa, who flew out to center field.  The right hander’s next appearance was in that same series on May 14.  Gallegos pitched three innings in relief of Masahiro Tanaka, who lasted only 1 2/3 innings after giving up eight runs. Gallegos struck out Brian McCann swinging to end the second inning for his first major league strikeout.  He retired all three batters in the third.  In the fourth he walked George Springer, who later scored on a sac fly; the run was unearned because the batter after Springer, Josh Reddick, reached base on a catcher interference call.  Gallegos gave up a single in the fourth but the runner was left stranded.

Giovanny Gallegos

Ryan Helsley – The right hander made his major league debut on April 16, 2019, in an 8-4 loss the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  Helsley relieved Giovanny Gallegos (who relieved Jack Flaherty in a short start) with two outs in the fifth inning.  Helsley’s first batter, Christian Yelich, hit a three run home run to right center field. He then struck out Ryan Braun swinging for his first major league strikeout.  Helsley pitched 2 1/3 innings in that game as his next two innings were scoreless with three more punch outs.

Ryan Helsley

Wade LeBlanc – The newest addition to the Cardinal bullpen made his major league debut as a starting pitcher with the San Diego Padres on September 3, 2008 at Dodger Stadium in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers.  LeBlanc pitched four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  His first major league strikeout was his only punch out of the game; he struck out Casey Blake swinging on four pitches in the first inning. The first two of LeBlanc’s four innings were scoreless. His five earned runs were on a single in the third inning, and two home runs and a single in the fourth.

Wade LeBlanc

Andrew Miller – Miller made his debut as a Detroit Tiger on August 30, 2006 in a 2-0 loss to the Yankees.  The left hander pitched the eighth inning in relief of starter Nate Robertson.  He faced four batters, and it went Lineout, Hit by Pitch, Groundball to 3B/force out at 2B, and Groundout to 3B.  His first major league strikeout was on September 5, 2006 at Comerica Park in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.  Miller struck out Yuniesky Betancourt swinging on three pitches in the fifth inning in relief of starter Jeremy Bonderman.  Miller pitched two innings in the game and gave up a run in the sixth inning.

Andrew Miller

Alex Reyes – The oft injured former number one prospect made his major league debut on August 9, 2016 at Busch Stadium in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Reyes pitched the ninth inning in a game started by Mike Leake.  The last pitcher in the eighth inning was Zach Duke, who only faced one batter after Matt Bowman gave up three runs.  Reyes struck out his first batter, Adam Duvall, on four pitches for his first major league strikeout.  His final two batters, Tony Renda and Ivan De Jesus, both grounded out.

Alex Reyes

Jake Woodford – Woodford made his first appearance with the Cardinals on August 15, 2020 in the first game of a doubleheader, a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.  The right hander debuted as a starter in a bullpen game and pitched three innings, gave up one run on one hit and struck out three.  The right hander faced the minimum in the first two innings, with three ground outs in the first.  In the second, Woodford got his first major league strikeout, of Jose Abreu, who struck out swinging on five pitches.  In his third, he gave up a leadoff solo home run to Luis Robert. Nomar Mazara grounded out, and Woodford punched out Danny Mendick and Tim Anderson, both swinging.

Jake Woodford

Next week’s final segment of this series covers all remaining bullpen pitchers who made at least one appearance for the Cardinals this season, including any on the injured list.  Dakota Hudson, who was left out of the starters list, will also be covered in this segment.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 20, 2021

photo: Jordan Walker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach DH Jordan Walker, who was 3-for-4 including a solo home run and two runs scored in the Cardinals’ one run loss to Daytona.

Results for games played Saturday, June 19.

Memphis 5 at Indianapolis 11

The Redbirds (16-25) were defeated by the Indians on Saturday night at Victory Field by the score of 11-5.  Crooked numbers against Memphis pitching spurred the victory for Indianapolis.

Bernardo Flores Jr. made the start for the Redbirds and the left hander cruised through the first three innings.  His offense gave him a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Kramer Robertson.

