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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 22, 2021

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Glendale won its fifth game in eight AFL tries as five St. Louis Cardinals prospects contributed. Among the many highlights were doubles by Brendan Donovan, Juan Yepez and Nolan Gorman and a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts thrown by Jake Walsh.

Results from the game played Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Desert Dogs 10 at Rafters 5

Two four-run innings propelled the Glendale Desert Dogs (5-3) past the Salt River Rafters (4-4) at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 10-5.

The visitors translated 13 hits and four walks into 10 tallies, including four runs in both the first and seventh frames.  All nine starters contributed at least one hit, with five of them garnering two hits apiece.

St. Louis prospects were again in the thick of the scoring, beginning with top of the order batter Brendan Donovan.  Shortstop Donovan and number three hitter Juan Yepez both singled and doubled in five at bats with two runs scored.  Donovan swiped a base and Yepez drove in two while manning both corner outfield positions at different points of the game.

Clean-up hitter Nolan Gorman reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, a run scored and an RBI. The second baseman exited in favor of a pinch runner in the seventh.

Jake Walsh

Andre Pallante and Jake Walsh were the other two of five Cardinals Desert Dogs to see Thursday action.  Pallante tossed a clean seventh and eighth, working around four baserunners, via a hit and three free passes issued.  Walsh faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out two.

Friday’s game:  vs Saguaros (5-2), 12:35 pm MST/1:35 pm CT, RHP Coleman Crow (0-0, 4.50) (LAA)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 20, 2021

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Glendale pitching was leaky on Tuesday, yielding 12 runs in a home loss. Cardinals prospect Brendan Donovan doubled and scored a run in two plate appearances. Nolan Gorman walked and crossed the plate in his two times up.

Results from the game played Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Desert Dogs 4 vs. Scorpions 12

A parade of Glendale Desert Dogs pitchers fell prey to the long ball, resulting in a 12-4 home loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions (3-3).

Glendale starter Johan Dominguez (L, 1-1) (CHW) lasted just a third of an inning, permitting five tallies on five hits and a walk.  Four of the five scores off the righty were generated by two home runs.

The Scorpions kept up the scoring against the next four Desert Dogs hurlers.  JB Olson (CHW) recorded seven outs, giving up a solo shot that was one of two hits and a base-on-balls permitted while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.

The Dodgers’ Jeff Belge, the only lefty among seven Glendale hurlers on Tuesday, was also touched for a solo bomb during his 1 1/3-inning stint.  Three of the four runs given up by RJ Freure (HOU) during his two innings of work also came off one long ball, one of four hits and two free passes issued.

The home run parade finally finished after Nathan Burns’ (LAA) one inning on the bump.  It was the only hit he yielded.  McKinley Moore (CHW) went 1 1/3 frames, allowing a hit and two walks before giving way to Joe Record (HOU), who retired both batters faced, stranding two inherited runners.

St. Louis’ contribution to the contest came in the forms of Nolan Gorman and Brendan Donovan, the former starting at second and the latter a mid-game replacement in right field.

Brendan Donovan

Gorman, who started at second, scored his team’s first run when he opened the second with a walk.  The Desert Dogs’ clean-up hitter advanced to second via a 4-3 ground out then on to third on a wild pitch.

A two-run double by left fielder James Outman (LAD) brought Gorman across home plate ahead of third baseman Kody Hoese (LAD).  Gorman grounded out, 4-3, in his next at bat before being pinch hit for in the home half of the sixth with his team down 11-3.

Donovan entered the game in the top of sixth when the Desert Dogs manager re-organized his outfield.  The St. Louis prospect replaced centerfielder Yoelqui Cespedes (CHW) in the five spot in the batting order with the right fielder moving to left and the left fielder sliding over to center.

Donovan’s entry in the contest produced immediate results.  The right fielder lined a double to left with one away in the bottom of the sixth, eventually scoring on designated hitter Carson Taylor’s (LAD) single.  Overall, Donovan went 1-for-2 with a run scored, his double comprising one of eight Desert Dogs hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Javelinas (1-5), 6:35 pm MST/7:35 pm CT, RHP Jordan Hicks (0-0, 9.00)

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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 19, 2021

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Six St. Louis Cardinals prospects appeared in Glendale’s Monday 7-1 win, led by Nolan Gorman’s two hits, two walks and two runs scored. Juan Yepez plated two and Andre Pallante and Zack Thompson combined to throw four scoreless innings.

Results from the game played Tuesday, October 18, 2021.

Desert Dogs 7 at Solar Sox 1

The Glendale Desert Dogs (4-1) led wire-to-wire in their dominant 7-1 road victory over the Mesa Solar Sox (2-3)

Lars Nootbaar got the scoring started with a lead-off home run off right-hander Conner Loeprich (L, 0-1) (BAL).  The right fielder went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch.

The hits kept on coming that inning.  Number two hitter Pedro Leon (HOU) followed Nootbaar’s third Arizona Falll League long ball by beating out a hit to short, followed by second baseman Nolan Gorman’s single to right.  With runners at the corners, first baseman Juan Yepez doubled to left, driving in both Leon and Gorman, for a 3-0 lead.

The score remained a competitive 3-0 until the visitors half of the eighth when Glendale poured on four more tallies.  As in the first frame, the scoring was ignited by Cardinals prospects, this time Nolan Gorman and Juan Yepez.  Gorman and Yepez worked consecutive walks, putting two on with none out.  A double steal left first base open, which was quickly filled by yet another free pass issued to catcher Korey Lee (HOU).  Designated hitter Jose Rodriguez (CHW) cleared the bases via his first home run of the Fall campaign.

Nolan Gorman

The Desert Dogs garnered seven hits in all, led by Gorman who singled twice in three at bats with two walks and two runs scored.  Yepez reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with the aforementioned double, two walks, touching home once and knocking in two.

St. Louis prospects were represented on the pitching side as well.  Andre Pallante followed starter Angel Macuare (W, 1-0) (HOU) to the mound after the Astros’ righty tossed two clean frames.  Pallante pitched a scoreless third and fourth, using three strikeouts to work around two hits and a walk.

After Angels’ righty Zach Linginfelter tossed a clean fifth, Zack Thompson was handed the ball at the sixth’s onset.  Five of the six outs recorded by Thompson were strikeouts, with the southpaw giving up a hit and three free passes.

The final Cardinals hurler to see action was Jake Walsh, who pitched the ninth.  Walsh issued a free pass to his first batter, the runner advancing to second on defensive indifference.  That proved costly after a one-out single to left by catcher Will Banfield (MIA) scored the base runner and ended the shutout bid.  Further damage was prevented when Lee caught Banfield stealing prior to a game-ending swinging K.

Tuesday’s game:  vs Scorpions (2-3), 12:35 pm MST/1:35 pm CT, RHP Johan Dominguez (Jordan Hicks is scheduled to start Wednesday).


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 15, 2021

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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar drove in four on two home runs as Glendale took its second consecutive road game to start the Arizona Fall League campaign.

Results from the game played Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Desert Dogs 11 at Javelinas 9

The Desert Dogs (2-0) scored in six of their first seven frames on their way to an 11-9 victory over the Javelinas (0-2) at Peoria Thursday afternoon.

Glendale’s batting order was jammed with St. Louis prospects in the one through four slots with Jordan Hicks starting on the mound. Jake Walsh was later called upon to close.

Lead-off batter Lars Nootbaar had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a walk and two home runs accounting for both of his runs scored and all four of his RBI.  The right fielder opened the game with a first-pitch solo shot off Atlanta right-hander William Woods then closed his team’s scoring with a three-run rocket off another Braves righty, Indigo Diaz in the seventh.

Lars Nootbaar

First baseman Juan Yepez and designated hitter Nolan Gorman had two hits apiece. Yepez doubled and homered in four at bats with a base-on-balls, run scored and RBI from the three hole.  Gorman went 2-for-5, touching base once batting clean up.

The fourth position player to start was Brendan Donovan who was hitless in five at bats while batting second but he did reach base on a hit by pitch.  Defensively, the taxi squad member manned second base.

Hicks did not shine in his start, yielding two tallies in the first of his two innings on the bump.  The righty issued a one-out free pass before balking the runner to second.  But a swinging K for what might have been the third out instead resulted in a run scoring plus a baserunner on first when Hicks was charged with a wild pitch.

A stolen base put the runner in position to score when the 25-year-old gave up a line drive single to center, generating another run when no one covered home plate.  Hicks, who settled down to retire his last four batters faced, threw 40 pitches, 25 for strikes.

In the bottom of the ninth, Walsh took the mound tasked with closing out the Desert Dogs’ 11-8 advantage.  The righty retired his first two batters on one pitch each but ran into difficulty after permitting a walk and two singles, with the latter hit narrowing the gap to 11-9.  With the potential winning run at the plate, Walsh notched a swinging strikeout for the save.

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Nathan Burns was credited with the win after tossing a clean fourth.  He was the only one of six Glendale hurlers not to be scored upon.  Yet another Braves righty, Victor Vodnik took the loss.

Friday’s game:   vs. Scorpions (0-1), 12:35 pm MST/2:35 pm CT, RHP Bobby Miller (0-0, —) (LAD) vs. LHP Tanner Tully (0-0, —) (CLE)

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2021 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue Season Review

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Overall

The Dominican Summer League (DSL) is at the rookie level within baseball’s minor league system.  The league is a gateway into affiliated professional baseball for players who are not eligible for Major League Baseball’s annual First-Year Player Draft.  The lack of eligibility is mainly due to not meeting the residency requirement.

The DSL is comprised of 46 teams representing 29 organizations with Atlanta not participating.  Those 46 squads are split between six divisions, the Cardinals Blue assigned to the eight-team South Division.  The South Division is one of five containing eight teams with the final division having six squads.  All teams play exclusively within their own division (other than the Cardinals Red and Blue facing each other every Saturday).

After 13 seasons with one team in the league, St. Louis expanded to two squads for the 2018 season, becoming one of 17 organizations fielding two teams.  The original team became the Cardinals Blue and a second team was created, the Cardinals Red.   Both teams share the Baseball Oasis facility with one team always home while the other is on the road.

Subsequent to losing the entire 2020 season due to a worldwide pandemic, DSL baseball resumed on July 12th, nearly six weeks later than prior years, with a restructured baseball calendar running through October 2nd.  The modified schedule contained a maximum of 60 games, 12 games fewer than 2019.  No team played the full 60 games with the completed games totals ranging from 52 to 59.  The Cardinals Blue played 59 contests so comparisons of the team’s raw numbers versus the league will not be addressed in this article.

Although the schedule still included Sundays off as in prior seasons, Wednesdays were added as an additional off day.  Each week all teams played one home-and-away series versus two other affiliates and the same squad every Saturday.  St. Louis’ two teams faced each other on Saturdays.

Team

36 players were part of the Cardinals Blue team in 2021 with five – three position and two pitching – also seeing action on the Cardinals Red.   Four of the five spent more time with the C-Blue than C-Red.  For the purposes of this article, the stats of those five remain in the cumulative team totals in which they were generated.

Juan Peralta

Another player, pitcher Juan Peralta, was returned to the DSL from the Florida Complex League on August 6th, after which he generated the majority of his 2021 work.  However, each of the six players’ stats and prior experience was counted against the team for which they played the most, both when analyzing individual ages and experience (see below) and consideration for year-end

Overall, the Cardinals Blue represented seven countries.  57% hailed from the Dominican Republic, seven came from Venezuela, four from Mexico and one each from Cuba, Panama, Aruba and the Bahamas.

In terms of experience, the squad had 27 rookies versus eight players with one year of experience.  Marking each player’s age as of midnight of June 30th of the current season, per Baseball Reference, the 27 rookies consisted of one 16-year-old, nine 17-year-olds, 14 18-year-olds, two 19-year-olds and one who was 20.  Of the eight players for whom the 2019 campaign was their rookie season, one was 18 and the rest were 19.

The Season

The Cardinals Blue went 21-38 which landed them in a tie with the Twins for the bottom slot in the South Division, 16 games behind the Rockies.  That .356 winning percentage was better than just one DSL squad, the Orioles1, who went 13-39, although the Athletics joined the Twins and C-Blue with a .356 winning percentage.  The Cardinals Blue’s Home-Road splits were 9-20 at home and 12-18 away.

Note on month-by-month records:  Two games were suspended in one month and completed in another.  This report uses actual real time results and not retroactive adjusted records.

The team got off to a solid if unremarkable start, going 7-7 in July, but that was the team’s high-water mark record wise.  The C-Blue unraveled in August, winning just five of 21 contests but were minimally impacted by the weather with one postponement and one cancellation.  The Cardinals Blue fared a tad better over the season’s final four plus weeks, posting a 9-15 mark.

Breaking down their record by run differential, the C-Blue’s defeats fell into two categories:  squeakers or blow outs.  Their 6-12 mark in one-run decisions represented 30.5% of their decisions whereas nearly 46% were determined by four or more tallies.  The team went 6-21 in the latter category.

Head-to-head versus the Cardinals Red, the C-Blue won four and lost eight, with two of their victories coming in the last three contests.

Pitching

The staff had 18 hurlers take the mound with rookie reliever Alexandre Beltre the sole lefty.  The average age of the staff was 18.5 years old, placing them a bit under the league average age of 18.7 years and .6 of a year younger than the C-Red staff.  That 18.5 average age placed them in a five-way tie for 15th in the league.

Ronny Oliver

The youngest was Ronny Oliver, who just turned 17 in January and was one of 13 rookies.  The remaining 12 rookies included nine 18-year-olds, two who were 19 and one 20-year-old.  Five hurlers had one year of pro experience, one of them 18 and the balance were 19.

Reviewing signing dates, seven were signed to 2020 contracts in July 2019 but did not take the mound until July 2021, a span of just over two years.  One pitcher, Victor Herrera, was signed in September 2018 but is among the 13 rookies.  Just three of the 13 were signed after the 2020 season would have finished.

Victor Herrera

The rotation was comprised of four right-handers getting regular work with the fifth slot rotating among four others.  Two of the rotating four swing men made five starts apiece.  It was a more stable situation than on the C-Red staff.

