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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 2, 2021

photo: Luken Baker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinal Nation Sunday Player of the Day Luken Baker went 3-for-7, including his 20th and 21st long balls of the season and three RBI as Springfield earned the St. Louis Cardinals system’s only two wins in six tries. Palm Beach’s losing skid is 14 games.

Results from games played Sunday, August 1st.

Memphis 2 vs. Gwinnett 4

Two late tallies yielded by the Redbirds’ bullpen snapped a 2-2 tie in Memphis’ 4-2 loss to Gwinnett at AutoZone Park.  The Redbirds (38-40) dropped the series, two games to four.

Junior Fernandez took the loss in his only inning of work, permitting three ninth-inning hits resulting in the two deciding scores.  Jack Flaherty struck out five over three frames in his second Rehab start.  The right-hander allowed two first-inning tallies, with the runs coming on a single, walk and bases-clearing triple.  Flaherty threw 58 pitches in all, 38 for strikes.

Austin Warner tossed two one-two-three innings, fanning three before handing the ball off to Jesus Cruz.  Cruz navigated around two free passes issued for a scoreless sixth.  Garrett Williams and Kodi Whitley duplicated Cruz’ scoreless effort in the seventh and eighth, respectively, Williams walking two and Whitley notching two K’s.

Conner Capel

The home team mustered six hits with Conner Capel doing most of the damage.  Capel went 2-for-4 with a triple and solo shot, driving in an additional tally.  The only other Redbird with a multi-hit performance was first baseman Juan Yepez, who went 2-for-4, crossing home once.

Defensively, catcher Dennis Ortega was charged with a throwing error, his second miscue overall.  Capel was credited with an outfield assist at home plate.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 7 vs. Arkansas 1 – Game 1     

Springfield 4 vs. Arkansas 1 (7) – Game 2

Springfield (29-48) swept a double header at Hammons Field, 7-1 in nine frames and 4-1 in seven innings, preventing a series sweep by Arkansas (41-35).

The opener completed the July 31st contest suspended with the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth.  At that point the sacks were jammed and two away for starter Kevin McGovern who fanned five in 3 2/3 innings.  The lefty surrendered a second-inning long ball, one of two hits and two walks permitted.

Ramon Santos (W, 4-2) took over pitching duties when play resumed on Sunday and the 26-year-old was stellar.  Santos struck out nine over 4 1/3 innings, with the only batter to reach against him occurring via a free pass.

Ramon Santos

Freddy Pacheco continued Santos’ hitless streak, faring much better in his second Double-A appearance than he did in his first.  The Venezuelan faced the minimum, fanning two.

The Travelers broke on top 1-0 at the second’s midpoint, but the S-Cards responded immediately with a run in the bottom of the frame.  First baseman Luken Baker launched his 20th rocket, one of his two hits in four at bats, knotting the game at one all.

Luken Baker

After Santos caught his first batter looking at strike three on Sunday, ending Arkansas’ threat, his teammates took a lead they never relinquished.  Right fielder Alec Burleson singled to open the frame, his only hit in four at bats, advancing a base via a single by Baker.  A right side ground out moved both runners up a base whereupon Julio Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice.  That play scored Burleson, the run being unearned due to an errant throw by Arkansas’ pitcher allowing Rodriguez to reach.

The score remained 2-1 until the home half of the seventh when Springfield pushed across two more tallies before finishing with a three-run eighth.  The home team generated nine hits in all. Left fielder Nick Plummer and shortstop Brendan Donovan joined Baker with two hits apiece.  Plummer went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two driven in while Donovan knocked in three with his 2-for-4 effort.  The latter was 1-for-2 in attempted stolen bases.

The finale featured a pitching duel in which neither side went to their bullpen.  The S-Cards came out on top, thanks to a seven-inning complete game display by starter Tyler Pike (W, 4-3).  The southpaw scattered five hits and a base-on-balls, permitting a run in his last inning of work.  Pike struck out six.

Tyler Pike

The home team did not break through against the Travelers’ starter until the fifth.  Left fielder David Vinsky’s first triple drove in Plummer (single) and catcher Nick Raposo (force), the big hit coming with two away.  Baker added his second home run in as many days, this once with Burleson (double) aboard.

Springfield had six total hits with center fielder Justin Toerner the only S-Card with more than one.  Toerner reached base three times, singling twice in two at bats with a walk but was forced at second by Raposo just prior to Vinsky’s three-bagger, denying him the opportunity to touch home.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 3 vs. Beloit 7

Chiefs’ pitchers could not hold a slim lead at the game’s midpoint, resulting in a 7-3 loss to the Snappers at Dozer Park.  Peoria (30-48) claimed two of the six-game set versus Beloit (35-43) (MIA).

Logan Gragg held the Snappers to two scores over the first five frames but faltered in the sixth.  The righty gave way to Jack Ralston with two on and none out, but the reliever could not hold the 3-2 advantage.

Ralston (L, 1-5) (BS, 1) looked like he would escape after notching two swinging K’s only to permit an RBI single, giving Gragg a final line of three runs allowed on six hits, a base-on-balls plus a hit batsman in five plus innings.  Ralston struck out three of the four batters retired, yielding a score on two hits.

Giancarlo Dalatri’s first taste of A-Advanced ball was a sour one.  The right-hander was tagged for three runs on five hits against four outs recorded, including a two-run long ball and allowing Ralston’s final base runner to score.  Cory Thompson permitted a hit and walk over the last 1 1/3 innings.

Peoria got all of their scoring done in the third inning and none were earned.  Designated hitter Zade Richardson was issued a free pass with one away, moving to second via center fielder Matt Chamberlain’s single and scoring when shortstop Masyn Winn reached on a fielder’s choice because of a throwing error by Beloit’s second baseman.  After Jordan Walker struck out swinging Jhon Torres came through with his first triple, scoring Chamberlain and Winn.

Jhon Torres

Chamberlain had half of his squad’s hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Torres reached base twice, adding a base-on-balls to his triple in three at bats.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 0 vs. Tampa 4 – Game 1
Palm Beach 6 vs. Tampa 17 (7) – Game 2

Palm Beach’s (25-51) losing slide is now at 14, following Sunday’s twin bill sweep by visiting Tampa (54-23), 4-0 in nine and 17-6 in seven.

In the opening game loss, starter Ludwin Jimenez twirled seven outstanding frames against the league’s best team.  The 19-year-old held the Tarpons scoreless on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Ludwin Jimenez

Luis Tena tossed a clean eighth but only recorded one ninth inning out, yielding four runs, three earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls.  The unearned run was due to the runner at second base rule being in effect because of the double header.

Tena’s final runner crossed via a sac fly under Andre Granillo’s watch.  The 2021 14th round selection inherited runners at the corners and after the sac fly and two straight steals by Tampa’s base runner, Granillo issued a free pass.  But the righty recouped to catch his final batter looking at strike three.

Palm Beach had six hits with right fielder Jacob Buchberger going 2-for-4 with a double.  The only other hit to go for extra bases belonged to second baseman Noah Mendlinger.  Mendlinger, an undrafted free agent signee out of Georgia College, doubled once in two at bats in his pro debut before being replaced defensively in the visitor half of the sixth.  Defensively, Mendlinger took part in two double plays.

The nightcap defeat featured 16 Tarpon tallies before the Beach Birds got on the scoreboard.  Gustavo Rodriguez (L, 0-4) lasted just 2/3 of an inning, permitting six scores, three earned, on two hits, two walks, a hit batsman and three wild pitches.

Luis Ortiz was charged with four runs on six hits, two walks and a balk over 2 1/3 frames.  The 21-year-old allowed both inherited runners to cross home plate.

Edwin Nunez’ outing made both Rodriguez’ and Ortiz’ stints look good in comparison.  The righty did not retire any of his five batters faced, issuing four free passes along with a hit and two wild pitches, resulting in five runs allowed.

Gordon Graceffo was thrown into the fire in his second pro appearance.  The 2021 fifth-rounder inherited a bases-loaded/none out mess and yielded four hits.  Nunez’ last three base runners scored plus one of Graceffo’s own batters.

Ramon Mendoza moved from the hot corner to the mound at the fifth’s onset and his two-inning stint was the best of six Beach Birds pitching efforts.  Mendoza tossed two clean innings, issuing one free pass, before giving way to shortstop Darlyn Del Villar.  Del Villar gave up a hit, walk plus a plunked batter generating one run.

Mendoza and Del Villar also took part in four of their squad’s six scores.  Both players went 1-for-4 with the former scoring once and knocking in another and Del Villar acquiring two RBI’s.  Defensively, each player bobbled a play.

Ryan Holgate

Left fielder Ryan Holgate made a splash in his first taste of pro ball, going 2-for-4 with a solo shot accounting for one of his two runs scored and his RBI.  Holgate was the 70th overall pick in the recent First-Year Player Draft.

Buchberger and Mendlinger each had two of Palm Beach’s 11 hits in all.  Buchberger singled twice in four at bats, batting third, while Mendlinger singled and doubled in two at bats, driving in two after taking over at third for Mendoza in the fifth.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (12-9) at FCL Nationals (10-14), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (7-7) at DSL Yankees1 (6-8), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (7-7) vs. DSL Brewers1 (8-7), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 30, 2021

photo: Connor Lunn (Peoria Chiefs)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-5. TCN Player of the Day Connor Lunn threw seven innings of one-run ball, but the Peoria bullpen failed in extra innings.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 29th.

Memphis 7 vs. Gwinnett 6

The Redbirds survived a late rally to edge the Stripers, 7-6, at AutoZone Park.  Memphis (38-37) moves into a fourth-place tie with Gwinnett with the win and leads the series two games to one.

The home team scored seven times over the initial four innings, propelled by two home runs that began and ended the scoring.  First baseman Juan Yepez went yard with Nolan Gorman aboard in the first to go up 2-0.

Juan Yepez

The lead improved to 3-0 the next frame after center fielder Scott Hurst singled up the middle with one away.  Starter Miles Mikolas put down a successful sac bunt, putting Hurst in position to easily score on third baseman Kramer Robertson’s 13th double.

But the big offensive blow was saved for the fourth inning.  Evan Mendoza doubled to open the frame, the shortstop advancing to third via catcher Dennis Ortega’s single to left.  Hurst lined a single to center, driving in Mendoza and putting two on for pinch hitter Clint Coulter.  Coulter came through with a big blast over the center field wall, giving Memphis a 7-0 lead.

The Redbirds garnered 12 hits, led by Hurst who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in.  Defensively, the center fielder was credited with an outfield assist at second.  Yepez and Ortega both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, with Yepez’ long ball generating two RBI.

But Gwinnett would not go quietly.  Down 7-0 through five, the visitors pushed across six tallies over the next three innings, three times putting the potential tying run in scoring position.

Making his second rehab start, Mikolas extended himself to four scoreless innings, throwing 36 of his 58 pitches for strikes. The righty scattered three hits and a base-on-balls.

Pitching in relief in his regular rotation slot, Angel Rondon (W, 2-2) had an off night, permitting five runs on seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 frames.  Two of the five tallies came off one home run ball.

Austin Warner retired three batters, stranding the bases loaded with Rondon’s runners, but allowed a run on three hits subsequently.  Kodi Whitley (S, 1) recorded the last four outs, quelling two more Striper threats.  The 26-year-old stranded two inherited runners, ending his first threat but created another one by issuing a free pass and single before notching two K’s to finish the game.

Friday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett (38-37) (ATL), 7:10 pm CT, Zack Thompson (1-6, 7.66)

Springfield 4 vs. Arkansas 11

The S-Cards were never in the game, falling to the Travelers, 11-4, at home.  Springfield (28-47) has yet to break into the win column after three tries in the six-game set.

Arkansas’ offense scored in each of the first four frames, building an 8-0 advantage, much of it built on the long ball.  Starter Domingo Robles (L, 2-5) was more than a big homer prone, surrendering three bombs generating four of six runs charged to the lefty on nine hits and two walks during his three innings on the bump.

Freddy Pacheco issued a free pass prior to surrendering a home run in his Double-A debut.  Michael Brettell took over in the fifth and fanned four over three scoreless innings.  Johan Quezada tossed a clean eighth but served up a three-run home run before the ninth ended.

Alec Burleson

Right fielder Alec Burleson provided half of his team’s offensive results with his 14th home run.  It came with designated hitter Ivan Herrera (single) aboard and closed the gap to 8-2 after five.  The bomb was Burleson’s only hit in four at bats although he did work a free pass.

Second baseman Nick Dunn was the sole S-Card with more than one of the team’s seven hits, singling twice in four at bats with a walk, run scored and one knocked in.  In his first action back with Springfield after being on the IL since May 8th, catcher Julio Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls.

Shortstop Delvin Perez contributed a fielding gem.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (40-34) (SEA), 7:05 pm CT, Dalton Roach (5-6, 5.15)

Peoria 3 vs. Beloit 10 (12 innings)

An eight-run 12th inning sent the Chiefs to a 10-3 defeat by the Snappers at Dozer Park.  Peoria (30-45) holds a two-games-to-one lead in the six-game series.

The contest was tied 1-1 after two and remained so until the two squads both added an 11th-inning tally.  But two big blows off Fabian Blanco turned a tight game into a blowout.

Starter Connor Lunn acquitted himself well, holding Beloit to a solo shot in seven innings.  The right-hander scattered six hits, struck out six and did not issue a free pass.

Connor Lunn

Pitching for the first time since a July 4th start, Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless eighth, permitting a hit and throwing two wild pitches.  Cory Thompson retired the side in order twice, fanning four.

With a base runner now beginning each inning at second, Fabian Blanco (L, 2-3) allowed an 11th-inning score via a single and sac fly but the flood gates really opened subsequently.  The southpaw surrendered two home run balls, a three-run shot followed by a grand slam, that were two of the nine hits and two walks allowed against three outs recorded.

With the bases empty and the game pretty much out of reach, Peoria let infielder Chandler Redmond pitch for the first time in his pro career.  Redmond retired all three batters faced on a 6-3 ground out, pop out to short and fly out to right.