In the fourth inning, the Indians scored three runs off Flores on two long balls.  Memphis regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a three-run home run by Justin Williams.

Justin Williams

Flores’ night was through after five and Seth Elledge took over in the sixth inning.  Elledge gave up consecutive singles, doubles and a walk. The next batter, a defensive replacement at third base for the Indians, hit a grand slam off to left field.   Indianapolis was not finished and proceeded to score two more runs in the sixth off Elledge on two singles, a walk, and double.  The Indians led Memphis 9-4.

The Redbirds added one more run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Lars Nootbaar.  The Indians increased their lead by two runs in the eighth off reliever Garrett Williams for the final score of 11-5.

Elledge did not record an out in the sixth inning and was replaced by Brandon Waddell, who pitched two scoreless innings.  Elledge was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Memphis scored five runs on 10 hits.  Robertson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Nootbaar was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Williams had three RBI on the home run, his only hit of the game.

Sunday’s game:  at Indianapolis, Zack Thompson LHP (0-5, 9.55) vs. TBD 12:35 CT.

Springfield 4 at Wichita 7

The Cardinals (14-26) fell to the Wichita Wind Surge on Saturday night in Game 5 of the six-game series at Riverfront Stadium.  Springfield starter Dalton Roach suffered his fourth loss of the season in the 7-4 defeat.

Roach tossed six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked three.  Roach pitched four scoreless innings before the Wind Surge got to him in the bottom of the fifth for two runs.  He threw a scoreless sixth but could not record an out to start the seventh.  The first three hitters he faced singled, walked, and doubled to plate two runs.  Reliever Ramon Santos allowed the remaining inherited runner to score.

The Cardinals scored one run each in the third and fourth innings on an RBI double by Luken Baker and a solo home run by Aaron Antonini.  Wichita carried a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth and added to it with two runs off reliever Salvador Justo.

Luken Baker

Springfield cut the lead to 7-4 in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Alec Burleson and an RBI double by Baker.  Burleson and Baker were both 2-for-5 on the night and Antonini was 2-for-3.

Second sacker Nick Dunn snatched his second base of the season.  Roach picked off a runner at first base.  Two errors were made by Nick Raposo (catcher interference and a throwing error). Brendan Donovan also made a throwing error.

Sunday’s game:  at Wichita, Domingo Robles LHP (1-2, 4.22) v. Jordan Balazovic RHP (0-0, 3.72) 1:05 CT.

Peoria 8, Beloit 15

The Chiefs fell victim to a Snappers walloping on Saturday night at Dozer Park in the fifth game of the six-game series.  Peoria put eight runs on the board but were outslugged by Beloit.

Six of the Chiefs eight runs were scored via the long ball.  Leandro Cedeno (sixth inning) and Moises Castillo (ninth inning) each obliterated a baseball for a three-run home run.  A two-run single by Malcom Nunez was the first scoring of the game for Peoria in the third inning. Cedeno, Castillo, and Nunez were the only Chiefs who had hits in the game, with two each and Cedeno extended his on-base streak to 16 games.

Leandro Cedeño

Moises Castillo

Peoria sent six pitchers to the mound.  Starter Logan Gragg pitched only 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.  Gragg gave up eight runs on eight hits and struck out one. Enmanuel Solano was next with two runs yielded in 1 2/3 innings.  Freddy Pacheco also tossed 1 2/3 innings, but they were scoreless.  Nathanael Heredia hurled two scoreless frames before Jacob Schlesener surrendered four runs and retired only one hitter in the eighth. Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and yielded one run.

Nunez was caught stealing for the second time of the season.  Catcher Zade Richardson had a passed ball.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (2-1, 5.56) v. TBD 1:35 CT.

Palm Beach 9 at Daytona 10

The Cardinals (13-28) and the Tortugas battled in a second slugfest in this six-game set, with Palm Beach coming out on the short end of this one with a one run loss.  The Cardinals had defeated Daytona 11-10 just two days earlier.