Overall, the pitching staff was below league average in most categories, placing at or near the bottom in several.  They compiled a 5.33 Earned Run Average (ERA) and 1.625 Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP) which put them 44th in ERA and 41st in WHIP as compared to their counterparts on other squads.  No squad allowed more hits per nine Innings (H9) than did the Cardinals Blue’s 9.3, tied with Oakland for last place.  They gave up 0.5 home runs every nine frames, which put them in a 10-way tie for 30th.  The category in which they had their highest ranking was strikeouts per nine innings (9.1), for which they were in a four-way tie for 20th.  The C-Blue averaged 5.3 walks every nine innings which was another four-way tie, this time for 31st.   The Cardinals Blue’s strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.79:1, tied for 29th in the league.

Offense

18 players took the field for the 2021 offense.  One, catcher Alejandro Loaiza, played more for the Cardinals Red and is not part of this age and experience breakdown.

The average age of Cardinals Blue hitters was 17.6, a bit below the 17.9 league average, placing them in a nine-way tie for sixth place, along with the Cardinals Red.  Despite the long wait for some debuts, the 2021 average is a tad younger than the 2019 average of 17.7.

The Cardinals Blue’s offense was a bit more experienced than the C-Red with three Blue players having one year of pro knowledge to the Cardinals Red’s one.  The three C-Blue veterans were all 19 years old.  In comparison, the 2019 team had seven veterans among 14 position players.

Hence, 14 of the Cardinals Blue’s 17 position players were rookies.  Eight of the 14 or nearly 62% were signed after the 2020 season would have concluded.  The youngest was corner outfielder Jose Suarez, who did not turn 17 until early August.  The remaining 13 rookies included eight 17-year-olds and five 18-year-olds.

Jose Suarez

The offense was in the league’s bottom third in all but one category, compiling a line of .223/.327/.323/.651 in 1,775 at bats.  Compared to the league, the C-Blue tied for 33rd in batting average and 38th in on-base percentage.  The sole area in which the team was near average was slugging percentage at 26th.  The Cardinals Blue’s .651 OPS was 33rd best as was their runs per games average of 4.31.

Defense

Collectively, the Cardinals Blue were 29th in the league with a .951 fielding percentage, just behind the Cardinals Red’s .952.  In comparison, the league’s top defensive team was the Red Sox Blue with a .970 fielding percentage and the worst was the Pirates Gold’s .927.

The individual with the highest fielding percentage was 18-year-old outfielder Jose Cordoba who compiled a .989 fielding percentage in 40 games.  He was the second choice for playing time in center and left field behind Luis Pino and Robelyn Lopez, respectively.

Jose Cordoba

Cordoba’s combined outfield stats, however, placed him at the top of outfield chart in games, putouts and assists.  The Venezuelan was flawless in 24 games in center with 49 putouts and one assist with a Range Factor of 2.08.  Cordoba’s final fielding percentage was pulled down by his 16 left field games in which he committed one miscue with 32 putouts and four assists for a .973 mark.  He had a 2.25 Range Factor and took part in two double plays.

The primary recipient of pitches behind the dish was 17-year-old Leonardo Bernal, one of five catchers over the season’s course – along with Justin Guerrero (nine games), Loaiza (seven games), Diego Velasquez (six games) and veteran Juan Sanchez (four games).  Sanchez did not finish the season, given his unconditional release on August 26th.

Leonardo Bernal

Bernal, who was signed out of Panama on January 15, 2021, caught in 33 games with 279 putouts and 32 assists versus six errors and five passed balls.  That works out to a .981 fielding percentage.  The opposition ran pretty freely on the rookie and he caught only 18 of 62 or 29%.  Bernal had a 9.42 Range Factor.  Offensively, Bernal generated a line of .209/.298/.373/.671, 33-for-158.

Conclusion

The DSL Cardinals Blue were in the bottom third of the league in statistical performances in 2021 with a record that barely kept them from the cellar.  Like the Cardinals Red, however, individual bright spots existed which will be discussed in future articles.

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2021 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Red Season Review

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The newest of the St. Louis Cardinals’ two Dominican Summer League teams was young in experience but the 2021 Cardinals Red finished just three games under .500.

Overall

The Dominican Summer League (DSL) is at the rookie level within baseball’s minor league system.  The league is a gateway into affiliated professional baseball for players who are not eligible for Major League Baseball’s annual First-Year Player Draft.  The lack of eligibility is mainly due to not meeting the residency requirement.

The DSL is comprised of 46 teams representing 29 organizations with Atlanta not participating.  Those 46 squads are split among six divisions, with the Cardinals Red assigned to the eight-team San Pedro Division.  The San Pedro Division is one of five containing eight teams with the final division having six squads.  All teams play exclusively within their own division (other than the Cardinals Red and Blue facing each other every Saturday).

After 13 seasons with one team in the league, St Louis expanded to two squads for the 2018 season, becoming one of 17 organizations fielding two teams.  The original team became Cardinals Blue and the second team Cardinals Red. They share the Baseball Oasis facility with one team home while the other is on the road.

Subsequent to losing the entire 2020 season due to the worldwide pandemic, DSL baseball resumed on July 12th, nearly six weeks later than prior years, with a restructured baseball calendar running through October 2nd.  The modified schedule contained a maximum of 60 games, 12 games fewer than 2019.  No team played the full 60 games with the completed games totals ranging from 52 to 59.  The Cardinals Red played 57 contests so comparisons of the team’s raw numbers versus the league will not be addressed in this article.

Although the schedule included Sundays off as in prior seasons, Wednesdays were added as an additional off day in 2021.  Each week all teams played one home-and-away series versus two other affiliates and the same squad every Saturday.  All 17 organizations fielding two squads played each other on Saturdays.

Team

38 players were part of the Cardinals Red team in 2021 with five of them, three position and two pitching, also seeing action with the Cardinals Blue.   For the purposes of this article, the stats of those five remain in the cumulative team totals in which they were generated.  Another player, pitcher William Miranda, was reassigned to the DSL from the Florida Complex League in August where the majority of his 2021 work was done. However, each of the six player’s stats and prior experience was counted against the team for which they played the most, both when analyzing individual ages and experience (see below) and consideration for year-end awards.

The cancelled 2020 season impacted the team’s composition, age and experience, particularly the age and experience components.  The ‘Age versus Playing Level’ rule of thumb lost much of its relevance since players stagnated for an entire season.  But a deeper dive into the numbers revealed interesting differences between the Pitching and Offense make ups which will be enumerated in their sections below.  Overall, only three countries were represented in 2021 versus five in 2019.  71% hailed from the Dominican Republic, one came from Columbia and the balance from Venezuela.

When it comes to experience, the squad had 23 rookies versus eight players with one year of experience and only one with two prior professional seasons.  Marking each player’s age as of midnight of June 30th of the current season, per Baseball Reference, the 23 rookies consisted of one 16-year-old, seven 17-year-olds, 11 18-year-olds, three 19-year-olds and one who was 20.  Of the eight players for whom the 2019 campaign was their rookie season, one was 18, three were 19 and four were 20.  The sole player with two years of pro ball experience was 20.

The Season

The Cardinals Red went 27-30 (.474) for a sixth-place finish in the San Pedro Division, 9 ½ games behind the Phillies White.  Their Home-Road splits were 17-12 at home and 10-18 away.

While the 2019 C-Red (.451) also finished in sixth place, the 2021 team posted a better record. In fact, their .474 winning percentage was just .001 behind Triple-A Memphis for the best mark in the system this season, albeit a down year.

A note on month-by-month records:  The C-Red had a game suspended in one month and completed in a later month.  This report uses actual real time results and not retroactive adjusted records.

The team generated steady results on a month-by-month basis, remaining at or near the .500 mark each month of the season.  The C-Red generated a 7-7 mark in July before encountering a challenging August schedule in which they went 8-10.  The first three weeks of August included four postponements plus three cancellations due to weather-related issues, resulting in 44% of their contests being played in the last four plus weeks of the season.  The team compiled a 12-13 mark over that span.

Breaking down their record by run differential, the Cardinals Red went 9-4 in games decided by one run, 4-9 in two-run contests, 3-5 for games decided by three runs and 11-12 in contests determined by four or more tallies.  That 11-12 mark comprises over 40% of the season’s games and the C-Red showed different results as the season wore on.  After going 5-9 in July and August, the team went 5-4 in September and early October.

The Cardinals Red dominated their contests with the Cardinals Blue.  The organization’s ‘junior’ squad won eight and lost four. (It should be noted that in terms of roster composition, the organization balanced the two teams, rather than create “A” and “B” squads.)

Pitching

19 hurlers took the mound with starter and one-year veteran Diorys Guerrero the sole lefty.  Two of the 19, Marlyn Almonte and Victor Herrera, pitched more for the Cardinals Blue while the vast bulk of William Miranda’s 2021 work was in the Florida Complex League, so their age and experience levels are not included here.

Diorys Guerrero

The average age of the remaining 16 staff was 19.1 years old, placing them over the league average age of 18.7 years.  Two other DSL teams had an identical average and only seven staffs were older.  The youngest C-Red hurler was Juan Severino who just turned 17 in June and was one of eight rookies.  The remaining seven rookies included four 18-year-olds, two 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old.

Americo Lugo

Another seven had one year of pro experience, three of them 19 and four were 20, including Americo Lugo who turned 21 in August.  Lugo’s August birthday made him about 5 ½ weeks older than Augusto Calderon who was the only member of the C-Red with two years of pro experience.

A big factor in the staff’s average age was the signing dates of the rookies.  Only two of the eight were signed after the cancelled 2020 season would have finished, with 18-year-old Samuel Fabian joining Severino in that category.  Five were signed in 2019 with the final rookie signed in January 2020.  For example, now 18-year-old Darlin Saladin had to wait nearly two years before taking the mound.  Although their ages elevated the staff’s average, none had the mound experience they would have gained in normal times.

Darlin Saladin

Nine pitchers started at least one game, necessitated in part by multiple September twin bills but also reflecting changing priorities as the season progressed.  The same starting five handled the season’s initial three weeks with all five getting regular work.  That changed in August when available starts were at a premium and only nine games were completed over the first 20 days.

Still, the same rotation started the initial 22 contests, but an additional four hurlers were added into the mix over the season’s balance of 35 games.  Those additions were not limited to double-header starts.  Some starters moved to the bullpen and others were given a starting opportunity.

Overall, the pitching staff compiled a 4.52 Earned Run Average (ERA) and 1.503 Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP) which put them 28th in ERA and 35th in WHIP as compared to their counterparts across the league.  Only two squads allowed more Hits Per 9 Innings (H9) than did the Cardinals Red, who averaged 9.0.  They gave up just 0.3 home runs every nine frames which tied them for ninth place.  Their Strikeouts Per Nine innings (8.1/41st(tie)) and Walks Per 9 Innings (4.5/11th (tie)) rates are likely a factor of the high H9 rate.  You do not either walk or strike out many batters when they are teeing off on you.  The Cardinals Red had a Strikeout-to-Walk ratio of 1.79:1, tied for 21st in the league.

Offense

18 position players took the field in 2021.  Two of them, Bryan Encarnacion and Justin Guerrero, played more for the Cardinals Blue, thus they are not part of this age and experience breakdown.

The average age of Cardinals Red hitters was 17.6, below the 17.9 league average, placing them in a nine-way tie for sixth place.  They were a tad younger than the 2019 average of 17.7.

Reviewing the age and experience of the group, one aspect sticks out in almost glaring fashion:  the lack of experience.  The C-Red had one just player, 18-year-old outfielder Jose Rodriguez, who played in 2019.  Contrast that with the six veterans among 15 position players on the 2019 squad.

Jose Rodriguez

15 of the Cardinals Red’s 16 position players were rookies.  Eight of the 15 or 53% were signed after the 2020 season would have concluded.  The youngest was center fielder Carlos Carmona, who turned 17 on July 1st, the day after the age cutoff.  The remaining 14 rookies included six 17-year-olds, seven 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

Carlos Carmona

The offense compiled a line of .233/.347/.351/.697 in 1,644 at bats.  Compared to others in the league, the C-Red tied for 26th in batting average and 22nd in on-base percentage.  When they did make contact, however, the ranking went up as their slugging percentage was good for 14th place as was their OPS.    They generated an average of 4.86 runs per games, good for 19th.

Defense

The Cardinals Red were 28th in the league with a .952 fielding percentage.  In comparison, the league’s top defensive team was the Red Sox Blue with a .970 fielding percentage and the worst was the Pirates Gold’s .927.

The individual with the highest fielding percentage was first baseman Francis Reynoso at .996.  The 18-year-old committed just one error in 35 games with 233 putouts and 15 assists.  Reynoso took part in 19 double plays and had a Range Factor of 7.09.

Francis Reynoso

Catching duties were shared by four players:  Maikel Hernandez (22 games), Carlos Linarez (17 games), Alejandro Loaiza (12 games) and Justin Guerrero (10 games).  Guerrero was moved to the Cardinals Blue on August 21st.

Hernandez and Linarez, the primary backstops, came to Opening Day 2021 via very different routes.  Hernandez, an 18-year-old out of Venezuela, was one of six prospects signed on July 2, 2019 to 2020 contracts.  He debuted over two years after signing.

Contrast his journey with that of fellow countryman Linarez.  The 19-year-old was signed in mid-June 2021, just one month before the 2021 season got underway.

Carlos Linarez

Linarez not only had a far shorter wait time to begin his pro career, but he also put up better numbers both behind the dish and at the plate than did Hernandez.  The former had a .993 fielding percentage with one error and four passed balls versus 120 putouts and 18 assists.  Linarez caught 18 of 33 who tried to steal or 55% and had a Range Factor of 8.12.

On the other hand, Hernandez compiled a .982 fielding percentage with three errors and six passed balls versus 134 putouts and 28 assists.  His caught stealing rate was 46%, 23 of 50, with a Range Factor of 7.36.

Where Linarez really separated himself from his backstop competition was at the plate.  The righty batter generated a sterling .305/.397/.407/.804 mark, 18-for-59 in 22 contests including five as the designated hitter.  Switch-hitter Hernandez struggled offensively, going 14-for-63 or .222/.315/.333/.648.

