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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 29, 2022

photo: Ivan Herrera (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-0 on Wednesday to close the season. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis catcher Ivan Herrera, was 2-for-5 including a three-run home run. Other standouts include Chase Pinder, Roberto Baldoquin, Nolan Gorman, and Kramer Robertson.

Results from the game played Tuesday, September 28.

Memphis 8 at Nashville 4

The Memphis Redbirds were victorious at the Nashville Sounds in their final game of the season on Wednesday. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two to earn his 12th win of the season.

Grant Black relieved Parsons and threw two scoreless innings. T.J. McFarland tossed a scoreless eighth. Kodi Whitley surrendered one run in the ninth.

Nashville went up 1-0 in the first inning. Memphis answered with three runs in the second. Clint Coulter singled to start the inning. Roberto Baldoquin hit a ground rule double. Chase Pinder doubled to score Coulter and Baldoquin. Pinder scored on a single by Kramer Robertson.

The Redbirds added a run in the third on a solo home run by Moises Gomez, his MiLB-best 39th of the season. In the fourth, Nolan Gorman plated a run on a single to make it 5-1.

The Sounds cut the lead to 5-3 with a two-run bottom of the fourth. There the score remained until the top of the ninth when Memphis scored three on a long ball from Ivan Herrera, to give the Redbirds an 8-3 lead.

Iván Herrera

Nashville scored one run in the home half of the ninth for the final score of 8-4.

Herrera was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Baldoquin was 3-for-4. Gorman was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Robertson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Coulter was 2-for-5. Pinder had two RBI.

With the win, Memphis salvaged one of the three games in Nashville. The Redbirds ended their season in sixth place in the International League West with a record of 73-77, 18.5 games back of Nashville.

What is next?

The Cardinal Nation’s daily game notebooks will take a four-day break before resuming in support of the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. The prospect showcase gets underway this coming Monday, October 3 with nine Cardinals participating. We will recap the prior day’s action every morning, free here at The Cardinal Nation.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 28, 2022

photo: Austin Allen (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-1 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, catcher Austin Allen, was 3-for-5 and drove in three of Memphis’ four runs. Other standouts are Scott Hurst and Luken Baker.

Results from game played Tuesday, September 27.

Memphis 4 at Nashville 9

The Memphis Redbirds were defeated by the Sounds in Nashville on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the final series of the season. Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits and fanned six. The left hander took the loss, his ninth.

James Naile relieved Liberatore and threw a scoreless seventh. Genesis Cabrera surrendered five runs in the eighth.

Nashville took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the third, Memphis tied the game. The inning began with a walk by Justin Toerner. Scott Hurst followed with a single. Kramer Robertson was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Austin Allen singled to score Toerner and Hurst.

Austin Allen

The Sounds regained the lead with two runs in the fifth. The Redbirds added a run in the seventh. Robertson doubled and scored on a ground out by Moises Gomez.

Nashville pulled away in the eighth, scoring five runs to widen their lead to 9-3. Memphis put up one more run in the ninth on an RBI single by Allen.

Allen was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Hurst was 3-for-4. Luken Baker was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Hurst was caught stealing for the eighth time.

Memphis is 72-77 on the season and is in sixth place in the International League West, 19.5 games back of first place Nashville. Memphis plays their final game of the season on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville, RHP Tommy Parsons (11-4, 4.27) vs. Robert Gasser LHP (2-1, 3.38) 12:05 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of September 19-25

photo: Albert Pujols (Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports)

While Albert Pujols reached the 700-home run plateau, the St. Louis Cardinals lost series to the best two teams in the West, going 2-4 on the week. Their magic number to clinch the division is three. Our history feature recaps Pujols’ home run feats in 2011 and 2012.



Game recaps

Monday, Sept 19 – Off day

Tuesday, Sept 20 – Cardinals 0 at Padres 5

The St. Louis Cardinals were blanked 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series in San Diego. Starter Adam Wainwright pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits, struck out one and walked two. Wainwright took the loss, his 10th of the season.

Packy Naughton surrendered one run in two innings of relief.

The Padres put two runs on the board in the first inning and added one run in each of the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings.

The Cardinals offense scattered five hits, with only one, a double by Paul Goldschmidt, going for extra bases. The Cardinals were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Wednesday, Sept 21 – Cardinals 0 at Padres 1

In Game 2 of the series the Cardinals were once again shut out, this time by the score of 1-0. The Padres scratched out one unearned run off starter Miles Mikolas, who pitched six innings and allowed three hits. The right hander fanned six and walked two and took the hard-luck loss, his 13th of the season.

Miles Mikolas

Jake Woodford and JoJo Romero combined to throw the last two scoreless innings.

The Padres scored their only run in the second inning. The Cardinals were held to two hits, singles by Albert Pujols and Juan Yepez.

The shutout was the third in a row for the Cardinals, which also lost 3-0 to the Reds on Sunday. The offense left four runners on base and were 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position.

Tommy Edman made a fielding error.

Thursday, Sept 22 – Cardinals 5 at Padres 4

The Cardinals broke the offensive drought with a 5-4 win over the Padres in the final game in San Diego on Thursday. Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six innings, gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits, fanned nine and walked four to earn his first win of the season.

Jack Flaherty

Steven Matz relieved Flaherty and threw a scoreless seventh. Ryan Helsley surrendered a solo home run in the eighth. Giovanny Gallegos tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save.

The Padres scored single runs in the first and second innings to go up 2-0. St. Louis made it 2-1 in the top of the fifth on a solo long ball by Lars Nootbaar.

San Diego added a run in the home half of the fifth to make it 3-1. In the seventh, Dylan Carlson singled and both Tommy Edman and Nootbaar walked. Brendan Donovan followed with a grand slam to put the Cardinals ahead 5-3.

Brendan Donovan

The Padres scratched across a fourth run in the eighth, but St. Louis held on to win 5-4.

Donovan had the big fly, his only hit, for four RBI. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado were 2-for-4.

Arenado and Andrew Knizner committed fielding errors.

Friday, Sept 23 – Cardinals 11 at Dodgers 0

In this epic opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium, the Cardinals not only shellacked the mighty Dodgers 11-0, but Albert Pujols made history by blasting his 699th and 700th home runs.

Starter Jose Quintana was very good, keeping the Dodgers offense off the board for 6 2/3 innings. The left hander allowed only five hits and punched out six Dodgers to earn his sixth win of the season.

José Quintana

Zack Thompson followed Quintana with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The ninth was handed over to outfielder Corey Dickerson, who pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals got on the board in the third inning, scoring two runs on Pujols’ home run number 699. Leading 2-0, St. Louis added to the tally in the fourth, by way of Pujols’ historic 700th long ball, a three-run shot. After four innings, Albert had given his team a 5-0 lead and put himself in the record books.

Albert Pujols

The runs kept coming as Juan Yepez reached on an error in the fifth and scored on Dylan Carlson’s double. Lars Nootbaar got in on the long ball fun with a two-run shot to make it 8-0. Yepez then thumped a solo homer in the seventh, Carlson doubled, and Nootbaar drove him in on a single to make it 10-0.

In the eighth, Alec Burleson hit his first major league home run. The bases empty blast increased the lead to 11-0.

Nootbaar was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Pujols was 2-for-4 and drove in five. Yepez and Carlson were each 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Saturday, Sept 24 – Cardinals 2 at Dodgers 6

The Cardinals fell to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the series at Dodger Stadium. Starter Jordan Montgomery had his third shaky outing in a row. The left hander pitched only four innings, gave up six runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked two. Montgomery took the loss, his sixth of the season.

Dakota Hudson relieved Montgomery and threw three scoreless innings. Chris Stratton tossed a scoreless eighth.

The Dodgers jumped on Montgomery early and scored one run on a solo home run by Will Smith. In the second, Trayce Thompson and Miguel Vargas took him deep for three runs. The Dodgers added two more runs in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.

The Cardinals finally scored in the sixth on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado. Arenado was 2-for-3 with two RBI. No other Cardinal had multiple hits. A double by Lars Nootbaar was the only other extra base hit. The offense was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Sunday, Sept 25 – Cardinals 1 at Dodgers 4

The Cardinals were defeated in the final game of the series with the Dodgers. Starter Adam Wainwright continued to struggle with what is being called a “dead arm”. The right hander lasted only three innings, gave up four runs on six hits, struck out one and walked three. Wainwright took the loss, his 11th on the season.

The bullpen was lights out for the final innings. Zack Thompson threw two scoreless innings. JoJo Romero, Jake Woodford, and Andre Pallante each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning, then added a run in the second and third innings. The Cardinals scored their only run in the top of the second. Juan Yepez walked and Dylan Carlson singled. Yadier Molina plated Yepez on a single.

Yepez was 2-for-3. Molina had the only RBI. Lars Nootbaar, Nolan Arenado, and Carlson singled. The offense was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

NL Central Standings

Team W L PCT GB WCGB E#
St. Louis 89 65 0.578
Milwaukee 82 71 0.536 6.5 2 3
Chicago 67 86 0.438 21.5 17 E
Cincinnati 60 93 0.392 28.5 24 E
Pittsburgh 56 97 0.366 32.5 28 E

The Big Picture

The Cardinals were a dismal 2-4 for the week, failing their tests against the two best teams of the West Division. The struggle continues with the offense and some of the pitching now also. The team won 1 of 3 in both the Padres and Dodgers series. The Cardinals remain comfortably in first place in the NL Central but with a slightly smaller cushion than last week as the Brewers have been playing better than the Cardinals. The Cardinals’ magic number is 3.

The offense continues to be lackluster. In two of the three games in San Diego, they were shut out. San Diego is one of the possible opponents for the Cardinals in the first round of the postseason, so this does not bode well. The only saving grace is that all three games will be at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis’ offense was abundant in the first game of the Dodgers series, as the fans of both teams were treated to Albert Pujols’ two long ball performance on Friday. The two home runs put him right at 700, so the goal has been met with a week of games to go. In the final two games, the offense disappeared as fast as it had briefly returned.

Lars Nootbaar

The top offensive performers for the week by OPS were, Lars Nootbaar (1.753), Albert Pujols (1.143), Alec Burleson (1.000 in 7 ABs), Brendan Donovan (.902), Nolan Arenado (.881), and Juan Yepez (.857). At the bottom are Andrew Knizner (.000), Corey Dickerson (.000), Tommy Edman (.186), and Paul DeJong (.334). Dickerson’s hot streak is over and has been over for a while, but he continues to play.

The most disappointing of some poor pitching performances over the week came from Adam Wainwright, who is suffering from dead arm, and hasn’t pitched well in a month. Jordan Montgomery hasn’t pitched well lately. Miles Mikolas and Jose Quintana have been fine. Jack Flaherty was better in his last start but has not returned to his former self yet.

Dakota Hudson is back on the roster and pitching out of the bullpen, he has performed well. Same for Steven Matz. All in all, the bullpen has been the bright spot on this team. Closer Ryan Helsley has been home run prone lately, but perhaps that is a short-term problem.

The Cardinals finish the road trip in Milwaukee on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cardinals can clinch the Division with a win on Tuesday,  due to the tiebreaker.  Otherwise, they will have to clinch against the Pirates, with whom they play the last two series of the season, one in St. Louis and one in Pittsburgh.

Regardless of when they clinch, the poor performances throughout the month of September are concerning. The Cardinals will not advance in the playoffs if they continue to play this poorly.

Albert Pujols reaches 700 home run milestone

It was somewhat fitting that Albert Pujols would reach the 700-home run plateau at Dodger Stadium, which he did on Friday in the Cardinals’ 11-0 win. Pujols credits his time with the Dodgers in 2021 as rejuvenating his career and love of the game.

Pujols hit his 699th home run in the third inning of Friday’s game against Dodger starter Andrew Heaney. In the very next inning Pujols went deep against Phil Bickford, who came in to relieve Heaney. This was historic home run #700. The long balls combined gave the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.

Pujols was greeted by fans of both teams as he rounded the bases. He stopped to give a high-five to his friend Adrian Beltre, sitting in the front row. He then embraced and high fived his teammates, most of whom had left the dugout and were assembled on the edge of the field. Pujols took a curtain call, something he doesn’t normally do on the road, and then pointed to the Dodger dugout to acknowledge his former teammates.

It was a special night, and it was a well-deserved accolade for one of the best players of his generation.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 9/19 The Cardinals recalled 1B Juan Yepez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/19 The Cardinals optioned 2B Nolan Gorman to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/21 The Cardinals recalled RHP Dakota Hudson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/21 The Cardinals optioned LHP Packy Naughton to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander had surgery on the shoulder back in May. Reyes will not pitch this season.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) is on the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • OF Tyler O’Neill was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. The outfielder injured his hamstring stealing second base during the game on Friday. An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, which is a mild strain. The team is hopeful O’Neill’s stay on the IL will be minimal and he will be able to return no later than the postseason. If all goes well, he will begin running on Wednesday.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Sept 15, due to right arm fatigue and neck spasms. Hicks is to start a throwing progression on Monday and those results will determine if he can return to the team prior to the end of the regular season or for the playoffs.

Looking Ahead

Following the weekend series in Los Angeles, the Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to play two with the Brewers on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be the final series against the Brewers for the regular season. After a Thursday travel day to return to St. Louis, the team plays the Pirates in a three-game weekend series.

The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to end the regular season with three games next week.

The postseason begins on October 7. Assuming the Cardinals win the NL Central, they will likely play either the Padres, Phillies or Brewers in a best of three Wild Card Series. All games will be played at Busch Stadium with no off days.

Should the Cardinals advance beyond the Wild Card Series, they will play the winner of the NL East in a best of five National League Division Series which will begin on October 11. Home field advantage goes to the team with the higher seed, which in this case is likely the winner of the NL East.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

In this next installment of our series on the career home run record of Cardinals great Albert Pujols, we take a look at his 2011 with the Cardinals and his first season with the Angels. The Cardinals won their 11th World Series title in 2011.

Following is each season with totals for each and further details about the home runs hit.

2011 season

This was Albert Pujols’ 11th major league season, and it culminated in a World Championship. Pujols hit 37 home runs in 2011, including three games with two home runs.

Pujols’ first home run of the 2011 season (#409) was hit on April 2, 2011, against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals lost, 11-3. The solo long ball was hit off Padre starter Clayton Richard in the bottom of the third inning.

The final home run hit by Albert in 2011 (#445) came at Busch Stadium off Mets starter Chris Capuano on September 22. It was a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. The Cardinals lost, 8-6.

Further details on the 37 home runs hit by Pujols in 2011.

  • Twenty-eight of the 37 home runs were hit off right-handed pitchers. Nine were hit against left-handers.
  • Of the 37, 21 came on the road and 16 at home.
  • Albert hit six home runs Chicago Cubs pitching.
  • Pujols hit three long balls each off Rodrigo Lopez (CHI) and Yovani Gallardo (MIL)
  • Albert hit three home runs at PNC Park, Dodger Stadium, Miller Park, and Dolphins Stadium.
  • Locations of the 47 home runs were Pulled (19), Up the Middles (16), and Opposite Field (2)
  • Long balls by month: April (7), May (2), June (8), July (7), August (8), September (5).
  • Type: Fly Balls (28), Line Drives (9).
Arte Moreno and Albert Pujols, Feb. 1, 2012 (Getty Images)

2012 season

Albert left St. Louis as a free agent after the 2011 season and signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. In his 12th major league season and his first as an Angel, Albert hit 30 home runs. He had two games with two home runs.

The first 2012 home run (#446) was hit on May 6, 2012, against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium. The two-run home run came in the bottom of the fifth inning against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson. The Angels won, 4-3.

The final home run of 2012 (#475) came at Angel Stadium on September 12 in the bottom of the ninth inning against Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle. It was a solo home run. The Angels lost, 4-1.

Further details on the 2012 home runs.

  • Pujols hit 20 home runs against right-handed pitchers and 10 against left-handers.
  • He hit 16 home runs on the road and 14 at home.
  • Albert smacked five home runs against Texas Rangers pitching.
  • Pujols hit two home runs each off Gavin Floyd (CHW) and Derek Holland (TEX).
  • Rangers Ballpark did not hold four of the 30 home runs.
  • The locations of the home runs were: Pulled (18), and Up the Middle (12)
  • Long balls by month: May (8), June (4), July (8), August (9), and September (1).
  • Type of the home runs: Fly Ball (29), Line Drive (1).

The next installment of this series will detail Pujols’ 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Angels.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 24, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis RF Moises Gomez, hit a record-breaking home run for two of the Redbirds’ three runs. Other standouts include Nolan Gorman and Clint Coulter.

Results from games played Friday, September 23.

Memphis 3, Gwinnett 4

The Memphis Redbirds were edged by the Gwinnett Stripers (Atl), 4-3, Friday night at AutoZone Park. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched six innings, gave up four runs on five hits, fanned seven and walked three. Parsons took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Zach McAllister threw two scoreless innings of relief. Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless ninth.

The game was scoreless for the first four and a half innings. In the home fifth, Moises Gomez blasted a two-run home run to give Memphis the lead. It was the right-fielder’s MiLB-leading 38th of the season between Double-A and Triple-A and is the most by a Cardinals minor leaguer since at least 1960.

Moisés Gómez

After Parsons had tossed five scoreless innings, Gwinnett came back in the sixth with four runs to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Clint Coulter’s solo long ball cut the Stripers lead to 4-3.

Neither team scored in the ninth.

Nolan Gorman was 2-for-4 including a double and a run scored. Gomez drove in two on the home run. Coulter had one RBI.

Memphis is 71-74 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 17.5 games back of first place Nashville. Memphis has been eliminated from postseason contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, TBA vs. Darius Vines RHP (1-0, 2.93) 3:05 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 22, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-0 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, center fielder Justin Toerner, hit a three-run home run in Memphis’ win over Gwinnett. Other standouts were Luken Baker and Clint Coulter.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 21.

Memphis 6, Gwinnett 5

The Memphis Redbirds topped the Gwinnett Stripers in a 6-5 contest at AutoZone Park on Wednesday afternoon. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked one.

New Redbird Kyle Leahy relieved Williams and surrendered three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Ryan Loutos threw a scoreless seventh. Kodi Whitley hurled a scoreless eighth and received his first win of the season. Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Ivan Herrera singled. Moises Gomez went to first on a wild pitch third strike. Luken Baker singled to score Herrera.

Clint Coulter hit a solo home run in the second inning to increase the Redbirds lead to 2-0. Gwinnett tied the score at 2-2 in the third, then went ahead 5-2 in the fifth.

Justin Toerner

In the sixth, Memphis retied the game with a three-run long ball by Justin Toerner. The Redbirds took the 6-5 lead in the eighth. Baker walked and Coulter singled. Baker went to third on a sac bunt by Toerner. A wild pitch sent Baker home.

Luken Baker

Baker was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Coulter was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Herrera was 2-for-2. Toerner had three RBI.

On the base paths, Toerner was picked off and caught stealing. Herrera was picked off first base.

Memphis is 70-73 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 16.5 games back of first place Nashville. Memphis is eliminated from playoff contention.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Matthew Liberatore LHP (6-8, 5.42) vs. Mike Soroka RHP (0-2, 6.43) 6:45 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 21, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-1 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis right fielder Moises Gomez, hit his MiLB-leading 37th home run of the season. Justin Toerner also stood out.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 20.

Memphis 3, Gwinnett 6

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Gwinnett Stripers (Atl) in a 6-3 contest at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. Starter Connor Thomas pitched three innings, gave up four runs on four hits, struck out four and walked four. Thomas took the loss, his 11th of the season.

Grant Black relieved Thomas and threw two scoreless innings. Johan Quezada surrendered one run in the sixth. Ljay Newsome tossed two scoreless innings. Zach McAllister allowed one unearned run in the ninth.

Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Memphis quickly answered in the home half to tie it on a solo home run by Moises Gomez. His 37th long ball is most in Minor League Baseball and tied for the most by any Cardinals minor leaguer since at least 1960.

Moisés Gómez

The Stripers scored three runs in the fourth to retake the lead. They added a run in the sixth to widen the lead to 5-1.

In the seventh, Memphis cut the lead to 5-3 on a solo home run by Justin Toerner and an RBI single by Kramer Robertson. Gwinnett added an insurance run in the ninth for the final tally of 6-3.

Justin Toerner

Toerner was 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Redbird with multiple hits. Gomez and Robertson each had an RBI. The Memphis offense went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 29th base of the season. In the field, Austin Allen had a throwing error, and Cory Spangenberg had a fielding miscue. Toerner had an outfield assist at home.

Memphis is 69-73 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 17 games back of first place Nashville. The Redbirds have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Garrett Williams LHP (0-7, 7.65) vs. Kyle Muller LHP (6-8, 3.22) 12:05 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of September 12-18

photo: Ryan Helsley (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Run production remains a concern though the Cardinals still managed to win four of seven at home this past week. No hitter had an OPS over .786. Closer Ryan Helsley threw an immaculate inning and picked up his 17th and 18th saves. Our history feature recounts Albert Pujols’ 2009 and 2010 home run feats.

Game recaps

Monday, September 12 – Off day

Tuesday, September 13 – Cardinals 4, Brewers 8

The St .Louis Cardinals fell to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a two-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched five tough innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits, fanned six and walked one. Montgomery took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Chris Stratton surrendered one run in 1/3 innings. Packy Naughton threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Zack Thompson allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning. Jake Woodford tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Milwaukee took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning. The Cardinals scored three in the home first to take a 3-2 lead. Brendan Donovan walked, followed by a Tommy Edman single. Edman stole second base. Nolan Arenado doubled to plate Donovan and Edman. Arenado come home on a single by Albert Pujols.

The Brewers added two runs in the top of the second to go up 4-3. The Cardinals tied it a 4-4 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Edman. But that would be the end of St. Louis’ scoring on the evening.

In the fifth, Milwaukee broke the tie with two runs, added one in the sixth and a final run in the eighth for the 8-4 win.

Edman was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Arenado had two RBI and Pujols drove in one.

On the base paths, Edman stole two bases for 29 on the season. Lars Nootbaar made a fielding error.

Wednesday, September 14 – Cardinals 4, Brewers 1

The Cardinals split the series with a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday. Starter Adam Wainwright pitched five innings, gave up one run on eight hits, struck out three and walked two to earn his 11th win of the season.

Andre Pallante relieved Wainwright and threw a scoreless sixth. Jordan Hicks, Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley combined to toss the final three scoreless innings.

Milwaukee scored their only run in the top of the second inning to take a brief lead. The Cardinals answered with two in the home second to go up 2-1. Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run. Brendan Donovan singled, Alec Burleson singled, and Donovan scored on a single by Yadier Molina.

Lars Nootbaar thumped a solo home run in the fifth to widen the lead to 3-1. An RBI double by Albert Pujols for the final score of 4-1.

Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-3 on the night. The Cardinals scored four runs on 10 hits. Arenado, Pujols, Molina, and Nootbaar each had an RBI.

Thursday, September 15 – Cardinals 2, Reds 3

In the first of a five-game series, the Cardinals lost to the Cincinnati Reds by the score of 3-2 on Thursday. Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out three and walked three. Mikolas took the loss, his 12th of the season.

Andre Pallante relieved Mikolas and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Jake Woodford tossed the final 1 2/3 innings.

Cincinnati scored first with one run in the second inning and added another in the top of the third to lead 2-1.

The Cardinals cut the lead to 2-1 in the home third. Lars Nootbaar drew a walk. Brendan Donovan was hit by a pitch. Paul Goldschmidt doubled, Nootbaar scored, Donovan was thrown out at the plate.

The Reds added their third run in the sixth. St. Louis made it 3-2 in the ninth on a sac fly by Albert Pujols but could not tie.

The Cardinals scored their two runs on only three hits. Goldschmidt’s double was the only extra base hit.

On the base paths, Nolan Arenado stole his fifth base of the season. In the field, Nootbaar had an outfield assist at home plate.

Friday, September 16 – Cardinals 6, Reds 5

The Cardinals edged the Reds in the second game of the five-game set on Friday. Starter Jack Flaherty pitched five innings, gave up four runs on six hits, fanned five and walked two.

Zack Thompson relieved Flaherty and threw a scoreless sixth. JoJo Romero surrendered one run in 2/3 of an inning. Chris Stratton got the final out of the seventh. Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley each tossed a scoreless inning. Stratton received the win. Helsley threw an immaculate ninth (three strikeouts on nine pitches) to earn his 18th save. The immaculate inning was just the third in franchise history.