Five Springfield players each had one hit.  Todd Lott’s first A-Advanced home run knotted the game at one all.  That was the only earned run yielded by Snapper hurlers with both the 11th and 12th inning scores unearned due to the runner beginning the frame at second.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit (32-43) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (2-6, 4.44)

Palm Beach 3 vs. Tampa 8 (7 innings) – Game 1
Palm Beach vs. Tampa – Game 2 – postponed

On Thursday, the Beach Birds and Tarpons finally took the field for the first time this week, but the weather once again dictated the terms of play. Game 1 of a scheduled twin bill was shortened to an 8-3 7-inning loss and Game 2 postponed once again.

The contest actually played, originally scheduled for July 27th, began with starter Levi Prater (L, 1-5) serving up two long balls in 1 2/3 innings, accounting for four of the five runs the lefty yielded.  Pitching for the first time in eight days, Prater issued six free passes along with those two hits and hit a batter.

Edwin Nunez recorded six outs, permitting three tallies on two hits and three walks.  The 19-year-old prospect was wild, plunking three batters and throwing two wild pitches.

Edwin Nuñez

The next two Palm Beach hurlers arrived at their professional debuts from very different paths but both came through in their maiden efforts.  Right-hander Gordon Graceffo, the fifth-round selection in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, retired four batters, permitting a hit and stranding three inherited runners.  Righty Ryan Loutos, an undrafted free agent signee on July 29, 2021, gave up a two-out single to left but the base runner was nailed trying to take second base on the play, giving Loutos a one-two-three sixth.

Gianluca Dalatri struck out the side in the seventh, issuing a free pass.

The home team matched their guests’ six hits but none of Palm Beach’s hits were home runs, resulting in just three tallies.  Designated hitter L.J. Jones and second baseman Donivan Williams both went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.

Palm Beach and Tampa were unable to get in Thursday’s regularly scheduled contest which was rescheduled as part of a double header on Friday, July 30th.  The start time for Game 1 is 3:00 pm ET.

Friday’s games:  vs. Tampa (49-23) (NYY).  Game 1 – 3:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA

FCL Cardinals 7 at FCL Mets 6 (7 innings)

The FCL Cardinals (11-8) capitalized on 11 walks to slip past the FCL Mets, 7-6.  The game was called after seven frames due to rain.

The Florida Birds generated just three hits but combined them with the 11 free passes issued plus a hit batsman to score seven tallies, six earned.  Six FCL Cardinals worked at least one base-on-balls, designated hitter Jake Burns being the Grand Poobah with four.  Burns touched home twice despite not recording an official at bat.

Jake Burns

Catcher Roblin Heredia and left fielder Luis Montano also scored two times, with Heredia going 0-for-2 with two walks and Montano doubling once in two at bats with a walk and RBI.

Right fielder Adanson Cruz and third baseman Brandon Hernandez both drove in two, the former by singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and the latter by going 0-for-1 with two walks and a sac fly.

Four Florida Birds pitchers took the mound starting with Yordy Richard who lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  Richard yielded two hits, three walks and hit a batter, resulting in three tallies.

Reliever Roy Garcia (W, 2-0) pitched the bulk of the game, blanking the FCL Mets (11-10) on two hits with four strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings.  He also left Richard’s last three runners aboard.

Tyler Statler retired six batters, permitting three scores, two earned, on three hits, a base-on-balls and key wild pitch.  Omar Sanchez used an inning-ending (turned out to be game-ending) 6-4-3 double play to negate two base runners who reached on a single and fielding error by Hernandez.

Friday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros (14-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 5 vs. DSL Phillies Red 13

It was a long day for C-Blue (6-6) hurlers who were pounded for 22 hits in the 13-5 loss to the DSL Phillies Red.

The visitors scored eight times before C-Blue batters even came to the plate.  Making his first start after transferring from the C-Red on July 27th, Victor Herrera (L, 1-2) lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  His first five batters reached base with the righty allowing six runs, three earned, on four hits and two free passes issued in all.

Frankely Guzman retired seven batters but not before yielding four tallies, three earned, on nine hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch.  Guzman allowed both inherited runners to cross home plate.

Marlyn Almonte pitched the fourth, permitting a run on a hit and three walks.  Miguel Martinez replaced Almonte at the fifth’s start, recording eight outs while giving up two scores on five hits and four wild pitches.

Alejandro Cervantes limited the damage to Martinez by stranding two base runners.  The Mexico native was unscored upon over the game’s last 2 1/3 innings, extending his scoreless streak to 9 2/3 frames in five game appearances in his first year of pro ball.

Maycol Justo

C-Blue batters banged out nine hits led by shortstop Maycol Justo who went 3-for-3 with two hit-by-pitches and two runs scored out of the two hole.  Batting right behind Justo, 17-year-old Leonardo Bernal went 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb comprising one of his two runs scored and two of this three RBI.

The contest was a mixed bag defensively for the Cardinals Blue and catcher Juan Sanchez held both bags.  The positive bag contained a pickoff at third base for the 19-year-old but the negative bag held a catcher’s interference call with Herrera on the mound subsequently resulting in three unearned scores.  Right fielder Christian Avendano showed off his arm with an outfield assist at third base.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (4-7), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Phillies White 4

The DSL Cardinals Red (7-5) mustered just four singles in their 4-0 road defeat by the DSL Phillies White.

The visitors were unable to capitalize on the eight free passes issued by their hosts, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranding 11.  Third baseman and number seven hitter Raul Guzman reached base three times, singling once in two at bats with two base-on-balls.  Four other C-Red players reached base twice.

Raul Guzman

Defensively, the Cardinals Red’s number of miscues matched their hit total.  Shortstop Elias Reynosa was tagged for a missed catch error, his third overall, while second baseman Lizandro Espinosa was charged with his first bobble when one of his throws did not hit the intended target.  Center fielder Romtres Cabrera and starter Diorys Guerrero were also charged with their first miscues due to errant throws.

The lack of offensive output left Guerrero tagged with his first defeat against one win despite a strong mound showing.  The 20-year-old lefty fanned six over five innings, his outing a high mark among C-Red hurlers.  Guerrero yielded one run on five hits and did not issue a free pass.

Right-hander Samuel Fabian permitted a tally on two hits and a walk during his two-inning stint.  Eduar Pimentel’s first action of 2021 was a bit rocky as the righty gave up two scores on two hits and a base-on-balls against three outs recorded.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies White (7-4), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 28, 2021

photo: Logan Gragg (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3, including a twinbill sweep in the Florida Complex League. Player of the Day Logan Gragg tossed seven one-run innings in Peoria’s win, backed by Masyn Winn and Jordan Walker.

Results from the games played Tuesday, July 27th.

Memphis 0 at Gwinnett 1

And so it ends.  Memphis (36-37) was edged by Gwinnett, 1-0, ending a franchise-high 15-game winning streak.

The Redbirds managed just four hits, all singles, and worked just three free passes.  Conner Capel reached base twice, going 0-for-2 with two walks but there is not much else to say about the offense.

A bright note was the onset of Jack Flaherty’s rehab assignment.  St. Louis’ ace tossed the first two frames, yielding a hit and striking out three.  Flaherty threw 21 of his 31 pitches for strikes.

Jack Flaherty

The bullpen took over the rest of the way, with the pitching duties shared among five relievers.  Tyler Webb (L, 0-2) fanned three during his two inning-stint but surrendered a solo shot that proved to be the losing margin.

Junior Fernandez rebounded from a rough outing against Louisville with two scoreless frames of one hit, one walk ball.  Jesus Cruz and Garrett Williams retired three batters each, yielding a hit apiece before Connor Jones used three K’s to navigate around two hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett (38-35) (ATL), 7:10 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 0.00)

Springfield 0 vs. Arkansas 4

Springfield (28-45) mirrored their Triple-A counterparts with the same result.  Their four-hit shutout was a 4-0 defeat by Arkansas.

Nick Plummer’s 12th double, his lone hit in four at bats, was his squad’s only hit to go for extra bases.  The left fielder added a base-on-balls, representing one of three S-Cards to reach base twice.

Right fielder Alec Burleson and third baseman Malcom Nunez each singled once in three at bats with a walk.  Center fielder Justin Toerner worked a free pass and swiped his third base of 2021.

Tyler Pike

Tyler Pike took a tough loss, his third in six decisions, despite generating his best performance in 10 games this season.  The lefty scattered six hits over six innings, permitting one tally and striking out five.  Pike did not issue a free pass but did plunk one batter.

Given the offensive limitations on Tuesday, Johan Quezada’s outing put the game out of reach.  The 26-year-old allowed five base runners, two via hits, two via hit-by-pitch and one via a base-on-balls, with three of them coming around to score.  Quezada retired just two batters.

Alex FaGalde walked one in 1 1/3 innings, stranding two of three inherited runners.  Salvador Justo faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (38-34) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.26)

Peoria 4 vs. Beloit 2

Logan Gragg’s arm and Pedro Pages’ bat led Peoria (29-44) over Beloit, 4-2, in the home series opener.  It was the Chiefs’ fourth victory in their last five games.

Player of the Day Gragg (W, 2-3) pitched a season-high seven frames, allowing four hits and two walks.  The only damage against the tall right-hander came in the fifth on a one-out double followed by an RBI single.  Gragg issued a free pass that frame, so gave up just two hits and a base-on-balls over the other six innings.  The Cardinal Nation’s 38th-ranked prospect has allowed just two runs in his last two home starts encompassing 13 frames.

Logan Gragg

Enmanuel Solano and Freddy Pacheco tossed one inning apiece.  Solano was tagged for a run on a hit and walk, with the tally unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Jordan Walker.  Pacheco kept things quiet in the ninth, retiring the side in order with two strikeouts.

Meanwhile at the plate, Pages could not be retired.  Peoria’s clean-up hitter reached base all five times he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with a solo shot and two walks.

Although the home team garnered 13 hits, they transformed them into just four tallies, going an ineffective 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranding 13.  The team did not break through until the home half of the fifth, when shortstop and Masyn Winn led off with a single.  Winn scored on Jordan Walker’s sixth A-Advanced double, raising his hitting streak to six games.

Winn went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored in his A-Advanced debut, batting lead-off.  Former Palm Beach teammate Walker hit right behind Winn, going 2-for-5 with an RBI but was caught stealing trying to score later in the fifth.

Jordan Walker

That fifth-inning score appeared to open the flood gates just a tad as Peoria scored three times over the next two frames.  Another new Chief, designated hitter Todd Lott, and first baseman Chandler Redmond worked consecutive base-on-balls at the sixth’s onset, with center fielder Tyler Reichenborn’s single knocking in Lott.

Redmond eventually scored an unearned run after Walker reached on a fielding error by the Snappers’ second baseman.  Pages’ long ball provided Peoria’s final run, which occurred in the seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Beloit (31-42) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-3, 6.33)

Palm Beach vs. Tampa – postponed    

The series opener at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium between Palm Beach (25-45) and Tampa was rained out.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, July 28th with game one starting at 3:00 pm ET.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Tampa (48-23) (NYY).  Game 1 – 3:00 pm ET, Levi Prater/Jose Moreno

FCL Cardinals 11 at FCL Nationals 8 – Game 1
FCL Cardinals 6 vs. FCL Nationals 1 – Game 2 (7)

The FCL Cardinals swept a pair from the FCL Nationals, 11-8 in regulation and 6-1 in seven innings.

Game 1 completed the July 21st road contest suspended in the top of the ninth due to lightning and the Florida Birds having just gone ahead 11-8.  That score remained intact for the game’s balance when play resumed on Tuesday at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Reliever Victor Villanueva picked up his second win against no losses, pitching both on the 21st and 27th.  The 20-year-old recorded the game’s last five outs, yielding a single.  One of two inherited runners scored due to a passed ball charged to catcher Jake Burns in the eighth inning.

Enrique Saldana started on the 21st, yielding six runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batsmen over three frames.  Colin Schmid tossed two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and base-on-balls.

Diego Cordero served up a homer ball to his initial batter for his sole run allowed on two hits during his two-inning stint.  William Miranda retired one of three batters faced, issuing two free passes and throwing two wild pitches before Villanueva took over.

The FCL Cardinals’ offense generated 11 hits and six walks resulting in 11 runs, eight earned due to two Nationals’ bobbles.  Nine Florida Birds had at least one of a hit, run scored or RBI.

Burns led the hitting effort, going 3-for-5 with a double and two driven in but Hansel Otamendi swung the most productive bat.  The right fielder singled twice in five at bats, scored three runs and knocked in another two while swiping two bags.

Hansel Otamendi

The final player with a multi-hit performance was second baseman Brandon Hernandez, who doubled twice in five at bats, touched home once with two RBI.  Left fielder Luis Montano reached base four times, singling once in two at bats with three walks.

In the second contest, the home team pounced for five scores over the first two frames as they cruised to a 6-1 victory in seven innings.

The offense was opportunistic, translating six hits, seven walks, two stolen bases and several Nationals’ miscues into six runs, four earned.  Designated hitter Roblin Heredia was the only FCL Cardinal with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two knocked in.

Right fielder Luis Montano’s only hit in three at bats was a solo shot although he did work a free pass, coming around to score a second run.  Jeremy Rivas scored twice despite going hitless in two at bats.  The shortstop was plunked in the first, his subsequent steal putting him in position to score on a Heredia single.  Rivas reached on a force the next frame, coming around to touch home plate on another Heredia single.

Right-hander Thomas Hart, St. Louis’ 16th round pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, made his 2021 debut with a clean inning in which he allowed a two-out single.

Colin Schmid

Reliever Colin Schmid was credited with the victory, his first of 2021, with three one-two-three frames.  The southpaw is yet to be charged with a run in seven innings covering four appearances.

Ben Baird was touched for a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in his only inning of work.  Cordero pitched the sixth and seventh, issuing two free passes.