Beach Birds pitching surrendered 10 runs on just six hits but issued eight free passes.  Starter Edgar Manzo yielded six runs on four hits in just 1 2/3 innings.  Luis Ortiz followed Manzo and surrendered three runs in two innings pitched.  Edwin Nunez tossed 2 1/3 innings and gave up just one run, while Gianluca Dalatri relinquished no runs in the final two innings.  Manzo took the loss, his second of the season.

The Palm Beach offense scored nine runs on 14 hits but whiffed 14 times as well and went 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position.  Franklin Soto blasted a three-run home run to left center field to get the Cardinals on the board in the second.  Matt Koperniak added a solo home run in the fourth, and Carlos Soto followed with an RBI single in that inning.

  1. Soto hit a two-run long ball in the sixth, and Jordan Walker smashed a solo shot, also in the sixth. Koperniak doubled in the eighth to plate the final Beach Bird score.

Jordan Walker

Walker went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  C. Soto, Jacob Buchberger, Todd Lott, and Koperniak each had two hits. F. Soto and C. Soto drove in three each.

Sunday’s game:  at Daytona, TBD (PB) vs. Stevie Branche RHP (3-0, 4.05) 4:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 19, 2021

photo: Kramer Robertson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are Memphis 2B Kramer Robertson, and RF Lars Nootbaar, who combined for six hits and six RBI in the Redbirds’ stomping of Indianapolis.

Results for games played Friday, June 18.

Memphis 10 at Indianapolis 1

The Redbirds (16-24) clobbered the Indians 10-1 at Victory Field on Friday night. Memphis bats were active, with Kramer Robertson and Lars Nootbaar combining for six hits and six RBI.

The scoring started in the first inning on a two-run home run by Nootbaar.  Robertson pounded a three-run double in the second inning and the Redbirds had a 5-0 lead.

Redbirds starter Matthew Liberatore cruised through four innings before yielding the lone Indian run in the fifth on a solo blast.  The left hander allowed four hits, fanned three and walked one to earn his second win of the season.

Matthew Liberatore

Memphis added on in the sixth via an RBI triple by Robertson.  In the seventh, Ali Sanchez and Juan Yepez each blasted two-run home runs to bring the score to 10-1.

Kramer Robertson

Robertson went 3-for-5 with four RBI.  Nootbaar was also 3-for-5 with two driven in and two runs scored.  Sanchez and Yepez were both 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Lars Nootbaar

Following Liberatore on the mound to pitch four scoreless innings were Tyler Webb, new returnee Brandon Dickson, and Evan Kruczynski.

Scott Hurst stole his third base of the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Indianapolis, Bernardo Flores Jr. LHP (2-2, 5.81) vs. James Marvel RHP (2-1, 3.86) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 3 at Wichita 1

The Cardinals (14-25) were victorious over the Wind Surge at Riverfront Stadium on Friday night behind a quality start from Andre Pallante. The right-hander pitched six innings and surrendered only one run on five hits while punching out seven and walking one.  Reliever Evan Sisk tossed the final three scoreless innings and earned the win, his first.

Andre Pallante

Wichita got on the board first in the first inning with one run.  Springfield tied the score in the fifth inning when Delvin Perez singled, Nolan Gorman singled, then the duo successfully completed a double steal of second and third before Perez stole home.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the ninth inning.  Nick Raposo led off with a single.  Perez doubled.  Raposo scored on an Ivan Herrera fielder’s choice and a missed catch error.  Alec Burleson singled to plate Perez.

Perez was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Gorman was 2-for-5 and Nick Plummer went 4-for-4. Perez snatched his ninth base of the season and Gorman stole his fourth.  Plummer made a fielding error.

Saturday’s game:  at Wichita, Dalton Roach RHP (2-3, 5.51) vs. Cole Sands RHP (0-0, 2.84) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 0, Beloit 5

The Chiefs (16-24) were blanked by the Snappers in a Friday night contest at Dozer Park.  The pitching of Beloit’s Bryan Hoeing and Jake Walters stymied the Peoria offense.

The Chiefs produced only four hits, all singles against Hoeing. Imeldo Diaz had two of those hits.  Tyler Reichenborn and Pedro Pages contributed singles as well.  The best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and one out, but Pages ground into a double play.