Ryan Helsley

Cincinnati scored first in the top of the third. The Cardinals tied it at 1-1 in the home half of the frame. Tyler O’Neill drew a walk and stole second base. Brendan Donovan plated O’Neill on a single.

The Reds took the lead with three runs in the fifth to make it 4-1. In the sixth, the Cardinals tied it a second time with three runs on an RBI single by Nolan Arenado and a two-run long ball from Albert Pujols. It was Albert’s career home run number 698.

Albert Pujols

In the seventh, the Reds went up 5-4. In the bottom of the frame, RBI doubles by Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt gave the lead back to the Cardinals, 6-5.

Arenado was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Pujols drove in a pair..

On the base paths, O’Neill stole two bags for 14 on the season, but suffered a hamstring injury on the second. In the field, Arenado made a throwing error.

Saturday, September 17 – Cardinals 5, Reds 1 (Game 1)

In the first of a twin bill, the Cardinals defeated the Reds 5-1 at Busch Stadium. Recalled from Triple-A for the start, veteran Dakota Hudson pitched well. The right hander went eight innings and gave up just one unearned run.

Dakota Hudson

Andre Pallante relieved Hudson and tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Paul DeJong drew a walk and was eliminated on a force out by Brendan Donovan. Yadier Molina singled. Tommy Edman singled to score Donovan. Pujols walked to load the bases. Molina came home on a walk by Paul Goldschmidt.

St. Louis added three more runs in the third on a single by Donovan and a two-run home run by Molina. The Reds scored their only run in the seventh.

Yadier Molina

Edman was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Molina was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Donovan and Goldschmidt each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 30th base of the season. In the field, Hudson made a throwing error and Arenado had a fielding miscue.

Saturday, September 17 – Cardinals 1, Reds 0 (11 innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals took the doubleheader with a 1-0 win over the Reds in extra innings. Starter Jose Quintana pitched eight scoreless innings with two hits allowed and six punchouts.

José Quintana

Ryan Helsley followed with a scoreless ninth.

The game remained scoreless through 10 innings. The Cardinals finally broke through in the 11th with the winning run in a walk off. Andrew Knizner started on second base. Brendan Donovan walked. Tommy Edman singled to load the bases. Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a fielder’s choice at third base that was handled by the Reds center fielder. The throw home hit Knizner in the elbow and he was able to score.

Edman was 3-for-5. Corey Dickerson and Alec Burleson each had a single.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 31st base.

Sunday, September 18 – Cardinals 0, Reds 3

The Cardinals lost the final game of the series with the Reds, as the offense took a holiday for all nine innings of play. Starter Jordan Montgomery did his best for an offense that was in absentia. The left hander pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, fanned nine and walked two. Montgomery took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Jake Woodford threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Packy Naughton started the ninth but exited after recording only one out. Chris Stratton finished the inning.

The Reds put up their first of three runs in the third inning and added two more in the sixth.

The Cardinals managed just two hits, both from the bottom of the lineup. They were singles by Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina. The top half of the lineup produced a big goose egg.

The offense was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.

The highlight of the game for St. Louis was an outfield assist by Lars Nootbaar who threw out a runner at home.

NL Central Standings

Team W L PCT GB WCGB E#
St. Louis 87 61 0.588
Milwaukee 78 68 0.534 8 2 8
Chicago 62 84 0.425 24 18 E
Cincinnati 58 89 0.395 28.5 22.5 E
Pittsburgh 55 92 0.374 31.5 25.5 E

The Big Picture

For the second consecutive week, St. Louis had to scratch and claw to win four of seven games, all at home. They split two with the Brewers and took three of five from the 30-games-under-.500 Reds. With the Brewers loss on Sunday, the Cardinals remain eight games ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central.

The offense was scarce this week, especially during the five-game series with the Reds. St. Louis scored only 14 runs over the five games against a Reds staff that ranks 28th in MLB with a 4.84 ERA. There was a lack of hitting and scoring runs for the second consecutive week. Only 14 games remain in the regular season.

The inability to hit and score runs consistently is the major issue going into the end of the regular season. While the Division is likely wrapped up (barring a disaster), the lack of offense is an ominous sign for the postseason.

No Cardinals hitters had an OPS at .800 or above for the week. Zero. The highest OPS was from Paul Goldschmidt (.769). Two other hitters had an OPS above .700, Nolan Arenado (.761), and Dylan Carlson (.733 in 5 ABs) Carlson has only played in two games as he was just activated off the IL.

At the bottom are Nolan Gorman and Corey Dickerson, both with an OPS of .286. Paul DeJong and Andrew Knizner had OPS’s of .311 and .375, respectively. Tyler O’Neill was just put on the IL and will likely miss the rest of the regular season. He may be available for the postseason.

This offensive ineptitude cannot continue if there is an expectation of advancing in the postseason. The goal of gaining the second seed by overtaking the Mets and the Braves is a pipe dream.

Regarding the pitching, it has been okay for the most part, though improved performances from Mikolas, Wainwright and Flaherty are sorely needed. Quintana and Montgomery are fine, and the one start from Dakota Hudson in the doubleheader was good. Hudson was sent back down to Memphis the next day.

The bullpen is now missing Jordan Hicks, who was put on the IL on Saturday with arm fatigue and neck spasms. He may be available for the postseason. The Cardinals got Steven Matz back as a bullpen replacement which will help. Otherwise, the bullpen is fine, though more roster churn is likely before the end of the season.

The defense in the infield remains good but the outfield defense has issues. O’Neill is now unavailable, though Carlson is back but may need to re-earn regular starting time. In the meantime, Lars Nootbaar has been switching between right and center. The other outfielders have been Corey Dickerson and a mix of Brendan Donovan and Alec Burleson with Ben DeLuzio as a defensive replacement in center. DeLuzio is the only outfielder who appears to be above average on defense (sans Carlson, whose status is in flux). Nootbaar is good in right but only passable in center. Dickerson is barely average and Burleson is below average. Donovan is passable but better as an infielder. Balls are not getting caught like they were in the first half of the season, and this is a problem with no apparent solution.

The baserunning is the one bright spot. Knizner won the second game of the doubleheader with a baserunning move between third and home that enabled him to be hit by the thrown ball and score.

The Cardinals hit the road for six games on the West Coast, three with the Padres and three with the Dodgers. If the offense continues to be absent, these two series could be the disaster waiting to happen.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 9/13 The Cardinals sent LHP Steven Matz on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/16 The Cardinals sent OF Dylan Carlson on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/17 The Cardinals recalled RHP Dakota Hudson from the Memphis Redbirds (29th man for doubleheader).
  • 9/17 The Cardinals activated OF Dylan Carlson from the 10-day injured list.
  • 9/17 The Cardinals activated LHP Steven Matz from the 15-day injured list.
  • 9/17 The Cardinals placed OF Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day injured list. Left hamstring strain.
  • 9/17 The Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Hicks on the 15-day injured list retroactive to September 15. Right arm fatigue and neck spasms.
  • 9/18 The Cardinals optioned RHP Dakota Hudson to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander had surgery on the shoulder back in May. It is unlikely Reyes will pitch this season.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was activated from the 15-day injured list on Saturday. Matz’s rehab was cut short due to the injury to Jordan Hicks.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) remains on the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • OF Dylan Carlson was activated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday. Carlson’s rehab was ended early due to the injury to Tyler O’Neill.
  • OF Tyler O’Neill was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. The outfielder injured his hamstring stealing second base during the game on Friday. An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, which is a mild strain. The team is hopeful O’Neill’s stay on the IL will be minimal and he will be able to return for the postseason.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to September 15, due to right arm fatigue and neck spasms. Hicks could return to the team prior to the end of the regular season.

Looking Ahead

After a Monday travel day on September 19, the Cardinals play three games in San Diego against the Padres. Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make the Tuesday start, followed by Miles Mikolas on Wednesday and Jack Flaherty on Thursday.

The team then goes to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in a weekend series. Assuming the rotation doesn’t change, Jose Quintana should make the Friday start with Jordan Montgomery going Saturday, and Wainwright finishing the series on Sunday.

The Cardinals then travel to Milwaukee for two games with the Brewers. This will be the final series against the Brewers for the regular season. After a Thursday travel day to return to St. Louis, the team plays the Pirates in a three-game weekend set.

The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to end the regular season with three games.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

In the next installment of our series on the career home run record of Cardinals great Albert Pujols, we review the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The team made a shortened postseason appearance in 2009, losing to the Dodgers in the NLDS. The Cardinals did not go to the postseason in 2010.

Following is each season with totals for each and further details about the home runs hit.

2009 season

This was Albert Pujols’ ninth major league season. Pujols hit 47 home runs including 10 games with two home runs.

Albert Pujols

Pujols’ first home run (#320 career) was hit on April 7, 2009, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 9-3. The long ball, of the two-run variety, was hit off Pirates starter Ian Snell in the third inning.

Albert’s final home runs in 2009 (#365 and #366) were hit at Miller Park off Brewers starter Jeff Suppan and reliever Chris Narveson on September 9. Pujols hit a two-run long ball off Suppan in the top of the fifth, and a solo shot off Narveson in the top of the seventh. The Cardinals won, 5-1.

Further details on the 47 home runs hit by Pujols in 2009.

  • Thirty-four of the 47 home runs were hit against right-handed pitchers. Thirteen were hit off left-handers.
  • Of the 47, 25 were on the road and 22 at home.
  • Albert hit five home runs each against the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Pujols hit two home runs each off the following pitchers: David Weathers (CIN and MIL), Toma Ohka (CLE), Jon Garland (ARI), Randy Johnson (SFG), Zach Duke (PITT), Livan Hernandez (NYM), and Kevin Slowey (MIN).
  • Albert hit three home runs each at PNC Park, Miller Park, and Progressive Field.
  • Locations of the 47 home runs were Up the Middle (26), Pulled (19), and Opposite Field (2)
  • Long balls by month: April (8), May (8), June (14), July (4), August (7), September (6).
  • Type: Fly Balls (31), Line Drives (16).

2010 season

During Albert Pujols’ 10th major league season he hit 42 home runs in total. He had one three home run game and five two-homer games. The three home run game was on May 30 at Wrigley Field. Albert hit two long balls against Ryan Dempster and one off John Grabow.

His first home runs (#367 and #368) were hit on April 5, 2010, against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. The first was a solo home run in the top of the first inning against Reds starter Aaron Harang. The next was in the seventh inning against Mike Lincoln, a two-run shot. The Cardinals won the game 11-6.

Pujols’ final home run of 2010 (#408) was hit at Wrigley field on September 26 in the the first inning against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. The three-run home run helped the Cardinals beat the Cubs 8-7.

Further details on the 2010 home runs.

  • Pujols hit 24 home runs against right-handed pitchers and 18 against left-handers.
  • He hit 25 home runs on the road and 17 at home.
  • Albert smacked eight home runs against the Brewers.
  • Pujols hit four home runs off Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster.
  • Wrigley Field could not hold five of the 42 home runs.
  • The locations of the home runs were: Up the Middle (22), Pulled (18) and Opposite Field (2).
  • Long balls by month: April (7), May (5), June (6), July (6), August (11), and September (7).
  • Type of home runs: Fly Ball (35), Line Drive (7).

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 17, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Springfield DH Chandler Redmond, whose three-run home run was the difference in the win at Tulsa. Other standouts: Juan Yepez, Kramer Robertson and Kyle Leahy.

Results from games played Friday, September 16.

Memphis 6 at Iowa 7

The Memphis Redbirds were edged by the Cubs in a 7-6 loss in Des Moines on Friday.

Starter Matthew Liberatore had a tough night. The prospect left-hander pitched only 2/3 of an inning, gave up four runs on four hits and struck out one. Liberatore took the loss, his eighth of the season.

Grant Black relieved Liberatore and surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings. T.J. McFarland threw a scoreless fifth. Zach McAllister allowed two runs in two innings pitched. Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless eighth.

Memphis took the initial lead in the first inning. Kramer Robertson doubled, then advanced to third on a ground out by St. Louis outfielder Dylan Carlson, rehabbing at Memphis. Robertson scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs captured the lead with four runs in the home half of the first. The Redbirds cut the lead to 4-2 in the fourth. Carlson doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Juan Yepez plated Carlson on a ground out.

Juan Yepez

Iowa made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth. The Redbirds answered with one run in the top of the sixth. Robertson drew a walk. Carlson doubled. Robertson scored on a double play by Yepez.

Kramer Robertson

The Cubs responded again with one run in the home sixth to make it 6-3. In the seventh, Pedro Pages drove in a run on a double to cut the lead again to 6-4. The seesaw continued with a run scored Iowa in the bottom half of the seventh.

Memphis put up two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Yepez and Luken Baker but fell short with the final score 7-6.

Carlson was 2-for-3. Robertson was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Yepez had three RBI.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 27th base of the season. In the field, Moises Gomez made a fielding error. Gomez also had an outfield assist at second base.

Memphis is 67-72 on the season and is in sixth place in the International League West, 16.5 games back of first place Nashville. Memphis has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, TBA (MEM) vs. Caleb Killian RHP (5-3, 4.20) 6:08 CT.

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 5 (10 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals pulled out a victory at Tulsa in 10 innings on Friday night. Starter Kyle Leahy pitched six innings, gave up two runs on eight hits, fanned nine and walked two.

Kyle Leahy

Michael Brettell relieved Leahy and surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Brettell was charged with a blown save. John Beller threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Connor Lunn hurled a scoreless ninth to receive the win. Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless 10th to earn his seventh save.

Springfield took an early lead in the top of the second inning on a three-run home run by Chandler Redmond. Tulsa cut the lead to 3-2 in the home half of the second.

Chandler Redmond

The Cardinals made it 4-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger. The Drillers scored three runs in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead.

Springfield tied it at 5-5 in the eighth on a bases loaded walk by Julio Rodriguez. The game remained tied through regulation and went into the 10th.

The Cardinals put up two runs in the 10th to take a 7-5 lead on a double by Masyn Winn and a sac fly by Irving Lopez. Tulsa failed to answer.

Nick Dunn was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Chandler Redmond had three RBI.

On the base paths, Mike Antico stole two bases for 30 with Springfield and 67 overall. In the field, Leahy picked a runner off second base. Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Springfield is 36-31 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 6.5 games back of first place Wichita. The Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 14, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Springfield DH Chandler Redmond, who hit his fourth grand slam of the season. Other standouts include Tommy Parsons and Pedro Pages.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 13.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 1

The Memphis Redbirds beat the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines by the score of 5-1 on Tuesday night. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched seven innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out six and walked two to earn his 11th win of the season.

Tommy Parsons

Steven Matz, pitching on a rehab assignment from St. Louis, threw a scoreless eighth. James Naile tossed a scoreless ninth.

Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Scott Hurst. In the second, Pedro Pages doubled and scored on a single by Kramer Robertson to make it 2-0.

Memphis added a third run in the fourth on an RBI single by Pages. The Cubs scored their only run in the home half of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Redbirds put up two runs in the sixth to widen the lead to 5-1. Luken Baker and Clint Coulter singled. Cory Spangenberg drew a walk to load the bases. Pages grounded into a double play and Baker scored. Coulter came home on a wild pitch.

Pages was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Coulter and Juan Yepez were 2-for-4. Robertson and Hurst each drove in a run.

On the base paths, Robertson and Hurst were caught stealing.

Memphis is 67-69 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 15 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Iowa, Connor Thomas LHP (6-9, 5.04) vs. TBA 12:08 CT.

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 9

The Cardinals were defeated by the Drillers in a 9-7 road contest on Tuesday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched six innings, gave up four runs on five hits and struck out three.

Andre Granillo relieved McGreevy and surrendered five runs without recording an out. Michael Brettell followed with a scoreless seventh inning. Connor Lunn tossed a scoreless eighth. Granillo took the loss and was tagged with a blown save his first at Double-A.

Tulsa took the lead 1-0 in the third inning, then added three runs in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0. Springfield rallied big in the sixth for six runs. Mike Antico walked and stole second base. Antico then stole third base and scored on a throwing error. Jordan Walker walked. Brady Whalen singled. Walker stole third base, Whalen stole second base, and Walker scored on a wild pitch. Nick Dunn and Errol Robinson walked to load the bases. Chandler Redmond blasted a grand slam to left field.

Chandler Redmond

The Drillers came back with five runs in the seventh to regain the lead 9-6. Nick Raposo hit a solo home run in the eighth for the Cardinals to cut the lead to 9-7. Springfield failed to rally in the ninth.

Redmond had four RBI. Walker was 2-for-3. Whalen was 2-for-4. Raposo drove in one.

On the base paths, Antico stole three bases. Walker swiped two bags. Whalen stole his fifth base of the season. Antico has 28 with Springfield and 65 overall in 2022.

Masyn Winn made a fielding error.

Springfield is 33-31 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, seven games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa, RHP Logan Gragg (0-1, 6.94) vs. Landon Knack RHP (2-9, 4.80) 12:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1, St. Lucie 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals lost its only home game, falling to the St. Lucie Mets in the first of the best of three semifinal playoff series. Starter Trent Baker pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two. Baker took the loss.

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved Baker and surrendered three runs in one inning. Roy Garcia secured the final out of the eighth. Matt Hickey tossed a scoreless ninth.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Mets took a 3-0 lead. St. Lucie made it 6-0 in the eighth.

In the home eighth, Palm Beach finally scored on a solo home run by Jimmy Crooks. That concluded the scoring for the night.

Jimmy Crooks

The Beach Birds offense scored one run on four hits and struck out 12 times. Joshua Baez was 2-for-3 including a double. Crooks had the only RBI. The offense had its chances but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

On the base paths, R.J. Yeager and Chris Rotondo stole a bag each.

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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of September 5-11

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As the offense sputtered, the St. Louis Cardinals scratched their way to four wins in seven games against two last-place teams, but held their eight-game lead. Two future Hall of Famers in their final season, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina, led the way.

Game recaps

Monday, September 5 – Cardinals 0, Nationals 6

The St. Louis Cardinals were blanked by the Nationals in the first of a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Monday. Jack Flaherty started, his first since coming back from a rehab assignment. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up one run on six hits, fanned six and walked one. Flaherty took the loss.

Jack Flaherty

Andre Pallante relieved Flaherty and surrendered four runs in 1/3 innings. Chris Stratton secured the final two outs of the inning without further damage. Zack Thompson threw a scoreless seventh. James Naile allowed one run in the final two innings of relief.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Washington added to their lead with four runs in the sixth, and one run in the eighth.

The Cardinals offense limped through nine scoreless innings, scattering only three hits. All hits were singles, from Yadier Molina, Tommy Edman, and Tyler O’Neill. The offense was stymied through five innings against Anibal Sanchez and his 4.00+ ERA and fared no better against a better bullpen for the final four innings. They were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.

Tuesday, September 6 – Cardinals 4, Nationals 1

The Cardinals bounced back from the rough start to the series by defeating the Nationals in Game 2, 4-1. Starter Jose Quintana pitched five innings, gave up one run on five hits and struck out five to earn his fifth win of the season.

José Quintana

Jordan Hicks relieved Quintana and threw two scoreless innings. Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley combined for the final two scoreless innings. Helsley earned his 14th save.

Again, the Nationals took the first lead, scoring one run in the second to go up 1-0. This time the Cardinals battled back and scored three runs in the fourth to take the lead 3-1. The scoring began with a solo home run by Brendan Donovan. Nolan Arenado singled and Corey Dickerson doubled. Tyler O’Neill plated Arenado on a sac fly. Dickerson scored on a double by Nolan Gorman.

St. Louis scored their final run in the seventh on a solo home run by Gorman.

Gorman was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Dickerson was 2-for-3.

Wednesday, September 7 – Cardinals 6, Nationals 5

The Cardinals pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat in a ninth inning five run rally to beat the Nationals 6-5 on Wednesday. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out six and walked two.

Jordan Montgomery

JoJo Romero finished the seventh inning for Montgomery and returned to start the eighth. Romero combined with Giovanny Gallegos to relinquish four runs in that inning. Zack Thompson secured the final out of the eighth. Jake Woodford tossed a scoreless ninth and earned his fourth win of the season.

The Cardinals took the initial lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt. The Nationals tied it at 1-1 in the seventh, then scored four runs in the eighth to take a 5-1 lead.

In the home ninth, the Cardinals rallied. Brendan Donovan led off with a single. Goldschmidt drew a walk. Nolan Arenado thumped a ground-rule double down the right field line to score Donovan. Goldschmidt came in on a ground out by Corey Dickerson. Tyler O’Neill walked. Following a Nolan Gorman strikeout, Yadier Molina singled and Arenado crossed home. Ben DeLuzio pinch ran for Molina. Tommy Edman doubled to left field, O’Neill and DeLuzio came home for two runs to walk it off 6-5.

Arenado and Molina were both 2-for-4 with an RBI. Donovan was 2-for-4. Edman had two RBI. Goldschmidt and Dickerson each had an RBI.

Thursday, September 8 – Cardinals 6, Nationals 11

The Cardinals were throttled by the Nationals in the final game of the series and ended with only a 2-2 split. Starter Adam Wainwright continued to struggle with command of his pitches, going five innings and giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out two.

Andre Pallante surrendered a run in 1/3 inning in relief and took the loss, his sixth. Jordan Hicks followed with two runs allowed in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Stratton threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. James Naile surrendered four runs in the ninth.

The Cardinals scored in the first inning to briefly lead 1-0. Brendan Donovan drew a walk, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Paul Goldschmidt singled and Donovan scored.

The Nationals quickly tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second. The Cardinals answered in the home half to retake the lead 3-1 on a Yadier Molina two-run long ball.

Yadier Molina

Washington cut the lead to 3-2 in the in the third, then took the lead 4-3 with two runs in the fourth. The Cardinals tied it 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth on Molina’s second long ball, a solo shot.

The Nationals added a run in the sixth to make it 5-4 then brought two more runs home in the seventh to widen the lead to 7-4. A four-run ninth inning by Washington increased the tally to 11-4.

The Cardinals rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 11-6. The two runs scored on a single by Corey Dickerson.

Donovan went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Molina was 2-for-4, both home runs, with three RBI and two runs scored. Dickerson was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Tommy Edman was 2-for-4. Goldschmidt had an RBI.

In the field, Nolan Arenado made a throwing error.

Friday, September 9 – Cardinals 2 at Pirates 8

The Cardinals lost the first of a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. Starter Miles Mikolas struggled through five innings, gave up four runs on eight hits, fanned eight and walked two. Mikolas took the loss to bring his record to 11-11 on the season.

Zack Thompson threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in reliefs. Jake Woodford surrendered four runs in the final 1 2/3 innings.

The Pirates got on the board first with a second inning solo home run. The score remained at 1-0 until the Pirates scored again with three runs in the fifth to make it 4-0.

The Cardinals’ lackluster offense returned and scored only two runs in the game. The first run came in the sixth. Paul Goldschmidt doubled and Nolan Arenado singled. Goldschmidt scored on a force out by Corey Dickerson.

St. Louis added their second run in the seventh on an RBI double by Tommy Edman.

The Pirates added four more runs to their total in the eighth to lead 8-2.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 27th base, and Tyler O’Neill swiped his 12th bag. In the field, Lars Nootbaar had an outfield assist at home.

Saturday, September 10 – Cardinals 7 at Pirates 5

The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 7-5 in Game 2 of the weekend series on Saturday. Starter Jack Flaherty pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits and walked four.

Andre Pallante threw a scoreless sixth. JoJo Romero surrendered one run in the seventh. Giovanny Gallegos hurled a scoreless eighth to earn his third win. Ryan Helsley allowed one run in the ninth but received his 15th save.

The Pirates took the lead with a first inning solo home run. The second home run given up Flaherty came in the second, a two-run shot that put the Pirates ahead 3-0.

The Cardinals came back in the fifth on a solo home run by Brendan Donovan and again in the sixth on a two-run home run by Albert Pujols to tie the game at 3-3.

A solo home run by the Pirates in the seventh gave them the brief 4-3 lead. In the eighth, Nolan Gorman doubled. Tommy Edman pinch ran for Gorman and Pujols plated Edman on a single to tie the game again 4-4.

In the ninth, Yadier Molina led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Lars Nootbaar. Paul DeJong singled, advancing Nootbaar to third. DeJong advanced to second on a ground out by Donovan. Nootbaar was tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice by Corey Dickerson. Dickerson was at first with DeJong at third. Paul Goldschmidt walked to load the bases. Nolan Arenado then hit a bases clearing double to left field. The Cardinals led 7-4.