Wednesday’s game: Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 vs. DSL Twins 6 (7 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (6-5) never trailed, flying past the DSL Twins (4-8), 11-6 in seven innings.  It is fourth win in their last five contests for the C-Blue.

Center fielder Jose Cordoba accounted for five runs, going 2-for-3 with a triple, hit-by-pitch, three runs scored and two knocked in.  Right fielder Keshawn Rombley took part in four scores, singling once in two at bats, crossing home once and driving in three – two via sac flies.

Jose Cordoba

First baseman Fernando Diaz compiled an unusual stat line, walking all four times he came to the plate and touching home plate three times.  Six C-Blue players scored at least one tally.

The Twins scored all six of their runs off the first two of four Cardinals Blue hurlers to see action.  Starter Randel Clemente allowed only one hit over 3 2/3 frames but issued five free passes, resulting in three tallies, two earned.

Oliver Lopez was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits including a solo shot, two walks, a hit batsman and two balk calls against three outs recorded. The last run charged to Lopez crossed when his replacement, Miguel Martinez, threw one away on an attempted pick off move.  Martinez then fanned his only batter faced.  Alexander Beltre (W, 2-1) retired six batters, allowing a hit and throwing a wild pitch.

Defensively, The C-Blue committed two errors.  Shortstop Maycol Justo was charged with a throwing miscue, his first, along with the aforementioned pick-off-move-gone-awry by Martinez.  Catcher Alejandro Loaiza was charged with two passed balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Phillies Red, 10:30 a.m. ET

DSL Cardinals Red 3 at DSL Rangers2 5

Free passes came back to haunt the DSL Cardinals Red (7-4) in their 5-3 road loss to the DSL Rangers2.

The C-Red offense outhit their opponents, nine to six but the pitching staff walked nine batters, four of whom came around to score.  Designated hitter Romtres Cabrera and left fielder Felix Taveras both went 2-for-4, Cabrera adding a walk while Taveras doubled, was hit by a pitch and crossed home once with an RBI.  Santiago Carbonara reached base twice, singling once in four at bats with a walk, run scored and one knocked in.

Felix Taveras

Five Cardinals Red pitchers took the mound and four of them issued at least one free pass.  Both of the tallies charged to starter Brayan Ramirez reached base on two of the four walks permitted along with two hits in three frames.

Darlin Saladin struck out three over the next two innings, giving up one hit.  Fraimin Marte (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) allowed three tallies on a hit and three base-on-balls in the sixth.  Bruno Lopez and Augusto Calderon posted identical lines of a hit and walk yielded with three batters retired.

Wednesday’s game: at Phillies White, 10:30 a.m. ET

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 27, 2021

TCN Player of the Day Benjamin Arias’ strong start led the DSL Blue to one of the St. Louis Cardinals system’s two wins in two tries on Monday. The division-leading DSL Red team won as well while the FCL Cardinals’ contest was suspended…again.

Results from games played Monday, July 26th.

Memphis – off

Memphis (36-36) begins their week having notched 15 consecutive wins.  This week the fifth-place Redbirds host fourth-place Gwinnett, a team they trail by just a game in the Southeast Division standings.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Gwinnett (37-35) (ATL), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Springfield – off

Springfield (28-44) heads back to Hammons Field fresh off a two-week road swing through Texas in which they went 6-6.  This week the fifth-place S-Cards begin a two-week home stand during which they host division rivals Arkansas and Tulsa (LAD).

Tuesday’s game:  vs. third-place (tie) Arkansas (37-34) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, TBA

Peoria – off

This week, Peoria finishes a four-week stretch of exclusively West Division rivals.  Up next for the sixth-place Chiefs (28-44) is fifth-place Beloit with three games separating the two teams in the standings.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Beloit (31-41) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (1-3, 6.31)

Palm Beach – off

Palm Beach (25-45) is on a quest to put their current seven-game losing skid firmly in the rearview mirror.  The PB-Cards have their work cut out for them as they host the Tampa Tarpons, holders of the best record in 10-team Low-A Southeast.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Tampa (48-23) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

FCL Cardinals 1 vs. FCL Marlins 5 – suspended

Monday’s first contest between the FCL Cardinals (8-8) and the FCL Marlins (7-10) was suspended going into the home half of the fourth with the Florida Birds down 5-1.  This game is scheduled to be completed as part of a twin bill on Saturday, July 31st.  The second game has been postponed until August 6th.

Tuesday’s games: vs. Nationals, opener will be completion of July 21 suspended game, followed by the regular contest, noon ET, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Twins 1

Benjamin Arias’ five strong frames led the C-Blue past the DSL Twins, 3-1.  The DSL Cardinals Blue (5-5) gained sole possession of fourth place in the eight-team South Division with the victory, 2 ½ games behind the DSL Rockies.

Arias, the first Cardinals Blue starter to throw five innings, held the opposition to a single score in his last inning of work.  The run was unearned because of a throwing error by catcher Leonardo Bernal on an attempted pickoff move.  Arias struck out nine, giving up three hits and issuing a free pass while hitting two batters.

Benjamin Arias

Ronny Oliver and Esteban Contreras each pitched two innings.  Oliver negotiated around a hit and three walks with Contreras plunked a batter in the eighth and permitted a one-out single the next stanza, earning his second save.

Bernal was the sole C-Blue player with more than one of the team’s seven hits.  The 17-year-old Panamanian went 2-for-4 with a solo blast, his first professional home run.

Bernal’s third-inning bomb was his squad’s third tally in as many frames.  Shortstop Maycol Justo scored the initial run via left fielder Keyshawn Rombley’s sac fly after reaching via a fielding error by the Twins first baseman.  Second baseman Adari Grant doubled home third baseman Anyelo Encarnacion in the second after the latter stroked a one-out single.

Tuesday’s game:  at fifth-place DSL Twins (4-7), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Rangers2 2

A balanced offensive attack joined forces with a good enough pitching performance as the C-Red flew past the DSL Rangers2, 4-2.  The DSL Cardinals Red (7-3) lead the eight-team San Pedro Division by 1 ½ games over four other squads, including the DSL Rangers2.

Seven C-Red players accumulated at least one of eight team hits with four different players touching home.  Right fielder Jeremy Ramos was the most productive, doubling once in four at bats, crossing home once and knocking in two.

Jeremy Rivas

Designated hitter Felix Taveras took part in two scores, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.  First baseman Francisco Reynoso reached base three times, singling once in two at bats with two walks and a run scored.  Left fielder Romtres Cabrera’s only hit in four at bats was his second triple preceding his run scored.

Ob the mound a Cardinals Red quartet of right-handers held the Rangers2 to four hits and two unearned tallies but did issue 10 free passes.  Wilmer Ortega blanked his opponents on two hits and five walks during his four-inning stint.

Juan Severino retired five batters, yielding an unearned score on a hit and two walks before Americo Lugo left Severino’s last base runner aboard.  Lugo (W, 1-0) recorded seven outs, giving up an unearned run on a hit and base-on-balls for his first win as a pro in 13 game appearances dating back to 2019.  Omar Yanez worked around two outs for his second save.

Defensively, the visitors were charged with three errors.  Third baseman Raul Guzman had two throws go awry as did catcher Maikel Hernandez.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. second-place (tie) DSL Rangers2 (6-5), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2021

photo: Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Conner Capel’s five RBI powered Memphis to consecutive win no. 15 as the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-1 on Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, July 25th.

Memphis 9 at Louisville 3

Conner Capel’s big day at the plate led the Redbirds (36-36) over the Bats, 9-3, extending their winning roll to a franchise-best 15 games.  The streak which began on July 9th at Louisville, includes series sweeps of seventh-place Norfolk plus Midwest Division rival Louisville (27-44) (CIN) and lifts their record to .500 for the first time this season.

Conner Capel

Memphis led from start to finish, thanks to Capel’s first-inning bomb which came with right fielder Lane Thomas (walk) and second baseman Nolan Gorman (single) aboard.  It was the eighth home run for the Redbirds’ cleanup hitter who went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and five RBI.

Gorman also garnered three of his team’s 14 hits, singling three times in five at bats, touching home twice and driving in one.  Center fielder Scott Hurst and shortstop Evan Mendoza both singled twice in five and four at bats, respectively, with Mendoza crossing home plate three times.

Making his second rehab start, Daniel Ponce de Leon yielded two hits and two walks over two clean frames.  The righty threw 22 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

Regular starter Connor Thomas went three innings, permitting three tallies, two earned, on seven hits but did not issue a free pass.  Austin Warner (W, 6-2) retired all six batters faced, striking out two before Grant Black and Seth Elledge recorded three outs each.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 10 at San Antonio 6

The S-Cards used a five-run fifth to rally past the Missions, 10-6, at Nelson Wolff Stadium.  Springfield (28-44) claimed two of the six-game series at San Antonio (35-36) (SD).

Trailing 2-0 through four, the visitors pounced on two Missions hurlers the next frame, going up 5-2.  Ivan Herrera’s sixth home run of 2021 was a line drive over the wall in left, scoring Delvin Perez (single) and knotting the game at two all.

Iván Herrera

Alec Burleson reached on a fielding miscue by San Antonio’s second baseman, spurring a pitching change.  Luken Baker greeted the new hurler with an RBI double, advancing to third via a passed ball.  After Malcom Nunez walked, Nick Dunn doubled home Baker and Nunez.

Springfield added three more scores the next frame, with the scoring capped by a two-run Baker bomb in the eighth.  Baker reached base five times, going 2-for-2 with a double, home run, three walks, three runs scored and three knocked in.

Luken Baker

The S-Cards gathered 12 hits in all, led by Perez and Dunn with three hits each.  Perez singled three times in four at bats, worked a free pass, stole a base and touched home ahead of Herrera while Dunn went 3-for-5 with a double and two knocked in.  Herrera was the final Springfield player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with a walk, double and big blast, scored three runs and drove in two.

Kevin McGovern pitched the initial 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, including a solo blast.  Evan Sisk (W, 2-0) retired six batters, yielding two tallies, one earned, on two hits, a base-on-balls as well as hitting former St. Louis farmhand Allen Cordoba, stranding two inherited runners.  The southpaw committed an error on an attempted pickoff move, one of two miscues along with a fielding bobble by Dunn.

Jacob Bosiokovic recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving Sisk’s final two runners aboard.  Bosiokovic looked to be in command until he walked the bases loaded in the ninth, bringing Ramon Santos into the game.  Santos struck out his sole batter swinging for his second save.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 5

Peoria (28-44) never led in their 5-2 loss to Quad Cities (46-24) (KC) at Modern Woodman Park.  The sixth-place Chiefs split the six-game series versus the first-place River Bandits whom they trail by 19 games in the West Division standings.

Michael YaSenka is still looking for his first win of 2021 as he allowed four scores, three earned on four hits in 5 1/3 frames.  Two of the four runs resulted from one long ball.  The right-hander fanned six and did not issue a free pass.

Cory Thompson, who inherited a runner at second with one away situation, walked his first batter just ahead of a double steal putting two in scoring position.  But Thompson bore down, notching a swinging K and line out to center to end the threat.  The 26-year-old surrendered a two-out solo shot the next frame, one of hits permitted.  Fabian Blanco worked around two hits for a scoreless inning.

Jordan Walker was one of six Chiefs accumulating one of six total hits.  The third baseman’s second A-Advanced home run and second in as many games came with the bases empty in the sixth and was the fifth straight game the 19-year-old had a hit.

Jordan Walker

Peoria’s other tally occurred in the eighth when Matt Chamberlain opened with a double.  The left fielder advanced to third on a 4-3 ground out by Walker, scoring via a passed ball.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach at Jupiter – suspended

The Beach Birds’ series finale versus the Hammerheads was suspended with one away, a Palm Beach player at first in the top of the fifth and the PB-Cards down 1-0.  Play will resume as part of a double header on Tuesday, August 24th, at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, home of both teams.  Palm Beach (25-45) is in the midst of a seven-game losing skid, including the first five games of this series versus Jupiter (35-35) (MIA).

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (8-8) vs. FCL Marlins (7-10), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (4-5) at DSL Twins (4-6), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (6-3) vs. DSL Rangers2 (6-4), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 23, 2021

photo: Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2. Angel Rondon’s pitching and Juan Yepez’ hitting helped Memphis win its team-record 12th consecutive game.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 22nd.

Memphis 3 at Louisville 0  

Angel Rondon’s arm and Juan Yepez’ bat led the Redbirds over the Bats, 3-0.  It was the 12th consecutive win for Memphis (33-36), a new franchise record.

Player of the Day Rondon (W, 3-4) blanked Louisville on a hit and walk during his six-inning stint.  The 23-year-old fanned five, throwing 41 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

Angel Rondón

Rondon’s effort was bookended by Daniel Ponce de Leon and Tyler Webb. Ponce de Leon began his rehab assignment from St. Louis with a clean first frame, erasing a lead-off walk via a 4-3 double play.  Webb took over in the eighth, using two strikeouts to work around two singles and a base-on-balls allowed.  Seth Elledge (S, 2) tossed a clean ninth, giving up a hit.

Juan Yepez

Yepez got the scoring started in the first with his seventh home run since joining the Redbirds and 12th overall in 2021.  The first baseman added a single and double in five at bats.  The only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s eight hits was catcher Ali Sanchez, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Second baseman Kramer Robertson reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls, stolen base and two knocked in.

Friday’s game:  at Louisville (27-41) (CIN), 6:00 pm CT, Zack Thompson (0-6, 8.67)

Springfield at San Antonio – postponed      

The third of the six-game set at Nelson Wolff Stadium between Springfield (27-41) and San Antonio was postponed due to inclement weather.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Saturday, July 24th with Game 1 beginning at 5:00 pm CT.

Friday’s game:  at San Antonio (32-35) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-3, 3.09)

Peoria 5 at Quad Cities 4

The Chiefs (26-43) narrowly escaped their opponents’ ninth-inning push, slipping past the River Bandits, 5-4.  It is the first win of the series for Peoria with three games to be played.