Conclusion

The DSL Cardinals Red were an average team which lacked the results required for an upper level finish in the standings.  There were, however, individual bright spots which will be outlined in future reports.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – October 4, 2021

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system closed its 2021 slate with a comeback win by Memphis in the Triple-A Final Stretch. Working in relief of Jordan Hicks and Johan Oviedo, Matthew Liberatore faced 10 batters, and with the help of his defense, collected 10 outs. Alec Burleson was among offensive leaders.

Results from the game played Sunday, October 3, 2021.

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Memphis 4 vs. Charlotte 3

A sixth-inning error proved decisive as Memphis (61-67) rallied for a 4-3 victory over Charlotte (47-81) (CHW) in the 2021 Triple-A Final Stretch finale. The 4-4 Redbirds tied for 14th in the 30-team post-season tourney.

The Redbirds trailed 3-0 midway through six but ended the frame with the contest tied at three all.  Shortstop Rayder Ascanio led off with a single to left before second baseman Kramer Robertson drew a one-out walk.  A free pass issued to designated hitter Juan Yepez with two away loaded the bases for first baseman Luken Baker.

Baker was hit by a pitch, driving in Ascanio and bringing Evan Mendoza into the game to pinch run for Baker after an injury delay.  Left fielder Alec Burleson’s smash could not be fielded cleanly by the Knights’ shortstop, allowing both Burleson to reach and Robertson and Yepez to score two unearned runs.

The score remained unaltered until Yepez worked his second walk, this time with one gone in the bottom of the eighth.  Mendoza doubled to left (after having taken over for the injured Baker at first), advancing Yepez to third.  Burleson lined a single to left, bringing Yepez across home plate for the final score.

Alec Burleson

Burleson’s hit was the last of five Redbirds’ hits overall to go with four free passes issued.  Ascanio garnered two of those hits, singling twice in three at bats with a run scored and stolen base.  Top prospect Nolan Gorman, heading to the Arizona Fall League next, did not play.

Making his third rehab start, Jordan Hicks surrendered home runs to his first two batters.  The 25-year-old went on to retire six batters, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out two.  Hicks threw 31 pitches, 20 for strikes, and will next join Gorman and others in the AFL.

Factoring in the circumstances of Memphis’ prior two contests having been cancelled due to wet grounds combined with this being the season finale, the next two pitching moves were to be expected.  Two regular members of Memphis’ rotation followed Hicks to the mound:  Johan Oviedo and Matthew Liberatore.

Oviedo retired his initial six batters before running into trouble in the fifth.  The righty jammed the sacks full via a lead-off double, base-on-balls and one-out single before a sac fly brought a runner across home.  Oviedo’s day was finished when he issued his second free pass, bringing Liberatore into the game.

Matthew Liberatore

Liberatore (W, 9-9) ended the threat with a 4-3 ground out, minimizing the damage to Oviedo’s stat line.  That out was the first of ten recorded by the 21-year-old who struck out four – two called and two swinging.  Liberatore permitted a single but a 6-4-3 double play erased the base runner to end the eighth, giving the right-hander a 10-up and 10-down final line.

Another AFL-bound Redbird, Jake Walsh, tossed a one-two-three ninth, sandwiching a 6-3 ground out between two swinging K’s for his first professional save.

Defensively, the Redbirds turned three double plays while a fielding bobble by Ascanio was the sole error.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – October 1, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Memphis Redbirds)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 behind a home win by the Memphis Redbirds. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, second baseman Nolan Gorman, reached base three times. Luken Baker and Juan Yepez each had two hits and an RBI.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Memphis 6 vs Charlotte 4

A big third inning catapulted the Redbirds over the Knights, 6-4, at AutoZone Park.  Memphis (60-67) holds a two-games-to-none series lead with three contests to play in 2021.

Nolan Gorman singled to left to lead off the third, followed by center fielder Justin Williams’ two-bagger to right.  The double scored the second baseman, knotting the game at one all.  In five plate appearances, Gorman reached three times. He added a double to his single, walked once and crossed home one time but was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Nolan Gorman

A single by Conner Capel put runners at the corner, bringing first baseman Luken Baker to the plate.  Baker’s first Triple-A at bat generated a ground-rule double, driving in Williams and giving Memphis a lead they would not relinquish.  Baker went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut, scoring once with an RBI.

Luken Baker

Alec Burleson contributed as well.  The left fielder lined a single to right, knocking in Capel.  The liner was Burleson’s only hit in four at bats to go with a run scored and RBI.

After a visit to the mound, catcher Dennis Ortega’s single drove in Baker. Burleson advanced to third on the play and scored on shortstop Evan Mendoza’s sac fly to left.

Handed a healthy 5-1 advantage, Redbirds hurlers made the lead stand up.  Making his first Triple-A start after a one-inning relief appearance, Andre Pallante permitted a run on five hits and three walks over four innings.

Andre Pallante

Austin Warner was credited with his seventh win in 10 decisions despite being tagged for an unearned score on two hits and a base-on-balls in the fifth.  The tally was unearned because of his own throwing error.

Johan Quezada issued a free pass in two clean frames before giving way to Jake Walsh.  Walsh served up a two-run long ball in the eighth, his only hit allowed along with a base-on-balls against three outs recorded.  The righty fanned two.

With Memphis’ lead cut to 5-4, the team added another run in the home half of the frame.  Third baseman Brendan Donovan led off with a double, his only hit in four at bats.  Designated hitter Juan Yepez’ second single in five at bats drove in Donovan for a two-run cushion and was the last of 12 team hits.

Jacob Bosiokovic maintained that cushion with a one-two-three ninth.  The right-hander earned his third Triple-A save as a result.

Friday’s game:  vs Charlotte (47-80) (CHW), 7:10 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-10, 7.06)

DSL Cardinals Blue 5 vs DSL Mets1 6

A late rally by the Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue (20-37) fell short as they were clipped by the DSL Mets1, 6-5, at home.

The C-Blue were down 6-0 heading into the home half of the seventh but clawed their way back into the game with five scores.  Left fielder Robelyn Lopez worked a base-on-balls with one away, advancing to third via third baseman Bryan Encarnacion’s first double of 2021.  The two-bagger was one of only two Blue hits to go for extra bases.

Representing the top of the order, Adari Grant lined a single to left, one of his three hits in five at bats, as the shortstop also doubled.  Lopez raced home while Encarnacion and Grant reached third and second, respectively, on the play.

Adari Grant

One wild pitch later, the score increased to 6-2 as Encarnacion was able to score.  Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion was issued one of his three free passes, putting runners at the corners for catcher Leonardo Bernal.  Bernal’s single to right brought Grant across home plate, advanced Anyelo Encarnacion to third and triggered a pitching change.

First baseman Fernando Diaz drove a single to left, knocking in Anyelo Encarnacion whereas centerfielder Jose Cordoba’s second hit in five at bats allowed Bernal to score.  A two-out walk by designated hitter Javier Bolivar loaded the bases for Lopez who struck out swinging.

The C-Blue were held to five hits over the other eight frames, failing to take advantage of another six free passes issued.  The team went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

Starter Henry Gomez (L, 1-8) struck out seven during his five innings of work but gave up six hits resulting in four tallies.  The 19-year-old finished his outing with three scoreless frames.

Alejandro Cervantes and Oliver Lopez both recorded six outs, Cervantes permitting two runs on three hits and a walk.

Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion was charged with his 11th bobble, a throwing miscue.

Friday’s game:   at DSL Mets1 (24-32), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Ronny Oliver (1-2, 5.83)

DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL Cubs Red 9 (11 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red (26-29) rallied in the ninth only to fall to the DSL Cubs Red, 9-7, in 11 innings.

This baseman Samil De La Rosa led the nine-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base, two runs scored and an RBI.  The only other C-Red with a multi-hit performance was left fielder Romtres Cabrera who singled and doubled in three at bats, worked two base-on-balls, touched home twice, drove in one and swiped his 10th bag.

Samil De La Rosa

Despite a team-wide offense featuring seven of nine starters contribute in some fashion, the game turned on the lack of defense.  The Cardinals Red’s three miscues, two by De La Rosa and one by first baseman Francis Reynoso, led to four unearned tallies.

On a positive note, Cabrera was credited with an outfield assist at second.  Catcher Maikel Hernandez produced mixed results behind the plate, picking off a runner at first while also being charged with his sixth passed ball.

Starter Yonael Dominguez was the unfortunate recipient of three unearned scores during his 2 1/3-inning stint.  Dominguez did not help his own cause by yielding nine hits resulting in seven runs.  He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Americo Lugo had a fine outing, giving up just one hit in 2 2/3 frames while stranding an inherited runner.  Eduar Pimental and Augusto Calderon matched Lugo’s performance, both pitchers tossing two scoreless frames.

Omar Yanez (L, 0-2) could not kept the scoreless streak going, however.  The 18-year-old pitched a clean 10th only to serve up a two-run walk-off home run to the 11th inning’s leadoff batter.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 29, 2021

Offense was in short supply for both Dominican teams on Tuesday, resulting in two losses.  Robelin Lopez reached base three times in the Cardinals Blue’s defeat while Memphis was idle.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Memphis – off

Wednesday’s game:  Memphis (58-67) vs Charlotte (47-78)(CHW), 1:15 pm ET/12:15 pm CT,  Connor Thomas (5-4, 3.29)

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 vs DSL Angels 6The DSL Cardinals Blue (20-36) mustered just three hits in their 6-3 home loss to the DSL Angels (29-26).

The C-Blue added five base-on-balls to their trio of hits and only one player garnered at least one of each.  Designated hitter and Player of the Day Robelin Lopez singled once in two at-bats, worked two walks and drove in one run, batting sixth.

Robelin Lopez

Centerfielder Jose Cordoba went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and run scored in the clean-up spot.  All three C-Blue tallies were unearned.

Starter Hancel Rincon (L, 0-2) lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three free passes issued.  The righty also committed his second error on an attempted pickoff.

Both tallies charged to Victor Herrera in the second of his two-inning stint were unearned due to a catcher’s interference call on Justin Guerrero.  Herrera yielded two hits and a base-on-balls.  Carlos De La Cruz recorded three outs, permitting a run on a hit, walk and hit batsman.

Alexander Beltre composed the best pitching effort of the day.  The lefty retired all six batters faced, striking out two.  Juan Salas worked around a lead-off single and stolen base for a clean ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Mets2 4  (7)
The DSL Cardinals Red (26-28) barely escaped being on the short end of a no-hitter, falling to the DSL Mets2, 4-2, in seven frames.

The C-Red’s sole hit occurred in the game’s last stanza and it was a big one.  Second baseman Samil De La Rosa was plunked to open the frame.  For the second time in as many games, first baseman Francis Reynoso came to the plate with a runner aboard in the final inning and blasted a home run.  It was the 18-year-old’s third long ball in 105 at-bats this season.

Francis Reynoso

Starter Diorys Guerrero (L, 3-2) was tagged with three scores on six hits and a hit batsman over five innings.  Darlin Saladin gave up a run on a walk, two wild pitches and RBI double in the sixth.

All four runs yielded by C-Blue pitchers were earned despite three bobbles.  Reynoso was charged with a missed catch error, whereas centerfielder Carlos Carmona committed a fielding miscue.  Shortstop Marcelo Perez had one of his throws go awry, his seventh bobble versus the first for both Reynoso and Carmona.

Wednesday’s game:  off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 28, 2021

Only the DSL affiliates were in action on Monday, and both of them won in tight contests. Our Player of the Day is DSL Blue starter Benjamin Arias. The 19-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits and a walk and striking out eight. Francis Reynoso also had a notable performance with a walk-off home run for DSL Red.

Results from the games played Monday, September 27, 2021

Memphis – off

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Angels 2
The DSL Cardinals Blue (20-35) led wire-to-wire in their 4-2 road win over the DSL Angels.

The visitors got on the scoreboard in the fourth without the benefit of a hit.  Shortstop Adari Grant led off with a base-on-balls then moved up a base after right fielder Christian Avendano was hit by a pitch.  Consecutive wild pitches scored Grant but a 4-5 double play succeeded by a ground out eliminated further production.

The score remained 1-0 until the seventh when second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion lined a single to center with two away, driving in designated hitter Jose Suarez (walk) and third baseman Yancel Guerrero (hit-by-pitch).  Centerfielder Luis Pino launched his sixth bomb in the next frame.  Pino’s blast was the team’s third and final hit overall.

The opportunistic offense supported yet another stellar outing by starter Benjamin Arias (W, 3-3).  The 19-year-old righty shut down the Angels on three hits and a walk over five innings with 8 K’s.  Arias has not been scored upon in four September starts, encompassing 18 innings with 11 hits and two base-on-balls allowed while striking out 26.

Benjamin Arias

Four C-Blue relievers each tossed an inning, beginning with Randel Clemente who faced the minimum despite hitting a batter.  (A caught stealing wiped out that base runner.)

Antoni Cuello permitted two runs on two hits, a hit batsman, and a run-scoring sac bunt before giving way to Miguel Martinez.  Martinez walked one with two strikeouts in his inning of work and Juan Peralta worked around a fielding error by Guerrero for his second save.

Guerrero’s fourth bobble of 2021 was one of two miscues for the Cardinals Blue.  Encarnacion was charged with a missed catch error, his 10th overall.

Tuesday’s game:  vs DSL Angels (28-26), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT,  Hancel Rincon (0-1, 1.37)

DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs DSL Mets2 3
The DSL Cardinals Red (26-27) rallied in the ninth to walk off with a 5-3 victory over the DSL Mets2.

All five Red scores occurred that frame after the home team had been shut down on three hits and two walks over the initial eight stanzas.  The first four batters reached, all without generating a hit.

A fresh Mets2 reliever issued free passes to both second baseman Lizandro Espinosa and left fielder Romtres Cabrera then hit third baseman Samil De La Rosa which led to a pitching change.  The new reliever fared no better, plunking designated hitter Felix Taveras and driving Espinosa across home plate, making the score 3-1.

Things were looking grim for the C-Red after right fielder Jeremy Ramos lined out to first, resulting into an unassisted double play, erasing Taveras.  But back-to-back wild pitches scored Cabrera and De La Rosa, the latter tally knotting the game at 3-3.

Next up in the batter’s box was centerfielder Carlos Carmona who worked a base-on-balls, bringing first baseman Francis Reynoso to the plate.  Reynoso ended the contest with one swing of his bat, his second home run of 2021 landing over the left field wall.