Nolan Arenado

The Pirates added a fifth and final run in the home half of the ninth.

On the base paths, Ben DeLuzio was caught stealing. In the field, Arenado made a fielding error. Donovan had an outfield assist at second base.

Sunday, September 11 – Cardinals 4 at Pirates 3

The Cardinals snatched another victory from the jaws of defeat with a 4-3 win over the Pirates in the rubber game of the series on Sunday. Starter Jose Quintana pitched well enough to keep it close and give a sluggish offense the chance to pick up speed. The left hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one.

Jordan Hicks relieved Quintana and surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings. JoJo Romero and Chris Stratton combined to throw a scoreless eighth. Stratton received the win. Ryan Helsley gave up a run in the ninth but was able to close it down to earn his 16th save.

The game started as the first two started, with the Pirates taking a 1-0 lead in the early innings, this time in the third inning.

From then on, the game was 1-0, with the Cardinal offense unable to score runs against another 4.00+ ERA pitcher, Mitch Keller. For most of the game there were few hits, and many fewer runs. Five of the seven Cardinal hits came in the last two innings. For the second game in a row and the third game this week, the offense came alive in the ninth inning.

In the ninth, with the Cardinals down 2-0, Tommy Edman doubled. Corey Dickerson followed with a double that scored Edman. Then Albert Pujols came to the plate. The Pirates pitcher threw him two balls low and outside. It appeared an unintentional intentional walk was in the works. Then surprisingly Pujols was given a high fastball and he tattooed it over the right center field wall for a two-run home run, #697 of his career. The Cardinals led 3-2.

Albert Pujols

Tyler O’Neill followed with a solo home run as insurance, and it was needed. In the bottom of the ninth, Helsley threw a fastball down the middle of the plate to Greg Allen, and he hit it for a home run to cut the lead to 4-3. Helsley had retired the first two hitters out on four pitches, and he was cruising until the mistake pitch to Allen. Fortunately, pinch hitter Ben Gamel flied out to center to end the game.

Edman was 2-for-4 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Pujols had two RBI. Dickerson and O’Neill each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Lars Nootbaar was caught stealing.

NL Central Standings

Team W L PCT GB WCGB E#
St. Louis 83 58 0.589
Milwaukee 75 66 0.532 8 2 14
Chicago 58 82 0.414 24.5 18.5 E
Cincinnati 56 82 0.406 25.5 19.5 E
Pittsburgh 51 88 0.367 31 25 E

The Big Picture

The Cardinals had a tougher than expected week against two of the worst teams in baseball. They managed to scratch and claw their way to a 4-3 record nevertheless. They split a four-game series with the Nationals and barely won 2 of 3 over the Pirates. The Cardinals remain eight games ahead of the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.

The issue during the week was the offense being  nonexistent, barely there or they played catch up at the end of the game. The Cardinals were completely shut out in one game, and when they did score it was in a blowout or a game where all the runs came at the end in desperation. In only one game out of seven did they take and maintain a lead to the end. In other words, it was not a good offensive week for the Redbirds.

The bright spot for the week was Albert Pujols, who continued his march to 700 home runs with a vengeance, hitting home runs #696 and #697 in back-to-back games in Pittsburgh. Yadier Molina has also picked up his offense of late.

Tommy Edman

The top offensive performers for the week by OPS were Molina (1.090 in 18 ABs), Tommy Edman (.980), Brendan Donovan (.929), and Corey Dickerson (.838). The usual suspects, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, had down weeks offensively and both were kept out of the lineup for Sunday’s game for a rest.

Down at the bottom offensively were Andrew Knizner (.143 in 6 ABs) and Lars Nootbaar (.235 in 19 ABs). Nootbaar made two game saving plays on defense in Sunday’s game and continues to provide the energy the team needs despite his offensive struggles.

As for the pitching, both Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright have been struggling lately. Jack Flaherty has made two starts since coming off the IL, one was okay, and one was not. He has missed most of the season with arm issues, so it is not surprising he isn’t back to form. Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery have been fine.

The bullpen has had its ups and downs (literally in some cases, as there has been some shuttling back and forth from Memphis). Chris Stratton has greatly improved so far. The middle innings have been mostly Stratton, JoJo Romero, Jordan Hicks, and Andre Pallante. The back end is Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley. Helsley has had an issue with the long ball in the last couple of games, though it was not fatal. Gallegos has been good except for one bad outing against the Nationals. The Cardinals now have Zack Thompson from the left side back in the bullpen and he pitched well. Jake Woodford pitched poorly in his last outing.

The Cardinals come home for a six game homestand against the Brewers and Reds. Both teams will be tough, and the Brewers will be coming off back-to-back wins over the Reds. The Brewers especially will be gunning for the team that is eight games ahead of them and that has recently shown vulnerability offensively. The offense has to come back and perform better than it did over this last week. This is the final stretch of games over the next several weeks and there must be no letting up.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 9/5 The Cardinals optioned RHP Dakota Hudson to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/5 The Cardinals designated RHP Junior Fernandez for assignment.
  • 9/5 The Cardinals activated RHP Jack Flaherty from the 60-day injured list.
  • 9/6 The Cardinals sent LHP Steven Matz on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 9/7 RHP Junior Fernandez was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 9/7 The Cardinals selected the contract of OF Alec Burleson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/7 The Cardinals designated CF Conner Capel for assignment.
  • 9/7 The Cardinals placed CF Dylan Carlson on the 10-day injured list. Left thumb sprain.
  • 9/9 CF Conner Capel was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.
  • 9/10 The Cardinals optioned RHP James Naile to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/10 The Cardinals recalled LHP Packy Naughton from the Memphis Redbirds.

James Naile

Packy Naughton

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60 day IL. The right hander had surgery on the shoulder back in May. It is unlikely Reyes will pitch this season.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 24. The left hander made his first rehab start in Springfield and went 1 1/3 innings. Matz will continue to pitch in relief for Springfield and will be put in the St. Louis bullpen when he returns.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) is on the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty was activated from the 60-day injured list and has made two starts.
  • OF Dylan Carlson was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a left thumb sprain. Carlson had been relegated to platoon status against LHP for the last couple of weeks due to poor performance against RHP. On Wednesday, the team announced an MRI revealed a sprain of his left thumb. The outfielder will go without swinging a bat for 4-6 days.

Dylan Carlson

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have returned to St. Louis for a six game homestand. The team will have an off day on Monday, then play two games with the Brewers. Jordan Montgomery will make the Tuesday start with Adam Wainwright following on Wednesday.

The Reds come to town on Thursday for a four-game series with starters yet to be named. If the rotation holds, however, the likely starters for that series are Mikolas, Flaherty, Quintana and Montgomery again on Sunday.

After a travel day on Monday, September 19, the Cardinals play three games in San Diego against the Padres. The team then goes to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in a weekend series.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

In the next installment of our series on the career home run record of Cardinals great Albert Pujols, we review the 2007 and 2008 seasons. 2007, the year following a World Series win, was a down season for the Cardinals as they finished below .500 with a record of 78-84. In 2008, the Cardinals were back to a winning finish.

Following is each season with totals for each and further details about the home runs hit.

2007 season

This was Albert Pujols’ seventh major league campaign. Pujols hit 32 home runs including four games with two homers.

Pujols’ first long ball in 2007 (#251) was hit on April 8, 2007, against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 10-1. The long ball, of the two-run variety, was hit off Astros starter Jason Jennings in top of the third inning.

The final home run hit by Albert in 2007 (#282) was hit in Miller Park off Brewers starter Carlos Villanueva on September 26. It was a solo shot in the top of the first inning. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 7-3.

Albert Pujols (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Further details on the 32 home runs hit by Pujols in 2007.

  • Twenty-three of the 32 home runs were hit against right-handed pitchers. Nine were hit off left-handers.
  • Of the 32, 20 came on the road and 12 at home.
  • Albert hit 7 home runs against the Chicago Cubs.
  • Two of the long balls were served up by Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano
  • Albert hit four home runs each at Wrigley Field and Minute Maid Park.
  • Locations of the 32 home runs were Up the Middle (19), Pulled (11), and Opposite Field (2)
  • Long balls by month: April (6), May (3), June (7), July (7), August (7), September (2).
  • Type: Fly Balls (26), Line Drives (6).

2008 season

During Albert Pujols’ eighth major league season, he hit 37 home runs in total, including three games with two homers.

His first 2008 home run (#283) and the second (#284) were hit on April 9, 2008, against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The first was a two-run long ball in the first inning against Astros starter Chris Sampson. Albert hit his second home run of the game in seventh inning against Dave Borkowski. It was a solo shot. The Cardinals won, 6-4.

Pujols’ final home run of 2008 (#319) was a solo shot at Busch Stadium on September 27 in the seventh inning against Cincinnati Reds reliever Jon Adkins. The Cardinals prevailed, 8-5.

Further details on his 2008 home runs.

  • Pujols hit 26 home runs against right-handed pitchers and 11 against left-handers.
  • He hit 19 home runs at home and 18 on the road.
  • Albert swatted six home runs each against the Reds and the Astros.
  • Pujols hit two home runs off Atlanta Braves pitcher Jorge Campillo.
  • Great American Ball Park couldn’t hold four of the 37 home runs.
  • The locations of the home runs were: Pulled (19), Up the Middle (17), Opposite Field (1).
  • Long balls by month: April (5), May (9), June (3), July (4), August (8), and September (8).
  • Type of home runs: Fly Ball (27), Line Drive (10).

The next installment will cover Pujols’ 2009 and 2010 seasons.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 10, 2022

photo: Gordon Graceffo (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield’s Gordon Graceffo, pitched six scoreless innings on three hits and seven strikeouts. Other standouts include Ivan Herrera, Francisco Hernandez, Ramon Mendoza and Alex Cornwell.

Results from games played Friday, September 9.

Memphis 5, Norfolk 6

The Memphis Redbirds were edged by the Tides by a 6-5 score at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched two innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two. Williams took the loss, his sixth.

Ljay Newsome relieved Williams and surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Grant Black allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings. T.J. McFarland tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Norfolk took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, then added four runs in the fourth to go up 6-0. Memphis scored their first run in the home half of the fourth on a solo home run by Ivan Herrera.

Iván Herrera

Herrera hit the long ball again in the sixth, this time a two-run shot to cut the Tides lead to 6-3. The Redbirds scored two runs in the ninth to bring the lead to within one run but fell short of their goal. The inning began with a walk to Clint Coulter. Cory Spangenberg singled, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Evan Mendoza walked. Chase Pinder flied out to left and Coulter scored. Spangenberg advanced to third on a fly out. Mendoza attempted to steal second base and Spangenberg scored on a throwing error. Herrera flied out to end the rally.

Herrera was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Coulter was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Mendoza was picked off and caught stealing. Luken Baker made a fielding error. Coulter had two outfield assists at home plate.

Memphis is 65-68 on the season and is in sixth place in the International League West, 16.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Matthew Liberatore LHP (5-7, 5.42) vs. Mike Baumann RHP (2-6, 4.20) 3:05 CT.

Springfield 6, San Antonio 5

The Springfield Cardinals topped the Missions in a one run win at Hammons Field on Friday night. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched six scoreless innings, allowed three hits and fanned seven to earn his sixth win at Double-A.

Gordon Graceffo

Michael YaSenka relieved Graceffo and surrendered three runs in the seventh. Connor Lunn allowed two unearned runs in the eighth. In his Springfield debut, Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Springfield got on the board in the first inning with one run on an RBI double by Brady Whalen. In the second, Chandler Redmond walked and later scored on a single by Mike Antico. The Cardinals led 2-0.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the fourth on a long ball by Jonah Davis. In the fifth, Whalen singled, advanced, to second on a balk, and scored on a single by Nick Raposo.

San Antonio finally scored with three runs in seventh to cut the lead to 5-3. Springfield made it 6-3 in the home half of the seventh on a single by Nick Dunn.

The Missions added two runs in the eighth to make It 6-5, but the Cardinals held on for the victory.

Whalen and Raposo were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Errol Robinson was 2-for-4. Davis had two RBI.

On the base paths, Robinson, Antico, and Masyn Winn each stole a base. Redmond was caught stealing.

Jordan Walker made a fielding error but had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 32-29 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 4.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Kyle Leahy RHP (9-7, 5.58) vs. TBA 6:05 CT.

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 6

The Peoria Chiefs edged the River Bandits 7-6 in a road contest on Friday night. Starter Zane Mills pitched three innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked two.

Edgar Manzo relieved Mills and surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Leonardo Taveras allowed one run in two innings. Jack Ralston tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win, his first.

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Peoria scored their first run in the third to cut the lead to 2-1. Francisco Hernandez doubled and scored on a single by Todd Lott.

The River Bandits increased their lead to 3-1 in the home half of the third. In the fifth, the Chiefs added a run. Osvaldo Tovalin singled. Tyler Reichenborn walked. Hernandez singled moving Tovalin to third. Tovalin scored on a wild pitch.

Francisco Hernandez

Quad Cites made it 5-2 in the sixth. Peoria scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Ramon Mendoza.

The River Bandits scored again in the eight to bring the score to 6-3. In the ninth the Chiefs rallied for four runs to take the lead 7-6. Reichenborn walked then advance to second on a wild pitch. Hernandez singled. Lott reached on an error and Reichenborn scored. Jacob Buchberger tripled to plate Hernandez and Lott. Buchberger scored on a single by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Hernandez was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jones was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Buchberger had two RBI.

On the base paths, Mendoza was caught stealing for the first time. Lott was picked off second base.

Peoria is 27-37 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend. They are eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Austin Love RHP (7-12, 5.70) vs. Beck Way RHP (3-3, 3.31) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 8 at Dunedin 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals overwhelmed the Blue Jays 8-1 in a road contest on Friday night. Starter Alex Cornwell pitched five innings, gave up one unearned run on four hits, and fanned seven to earn his fifth win of the season.

Alex Cornwell

Tanner Jacobson relieved Cornwell and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Matt Hickey and Nelfri Contreras combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Palm Beach scored first with one run in the first inning. Chris Rotondo doubled. R.J. Yeager and Leonardo Bernal walked. Rotondo scored on a walk by Elijah Cabell.

Dunedin tied it in the second. The Beach Birds regained the lead with three runs in the third on a double by Yeager, a sac fly by Brody Moore, and a ground out by Michael Curialle.

Michael Curialle

The Cardinals added one run in the fourth on a solo home run by Lizandro Espinoza. An RBI single by Alex ladisernia in the fifth made it 6-1.

Curialle singled home a run in the seventh, and Victor Scott did the same in the ninth for the final score of 8-1.

Curialle was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Yeager was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Rotondo was 3-for-6 with two runs scored. Scott, Cabell, Moore, ladisernia, and Espinoza each had an RBI.

In the field, Yeager had a missed catch error.

Palm Beach is 37-26 in the second half and has clinched the FSL East Division with a five-game lead over St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Jose Davila (1-2, 2.61) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 8, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is C Leonardo Bernal, whose three-run homer powered Palm Beach to a win in extras. Other standouts include Todd Lott, Tommy Parsons, Aaron McKeithan, and Tink Hence.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 7.

Memphis 0, Norfolk 1 (eight innings, Game 1)

The Memphis Redbirds were blanked 1-0 by the Tides in the first game of a scheduled twin bill at AutoZone Park on Wednesday. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Tommy Parsons

Packy Naughton surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Naughton took the loss, his first.

The game was a pitcher’s duel as neither team scored through its scheduled seven innings. In extras, in the top of the eighth, Norfolk broke the tie with one run.

In the home half of the eighth, Memphis was unable to respond, and the Tides took the 1-0 win.

The Redbirds offense was held to three hits, singles from Luken Baker, Evan Mendoza and Juan Yepez. The offense was 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base.

On the base paths, Mendoza was picked off and caught stealing second base.

Memphis is 65-65 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 14 games back of first place Nashville.

Memphis, Norfolk (Game 2, suspended)

The second game of the twin bill between Memphis and Norfolk at AutoZone Park was suspended due to an active shooter situation in Memphis. The game will be resumed on Thursday at 5:05 CT as the first game of a doubleheader. The regularly scheduled Thursday game will begin 30 minutes after the end of game one.

Thursday’s games: vs Norfolk, Garrett Williams LHP (0-5, 6.55) / Connor Thomas LHP (6-8, 5.04) vs. TBA/TBA 5:05 CT

Springfield 0, San Antonio 7

The Springfield Cardinals were blanked by the Missions in a 7-0 game on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 6 1/3 innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and fanned six. McGreevy took the loss, his fourth.

Gianluca Dalatri surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Griffin Roberts tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Missions scored four runs in the second inning to take the lead. They added two runs in the seventh and the one run in the eighth for the final score of 7-0.

The Springfield offense was held to two hits, singles from Matt Koperniak and Justin Toerner. The were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

McGreevy made a fielding error.

Springfield is 30-29 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas, six games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Logan Gragg RHP (0-1, 8.31) vs. Kevin Kopps RHP (1-1, 3.91) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 2

The Peoria Chiefs defeated the River Bandits by the score of 4-2 on Wednesday night. Peoria starter Inohan Paniagua pitched three innings, gave up one run on one hit and struck out four.

Chris Gerard

Chris Gerard relieved Paniagua and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his first. Chris Roycroft allowed one run in the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his first save.

Peoria took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Todd Lott. The Chiefs added three runs in the third. Lott drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. L.J. Jones singled. Osvaldo Tovalin doubled to plate Lott. Aaron McKeithan followed with a double that scored Jones and Tovalin.

Aaron McKeithan

Quad Cities scored the first of their two runs in the home third. They added the final run in the ninth.

McKeithan was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Lott was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tovalin had one RBI.

Mack Chambers stole two bases. Tyler Reichenborn was caught stealing for the sixth time.

Peoria is 26-36 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend. The Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Thursday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (6-7, 4.87) vs. William Fleming RHP (2-4, 5.73) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at Dunedin 3 (11 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays in a 6-3 extra innings contest on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

Tink Hence

Roy Garcia relieved Hence and surrendered two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Hickey allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief and got the win, his first. Bryan Pope tossed a scoreless inning to earn his fourth save.

Palm Beach took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jimmy Crooks. The score remained 1-0 until the eighth when the Beach Birds added a second run. Michael Curialle singled to begin the inning. Jeremy Rivas singled. Curialle scored on a double play off the bat of Lizandro Espinoza.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Jays scored two runs to send the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Palm Beach took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Rivas. Dunedin answered in the home half to tie the score a second time.

In the 11th, the Cardinals scored three to go ahead 6-3 on a three-run long ball by Leonardo Bernal. Pope held the Blue Jays scoreless in the bottom of the 11th.

Leonardo Bernal

Crooks and Rivas were each 2-for-5 with an RBI. Bernal drove in three.

Scott stole his 13th base of the season.

Palm Beach is 36-25 in the second half and clinched first place in the FSL East, 4.5 games ahead of St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Hancel Rincon (3-8, 4.78) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 7, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are 1B Juan Yepez, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, and Dakota Hudson, who pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in Memphis’ win. Other standouts include Kramer Robertson, Cory Spangenberg, L.J. Jones and Gustavo Rodriguez.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 6.

Memphis 12, Norfolk 0

The Memphis Redbirds blanked the Tides in a 12-0 walloping on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park. Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed eight hits, fanned eight and walked two to earn the win.

Dakota Hudson

Zach McAllister got the final out of the ninth.

Memphis got on the board in the first inning with one run scored. Scott Hurst and Kramer Robertson walked and Hurst advanced to third on a throwing error. Alec Burleson plated Hurst on a single.

The Redbirds added three runs in the second on an RBI double by Cory Spangenberg and a single by Evan Mendoza. Ivan Herrera plated a run on a sac fly in the fifth to give Memphis a 5-0 lead.

The Redbirds put up six runs in the sixth on a three-run home run by Robertson, a two-run long ball by Juan Yepez and a single from Spangenberg. Memphis added their final run the seventh on an RBI single by Yepez.

Juan Yepez

Yepez was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Burleson was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Robertson was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Spangenberg was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Conner Capel was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Mendoza stole his 16th bag of the season.

Memphis is 65-64 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 14 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Norfolk (2), RHP Tommy Parsons (10-3, 4.71) and Garrett Williams LHP (0-5, 6.55) vs. TBA 5:05 CT.

Springfield 4, San Antonio 8

The Springfield Cardinals were defeated by the Missions in an 8-4 contest at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. Starter Steven Matz, rehabbing for St. Louis, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and three walks.

Domingo Robles relieved Matz and surrendered four runs in four innings. Michael Brettell threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Connor Lunn allowed two runs in the eighth and Michael YaSenka relinquished two runs in the ninth. Lunn took the loss.

Springfield opened scoring in the third inning on a solo home run by Mike Antico. San Antonio took the lead in the top of the fourth with two runs. The Cardinals tied it up in the home half of the fourth. Brady Whalen singled and later scored on a single by Errol Robinson.

Springfield regained the lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Jordan Walker. The lead changed hands once again when the Missions scored two runs in the sixth to lead 4-3.

The Cardinals knotted it up again in the seventh on a sac fly by Matt Koperniak. San Antonio added two runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to win the game 8-4.

Jordan Walker

Walker was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chandler Redmond was 3-for-4. Antico, Koperniak, and Robinson each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Walker stole his 18th base of the season. Antico swiped his 23rd bag with Springfield and 60th overall.

Mike Antico

In the field, Matz made an error on a pickoff.

Springfield is 30-28 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas, five games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, RHP Michael McGreevy (6-3, 4.57) vs. Henry Henry RHP (3-1, 5.40) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 8 (12 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs dropped a hard-fought extra innings contest at the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday night. Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked three.

Nathanael Heredia relieved Rodriguez and surrendered two runs in two innings. Jack Ralston followed with two scoreless innings. Andre Granillo allowed two in the final 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, his fourth of the season.

The Chiefs took the 1-0 lead in the third inning on a solo home run by Mack Chambers. Quad Cities quickly responded with three runs in the home half of the third to take a 3-1 edge.

Peoria cut the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Aaron McKeithan. The Chiefs tied it up 3-3 in the top of the sixth on a solo long ball by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead 5-3. Peoria rallied again in the eighth to knot it at 5-5 on a two run double by Jones.

LJ Jones IV

The game went into extra innings. The Chiefs scored one in the top of the 10th to lead 6-5. Osvaldo Tovalin plated ghost runner Todd Lott on a single. Quad Cities did the same in the bottom half of the 10th to tie it up 6-6.

In the 12th, Lott singled in a run for Peoria to make it 7-6. Undaunted, the River Bandits added two in the bottom of the inning to win in a walk off 8-7.

Jones went 2-for-6 with three RBI. Lott was 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Chambers was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Noah Mendlinger was 2-for-5. Tovalin and McKeithan each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Patrick Romeri stole his second base at High-A. In the field, Wade Stauss’ passed ball enabled the winning run to score.

Peoria is 25-36 in the second half and eliminated from playoff contention. They are 12 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities, RHP Inohan Paniagua (8-6, 2.81) vs. Noah Cameron LHP (2-0, 2.51) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Dunedin 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays by one run in Dunedin on Tuesday night. The win clinched a playoff berth for Palm Beach.

Starter Trent Baker pitched five innings, gave up three runs on nine hits, fanned six and walked one.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved Baker and threw three scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and five strikeouts to earn his third win. Pitcher of the Month Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save.

Dunedin took the early lead, scoring one run in the second. The Beach Birds answered in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by Jeremy Rivas to go up 2-1. The Blue Jays regained the lead in the home half of the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the seventh, Palm Beach tied the game 3-3. Chris Rotondo drew a walk and stole second base. Rotondo advanced to third on a passed ball. Victor Scott plated Rotondo on a sac fly.

Chris Rotondo

The Cardinals added an insurance run in the ninth. Rotondo singled and Scott walked. Jimmy Crooks reached on an error and Rotondo scored.

Rotondo was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Rivas had two RBI.

On the base paths, R.J Yeager stole his second base of the season. Rotondo swiped his third bag.

Palm Beach is 35-25 in the second half and remains in first place in the FSL East, four games ahead of St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Tink Hence (0-1, 1.49) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of August 29-September 4

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The St. Louis Cardinals continue to win series and extend their division lead. Albert Pujols closed the sweep over the Cubs with his 695th career home run. Our Blast from the Past recounts Pujols’ home run record in 2005 and 2006.