Three Chiefs hurlers combined to shut out Quad Cities over the initial eight frames.  Nick Trogrlic-Iverson pitched the initial four innings, yielding three hits.  Enmanuel Solano (W, 3-0) claimed the next three frames, permitting a hit and walk before Fabian Blanco yielded a hit in his inning of work.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

But it was not a quality night for Freddy Pacheco, who was charged with four runs on two hits and two base-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning.  Cory Thompson surrendered a double that drove in Pacheco’s final runner then wild pitched the potential tying run to third.  After a mound visit, Thompson notched a swinging K for his second save.

Peoria generated nine hits, paced by second baseman Francisco Hernandez, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The other multi-hit effort belonged to catcher Zade Richardson, who singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once and driving in one.  Chandler Redmond’s only hit in three at bats was his 11th long ball.  It came with the bases empty. Cristhian Longa plated two.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (45-22) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Connor Lunn (3-5, 5.04)

Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 5

One big inning proved the difference maker as Palm Beach (25-43) fell to Jupiter, 5-1.  The Beach Birds are still looking for their first win of the series with three games remaining.

Dionys Rodriguez began the third trying to protect a slim 1-0 advantage.  The righty was not up to the task, permitting four runs on five hits and a free pass issued.  Two of the four tallies were generated by a home run ball which finished Rodriguez’ night.

Edwin Nunez scattered two hits and three walks over the next 2 2/3 frames, handing the ball off to Luis Tena.  Tena was tagged for a run on three hits against three outs recorded.  Gianluca Dalatri and Kevin Marnon both tossed one-two-three innings.

The Beach Birds mustered six hits but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.  Two of those hits came in the first.  Tommy Jew singled with one away and immediately raced home on Jacob Buchberger’s third triple of 2021.

Jacob Buchberger

The visitors managed just four more hits over the next eight innings.  Two of those hits belonged to first baseman L.J. Jones, who singled twice in four at bats.

Friday’s game: ‘at’ Jupiter (33-35) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 4.54)

FCL Cardinals – off

Friday’s game:   FCL Cardinals (6-8) vs. FCL Mets (10-5), 10:00 am ET, Yordy Richard (2-2, 3.18)

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Rockies 16 (7 innings)

An 11-run seventh frame transformed a competitive game into a 16-4 trouncing of the C-Blue by the DSL Rockies.

The DSL Cardinals Blue (3-5) went up 2-0 after two but the lead evaporated when the Rockies posted a grand slam the next inning.  The home team answered with one third-inning tally, cutting their guests’ margin to 4-3.   Each team added another run over the next three frames but C-Blue hurlers imploded in the massive seventh.

Righty Juan Salas (L, 0-1) pitched four innings, serving up the big blast comprising one of four hits and a walk allowed.

A quartet of right-handers pitched in relief, beginning with Marlyn Almonte.  Almonte was touched for a run on two hits with three outs recorded, his tally unearned due to his own fielding error on an attempted sac bunt.  Oliver Lopez faced the minimum in the sixth and was replaced by Miguel Martinez for the seventh.

Martinez retired just one batter, yielding seven tallies, six earned, on four hits, two walks and a sac fly resulting in the batter ending up at second due to a fielding error by left fielder Robelyn Lopez.  Frankely Guzman replaced Martinez and was tagged for another four scores, permitting five hits and allowing his inherited runner to score before recording two outs.

The Cardinals Blue banged out seven hits with two players producing a multi-hit effort:  center fielder Jose Cordoba and designated hitter Jose Suarez.  Both players went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Cordoba doubled once and Suarez’ triple drove in Cordoba.  Right fielder Keshawn Rombley and second baseman Adari Grant both went yard with the bases empty.

Jose Suarez

Friday’s game:  at DSL Rockies (7-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Tigers 5 (7 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red withstood a final-inning rally to down the DSL Tigers, 6-5.

The C-Red offense built a 6-1 lead by blending five hits with nine free passes issued.  Left fielder Felix Taveras accounted for three scores, going 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and two RBI.

Felix Taveras

Three Cardinals Red players took part in two tallies each:  center fielder Romtres Cabrera, shortstop Elias Reynoso and catcher Carlos Linarez.  Cabrera singled once in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once. drove in one and swiped his first bag while Reynoso worked two free passes, scoring two runs.  Linarez reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and another knocked in.

Yonael Domingez struck out six over the initial four innings. The only damage against him was a solo shot, one of three hits permitted along with a base-on-balls.

Bruno Lopez tossed a one-two-three fifth and was credited with the win, his first in pro ball.  Lopez was replaced by Fraimin Marte, who issued a free pass in his only inning of work.

The DSL Cardinals (5-3) had seemingly comfortable 6-1 advantage at the seventh’s onset but appearances were deceiving.  Americo Lugo allowed his first three batters to reach, loading the bases on a walk and two singles.

There was a temporary reprieve when Lugo coaxed a fly out to center without a runner advancing but that was negated after Linarez was charged with a passed ball, bringing one base runner across home.  Back-to-back singles drove in two more tallies, closing the gap to 6-4 and triggering a pitching change.

Omar Yanez, the fourth and final C-Red right-hander, gave up an RBI double, making the score 6-5 and moving the potential tying run to third.  The 18-year-old sandwiched two swinging K’s around a walk for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers (3-5), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 21, 2021

photo: Connor Thomas (Memphis Redbirds)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league squads went 2-3, with rain stopping two other contests. Our Player of the Day is Connor Thomas, who yielded just one run in six innings in Memphis’ ninth straight win.

Results from the games played Tuesday, July 20th.

Memphis 2 at Louisville 1

Connor Thomas tossed six strong frames as the Redbirds edged the Bats, 2-1.  It was the ninth straight win for Memphis (30-36) which is in fifth place in the seven-team Southeast Division, 15 ½ games in back of Durham (TB).

Player of the Day Thomas (W, 5-0) scattered six hits and a base-on-balls, the only damage against him a third inning run.  The lefty plunked two batters and threw 71 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

Connor Thomas

The bullpen was perfect the rest of the way.  Seth Elledge set the side down in order twice before Connor Jones earned his third save.

Offense was in short supply, with the visitors generating just five hits.  Memphis broke on top after right fielder Lars Nootbaar singled to open the second inning.  A free pass issued to left fielder Conner Capel moved Nootbaar up, both runners advancing another base on a balk.  Third baseman Kramer Robertson’s 6-3 ground out scored Nootbaar.

Louisville tied the game the next frame, with the score remaining 1-1 until the fifth.  Shortstop Evan Mendoza singled up the middle before Thomas helped his own cause by successfully sac bunting Mendoza to second for the inning’s first out.  Second baseman Nolan Gorman’s two-out single drove in Mendoza for the final score.  Gorman went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his first swiped bag at Triple-A.

Wednesday’s games:  doubleheader at Louisville (27-38) (CIN).  Game 1 – 4:30 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (4-5, 5.34)/Austin Warner (5-2, 4.31)

Springfield at San Antonio – suspended

The series’ opener at Nelson Wolff Stadium between Springfield (26-40) and host San Antonio was suspended due to rain with one out in the home half of the fourth and the score tied at four all.

The contest’s balance is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday, July 21st at 5:00 pm CT with the regularly scheduled game afterward.

Wednesday’s games:  at San Antonio (31-34) (SD). Game 1 (completion of suspended game) – 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Tyler Pike (2-2, 5.67)

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 7

The first of six games in Davenport between the Central Division’s first and last place teams took place with predictable results.  Peoria (25-42) was easily handled by Quad Cities, 7-3.

All three Chiefs pitchers were scored upon.  Michael YaSenka gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.  Two of the three tallies were products of one home run.

Mac Lardner (L, 0-3) recorded the sixth’s third out, stranding two inherited runners but permitted two scores on three hits and a walk with only one more batter retired before his departure.  One of the two tallies charged to Lardner scored with Cory Thompson on the mound.  Thompson was touched for two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 frames.

Pedro Pages

Peoria banged out nine hits in all with three Chiefs going 2-for-4:  catcher Pedro Pages, first baseman Leandro Cedeno and second baseman Francisco Hernandez.  Pages doubled twice, knocking in two, while Cedeno went yard for the seventh time, this one occurring with the bases empty.  One of Hernandez’ hits was a double.

It was a mixed bag defensively for Peoria.  Left fielder Matt Chamberlain and center fielder Tyler Reichenborn were each credited with an outfield assist, at home and third base, respectively.  Third baseman Chandler Redmond was charged with his third bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (44-21) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Logan Gragg (1-3, 6.20)

Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 5

A misfiring offense and shaky defense resulted in the Beach Birds’ 5-2 loss to second-place Jupiter on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Palm Beach (25-41) is in fourth and last place in the Southeast Division standings, trailing St. Lucie (NYM) by 9 ½ games.

Palm Beach outhit the Hammerheads, nine to eight, but squandered numerous opportunities.  The visitors went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

First baseman Todd Lott and third baseman Jacob Buchberger were the only Cards with more than one hit and accounted for all three hits that went for extra bases.  Lott doubled twice in four at bats, scoring one run and driving in another.

Jacob Buchberger

Buchberger went 2-for-4 with a double but was unable to generate any results.  Shortstop Masyn Winn reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with one of his team’s two walks, a stolen base and a run scored.

Defensively, Palm Beach was charged with three errors leading to two unearned tallies.  Left fielder Matt Koperniak committed a throwing miscue while Winn and second baseman Franklin Soto were both tagged with a fielding bobble.

Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-5) was touched for three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls during his five innings on the bump.  Luis Ortiz recorded six outs, fanning four, but permitted two scores, one earned on a hit and two free passes issued.  Edgar Manzo walked one in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game: ‘at’ second-place Jupiter (31-35) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.80)

FCL Cardinals at FCL Marlins – postponed

Tuesday’s contest at the Jupiter complex between the FCL Cardinals (6-8) and FCL Marlins was rained out.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Monday, July 26th with Game 1 starting at 10:00 am ET.

Wednesday’s game: at FCL Nationals (6-9), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Mets1 3 (7 innings)

The C-Blue never trailed in their 8-3 road win over the DSL Mets1 (4-3).  The DSL Cardinals Blue (3-4) are in a three-way tie with the Twins and Yankees1 for third place in the South Division, three games behind the DSL Rockies.

The C-Blue offense received help from the Mets1’s defense, with four of the eight runs unearned.  Six Cardinals Blue players generated seven hits in total. Luis Mario Pino represented the only player with more than one hit.  The center fielder singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and RBI.

Luis Mario Piño

Shortstop Maycol Justo had a productive day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and three runs scored.  A double by Yancel Guerrero was the sole hit to go for extra bases, the third baseman going 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls, touching home twice.

Right-hander Randel Clemente went three scoreless frames in his first start after one relief appearance.  The 19-year-old permitted a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.

Three more righties followed Clemente to the mound.  Esteban Contreras was untouched in the fourth, giving up a hit and hitting a batter but Ronny Oliver was charged with three sixth-inning tallies after tossing a one-two-three fifth.  Oliver yielded three hits and a base-on-balls with four outs recorded before giving way to Alejandro Cervantes.  Cervantes retired five batters, allowing a hit and stranding one of two inherited runners.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Cubs Red 4 (7 innings)

Mistakes once again determined a game’s outcome as the C-Red were downed by the Cubs Red, 4-2.  The two clubs (4-3) are tied for second place in the San Pedro Division, a game behind the DSL Rangers2.

Two fielding miscues, one by second baseman Bryan Encarnacion and the other by left fielder Miguel Vargas, led to three unearned scores. Wild Cardinals pitchers hit five Cubs batters.

Starter Victor Herrera (L, 1-1) was the unfortunate recipient of one unearned run during his three-inning stint in which the righty allowed two hits, two walks and hit two batters.

Brayan Ramirez pitched the next three frames, giving up a run, earned, on three hits with two plunked batters.  The third and final right-hander of the day was Juan Severino who was tagged for two unearned tallies on three hits and a hit batsman.

The Cardinals Red were kept off the scoreboard until the sixth.  Two free passes issued by the Cubs Red reliever put first baseman Santiago Carbonara and Vargas aboard.  Both runners advanced on the first of two consecutive wild pitches, Carbonara scoring on the second one.

Jeremy Ramos

The visitor’s other score came the next frame after third baseman Raul Guzman worked the second of his two base-on-balls.  Jeremy Ramos’ two-out triple drove in Guzman, with the three-bagger only the second hit of the day for the C-Red.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 20, 2021

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On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie-level squads went 2-1, with the Florida Complex League and DSL Red clubs securing victories. The latter club’s Romtres Cabrera launched a grand slam for Player of the Day honors.

Results from games played Monday, July 19th.

Memphis – off

Memphis (29-36) hopes to extend its current eight-game winning streak as the Redbirds head out on a one-week road trip to Louisville. Seven games in six days begin with a single contest on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game:  at Louisville (27-37) (CIN), 10:00 am CT, Connor Thomas (4-0, 2.40)

Springfield – off

Springfield (26-40) continues their two-week Texas road trip by visiting San Antonio.  Last week, the S-Cards took four of six contests at the Double-A Central South Division-leading Frisco RoughRiders (TEX).

Tuesday’s game:  at San Antonio (31-34) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (1-1, 4.40)

Peoria – off

Peoria (25-41) stays within their own High-A Central West Division as they head to Quad Cities, the division leader.  Last week, the Chiefs split their six-game home series versus third-place Wisconsin (MIL).

Tuesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (43-21) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach – off

Palm Beach (25-50) looks to bounce back after dropping their entire six-game home set versus division-leading St. Lucie (NYM).  This week the Beach Birds will act as the visitors against Jupiter, their Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium companion representing the Marlins.

Tuesday’s game: ‘at’ Jupiter (30-35) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-4, 5.12)

FCL Cardinals 5 vs. FCL Astros 3

The FCL Cardinals (6-8) rallied for a 5-3 victory over the FCL Astros (9-7) at the Cardinals Jupiter complex Monday afternoon.