Francis Reynoso

Espinosa and Cabrera were the sole Cardinals Red players to reach base twice.  Espinosa went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored whereas Cabrera was issued two free passes, touching home once.

Reliever Bruno Lopez (W, 5-1) was the beneficiary of his team’s ninth-inning rally.  The right-hander retired six batters, permitting a run on three hits but did not walk a batter.

Lopez pitched in relief of Wilmer Ortega who tossed the first four frames.  The Venezuelan yielded single tallies in the second and third innings, one of them via a long ball.  Ortega gave up three hits in all,  issued two free passes, and hit a batter.

Engels Martinez bridged the gap between Ortega and Lopez.  The 19-year-old blanked his opponents on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Defensively, Ortega was charged with his fourth error on a pickoff attempt, but Martinez was successful with his pickoff at first.  Ramos was credited with an outfield assist at third base.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 24, 2021

Photo: Connor Thomas (Memphis Redbirds)

The DSL Cardinals Blue claimed the system’s sole victory in three Thursday games.  Connor Thomas’ notable start could not prevent Memphis’ walk-off loss while the Cardinals Red extended their losing streak to five.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 23, 2021

Memphis 6 at Jacksonville 7
The bullpen’s ninth-inning meltdown turned a four-run lead into a 7-6 walk-off loss.  Memphis (57-66) has dropped the first three road contests at Jacksonville.

The Redbirds held a seemingly healthy 6-2 advantage with three outs to go.  Connor Jones (L, 5-6) was tasked with sealing the victory but did not record an out.  The righty yielded five runs on two doubles, two singles and a lead-off walk.

His final two base runners touched home plate under Johan Quezada’s watch.  Quezada (BS, 1) notched an out via a sac fly tying the game at 6-6 then permitted a double scoring the walk-off tally from first.

The performance spoiled an impressive start by Player of the Day Connor Thomas.  The lefty struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings, the only blemish being a two-run fourth.  One of the two scores was unearned due to a passed ball by catcher Dennis Ortega.  Thomas yielded four walks and six hits, one of them a solo shot.

Connor Thomas

Jesus Cruz issued a free pass in 2/3 of an inning, stranding an inherited runner.  Angel Rondon struck out the side in the eighth.

The Redbirds scored five runs in the eighth inning after singles from Dennis Ortega and Alec Burleson and a walk by Brendan Donovan loaded the bases. Nolan Gorman hit a sacrifice fly, Juan Yepez reached on an error, and Justin Williams hit a grand slam.

An insurance run in the top of the ninth on a pinch-hit, RBI single by Rayder Ascanio was not enough to ensure the victory.

Friday’s game:  at Jacksonville (72-51)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  T J Zeuch (4-3, 4.68)

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 vs DSL Nationals 2
Three-hit performances by Maycol Justo and Jose Cordoba led the DSL Cardinals Blue (19-33) over the DSL Nationals, 6-2, at home.

The shortstop and left fielder accounted for five of six tallies, with shortstop Justo touching home twice in five at-bats and Cordoba once.  Both players drove in one while Cordoba’s double was the only one of 10 team hits going for extra bases.  The left fielder was also hit by a pitch.

Jose Cordoba

Second baseman Adari Grant and third baseman Bryan Encarnacion both reached base twice.  Grant singled twice in five at bats with an RBI whereas Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Starter Henry Gomez (W, 1-7) tossed five strong frames, holding the opposition to a run on three hits and a base-on-balls.

Antoni Cuello was the first of three relievers following Gomez to the mound.  The tall 18-year-old recorded two outs, yielding a score on a hit and three free passes issued.

Marlyn Almonte retired four batters, walking one and stranding the bases full of Cuello’s base runners.  Juan Peralta faced the minimum twice for his first save of 2021.

Defensively, centerfielder Luis Pino was credited with an outfield assist at second base while the team turned two double plays.  Encarnacion was charged with a throwing error, his 10th miscue overall.

Friday’s game:  @ DSL Nationals (30-22), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Giants Black 7
Five tallies off the bullpen resulted in the DSL Cardinals Red’s 7-2 loss to the DSL Giants Black, their fifth straight defeat.

The C-Red (24-26) were tied 2-2 through five thanks to a solid effort by starter Yonael Dominguez.  The righty scattered eight hits over that span and permitted two runs.  Dominguez fanned five and did not issue a free pass.

Yonael Dominguez

The bullpen, however, was not as solid.  Angel Luna (L, 0-1) was tagged for a run on two hits in his inning on the bump, but Juan Severino fared even worse in the seventh.

The 17-year-old gave up four scores, two earned, on three hits and a walk, creating a deficit from which his teammates could not escape.  Engels Martinez tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The only player with more than one of seven team hits was Romtres Cabrera.  The centerfielder singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.

Third baseman Samil De La Rosa went 1-for-4, his single driving in Cabrera for a 1-0 lead after one.  The C-Red’s final run occurred when catcher Carlos Linarez’ liner up the middle brought designated hitter Jose Rodriguez across home after the latter reached on a fielder’s choice.  The tally knotted the game at 2-2 through four frames.

Defensively, right fielder Jeremy Ramos committed a fielding error, his fifth in all.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 22, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-3 on Tuesday and Memphis and both DSL affiliates failed to win. Our Player of the Day is Memphis left fielder Alec Burleson, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and two RBI. Hancel Rincon also made a strong start for DSL Blue.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Memphis 3 at Jacksonville 5
The Jumbo Shrimp’s big third-inning resulted in a 5-3 loss by Memphis (57-64)  in the series’ opener.

Starter Zack Thompson (L, 2-10) did not finish that frame, allowing four runs on two hits, three walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings.  Jesus Cruz issued a free pass before retiring his only batter and stranding his only inherited runner.

Tommy Parsons tossed two innings, surrendering a solo shot that was one of three hits given up along with three strikeouts.  Connor Jones pitched a one-two-three sixth.

Tuesday featured the Triple-A debut of right-handers Johan Quezada and Jake Walsh who were both successful.  Each hurler tossed a clean frame, Quezada issuing a free pass and Walsh plunking a batter and striking out the side.

Memphis outhit Jacksonville, nine to five, but went 1-for-5 with runners In scoring position and left eight on base.  Alec Burleson accounted for most of the results.  The left fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run giving his team a brief 2-0 lead after two.

Alec Burleson

Conner Capel was aboard after hitting the first of his two singles in four at bats when Burleson went deep.  The center fielder touched home twice.

Third baseman Brendan Donovan and catcher Ali Sanchez had two hits each, in five and four at bats, respectively.

Wednesday’s game:  at Jacksonville (70-51)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  Johan Oviedo (1-6, 6.27)

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs DSL Yankees1 9
Seven late tallies transformed a victory into a 9-4 loss by the DSL Cardinals Blue (18-33) to the DSL Yankees1 (26-25).

The C-Blue were up 4-2 heading into the eighth before three relievers yielded seven scores in all.  Alexander Beltre (L, 2-2) allowed a sixth-inning run then three more on four hits and three base-on-balls.  Oliver Lopez (BS, 2) did not retire any of his three batters faced, permitting three tallies on a hit and two walks.

Uriel Curvelo finally recorded the eighth’s last out but not before giving up a run on a hit and walk.  Both Lopez and Curvelo let two inherited runners score.  Juan Salas faced the minimum in the ninth.

All four hurlers pitched in relief of Hancel Rincon who shut down the Yankees1 on three hits and two base-on-balls over five innings.  The righty fanned seven.  Randel Clemente was charged with a run on a hit and free pass issued in his inning on the bump.

Hancel Rincon

The only C-Blue player with more than one of six team hits was designated hitter Anyelo Encarnacion who singled twice in four at bats.  The most production, however, came from right fielder Keshawn Rombley.  His bases-clearing double secored Adari Grant (single), Maycol Justo (walk) and Fernando Diaz (catcher’s interference) as part of his team’s four-run sixth.

Wednesday’s game:    Off

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Brewers1 7
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-25) could not hold an early lead, falling to the DSL Brewers1, 7-6, at home.

The C-Red took a healthy 5-0 lead after one, the advantage holding until C-Red pitchers permitted seven runs over the fourth and fifth.  Starter Diorys Guerrero allowed three tallies on five hits and two walks over four innings, all of the scores occurring in his last inning of work.

The first of four C-Red relievers to pitch an inning was Roberto Bautista (L, 0-2) who was tagged for four tallies, two earned, on a hit and two walks.  Americo Lugo, Samuel Fabian and Augusto Calderon were all unscored upon.

The sole C-Red player with a multi-hit performance was third baseman Lizandro Espinoza who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  But it was a grand slam by first baseman Francis Reynoso that did the most damage, scoring Samil De La Rosa (double), Carlos Carmona (single) and Romtres Cabrera (walk).

Francis Reynoso

Wednesday’s game:    Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 21, 2021

It was one up and one down for the Dominican Summer League teams on Monday.  Jose Cordoba’s first career grand slam led the Cardinals Blue to victory but the Cardinals Red fell to defeat.

Results from the games played Monday, September 20, 2021

Memphis – off
After finishing up their regular season by winning four of six versus Louisville (CIN), the Redbirds (57-63 regular season) have an off day before participating in the 10-game “Triple-A Final Stretch”.  This week Memphis is on the road for five games at Jacksonville.

Tuesday’s game:  at Jacksonville (69-51 regular season)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  Zack Thompson (2-9, 6.87 – regular season)  (likely)

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Yankees1 9

The DSL Cardinals Blue (18-32) built a commanding lead then held on to top the DSL Yankees1, 11-9, on the road.

Two-run innings occurred in the first, second and fourth but the biggest blow was reserved for the sixth.  Player of the Day Jose Cordoba launched a grand slam with Maycol Justo (fielding error), Luis Pino (single) and Leonardo Bernal (walk) aboard.

Jose Cordoba

The big bomb was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats and only the third home run of the 18-year-old rookie’s career.  Cordoba was later hit by a pitch in the eighth, eventually scoring via a 5-3 ground out.

The visitors were up 10-0 at the sixth’s midpoint, thanks to a balanced offensive effort.  Eight of nine starters acquired at least one of 11 team hits with seven C-Blue players either scoring or driving in a run.

Justo and Pino had two-hit efforts as did Javier Bolivar and Jose Suarez.  All but Bolivar doubled once with Justo crossing home four times in five at bats, working a base-on-balls and knocking in one.

On the base paths, three C-Blue players swiped a bag:  Cordoba (4), Bolivar (1) and Pino (1).

Starter Benjamin Arias was outstanding during his four innings of work.  The righty struck out eight, limiting his opponents to three hits and a walk.

Benjamin Arias

The bullpen, however, could not match Arias’ efforts.  Victor Herrera tossed a scoreless fifth but retired only one batter in the Yankees1’s four-run sixth.  Herrera was tagged for all four tallies on two hits, three walks, a hit batsman and three wild pitches.

Frankely Guzman recorded the sixth’s last two outs, permitting his only inherited runner to score, before being charged with three tallies the next frame.  Guzman retired five batters in all then gave way to Miguel Martinez.

Martinez faced five batters, walking two and hitting one.  Both scores charged to him touched home with Alejandro Cervantes on the mound.  Cervantes (S, 3) yielded two hits and two wild pitches in 1 1/3 innings.

Tuesday’s game:  vs DSL Yankees1 (25-25), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs DSL Brewers1 9
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-24) rallied for a tie only to drop a 9-4 decision to the DSL Brewers1 at home.

The contest was scoreless until the visitors generated a three-run fourth off C-Red starter Wilmer Ortega.  Two of the three tallies were produced by one home run, one of four hits and two base-on-balls yielded in 3 2/3 frames.  The right-hander struck out five.

Blanked by the Brewers1 starter over five innings, the home team finally broke through against the bullpen in the sixth.  Back-to-back doubles by Lizandro Espinoza and Romtres Cabrera scored Espinoza before Samil De La Rosa’s single knocked in Cabrera.

A free pass issued to Jeremy Ramos put two on with one out but De La Rosa was caught trying to steal third.  Consecutive singles by Carlos Carmona and Francis Reynoso drove in Ramos, knotting the game at 3-3.

Omar Yanez shut down the opposition on a hit with three K’s over 2 1/3 frames, stranding Ortega’s last base runner.  Darlin Saladin’s (L, 6-1) two-inning stint was not a successful one with six runs allowed, five earned, on six hits, a hit batsman and two wild pitches.  Bruno Lopez worked around a hit and plunked batter for a clean ninth.

The C-Red’s final run came in the home half of the eighth.  Felix Taveras led off with a base-on-balls, advancing to third via a single by De La Rosa.  Reynoso’s two-out liner up the middle brought Taveras across home plate.  De La Rosa and Reynoso were the only players with more than one of nine team hits.

Samil De La Rosa

Defensively, the DSL Cardinals Red were charged with two errors.  Second baseman Espinoza committed a fielding bobble, his sixth overall while third baseman De La Rosa could not field one play cleanly, his seventh error.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 20, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-4 on Sunday on Springfield, Peoria, and Palm Beach all played their final games of the season. Our Player of the Day is Memphis third baseman Kramer Robertson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and a pair of RBI.

Results from games played Sunday, September 19th

Memphis 7 vs Louisville 8
A late-inning meltdown by the Redbirds’ bullpen resulted in an 8-7 defeat by the Bats at AutoZone Park.  The loss snapped Memphis’ (57-63) four-game winning streak but the Redbirds still won their series versus Louisville (51-68)(CIN), four games to two.

Up 5-2 through seven, a combination of Seth Elledge (L. 2-2)(BS, 4) and Jesus Cruz permitted six tallies, flipping a victory into a loss.  Elledge retired just two batters, allowing five scores on four hits and two walks.

Starter Matthew Liberatore scattered five hits and three walks over five innings, the only mark against him being a tally in his final inning of work.

Evan Kruczynski and Austin Warner both retired three batters, Kruczynski surrendering a solo shot.

The final two runs crossed home under Cruz’ watch.  The righty served up a solo shot, one of two hits yielded in 1 1/3 frames.

Memphis banged out 10 hits with the most production coming from Player of the Day Kramer Robertson.  The third baseman went 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run, two runs scored and two driven in.