 

Game recaps

Monday, August 29 – Cardinals 13 at Reds 4

The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Reds for 13 runs in the first of a three-game series in Cincinnati. Miles Mikolas started for St. Louis. The right hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one.

Chris Stratton relieved Mikolas and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his seventh win, second as a Cardinal. Zack Thompson hurled two scoreless innings. Jake Woodford tossed a scoreless ninth.

Following a scoreless first inning, the Cardinals put up six runs in the second inning. Tyler O’Neill hit a solo home run to get it started. Albert Pujols and Corey Dickerson singled. Andrew Knizner walked to load the bases. Tommy Edman doubled, Pujols and Dickerson scored. Lars Nootbaar plated Knizner on a single. Edman and Nootbaar scored on a single by Brendan Donovan.

St. Louis added two more runs in the third inning on the 694th career long ball from Pujols. The Cardinals led 8-0.

The Reds finally got on the board in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to cut the lead in half. The Cardinals widened the lead to 12-4 in the sixth on a two-run double by Nolan Arenado and a two-run home run by O’Neill.

Tyler O’Neill

Dickerson put the final nail in the coffin with a solo home run in the ninth. Dickerson was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. O’Neill was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Pujols was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Arenado was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Edman was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Donovan had two RBI.

Tuesday, August 30 – Cardinals 1 at Reds 5

The Cardinals followed their slugfest on Monday with a tepid offensive performance in Game 2 on Tuesday as they lost 5-1 to the Reds. Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked one. Hudson suffered his seventh loss of the season. This may have been his final start for the foreseeable future as the right hander has been temporarily moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen due to the return of Jack Flaherty from the injured list.

Jake Woodford relieved Hudson and tossed the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Jake Woodford

The Cardinals scored first in the third inning on a solo home run by Tommy Edman. It was the only run for St. Louis.

The Reds answered in the home half of the third with four runs. Cincinnati added their fifth and final run in the fifth.

The Cardinals offense scored one run on four hits. Edman had the only RBI. Brendan Donovan, Nolan Arenado, and Corey Dickerson singled.

In the field, Edman made a throwing error.

Wednesday, August 31 – Cardinals 5 at Reds 3 (13 innings)

The Cardinals salvaged the series with a 5-3 win in 13 innings over the Reds in the third game on Wednesday. Jose Quintana started. The left hander pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, struck out one and walked one.

Jordan Hicks relieved Quintana and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Giovanny Gallegos, JoJo Romero, and Ryan Helsley combined for four scoreless frames. Andre Pallante kept the Cardinals in the game for three innings and surrendered only one unearned run.

Andre Pallante

The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Nolan Arenado tied it in the fourth on a two-run long ball.

The game remained knotted up through regulation and into the 13th inning. In the top of the 13th, with Paul Goldschmidt on second base, Nolan Arenado grounded out sending Goldschmidt to third. Albert Pujols brought him home on a sac fly. Tyler O’Neill drew a walk. Lars Nootbaar hit a two-run home run to field to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead.

The Reds pushed one run home in the bottom of the 13th, but Pallante held on and the Cardinals prevailed 5-3.

Arenado was 2-for-6 with two RBI. Edman was 2-for-5. Nootbaar had two RBI.

On the base paths, O’Neill stole his 10th base of the season. Nootbaar swiped his fourth bag. In the field, Romero picked a runner off first base.

Thursday, September 1 – Off day

Friday, September 2 – Cardinals 8, Cubs 0

The Cardinals blanked the Cubs in the first game of a weekend series at Busch Stadium. This is the final series between the teams this season. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched six scoreless innings, allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked two to earn his eighth win.

Jordan Montgomery

Jordan Hicks threw a scoreless seventh. Chris Stratton tossed the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals scored their first two runs in the first inning. Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt walked. Nolan Arenado advanced both runners on a ground out. Tyler O’Neill singled, as Donovan and Goldschmidt scored.

St. Louis added a run in the sixth on a single by Corey Dickerson. A two-run home run by Lars Nootbaar in the seventh made it 5-0, and a three run bomb by Tommy Edman in the eighth ran up the score to 8-0.

Tommy Edman

Edman was 2-for-4 with three RBI. O’Neill was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Dickerson was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Yadier Molina was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Nootbaar had two RBI.

On the base paths, O’Neill stole his 11th base of the season.

Saturday, September 3 – Cardinals 8, Cubs 4

The Cardinals beat the Cubs in Game 2 of the series 8-4 on Saturday. Adam Wainwright started but did not pitch well. Nevertheless, Wainwright was still awarded his 10th win of the season. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up four runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked two.

Andre Pallante relieved Wainwright and threw a scoreless sixth. Jake Woodford, JoJo Romero, and Giovanny Gallegos each tossed a scoreless inning.

The Cubs took the early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. The Cardinals immediately answered with two runs in the home half on a long ball by Paul Goldschmidt, his 34th of the season.

St. Louis took the lead with a six-run third inning. Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill hit solo home runs. Goldschmidt singled and Nolan Arenado walked. A double steal advanced both runners to second and third. Dylan Carlson walked. Yadier Molina thumped a bases clearing double to center field. Molina then swiped third base. Lars Nootbaar plated Molina on a sac fly.

Yadier Molina

The Cubs scored their fourth and final run in the fifth.

Molina was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Edman was 2-for-5 with an RBI. O’Neill had an RBI and two runs scored. Nootbaar drove in one.

On the base paths, Goldschmidt stole his sixth bag and Arenado swiped his fourth.

Sunday, September 4 – Cardinals 2, Cubs 0

The Cardinals blanked the Cubs 2-0 in the final game of the series and the final game against the Cubs for the season. The game was a pitching duel until the end, but the end was worth the wait.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched eight scoreless innings, allowed only two hits, struck out three and walked one. Ryan Helsley came out in the ninth and secured his 13th save. Mikolas won his 11th game of the season.

Miles Mikolas

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning. Tommy Edman doubled to left field. With a left hander on the mound for the Cubs, Albert Pujols pinch hit for Lars Nootbaar. On the second pitch of the at bat, Pujol sent a moonshot into left center field, into the deck above the bullpen. The Cardinals led 2-0. It was career home run 695, one shy of tying Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list.

Albert Pujols

Tommy Edman, at 2-for-3, was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Pujols had the two RBI. Extra base hits were doubles by Edman, Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Dickerson.

World Baseball Classic plans

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are among the early commits to play for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic to be held next spring.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 79 55 0.590
Milwaukee 70 63 0.526 8.5
Chicago 56 78 0.418 23
Cincinnati 53 79 0.402 25
Pittsburgh 49 84 0.368 29.5

The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished an exciting week with a record of 5-1. They took of 2 of 3 from the Reds and swept the Cubs over the weekend. St. Louis remains in first place in the NL Central. The Brewers have fallen farther and farther behind as they struggle to win games since the trade deadline and are now 8.5 games back of the Cardinals.

The situation with the pitching remains much the same as it has been for several weeks. Starters have good outings and not so good outings, but with more of the former than the latter, and that has continued.

For instance, Miles Mikolas had a poor outing on Monday against the Reds and a terrific start against the Cubs on Sunday. Same with Wainwright, who pitched well against the Braves a week ago, and not well against the Cubs on Saturday. Wainwright described it as “the worst stuff I’ve had all season.”  His battery mate Yadier Molina agreed. Both Quintana and Montgomery have had very good outings when they began with the Cardinals, and a few not so good. Dakota Hudson’s last start was a clunker, and he is now out of the rotation for the foreseeable future. Jack Flaherty makes his first start off the IL on Monday against the Nationals.

Jack Flaherty

Nevertheless, the Cardinals are winning games. Wainwright’s “worst stuff” start was still a win for him. The bullpen has been helping a great deal over the last week or so. No blown games or meltdowns of late. It appears relief has stabilized for the time being.

The offense has been clicking for the most part. There were two low-scoring games over the week that were frustrating, but the team won one of them in spite of that. It has helped that they are playing bad teams, but they have found ways to lose to those same teams many times, so that explanation doesn’t really hold water.

Corey Dickerson

The top offensive performers by OPS over the week were Tommy Edman (1.462), Corey Dickerson (1.126), Albert Pujols (1.006), Tyler O’Neill (.942) and Yadier Molina (.842). The resurgence of Molina here at the end of the season is a welcome sight. The usual suspects in this list have cooled off a tad, but it is likely only a temporary glitch. Paul Goldschmidt (.697) looked better over the weekend, and Nolan Arenado (.738) has had these temporary lulls before and has come right back. Same with Goldschmidt.

The real worries on this team are Nolan Gorman (.286) and Dylan Carlson (.393). Both are being utilized right now as matchup starters rather than on an everyday basis. Gorman sits against lefties and Carlson sits against righties. This is made a little more difficult by the continuing struggles of Paul DeJong, making it necessary to play Edman at shortstop more often and second base is manned either by Gorman when the matchup is right and at other times by Brendan Donovan. DeJong is still being utilized but his ineffectiveness at the plate may change that in the coming days, sliding Edman to shortstop more and more often.

The Cardinals play four games with the Nationals this week, another bad team which can nevertheless win on any given day. They just recently took 2 of 3 from the first-place Mets, giving the Braves an opening to take the lead away from the New York team. The Cardinals must not let themselves be a victim as well.

After the Nationals series, the Cardinals make a quick trip to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates. The Bucs like to play spoiler, so caution is warranted, especially at PNC Park where the Cardinals don’t play particularly well.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 8/31 The Cardinals sent RHP Jack Flaherty on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals recalled RHP James Naile from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals selected the contract of CF Ben DeLuzio from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander had surgery on the shoulder back in May. It is unlikely Reyes will pitch this season.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 24. The left hander will throw a final bullpen session Sunday and is set to go out on a rehab assignment with the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday. When Matz returns he will pitch out of the bullpen.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) continues on the 60-day injured list. Flaherty will be activated on Monday and will start in the game against the Nationals. Both 40-man and 26-man roster moves will required.

Looking Ahead

Following the weekend series at Busch Stadium with the Cubs, the Nationals come to town for a four-game series. Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Monday start. Jose Quintana will follow on Tuesday, Jordan Montgomery will take the Wednesday start and Adam Wainwright will go on Thursday.

After the homestand, the team makes a brief trip to Pittsburgh for a three-game weekend series. The Cardinals return to St. Louis to begin a six game homestand, two with the Brewers followed by four with the Reds.

After a Monday travel day on September 19, the Cardinals play three games in San Diego against the Padres. The team then goes to Los Angeles for weekend series against the Dodgers.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

2023 Spring Training schedule announced

This week, the Cardinals announced their 2023 Spring Training schedule of 29 games.

Blast from the Past

In this installment of our series on the career home run record of Cardinals great Albert Pujols, we look at the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The 2006 season was the first of two World Series titles the Cardinals won during the first 11 years of Pujols’ Cardinals career.

Following is each season with totals for each and further details about the home runs hit.

2005 season

2005 was Pujols’ fifth season in the major leagues. He hit 41 home runs including two games of two home runs.

His first home run of the 2005 season (career #161) was hit on April 10, 2005, at Busch Stadium. The solo shot was hit off Phillies starter Jon Lieber in the seventh inning. The Cardinals were beaten badly by the Phillies, 13-4.

Pujo;s’ final home run of the 2005 season came on October 1, 2005, at Busch Stadium. His 201st career long ball, a two-run shot, came in the bottom of the first inning off Reds starter Ramon Ortiz. The Cardinals won, 9-6.

Further details from Pujols’ 41 home run 2005 season.

  • Albert hit 33 of his 41 home runs against right-handed pitchers. Eight of them were off left-handed pitchers.
  • Of the 41, 23 were at home and 18 on the road.
  • Pujols hit five home runs against both the Cubs and the Brewers.
  • He hit two home runs each off 6 different pitchers. They were Lieber (PHI), Kris Benson (NYM), Doug Davis (MIL), Ben Sheets (MIL), Odalis Perez (LAD), and David Williams (PIT)
  • Five ballparks could not hold two of Albert’s home runs: PNC Park, Miller Park, Wrigley Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Minute Maid Park.
  • The locations of the 41 long balls: Pulled (12), Up the Middle (21), Opposite Field (8).
  • The home runs by month were April (6), May (6), June (8), July (8), August (7), September (5), October (1).
  • Home runs by type: Fly Balls (38), Line Drives (3).

2006 season

2006 was Pujols’ sixth season as a Cardinal. During that World Series Championship season, Albert hit 49 home runs. He had two three-home-run games and two two-homer contests. The first three-home-run  game was on April 16 against Cincinnati at Busch Stadium. The second was on September 3 at Busch Stadium against the Pirates.

The first of the 49 long balls was a part of a two-home-run game on April 3 at Citizen’s Bank Park with the Phillies. Home run #202 was a solo shot in the third inning, once again off starter Jon Lieber. Long ball #203 was hit in the fifth inning off Aaron Fultz and was of the two-run variety. The Cardinals defeated the Phillies 13-5.

His final home run of the 2006 regular season came on October 1 at Busch Stadium against the Brewers’ Carlos Villanueva. It was career home run #250. The solo shot was hit in the 9th inning, but the Cardinals lost 5-3.

Further details of the 49 home runs.

  • Pujols hit 39 of the long balls against right-handed pitchers and 10 off left-handed pitchers.
  • Twenty-five were hit on the road and 24 at home.
  • He hit seven home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Ian Snell of the Pirates gave up four of those home runs.
  • Pujols hit three home runs each at PNC Park, Citizen’s Bank Park, and Kauffman Stadium.
  • Albert’s locations were: Pulled (30), Up the Middle (14), and Opposite Field (5).
  • By month: April (14), May (11), June (1), July (7), August (6), September (9), October (1).
  • Type: Fly Ball (32), Line Drive (17).

In the next installment, we will look at Albert’s 2007 and 2008 seasons.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 3, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Springfield DH Nick Raposo, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Other standouts include Hancel Rincon, Masyn Winn, Juan Yepez, and Evan Mendoza.

Results from games played Friday, September 2.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds were topped by the Sounds in a 6-5 Friday night road game. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up five runs on four hits, struck out three and walked five. Williams took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Zach McAllister relieved and surrendered a home run with two inherited runners from Williams on base. He finished his 2 2/3 innings with no further damage. Genesis Cabrera threw two scoreless innings. Packy Naughton tossed a scoreless eighth.

Nashville racked up all six of their runs in the first three innings, with one in the first, two in the second, and three in the third.

Memphis rallied in the fourth for five runs to cut the lead to one. Luken Baker began the inning with a walk. Cory Spangenberg and Delvin Perez singled. Baker scored on a wild pitch. Kramer Robertson walked. Evan Mendoza plated Spangenberg and Perez on a single. Juan Yepez doubled as Robertson and Mendoza scored.

Juan Yepez

Neither team scored after the fourth inning.

Yepez was 2-for-5 with two RBI. His double was the only Memphis extra base hit. Mendoza was 2-for-4 with a walk and two driven in.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 26th base of the season. Mendoza swiped his 15th bag.

In the field, Pedro Pages had a passed ball.

Memphis is 64-62 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 13 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, Connor Thomas LHP (6-7, 4.98) vs. Tyler Herb RHP (5-5, 4.41) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 2 at Wichita 7

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Wind Surge in a 7-2 road game on Friday night. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned six and walked two.

Gordon Graceffo

John Beller relieved and surrendered three runs before getting the final out in the fifth. Michael Brettell allowed three runs in the sixth. Griffin Roberts relinquished the final Wichita run in two innings of relief. Gianluca Dalatri tossed a scoreless ninth. Beller took the loss, his first.

The game was scoreless until Springfield scored in the fourth on a solo home run by Nick Raposo. In the sixth, Wichita put up six runs to take the 6-1 lead.

The Cardinals added a second run in the seventh on a double by Raposo.

Nick Raposo

Raposo was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Masyn Winn was 3-for-3.

In the field, Aaron Antonini had a missed catch error. Jordan Walker had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 28-27 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas. They are eight games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Wichita, Kyle Leahy RHP (8-7, 5.85) vs. Brent Headrick LHP (2-2, 4.75) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 6

The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers in a Friday night contest at Dozer Park. Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up six runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked two. Pereira took the loss, his seventh of the season.

Edgar Manzo relieved Pereira and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Chris Gerard hurled a scoreless eighth. Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Peoria tied it in the second. Mack Chambers singled and Fernando Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Chambers scored on a single by Tommy Jew.

The Timber Rattlers scored five runs in the sixth to take the 6-1 lead. Neither team scored after that.

Chambers was 2-for-4. Jew was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Jew stole his 29th base of the season.

Peoria is 24-34 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 13 games back of first place South Bend. The Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Zane Mills RHP (4-6, 4.09) vs. Carlos Rodriguez RHP (2-1, 1.78) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 2

The Palm Beach Cardinals edged the Tortugas in a 3-2 contest on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium for their seventh consecutive win. Starter Hancel Rincon pitched six innings, gave up two runs, one earned on five hits, struck out one and walked one to earn his third win.

Hancel Rincon

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved Rincon and threw a scoreless seventh. Alfredo Ruiz hurled a scoreless eighth. Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save.

Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Palm Beach tied it in the fourth. Thomas Francisco doubled. R.J. Yeager singled. Chris Rotondo plated Francisco on a single.

The Beach Birds added two runs in the fifth.  Joshua Baez had an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

The Tortugas added their second run in the sixth.

No Cardinal had multiple hits in the game. Baez and Rotondo each had an RBI. The only extra base hit was the double by Francisco.

On the base paths, Alex ladisernia stole his second base of the season. In the field, Jeremy Rivas made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 34-23 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East, 4.5 games ahead of St. Lucie. Their playoff magic number is five.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Daytona, RHP Yonael Dominguez (3-2, 3.51) vs. Andrew Moore RHP (0-0, 5.40) 5:00 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis LF Alec Burleson, was 3-for-5 with four RBI. Other standouts include Dionys Rodriguez, Julio Rodriguez and Tink Hence.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 31.

Memphis 9 at Nashville 3

The Memphis Redbirds picked up a road win over the Sounds by the score of 9-3 on Wednesday night. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched six innings, gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked four to earn his 10th win of the season.

Tommy Parsons

Ryan Loutos surrendered one run in 2/3 innings. T.J. McFarland threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. James Naile tossed a scoreless ninth.

Memphis took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Ivan Herrera singled. Juan Yepez walked. Alec Burleson doubled, and Herrera scored. Kramer Robertson walked. Yepez came home on a sac fly by Luken Baker.

The Redbirds added two more runs in the third on a Burleson single and a Baker double. In the fourth, Memphis increased the lead to 6-0 on a two-run single by Burleson.

Alec Burleson

Nashville got on the board in the home fourth to cut the Redbirds lead to 6-2.

In the seventh, Pedro Pages plated a run on a single. The Sounds added a third run in the home half of the inning to make it 7-3.

Juan Yepez smacked a two-run home run in the eighth to increase the lead to the final score of 9-3.

Burleson went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Herrera was 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Pages was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Cory Spangenberg was 2-for-4. Yepez drove in two.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 25th base of the season.

Memphis is 64-60 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 11 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Nashville, TBA (MEM) vs. Dylan File RHP (8-6, 4.49) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 4 at Wichita 5

The Springfield Cardinals were edged by the home Wind Surge by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night. Starter Jack Flaherty, in his final rehab start for St. Louis, pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, fanned nine and walked two.

Michael Brettell relieved Flaherty and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless ninth. Brettell took the loss.

Springfield scored their first run in the fifth. Julio Rodriguez doubled and scored on a single by Irving Lopez. Rodriguez blasted a three-run home run in the sixth to widen the lead to 4-0.

Julio Rodriguez

Wichita made it 4-3 in the seventh, then scored two in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead. Springfield failed to rally in the bottom frame of the inning.

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Lopez had an RBI.

On the base paths, Matt Koperniak was caught stealing for the fourth time. Roach made a fielding error. Jordan Walker had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 28-25 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, five games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Wichita, RHP Logan Gragg (0-0, 6.67) vs Kody Funderbunk LHP (8-5, 2.90) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 7

The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers by a 7-4 score at Dozer Park  on Wednesday night. Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five scoreless, hitless innings with seven punchouts and two walks.

Dionys Rodriguez

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved Rodrigue and surrendered five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Chris Gerard allowed two unearned runs in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Peoria got on the board first with one run in the fourth inning. Noah Mendlinger reached on an error. Jacob Buchberger walked. Mendlinger scored on a sac fly by L.J. Jones.

The Chiefs added a second run in the fifth on a single by Mendlinger. Wisconsin scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game, then went up 5-2 in the eighth.

Peoria answered in the home half eighth with two runs to cut the lead to 5-4. Jones walked and Mack Chambers doubled. With runners on second and third, Francisco Hernandez singled to plate both runners.

Wisconsin added two runs in the ninth to make it 7-4. The Chiefs were unable to answer.

Mendlinger was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Chambers was 2-for-4. Hernandez had two RBI.

On the base paths, Wade Stauss stole his first base of the season. Mendlinger was caught stealing for the third time.

In the field, Chambers made two errors, one throwing and one fielding.

Peoria is 23-33 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, RHP Inohan Paniagua (8-6, 2.69) vs. Israel Puello RHP (1-3, 5.40) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 6, Daytona 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Tortugas in a Wednesday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned six and walked one.

Tink Hence

Memphis rehabber Ljay Newsome relieved Hence and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Roy Garcia threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Peoria rehabber Ian Bedell allowed one run in the eighth. Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth. Garcia received the win and Marrero earned his ninth save.

The Cardinals scored first on a third inning solo home run by Joshua Baez. The Beach Birds made it 3-0 in the fourth. R.J. Yeager singled but was eliminated in a force out by Leonardo Bernal. Chris Rotondo was hit by a pitch. Brody Moore singled and Bernal scored. Jeremy Rivas plated Rotondo on a single.

Daytona finally scored in the sixth with two runs to make it 3-2. In the seventh, Palm Beach increased the lead to 5-2 on a single by Thomas Francisco and a bases loaded walk by Rotondo.

The Tortugas scored one more in the top of the eighth. Victor Scott got the run back on an RBI triple in the home eighth to make it 6-3.

Scott was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Baez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Yeager was 2-for-4. Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In the field, Bernal made a throwing error. Baez had an outfield assist at second base.

Palm Beach is 32-23 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East, 4 games ahead of St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Trent Baker RHP (9-7, 3.12) vs. Jose Acuna RHP (0-1, 2.32) 5:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 31, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system had a 2-2 Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is right fielder Joshua Baez, whose bases clearing three-run double led to Palm Beach’s win. Other standouts include Matthew Liberatore, Errol Robinson, Matt Koperniak and Jose Davila.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 30.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 5

The Memphis Redbirds went down in defeat in a tough road loss to the Sound on Wednesday night. Starter Matthew Liberatore was strong. The lefty pitched six innings, gave up one run on five hits, fanned six and walked one.

Matthew Liberatore

Packy Naughton surrendered one run in the seventh. Genesis Cabrera allowed three runs in the eighth. Cabrera took the loss and was charged with a blown save.

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Juan Yepez singled. Conner Capel and Kramer Robertson each walked. Austin Allen singled to plate Yepez and Capel. Robertson scored on a wild pitch.

Nashville scored its first run in the fifth and added another in the seventh. The Redbirds took a 3-2 lead into the eighth, but the Sounds put up three runs in the home half of the eighth to take the lead. Memphis failed to rally in the ninth.

Going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Allen was the only Redbird with multiple hits.

Evan Mendoza stole his 14th base of the season. Scott Hurst was caught stealing for the fifth time.

Memphis is 63-60 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville, RHP Tommy Parsons (9-3, 4.81) vs. LHP Ethan Small 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7, Wichita 6

The Springfield Cardinals edged the Wind Surge in a 7-6 contest on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two.

Lefy Tyler Pike relieved McGreevy and earned the win despite surrendering three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach secured the final out of the ninth to earn his sixth save.

Wichita took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and added a run in the fourth. Springfield scored in the fifth on a triple by Matt Koperniak.

Matt Koperniak

In the seventh, the Cardinals put up the crooked number to take the lead at 7-3. Errol Robinson singled but was eliminated on a force out by Masyn Winn. Koperniak singled and Winn scored. Jordan Walker singled. Chase Pinder walked. Nick Dunn plated Koperniak on a single. Nick Raposo singled to score Walker and Pinder. Dunn came home on a sac fly by Chandler Redmond. Raposo was plated on a single by Robinson.