In the balanced offensive attack, the Cards garnered 11 hits with seven different players either scoring or driving in a run.  Four Florida Birds had two hits each in four at bats:  left fielder Darlin Moquette, right fielder Hansel Otamendi, second baseman Albert Inoa and first baseman Luis Rodriguez.  Moquette and Rodriguez both touched home once with Otamendi tripling once with an RBI.

For all the batting prowess on display, the game turned on a wild pitch and a hit batsman.  The sixth began with the score knotted at 3-3.  Designated hitter Jake Burns doubled with one gone, preceding third baseman Sander Mora’s base-on-balls.  Inoa’s single jammed the sacks full and Burns scored the tie-breaking tally on a subsequent wild pitch.  Moquette worked a free pass with two away, leaving nowhere to put shortstop Jeremy Rivas after he was plunked.  Sander Mora strolled home for the squad’s fifth and final score.

Jose Davila

Starter Jose Davila fanned six Astros over the first four innings, yielding two first-inning runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks.  The 18-year-old hit one batter.

Tyler Statler (W, 1-1) recorded nine outs, permitting a run on five hits but did not issue a free pass.  It was the first professional win for the right-hander who was drafted in the 14th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft.

Righty Ettore Giulianelli and lefty Omar Sanchez retired three batters each.  Giulianelli faced the minimum, striking out two, before Sanchez negotiated around a hit and walk for his second save.

Defensively, rehabbing Springfield catcher Julio Rodriguez was charged with an error on an attempted pickoff play and Otamendi was credited with two outfield assists:  one at third and the other at home plate.   On the basepaths, Inoa swiped his first bag.

Tuesday’s game: ‘at’ FCL Marlins (7-7), 12:00 pm ET, Enrique Saldana (0-1, 1.13)

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Mets1 6 (7)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (2-4) had a Blue Monday, never leading in their 6-4 home loss to the DSL Mets1.

Benjamin Arias took the loss in his first decision, yielding two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls.  One of the three hits was a solo bomb.  The 19-year-old fanned seven.

Southpaw Alexander Beltre was touched for four scores on three hits and two free passes issued with three batters retired.  Frankely Guzman walked one over the last two innings.

The Cardinals Blue matched the Mets1’s six hits with half of their four runs generated by two home runs.  Left fielder Jose Cordoba and designated hitter Keshawn Rombley each went yard for the first time in their nascent careers.  Cordoba went 1-for-3 while Rombley worked a base-on-balls in addition to his 1-for-2 effort, touching home twice.

Keshawn Rombley

Third baseman Yancel Guerrero and shortstop Maycol Justo both reached base twice. Guerrero scored a run despite going hitless in one at bat.  Justo went 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Mets1 (4-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 13 at DSL Cubs Red 6 (7)

The DSL Cardinals Red (4-2) roared ahead, scoring 11 times in the final three frames to down the DSL Cubs Red, 13-6.

The contest featured combined totals of 14 hits, 11 errors, four wild pitches and three hit batsmen.  The errors-to-earned runs translation somehow equated to four Cardinals Red bobbles resulting in only one of six Cubs tallies yielded being earned while seven Cubs Red miscues resulted in 12 of 13 Cards runs permitted as earned.

The visitors led 2-0 through two but the home Cubs took a 3-2 lead after four.  The C-Red’s fifth-inning tally tied the game at three all, before the squad added four more scores the next frame.  The Cubs responded with three sixth-inning runs of their own, closing the gap to 7-6.  The C-Red broke the game open with a six-run seventh which began and ended with home runs.

Seven Cardinals Red players split the team’s eight hits, with right fielder Jeremy Ramos representing the sole player with more than one hit.  Ramos reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a double and two runs scored.

Jeremy Rivas

Designated hitter Felix Taveras kicked off the seventh with his first home run, one of two times he crossed home plate.  It was his only hit in four at bats to go with a walk.  Ramos’ double followed, before the right fielder stole third and scored when the throw went awry.

Five batters later, left fielder Romtres Cabrera strode to the plate with the bases loaded and unloaded his second long ball.  The bomb brought catcher Justin Guerrero (walk), second baseman Lizandro Espinoza and center fielder Carlos Carmona (walk) across home plate ahead of him.

Romtres Cabrera

Starter Wilmer Ortega went three plus innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits, two base-on-balls, a wild pitch and a plunked batter.

In righty Omar Yanez’ second professional contest, he inherited a bases-loaded and none away jam in the fourth.  The 18-year-old did well all things considered, striking out his first batter.  The next Cub reached on a throwing error by shortstop Elias Reynoso which brought two runners across home plate.  Yanez induced a 5-6-3 double play, limiting further damage.

Darlin Saladin was charged with two unearned scores in 1 2/3 innings.  One baserunner reached via a Reynosa fielding error and the other on a double, putting two in scoring position with two outs for Samuel Fabian, who replaced Saladin.

Fabian’s professional debut did not go swimmingly.  The 18-year-old right-hander wild-pitched one run across home plate before yielding an RBI single.  Another wild pitch plus two free passes issued led to Fabian’s departure without a batter retired.

Augusto Calderon walked his initial batter, forcing across Fabian’s lead runner before Calderon recorded the sixth’s last out.  The 20-year-old tossed a clean seventh for his second save in his third pro appearance.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs Red (3-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 19, 2021

photo: Clint Coulter (Memphis Redbirds)

The big bats of Clint Coulter and Nolan Gorman led Memphis to victory, one of three Sunday wins in four Cardinals system contests. Dalton Roach twirled an impressive effort for Springfield as did Peoria’s pitching quartet. Palm Beach fell while all three short-season clubs were off.

Results from games played Sunday, July 18th.

Memphis 12 vs. Norfolk 6

The Redbirds scored in four consecutive innings, rolling to a 12-6 victory over Norfolk (24-38) (BAL) at AutoZone Park.  Memphis (29-36) is riding an eight-game winning streak which encompasses the now completed six-game series versus the Tides.

Down 2-0 going into the home half of the second, the home team poured in 11 scores over the next four innings for an 11-6 advantage after five.  The offense was led by designated hitter Clint Coulter and third baseman Nolan Gorman, who went yard twice each.

Clint Coulter

The duo took part in six tallies each. Coulter was 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs that were part of his three runs scored and three RBI.  Gorman was close behind with a 3-for-5 performance including two long balls comprising both times he touched home plate and three of his four runs driven in.  By the slimmest of margins, Coulter gets our Player of the Day nod.

Nolan Gorman

Lane Thomas and Conner Capel each had two of the team’s 12 hits, Thomas in five at bats with a double, two runs scored and four knocked in plus a stolen base.  Capel went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Defensively, left fielder Thomas was credited with an outfield assist at home.  First baseman Juan Yepez was charged with a fielding bobble, his fourth miscue of 2021.

Starter Zack Thompson fell two outs shy of qualifying for the win.  The lefty was tagged for six scores, five earned, on seven hits and two walks.  Two of the hits were home runs accounting for three runs.  Thompson also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Austin Warner was credited with his fifth win in seven decisions.  The southpaw permitted a single to his initial batter then retired five straight, three on strikeouts.

Three Redbirds relievers each took one of the contest’s last three innings.  Grant Black and Kodi Whitley faced the minimum in the seventh and ninth, respectively. In between, Tyler Webb negotiated around a hit for a scoreless eighth.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 4 at Frisco 1

Dalton Roach spun seven strong frames as the S-Cards flew past the RoughRiders, 4-1.  Springfield (26-40) took the series at Frisco (39-27) (TEX), four games to two.

Roach (W, 5-5) faced the minimum through four innings, erasing two free passes issued via a caught stealing and double play.  The Wisconsin native’s no-hit bid ended with a fifth-inning single and his shutout bid was quashed on a home run leading off the seventh.  But those are the only two hits permitted by Roach, who struck out six with four ground ball to three fly ball outs.

Dalton Roach

Domingo Robles retired all six batters faced, fanning two.  It was the first relief appearance and save for the southpaw since his 2016 Gulf Coast League campaign while in Pittsburgh’s organization.

The S-Cards offense opened the game with a bang.  Lead-off batter Delvin Perez tripled to center, his fourth three-bagger, scampering home on Ivan Herrera’s sac fly.

A three-run third inning ensued when Nick Plummer began the frame by reaching on a hit-by-pitch.  Malcom Nunez’ two-out single advanced Plummer a base, both runners scoring on Luken Baker’s 14th home run of 2021.

Springfield generated six hits in all, with Nick Dunn the only player with multiples.  The second baseman singled and doubled in four at bats.  Plummer and Baker both worked free passes to reach base twice.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 vs. Wisconsin 0

Wilfredo Pereira tossed five strong frames in the Chiefs’ 2-0 shutout of the visiting Timber Rattlers.  Peoria (25-41) and Wisconsin (31-34) (MIL) split the six-game set at Dozer Park.

Facing the same opponent for the second straight start, Pereira (W, 2-6) improved upon his July 13th effort in which he yielded three scores, two earned, in five frames.  On Sunday, the 22-year-old shut down Wisconsin on three hits and a free pass issued.

Wilfredo Pereira

Enmanuel Solano retired six batters, permitting one hit.  Fabian Blanco and Freddy Pacheco each went an inning. Blanco allowed a hit before Pacheco struck out all three batters faced.

The contest remained scoreless until the fifth when left fielder Matt Chamberlain’s single drove in center fielder Tyler Reichenborn, who had doubled to open the inning.  Moises Castillo kicked off the seventh with a bomb over the left center wall.  It was the second baseman’s sixth home run. A single by third baseman Imeldo Diaz represented Peoria’s fourth and final hit, with all four occurring in the fifth and sixth frames.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 1 vs. St. Lucie 9

A huge first frame sunk the Beach Birds, dooming them to a 9-1 defeat by St. Lucie (35-31) (NYM).  Palm Beach (25-40) claimed just two of the six-game home series.

The visitors touched home nine times before the first ended, an inning that included three errors by Palm Beach defenders.  Starter Levi Prater recorded just one out, giving up seven runs, four earned, on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch.  Francisco Justo yielded two more unearned tallies while also letting two inherited runners cross home plate.

The defensive lapses were fielding errors by second baseman Franklin Soto and right fielder Matt Koperniak plus shortstop Masyn Winn’s throwing bobble.  A later fielding miscue by left fielder Patrick Romeri brought the day’s total to four errors.

Justo tossed two scoreless innings subsequently, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls in all, but the damage was done.  Edwin Nunez fanned four over the next three frames, giving up a hit and walk while hitting a batter before handing off to Nathanael Heredia.

Heredia pitched the seventh and eighth, working around a hit and two free passes issued.  Luis Tena allowed two hits in his inning on the bump.

The PB-Cards’ sole tally occurred in the third, coming on two of the four hits on the day plus an RBI ground out.  Franklin Soto was the only Beach Bird whose bat was on track as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

Franklin Soto

One of those doubles kicked off the third just before Donivan Williams’ single advanced Soto to third with no outs.  First baseman Carlos Soto’s 4-3 ground out drove in the second baseman Soto.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – idle 
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (5-8) vs. FCL Astros (9-6), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – idle
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (2-3) vs. DSL Mets1 (3-2), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – idle
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (3-2) at DSL Cubs Red (3-2), 10:00 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 16, 2021

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Great performances led to a 6-1 Thursday across the Cardinals minor league system. Logan Gragg pitched Peoria to a win and the hitting of Lane Thomas and Todd Lott powered Memphis’ and Palm Beach’s respective victories.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 15th.

Memphis 8 vs. Norfolk 4

Lane Thomas’ tie-breaking grand slam lifted the Redbirds past the Tides at AutoZone Park, 8-4.  Memphis (26-36) currently rides a five-game winning streak including the first three of this six-game set.

Thomas’ bomb was off a new Norfolk hurler, breaking a 3-3 tie and came with Evan Mendoza, Clint Coulter and Scott Hurst on base.  All three Redbirds reached via walks, representing three of eight free passes issued by Tides pitchers.  Thomas worked two of those walks in his 1-for-3 performance with a run scored and four RBI.

Lane Thomas

Coulter was one of two Memphis players with two hits each. The left fielder went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two-run blast comprising one of his two runs scored and two of his three knocked in.  Conner Capel also went 2-for-3 with a walk, adding an RBI but was caught stealing once and picked off first another time.  Memphis had nine hits in total.

The main damage inflicted on Tommy Parsons during his four innings on the mound were two solo shots, two of four hits and four walks yielded.  The righty allowed three tallies in all with five strikeouts.

Austin Warner (W, 2-0) retired all six batters faced and was the pitcher of record when Thomas went yard.  Kodi Whitley surrendered a home run with the bases empty, the only hit permitted in two frames.  Connor Jones faced the minimum in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Norfolk (24-35) (BAL), 7:10 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (3-5, 5.07)

Springfield 3 at Frisco 9

Six early RoughRiders scores created an insurmountable obstacle in the S-Cards’ 9-4 defeat at Frisco.  Springfield (23-40) has claimed one of the initial three games of the road series.

Kevin McGovern (L, 1-1) allowed six tallies, five earned, before recording six outs. The lefty fanned eight over 5 2/3 innings with 10 hits and a walk permitted.  One of the 10 hits was a two-run long ball.

Frisco greeted new arrival Johan Quezada by scoring three runs on three hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman against three batters retired.  It was the right-hander’s first official appearance since being activated from Memphis’ Injured List and reassigned to Springfield.  Quezada stranded an inherited runner.

Another new arrival on Springfield’s roster was Alex FaGalde, who likewise was activated off Memphis’ IL and reassigned to Springfield.  In his Double-A return, FaGalde recorded the last four outs, plunking one batter and leaving three inherited runners aboard.

Alex FaGalde

The Tides’ starter no-hit Springfield’s offense during his five-plus frames on the bump.  The S-Cards did not break through until a reliever entered the contest after a Justin Toerner plunking at the sixth’s onset.