Kramer Robertson

First baseman Brendan Donovan’s three-hit performance led the team, the hits generated in five at bats with two RBI.  Alec Burleson’s only hit in three at bats was a long ball with the bases empty.  The right fielder worked a free pass as well.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 9
Four S-Card bobbles led to five unearned runs and a 9-4 loss to the Naturals in the season finale.  Springfield (45-75) dropped the series at Northwest Arkansas (64-55)(KC), two games to four.

Starter Andre Pallante tossed the initial four innings, yielding two unearned runs on four hits, a walk plus a fielding error by shortstop Moises Castillo.

Southpaw Garrett Williams completed his 2021 campaign with two clean frames, striking out four and issuing a free pass.  The 27-year-old did not allow a run over his final five appearances covering 8 2/3 innings.

Cory Thompson (L, 1-1)(BS, 1) was snake bitten by the S-Cards’ seventh-inning defense.  Three of the four scores permitted by the right-hander during his inning of work were unearned because of a fielding error followed by a throwing miscue charged to first baseman Luken Baker on the same play.  Thompson gave up three hits in all.

Kevin Marnon was tagged for three runs, earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls in the eighth.

Springfield matched their hosts’ 10 hits but the Naturals did not commit any errors.  Three S-Cards garnered two hits apiece:  left fielder Matt Koperniak, designated hitter Malcom Nunez and second baseman Irving Lopez.  Koperniak drove in one during his 2-for-5 effort while Nunez went 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.  Lopez singled twice in four at bats.

Malcom Nuñez

Catcher Ivan Herrera and Baker both went yard with the bases empty, Herrera committing his team’s fourth bobble.

Peoria 0 vs Cedar Rapids 11
The Chiefs finished their 2021 season by absorbing an 11-0 shellacking by the Kernels at home.  Peoria (45-75) claimed two of the six-game set versus Cedar Rapids (67-53)(MIN).

Peoria’s pitching was a parade of mostly futility as seven hurlers took the mound and four were scored upon.  Jack Ralston blanked the opposition over the first two frames, giving up two base-on-balls.  It was the first start after 15 relief appearances for the right-hander who last started on July 4th.

Jack Ralston

The contest quickly got out of hand during Enmanuel Solano’s two-inning stint.  Solano (L, 5-1) was just a tad homer happy, to put it mildly, surrendering three long balls accounting for five of six runs yielded on seven total hits.

Fabian Blanco, Michael YaSenka and Sean Kealey each tossed an inning.   YaSenka’s one-two-three sixth was sandwiched between Blanco and Kealey’s nearly identical stat line.  Both pitchers were touched for a score on two hits, Kealey issuing a free pass.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson recorded four outs, permitting three tallies on four hits including a two-run bomb.  Diego Cordero retired both batters faced, stranding an inherited runner.

Peoria was held to just three hits and one base-on-balls.  Designated hitter Zade Richardson reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk.  Third baseman Jordan Walker was hit by a pitch.

Defensively, shortstop Francisco Hernandez committed a fielding error.

Palm Beach 5 vs Daytona 8  (10)
The Beach Birds could not hold off a late offensive surge, falling to the Tortugas at home, 8-5 in 10 innings.  Palm Beach (37-80) split the series versus Daytona (60-60)(CIN), their last set of 2021.

The home team was down 4-0 midway through six before scoring five times over the next three frames.  Tasked with closing out his team’s 5-4 lead, Roy Garcia recorded one out.  The 21-year-old loaded the bases via two singles and a base-on-balls before notching a swinging K.

Andre Granillo (L, 2-3)(BS,2) yielded an RBI single to his first batter but recorded an out on the play at the plate.  The righty permitted three runs, unearned, in 1 2/3 frames, giving up three hits and issuing a free pass.

Michael McGreevy pitched the first, allowing two runs on three hits.  Austin Love faced the minimum the next frame, striking out two before giving way to Edgar Manzo.

Manzo was the first of three PB-Card hurlers tossing two frames.  The 20-year-old was charged with a run on a hit and hit batsman and was succeeded by Ludwin Jimenez.  Jimenez was tagged for a tally on three hits whereas Ryan Loutos struck out four during his scoreless stint.

Seven Palm Beach batters shared nine hits, with center fielder Mike Antico and shortstop Mack Chambers both going 2-for-4.  Antico doubled once with a run scored and RBI while both of Chambers’ hits were two-baggers generating two runs drive in.

Mack Chambers

Brady Whalen took part in three scores, doubling once in four at bats, crossing home one time and knocking in two.

Defensively, second baseman Franklin Soto committed a 10th-inning fielding error while Antico was credited with an outfield assist at home.

DSL Cardinals Blue – off
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Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (17-32) at DSL Yankees1 (26-23), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off
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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 17, 2021

Photo: Nick Dunn (Springfield Cardinals)

St Louis’ minors went 3-3 on Thursday with Memphis, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals Red all posting wins.  Outstanding offensive performances include Springfield’s Nick Dunn and Chandler Redmond plus the C-Red’s Jeremy Ramos.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 16th

Memphis 5 vs Louisville 0
Five late tallies halted a pitching duel, lifting the Redbirds over the Bats at AutoZone Park, 5-0.  Memphis (55-62) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with three remaining.

The contest was scoreless through six, but the home team finally broke through against Louisville with a three-run seventh.  The big blow was Austin Dean’s bases-clearing double, scoring Brendan Donovan (force), Kramer Robertson (walk) and Nolan Gorman (walk).  The two-bagger occurred with two away and was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats.

Memphis was not finished offensively, however.  Catcher Ali Sanchez singled to lead off the eighth, his third hit in four at bats.  Alec Burleson drove in Sanchez via a line drive double to left, eventually scoring on a Donovan single.

The Redbirds acquired eight hits in all to go with seven base-on-balls.  Sanchez was the only Redbird with more than one hit although Robertson reached base twice via free passes.

A quartet of Memphis pitchers combined to shut out Louisville on five hits and only two base-on-balls.  All of them belonged to starter Connor Thomas who went 5 2/3 frames and limited Louisville to three singles and a walk through five.

Connor Thomas

The bullpen was absolutely stellar the rest of the way.  Ramon Santos (W, 1-1) retired all four batters faced, striking out three, for his first Triple-A win.  Austin Warner and Jacob Bosiokovic both tossed a one-two-three frame with a K.

Friday’s game:  vs Louisville (50-66)(CIN), 8 :10 pm ET/7 :10 pm CT,  T J Zeuch (4-3, 4.91)

Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 2
The S-Cards led wire-to-wire in their 6-2 road victory over the Naturals.  It was the first win in three tries for Springfield (44-73) with three games on tap.

The offense’s 12-hit attack was spearheaded by co-Players of the Day Nick Dunn and Chandler Redmond.  Dunn reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base, batting second, whereas Redmond did most of the damage.

Nick Dunn

The S-Cards’ five hitter went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, double and solo shot comprising his run scored and one of four RBI’s.  Luken Baker also went yard with the bases clean, one of his two hits in five at bats.

Chandler Redmond

The offense more than backed starter Dalton Roach (W, 7-10), who tossed 5 2/3 solid frames.  The only damage against the righty was a two-run sixth-inning bomb, one of five hits and two walks yielded.

A trio of relievers finished the game.  Cory Thompson maneuvered around a hit and walk in 1 1/3 innings, stranding an inherited runner, while Garrett Williams issued an eighth-inning free pass.  Freddy Pacheco faced the minimum, joining Williams with two K’s.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (62-54)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-5, 8.03)

Peoria 3 vs Cedar Rapids 5
The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a sixth-inning lead, resulting in a 5-3 loss to the Kernels at Dozer Park.  Peoria (45-72) leads the series two games to one with three yet to play.

The home team was up 3-1 heading into the seventh but trailed 5-3 by the time the inning was over.  The stanza got off to a rough start after left fielder Todd Lott’s fielding error allowed the lead off runner to reach.  Michael YaSenka (L, 1-9) was then tagged with three runs, two earned, in his third inning of work.  The righty yielded a hit and four base-on-balls in three frames.

YaSenka pitched on what has been his usual rotation day but pitched in relief of Colin Schmid for the second consecutive turn.  Making his second start since his August 31st promotion from the Florida Complex League Cardinals, Schmid limited the opposition to a run on four hits in three plus innings, his last two runners left on base by YaSenka.

Colin Schmid

Fabian Blanco (BS, 2) surrendered a bases-clearing three-run double to his first batter, the play exacerbated by center fielder Tyler Reichenborn’s throwing error which allowed the batter to reach third.  A sac fly scored Blanco’s only runner and was one of three outs recorded by the southpaw.

Three of the six batters retired by Sean Kealey struck out.  The lefty permitted a hit.

Most of Peoria’s offense centered on their two through five hitters, beginning with Jordan Walker and Thomas Francisco.  The number two and three bats each went 1-for-4 with a run scored, Walker doubling once and Francisco driving in one with his first A-Advanced stolen base.

Lott, the clean-up hitter, singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one while Aaron Antonini went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored before being replaced by an eighth-inning pinch runner.

Friday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (64-53)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT,  Logan Gragg (2-7, 4.70)

Palm Beach vs Daytona – postponed
Thursday’s contest at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium between Palm Beach (35-78) and Daytona was postponed due to wet grounds.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday twin bill with game one scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm ET.

Friday’s games:  vs Daytona (58-58)(CIN).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT, TBA/TBA

FCL Cardinals 1 ‘at’ FCL Marlins 2
The FCL Cardinals (23-29) dropped a 2-1 decision to their fellow stadium dweller FCL Marlins.

18-year-old right-hander Alec Willis (7th Round) made his professional debut with a one-two-three first but Reinys Portillo could not carry the scoreless ‘streak’ forward.  Portillo (L, 1-6) was dinged for two runs on four hits and two free passes issued during his three-inning stint.

Hector Soto retired all six batters faced, fanning three, before handing off to Zane Mills.  Mills gave up a hit with two strikeouts in his inning of work while Ettore Giulianelli faced the minimum, striking out two.

The Florida Birds did not get on the scoreboard until the fifth.  Ramon Mendoza led off with a double, scoring on a single by Jesus Orecchia.  Orecchia was the only player with more than one of six team hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Jesus Orecchia

Friday’s game:  at FCL Nationals (26-28), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs DSL Phillies Red 6
A late rally by the DSL Cardinals Blue (16-31) could not prevent a 6-4 home loss to the DSL Phillies Red.

The home squad was shut out through eight frames before scoring four unearned runs.  The C-Blue managed just five hits and four base-on-balls, with two of the hits coming in the final frame.

Christian Avendano’s single up the middle scored Fernando Diaz (hit-by-pitch), Keshawn Rombley (single) and Javier Bolivar (fielding error), Avendano reaching third via a fielding error by the Phillies Red center fielder.

Adari Grant reached on a fielder error by the opponent’s second baseman.  The bobble allowed Avendano to touch home for the team’s last tally.

Starter Henry Gomez is still looking for his first victory in seven decisions despite a fine effort.  The righty scattered seven hits and a walk over five innings, allowing one run, earned.

Henry Gomez

Marlyn Almonte was charged for four sixth-inning scores, three earned, on a hit, walk and two plunked batters.  Frankely Guzman gave up four hits resulting in one tally with six outs recorded while Carlos De La Cruz issued a ninth-inning free pass.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (26-19), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 10 at DSL Phillies White 1
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-21) scored seven times over the final three frames, coasting to a 10-1 road victory over the DSL Phillies White.

Jeremy Ramos’ four-hit day led the team’s hit parade, the center fielder going 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and four driven in.  Although eight players took part in the scoring, the only other C-Red with a multi-hit performance was designated hitter Samil De La Rosa, crossing home once.  Both players swiped a base.

Jeremy Ramos

Starter Yonael Dominguez (W, 3-2) continued his impressive September streak in which he has permitted just two runs, one earned, over 16 2/3 innings.  On Thursday the 19-year-old gave up a run, earned, on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 frames.

Omar Yanez aided Dominguez’ final line by leaving the latter’s final two runners aboard.  Yanez recorded four outs, allowing two hits.  Darlin Saladin worked around a hit and two base-on-balls during his two innings of work.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 15, 2021

Photo: Connor Lunn (Peoria Chiefs)

Connor Lunn’s noteworthy start led Peoria to one of three wins in eight tries on Tuesday.  Patrick Romeri’s hot bat paced a Palm Beach victory while the DSL Cardinals Blue split a double-header.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 14th

Memphis 4 vs Louisville 10
Starter Zack Thompson did not finish the fifth as Memphis (53-62) was trounced by Louisville, 10-4.

All six runs charged to Thompson (L, 2-9) over 4 1/3 innings occurred in the fifth, products of 10 hits and two walks.  Tommy Parsons yielded a tally on two hits in 2/3 of a frame and let both inherited runners touch home.

Brandon Dickson tossed a one-two-three sixth in his return from St Louis while Ramon Santos did likewise the next inning.  Both Austin Warner and Evan Kruczynski were scored upon during their inning of work.  Warner was touched for a run on two hits, whereas Kruczynski yielded two scores on three hits, including a solo home run.

Nolan Gorman, Scott Hurst and Austin Dean each had two of nine team hits, Gorman and Hurst in four at-bats and Dean in three. Doubles by the latter two players were the Redbirds’ only hits going for extra bases.  Dean accounted for three runs, joining Gorman with a run scored while adding two RBI’s and a base-on-balls.

Austin Dean

Brendan Donovan, the Triple-A East’s current Player of the Week, reached base twice.  The first baseman singled once in four at bats with a walk and run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Louisville (50-64)(CIN), 1 :15 pm ET/12 :15 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-6, 6.61)

Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 3
Springfield (43-72) could not hold an eighth-inning lead, falling at Northwest Arkansas, 3-2.

The S-Cards held a slim 2-1 advantage with six outs to go but Johan Quezada (L, 0-1)(BS, 1) served up a two-run home run in his third inning on the bump.  The righty permitted two hits over 2 1/3 frames in his first taste of Double-A action since his Sept 12th activation from the Injured List.

Andre Pallante tossed the initial 4 1/3 innings, permitting a run on two hits and a hit batsman.  The score was unearned due to a fielding error by shortstop Delvin Perez.  The right-hander’s start was halted after an injury delay subsequent to his second hit allowed.