Errol Robinson

The Wind Surge rallied for three runs in the ninth but fell short, and the Cardinals celebrated a 7-6 win.

Robinson was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Raposo had two RBI.

On the base paths, Raposo stole his first base. In the field, Winn made a throwing error and Redmond had a fielding miscue. McGreevy and Pike each picked a runner off first base.

Springfield is 28-24 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wichita, RHP Jack Flaherty (MLB rehab) vs. RHP Cody Lawyerson (4-0, 0.92) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

With limited offense, the Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Austin Love pitched five innings, gave up four runs on six hits, fanned 10 and walked three. Love suffered his 12th loss of the season.

Chris Roycroft threw two scoreless innings of relief. Leonardo Taveras and Edgar Manzo each tossed a scoreless inning.

Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the third inning and added to their lead with three runs in the fifth.

Peoria scored their only run in the sixth. Osvaldo Tovalin, Aaron McKeithan, and Mack Chambers singled. Tyler Reichenborn plated Tovalin on a single.

The Chiefs scored one run on nine hits. Noah Mendlinger, Tovalin, and McKeithan were each 2-for-4. Reichenborn had the only RBI.

Peoria is 23-32 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.35) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Daytona 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Tortugas on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium by the score of 5-1. Starter Jose Davila pitched six innings, gave up one unearned run on three hits, struck out five and walked two to earn his first win at Class-A.

Jose Davila

2022 draftee Matt Hickey relieved Davila and threw two scoreless innings. Alfredo Ruiz tossed a scoreless ninth.

Daytona scored its first and only run in the third inning. Palm Beach answered in the home half with four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Victor Scott walked and stole second base. Nathan Church singled, and Scott scored. Thomas Francisco walked. R.J. Yeager walked. Joshua Baez hit a bases clearing double.

Joshua Baez

The Beach Birds added a fifth run in the sixth. Baez was hit by a pitch. Jimmy Crooks singled. Brody Moore singled. Jeremy Rivas plated Baez on a ground out.

Crooks and Moore were each 2-for-4. Baez had three RBI.

Scott stole his 11th base of the season. Church made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 31-23 in the second half and is in first place in the in the FSL East, 3.5 games ahead of the St. Lucie Mets.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 1.62) vs. Tanner Cooper RHP (4-4, 3.57) 5:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of August 22-28

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In their 5-3 week, the St. Louis Cardinals took both series and have a six-game division lead. New center fielder Tyler O’Neill was a key part of the last two wins over Atlanta. Our Blast from the Past recounts Albert Pujols’ home run record in 2003 and 2004.

 

Game recaps

Monday, August 22 – Cardinals 1 at Cubs 0

The St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Chicago Cubs in the first of a five-game series on Monday at Wrigley Field. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched a complete game shutout with only one hit allowed and seven punchouts. Montgomery earned his seventh win of the season.

Jordan Montgomery

The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Albert Pujols came to the plate and belted his 693rd career home run, a solo shot to left center field.

That was the only run of the evening. Pujols was 2-for-4 with an RBI. No other Cardinal had multiple hits. The other three hits for St. Louis were singles, from Pujols, Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson.

In the field, Paul DeJong made a missed catch error.

Tuesday, August 23 – Cardinals 0 at Cubs 2 (Game 1)

In the first game of a twin bill at Wrigley, the Cardinals returned the favor from Monday and blanked the Cardinals 2-0.

Adam Wainwright started and pitched six innings. The 40-year-old gave up two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked four. JoJo Romero relieved and tossed the final two scoreless innings. Wainwright took the loss, his ninth of the season.

The Cubs took the 2-0 lead in the third inning. The Cardinals scattered five hits over the nine innings. Three of the hits were doubles, two from Lars Nootbaar and one by Albert Pujols. Nootbaar was 2-for-4 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. The other hits were singles by Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cardinals offense had opportunities, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Nolan Arenado had a rare fielding miscue.

Tuesday, August 23 – Cardinals 13 at Cubs 3 (Game 2)

In the second game of the twin bill the Cardinals walloped the Cubs by the score of 13-3. Starter Jake Woodford pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out one and walked one to earn his third win of the season.

Jake Woodford

Chris Stratton relieved Woodford and threw a scoreless inning. 27th man Matthew Liberatore surrendered two runs in the final 2 2/3 innings.

The game began as the opener did, with no scoring for the first three innings. In the fourth, the Cardinals took a 5-0 lead. It began with a solo home run by Nolan Arenado. Tyler O’Neill blasted a two-run shot into left field. Brendan Donovan plated the final two runs on a single to right.

Corey Dickerson doubled in a run in the fifth to make it 6-0. Tommy Edman thumped a solo home run in the sixth to increase it to 7-0.

The Cubs finally scored in the home half of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-1. Chicago plated two more runs in the eighth.

The Cardinals took a 7-3 lead into the ninth and widened it. To begin the inning Nolan Gorman drew a walk, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. O’Neill walked. Dickerson singled to load the bases. Andrew Knizner walked, and Gorman scored. Edman doubled to plate O’Neill and Dickerson. Dylan Carlson tripled to score Knizner and Edman. Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch. Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a double play and Carlson scored.

Corey Dickerson

Dickerson went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Arenado was 3-for-4 with an RBI. O’Neill was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Edman was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Carlson and Donovan each had two RBI.

Gorman made two errors, one throwing and one fielding.

Wednesday, August 24 – Cardinals 1 at Cubs 7

The Cardinals fell to the Cubs in the fourth game of the series on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Starter Miles Mikolas pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits, struck out three and walked one. Mikolas suffered his 10th loss of the season.

Genesis Cabrera relieved Mikolas and surrendered two runs in the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Cubs went up 3-0 in the second inning. The Cardinals scored their only run of the game in the fifth on a solo home run by Lars Nootbaar.

Chicago padded their 3-1 lead with two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings for a final score of 7-1.

Corey Dickerson went 4-for-4 with a double and three singles. Albert Pujols also doubled. Brendan Donovan, Tommy Edman, and Tyler O’Neill contributed singles.

Donovan made a fielding error.

Thursday, August 25 – Cardinals 8 at Cubs 3

With the series tied 2-2, the Cardinals were victorious in the final game of the set on Thursday. Starter Dakota Hudson pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out four and walked two to earn his seventh win of the season.

Dakota Hudson

Packy Naughton relieved Hudson and surrendered one run in 1/3 of an inning. Jordan Hicks replaced Naughton in the eighth and tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt drew walks. Corey Dickerson singled and Donovan scored. Nolan Gorman plated Goldschmidt on a single. Dickerson scored on a sac fly by Tyler O’Neill.

The Cubs made it 3-1 in the second inning, then 3-2 in the third. St. Louis increased the lead to 5-2 in the fourth on a two-run single by Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the sixth to make it 6-2.

Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt homered again in the eighth, with the two-run shot padding the lead to 8-2. Chicago added one run in the home eighth for the final score of 8-3.

Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Dickerson was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Tommy Edman was 3-for-5. Lars Nootbaar was 2-for-5. Donovan was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 25th base of the season. Andrew Knizner was picked off and caught stealing.

In the field, Edman made a throwing error.

Friday, August 26 – Cardinals 4, Braves 11

The Cardinals were shellacked by the Braves in the first of a three-game weekend set at Busch Stadium on Friday night. Starter Jose Quintana pitched five innings, gave up four runs, two earned, on seven hits, struck out three and walked two. The left hander took the loss, his sixth of the season.

Andre Pallante relieved Quintana and surrendered a run in the sixth. Chris Stratton allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings. Genesis Cabrera relinquished five runs in one inning pitched. Catcher Andrew Knizner finished the ninth inning on the mound without allowing any runs.

The Cardinals scored first with one run in the third inning. Tommy Edman was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. Lars Nootbaar singled. Brendan Donovan grounded into a double play and Edman scored.

The Braves scored two runs in the fourth to take the lead 2-1. Atlanta added three more in the sixth, and three each in the eighth and ninth to run up the score to 11-1.

The Cardinals attempted a rally in the home half of the ninth but were only able to score three additional runs. They came on a two-run long ball by Tyler O’Neill and an RBI single by Brendan Donovan.

Donovan was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nootbaar was 2-for-5. Nolan Gorman was 2-for-4. O’Neill had two RBI.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 26th base of the season. In the field, Gorman made a throwing error. Nootbaar had two outfield assists, one at third base and one at home.

Saturday, August 27 – Cardinals 6, Braves 5

The Cardinals pulled off the upset of the Braves in a walk off win on Saturday night at Busch Stadium. Starter Jordan Montgomery had his first off night with the Cardinals. The left hander pitched five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked one. His offense saved him from his first loss as a Cardinal due to a ninth inning rally.

JoJo Romero relieved Montgomery and threw a scoreless sixth. Jordan Hicks hurled two scoreless innings. Ryan Helsley tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth win.

The Braves opened scoring with four runs in the fourth. The Cardinals answered in the home fourth with a two-run home run by Andrew Knizner.

In the fifth, Atlanta scored one run to go up 5-2. Again the Cardinals responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on a Nolan Arenado long ball.

Nolan Arenado

The game remained 5-4 until the ninth inning. The Cardinals took advantage of shaky closer Kenley Jansen to score two runs and win in a walk off. Brendan Donovan doubled to center. A wild pitch by Jansen sent Donovan to third. Paul Goldschmidt walked. Arenado was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Corey Dickerson hit a chopper to the shortstop that became an infield single and scored Donovan to tie the game. With the bases still juiced, Jansen walked Tyler O’Neill to score the winning run.

New dad Arenado went 4-for-4 with two RBI. Knizner had two RBI. Dickerson and O’Neill each had an RBI.

Dickerson made a fielding error.

Sunday, August 28 – Cardinals 6, Braves 3

The Cardinals defeated the Braves 6-3 in a nationally-televised contest on Sunday night to win the series. Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out four.

Adam Wainwright

Ryan Helsley relieved Wainwright and surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings. With two of Wainwright’s runners on, the closer yielded a three-run home run. Helsley was tagged with a blown save but then received the win, his ninth. Giovanny Gallegos tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.

The game was a pitching duel between Wainwright and Jake Odorizzi until the sixth inning. The Cardinals had been no-hit up to that point. Lars Nootbaar broke up the no-no with a solo home run to left field. At that point, the dam broke. Brendan Donovan singled. Paul Goldschmidt singled. Nolan Arenado singled and Donovan scored. The Cardinals led 2-0.

In the seventh, Helsley entered with two men on and gave up a three-run home run to Dansby Swanson to give the Braves the lead. In the eighth, Tommy Edman hit a solo home run to tie the game. Nootbaar drew a walk. Brendan Donovan sac bunted and reached base on a fielding error. After Goldschmidt and Arenado struck out, Tyler O’Neill blasted a three-run home run to dead center field to give the Cardinals the 6-3 lead.

Tyler O’Neill

Gallegos shut the door on the Braves in the ninth.

No Cardinal player had more than one hit. O’Neill had three RBI. Nootbaar and Donovan each scored two runs.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 74 54 0.578
Milwaukee 67 59 0.532 6
Chicago 55 73 0.430 19
Cincinnati 50 76 0.397 23
Pittsburgh 48 79 0.378 25.5

The Big Picture

The Cardinals won both series, ending the week with a record of 5-3. They won 3 of 5 from the Cubs and took 2 of 3 from the Braves. With a Brewers win on Sunday, the Cardinals remain six games ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central with a record of 74-54.

The pitching remains on track, though both Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery had less than stellar outings during the week. Wainwright remains his normal self. Mikolas has struggled a little bit lately while Dakota Hudson had his best outing in a while. The bullpen has been inconsistent to a degree, and both Packy Naughton and Genesis Cabrera were optioned to Memphis after poor outings.

Jack Flaherty is set to return to the rotation as soon as Labor Day. How the rotation will shake out will be interesting. When/if Matz returns he will likely be sent to the bullpen, but there will still be six starters to deal with.

Jack Flaherty

The low offense during much of the Cubs series was a little perplexing given that the Cubs pitching staff is not particularly good. Perhaps it was just Wrigley Field and the conditions there that contributed. There wasn’t much wind during the series.

Nevertheless, other than that and the six no-hit innings on Sunday, the offense has been fine. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado continue to hit well. Corey Dickerson had a hot stretch of games but appears to be cooling off. After a cold stretch Brendan Donovan has picked it up. Lars Nootbaar is doing his part to stay in the lineup. Andrew Knizner has improved his game at the plate lately.

On the downside, Dylan Carlson has really struggled, so much so that he has not played much over the last week. Manager Oli Marmol told the media he is not happy with Carlson’s performance against right- handed pitching and is only playing him against left-handed pitching for now. Paul DeJong continues to struggle but will get on base occasionally with a walk. Yadier Molina’s offensive doldrums continue.

Andrew Knizner

The top performers by OPS for the week are Andrew Knizner (1.472 in 9 ABs), Nolan Arenado (1.342), Corey Dickerson (1.292), Tyler O’Neill (.993), Paul Goldschmidt (.925), Lars Nootbaar (.872), Albert Pujols (.872), and Tommy Edman (.819)

On the low end of the performance scale is Paul DeJong (.235) and Nolan Gorman (.422).

The defense in the infield has been as good as usual, though Gorman made several errors. The outfield defense has declined on paper with Carlson not playing much and O’Neill out of position in center. Dickerson has been getting the innings in left and he is not much of a defender. Nootbaar has been solid in right.

This coming week brings a three-game series with the Reds in Cincinnati and three games at Busch Stadium with the Cubs. This is the time to really push hard to beat up on the lesser teams and widen the gap with the Brewers.

Cardinals induct three new members into the Hall of Fame

On Saturday, the annual induction ceremony for the Cardinals Hall of Fame took place at Ballpark Village, across the street from the stadium. Two former Cardinals and one St. Louis historical pick were added to the list of Cardinals Hall of Famers, Matt Holliday, Julian Javier, and Charles Comiskey.

Charles Comiskey, Julian Javier, Matt Holliday

Holliday was the leading vote-getter in the fan voting that took place this spring. Holliday, who left the Cardinals after the 2016 season as a free agent, was honored by fans and current Cardinals Hall of Famers in attendance. Holliday joined the Cardinals in a 2009 trade with the Oakland Athletics. The four-time All Star and 2010 Silver Slugger Award winner had plenty of stories to share with those in attendance at the ceremony, including an anecdote about how he dreamed of being a Cardinal from his first major league game at Busch Stadium as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

Javier was the choice of the 14-member Red Ribbon Committee. Javier was the first player in franchise history from the Dominican Republic. Javier came to the Cardinals in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. He debuted with the Cardinals on May 28, 1960. The second baseman played for 12 seasons with St. Louis, a period that included two World Series championships in 1964 and 1967. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1972 and retired from baseball after he was released in October of that year. The 86-year-old Javier had more than 30 family members in attendance at the ceremony, including his son Stan, a former major leaguer, who was named after teammate Stan Musial.

The final inductee was Charles Comiskey, represented by his great-grandson Charles Comiskey III at the ceremony. Comiskey was an organizational selection to honor great figures in St. Louis baseball history. Comiskey was the first baseman for the first St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1882. He became the player/manager for the Browns in 1884 and led them to four straight pennants and one early World Series title. Comiskey went on to own the Chicago White Sox and was one of the founders of the American League in 1901.

Current Cardinals Hall of Famers in attendance at the ceremony included Baseball Hall of Famers Whitey Herzog, Ozzie Smith and Ted Simmons. Tim McCarver, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds, Chris Carpenter, John Tudor, Tom Herr, and Vince Coleman, all Cardinals Hall of Famers, were also present.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 8/22 The Cardinals optioned C Ivan Herrera to the Memphis Redbirds
  • 8/22 The Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the Restricted List.
  • 8/22 The Cardinals placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the Restricted List.
  • 8/23 The Cardinals recalled LHP Matthew Liberatore from the Memphis Redbirds as the 27th man for the doubleheader.
  • 8/24 The Cardinals returned LHP Matthew Liberatore to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/25 The Cardinals optioned LHP Packy Naughton to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/26 The Cardinals activated RHP Ryan Helsley from the Restricted List.
  • 8/26 The Cardinals sent RHP Jack Flaherty on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/26 The Cardinals recalled 1B Juan Yepez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/26 The Cardinals placed 3B Nolan Arenado on the Paternity List.
  • 8/27 The Cardinals optioned 1B Juan Yepez to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/27 The Cardinals activated 3B Nolan Arenado from the Paternity List.
  • 8/27 The Cardinals recalled LHP Zack Thompson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/27 The Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander had surgery on the shoulder back in May. It is unlikely Reyes will pitch this season at this point.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 24. The left hander threw 30 pitches from the mound at Busch Stadium on August 24 with no significant issues reported. Matz will throw a bullpen session and then follow up with pitching to live hitters. The Cardinals are confident Matz will pitch again this season. Due to the lack of time left in the season to stretch Matz out as a starter, he will likely pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

Steven Matz

  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) continues on the 60-day injured list. The right-hander pitched a rehab start on Friday in Memphis. Flaherty is set to make one more rehab start, at Springfield on Wednesday, with his return to the rotation expected to be September 5 at home against the Nationals.

Looking Ahead

Starting Monday, the Cardinals will be in Cincinnati to take on the Reds in a three-game series. Miles Mikolas is scheduled to make the Monday start, with Dakota Hudson following on Tuesday and Jose Quintana on Wednesday.

To begin the month of September, the Cardinals play a weekend set in St. Louis against the Cubs. Then, the Nationals come to town for four games.

After the homestand, the team makes a brief trip to Pittsburgh to play a three-game weekend series. The Cardinals return to St. Louis to begin a six-game homestand, two with the Brewers followed by four with the Reds.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

2023 Schedule Announced

Last Wednesday, MLB teams announced their 2023 schedules in concert. The Season Opener is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, against Toronto as part of a six-game homestand.

The Cardinals will host the Cubs in London, England for a two-game series June 24-25, the team’s first ever regular season “home” games outside of St. Louis.

With the introduction of MLB’s new balanced schedule for the 2023 season, the Cardinals will play all 15 American League opponents for the first time in the same season.

As a result, there will be fewer intra-division games. The Cardinals will still face their four National League Central Division opponents 13 times each—two series versus each both at home and on the road—for a total of 52 games.

The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding games times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2023 season.  The complete 2023 regular season schedule can be viewed at cardinals.com/schedule.

Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past continues the series on the career home runs of Cardinals great Albert Pujols. Last week we covered the first two seasons of Pujols St. Louis career, 2001 and 2002. This week we look at the next two seasons of home runs – 2003 and 2004.

2003 season

2003 was the third season of Pujols’ major league career, during which he hit 43 home runs. Pujols had four two-home run games. The first home run of the 2003 season (#72 of his career), was hit on April 3 at Busch Stadium against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pujols’ two run shot came off Brewers starter Matt Kinney in the bottom of the fifth in a scoreless game. The Cardinals won, 6-4.

The last home run hit by Pujols in 2003 (#114 of his career) came against the Astros at Busch Stadium on September 30. It was a solo walk off shot against Dan Miceli in a 2-2 game.

Further details of Pujols’ 43 home run 2003 season.

  • Of Pujols’ 43 long balls, 32 were against right-handed pitching and 11 were against left-handed pitching.
  • 22 home runs were hit on the road, 21 at home.
  • Pujols hit the most home run against the Cincinnati Reds (7)
  • Pujols hit two home runs against seven pitchers: Kip Wells (PIT), Mark Prior (CHI), Matt Kinney (MIL), Paul Wilson (CIN), Pedro Astacio (NYM), Chris George (KCR), and Dan Serafini (CIN).
  • He hit the most home runs (4) at Great American Ballpark
  • The locations of the 43 home runs were: Pulled (22), Up the Middle (15), Opposite Field (6).
  • Home runs by month: April (5), May (10), June (8), July (6), August (8), and September (6).
  • Type of the home runs: Fly Ball (40), Line Drive (3)

2004 season

Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Albert Pujols hit 46 home runs in his 2004 season, his fourth year in MLB. He had one three-home run game, and three games with two home runs. The three-home run game was on July 20 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

His first 2004 home run was hit on April 8 at Busch Stadium against the Brewers. It was the first of his two home runs in that game. Home run #115 was a grand slam hit off Chris Capuano in the bottom of the fifth inning. Home run #116 was a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Dave Burba. The Cardinals lost to the Brewers 11-5. The grand slam was the first of his 16 career grand slams.

His final home run of the 2004 season (#160) occurred on September 26 at Coors Field. It was a two-run shot in the first inning as the Cardinals went on to win, 9-3. It came against Rockies starter Chris Gissell.

Further details of Pujols 46-home run 2004 season.

  • Of the 46 home runs, 37 were hit against right-handed pitching and nine were hit off left-handed pitching.
  • Pujols hit 28 home runs on the road and 18 at home.
  • He hit the most home runs against the Chicago Cubs (8). Cincinnati was second with seven.
  • The pitcher who served up the most Pujols home runs, three, was Wade Miller of the Astros. Pujols hit two home runs off Greg Maddux.
  • Wrigley Field was the park where he hit the most home runs with five. He hit four each at Turner Field, Great American Ballpark, and Minute Maid Park.
  • Locations of the 46 home runs: Pulled (28), Up the Middle (15), Opposite Field (3).
  • Home runs by month: April (7), May (8), June (5), July (9), August (12), and September (5).
  • He hit 36 Fly Ball home runs and 10 Line Drive home runs.

The next installment in the series will look at home runs by Albert Pujols in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 27, 2022

photo: Clint Coulter (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis left fielder Clint Coulter, was 2-for-4 including a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Other standouts include Conner Capel, Scott Hurst, Kyle Leahy and Inohan Paniagua.

Results from games played Friday, August 26.

Memphis 11, Charlotte 1

The Memphis Redbirds pounded the Knights to the tune of 11 runs in a Friday night contest at AutoZone Park. Starter Jack Flaherty, in what could be his final rehab assignment for St. Louis, pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out three and walked three to earn the win, his first.

Jack Flaherty

James Naile relieved Flaherty and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Zack Thompson hurled a scoreless eighth. Kodi Whitley tossed a scoreless ninth.

Charlotte put up their only run of the game in the second inning. The Cardinals answered with a six-run third. Clint Coulter doubled. Cory Spangenberg walked. Evan Mendoza plated Coulter and Spangenberg on a double. Mendoza scored on a double by Scott Hurst. Ivan Herrera singled. Conner Capel doubled, Hurst and Herrera came home. Capel scored on a double by Austin Allen.

Springfield added a seventh run in the seventh on a double by Capel. Coulter hit a three-run home run in the eighth, and Hurst plated the fourth run of the inning on a sac fly.

Clint Coulter

Coulter was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Capel was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Hurst was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Allen was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Spangenberg was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Mendoza drove in two. .

On the base paths, Herrera stole his third base of the season. Capel was caught stealing. In the field, Capel had an outfield assist at home.

Memphis is 61-59 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, TBA vs. RHP David Martin, 6:35 CT.

Springfield 4 at NW Arkansas 6

The Springfield Cardinals fell to the Naturals on Friday night by the score of 6-4. Starter Kyle Leahy pitched seven innings, gave up two unearned runs on five hits, struck out five and walked one.

Kyle Leahy

Tyler Pike relieved Leahy and surrendered two outs in the eighth. The left hander was charged with a blown save. Dalton Roach allowed the two winning runs in the ninth and took the loss, his eighth.

Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI doubles by Nick Dunn and Brady Whalen. Chandler Redmond plated a run on a triple in the fourth to make it 3-0.

NW Arkansas got to the Springfield bullpen and put up two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to take a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals tied in the ninth on a single by Matt Koperniak.

The Naturals walked it off with two runs in the home half of the ninth.

Brady Whalen

Whalen was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Irving Lopez was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Chase Pinder stole his fifth base of the season. Koperniak swiped his 10th bag. Koperniak and Errol Robinson were both caught stealing.

Pinder made a fielding error.

Springfield is 26-23 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, five games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, RHP Logan Gragg (0-0, 7.43) vs. T.J Sikkema LHP (0-2, 7.36) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 4 at Beloit 1

The Peoria Chiefs beat the Sky Carp in a 4-1 road win on Friday night. Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched six innings, gave up one run on five hits and struck out four to earn his second win.

Inohan Paniagua

Jack Ralston relieved Paniagua and threw a scoreless seventh. Levi Prater and Andre Granillo combined for the final two scoreless innings. Granillo earned his fifth save.