Springfield scored all three tallies that frame, with the first on a passed ball bringing Toerner across home.  Luken Baker’s single up the middle drove in Nick Plummer (walk) and Ivan Herrera (single).  Baker had two of the team’s four hits, all singles.

One of those four hits belonged to Malcom Nunez, who reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two free passes issued.  Plummer swiped his sixth bag of 2021.

Friday’s game:  at Frisco (39-24) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Pike (1-2, 6.31)

Peoria 4 vs. Wisconsin 3

Strong starting pitching and three big bombs lifted the Chiefs over the Timber Rattlers at Dozer Park, 4-3, snapping an eight-game losing slide.  Peoria (23-40) trails in the six-game set, one game to two.

Tyler Reichenborn and Matt Chamberlain went yard in the second, the latter with Cristhian Longa (single) on base.

Chandler Redmond followed with a bomb to open the fourth.  It was each player’s only hit of the night. Reichenborn went 1-for-3 with a walk but was caught stealing once and the other two were 1-for-4.

Peoria mustered 10 hits in all, led by Longa and Francisco Hernandez, who each went 2-for-4.  Longa added his first double while Hernandez tripled for the second time this season.  The latter swiped a bag as well.

Logan Gragg

Player of the Day Logan Gragg (W, 1-2) tossed his best effort this season to date, limiting Wisconsin to a single tally on three hits and a base-on-balls over six strong frames.  It was the first A-Advanced victory for the 22-year-old.

A trio of Chiefs hurlers split pitching duties the rest of the way.   Jacob Schlesener was touched for a run on two hits and a base-on-balls against three outs recorded.  Fabian Blanco retired two batters on strikeouts but yielded a double and walk.  Freddy Pacheco (S, 5) ended the threat with a 5-3 ground out but was tagged for a run on two hits the next frame.

Friday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (30-32) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (3-3, 5.19)

Palm Beach 5 vs. St. Lucie 4

Todd Lott’s three-hit night gave the Beach Birds a 5-4 walk-off win over the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.  It was the first series victory in three tries for Palm Beach (24-38) with three games on tap.

Acting as the designated hitter, Lott went 3-for-5 with a double and three driven in.  His most impactful hit was a ninth-inning single bringing Carlos Soto across home plate after the latter worked his third base-on-balls of the game and sending the team home happy.

Todd Lott

Left fielder Patrick Romeri was a perfect 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls, two doubles and a run scored, batting right behind Lott.  Second baseman Donivan Williams launched his first bomb of 2021, a solo shot tying the game at four all after six.  L.J. Jones accumulated two hits in four at bats, worked a free pass and touched home once.  Palm Beach had nine hits in all.

Beach Birds pitching duties were shared nearly evenly among three hurlers.  Starter Jose Moreno lasted just 2 2/3 innings, permitting three tallies on two hits and three base-on-balls.  Luis Ortiz fanned five over 3 1/3 frames, yielding a run on four hits and a walk while leaving Moreno’s last two base runners aboard.

The best effort, however, belonged to Edgar Manzo.  Manzo (W, 4-2) blanked the Mets on two hits and a free pass issued over the last three innings with four strikeouts.

Friday’s game: vs. St. Lucie (33-30) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

FCL Cardinals 8 vs. FCL Nationals 5

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (5-7) rallied for an 8-5 victory over the FCL Nationals at home.

Trailing 3-1 through six, the home team scored seven times over the next two frames for a commanding 8-3 lead.  The balanced offensive attack included eight of nine starters either garnering a hit or scoring.

Left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos and third baseman Ramon Mendoza each had two of the team’s nine hits. De Los Santos singled twice in two at bats with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base.  Mendoza’s double and triple in three at bats were the only Florida Cardinals’ hits to go for extra bases. The 20-year-old worked a free pass, touched home twice with two RBI.

Joerlin De Los Santos

Reinys Portillo tossed the first four innings, yielding three runs on two hits, two walks and three plunked batters.  Two of the three tallies were generated by one home run.  Portillo fanned five.

Ben Baird took the mound for the fifth but departed without facing a batter.  Roy Garcia (W, 1-0) shut down his opponents on two hits over the next three frames.  Omar Sanchez worked around his own fielding error for a clean eighth but gave up two ninth-inning scores on a hit and two walks. The save was the first for the 19-year-old rookie southpaw.

Friday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Angels 1 (7)

A quartet of C-Blue pitchers held their opponents to one unearned tally as the Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue (1-2) slipped past the DSL Angels1 squad, 2-1.

Right-hander Juan Salas retired eight batters in his maiden professional effort, permitting an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.  The Mexico native hit one batter.

Juan Salas

Uriel Curvelo got the ball with two gone and Salas’ last runner at first but the game got interesting before the righty recorded the fourth’s last out.  The Venezuelan allowed a single to his first professional batter then saw the sacks jammed via second baseman Adari Grant’s fielding error.  But Curvelo induced a 6-3 ground out to end the threat.

Alexander Beltre threw two scoreless innings, yielding a hit and two walks for his first professional victory in two decisions.  Esteban Contreras’ (S, 1) first taste of pro ball was a successful one, as the right-hander tossed a one-two-three seventh with two K’s.

The visitors managed just two hits to go with five walks but one of the hits was a solo shot by catcher Juan Sanchez.  The bomb knotted the game at 1-1 after four innings.

Number two hitter Maycol Justo was issued a free pass to kick off the fifth.  The shortstop stole his first bag, advancing to third on one passed ball and scoring what proved to be the winning tally on another passed ball.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels (0-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs. DSL Mets2 0 (7)

A fine pitching effort by three C-Red hurlers resulted in a 3-0 shutout of the DSL Mets2 at home.

Diorys Guerrero (W, 1-0) struck out seven during his five-inning stint.  The lefty allowed three hits and did not issue a free pass.

Diorys Guerrero

Right-handers Juan Severino and Augusto Calderon retired three batters apiece.  Severino plunked a batter in his first pro action before Calderon (S, 1) issued a free pass then erased the runner on a double play.

Offense was in short supply on both sides as the Cardinals Red (2-1) generated just four hits, touching home once in the first, third and sixth frames.  Second baseman Lizandro Espinoza singled once in three at bats, crossing home on a first-inning passed ball.  The 18-year-old stole a base.

Right fielder Jeremy Ramos and third baseman Raul Guzman both reached base twice, as each player garnered a hit in two at bats with a base-on-balls.  Ramos’ walk opened the third, bringing about a pitching change.  Left fielder Feliz Taveras’ two-out single advanced Ramos to second prior to the lead runner stealing third.  Ramos raced home on a wild pitch.  Guzman also scored a run but it was much more straight forward.  The 18-year-old rookie launched his first professional long ball.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Mets2 (2-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 14, 2021

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Perfect offensive efforts by Memphis’ Kramer Robertson and the Cardinals Red’s Romtres Cabrera led their teams to the system’s only victories on Tuesday.  Springfield was tagged with a walk-off defeat and Peoria, the FCL and DSL Blue squads fell as well. Palm Beach was rained out.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 13th.

Memphis 4 vs. Norfolk 3

Kramer Robertson’s perfect night at the plate paced Memphis (24-36) over Norfolk in the home series opener, 4-3.

Co-Player of the Day Robertson accounted for three of the Redbirds’ four tallies, going 3-for-3 with a double and two-run home run comprising one of his two runs scored and both RBI’s.  It was the third baseman’s 11th double and sixth long ball of 2021.

Kramer Robertson

Four Redbirds had one hit each, with the biggest Chance Capel’s long ball that was part of his team’s three-run second.  A double by shortstop Evan Mendoza was sandwiched between Capel’s solo shot and Robertson’s bomb, the second of three consecutive hits by Memphis.

Defensively, the Redbirds committed two bobbles.  First baseman Juan Yepez was charged with a fielding miscue and one of Robertson’s throws went awry.

Starter Jake Woodford compiled a solid effort, scattering four hits and three walks over five innings.  The only damage against the Florida native was two runs, one earned, a home run.

Seth Elledge (BS,2) took over in the sixth but was unable to hold the 3-2 advantage.  The righty yielded the tying run on a two-out triple and wild pitch in his only inning on the bump.

Garrett Williams notched two swinging strikeouts along with a pop out, thus negating the lead-off free pass issued.  T.J. McFarland tossed two clean frames, allowing a hit and intentional walk.  The lefty acquired his first win as a member of the organization when the Redbirds scored in the home half of the eighth via Scott Hurst’s single which drove in Robertson (double).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Norfolk (24-33) (BAL), 7:10 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 9.00)

Springfield 6 at Frisco 7

Alec Burleson’s grand slam was not enough as Springfield (22=39) suffered a 7-6 walk-off loss at Frisco.

The S-Cards rallied from a five-run deficit to go up 6-5 after eight, thanks in large part to Burleson.  The right fielder went 3-for-4, his big bomb propelling his squad into the lead.  The blast came with Aaron Antonini (hit by pitch), Delvin Perez (single) and Nick Plummer (walk) aboard.

Alec Burleson

Luken Baker got the scoring started in the fifth, his long ball struck with Justin Toerner (double) on base.  It was the first baseman’s only hit in four at bats.  Memphis garnered eight hits in all while Plummer worked his team’s only base-on-balls.

Dalton Roach got off to a shaky start, permitting five runs in the first before settling down to toss three scoreless frames.  Roach was touched for nine hits and a base-on-balls but notched eight strikeouts.

Salvador Justo kept things quiet during his 2 1/3-inning stint, allowing a hit and issuing three free passes.  Ramon Santos (L, 3-2) retired his first seven batters, striking out five and stranding an inherited runner, only to hit his eighth batter then surrender the walk-off home run.

Wednesday’s game:  at Frisco (38-23) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Domingo Robles (2-3, 5.21)

Peoria 1 vs. Wisconsin 6

Peoria’s (22-39) losing skid reached seven with a 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Wisconsin.

Making his second straight start after 16 relief appearances, Wilfredo Pereira (L, 1-6) gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a base-on-balls in five innings.  The Panamanian fanned six.

Leonardo Taveras inserted a strikeout into a string of four walks, pushing a run across home which got him the hook.  One of the two hits yielded by Cory Thompson in 1 2/3 frames drove in one of the three base runners inherited from Taveras.  Mac Lardner struck out four over the last two innings, allowing a run on three hits.

The Chiefs mustered eight hits to go with five walks but struck out 15 times and went a dismal 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  The sole score was generated by Chandler Redmond’s eighth home run.  It gave Peoria a brief 1-0 lead at the fourth’s midpoint.

Chandler Redmond

Jordan Walker and Tyler Reichenborn both went 2-for-4 including a double.  Walker added a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (29-31) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-5, 5.70) (current League Pitcher of the Week)

Palm Beach vs. St. Lucie – postponed

The home series opener between Palm Beach (23-36) and the St. Lucie Mets was postponed due to inclement weather.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Wednesday, July 14th with Game 1 starting at 2:00 pm ET.

Wednesday’s games: vs. St Lucie (31-29) (NYM).  Game 1 – 2:00 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-4, 5.45)/TBA

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Astros 6

Two late tallies snapped a 4-4 tie, sending the FCL Cardinals (4-6) to a 6-4 road loss to the FCL Astros (6-6).

Tink Hence (L, 0-1) yielded the two deciding runs on two hits and a walk in the eighth, his only inning of work.  Enrique Saldana went the initial five frames, permitting three tallies, two earned, on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts.  The unearned score resulted from a fielding error by first baseman Luis Rodriguez which let the baserunner (walk) advance to third, from where he scored easily on a 5-4 force.  The other two runs were generated by a two-run home run in Saldana’s final inning.

Diego Cordero (BS, 1) surrendered a solo shot to his first batter, tying the game at four all.  The lefty hit a batter then picked him off first but got the hook after issuing a two-out free pass.  Victor Villanueva struck out his only batter, leaving Cordero’s baserunner aboard.  Colin Schmid maneuvered around a two-out double for a clean seventh.

Jeremy Rivas

The Florida Birds matched the Astros’ six hits, with Jeremy Rivas representing the only Florida Cardinal with a multi-hit effort.  The shortstop singled twice in five at bats, touching home once and swiping a bag.  Catcher Jake Burns lined a two-run single to right, scoring Rivas and Roblin Heredia (single) and giving his team a 2-0 lead after one.  Right fielder Luis Montano’s double was the only Cardinals hit to go for extra bases.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. FCL Marlins (5-5), 12:00 pm ET, TBA  

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Nationals 4 (7)

Defense proved the DSL Cardinals Blue’s (0-2) undoing as they were downed by the DSL Nationals (2-0), 4-3 in seven innings.

The game was scoreless over the first three frames due to a strong maiden effort by Antoni Cuello.  The tall (6’5”) right-hander faced one batter over the minimum, issuing a free pass with four strikeouts.

Antoni Cuello

The C-Blue broke through in the fourth on back-to-back-to-back singles to go up 1-0.  Center fielder Luis Pino, designated hitter Leonardo Bernal and first baseman Fernando Diaz did the damage, with Diaz driving in Pino.

The advantage was short-lived, however, as the Nationals responded with three tallies of their own off reliever Randel Clemente.  The righty allowed two hits, a walk, hit a batter and committed a balk in 2/3 of an inning.  All three scores were unearned due to a fielding error by Diaz, one of his two miscues.

Clemente’s final runner scored under Frankely Guzman’s watch.  The 18-year-old retired two batters, yielding a run on a hit and three base-on-balls.  Alejandro Cervantes successfully negotiated out of a bases-loaded and one out inherited jam, recording five outs and issuing two free passes.  It was the professional debut for all four right-handers.

Down 4-1 through five, the visitors mounted a sixth-inning rally that came up just short.  Overall, the C-Blue outhit the Nationals, six to three, with Pino and Diaz garnering two hits apiece.  Pino crossed home twice in four at bats and Diaz knocked in one run and scored another in three at bats but did commit the costly bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Red 14 vs. DSL Giants Black 12 (7)

The DSL Cardinals Red (1-1) mounted a huge late rally to slip past the DSL Giants Black (1-1), 14-12 in a seven-inning slugfest.