Garrett Williams took over at that point, giving up a sacrifice fly allowing the first of Pallante’s two base runners to score.  Williams recorded four outs, issuing one free pass.

Both of Springfield’s scores were produced by Ivan Herrera’s sixth-inning blast.  The catcher’s 16th home run drove in Moises Castillo (single) and was Herrera’s only hit in four at bats.  Six S-Cards split six team hits.

Iván Herrera

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (61-53)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Domingo Robles (3-9, 6.13)

Peoria 6 vs Cedar Rapids 1
Starter Connor Lunn’s seven strong frames led Peoria (44-71) to a 6-1 victory over Cedar Rapids.

Lunn (W, 6-8), our Player of the Day, struck out eight, and the only damage he surrendered was a fifth-inning solo shot.  The University of Southern California product gave up four hits and did not issue a free pass in his longest outing (seven innings) since a seven-inning start versus South Bend (CHC) on August 4th.

Connor Lunn

Jack Ralston finished the game with two clean frames, fanning three and walking one.

Half of Peoria’s runs came on one swing of the bat by third baseman Jordan Walker.  The 19-year-old’s eighth A-Advanced home run came with Zade Richardson and Masyn Winn aboard after both reached on singles in the third.  It was Walker’s only hit in four at bats.

Richardson and Winn both went 2-for-4 with a double, Richardson crossing home once and tallying an RBI and Winn scoring twice.  The final Chief with a multi-hit effort was Thomas Francisco who singled twice in three at bats.  Peoria banged out nine hits in all.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (63-52)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (3-8, 3.53)

Palm Beach 8 vs Daytona 4
Palm Beach (35-77) rallied for an 8-4 victory over Daytona at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

The Beach Birds trailed 4-0 at the seventh’s midpoint before ticking off eight unanswered scores over the next two innings.  They were aided by three walks and a hit batsman during that span, all of whom scored. Two of the eight runs were unearned due to a throwing error by the Tortugas’ first baseman during the PB-Cards’ five-run seventh.

The scoring was capped by Patrick Romeri’s two-run bomb driving in Mike Antico who reached on a force.  Romeri went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three knocked in, the only Palm Beach player with more than one of seven team hits.

Patrick Romeri

Four of five Palm Beach pitchers taking the mound on Tuesday were 2021 draftees.  Michael McGreevy (1st Round) pitched the first two innings, surrendering a two-run long ball comprising one of three hits permitted.

Austin Love’s full-season debut was a successful one, as the 3rd rounder blanked Daytona and allowed just a hit and base-on-balls with six batters retired.  Gordon Graceffo (5th Round) was charged with a run on a hit and three base-on-balls in two frames.

Edgar Manzo (W, 6-5) interrupted the parade of 2021 draftees with his two-inning stint.  The 20-year-old gave up a score on two hits and two base-on-balls.

The ‘parade’ resumed when Andre Granillo (14th Rd) faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Daytona (57-58)(CIN),6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Mets 2  (7)
The FCL Cardinals (23-27) were edged by the FCL Mets (30-22), 2-1.  This was the makeup of an August 27th postponed contest.

Shaky defense proved to be the Florida Birds’ undoing as both third-inning tallies yielded by starter Jose Davila were unearned due to a throwing error by catcher Jake Burns.  Davila (L, 1-2) went four innings in all, allowing two hits and a walk.

Jose Davila

Right-hander Tyler Statler and lefty Alec Cornwell retired three batters each.  Statler’s inning was one-two-three, whereas Cornwell gave up a hit.

The visitors’ only run was unearned as well and came in the fifth.  Third baseman Sander Mora worked a base-on-balls with two away before advancing to second on a passed ball.  Left fielder Darlin Moquette lined a single to center, driving in Mora.

Moquette’s hit was one of five for the FCL Cardinals, all of them singles.  The left fielder worked one of five free passes issued.   Right fielder Justin Williams began his rehab assignment going 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and strikeout.

In the field Mora committed a throwing miscue and Burns was charged with a passed ball in addition to his errant throw.

Wednesday’s game:  vs FCL Astros (26-27), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 vs DSL Twins 1  (8)  – game 1
DSL Cardinals Blue 3 vs DSL Twins 4  (7)  – game 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue (11-18) split a twin bill versus the DSL Twins (11-18), walking off with a 2-1 victory in game one but falling 4-3 in the finale.

The opener completed an August 20th scoreless contest suspended in the top of the first and Luis Pino was the offensive force, garnering half of four C-Blue hits.  The center fielder singled twice in four at bats, driving in second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion (walk and stolen base) in the first and third baseman Bryan Encarnacion (began frame at second) for the eighth-inning walk-off win.

Luis Mario Piño

Both tallies were unearned.  The first score was aided by the Twins’ catcher’s throwing error and the latter run was unearned due to the extra-inning rules now in place.

Alejandro Cervantes (W, 3-1) was the pitcher of record when Pino drove in the winning tally.  The 20-year-old rookie faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out two.

Hancel Rincon fanned eight over the initial five frames encompassing both the August 20th and September 14th games.  The righty yielded two hits and three base-on-balls with one batter plunked.  The fourth-inning score charged to him was unearned due to throwing errors by second baseman Encarnacion and first baseman Diego Velasquez.  Juan Peralta’s two innings on the mound bridged the span between Rincon and Cervantes.

The C-Blue never led in game two’s 4-3 defeat which was a bullpen start for the home team.  Starter Juan Salas gave up a hit In his sole inning on the bump, giving way to Antoni Cuello.

Cuello (L, 0-1) was tagged for three scores on three hits and a walk while recording three outs.  Randel Clemente and Alexander Beltre both tossed two clean frames, Clemente allowing a hit and Beltre issuing a free pass.

Oliver Lopez permitted what proved to be the decisive run on three walks and a balk in the seventh.

The home team matched their guests’ five hits with no player having more than one.  Shortstop Maycol Justo took part in all three tallies, going 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in. The 18-year-old swiped his sixth base of 2021.

Maycol Justo

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red 3 at DSL Rangers2 9
A six-run fourth created an insurmountable obstacle for the DSL Cardinals Red (23-21) who lost to the DSL Rangers2 (27-18), 9-3.

Starter Branyan Ramirez (L, 0-4) did not finish that frame, permitting five runs on five hits and two base-on-balls over 3 1/3 innings.  Two of the five hits were solo long balls.

Ramirez’ last base runner touched home plate with Americo Lugo on the mound.  Lugo was charged with three runs of his own, two earned, on three hits and two free passes issued in 2/3 of an inning.

Roberto Bautista pitched the fifth, giving up a run on two hits.  Samuel Fabian, Juan Severino and Augusto Calderon each tossed a frame to finish the game, with Calderon facing the minimum.

The Cardinals Red accumulated seven hits, three players having two hits each:  Felix Taveras, Jose Rodriguez and Lizandro Espinoza.  Taveras and Rodriguez both went 2-for-4, with Taveras knocking in one and Rodriguez doubling once with a run scored.  Espinoza went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI after taking over at second base in the bottom of the sixth.

Lizandro Espinoza

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 14, 2021

Monday’s slate was a Dominican sweep as the two DSL squads combined to go 3-0.  Cardinals Blue starter Benjamin Arias led a number of strong pitching efforts while Cardinals Red outfielder Felix Taveras’ home run gave his team a walk-off win that was part of a C-Red double-header sweep.  The FCL Cardinals were idle.

Results from games played Monday, September 13th

Memphis – off
Fresh off a 2-4 week versus Nashville (MIL), Memphis (53-61) spends the last week of their regular season hosting Louisville.

Tuesday’s game:  vs Louisville (49-64)(CIN), 7:45 pm ET/6:45 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-8, 6.59)

Springfield – off
Springfield (43-71) wrapped up their last home stand by splitting a six-game series versus Arkansas (SEA). This week the S-Cards visit Northwest Arkansas.

Tuesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (60-53)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (4-7, 4.19)

Peoria – off
Peoria (43-71) had a fairly successful time last week at Quad Cities (KC) against whom they split their series.  (The River Bandits are 24 games over .500, meaning they have not either split or lost too many series this season).  The Chiefs end their 2021 campaign at Dozer Park against Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday’s game:   vs Cedar Rapids (63-51)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-8, 4.13)

Palm Beach – off
Palm Beach (34-77) claimed only one game at Fort Myers (MIN) last week but hope to finish 2021 with a stronger effort versus Daytona.

Tuesday’s game:   vs Daytona (57-57)(CIN),6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals – off

Tuesday’s games:  FCL Cardinals (23-26) at FCL Mets (28-22), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 1 (7)

Benjamin Arias’ stellar start combined with an early offensive onslaught launched the DSL Cardinals Blue (15-29) to an 8-1, seven-inning road victory over the DSL Twins.

Player of the Day Arias (W, 2-3) blanked the Twins on two hits over five frames, striking out five.  It was the third straight scoreless effort for the 19-year-old and longest outing since August 2nd.  Arias has not been scored upon in 13 innings dating back to August 23rd.

Benjamin Arias

Arias was backed by ample offensive production, the visitors pushing across five second-inning tallies.   The runs were a result of timely hitting combined with opportunism as the C-Blue capitalized on a bases-loaded fielding error by the Twins’ third baseman, three of the five scores being unearned.

The Cardinals Blue increased their 5-0 margin, scoring once in the fifth and twice the next frame before their hosts got on the scoreboard. All nine starters got a piece of the action with either a run scored, RBI or both.

Second baseman Adari Grant was the only player with more than one of eight team hits, singling and doubling in five at bats with a run scored and RBI.  Designated hitter Yancel Guerrero was part of three runs, going 1-for-4, crossing home once and driving in two.

First baseman Fernando Diaz’ only hit in four at bats was his first triple which knocked in two.  Center fielder Luis Pino reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.  Pino was also hit by a pitch.

A pair of C-Blue right-handers split the last two stanzas.  The Cardinals Blue’s shutout bid ended after Carlos De La Cruz yielded a run on two hits and a walk but Uriel Curvelo tossed a one-two-three seventh.

Tuesday’s games:  vs DSL Twins (17-26).  Game 1 – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 2 vs DSL Rangers2 1  (7)  – game 1
DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Rangers2 1  (7)  – game 2

The DSL Cardinals Red (23-20) swept a pair from the DSL Rangers2 by identical 2-1 margins in seven frames.

The opener was a walk-off win for the C-Red after left fielder Felix Taveras blasted a solo shot, his sixth long ball of 2021.

Felix Taveras

Neither team broke through until the sixth when the Rangers2 pushed across an unearned tally off reliever Darlin Saladin (W, 6-0) in the first of his two-inning stint.  The score was unearned due to a fielding error by first baseman Raul Guzman, the only C-Red bobble of the game.

The visitors’ advantage was short lived as catcher Alejandro Loaiza launched his first pro home run with one away in the home half of the inning.  It was the 17-year-old’s only hit in two at bats.

Saladin tossed a one-two-three seventh, setting up a quick finish in the bottom of the seventh.  Taveras led off with a bomb over the center fielder wall for the victory.  The home runs were two of the C-Red’s three hits overall.

Wilmer Ortega produced his best effort of his last five starts, shutting down the opposition on two hits and two base-on-balls through five innings.  The Venezuelan fanned five.

Wilmer Ortega

Offense was in limited supply in the finale which made up an August 20th postponement.  The C-Red mustered just three hits in all, two of them consecutive doubles by shortstop Marcelo Perez and second baseman Lizandro Espinoza.

Perez led off the game with his third two-bagger then scored via Espinoza’s fourth double of 2021.  The hits were each player’s only one in three at bats.

The score remained 1-0 until the home half of the third when the Rangers2 knotted the game up with a tally off starter Engels Martinez.  Martinez tossed four innings, permitting three hits and a base-on-balls.  He also hit a batter.

The game difference proved to be an unearned fifth-inning score.  First baseman Francis Reynoso worked a one-out walk, advancing to third after third baseman Guzman reached on a fielding error by the Rangers2’s left fielder.  Reynoso raced home when catcher Carlos Linarez ground into a force at second.

Eduar Pimental (W, 1-1) recorded six outs, permitting two hits and a walk before handing the ball off to Fraimin Marte.  Marte worked around a one-out free pass issued for his second save.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Rangers2 (26-18), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Brayan Ramirez (0-3, 8.10)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 13, 2021

Photo: Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday as only the full-season affiliates were in action. The Player of the Day is Springfield right fielder Leandro Cedeno, who hit two home runs and tallied two runs and four RBI. Other noteworthy performances came from Peoria third baseman Jordan Walker and Palm Beach designated hitter LJ Jones. Walker also hit two home runs and crossed home plate twice. He finished the night with three RBI. Jones collected four hits and four runs on a home run, a double, and two singles.

Results from games played Sunday, September 12th

Memphis 6 at Nashville 3
Starter Matthew Liberatore went seven innings in the Redbirds’ 6-3 victory over the Sounds.  Memphis (53-61) took two of the six-game road series at Nashville (60-54)(MIL).

Liberatore scattered seven hits and four walks, yielding three runs while fanning five.  The lefty threw 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Seth Elledge and Connor Jones recorded three outs apiece, Elledge striking out two and giving up a hit.  Jones faced the minimum for his fifth save.

The Memphis offense was a team-wide affair, nine players garnering either a hit or run scored.  Brendan Donovan contributed the biggest share of the results, going 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, one knocked in and a stolen base in the lead-off spot.

Brendan Donovan

The only other Redbird with more than one of 10 team singles was Evan Mendoza who singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, batting seventh. The shortstop swiped a bag but was picked off second.  Clean-up hitter Conner Capel drove in three, going 1-for-4 with a sac fly.

Defensively, right fielder Alec Burleson was credited with an outfield assist at home.  Memphis also turned two double plays.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 8 vs Arkansas 1
Leandro Cedeno’s two-bomb night led the S-Cards to a decisive 8-1 victory over the Travelers in the home season finale.  The win gave Springfield (43-71) a split of the six-game set versus Arkansas (62-52)(SEA).