Peoria took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run long ball by Todd Lott. The Chiefs made it 3-0 in the second. Tommy Jew singled, Noah Mendlinger doubled, and Jew scored on a sac fly by Jacob Buchberger.

Todd Lott

Beloit put up their only run in the third. The Chiefs added a fourth run in the sixth. Buchberger reached on an error and stole second base. Lott reached on an error and Buchberger scored.

Mendlinger was 2-for-4 on the night. Lott had two RBI.

On the base paths, Buchberger stole his 14th base of the season. Aaron McKeithan was caught stealing.

Buchberger made a fielding error.

Peoria is 22-30 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place South Bend.

Saturday’s game:  at Beloit, RHP Wilfredo Pereira (6-5, 4.31) vs. RHP Gabe Bierman, 6:35 CT.

 Palm Beach at St. Lucie (postponed)

Friday’s Palm Beach Cardinals at St. Lucie Mets game was postponed due to wet grounds. It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The 28-23 Beach Birds have a one-game lead over the 27-24 Mets in the Florida State League East Division.

Saturday’s games:  at St. Lucie, RHP Trent Baker (8-7, 3.22) vs. Calvin Ziegler (0-3, 3.12) 3:00 CT (Game 1); Hancel Rincon RHP (1-4, 6.48) vs. Joel Diaz RHP (3-1, 6.08) (Game 2)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 25, 2022

photo: Nick Dunn (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, 2B Nick Dunn, was 3-for-5 with a grand slam, five RBI, a steal and four runs scored in Springfield’s win. Other standouts include Tink Hence, Chandler Redmond, Conner Capel, and Alec Burleson.

Results from games played on Wednesday, August 24.

Memphis 16, Charlotte 2

While their counterparts at the Double-A level were pounding their opponents in Springdale Arkansas, the Memphis Redbirds were doing the same to the Charlotte Knights at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds beat Charlotte by the score of 16-2 on Wednesday night.

Starter Grant Black pitched three innings, gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and struck out one. James Naile relieved Black and threw two scoreless innings to earn his fourth win. Zack Thompson followed with a scoreless sixth. Zach McAllister, Kodi Whitley, and Freddy Pacheco each tossed a scoreless inning.

Memphis had a good first inning, scoring six runs to take a 6-0 lead. Scott Hurst singled and scored on a double by Ben DeLuzio. Alec Burleson and Juan Yepez walked. Conner Capel doubled to plate DeLuzio and Burleson. Kramer Robertson walked. Austin Allen singled and Yepez scored. Evan Mendoza singled, Capel and Robertson scored.

Conner Capel

The Knights answered with one run in the second and another run in the third to make it 6-2. The Redbirds made it 7-2 in the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Hurst.

In the seventh Memphis added five runs on a single by DeLuzio and two-run doubles by Burleson and Capel. In the eighth, Corey Spangenberg plated a run on a double and Yepez hit a three-run home run.

Alec Burleson

As a team, Memphis had a season-high six doubles. Capel went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Burleson was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. DeLuzio was 2-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Spangenberg was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Yepez plated a trio.

On the base paths, Hurst stole his 16th base. DeLuzio and Capel each swiped a bag. Spangenberg made a fielding error.

Memphis is 60-58 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Tommy Parsons RHP (9-3, 4.63) vs. TBA 7:05 CT.

Springfield 18 at NW Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals trounced the Naturals in an 18-7 shellacking on Wednesday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched five scoreless innings, allowed four hits and struck out two to earn his sixth win at Double-A.

Michael McGreevy

Tyler Pike relieved McGreevy and threw a scoreless sixth. Griffin Roberts started the sixth and surrendered five runs. Gianluca Dalatri followed Roberts and allowed two runs in the final 2 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals scored first with one run in the second inning. Nick Dunn singled and stole second base. Brady Whalen plated Dunn on a single.

Springfield made it 2-0 in the third on a solo home run by Mike Antico. Chandler Redmond hit a grand slam in the fourth to widen the lead to 6-0.

Chandler Redmond

The Cardinals annihilated the Naturals in the seventh, putting up 12 runs before NWA could get three outs. Four Cardinals reached base twice in the inning.

It began with a double by Masyn Winn. Matt Koperniak singled, and Jordan Walker singled to score Winn. Koperniak scored on a single by Dunn. Nick Raposo plated Walker on a single. Brady Whalen walked to load the bases. Redmond singled, and Dunn scored. Raposo came home on a single by Antico. Winn singled and both Whalen and Redmond scored. Koperniak walked. Walker singled, Antico scored. Dunn then hit a grand slam to right field and the Cardinals were up 18-0.

Nick Dunn

In the home half of the seventh, NW Arkansas finally scored, putting up six runs. The Naturals added their final run in the ninth.

Dunn went 3-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored. Redmond was 2-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored. Winn was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Antico was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Walker was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Whalen was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Dunn stole his fifth base of the season. Koperniak swiped his ninth bag.

Springfield is 25-22 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, six games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-4, 4.58) vs. LHP Anthony Veneziano (5-8, 6.42) 7:05 CT

Peoria 2 at Beloit 3

The Peoria Chiefs were edged by the Sky Carp on a walk-off wild pitch on Wednesday night. Starter Austin Love pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked three.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved Love and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Nathanael Heredia surrendered one unearned run in 2/3 of an inning. Andre Granillo relieved Heredia in the ninth and threw the wild pitch that scored the winning run for Beloit.

Peoria got on the board first with one run in the top of the third inning. Mack Chambers walked and later scored on a sac fly by Osvaldo Tovalin.

The Sky Carp plated two runs in the home third to take a 2-1 lead. The score remained there until the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth, the Chiefs briefly tied the game on a solo home run by Jacob Buchberger before the walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the frame.

Jacob Buchberger

Peoria scored two runs on just three hits. No Chiefs player had multiple hits. Buchberger’s long ball was the only extra base hit.

On the base paths, Francisco Hernandez stole his 18th base of the season. In the field, Chambers made a throwing error and had a fielding miscue. Todd Lott had a fielding error.

Peoria is 21-29 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.59) vs. Evan Fitterer RHP (4-6, 4.27) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at St. Lucie 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals were topped by the Mets in a 5-4 road loss on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out four.

Tink Hence

Alfredo Ruiz relieved Hence and threw two scoreless innings. Rehabber Ian Bedell surrendered three unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Bryan Pope got the final out of the seventh. Memphis rehabber Ljay Newsome tossed a scoreless eighth. Andrew Marrero gave up the winning runs via a walk off triple and error. Marrero took the loss and was tagged with a blown save.

The Beach Birds took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Alex Iadisernia singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jeremy Rivas’ single.

The Cardinals added to their lead with three runs in the fifth on a two-run home run by Rivas and an RBI single by Joshua Baez.

Jeremy Rivas

The Mets scored three in the seventh to cut the lead to 4-3. In the ninth, St. Lucie plated two runs to go up 5-4 and win in a walk off.

Rivas went 4-for-4 with two RBI. Iadisernia was 3-for-4.

On the base paths, Michael Curialle stole his second base of the season. Baez swiped his third bag. Iadisernia was caught stealing for the first time. Baez was picked off second base.

Rivas made two throwing errors, including the one on the final play. Baez had an outfield assist at first base.

Palm Beach is 27-23 in the second half and is tied with St. Lucie for first place in the FSL East.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Jose Davila RHP (0-0, 0.92) vs. Joey Lucchesi LHP (0-0, 0.00) 5:10 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 24, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Palm Beach 2B Brody Moore, was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Other standouts include Zane Mills, Tommy Jew, Mike Antico, and Matt Koperniak.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 23.

Memphis 2, Charlotte 8

The Memphis Redbirds were defeated by the Charlotte Knights 8-2 in a Tuesday night contest at AutoZone Park. Starter Connor Thomas pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits, struck out four and walked two. Thomas took the loss, his seventh.

Re-signed reliever T.J. McFarland threw two scoreless innings. Ryan Loutos surrendered four runs in the ninth as the lid slammed closed on Memphis’ hopes.

Charlotte took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Memphis answered in the third on a solo home run by Kramer Robertson.

Kramer Robertson

After the Knights scored five unanswered runs, Memphis tried to come back in the ninth but it stalled after Pedro Pages’ solo long ball.

The Redbirds scored two runs on 12 hits. Robertson was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ben DeLuzio was 2-for-5. Conner Capel and Corey Spangenberg were both 2-for-4.

On the base paths, DeLuzio was caught stealing for the sixth time. In the field, Robertson made a throwing error. Pages and McFarland each picked a runner off first base.

Memphis is 59-58 and is in fifth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, TBA vs. RHP Jason Bilous, 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 8

The Springfield Cardinals were edged by the Naturals in an 8-7 road loss on Tuesday night. Starter Edgar Escobar pitched five innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits, fanned six and walked one.

Logan Gragg surrendered two runs in 2/3 innings. Michael Brettell allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings. John Beller tossed a scoreless eighth.

Springfield got on the board in the second inning on an RBI single by Nick Dunn. Jordan Walker thumped his 17th home run, a solo shot in the third to make it 2-0.

NW Arkansas scored five runs in the home half of the third to blow past the Cardinals for a 5-2 lead. In the fourth, Brady Whalen tripled, and Errol Robinson walked. Mike Antico plated both on a double to cut the lead to 5-4.

Mike Antico

Springfield tied the score at 5-5 in the fifth on an RBI single by Chase Pinder. In the sixth, the Cardinals took a 7-5 lead on a two-run single by Matt Koperniak.

Matt Koperniak

The Naturals tied the game at 7-7 in the home sixth, then added the winning run in the seventh.

Antico was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Masyn Winn was 2-for-4. Walker was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Koperniak was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Pinder was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Dunn was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Winn stole his 22nd base with Springfield and 37th of the season. Pinder and Robinson each stole their fourth base. Dunn was picked off first base.

Dunn made a fielding error.

Springfield is 24-22 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, six games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, RHP Michael McGreevy (5-3, 4.83) vs. Alec Marsh RHP (1-11, 7.51) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 5 at Beloit 3

The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Beloit Sky Carp in a 5-3 road contest on Tuesday night. Starter Zane Mills pitched six innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out six and walked one.

Zane Mills

Chris Roycroft surrendered one run in two innings of relief but received the win. Leonardo Taveras tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Beloit took the initial lead with a run in the third inning. The Sky Carp added a second run in the fifth. Peoria scored in the sixth on a solo home run by Tommy Jew.

Tommy Jew

The Chiefs put up two runs in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Jacob Buchberger hit a solo home run to left center field. Ramon Mendoza drove in one on a single.

Beloit tied it at 3-3 in the home half seventh. Peoria retook the lead 5-3 in the ninth on an RBI single by Aaron McKeithan and a sac fly by Noah Mendlinger.

Jew went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Buchberger, McKeithan, Mendoza and Mendlinger each plated one.

On the base paths, Mack Chambers was caught stealing for the third time. In the field, Mendlinger made a fielding error. McKeithan had a passed ball.

Peoria is 21-28 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit, RHP Austin Love (7-11, 5.98) vs. RHP Edgar Sanchez, 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7 at St. Lucie 5

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Cardinals won at the St. Lucie Mets in the first game of the week-long series. Starter Yonael Dominguez pitched four innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Roy Garcia surrendered two runs in three innings of relief. Matt Hickey and Andrew Marrero each tossed a scoreless inning. Garcia received the win, his third. Marrero earned his seventh save.

Palm Beach took the 2-0 lead in the second inning. R.J. Yeager singled. Chris Rotondo and Leonardo Bernal each drew a walk. Yeager scored on a sac fly by Brody Moore. Jeremy Rivas walked. Elijah Cabell plated Rotondo on a sac fly.

Brody Moore

The Mets came back in the third with one run to make it 2-1. The Beach Birds widened the lead to 4-1 in the fourth. Bernal and Moore singled. Rivas walked. Victor Scott walked, and Bernal scored. Moore scored on a sac fly by Joshua Baez.

St. Lucie responded in the home fourth to cut the lead to 4-3. In the seventh, the Cardinals scored three. Rotondo singled and Bernal reached on an error. Moore singled. Rivas plated Rotondo on a ground out. Bernal and Moore scored on a wild pitch. Palm Beach led 7-3.

The Mets made it 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Yeager was 2-for-5. Rotondo was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Victor Scott stole his ninth base of the season. Rivas was caught stealing for sixth time.

Palm Beach is 27-22 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East, one game in front of the Mets.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 1.79) vs. Jordan Geber RHP (0-0, 6.39) 5:10 CT.

FCL Cardinals 3 at FCL Nationals 5

The Florida Complex League Cardinals lost at the Nationals 5-3 in the final game of their season. Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched five innings, gave up two runs on two hits, fanned six and walked one. Ortega took the loss, his second.

Randel Clemente surrendered three runs, two earned, in the sixth. Angel Cuenca and Omar Sanchez, both sent down from Palm Beach this week, tossed a scoreless inning each.

The Nationals pulled ahead with solo home runs in the first and fourth. The Cardinals made it 2-1 in the fifth. Lizandro Espinoza doubled, stole third base and scored on a throwing error.

The Nationals put up three runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 5-1. The Cardinals rallied for two runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Jhon Torres and a double by Adanson Cruz.

Adanson Cruz

Cruz was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Espinoza was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Espinoza stole his fourth base of the season. Won-Bin Cho was caught stealing for the fourth time.

In the field, Brandon Hernandez and Jose Cordoba each made a fielding error.

The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 25-29 in fifth place in the FCL East, 7.5 games back of the first place Mets.

Wednesday’s game:  Season over.

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Giants Orange 5 (seven innings)

On Tuesday morning, the Dominican Summer League Cardinals fell to the Giants Orange in the Cardinals’ last game of the season. Starter Yordy Herrera pitched only 2/3 of an inning. He gave up one run on no hits, struck out two and walked four. Herrera took the loss.

Miguel Martinez relieved Herrera and surrendered two runs in 2 1/3 innings. Samuel Fabian threw a scoreless fourth. Jovi Galvez allowed two runs, one earned, in 1 1/3 innings. Omar Yanez tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and with one strikeout.

Omar Yanez

The Giants put up one run in the first inning, then added two runs in the second. The Cardinals scored their only run of the game in the fourth. Keshawn Rombley drew a walk, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rombley went to third on a ground out by Jose Suarez and scored on a ground out by Miguel Vargas.

The Giants increased their lead to 5-1 in the sixth. The game was stopped early, after the seventh inning.

The Cardinals offense scored one run on four hits. All four hits were singles. Vargas had the sole RBI.

On the base paths, Yancel Guerrero stole his 12th base of the season. In the field, Arfeni Batista made a throwing error. Elias Reynoso had a throwing error and a fielding miscue. Vargas made a fielding error.

The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 33-26 in fourth place in the DSL South, 7.5 games back of the first place Rockies.

Wednesday’s game:  Season is over.


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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of August 15-21

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Last week, the St. Louis Cardinals took care of business, going 6-0 against the two bottom teams from the West. 42-year-old Albert Pujols continues to be an offensive force. Our Blast from the Past recounts Albert’s home run record in his first two seasons.



Game recaps

Monday, August 15 – Off

Tuesday, August 16 – Cardinals 5, Rockies 4

The St. Louis Cardinals edged the Colorado Rockies in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Starter Jose Quintana pitched five innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Jordan Hicks surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Packy Naughton secured the last out of the seventh. Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley each tossed a scoreless inning. Helsley received the win, his seventh.

The game was scoreless until the Cardinals struck in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Tommy Edman. St. Louis then added on in the fifth via a two-run long ball by Paul Goldschmidt.

Paul Goldschmidt

The Rockies got on the board in the sixth, scoring two. Colorado added two more in the seventh to take the lead, 4-3.

In the home half of the seventh the Cardinals tied the score. Yadier Molina and Dylan Carlson singled. Corey Dickerson pinch ran for Molina. Tyler O’Neill was hit by a pitch. Goldschmidt plated Dickerson on a sac fly.

In the bottom of the ninth, Andrew Knizner and Lars Nootbaar each drew a walk. Carlson singled. With the bases juiced, O’Neill was hit by a pitch a second time to walk it off 5-4.

Carlson went 3-for-5. O’Neill was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Goldschmidt had three RBI.

On the base paths, Paul DeJong was caught stealing for the first time.

Wednesday, August 17 – Cardinals 5, Rockies 1

The Cardinals defeated the Rockies in the second game of the series at Busch Stadium. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up one run on six hits and fanned eight.

Jordan Montgomery

Andre Pallante relieved Montgomery and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Giovanny Gallegos tossed a scoreless ninth.

St. Louis got on the board in the first inning. Lars Nootbaar walked and later advanced to third on a double play. Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman hit consecutive ground rule doubles. Nootbaar and Arenado scored.

Colorado cut the lead to 2-1 in the third. The Cardinals scored one run in the fifth. Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt singled. Gorman plated Donovan on a force out.

Nolan Gorman

An RBI single by Donovan increased the Cardinals lead to 4-1. Gorman plated a fifth run on a double in the eighth.

Donovan was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Goldschmidt was 2-for-3. Gorman was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Thursday, August 18 – Cardinal 13, Rockies 0

The Cardinals shellacked the Rockies in a 13-0 blowout in the final game of the series to complete the sweep on Thursday. Starter Adam Wainwright pitched a gem of seven scoreless innings, three hits, and seven punchouts to earn his ninth win of the season.

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis began with three runs in the first. Lars Nootbaar, Brendan Donovan, and Paul Goldschmidt singled. Nootbaar scored on Goldschmidt’s hit. Donovan came home on a ground out by Nolan Arenado. Goldschmidt scored on a single by Tyler O’Neill.

In the second, Tommy Edman doubled and was driven in on a single by Donovan. Goldschmidt plated Donovan with a double. The Cardinals led 5-0.

In the third, Nolan Gorman and O’Neill each drew a walk. Dylan Carlson singled to score Gorman. Lars Nootbaar walked. With the bases loaded, Albert Pujols hit a grand slam to left field and the Cardinals led 10-0.

Albert Pujols

Nootbaar hit a two-run long ball in the fifth to juice the score to 12-0. Pujols finished the Rockies off with a run in the seventh on a single.

Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Pinch hitter Pujols was 2-for-3 with five RBI. Nootbaar was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Donovan was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. O’Neill was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Carlson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the base paths, Carlson stole his fifth base of the season.

Friday, August 19 – Cardinals 5 at Diamondbacks 1

In the first of a three-game series in Arizona, the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks by the score of 5-1. Starter Miles Mikolas pitched eight innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out four and walked one to earn his 10th win of the season.

Miles Mikolas

Jordan Hicks tossed a scoreless ninth in relief.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning with one run on a solo long ball by former Diamondback Paul Goldschmidt.

The score remained 1-0 until the seventh. Yadier Molina singled and Lars Nootbaar walked. Dylan Carlson singled. Goldschmidt singled to score Molina. Nolan Arenado doubled to plate Nootbaar and Carlson. Goldschmidt scored on a passed ball. The Cardinals led 5-0.

Arizona scored their only run in the eighth

Arenado went 4-for-5 with two RBI. Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Molina was 3-for-4.

Saturday, August 20 – Cardinals 16 at Diamondbacks 7

The Cardinals walloped Arizona in one of the most exciting and entertaining games of the season. The game didn’t become lopsided until the very end, with both sides fighting hard until the final blow.

Dakota Hudson got the start, and as has become routine with Hudson, didn’t get far into the game. Hudson’s command has been shaky all season and the walks do him in every time. The right hander went 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four and walked three.

Genesis Cabrera got the final two outs of the fifth. Andre Pallante followed with two scoreless innings. Jordan Hicks, appearing for the second day in a row, couldn’t record an out and surrendered three runs before getting the hook.  Giovanny Gallegos threw a scoreless eighth. Newcomer JoJo Romero tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Diamondbacks got on the board first with two runs in the first inning. The Cardinals cut the lead to 2-1 in the second on a solo home run by Albert Pujols, who became the star of the show. In the third, Lars Nootbaar walked and later scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt to tie the game 2-2.

Arizona regained the lead quickly with two runs scored in the home half of the third to go up 4-2. The Cardinals tied it again in the fourth on a second solo long ball by Pujols and an RBI single by Nootbaar. Pujols brought his career home run total up to 692 in this game.

Lars Nootbaar

In the sixth, the Cardinals once more took the lead with a three-run triple by Nootbaar to make it 7-4. Nolan Arenado plated a run on a sac fly in the seventh to increase the lead to 8-4.

The Diamondbacks made it close with three runs in the eighth off Hicks. Gallegos stopped the advance, and the Cardinals went into the ninth with a slim lead.

Arizona brought in their closer Mark Melancon and the Cardinals were off to the races. Goldschmidt singled. Arenado doubled. Nolan Gorman pinch hit for the 4-for-4 Pujols (two singles in addition to the home runs) against the right-handed Melancon. Gorman didn’t fail and singled to plate Goldschmidt. Tommy Edman drew a walk, and the bases were juiced.

The Diamondbacks replaced Melancon with Edwin Uceta. The struggling Paul DeJong came to the plate and blasted a grand slam to left center field to welcome Uceta. The Cardinals were up 13-7.

St. Louis wasn’t finished. Andrew Knizner singled. Nootbaar walked. Following outs from Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill, Goldschmidt hit a massive line drive that went over the right field fence for three more runs. Arenado struck out and the Cardinals were finally done.

The Diamondbacks were also done. Romero set them down in order with two punchouts and a fly out in the ninth.

All total the damage was 16 runs on 18 hits for St. Louis. Pujols was 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Goldschmidt was 3-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored. Nootbaar was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Knizner was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. O’Neill was 2-for-6. DeJong plated four.

On the base paths, O’Neill stole his ninth base of the season. Pujols was caught stealing for the second time.

Sunday, August 21 – Cardinals 6 at Diamondbacks 4

The Cardinals swept the Diamondbacks with a 6-4 win in the final game of the series on Sunday. Starter Jose Quintana did not have his best stuff. The left hander pitched only 2 2/3 innings, gave up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and walked three.

Chris Stratton relieved Quintana and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Jake Woodford hurled 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Genesis Cabrera and Giovanny Gallegos combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Gallegos earned his 12th save.

The Cardinals took the initial lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. The first run scored on a solo home run by Lars Nootbaar. Brendan Donovan followed with a single. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado singled, Donovan scored on the Arenado single. Nolan Gorman grounded into a double play and Goldschmidt scored.

The Diamondbacks quickly tied the game at 3-3 in the second, then took the lead 4-3 in the third. The score remained there through the middle three innings.

In the seventh, St. Louis regained the lead 5-4 on a two-run single by Arenado. Tommy Edman drove in the sixth run for the Cardinals in the eighth. The bullpen kept Arizona off the board after Quintana exited the game.

Nolan Arenado

Arenado was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Donovan was 2-for-2. Nootbaar and Edman each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Arenado stole his third base of the season. Paul DeJong was caught stealing.

In the field, Donovan made a throwing error. Knizner was tagged with catcher interference.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 69 51 0.575
Milwaukee 64 56 0.533 5
Chicago 52 68 0.433 17
Cincinnati 48 71 0.403 20.5
Pittsburgh 47 74 0.388 22.5

The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week with a record of 6-0, by sweeping both the Rockies and the Diamondbacks in three-game series. The Cardinals are now five games ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central.

The starting pitching has stabilized for the time being, with the one weakness still being Dakota Hudson. One of Hudson’s starts was skipped so he could work on some issues, but he showed little improvement after. He still walks too many hitters and can’t go deep into games. Jack Flaherty is close to returning, and so it will be interesting to see what happens with the rotation when he is activated and available to pitch.

The bullpen has had some hiccups, but it did its job on Sunday when Jose Quintana was pulled early in the game. Chris Stratton, whose tenure with the Cardinals had a shaky beginning, was fantastic on Sunday in relief of Quintana. This bodes well for bullpen in the future if he can keep it up. It appears Jordan Hicks has issues with pitching two days in a row. He was very good on Friday, and very bad on Saturday. Other than some minor blips, the bullpen has been fine over the last week.

Brendan Donovan

The offense fired on all cylinders against Colorado and Arizona pitching. The top performers for the week by OPS are: Albert Pujols (1.975 in 13 ABs), Brendan Donovan (1.627 in 10 ABs), Paul Goldschmidt (1.613), Lars Nootbaar (1.431), Nolan Arenado (.840), and Andrew Knizner (.831 in 11 ABs). Nootbaar and Donovan have stabilized the first two spots in the lineup. At the bottom is Paul DeJong (.432) though DeJong had a big hit over the weekend.