Trailing 7-1 after four frames, the C-Red closed the gap with a four-run fifth.  The Giants Black answered with a five-run sixth to go up 12-5 with six outs to go.  Only three of the 12 tallies charged to Cardinals Red hurlers were earned due to four miscues.

That set the stage for a nine-run home half of the sixth, an inning in which the C-Red sent 15 batters to the plate.  The Giants Black hurler fresh into the game retired his first batter then proceeded to load the bases on two plunked batters and a base-on-balls.

Another hit batsman and walk forced two base runners across home plate, closing the score to 12-7 and bringing a new pitcher into the game.  Co-Player of the Day Romtres Cabrera, a 17-year-old center fielder from San Pedro de Macoris, greeted the lefty with a grand slam and the Cardinals Red trailed by a single score, 12-11.  Cabrera was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple and home run, two runs scored and seven RBI.

Romtres Cabrera

The next two batters worked walks, and the lead runner scored the tying run on an RBI single by left fielder Miguel Vargas, his second hit in three at bats.  Yet another pitcher entered and second baseman Bryan Encarnacion lifted the ball deep enough to score the runner from third for a 13-12 lead.  A single and base-on-balls reloaded the bases, leaving nowhere to put third baseman Samil De La Rosa after he was plunked for the second time that inning.  Another run scored, making the edge 14-12.

The C-Red offense generated eight hits, were issued 10 free passes and plunked five times. De La Rosa channeled his inner Fernando Vina and was hit three of the five.  Cabrera and Vargas both mustered multi-hit performances with seven of their teammates either scoring or driving in a run.  All 10 Cardinals Red players participating in the contest reached base.

Defensively, the C-Red were charged with four errors.  First baseman Santiago Carbonara, right fielder Jeremy Ramos, second baseman Encarnacion and third baseman De La Rosa were each tagged for a fielding miscue.  It was the first error for all four players.

Five Cardinals Red right-handers took the mound, only one of them yielding earned runs.  The earned tallies belonged to starter Brayan Ramirez, who permitted three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls in three innings.

Omar Yanez recorded just two outs, giving up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk.  Bruno Lopez retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners.

Victor Herrera (W, 1-0) tossed two frames, allowing five unearned runs on three hits and two walks.  Darlin Saladin tossed a one-two-three seventh for his first professional save.  All but Ramirez were making their professional debuts.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 13, 2021

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St. Louis’ minors went 0-2 with a cancellation on Monday.  Both the DSL Cardinals Blue and DSL Cardinals Red lost their season openers but designated hitter Keshawn Rombley tripled and scored for the Blue in his pro debut. The FSL Cardinals game was canceled, and all four full-season squads were idle.

Results from the games played Monday, July 12th.

Memphis – off  

Having just completed a road trip to the Midwest Division’s Louisville Bats (CIN) during which they went 2-3 with a postponement, seventh-place Memphis (23-36) heads back to AutoZone Park to host a division rival, sixth-place Norfolk (BAL).

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Norfolk (BAL), 7:10 pm CT, Jake Woodford (1-1, 4.62)

Springfield – off     

Fifth-place Springfield (22-38) is coming off a strong week where they won four of their six-game home set versus third-place Tulsa (LAD), a North Division competitor.  The S-Cards embark on a two-week road trip through Texas, beginning with Frisco (TEX), now part of the South Division.

Tuesday’s game:  at Frisco (37-23) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Dalton Roach (4-5, 5.34)

Peoria – off  

The sixth-place Chiefs would undoubtedly like to put last week’s series’ sweep at the hands of second-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) firmly in their rearview mirror.  This week Peoria (22-38) has a one-week home stand against third-place Wisconsin (MIL).

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (28-31) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (1-5. 5.15)

Palm Beach – off  

The Beach Birds spent last week just trying to play their six-game series at Lakeland (DET) as the set included three postponements and a suspension.  Fourth-place Palm Beach (23-36), which went 1-4 with the last game rescheduled for August, host the division-leading Mets for the first of three series at home.  (Note:  next week’s series is ‘at’ Jupiter with whom Palm Beach share a facility.)

Tuesday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (31-29) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-4, 5.45)

FCL Cardinals vs. FCL Mets – cancelled

Monday’s contest between the FCL Cardinals (45) and FCL Mets (6-3) was cancelled with no further information provided.

Tuesday’s game:  at FCL Astros (5-6), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 vs. DSL Nationals 7 (7 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (0-1) managed just three hits in a 7-2 loss to the DSL Nationals in their season and home opener.

Both tallies occurred in the second when left fielder Jose Cordoba opened with a base-on-balls.  Designated hitter Keshawn Rombley tripled to center, driving in Cordoba.  Rombley touched home on a line drive single to right with one gone by right fielder Christian Avendano.   Rombley is our Player of the Day.  The third C-Blue player with a hit was shortstop Maycol Justo.

Keshawn Rombley

A quartet of Cardinals Blue hurlers took the mound, beginning with Benjamin Arias.  The right-hander tossed three innings, permitting two third-inning scores on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Next up was Alexander Beltre, who took the loss in his professional debut. The lefty was touched for four runs, two earned, on two hits, two walks and a plunked batter against five outs recorded. Beltre also threw three wild pitches.

Beltre’s final two base runners scored with righty Oliver Lopez on the mound.  Lopez also gave up an unearned run on a hit and three walks in 1 1/3 frames and threw two wild pitches.  18-year-old Miguel Martinez got his pro career off on a positive note with a one-two-three seventh.

Defensively, the Cardinals Blue committed three errors.  Beltre committed a throwing error on an attempted pick off move while Cordoba had a throw go awry.  First baseman Fernando Diaz was tagged with a fielding miscue.

Tuesday’s game:   at DSL Nationals (1-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Giants Black 9 (7 innings)

Free passes proved to be the Cardinals Red’s (0-1) Waterloo as they were soundly defeated by the DSL Giants Black, 9-2, in the season opener.

The C-Red outhit their opponents, five to three, only to watch their pitching staff issue a whopping 10 free passes versus the two walks received.  Wilmer Ortega (L, 0-1) retired just four batters, allowing four runs, earned, on two hits, four walks and three wild pitches.  The righty committed a throwing error on an attempted pickoff play, his team’s sole miscue.

Righty Marlyn Almonte recorded the second’s last two outs but not before permitting both of Ortega’s runners to cross home plate plus one of his own.  The 18-year-old yielded a three-run long ball and base-on-balls in his first pro action.

The third Cardinals Red hurler was right-hander Fraimin Marte, who was pitching in his maiden effort.  Marte was charged with four tallies on four walks and a hit batsman in 1 1/3 frames.

Americo Lugo compiled the best performance on the staff.  The 20-year-old, who is in his second season of pro ball, recorded eight outs, did not give up a hit, walked ‘only’ two batters but did permit one of two inherited runners to score.

Americo Lugo

The visitors did not end their scoring drought until the sixth when they pushed across an unearned tally.  Lead-off batter Justin Guerrero coaxed a base-on-balls right ahead of consecutive singles by designated hitter Felix Taveras and shortstop Elias Reynoso.  A swinging K ensued with the sacks jammed but a fielding error by the Giants Black’s third baseman brought Guerrero across home plate.

The team’s final run was generated by back-to-back seventh-inning doubles by third baseman Raul Guzman and right fielder Jeremy Ramos.

Tuesday’s game:   vs. DSL Giants Black (1-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 12, 2021

photo: Ali Sanchez (Memphis Redbirds)

Ali Sanchez’ timely hit led Memphis to the system’s only Sunday victory in four games. Springfield, Peoria and Palm Beach all went down to defeat, the latter despite Jacob Buchberger’s big day at the plate. Futures Game highlights included.

Results from games played Sunday, July 11th.

MLB Futures Game at Denver – National League 8, American League 3

Two Cardinals, both members of Triple-A Memphis, were among the NL starters in the contest.

Matthew Liberatore retired the 1-2-3 AL hitters in order in the first – top 10 prospects Bobby Witt Jr., Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodríguez.

Nolan Gorman started at third base went 1-for-2, including an RBI double in the third inning and scored a run.

After hitting two home runs, Cubs prospect Brennen Davis was named the game’s MVP.

Memphis 3 at Louisville 1

Ali Sanchez doubled and scored the go ahead tally in the Redbirds’ 3-1 victory over Louisville (24-34) (CIN) at Louisville Slugger Field.  Memphis (23-36) claimed two of the five completed games in their scheduled six-game series.  The final contest has been postponed until Wednesday, July 21st at the home of the Bats.

Ali Sanchez

The contest was knotted at one all when Player of the Day Sanchez kicked off the eighth with a double to left, the sixth two-bagger of 2021 for the catcher.  Shortstop Evan Mendoza stroked a soft liner to right, driving in Sanchez then swiped his 10th base.  Third baseman Irving Lopez singled up the middle to bring Sanchez across home plate for an insurance run.

Sanchez and Lopez both garnered two singles and a double, Sanchez in five and Lopez in four at bats.  Memphis’ other tally was generated by Conner Capel’s home run, one of his two hits in five at bats and second in two games.  Rayder Ascanio also accumulated two of his team’s 12 hits.

Zack Thompson mustered his best effort since a June 20th start in which he tossed three scoreless frames. On Sunday, the lefty limited his opponents to a run on three hits and a walk over four innings, throwing 31 of his 46 pitches for strikes.

Connor Thomas (W, 4-0) took over in the fifth and blanked the Bats on two hits and a plunked batsman over three frames.  Brandon Dickson used a 6-4-3 double play to negate two singles permitted, keeping Louisville off the board in his inning on the mound.  Roel Ramirez tossed a one-two-three ninth, striking out two, for his first Triple-A save.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 1 vs. Tulsa 5

An abbreviated pitching start combined with a misfiring offense led to the S-Cards’ 5-1 defeat by the Drillers.  Springfield (22-38) took the road series from Tulsa (32-27) (LAD), four games to two.

Starter Andre Pallante (L, 3-3) lasted just two frames, yielding four runs on five hits and two free passes issued.  Two of the tallies were unearned due to an errant throw by third baseman Malcom Nunez allowing the game’s lead-off batter to reach.  (Side note:  As mentioned in The Cardinal Nation’s comprehensive look at St. Louis’ first-round pick Kevin McGreevy in yesterday’s draft, Pallante was McGreevy’s high school teammate.)

Kyle Leahy struck out five over the final seven innings, with the only damage against the right-hander a home run with the bases empty.  The bomb was one of four hits and a walk Leahy permitted.

Kyle Leahy

The offense had opportunities despite managing just five hits and three walks but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.  Right fielder Alec Burleson went 2-for-4, with his ninth-inning home run preventing the shutout.

Nunez reached base twice, singling with a walk in four plate appearances to go with his fifth error and took part in two double plays.    Nick Plummer’s only hit in four at bats was his 10th double.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 2

The Chiefs came out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, falling to the Kernels at Perfect Game Field, 2-1.  Peoria (22-38) was swept in their just completed series at Cedar Rapids (34-26) (MIN).

In a game featuring just 11 hits in all, walks and defense proved the difference maker.  The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Peoria starter Connor Lunn (L, 3-5) put his first two runners aboard via a free pass and hit batsman.  Third baseman Jordan Walker’s fielding error, his second A-Advanced bobble, loaded the bases.  A sac fly to right put the Kernels on the scoreboard and led to Lunn’s departure.

Freddy Pacheco let his initial two runners reach on an RBI single and free pass issued.  The base-on-balls reloaded the sacks but Pacheco eliminated further damage with a swinging K.  Fabian Blanco and Jacob Schlesener each tossed a scoreless frame, Blanco allowing a hit and base-on-balls while striking out all three batters faced.

Moises Castillo

Peoria outhit Cedar Rapids, six to five, but only managed to break through in the ninth when they generated three straight hits.  Brady Whalen singled with one out, one of his two hits in four at bats.  The first baseman advanced on Leandro Cedeno’s single to left and motored home when Moises Castillo singled to right.  A wild pitch by the Kernels hurler left both Cedeno and Castillo in scoring position with one out to go but Cristhian Longa fanned swinging.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 6 – Game 1 (seven innings)

Palm Beach at Lakeland – Game 2 – postponed    

A two-run home run transformed what looked to be a win into a walk-off loss as the Beach Birds were edged by the Flying Tigers, 6-5.  Palm Beach (23-36) won only one of the five completed games in the six-game series at Lakeland (21-36) (DET).  The game yet to be played was postponed on Sunday and has been rescheduled as part of a double header at Palm Beach on Wednesday, August 11th.

The contest that could be played completed the Saturday, July 10th game called in the bottom of the third, just after the home team smashed a three-run home run to break a 1-1 tie.  Levi Prater gave up all four runs on four hits and a walk.  The righty plunked a batter just before serving up the bomb.

Luis Ortiz took the ball when play resumed on Sunday.  Ortiz retired eight batters, four on strikeouts, working around two hits and three free passes issued.

Nathanael Heredia recorded six outs, permitting a hit and two walks.  Luis Tena faced the minimum in the eighth but Kevin Marnon (L, 0-1) (BS, 2) was not able to hold a 5-4 lead the next frame.  The southpaw issued a free pass to the ninth’s lead-off batter then surrendered the long ball, giving the batter a multi-bomb game.

The Beach Birds never led until the top of the ninth when they generated three scores, going ahead 5-4.  Back-to-back singles from Jacob Buchberger and Matt Koperniak resulted in Koperniak driving in L.J. Jones who was hit by a pitch to begin the frame.  Terry Fuller’s two-out double knocked in Buchberger and Koperniak, putting Palm Beach in line for the win.