Player of the Day Cedeno’s two long balls were his second and third since his August 27th promotion from A-Advanced Peoria.  Both came with a runner aboard, accounting for half of his squad’s scores.  In both instances that runner was Malcom Nunez (single).  Cedeno’s final line was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Leandro Cedeño

Like Cedeno, Matt Koperniak went yard with a runner on base in the fourth.  Nick Dunn was plunked right after Cedeno’s blast, eventually scoring ahead of Koperniak who added a double to his home run in five at bats.  Koperniak touched home twice, knocking in two.

The S-Cards generated 10 hits in all, four players acquiring multi-hit efforts:  Ivan Herrera, Nunez, Koperniak and Cedeno.  Herrera singled three times in four at bats with a sac fly accounting for his RBI whereas Nunez singled twice in four at bats, scoring two times in front of Cedeno.

The news from the mound was positive as well.  Starter Dakota Hudson (W, 1-0) tossed five noteworthy innings, holding Arkansas to a run on two hits and two walks in his latest rehab effort.  The righty threw 57 pitches in all, 36 for strikes.

The last four frames featured two hurlers returning to form after time on the Injured List.  Making his second appearance since being activated, Tyler Pike shut down the opposition on a hit in three frames.  Jake Walsh worked around a hit for a clean ninth, his third time taking the mound since his return to action.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 8
A big sixth-inning resulted in the Chiefs’ 8-3 loss to the River Bandits (73-39)(KC) at Modern Woodman Stadium.  Peoria (43-71) split their last road series of 2021.

The visitors were up 3-1 heading into the home half of the sixth but by the time the inning was finished, so were the Chiefs.  Quad Cities scored seven times off two Peoria relievers and the team could not bounce back.

Fabian Blanco took the loss, his sixth against two wins.  The 23-year-old lefty did not retire a batter, permitting four runs on a hit and three free passes issued.  Nick Trogrlic-Iverson could not escape a bases-loaded/none out jam, yielding three hits and a walk, resulting in three tallies of his own plus three inherited runners in 1/3 of an inning.  The righty hit one batter.

Diego Cordero retired five batters, issuing a free pass and stranding Trogrlic-Iverson’s final two runners aboard.  Sean Kealey walked two in the eighth.

The quartet pitched in relief of Mac Lardner.  The southpaw held first-place Quad Cities to a score on four hits and a base-on-balls over five innings.

The offensive results all belonged to Jordan Walker.  The talented teen, who does not turn 20 until May 2022, went yard twice in four at bats, touching home two times and driving in three.  It was the first multi-home run effort in A-Advanced ball for Walker.

Jordan Walker

The only other Chief with more than one of six team hits was Todd Lott who singled and doubled in four at bats.  Francisco Hernandez (double) was on base when Walker homered in the sixth.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 7
A ninth-inning rally fell short as the Beach Birds were clipped by the Mighty Mussels, 7-6.  It was the last road game of the season for Palm Beach (34-77) who lost five of six at Fort Myers (57-53)(MIN).

Like Peoria, one big inning determined the contest’s outcome.  Starter Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-9) could not finish the second, allowing six tallies, three earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls.

Luis Ortiz struck out five in 3 1/3 frames but two of the three hits given up during that span allowed Jimenez’ final runner to score as well as one of his own.  Nathanael Heredia retired six batters, permitting a hit and walk while Edwin Nunez issued a free pass in his clean eighth.

A definite honorable mention for the Player of the Day nod is L J Jones who had a season-high four hits in five at bats with a double and solo shot.  The designated hitter touched home four times, his ninth-inning long ball closing the scoring gap to one.  Six PB-Cards had one hit apiece.

LJ Jones IV

In the field Palm Beach was responsible for two miscues.  Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar committed a fielding bobble, his eighth error overall, and reliever Heredia threw one away during an attempted pickoff move.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off
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DSL Cardinals Blue – off
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Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (14-29) at DSL Twins (17-25), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off
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Monday’s games:  DSL Cardinals Red (21-20) at/vs DSL Rangers2 (26-16).  Game 1 – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA/TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 10, 2021

photo: Thomas Francisco (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-6 behind an extra-inning win by Peoria and a twin bill sweep by DSL Red. TCN’s Player of the Day, new Chiefs first baseman Thomas Francisco, had three hits, including a home run and two RBI.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 9th.

Memphis 0 at Nashville 5

The Redbirds were silenced by the Sounds at First Horizon Park on Thursday, 5-0.  Memphis (51-60) has lost the initial three of their six-game series.

Three of the four tallies permitted by Johan Oviedo (L, 1-6) during his 6 1/3-inning stint resulted from a three-run home run.  The blast halted what had been a scoreless pitching duel.  Oviedo struck out 10, yielding four hits, two walks and a plunked batter.

Jesus Cruz finished the seventh, allowing a hit which plated one of two inherited runners.  Justin Miller’s rehab outing consisted of the veteran fanning the side but also serving up a long ball with the bases empty.

Juan Yepez

Nashville’s hurlers were not prone to Long-Ball-itis so Memphis’ six hits produced a zero on the scoreboard.  Juan Yepez and Dennis Ortega each went 2-for-4, including Yepez doubling for the 21st time.  Defensively, Ortega was charged with a passed ball.

Friday’s game:  at Nashville (59-52) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Connor Thomas (5-3, 3.61)

Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 4

A seventh-inning tally unraveled a 3-3 knot as the S-Cards were edged by the Travelers, 4-3, at Hammons Field.  Springfield (41-70) trails in the six-game set, one game to two.

The run came off Kyle Leahy (L, 0-8) near the onset of his third inning of work.  The tall right-hander gave up four hits in 2 1/3 frames with one free pass issued.

Domingo Robles started, going 5 2/3 innings, permitting six hits that generatedthree scores.  One of those tallies resulted from a home run while another scored with Leahy on the mound.  Freddy Pacheco tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Chandler Redmond

The home team was held to just four hits, all singles.  Chandler Redmond reached base three times batting clean-up, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. Chase Pinder, Matt Koperniak and Luken Baker, the top of Springfield’s order, all touched home once.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (61-50) (SEA), 7:05 pm CT, Dalton Roach (6-9, 5.49)

Peoria 8 at Quad Cities 5 (11 innings)

The Chiefs mounted a late rally to top the River Bandits, 8-5, at Modern Woodman Stadium.  Peoria (42-69) holds a two-games-to-one series advantage with three contests remaining.

The visitors were down 4-1 through seven but battled back to send the game into extras.  New arrival Thomas Francisco (19th Rd, 2021 draft) belted his first High-A bomb in his third game since his promotion from Class A Palm Beach on Monday.  The blast occurred with Pedro Pages (single) aboard and closed the gap to 4-3 after eight.

Thomas Francisco

The top of the ninth dawned with Francisco Hernandez beating out an infield single, his only hit in four at bats to go with a walk.  The shortstop was sac bunted to second, moving to third on a balk and scored the tying run on Jordan Walker’s 6-3 ground out.

Walker got the offense going in the 11th.  With Matt Chamberlain beginning at second base, the talented third baseman kicked off the frame singling to second.  Pinch hitter Jhon Torres worked a base-on-balls, loading the bases for Todd Lott.

Lott came through with a ground-rule double, driving in Chamberlain and Walker with Torres advancing to third.  Jacob Buchberger was issued a free pass with one away, preceding Aaron Antonini’s sac fly to center bringing Torres across home plate and moving Lott to third.

The fourth and final 11th-inning score was generated after Tyler Reichenborn singled to third, knocking in Lott.

Peoria’s offensive production was a team-wide affair with 10 players reaching base and nine either scoring or driving in a run.  Francisco and Pages each had three of 13 hits, the former going 3-for-6 with that two-run blast comprising his run scored and two RBI.  Pages went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI before Torres pinch hit for him in the 11th.

Walker, Lott and Reichenborn each had two hits, Walker and Lott in six at bats and Reichenborn had five at bats.  The first two players both doubled one time, Walker scoring twice and driving in one while Lott crossed home two times, knocking in two.

Wilfredo Pereira tossed the initial five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, including a solo shot.  Diego Cordero was touched for a tally on a hit and two walks in two frames, and the lefty picked a runner off first.  Both pitchers hit a batter.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (W, 6-5) held Quad Cities at bay during his three innings of work.  The righty allowed a hit and two walks.  Sean Kealey finished the contest yielding an unearned run on two hits.

Defensively, right fielder Chamberlain was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (71-38) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (1-8, 6.15) after opener Colin Schmid

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 7  – Game 1
Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 11 (7 innings) – Game 2

The Beach Birds were swept by the Mighty Mussels on the road, 7-6 and 11-2, with the latter contest a seven-inning affair.  Palm Beach (33-75) awaits their first victory of the six-game series with two contests on tap.

The opener completed Wednesday’s contest suspended with two out in the home half of the fourth and the PB-Cards having just gone down 3-2.  Fort Myers scored three more times when play resumed on Thursday, all six tallies, five earned, charged to starter John Beller.

Beller struck out five in 3 2/3 frames but permitted six hits and four free passes.  His last three runners scored after Gordon Graceffo took over on Thursday.

Graceffo retired seven batters, yielding four hits but no runs charged to his stat line.  Edwin Nunez (L, 3-3) served up a home run, his only hit given up with six outs recorded.

With Palm Beach behind 6-2 through six, Ryan Holgate closed the gap to a one-run deficit with one swing of his bat.  The 70th overall pick in the recent 2021 First-Year Player Draft launched a three-run bomb, his sole hit in five at bats.  It was the right fielder’s second home run which scored Franklin Soto and Patrick Romeri after both were issued free passes.

Ryan Holgate

Osvaldo Tovalin and Mike Antico combined to knot the game at 6-6 the next frame, Antico doubling home Tovalin after the third baseman reached on a single.

Palm Beach accumulated 11 hits, paced by Brady Whalen who went 3-for-5, crossing home twice.  Soto singled and doubled in three at bats, adding that walk with a run scored and RBI.  The final player with more than one hit was L.J. Jones who singled twice in five at bats.

Palm Beach was handled in easy fashion in the finale.  Michael McGreevy tossed a clean first, yielding a hit before handing off to Levi Prater.

Prater (L, 1-8) retired five batters, surrendering two home runs accounting for four of his five runs permitted on five hits and two walks.  Nathanael Heredia left Prater’s last base runner aboard but allowed three runs on three hits and two free passes in 2 1/3 innings.

Ryan Loutos did not fare any better in the sixth as the righty gave up three scores on five hits.

Patrick Romeri

Palm Beach managed five hits and did not break onto the scoreboard until putting up single tallies in the final two frames.  Patrick Romeri doubled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.  Wade Stauss and Jones both went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Stauss’ hit was a double.  Noah Medlinger singled once in three at bats and scored his team’s other run.

Friday’s game:  at Fort Myers (55-52) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT, Jose Moreno (1-5, 6.10)

FCL Cardinals 5 at FCL Astros 11

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (22-25) could not hold an early lead in their 11-5 road loss to the FCL Astros (26-23).

The visitors led 4-3 midway through five but a two-run bottom of the fifth left the Florida Birds trailing by a tally.  Three outs later, the game was tied 5-5 but the proverbial wheels fell off in the home half of the inning when the Astros scored six more times.

Lefty Hayes Heinecke ‘s (L, 0-1) third pro appearance did not go swimmingly as he was charged with four scores, two earned, on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.  Bryan Pope yielded two more unearned runs before the sixth’s end, with both tallies the result of a long ball.  Zane Mills retired the side in order during his inning on the bump.

Austin Love pitched the first, surrendering a solo blast.  Gustavo J Rodriguez gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and hit batsman over two frames.  Chris Gerard (BS,1) was responsible for the Astros’ two-run fifth, as the former Hokie yielded three hits.

Jake Burns

Jake Burns’ three-hit day topped the Florida Cardinals’ nine-hit offense.  The catcher went 3-for-4 with a solo bomb that was one of his two RBI.  Ramon Mendoza doubled once in three at bats, crossing home once, joining Burns as the only FCL Cardinals with a multi-base hit.

Defensively, the team’s sole miscue, a fielding bobble by first baseman Jose Zapata, was costly, resulting in four unearned tallies.

Friday’s game:  at FCL Marlins (22-26), 12:00 pm ET/11 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 vs. DSL Rockies 10

An eight-run sixth flipped the Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue (13-28) to the wrong end of a 10-6 decision to the DSL Rockies.

Starter Henry Gomez took the loss, his sixth in as many decisions, after permitting a run on five hits and two walks over four innings.  The righty plunked one batter.

Esteban Contreras tossed a one-two-three fifth but retired only one more batter.  The 18-year-old surrendered a three-run long ball making up one of his two hits and a walk allowed.

Frankely Guzman fared even worse, serving up a grand slam comprising four of his five scores permitted on three hits and two base-on-balls in 1/3 of an inning.

Marlyn Almonte recorded the sixth’s last out, and proceed to retire seven batters in all but yielding a run on four hits and two free passes issued.  Oliver Lopez faced the minimum in the ninth, the sole C-Blue hurler not scored upon.

The C-Blue finally got on the scoreboard in the ho9me half of the sixth via back-to-back solo shots by Luis Pino and Fernando Diaz.  Diaz led his team’s 10-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored and two driven in.

Fernando Diaz

Pino and Diego Velasquez each went 2-for-4 with an extra base hit.  Pino smashed the aforementioned long ball, working a free pass, and Velasquez doubled once with a run scored.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Rockies (28-13), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Tigers 0 (7 innings) – Game 1
DSL Cardinals Red 7 vs. DSL Tigers 3 (7 innings) – Game 2

The DSL Cardinals Red (20-19) swept a double-header vs. the DSL Tigers, 6-0 and 7-3, both in seven innings.

It was all Cardinals Red in Game 1 as the pitching and hitting coalesced for a 6-0 victory.  Starter Yonael Dominguez composed his second consecutive impressive outing, limiting the Tigers to five hits over five innings.  The 19-year-old righty picked off a runner at first and did not issue a free pass.

Yonael Dominguez

18-year-old right-hander Darlin Saladin pitched the last two frames, giving up a hit.  Saladin has allowed just seven hits and one run, earned, over his five most recent appearances totaling 10 innings.

The Cardinals Red’s 10-hit attack was a balanced one, with four players acquiring two hits apiece:  Romtres Cabrera, Lizandro Espinoza, Jeremy Ramos and Maikel Hernandez.  Cabrera and Hernandez went 2-for-4 with run scored, and Cabrera drove in one.