The defense and baserunning remain fine for the most part. Arenado made a phenomenal barehanded play on Saturday, with Goldschmidt being stellar on the other end as well.

The Cardinals head to Wrigley Field to play five games in four days. The Cubs just won 2 of 3 from the Brewers, so they will be tough, as they always are at Wrigley. The weekend will be even tougher, as the red-hot Braves come to St. Louis for a three game series. The coming week will be a test of how resilient the Cardinals can be. There is little margin for error here as the season winds down. The five-game cushion will help, but that can evaporate quickly if the Brewers snap out of whatever funk they are in at the present time.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 8/16 The Cardinals sent RHP Jack Flaherty on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 8/19 The Cardinals activated 1B Juan Yepez from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/19 The Cardinals recalled LHP JoJo Romero from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/19 The Cardinals placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the paternity list.
  • 8/20 The Cardinals recalled C Ivan Herrera from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/20 The Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the restricted list.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander received a second opinion and has had surgery on the shoulder. No return date has been reported.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 24. Some significant healing has already occurred in the knee. The left hander threw a 30-pitch low-intensity bullpen on August 19. The team plans to have Matz repeat this on August 22 and reevaluate from there.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) continues on the 60-day injured list. Flaherty was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds and pitched one inning in a game on August 11. The right hander made starts in Springfield on Tuesday and Sunday. Flaherty is set to make one more rehab start in Memphis, likely this coming Friday.

Jack Flaherty

Looking Ahead

Following the weekend series in Arizona, the team is traveling to Chicago to play five games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The series includes a doubleheader on Tuesday. Jordan Montgomery is set to make the Monday start. Adam Wainwright will make one of the two Tuesday starts with the other TBA. The series will close with Miles Mikolas on Wednesday and Dakota Hudson on Thursday.

The Cardinals return briefly to St. Louis to play three games with the Braves, then end the month with three games against the Reds in Cincinnati.

To begin the month of September, the Cardinals play a weekend series in St. Louis against the Cubs. Following that, the Nationals will come to town for four games.

After the homestand, the team makes a brief trip to Pittsburgh to play a three-game weekend set.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Cardinals fans are enjoying the historic final season for the best right-handed hitter of our generation and who happens to be in his final season. Albert Pujols, who began his career with the Cardinals 22 years ago, and is retiring as a Cardinal after this season, has put together a season for the ages. Pujols has hit 692 home runs over his career and is nearing a chance to hit 700 before he lays down his bat and glove for good.

Albert Pujols, spring 2001 (Getty Images)

This week’s Blast from the Past will look at the home run record for Pujols in his first two years, 2001 and 2002. The season totals and other details will be chronicled. This will be a continuing series until all seasons are covered, though it may not be consecutive weeks, depending on other events and circumstances from week to week. The following is a detailed description of Pujols’ home runs for first the 2001 season and following for 2002.

Pujols’ rookie season 2001

Pujols made his major league debut on April 2, 2001, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He did not hit a home run in this game, but did get his first major league hit, a single to left field, in the seventh inning. The Cardinals lost 8-0.

Pujols hit the first of his 600+ career home runs in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on April 6. In 2001, the stadium in Arizona, which was built in 1997 and held its first game in 1998, was called Bank One Ballpark. The name was changed to Chase Field in 2006. The Diamondbacks, which began as an expansion team in 1998, went on to win the World Series in 2001.

Pujols home run #1 was a two-run shot to left field in the fourth inning off pitcher Armando Reynoso. The Cardinals beat Arizona 12-9 as Pujols was 3-for-5 with a home run, double, and single and three RBI.

Pujols hit 37 home runs in 2001. He had two games of multiple home runs, against the Houston Astros on April 22 and versus the Milwaukee Brewers on May 24. Home run #37 was hit on September 30 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. It was a two-run shot to left center field in the first inning off starter Tony McKnight. The Cardinals won that game 7-3 as Pujols went 2-for-3.

Further details of Pujols’ 37 home run 2001 season.

  • Of Pujols 37 long balls, 29 were against right-handed pitching and eight were against left handers.
  • 19 home runs were hit at home, 18 on the road.
  • The teams Pujols hit the most home runs against were Colorado (5), Pittsburgh (5) and Houston (5).
  • Four pitchers gave up two long balls to Pujols, Wade Miller (HOU), Denny Neagle (COL), Mike Hampton (COL), and Omar Olivares (PITT).
  • Pujols hit three home runs each in three road stadiums, Minute Maid Park, Coors Field, and Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
  • The locations of Pujols 37 home runs were Pulled (18), Up the Middle (14), and Opposite Field (5).
  • Home runs by month were: April (8), May (8), June (5), July (4), August (6), and September (6)

2002 season

Pujols hit 34 home runs in 2002. Home run #38 occurred on April 6, 2002, against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It came in the top of the fifth inning against pitcher Carlos Hernandez, a solo shot to right field. The Cardinals beat the Astros 8-4.

Home run #71 was hit on September 22 at Busch Stadium against the Astros. It was a three-run long ball to left field off Houston starter Kirk Saarloos. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 7-3.

Further details of his 2002 home runs:

  • Pujols had no multiple home run games in 2002.
  • 26 of the 34 home runs were off right-handed pitching, eight against lefties.
  • Pujols hit 20 home runs at home, 14 on the road.
  • The most home runs (8) came against the Pirates.
  • Pujols hit two home runs each off Josh Fogg (PITT) and Kris Benson (PITT)
  • Fans at PNC Park in Pittsburgh saw the most Pujols home runs in 2002 with 6. He hit 3 at Wrigley Field, and two each at Shea Stadium, Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, and Minute Maid Park.
  • Home run locations: Pulled (16), Up the Middle (14), and Opposite Field (4).
  • By month: April (5), May (5), June (6), July (7), August (9), and September (2).

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 20, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-5 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL Cardinals RF Jose Suarez, was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Other standouts include Grant Black, Miguel Vargas, Jose Davila and Tommy Jew.

Results from games played Friday, August 19.

Memphis 0 at Gwinnett 1

The Memphis Redbirds took their fourth consecutive loss as they were blanked by the Stripers in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel on Friday night. Spot starter Grant Black pitched four innings and gave up just one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one. Black suffered his second loss of the season.

Grant Black

Johan Quezada relieved Black and threw two scoreless innings. Zack Thompson hurled a scoreless seventh. Ryan Loutos tossed a scoreless eighth.

The only run of the game was scored by Gwinnett on a ground out in the second inning.

On the base paths, Kramer Robertson stole three bases. Scott Hurst and Delvin Perez each swiped a bag but the offense couldn’t come up with a timely hit. Memphis scattered four hits, was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. The Stripers similarly had only four hits.

Memphis is 58-56 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 10.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Tommy Parsons RHP (8-3, 4.74) vs. Bryce Elder RHP (6-4, 4.65) 5:05 CT.

Springfield 1, Arkansas 15

The Springfield Cardinals were walloped by the Travelers in s 15-1 blowout on Friday night at Hammons Field. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 2 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Graceffo took the loss, his fourth at Double-A.

Michael YaSenka relieved Graceffo and surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Griffin Roberts had a rough night, allowing six runs in 2/3 of an inning. Gianluca Dalatri relinquished two runs in two innings of relief. Position player Irving Lopez got the final out of the ninth.

Springfield scored their only run of the game in the first inning. Mike Antico was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. Masyn Winn advanced Antico to third on a ground out, and Antico scored on a sac fly by Jordan Walker.

Arkansas took the lead in the second with three runs. The Travelers went on to add two runs in the third, two in the sixth, six in the seventh, and one each in the eighth and ninth innings for a final score of 15-1.

Matt Koperniak

The Cardinal offense had one run on five hits. Matt Koperniak was 2-for-4. The only extra base hit was a double by Nick Raposo. Walker and Brady Whalen had the other two hits, both singles.

On the base paths, Antico stole his 20th base. In the field, Dalatri made an error on a pickoff. Koperniak had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 22-21 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 6 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Kyle Leahy RHP (8-7, 6.09) vs. Emerson Hancock RHP (5-3, 2.19) 6:35 p.m. CT

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 10 (11 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the River Bandits in a 10-6 extra innings contest at Dozer Park on Friday night. Starter Diorys Rodriguez pitched four innings, gave up two runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked two.

Chris Roycroft

Reliever Chris Roycroft threw three scoreless innings. Andre Granillo surrendered one run in two innings. Extra innings relief let the Chiefs down. Leonardo Taveras relinquished six runs, four earned, in the 10th. Levi Prater allowed one run in the 11th. Taveras took the loss.

Quad Cities went 2-0 in the third inning. In the sixth, Peoria scored their first run on a solo home run by Tommy Jew.

The Chiefs tied the game in the eighth. Jew singled, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Jacob Buchberger plated Jew on a single.

The River Bandits scored one in the top of the ninth to lead 3-2, but the Chiefs rallied to tie it 3-3 in the home half of the ninth on Francisco Hernandez’ solo home run.

Quad Cities blew past Peoria with six runs in the top of the 11th. Peoria scored two in the bottom of the 11th but could not rally for more. The runs came home on a double by L.J, Jones, and a single by Tyler Reichenborn.

Tommy Jew

Jew went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jones was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Noah Mendlinger stole his seventh base of the season. Jew swiped two bags for 25 on the season.

Peoria is 20-26 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 8 games back of first place South Bend.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Inohan Paniagua (1-1, 3.32) vs. Beck Way RHP (1-2, 4.60) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 3 (Game 1)

The Cardinals lost to the Mighty Mussels in the first game of a twin bill on Friday. This was the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, stopped by rain in the third inning.

Thursday starter Yonael Dominguez pitched two innings, gave up two runs on five hits and struck out one. On Friday, Jose Davila took over for Dominguez and pitched six innings, surrendered one run on one hit, struck out three and walked two. Roy Garcia relieved Davila and tossed a scoreless ninth. Dominguez took the loss.

Jose Davila

Fort Myers scored one run in the first inning and a second run in the second to take a 2-0 lead. The Beach Birds answered in the home half of the second with a solo home run by Thomas Francisco.

The Mighty Mussels plated their third and last run of the game in the eighth.

Francisco was 2-for3 with an RBI. The only other Palm Beach hit was a double by Michael Curialle.

On the base paths, Joshua Baez stole his first base and was caught stealing for the first time.

In the field, Leonardo Bernal made a throwing error.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 8 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Mighty Mussels in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Friday night. Fresh off the injured list, starter Alex Cornwell pitched two scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out two.

Bryan Pope relieved Cornwell and surrendered four runs, three earned, in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Pope took the loss, his third. New Beach Birds reliever Omar Sanchez allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Luis Jimenez relinquished two runs in the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Beach Birds logged their sole run in the first inning. Joshua Baez singled and stole second base. R.J. Yeager plated Baez on a single.

Fort Myers tied the game at 1-1 in the third. The Mighty Mussels added three runs in the fifth, and two runs each in the sixth and seventh.

The Cardinals offense scored one run on three hits. In addition to the Baez and Yeager singles, Brody Moore also singled. The offense was 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.

On the base paths, Baez stole his second base of the season. Victor Scott stole his seventh base.

In the field, Thomas Francisco made a throwing error. Alex Iadisernia had an outfield assist at second base. Jimmy Crooks had a passed ball.

Palm Beach is 24-22 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, 1.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Trent Baker RHP (7-7, 3.33) vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2 at FCL Astros Blue 1 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals topped the Astros Blue in a one run contest at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday morning. Starter Ian Bedell pitched one scoreless inning with two hits allowed and one strikeout. Bedell is pitching in a rehab assignment from Peoria.

Ljay Newsome, who is also rehabbing but from Memphis, relieved Bedell and pitched one scoreless inning. Three 2022 draft picks pitched next. Tanner Jacobson tossed a scoreless inning. D.J. Carpenter surrendered one run in the fourth. Hunter Hayes threw one scoreless inning and Randel Clemente added the final two scoreless innings. Newsome received the win. Clemente earned his second save.

The Cardinals scored the first of their two runs in the third inning on a solo home run by Javier Bolivar. In the top of the fourth, Brandon Hernandez singled, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch for the Cardinals’ second and last run of the game.

The Astros Blue plated their only run in the home half of the fourth. Neither team scored in the final innings.

Brandon Hernandez

Hernandez was 2-for-3 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

On the base paths, Hernandez stole his third base of the season. In the field, Hernandez made a throwing error. Bedell picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 24-27 on the season and are in fifth place in the FSL East and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals at FCL Astros Blue (Game 2, cancelled)

The second game of a scheduled doubleheader between the Cardinals and the Astros Blue was cancelled due to rain. The game was to be the completion of a suspended game from July 22.

DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Texas Blue 7

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals edged the Texas Blue in an 8-7 contest on Friday morning. Starter Nelfy Ynfante pitched four scoreless innings, allowed four hits, struck out two and walked one.

Nelfy Ynfante

Jovi Galvez relieved Ynfante and surrendered three runs without recording an out. Yordy Herrera threw two scoreless innings. Samuel Fabian allowed four runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Bruno Lopez tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his fourth.

The game began with the Cardinals scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-run long ball by Jose Suarez. In the third, Miguel Vargas hit a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Miguel Vargas

Texas got on the board in the fifth with three runs to cut the lead to 4-3. Texas Blue tied the game 4-4 in the seventh.

In the home half of the seventh, the Cardinals moved ahead 5-4 on a solo home run by Suarez. The lead was temporary as Texas came back to score three in the top of the eighth.

Jose Suarez

The Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs to retake the lead once more at 8-7, a lead that they kept. The runs scored on a two-run triple by Elias Reynoso and a double by Anyelo Encarnacion.

Suarez went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Vargas was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Reynoso had two RBI.

On the base paths, Carlos Carmona was picked off and caught stealing. Yaisel Ramos and Vargas were also caught stealing.

In the field, Maikel Hernandez and Alejandro Loaiza each had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 32-24 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL South, 5.5 games back of the Rockies. As the season winds down, the Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Giants Orange, TBA vs TBA 10:00 am CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day, Peoria’s Zane Mills and Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, combined to pitch a one-run game with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Other standouts include Ivan Herrera, Errol Robinson and R.J. Yeager.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 17.

Memphis 4 at Gwinnett 8

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Stripers in an 8-4 road loss on Wednesday night. Starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings, gave up seven runs on 10 hits, struck out two and walked two. The left hander took the loss, his sixth of the season.

James Naile surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Kyle Ryan and Ryan Loutos each tossed a scoreless inning.

Memphis scored in the top of the first inning. Kramer Robertson singled, Alec Burleson singled, and Moises Gomez singled to plate Robertson.

Gwinnett tied it up in the home first, then went ahead 2-1 in the second. In the fourth, the Stripers posted five runs to widen their lead to 7-1.

The Redbirds cut the lead to 7-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Ivan Herrera. Gwinnett made it 8-2 in the sixth.

Memphis added one run in the seventh. Gomez walked, Ivan Herrera singled, and Gomez scored on a force out by Conner Capel. In the eighth, Scott Hurst walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a single by Robertson and scored on a sac fly by Burleson. The Redbirds were unable to rally in the ninth.

Iván Herrera

Herrera was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Gomez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Robertson was 2-for-5.

Gomez stole his second base of the season. Delvin Perez and Hurst each swiped two bags.

Gomez made a fielding error.

Memphis is 58-54 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 9 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Gwinnett, TBA (MEM) vs. Kyle Muller LHP (5-6, 3.27) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 6, Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Travelers in a hard fought one run contest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night. Starter Edgar Escobar pitched five innings, gave up six runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two. Escobar took the loss, his ninth.

Logan Gragg surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Tyler Pike threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Dalton Roach secured the final out of the ninth.

Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the added two more in the second. The Cardinals scored one run in the home half of the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Matt Koperniak singled. Chase Pinder walked. Julio Rodriguez walked. Koperniak scored on a sac fly by Brady Whalen.

The Travelers put up three runs in the fifth to widen their lead to 6-1. Springfield scored one run in the bottom of the fifth on a sac fly by Masyn Winn.

Arkansas made it 7-2 in the sixth. In the eighth, the Cardinals rallied for four runs to pull close at 7-6. Two runs scored on a single by Rodriguez with a fielding error. Errol Robinson plated two more on a single. The Redbirds did not score in the ninth.

Errol Robinson

Robinson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Koperniak was 2-for-5. Rodriguez, Winn, and Brady Whalen each had an RBI.

Springfield is 21-20 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 5.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, RHP Michael McGreevy (5-3, 4.92) vs. Prelander Berroa RHP (1-1, 4.35) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 2, Quad Cities 1

The Peoria Chiefs topped the River Bandits in a 2-1 contest on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Zane Mills pitched six innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out four and walked one to earn his third win of the season.

Zane Mills

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved and tossed the final three scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Quad Cities took a 1-0 lead. Peoria quickly answered with one run to tie in the home fifth. Noah Mendlinger doubled and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Ramon Mendoza. Mendlinger scored on a sac fly by Francisco Hernandez.

The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Todd Lott was hit by a pitch. Jacob Buchberger singled, Lott advanced to third. L.J. Jones plated Lott on a sac fly.

Buchberger was 2-for-4. Jones and Hernandez each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Mendoza stole his third base. In the field, Tommy Jew had an outfield assist at third base.

Peoria is 19-25 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 game back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Austin Love (6-11, 6.28) vs. William Fleming RHP (1-3, 4.93) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 6 (11 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were edged by the Mighty Mussels in an extra innings contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Alfredo Ruiz surrendered two runs in four innings of relief. Matt Hickey threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Andrew Marrero allowed one unearned run in the final 3 1/3 innings and took the loss, his third.

The Beach Birds scored first with one run in the first inning. Nathan Church drew a walk. Thomas Francisco doubled. R.J. Yeager plated Church on a sac fly.

Fort Myers grabbed the lead in the second with three runs. In the third, Palm Beach regained the lead 4-3 on an RBI single by Yeager, a passed ball, and an RBI double by Brody Moore.

Neither team scored until the seventh, when the Mighty Mussels posted two runs to go up 5-4. In the ninth, Yeager hit a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5 and take it into extra innings.

R.J. Yeager

No runs were scored on either side in the 10th. In the 11th, Fort Myers pushed one run home to take a 6-5 lead. Palm Beach was unable to answer.

Yeager was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Moore and Alex Iadisernia were both 2-for-4. Jeremy Rivas was 2-for-5.

Francisco made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 24-20 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, one game behind first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Yonael Dominguez RHP (0-1, 5.40) vs. Mike Paredes RHP (7-4, 2.88) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals are 23-26 on the season and are in fifth place in the FCL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals.

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

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 31-24 on the season and are in sixth place in the DSL South, six games back of the Rockies.

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Mariners, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 am CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 17, 2022

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 including two losses in extras. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL 3B Yancel Guerrero, homered, drove in three and scored twice including a steal of home. Other standouts: Kramer Robertson, Domingo Robles, Todd Lott, Joshua Baez and Justin Guerrero.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 16.

Memphis 3 at Gwinnett 4 (11 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds were topped by the Stripers in an 11-inning contest at Gwinnett on Tuesday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked one.

Johan Quezada relieved Williams and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Grant Black hurled a scoreless sixth. Zack Thompson, Kodi Whitley, and Junior Fernandez each tossed a scoreless inning. Freddy Pacheco surrendered two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister relieved Pacheco in the 11th with two men on. The walkoff run scored on a throwing error by McAllister.

Gwinnett scored one run in the first and second innings. Memphis tied it in the third on a two-run double by Kramer Robertson.

Kramer Robertson

The game remained knotted at 2-2 through regulation and into the 10th. In the 11th, the Redbirds scored one run to go up 3-2. With Corey Spangenberg on second base, Ben DeLuzio doubled to plate him.

In the home half of the 11th, the Stripers pushed two runs across to walk it off 4-3.

Spangenberg was 2-for-3 as the only Redbird with multiple hits. Robertson had two RBI.

On the base paths, Spangenberg stole his 11th base of the season. DeLuzio was caught stealing for the fourth time.

In the field, pitchers Pacheco and McAllister each made an error. Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.

Memphis is 58-53 and is in fourth place in the International League West, 8 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Connor Thomas LHP (6-5, 4.32) vs. Huascar Ynoa RHP (5-6, 5.94) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 2, Arkansas 1 (eight innings)

The Springfield Cardinals edged the Travelers in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night at Hammons Field. Rehabbing St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty pitched three scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Domingo Robles relieved Flaherty and surrendered one run in five innings.

Domingo Robles

The Cardinals took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Matt Koperniak. The game remained 1-0 until the sixth, when Springfield scored their second run on an RBI double by Chase Pinder.

Arkansas scored one run in the seventh. The rain came in the bottom of the eighth. After a rain delay, the game was called for the Cardinals.

Springfield scored two runs on four hits. Koperniak’s long ball and doubles by Pinder and Masyn Winn were the extra base hits. Julio Rodriguez singled.

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

Springfield is 21-19 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 5 games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-8, 6.61) vs. Taylor Dollard RHP (11-2, 1.86) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 8 (10 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the River Bandits in extra innings at Dozer Park on Tuesday night. Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits, fanned eight and walked two.

Levi Prater relieved Pereira and surrendered one run in the seventh. Chris Roycroft threw a scoreless eighth. Jack Ralston allowed one run in the ninth. Leonardo Taveras relinquished two runs in the 10th and took the loss, his first at High-A.

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The River Bandits added single runs in the third and fifth. Peoria finally got on the board in the sixth on a bases loaded balk.

Quad Cities added a fifth run in the seventh. The Chiefs cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth. Francisco Hernandez walked. Mack Chambers walked, and Hernandez advanced to third on a wild pitch. Osvaldo Tovalin plated Hernandez on a ground out. Chambers scored on a single by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits made it 6-3 in the ninth. Peoria plated three runs in the home half of the ninth to tie it. Noah Mendlinger doubled. Luis Rodriguez singled. Patrick Romeri singled, Mendlinger scored. Tommy Jew pinch ran for Rodriguez. Hernandez walked. Jew scored on a wild pitch. Romeri scored on a single by Todd Lott.

Todd Lott

Quad Cities rallied in the 10th to score two runs. Peoria was unable to answer.

Lott and Romeri were each 2-for-5 with an RBI. Mendlinger and Rodriguez were both 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Hernandez stole his 17th base of the season. In the field, Mendlinger made a fielding error.

Peoria is 18-25 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 7 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Zane Mills (2-6, 4.64 ERA) vs. Noah Cameron LHP (2-0, 3.00), 6:35 p.m. CT.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 10

The Palm Beach Cardinals were shellacked by the Mighty Mussels in a 10-1 laugher at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday night. Starter Hansel Rincon pitched five innings, gave up six runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked one. Rincon took the loss, his fourth.

Roy Garcia relieved Rincon and threw a scoreless sixth. Angel Cuenca surrendered one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. Ludwin Jimenez allowed three runs, two earned in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in the second and added one more in the third. The Mighty Mussels continued to pour it on with two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh to go up 7-0.

Palm Beach finally scored their only run in the home half of the seventh. Chris Rotondo doubled, and Leonardo Bernal walked. Joshua Baez plated Rotondo on a single.

Joshua Baez

Fort Myers widened the lead with three more runs in the ninth for the final tally of 13-1.

The Cardinal offense scored one run on five hits. R.J. Yeager was 2-for-4.

In the field, Michael Curialle made two errors, one fielding and an interference call.

Palm Beach is 24-19 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, 1 game back of first place St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 1.18) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 3, FCL Nationals 2

The Florida Complex League Cardinals edged the Nationals by a 3-2 score on Tuesday morning at Roger Dean Stadium. Ian Bedell, on a rehab assignment from Peoria, started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched one scoreless inning with no hits, two strikeouts and one walk.

Ljay Newsome, also on a rehab assignment from Memphis, followed Bedell with one scoreless inning. Diorys Guerrero surrendered one run in 3 2/3 innings. Victor Villanueva allowed one run in the final 3 1/3 innings and received the win, his fifth.

The Nationals scored first with one run in the third inning. The Cardinals tied it in the fifth. Won-Bin Cho tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals scored twice in the seventh to go up 3-1. Jeremy Ramos singled and Adari Grant walked. Ramos was out in a double play line out by Ryan Holgate. Grant stole second base. Cho walked and Jhon Torres plated Grant on a single. Cho scored on a throwing error.