Michael YaSenka got the start for the Chiefs. He tossed six innings and yielded three runs, two earned, on five hits.  YaSenka struck out four and walked one to take the loss, his fourth.

Leonardo Taveras surrendered two runs in the seventh inning.  Cole Aker pitched two scoreless frames.

Francisco Hernandez made a throwing error and Moises Castillo a fielding error.

Saturday’s game: vs. Beloit, Logan Gragg RHP (0-2, 3.80) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 2

The Cardinals (13-27) defeated the Tortugas on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark by the score of 4-2.  A combined six innings of scoreless pitching from Jose Moreno and Dionys Rodriguez kept the Daytona offense at bay, while the Beach Birds sent four runs home in the first and third innings.

Masyn Winn led off the first inning with a double, the first of two for the young shortstop on the night.  Winn advanced to third on a wild pitch and the next batter up, Tommy Jew, drew a walk.  Jordan Walker’s sac fly to right field plated Winn.  Jacob Buchberger walked, and Jew stole third base.  Todd Lott drove Jew home on a sac fly.

Masyn Winn

The Cardinals added two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead.  Walker singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Buchberger’s single.  Buchberger later crossed home on a sacrifice double play by Franklin Soto.

The Tortugas finally put two runs on the board in the eighth against relievers Hector Soto and Sean Kealy.  Kevin Marnon tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.  Rodriguez was awarded the win.

Winn was 3-for-5 with two doubles.

Jew stole his fourth base of the season.  Soto and Lott each made errors, fielding and throwing respectively.

Saturday’s game:  at Daytona, TBD (PB) vs. Jason Parker RHP (1-0, 4.28) 6:05 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 18, 2021

photo: Jacob Buchberger (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Thursday. Our Players of the Day are Palm Beach shortstop Masyn Winn and first baseman Jacob Buchberger, who combined for nine hits, including a solo home run from Buchberger, five RBI and five runs scored in the Cardinals win over Daytona.

Results for games played Thursday, June 17.

Memphis 2 at Indianapolis 3 (11 innings)

The Redbirds (15-24) lost a heartbreaker at the Indianapolis Indians in an 11 inning 3-2 game on Thursday night.

This low-scoring contest began with Memphis scoring first on a solo home run by Kramer Robertson in the first inning. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Memphis tandem starter Connor Thomas yielded the tying run on two singles and a sac bunt.

The two teams took the 1-1 tie into extra innings.  Memphis gained the 2-1 advantage in the 10th when Tyler Heineman scored on a single by Evan Mendoza.  The Indians answered in the bottom frame with one run off Redbirds reliever Connor Jones to re-tie the score at 2 each.

Memphis could not mount a rally in the top of the 11th, and In the bottom of the frame, Jesus Cruz gave up a single that plated the walk off run for Indianapolis.

Angel Rondón

Fresh from his return from St. Louis, Angel Rondon started and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed three hits, and fanned five. Scheduled starter Thomas, Austin Warner, Jones, and Cruz relieved and Cruz took the loss, his second of the season.

Robertson was 2-for-5 with one RBI on the solo home run.  The only other extra base hit was a double by John Nogowski.  Second baseman Irving Lopez committed two errors, one throwing and one fielding.

Friday’s game:  at Indianapolis, Matthew Liberatore LHP (1-3, 4.73) vs. Max Kranick RHP (1-1, 3.14) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 5 at Wichita 3

The Cardinals (13-25) won their 13th game of the season and first in the series in a 5-2 win over the Wichita Wind Surge at Riverfront Stadium on Thursday night.

Tyler Pike got the start and pitched 5 2/3 innings.  The left hander surrendered three runs in the sixth inning, allowed six hits, fanned three and walked three.  Kevin McGovern and Jacob Bosiokovic tossed the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the sixth when the Wind Surge scored three runs off Pike on two singles and three doubles.  The runs were answered by the Cardinals in the top of the seventh.  Brendan Donovan, Aaron Antonini and Delvin Perez walked to load the bases, and Donovan scored on a wild pitch.  Nolan Gorman followed with a double to plate Antonini and Perez that tied the game 3-3.