Ramos singled twice in three at bats, touching home once and knocking in one but Espino’s two singles in three at bats produced not further results.  Batting clean-up behind Cabrera, Felix Taveras was responsible for three tallies, going 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and two RBI.

The C-Red required a rally to claim the second contest which made up the August 17th postponement.  The Dominican Tigers struck first, scoring three times off starter Engels Martinez.  Martinez yielded four hits, a walk and a hit batsman in 3 1/3 frames.

His final run scored with Americo Lugo on the mound after Lugo inherited a bases-loaded jam.  The 21-year-old retired both batters faced.

Trailing 3-0, the C-Red scored three times spanning the fourth and fifth, tying the contest a 3-3, before a four-run sixth gave them a decisive advantage.  Six Cardinals Red players each had two of 12 team hits, including their two through four batters – Cabrera, Samil De La Rosa and Taveras.  All three doubled once in four at bats, Taveras adding a triple.  Collectively, the trio scored four runs and drove in five.

Romtres Cabrera

Angel Luna and Juan Severino shared pitching duties over the final three innings, with Luna tossing a one-two-three fifth.  Severino (W, 2-1) maneuvered around a hit and two free passes issued for two scoreless innings.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers (15-26), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 8, 2021

photo: Jordan Walker (Peoria Chiefs)

Three comeback wins sparked the St. Louis Cardinals system to a 4-2 Tuesday. TCN Player of the Day Jordan Walker reached base three times, including via a home run, and plated five. Teammates Aaron Antonini and Enmanuel Solano also helped power Peoria to a win at first-place Quad Cities.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 7th.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 9

Memphis (51-58) opened its road series at Nashville with a 9-7 defeat.

Justin Miller’s rehab got underway with a one-inning outing, The righty yielded a run on two hits and a hit batsman.  Although the Redbirds’ answer was a three-run bomb by Nolan Gorman, the 3-1 lead was short-lived.

Matthew Liberatore (L, 6-9) was stung for a six-run third frame, with only two scores earned due to left fielder Juan Yepez’ fielding error.  Liberatore allowed 10 hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter over five innings.

Seth Elledge surrendered a two-run bomb, one of two hits permitted with three outs recorded.   Ramon Santos worked around two hits and a hit batsman for a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds garnered nine hits, led by Nick Plummer who went 3-for-4 with a walk, triple and two runs scored.  The center fielder and leadoff man also swiped his third Triple-A base.

Nick Plummer

Yepez joined Gorman with a long ball, his blast coming with the bases clear.  Yepez and Gorman were two of six Memphis players with one hit.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville (57-52) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-7, 6.61)

Springfield 5 vs. Arkansas 4 (10 innings)

Springfield (41-68) rallied for a 5-4 walk-off win over Arkansas in 10 innings at Hammons Field.

The third of Malcom Nunez’ hits in five at bats was very timely, as the third baseman drove one up the middle to lead off the 10th.  The hit scored Nick Dunn who began the frame at second base and gave his team the walkoff victory.

Malcom Nuñez

The run capped a late rally ignited with the S-Cards trailing 4-2 through seven. Consecutive singles by Luken Baker, Chandler Redmond and Nunez jammed the sacks full for Julio Rodriguez.  The catcher came through with an RBI single to left, bringing in Baker and advancing the other two runners.  Irving Lopez tied with game at four all with a sac fly to center driving in Redmond.

Julio Rodriguez

Rodriguez took part in three of five Springfield tallies, earlier launching a two-run rocket with Nunez aboard, temporarily knotting the game at 2-2 after four frames.  The S-Cards banged out 12 hits with Matt Koperniak and Redmond also having two hits apiece.

Freddy Pacheco tossed two clean innings, issuing a free pass, for his first Double-A win against no losses.

Dakota Hudson’s rehab continued with the righty extending himself to 46 pitches, 27 strikes, over the first four frames.  Hudson was charged with two runs, unearned, on four hits and two walks.

Grant Black retired seven batters, permitting two scores on four hits and three free passes issued.  Cory Thompson bridged the span between Black and Pacheco, shutting down the Travelers on a hit and two free passes.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (59-50) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, Andre Pallante (4-6, 4.29)

Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 4

The big bats of Jordan Walker and Aaron Antonini led Peoria past Quad Cities, 6-4, at Modern Woodman Park.

Four of the Chiefs’ six scores were generated from long balls by Walker and Antonini.  Walker’s blast occurred with two aboard, comprising three of his five RBI to go with his run scored.  Antonini launched a solo shot, one of his two hits in three at bats with a walk and three runs scored.  Peoria had seven hits in all.

Jordan Walker

Aaron Antonini

The final Chiefs run was scored on a heads up play by Masyn Winn with Walker at the plate.

Mac Lardner went the initial four innings, giving up three tallies on five hits and two walks.  Two of his three scores yielded resulted from a home run.

Enmanuel Solano was perfect during his three innings on the mound, striking out four.  Sean Kealey pushed back an eighth-inning threat of his own creation, after the lefty loaded the bases on a hit and two walks.  Jack Ralston was touched for a ninth-inning run on two hits and a walk but held on for his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (70-37) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-7, 3.99)

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 6

A five-run fifth doomed Palm Beach (33-73) to a 6-2 loss at Fort Myers.

Starter Edgar Manzo (L, 5-5) could not finish the fifth, after allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits, five walks and a balk.  Luis Ortiz let both inherited runners score that inning plus one of his own.  Ortiz recorded seven outs, six via the K and yielding that unearned run on a hit and two walks.  Andrew Marrero walked one in the eighth.

Patrick Romeri

Patrick Romeri compiled his second consecutive multi-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored.  Three Beach Birds had one hit each, including Mike Antico and L.J. Jones who both drove in a runner in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Myers (53-52) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT, Michael McGreevy (0-2, 9.82)

FCL Cardinals – off

Wednesday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (22-23) vs. FCL Mets (25-20), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Mets1 1 (8 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (13-27) rallied for a 3-1 road victory over the DSL Mets1 (18-22) in an eight-frame extra-inning affair.  The win snapped a six-game losing skid and was only the third victory in the C-Blue’s last 22 games.

Down 1-0 after five, the visitors knotted the game at 1-1 without a sixth-inning hit.  Anyelo Encarnacion led off with a base-on-balls, promptly stealing second.  A wild pitch moved Encarnacion to third.  A pitching change ensued after Maycol Justo was issued a free pass but the new Mets1 hurler uncorked a wild pitch, bringing the runner in from third.

The rally was complete with two eighth-inning scores.  Luis Pino singled home Bryan Encarnacion who began at second base.  Justo scored the C-Blue’s third run via a base-on-balls, steal, Encarnacion’s single and a fielding error by the Mets1 first baseman allowing Leonardo Bernal to reach base.

There was not a lot of offense to be found, just four hits by the two teams combined.  Justo had one of his team’s three hits, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

Maycol Justo

A quartet of Cardinals Blue hurlers combined to hold the opposition to an unearned tally on one hit and three free passes issued.  Hancel Rincon pitched four strong frames, allowing a run on two walks and two hit batsmen.  The tally was unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Yancel Guerrero who had one hit in two at bats with a walk.

Alexander Beltre tossed a one-two-three fifth, handing the ball off to Randel Clemente.  Clemente (W, 1-5) fanned three over two innings, yielding a hit and walk, for his first professional victory.  Uriel Curvelo notched his first pro save with a one-two-three eighth.

Wednesday’s game: off

DSL Cardinals Red 8 vs. DSL Cubs Red 7 (11 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red (18-19) edged the DSL Cubs Red (17-22), 8-7 in 11 innings.  The C-Red were the third St. Louis team mounting a come-from-behind Tuesday win and the second to come in walk-off fashion.

The home team was up 5-2 through six but a five-run seventh flipped that lead to a 7-5 deficit.  Single scores in the eighth and ninth sent the game into extra-innings and an eventual triumph.

The Cardinals Red acquired 12 hits, with four players collecting two hits:  Samil De La Rosa, Felix Taveras, Marcelo Perez and Carlos Linarez.  De La Rosa and Taveras doubled once. The former drove in two and the latter crossed home twice.

Felix Taveras

Perez singled twice in four at bats, with a walk, run scored and RBI while Linarez singled twice in five at bats, knocking in one.

Starter Branyan Ramirez gave up five hits and a base-on-balls over 3 2/3 innings, resulting in two tallies, one earned.

Americo Lugo and Roberto Bautista were both unscored upon during their time on the mound. Lugo retired four batters, allowed a hit plus walk and left Ramirez’ last runner on base. Bautista yielded a hit and a base-on-balls, while recording three outs.

Samuel Fabian and Eduar Pimentel each pitched the seventh with less than stellar results.  Fabian (BS, 1) was tagged with five scores, three earned, on three hits and two walks.  His final two runs scored under Pimentel’s watch, as the latter secured four outs while giving up two hits and plunking a batter.

Augusto Calderon quieted the opposition during his two-inning stint, permitting a hit and base-on-balls.  Bruno Lopez (W, 3-1) retired the side in order in the 11th.

Wednesday’s game: off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 7, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals rookie level clubs went 0-3 on Labor Day. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day, 19-year-old right-hander Benjamin Arias, tossed four scoreless innings for DSL Blue with just three baserunners and five strikeouts.

Results from games played Monday, September 6th.

Memphis – off

After going 3-3 at second-place Gwinnett (ATL), fifth-place Memphis (51-57) heads to fourth-place Nashville for the second week of a two-week road trip.

Tuesday’s game:   at Nashville (56-52) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (6-8, 4.53)

Springfield – off

Just off a two-week road excursion in which they won five and lost seven at Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa, Springfield (40-68) hosts Arkansas for their last home stand of 2021.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (59-49) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (MLB rehab)

Peoria – off

Peoria (40-68) may find it difficult to improve on their 1-5 performance last week at West Michigan (DET).  Week two of their road trip, the final road series of season, has the Chiefs venturing to first-place Quad Cities.

Tuesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (70-36) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-5, 6.49)

Palm Beach – off

Like Peoria, Palm Beach (33-72) begins its last road series of the season.  The Beach Birds will play at Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Tuesday’s games:   at Fort Myers (52-52) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT, Edgar Manzo (5-4, 4.87)

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Nationals 11

On Monday, the FCL Cardinals (22-23) were handed a decisive 11-4 road defeat by the FCL Nationals (23-25).

The contest got off to a good start with Enrique Saldana keeping the opposition at bay on a hit and base-on-balls through three innings. The righty turned over a 4-0 lead midway through four.

But subsequent Florida Birds hurlers gave up crooked numbers in four of the contest’s last five innings though none were the result of home runs.  Thomas Hart went 2/3 of a frame, permitting four runs on two hits and two free passes issued.

Three of Hart’s four baserunners touched home on Victor Villanueva’s watch.  Villanueva (L, 2-2) (BS, 2) gave up six hits in 1 1/3 innings, resulting in two tallies of his own.

Springfield rehabber Johan Quezada was touched for two sixth-inning scores on two hits and a base-on-balls but the Nationals were not done scoring.  Tyler Statler was charged with three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks with five outs recorded.  Ben Baird retired the eighth’s last batter but not before allowing one of three inherited runners to score when he plunked a man with the bases loaded.

Luis Montaño

The FCL Cardinals’ six hits were spread among four players.  Shortstop Jeremy Rivas and designated hitter Luis Montano each singled and doubled, Rivas in four and Montano in three at bats.  Rivas knocked in a run and Montano added a walk, run scored and two RBI.  Third baseman Ramon Mendoza and first baseman Jesus Orecchia each singled with no further results generated.

Defensively, the team was charged with three fielding bobbles:  one by right fielder Joshua Baez (his first), by center fielder Adanson Cruz (his second) and by second baseman Brandon Hernandez (his ninth).

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DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Mets1 5

The struggling DSL Cardinals Blue (12-27) could not stem a late rally, falling to the DSL Mets1, 5-4, at home. The last-place Blue have dropped six straight and 19 of their last 21.

The home team led 4-1 through six but a four-run seventh changed that into a defeat.  Victor Herrera and Miguel Martinez combined to yield the four tallies, as both pitchers were tagged with two runs on two hits and a walk.  Herrera recorded two outs and Martinez one (along with three wild pitches thrown).

Our Player of the Day is starter Benjamin Arias who shut down his opponents during his four-inning stint.  Arias struck out five, allowing three hits and did not issue a free pass, while lowering his season ERA to 2.68 over nine starts.

Benjamin Arias

Juan Salas extended the shutout bid with a one-two-three fifth but Antoni Cuello could not work around one of his squad’s two miscues the next frame.  Cuello was touched for an unearned run on two singles and a throwing error by third baseman Javier Bolivar.

Alejandro Cervantes retired six batters, navigating around a hit and two free passes issued.

The C-Blue banged out 11 hits, led by first baseman Fernando Diaz, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Second baseman Adari Grant and shortstop Maycol Justo had two hits apiece in four at bats, with Grant working a base-on-balls with a run scored and Justo notching his ninth RBI.  Eight of nine starters garnered either a hit or run scored.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Mets1 (18-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Cubs Red 7

Porous pitching by the DSL Cardinals Red (17-19) led to their 7-5 road loss to the Cubs Red.

Three hurlers allowed the Cubs Red to score in five of the first six innings, beginning with starter Wilmer Ortega (L, 0-3).  Ortega permitted five tallies, three earned, on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman in three frames.

Darlin Saladin and Engels Martinez posted identical lines, yielding a run on two hits, Saladin in two and Martinez in one inning.  Fraimin Marte and Omar Yanez both tossed a clean frame, with Marte giving up a hit and Yanez walking one.

Felix Taveras

Left fielder Felix Taveras and designated hitter Raul Guzman each claimed two of their team’s eight hits.  Both of Taveras’ hits went for extra bases, a triple and solo shot, generating a run scored and two driven in over four at bats.  Guzman went 2-for-3 with a walk, triple, run scored and RBI.

Third baseman Samil De La Rosa and catcher Alejandro Loaiza each committed a miscue. De La Rosa’s was fielding and Loaiza’s throwing.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs Red (17-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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