The Nationals got one back in the eighth. Neither team scored in the ninth.

Jeremy Ramos

Ramos was 2-for-4. The offense scored three runs on seven hits, but no player had an RBI.

On the base paths, Grant stole his sixth base. Cho was caught stealing for the second time. In the field, Carlos Linarez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 23-26 on the season and are in fifth place in the FCL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals.

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DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Twins 13 (Game 1)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals were pummeled by the Twins in a 13-6 beating on Tuesday morning. The game was the completion of a suspended game from July 27.

Starter Juan Salas pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked one.

Henry Gomez relieved Salas and surrendered three unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Gomez took the loss. Jovi Galvez threw a scoreless seventh. Juan Severino relinquished five runs in the eighth. Omar Lopez got the final out of the eighth.

The Cardinals took an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. Jonathan Mejia led off with a double. Luis Rodriguez singled. Mejia scored on a single by Justin Guerrero. Yaisel Ramos drew a walk to load the bases. Rodriguez and Guerrero scored on a wild pitch. Ramos came home on a sac fly by Alejandro Loaiza.

Justin Guerrero

The Cardinals added a fifth run in the fourth on an RBI double by Marcelo Perez. The Twins scored their first run in the home half of the fourth, then tied the game in the fifth with four runs.

In the sixth, the Twins added three runs to take an 8-5 lead. The Cardinals scored their final run in the seventh. Yordalin Pena singled and later came home on a sac fly by Ramos.

The Twins poured it on in the eighth with five more runs for the final score of 13-6.

Guerrero was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Mejia was 2-for-5.

On the base paths, Ramos stole his fourth base of the season. In the field, Mejia and Keshawn Rombley each made fielding errors. Loaiza had a fielding miscue and a missed catch. Severino made a throwing error.

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Twins 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals defeated the Twins, 7-4, in seven innings. Thanks to the delayed Game 1, Juan Salas again started the second game and pitched five innings. This time he gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four to earn his third win of the season.

Bruno Lopez relieved Salas and surrendered one run in the sixth. Omar Yanez tossed a scoreless seventh to earn his third save.

The Twins scored first with one run in the first inning. The Cardinals came back in the second with two to take the lead. Maikel Hernandez led off with a walk. Arfeni Batista singled, and Carlos Carmona singled. Yancel Guerrero walked, Hernandez scored. Batista came in on a sac fly by Anyelo Encarnacion.

The Cardinals added a third run in the fourth. Guerrero walked. Encarnacion reached on an error. Encarnacion stole second and Guerrero stole home.

The Twins made it 3-2 in the home half of the fourth. The Cardinals widened their lead in the top of the fifth with four runs on a two-run home run by Carmona and another two-run long ball by Guerrero.

The Twins rallied in the final two innings but fell short, with one run in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Carmona was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Guerrero had three RBI and two runs scored.

Yancel Guerrero

On the base paths, Encarnacion stole two bases. Guerrero swiped this 11th base and Yordalin Pena stole his seventh.

In the field, Batista and Alejandro Loaiza made throwing errors. Loaiza had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 31-24 on the season and are in sixth place in the DSL South, 6 games back of the Rockies.

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St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – Week of August 8-14

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The St. Louis Cardinals held onto first place by taking two of three over Milwaukee during the 40-year anniversary of the 1982 championship team. Albert Pujols dramatically decided the series. Our Blast from the Past recounts a major brawl with the Reds during this week back in 2010.

 

Game recaps

Monday, August 8 – Off

Tuesday, August 9 – Cardinals 5 at Rockies 16

The St. Louis Cardinals were shellacked at Coors Field by the Rockies in the first game of a three-game set. Miles Mikolas took the mound for St. Louis. The right hander lasted only 2 2/3 innings, gave up 10 runs on 14 hits and struck out two. It was the ninth loss for Mikolas.

The carnage continued with Packy Naughton in relief, who surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings. T.J. McFarland pitched mop up in what turned out to be his final outing for the Cardinals. The left hander allowed two runs in the final 2 2/3 innings.

The game began with the Rockies scoring three runs off Mikolas in the first inning. After a scoreless second, the Rockies put up nine more runs off Mikolas and reliever Naughton.

The Cardinals got on the board in the fifth on a two-run home run by Paul DeJong. In the sixth, an RBI double by Nolan Arenado and an RBI single by Andrew Knizner brought three more runs home for St. Louis.

The Rockies were not done offensively. Colorado scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh to run up the score to 16-5.

Knizner was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Tommy Edman was 2-for-4. DeJong had two RBI.

Arenado made a rare fielding error. Dylan Carlson had an outfield assist at home plate.

Wednesday, August 10 – Cardinals 9 at Rockies 5

The Cardinals rebounded to defeat the Rockies in the second game of the series on Wednesday. Starter Jose Quintana pitched six innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, struck out six and walked two to earn his fifth win of the season.

Andre Pallante relieved Quintana and threw two scoreless innings. Chris Stratton surrendered three runs, two earned, in the ninth.

Putting the prior drubbing to bed, the Cardinals went right after the Rockies in the first inning, scoring five runs. Leading off, Dylan Carlson drew a walk. Tommy Edman ground into a force out, Carlson was out at second. Paul Goldschmidt singled. Nolan Arenado doubled, and Edman scored. Goldschmidt scored on a single by Albert Pujols. Tyler O’Neill doubled to plate Arenado. Paul DeJong drove in Pujols on a single. O’Neill scored on a sac fly by Lars Nootbaar.

The Rockies got on the board with a run in the third. St. Louis took the run right back in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Yadier Molina. In the home half of the fifth the Rockies made it 6-2.

Nolan Arenado

In the sixth, the Cardinals lead increased to 8-2 on solo home runs by Arenado and Pujols. In the top of the ninth, DeJong singled and scored on a triple by Nootbaar to make it 9-2.

The Rockies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth bring the final score to 9-5.

Pujols was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. DeJong was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Arenado was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Molina was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nootbaar was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

On the base paths, Nootbaar stole his second base of the season. Edman swiped his 23rd bag. O’Neill committed a fielding error.

Thursday, August 11 – Cardinals 6 at Rockies 8

In the final game of the Rockies series, the Cardinals fell to Colorado 8-6. Dakota Hudson started for St. Louis. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out six and walked four.

Jordan Hicks surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Hicks took the loss, his sixth of the season. Genesis Cabrera relinquished four runs without recording an out. Jake Woodford tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Cardinals came back to tie it up in the fourth on a solo home run by Nolan Gorman and an RBI single by Corey Dickerson.

The game remained tied until the seventh inning. In the home half of the seventh, the Rockies scored six runs to break the tie and make it 8-2.

The Cardinals staged a partial comeback in the eighth, with a two-run long ball by Paul Goldschmidt and a solo home run by Nolan Arenado. A ninth inning rally added one run, on a force out by Goldschmidt following a Brendan Donovan single, a walk by Lars Nootbaar, and single by Gorman. Donovan scored on the force out. The one run was not enough, and the Rockies took the series.

Goldschmidt was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Dickerson was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Gorman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

In the field, Gorman made a throwing error.

Friday, August 12 – Cardinals 3, Brewers 1

In the first game of a weekend series in St. Louis against the Brewers, the Cardinals defeated Milwaukee by the score of 3-1. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched six scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned eight and walked two to earn his fifth win, second as a Cardinal.

Jordan Montgomery

Andre Pallante relieved Montgomery and surrendered one run in the seventh. Ryan Helsley tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his 12th save.

The Cardinals took an early lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt. A sixth inning solo shot by Nolan Arenado made it 3-0.

The Brewers scored their only run in the seventh.

No Cardinal had more than one hit. In addition to the two long balls, Dylan Carlson, Paul DeJong, Lars Nootbaar, and Albert Pujols each singled.

Nootbaar stole his third base of the season.

Saturday, August 13 – Cardinals 2, Brewers 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals lost to the Brewers by one run in extra innings, wasting a gem by starter Adam Wainwright. The right hander pitched nine innings, gave up one run on three hits, fanned eight and walked one. Wainwright had a no-hitter going into the seventh.

Giovanny Gallegos relieved in the 10th and gave up the winning two runs. Gallegos took the loss.

The game was a pitching duel through seven innings. Wainwright was pitching against Corbin Burnes and the game was scoreless until the Cardinals broke through in the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt singled and scored on a double off the wall hit by Nolan Gorman.

The Brewers tied it up in the eighth when Wainwright threw a first pitch fastball that Luis Urias hit for a home run.

After neither team scored in the ninth, the game went into the 10th. Gallegos gave up a leadoff triple that scored the first of two runs he allowed.

The Cardinals were able to get one run back in the bottom of the 10th. With Gorman on second, Paul DeJong singled, moving Gorman to third. Dylan Carlson plated Gorman on a sac fly. Yadier Molina and Tommy Edman struck out to end the game.

Sunday, August 14 – Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

The Cardinals beat the Brewers in the final game of the series to take the series and maintain their NL Central lead. Starter Miles Mikolas recovered from his rough start on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander  pitched eight innings, gave up two runs on four hits and struck out six to earn his ninth win of the season.

Ryan Helsley gave up one run in the ninth.

The Brewers scored in the second to go up 2-0. The Cardinals partially answered in the home half of the second with an Albert Pujols solo home run.

In the sixth, Tyler O’Neill thumped a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2.

Two innings later the Cardinals put the game away with a four-run inning bottom of the eighth. Dylan Carlson broke the tie with a solo home run. O’Neill followed Carlson with a single and Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk. Then Albert Pujols came to the plate and sent a monster long ball into left center field for three more runs.

Milwaukee tried to rally in the ninth and scored one run on a solo home run by Rowdy Tellez, who went down to get a Helsley slider at the bottom of the zone. Helsley closed the door, and the Cardinals won the series.

Albert Pujols

Pujols was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. O’Neill was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tommy Edman was 2-for-2.

On the base paths, Edman stole his 24th base of the season.

NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 63 51 0.553
Milwaukee 61 52 0.540 1.5
Chicago 47 66 0.416 15.5
Cincinnati 45 68 0.398 17.5
Pittsburgh 45 70 0.391 18.5

The Big Picture

The Cardinals went 3-3 for the week. The team had a disappointing series in Denver, losing 2 of 3 to the Rockies. They bounced back at home against the Brewers to win 2-of-3 and keep their slim lead in the NL Central, which is currently 1.5 games.

As was stated last week here, the starting pitching is much better since the trade deadline with the additions of Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery. The additions along with the impending return of Jack Flaherty, and perhaps Steven Matz by the end of the season, give the rotation some breathing space. It gives more room for struggling pitchers like Dakota Hudson, who will skip a start this week in order to work on some of his weaknesses. If the rotation can continue the momentum and there are no further injuries, at least the pitching on the starting side can give the team the boost it needs to finish the season strong.

On the relief side, however, there are still issues. Ryan Helsley continues to get outs on a consistent basis, in high leverage situations especially. Andre Pallante has been okay. Every single other pitcher in the pen has had issues over the last several weeks. T.J. McFarland was released. Giovanny Gallegos could not close out the second game of the Brewers series. Genesis Cabrera could not get anyone out in his last appearance. Jordan Hicks and Packy Naughton have been hit and miss. The newest acquisition, Chris Stratton, continues to struggle. The bullpen needs stability, and it still falls short of that goal.

Nolan Gorman

The offense has been good, though it would be better if the Cardinals offense could figure out how to hit Corbin Burnes. The top offensive performers for the week by OPS are Albert Pujols (1.714), Corey Dickerson (1.167 in 6 ABs), Nolan Gorman (1.049), Lars Nootbaar (1.002), Paul Goldschmidt (.976), Nolan Arenado (.949), and Paul DeJong (.940). At the bottom for the week is Dylan Carlson (.480), though Carlson did hit a home run in Sunday’s game to break the tie.

Lars Nootbaar

The defense and baserunning continue to be fine with no major issues.

The Cardinals play the Rockies again this coming week, but not in the abnormal conditions of Coors Field. The team should perform better this time around. To end the week the Cardinals begin a road trip with a weekend series against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Chase Field is another difficult ballpark, though not quite as difficult as Coors Field. Both opponents are below .500 and the team needs to take advantage of this. There are a limited number of games left before the season ends and their lead in the Division is slim. The Brewers have a tougher schedule for the remainder of the season so beating up on the lesser teams is essential.

The Cardinals host the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World Series

It has been 40 years since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. This weekend the Cardinals hosted a 40th anniversary celebration for the team members, coaches and staff from that historic team, along with their families.

A ceremony was conducted prior to the game on Saturday night. Manager Whitey Herzog, more than 20 players, and various coaches and staff were driven around the stadium track in convertibles and introduced individually to fans in attendance. Herzog led off the procession.

Three players who have passed away were represented by family members – Bob Forsch, Darrell Porter, and David Green, the latter who passed away in January of this year. Players in attendance included two Hall of Famers in Jim Kaat and Ozzie Smith. Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter could not attend. Also attending were Cardinals Hall of Famers Willie McGee, Tom Herr, and Keith Hernandez.

Two of the attendees, both broadcasters following their playing days, were guests in the Cardinals television booth with Dan McLaughlin. Kaat was interviewed during Friday night’s game, and Hernandez spent time with McLaughlin on air Saturday night.

The celebration continued through Sunday.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 8/9 The Cardinals sent 1B Juan Yepez on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/10 The Cardinals recalled RHP Jake Woodford from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/10 The Cardinals designated LHP T.J. McFarland for assignment.
  • 8/10 The Cardinals sent RHP Jack Flaherty on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/12 The Cardinals released LHP T.J. McFarland.

Injury Report

  • RHP Alex Reyes (frayed right labrum) remains on the 60-day IL. The right hander received a second opinion and had surgery on the shoulder. No return date has been reported.
  • LHP Steven Matz (left knee MCL tear) was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 24. Some significant healing has already occurred in the knee. The left hander played catch in Colorado on Tuesday, August 9. Matz will be reevaluated on Monday, August 15.
  • RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. VerHagen had hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) continues on the 60-day injured list. Flaherty was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds and pitched one inning in a game on August 11. Flaherty is set to make a second start in Springfield on Tuesday.
  • 1B Juan Yepez was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 15 with a right forearm strain. Yepez has been sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • OF Corey Dickerson reinjured his calf on Friday but remained active and was a late-inning replacement on Saturday.

Looking Ahead

After Monday’s off day, the Rockies come to St. Louis for a three-game series. Jose Quintana will pitch the opener. Presumed Game 2 starter Dakota Hudson is being skipped this time through the rotation for extra side work.

An eight-game road trip with the Diamondbacks and the Cubs begins after the homestand. The Cardinals return briefly to St. Louis to play three with the Braves, then end the month with three at Cincinnati.

To open the month of September, the Cardinals play a home weekend series with the Cubs. Following that, the Nationals come to town for four games.

After the homestand, the team makes a brief trip to Pittsburgh to play a three game weekend series.

The regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past remembers an event that occurred 12 years ago this past week during a game between the Cardinals and Reds in Cincinnati. The event in question is not your typical baseball event such as a great pitching or hitting performance but was an event as old as time in baseball, though it happens infrequently.

The event in question was a brawl. Fights during baseball games have taken place since the dawn of the game. Over the centuries and decades they have become less frequent and fairly tame, with very few injuries or even punches thrown.

One such brawl where injuries did happen, and punches were thrown occurred on August 10, 2010, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. With both teams battling for supremacy in the NL Central Division, tensions were already high, as one would expect from a fierce rivalry. The tension was exacerbated by some comments made by a Reds player the night before the game that became public.

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, in an interview with Dayton Daily News reporter Hal McCoy, made some derogatory remarks about the Cardinals. He was quoted as calling the players “whiny little bitches” and further expressed his dislike for the team in general terms. Of course, the comments became public.

Not surprisingly, the words were not taken well by many Cardinals players, especially catcher Yadier Molina, always a fierce defender of his teammates and his city.

What eventually transpired began with a shin tap. Phillips came to the plate for his first at bat and greeted Molina with a bat tap on the catcher’s shin guard. Molina, already irritated by Phillips comments the day before, was not amused.

Molina stepped in front of home plate and confronted Phillips. Words were exchanged. Molina ripped off his face mask, and players from both sides came running. The fracas began.

The mass of players began some mild shoving, while other players from both sides tried to keep the peace. At first it looked like the scrum would die down quickly. Umpires began moving players back toward their respective dugouts. Then all at once some more scuffling began and the mass of players were pushed back against the backstop.

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter was in the thick of it. At one point Reds starter Johnny Cueto can be seen with his back against the backstop, kicking at Carpenter, with backup catcher Jason LaRue, defending his pitcher, taking some blows as well.

Carpenter’s former teammate, Reds 3B Scott Rolen, grabbed onto Carpenter and pulled him out of the melee. The umpires finally got everything under control and the brawl was over.

After the game, which the Cardinals won 8-4, Carpenter told reporters that Cueto had kicked him in the back and that he had scratches there from Cueto’s cleats. It was discovered that LaRue had been kicked in the head by the Reds pitcher and was diagnosed with a concussion. That concussion, though not LaRue’s first, was his last, as LaRue’s career ended that season.

Fines and suspensions were given out as a result of the incident. Cueto received the worst penalty, a seven-game suspension for “violent and aggressive actions.”  Managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker were suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount.

Others who were also fined were Carpenter and Molina, as well as Phillips, and Reds reliever Russ Springer. Springer was fined for coming on the field while on the disabled list.

The Reds eventually won the Division that year, but Karma of sorts came back on the Reds. They were swept in three games by the Phillies in the Division Series and were no-hit by Roy Halladay.

Reporters caught up with Jason LaRue some 10 years later and LaRue was still bitter, stating that Cueto never apologized to him. The Cardinals won the World Series the next year in 2011, while the Reds have won only one Division title since then, in 2012. They have gone to the postseason only two more times, in 2013 and 2020 as a Wild Card team that did not advance.

On the other hand, the Cardinals have won four Division titles, two NL pennants and one World Series since 2010. Molina is still playing at the major league level. Phillips’ affiliated career ended in Boston’s minor league system in 2018, but at age 41, he continues to play in independent ball.

Revenge as they say, is sweet.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2022

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Friday with the two rookie clubs winning. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day, the DSL’s Jose Suarez and Arfeni Batista, were both 2-for-3 with two RBI. Other standouts include Springfield’s Matt Koperniak and Jordan Walker.

Results from games played Friday, August 12.

Memphis 0, Indianapolis 3

The Memphis Redbirds were blanked by the Indians in a 3-0 shutout at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched three innings, gave up two runs on three hits and struck out four. Williams took the loss, his third.

James Naile relieved Williams and threw two scoreless innings. Zach McAllister surrendered one run in two innings. Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Indianapolis took a 2-0 lead in the second. In the sixth, the Indians added their third and final run.

Memphis was held to two hits, a triple from Scott Hurst and a single by rehabbing Juan Yepez. The offense was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.

On the base paths, Evan Mendoza stole his 13th base, and Hurst swiped his 11th bag.

In the field, Naile made a pickoff error and catcher Austin Allen had a passed ball.

Memphis is 57-51 and is in third place in the International League West, 8.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Indianapolis, Matthew Liberatore LHP (5-4, 4.77) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (5-4, 4.56) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at Amarillo 10

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Sod Poodles in a 10-7 road contest on Friday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and struck out two.

Michael Brettell relieved McGreevy and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Tyler Pike surrendered four runs in 2/3 innings and took the loss. The left hander was also tagged with a blown save. Logan Gragg relinquished two runs in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Amarillo scored first with one run in the first inning. Springfield tied it up in the second. Jordan Walker singled. Matt Koperniak ground into a force out, Walker was out at second. Chase Pinder doubled to plate Koperniak.

The Cardinals went up 5-1 in the third on a solo home run by Irving Lopez and a three-run long ball by Koperniak. The Sod Poodles rallied for three runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4.

Matt Koperniak

Springfield added two runs in the sixth. Chandler Redmond drew a walk. Aaron Antonini singled. Lopez reached on an error and Redmond scored. Antonini was thrown out at third, Lopez advanced to second. Mike Antico reached on an error and Lopez advanced to third. Masyn Winn reached on an error and Lopez scored.

Amarillo scored four in the seventh to take an 8-7 lead, then scored two more in the eight. The runs went unanswered by Springfield.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker was 4-for-5. Lopez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Antico was 2-for-5. Koperniak had three RBI.

On the base paths, Brady Whalen stole his first base. Antico was caught stealing for the fourth time. In the field, Lopez made a fielding error. Koperniak had an outfield assist at home plate.

Springfield is 19-18 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Amarillo, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-3, 4.31) vs. Deyni Olivero RHP (1-8, 6.29) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 8 at Great Lakes 11

The Peoria Chiefs were outslugged by the Loons on Friday night in an 11-8 road loss. Starter Austin Love pitched three innings, gave up six runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Love took the loss, his 11th of the season.

Levi Prater relieved Love and surrendered five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Chris Roycroft threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless eighth.

Great Lakes scored one run in the first inning and five more in the second to go up 6-0. Peoria answered in the third with four runs on a two-run long ball by Mack Chambers and another two-run shot by Jacob Buchberger.

Jacob Buchberger

The Chiefs made it 6-5 in the fourth. Patrick Romeri drew a walk. Chambers reached on a fielder’s choice and a fielding error. Todd Lott singled to score Romeri.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Loons made it 8-5. A solo home run by Osvaldo Tovalin and a sac fly from Romeri shrunk the lead again to 8-7.

Great Lakes added three runs in the fifth to make it 11-7. A Tyler Reichenborn RBI double brought home the only Chiefs run in the ninth.

Buchberger went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Tovalin was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Lott was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Reichenborn was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Chambers had two RBI.

On the base paths, Reichenborn stole his 19th base of the season.

Peoria is 18-22 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 games back of first place South Bend

Saturday’s game:  at Great Lakes, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-10, 4.45) vs. Kendal Williams RHP (2-3, 4.86) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1 at Bradenton 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals were defeated by the Marauders in a 6-1 away contest on Friday night. Starter Yanael Dominguez pitched five innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two. Dominguez took the loss, his first.

Angel Cuenca surrendered two runs in two innings of relief. Luis Jimenez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Bradenton took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Marauders added a fourth run in the fourth, and two more runs in the sixth to go up 6-0.

Palm Beach finally got on the board in the seventh with their only run via a solo home run by Elijah Cabell.

Elijah Cabell

The Cardinals offense scored one run on three hits. The only other extra base hit was a double by Victor Scott.

On the base paths, Scott stole his fifth base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the third time.

Palm Beach is 23-17 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, Jose Davila RHP (0-0, 0,00) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2, FCL Mets 0

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (20-25) blanked the Mets by a 2-0 score on Friday morning at Roger Dean Stadium. Memphis lefty Ljay Newsome (rehabbing from Tommy John surgery) started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched one scoreless inning, allowed one hit and struck out two.

Ian Bedell (rehabbing from Peoria) threw a scoreless inning of relief. Victorious Victor Villanueva hurled four scoreless innings to earn the win, his fourth. Diorys Guerrero tossed the final three scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Victor Villanueva

The Cardinals scored both their runs in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Won-Bin Cho, the outfielder’s first as a professional, and a wild pitch. Joshua Baez advanced to first on a dropped third strike, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch with a throwing error.

Won-Bin Cho

Shortstop Lizandro Espinoza made a fielding error.

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

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL D-backs Black 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (29-22) topped the D-backs Black in a one run home win on Friday morning. Starter Nelfy Ynfante pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked two.

Reliever Henry Gomez surrendered two runs in three innings pitched. Gomez received the win, his sixth. Miguel Martinez allowed two runs in the eighth. Bruno Lopez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jose Suarez. Arfeni Batista smacked a two-run home run in the second to increase the lead to 3-0.

Arfeni Batista

The D-backs came back in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2. In the seventh, the Cardinals added two insurance runs. Anyelo Encarnacion singled to start the inning. Jonathan Mejia singled. Jose Suarez doubled to score Encarnacion. Suarez scored on a sac fly by Maikel Hernandez.

Jose Suarez

The D-backs rallied in the ninth but were only able to plate two runs to bring the final score to 5-4.

Mejia went 3-for-4. Suarez was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Batista was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

On the base paths, Carlos Carmona stole his fourth base of the season. Batista was caught stealing. In the field, Encarnacion made a fielding error. CF Yaisel Ramos had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Tigers2, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 am CT.


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