Delvin Perez

The tie was broken in the top of the ninth when Nick Dunn singled and Perez thumped a two-run home run to left field to give Springfield the 5-3 lead and the win.

Perez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Alec Burleson went 3-for-5 and Dunn was 2-for-4.  Gorman had two RBI.

Nick Plummer had an outfield assist at second base.

Friday’s game:  at Wichita, Andre Pallante RHP (3-1, 2.35) v. Josh Winder RHP (2-0, 2.16) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 2, Beloit 6

The Chiefs (16-23) fell to the Beloit Snappers by the score of 6-2 on a Thursday night contest at Dozer Park.  Starter Connor Lunn pitched well for the first four innings only to yield a major crooked number in the fifth inning to take his second loss of the season.

Peoria got on the board first with two runs in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Jhon Torres and Malcom Nunez. One batter later Nunez scored on a throwing error to give the Chiefs the 2-0 lead.

Malcom Nuñez

That score remained until the top of the fifth inning.  Lunn yielded six runs on six hits in the fifth and Beloit took the 6-2 lead.  The relief corps of Wilfred Pereira, Fabian Blanco, and Paul Schwendel kept Beloit off the board for the final four innings, but the Chiefs offense was unable to score further.

Peoria collected eight hits overall and were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Pedro Pages was 2-for-4 as the only player with multiple hits.  The doubles by Torres and Nunez were the only extra base hits.

Matt Chamberlain was caught stealing for the third time in the season.  Pages was called for catcher’s interference in the six-run fifth inning.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-3, 7.16) vs. Bryan Hoeing RHP (2-3, 6.55) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 11 at Daytona 10

The Cardinals edged the Tortugas in a Thursday night slugfest at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The game featured all the offense a fan would want as the balls went out of the park and runners went flying around the bases.

Five long balls were struck, including three off the bats of Beach Birds hitters.  It began in the top of the first inning as Palm Beach catcher Carlos Soto sent one over the right center field wall for a two-run shot.  Masyn Winn began the inning with a single and Soto drove him home.

Masyn Winn

The Tortugas matched the Cardinals with a two-run home run by Daytona first baseman Leonardo Seminati off Cardinals starter John Beller. Palm Beach added a run in the top of the second on a Winn triple to take the 3-2 lead.  The Beach Birds increased their lead to 4-2 with a score in the top of the third on a solo long ball by Jacob Buchberger.

Jacob Buchberger

Luis Ortiz relieved Beller in the third, but he didn’t finish the inning as he yielded four runs to give Daytona a 6-4 lead. Tandem starter Ludwin Jimenez got the final out of the third.

Neither team scored in the fourth, but the Cardinals answered Daytona’s crooked number with one of their own.  In the top of the fifth, Soto was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  Jordan Walker doubled and Buchberger singled to plate Soto.  Tommy Jew then blasted a three-run home run.  Palm Beach had the 8-6 lead.

The Cardinals increased their lead to 10-6 in the sixth on RBI singles by Buchberger and Todd Lott.  With Jimenez still on the mound, Daytona cut the lead to 10-7 without the benefit of a hit – on three walks and two wild pitches.

The Tortugas tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with three runs off reliever Francisco Justo.   The Beach Birds regained the lead in the eighth when Winn doubled and scored on a single by Buchberger.  The 11-10 score held through the ninth to give the Cardinals the one run victory.

The Palm Beach offense scored 11 runs on 17 hits. Winn was 5-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Buchberger went 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Franklin Soto was 2-for-5.

Justo was charged with a blown save but was awarded the win.  Newcomer Kevin Marnon was the only Cardinals pitcher to not give up runs.  The lefty earned his first save.

Walker stole his first base of the season but also made a throwing error, his sixth error of the season.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona, Inohan Paniagua RHP (2-1, 3.52) vs. Case Williams RHP (0-3, 7.71) 6:05 CT.


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