Jacob Buchberger

Buchberger was the only Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s seven hits, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot that was one of the three times he crossed home plate.  Fuller’s double was the only other hit to go for extra bases.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off

Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (4-5) vs. FCL Mets (6-3), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue

The 2021 Dominican Summer League gets underway on Monday, July 12th.  The league has been reorganized into four divisions:  North, South, Northeast, Northwest, Baseball City and San Pedro.  All divisions except Baseball City are comprised of eight teams while Baseball City has six squads.  The DSL Cardinals Blue play in the South Division.

Monday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (0-0), 10:30 am ET, RHP Benjamin Arias vs. TBA

DSL Cardinals Red

The DSL Cardinals Red are part of the San Pedro Division.  Since they share a facility with the DSL Cardinals Blue, one of the two squads will be on the road when the other plays at home.  All Dominican Summer League games start at 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT.

Monday’s game:   at DSL Giants2 (0-0), 10:30 am ET, RHP Wilmer Ortega vs. TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 9, 2021

photo: Nick Plummer (Springfield Cardinals)

It was bombs away for Nick Plummer whose three-home run night led Springfield to one of the system’s two victories on Thursday.  The FCL Cardinals won as well but Peoria fell despite Michael YaSenka’s impressive mound effort.  Palm Beach’s double header included a loss and a postponement while Memphis was rained out.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 8th.

Memphis at Louisville – postponed

Game 3 between Memphis (21-35) and Louisville was postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Friday, July 9th.  The first contest will get underway at 4:30 pm CT.  The Redbirds have dropped the first two of six games at Louisville Slugger Field.

Friday’s games:  at Louisville (23-32) (CIN).  Game 1 – 4:30 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (1-5, 6.19)/Angel Rondon (1-4, 6.18)

Springfield 10 vs. Tulsa 9 (10 innings)

Nick Plummer’s 10th-inning bomb handed the S-Cards a 10-9 walk-off win over the Drillers at Hammons Field.  The victory is the fifth straight for Springfield (21-36), a span including the first three games of this series.

Co-Player of the Day Plummer’s long ball was not only his seventh of 2021 but his third of the game and the Redbirds’ fifth of the evening.  Acting as the designated hitter, the 24-year-old went yard with Malcom Nunez (single) aboard in the seventh, blasted a solo shot the next frame and then sealed the game on a bomb with Alec Burleson aboard in the 10th.  By night’s end Plummer posted a line of 3-for-5 with a hit-by-pitch, three runs scored and five RBI.

After 15 years of no three-homer games by a Springfield Cardinal, Plummer joins Nolan Gorman in achieving the longball feat in 2021.

Nick Plummer

Burleson, who began the 10th on second, accounted for his team’s other two home runs.  Both of the right fielder’s two hits in five at bats were long balls, one with Brendan Donovan (hit-by-pitch) aboard in the fifth and a blast with the bases empty in the eighth.  Burleson went 2-for-5, worked a free pass, crossed home plate three times and drove in four.

Both teams were evenly matched in a contest featuring 10 hits apiece, five lead changes and two ties.  Five S-Cards split 10 hits. Delvin Perez and Nunez had two hits each in five at bats with a run scored, Nunez adding a base-on-balls and an RBI.  Donovan reached base four times, going 1-for-3 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch.  Perez was also plunked once.

Springfield committed two fielding bobbles, one by left fielder David Vinsky and the other by shortstop Perez.  Catcher Aaron Antonini was charged with a passed ball which led to an unearned run while center fielder Justin Toerner was credited with an outfield assist at third which squashed a Drillers threat.

Considering all the offense displayed by each team, it comes as no surprise that quality pitching was in short supply.  Domingo Robles tossed the initial 4 2/3 frames, yielding three tallies on five hits.  The lefty did not issue a free pass.

Michael Brettell recorded six outs, permitting three runs on three hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter.  The Canadian did strand Robles’ final base runner.

All three tallies charged to Brettell scored under Evan Sisk’s watch.  Sisk inherited a two-on/two-out jam from Brettell but walked his first batter to load the bases.  The southpaw then allowed a bases-clearing double but escaped further damage when Toerner’s throw from center nailed the batter trying to stretch his double into a triple.

Salvador Justo pitched a scoreless eighth, issuing one free pass before handing the ball off to Jacob Bosiokovic.  Bosiokovic (W, 3-3) (BS, 2) was tagged for two unearned scores, the first sending the game into extras and the latter giving Tulsa a 9-8 advantage at the 10th’s midpoint.  The right-hander allowed a hit and walk plus a wild pitch in two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (30-26) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (0-0, 2.50)

Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 4 (12 innings)

A stellar effort by three Chiefs hurlers went for naught as Peoria was downed by Cedar Rapids, 4-1 in 12 innings.  The Chiefs (22-35) are still looking for their first win of the series with three games remaining.

Neither team got on the scoreboard in regulation. Peoria’s performance was spearheaded by co-Player of the Day Michael YaSenka’s strong effort.  The right-hander struck out eight over six frames, giving up just three hits and one walk.

Michael YaSenka

Freddy Pacheco retired five batters, fanning three and permitting two eighth-inning walks.  A 7-5 fly out/throw out erased one of those two baserunners, leaving the other aboard for Paul Schwendel.  Schwendel struck out three of four batters retired, stranding an inherited runner.

Peoria finally broke through in the 10th.  Moises Castillo began at second, advancing to third after Imeldo Diaz reached on a throwing error by Cedar Rapids’ shortstop.  Matt Chamberlain’s line out to second combined with a throwing error by the second baseman brought Castillo across home plate for a 1-0 lead.

However, Jacob Schlesener (BS, 1) was unable to close the door for the win.  Instead, a one-out RBI single knotted the game at 1-1, sending the game into the 11th at which time the lefty tossed a clean frame.

Fabian Blanco (L, 2-2) did not record a 12th-inning out, issuing a free pass then serving up a three-run walk-off home run.

Pedro Pages and Brady Whalen each garnered two of their squad’s five hits. Pages went 2-for-4 with a walk and Whalen singled twice in five at bats.

Friday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (31-26) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (0-3, 6.32)

Palm Beach 4 at Lakeland 8 (7 innings)- Game 1
Palm Beach at Lakeland (Game 2) – postponed

Palm Beach’s bullpen was unable to hold a three-run lead, falling to the Flying Tigers, 8-4, in the opener of a scheduled twin bill.  Game 2 was postponed until Friday, July 9th, due to wet field conditions.  The defeat is the second of two in the series for Palm Beach (22-34) with four games on tap.

Dionys Rodriguez tossed a strong effort, limiting Lakeland to a run on a hit and base-on-balls over four innings. It was the 20-year-old’s first start after 10 relief appearances.

Dionys Rodriguez

Palm Beach was up 4-1 when Edwin Nunez took over on the mound and he held the lead until the sixth.  The 19-year-old gave up three runs that inning on three hits, one of his two free passes allowed plus a wild pitch.

Luis Ortiz worked around a double for a scoreless seventh but was unable to match that feat the next frame.  The righty yielded a single and RBI ground-rule double, getting the hook after issuing consecutive free passes.

Luis Tena replaced Ortiz but was likewise unable to find the plate, walking his first two batters and bringing two more runs across home plate.  Tena inserted a run-scoring wild pitch between two strikeouts before the inning mercifully ended.

The Beach Birds banged out 11 hits, led by shortstop Masyn Winn and right fielder Matt Koperniak, who had three hits apiece.  Wynn singled three times in four at bats with a stolen base but was picked off once while Koperniak went 3-for-5 with a double and outfield assist at second base.

Unfortunately, the five batters between no. 1 Winn and no. 7 Koperniak in the batting order went a collective 4-for-20, severely hampering the team’s results.  Catcher Carlos Soto and center fielder Patrick Romeri each had a hit with two RBI with four different Beach Birds touching home once.

Friday’s games: at Lakeland (19-35) (DET).  Game 1 – 4:00 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.05)/Levi Prater (1-3, 3.50)

Florida Complex League Cardinals 4 at FCL Marlins 1 (6 innings)

Shortstop Sander Mora and first baseman Luis Rodriguez led the FCL Cardinals (3-5) to a 4-1 victory over the FCL Marlins (4-4).  The contest was called in the top of the seventh due to lightning.

Sander Mora

Mora and Rodriguez were part of all four of their team’s tallies, batting second and fifth respectively.  One of Mora’s two hits in three at bats was his first home run that got the scoring started in the first.

Luis Rodriguez

The 20-year-old touched home a second time on Rodriguez’ two-run double during a three-run third.  Mora singled and scored ahead of Hansel Otamendi (single) while Rodriguez came home on Joerlin De Los Santos’ single to short.  Rodriguez reached a second time via a base-on-balls.

Darlin Moquete joined Mora as the only Florida Bird with more than one of the squad’s eight hits.  The designated hitter singled twice in four at bats at the top of the order.

Yordy Richard

Starter Yordy Richard spun a strong five frames, yielding a run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  Tyler Statler negotiated around two walks for a clean sixth and was credited with his first career save when the game was called.

Friday’s game:  at FCL Nationals (4-3), 10:00 am ET, TBA   


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 7, 2021

photo: Malcom Nunez (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

St. Louis’ minors went 1-for-4 Tuesday with a rainout. Malcom Nuñez’s three hits and Luken Baker’s walk-off powered Springfield’s win but Jordan Walker’s big bat was not enough to give Peoria a victory.  Memphis and the FCL Cardinals also lost while Palm Beach’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 6th.

Memphis 3 at Louisville 9

Starter Matthew Liberatore yielded crooked numbers in each of his first three frames as the Redbirds fell to the Bats at Louisville Slugger Field, 9-3.  Memphis (21-34) sits firmly in seventh place in the seven-team Southeast Division, 16 ½ games behind Durham (TB).

Liberatore (L, 3-5) was tagged for 14 hits and two walks, resulting in eight runs, six earned, in 4 2/3 innings.  One of the 14 hits was a solo long ball. Former Cardinal Max Schrock went 3-for-3 against the Redbirds starter.

Grant Black retired four batters, permitting a hit and base-on-balls while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.  Garrett Williams worked around a hit and plunked batter for a clean seventh before Roel Ramirez was charged with an unearned tally on two singles, a passed ball and wild pitch.

Memphis’ offense banged out 10 hits but went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight.  All eight regulars had at least one hit, Juan Yepez representing the only Redbird with a multi-hit effort.  The first baseman went 2-for-3 including a solo shot.

Juan Yepez

Shortstop Evan Mendoza and third baseman Kramer Robertson both reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a base-on balls. Mendoza added an RBI.  Right fielder Conner Capel and catcher Ali Sanchez each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Defensively, Liberatore committed a fielding error to go with the previously mentioned passed ball by Sanchez.  The outfield was credited with two assists:  left fielder Scott Hurst at home and Capel at third base.

Wednesday’s game:  at Louisville (22-32) (CIN), 6:00 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-1, 18.00)

Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 3

Luken Baker’s big bomb gave the S-Cards a 5-3 walk off victory over the Drillers at Hammonds Field.  Fifth-place Springfield (19-36) trails first-place Wichita (MIN) by 12 games in the North Division and
fourth-place Arkansas (SEA) by nearly 10 games.

Baker’s 10th home run came with Malcom Nuñez aboard, cementing a rally that started in the sixth.  It was the first baseman’s only hit in five at bats.

But the night belonged to Player of the Day Nuñez, who generated a three-hit game in five at bats including a solo blast comprising one of his two runs scored and his RBI.  Defensively, the third baseman took part in two of his squad’s four double plays.

Malcom Nuñez

Trailing 3-0 after five frames, Springfield manufactured two sixth-inning scores on Nick Dunn’s single plus back-to-back-to-back walks by Aaron Antonini, Delvin Perez and Brendan Donovan.  Donovan’s free pass brought Dunn across home plate prior to Ivan Herrera’s force at second scoring Antonini.

Nuñez’ second Double-A home run knotted the game at three all through seven, setting the stage for Baker’s big blow.  Perez, Donovan and Dunn all reached base three times but by different methods.  Perez worked two free passes to go with a single in three at bats at the top of the order, while Donovan singled twice in four at bats with a walk.  Dunn also put together a two-hit performance, going 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and run scored out of the eight hole.

Baker’s bomb made a winner out of Kodi Whitley (W, 1-1), who continued his St. Louis rehab assignment with a one-two-three ninth.  The righty fanned two Drillers.

Whitley pitched in relief of Andre Pallante, who lasted just three frames, permitting two tallies on four hits and two free passes issued.  Kyle Leahy composed one of his better efforts in recent memory, holding Tulsa to a solo bomb, one of the four hits and a walk permitted during his 4 1/3 innings on the mound.  Both outs recorded by Evan Sisk were strikeouts, as the lefty stranded Leahy’s final base runner.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (30-24) (LAD), 6:35 pm CT, Dalton Roach (3-5, 5.62)

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 10

The Chiefs were thumped by the Kernels at Perfect Game Field, 10-2.  Peoria (22-33) is in sixth and last place in the West Division standings, 14 ½ games behind Quad Cities (KC).

Connor Lunn took his fourth loss in seven decisions, after allowing six tallies on six hits and three walks over 4 2/3 frames.  Three of the six runs were generated by a second-inning home run.  Lunn struck out eight.

Cole Aker nearly matched that in his one-inning stint, serving up another three-run bomb that was one of four hits and three walks given up.  The 24-year-old allowed both inherited runners to touch home plate.

Working his way back after over a month on the Injured List, Mac Lardner retired all four batters faced, fanning two and leaving Aker’s last two runners aboard.  Right-hander Cory Thompson tossed a one-two-three eighth with two strikeouts.

Jordan Walker

Peoria mustered just four hits, with half by Jordan Walker.  The third baseman went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and scored both of his team’s tallies.  Brady Whalen’s only hit in four at bats was an RBI single driving in Walker after the latter doubled with one gone in the first.

Walker opened the third with his first A-Advanced triple via a fly ball to center.  Pedro Pages’ 6-3 ground out brought the 19-year-old across home plate.  Although Walker has hit safely in four of five games since his promotion from Palm Beach, Tuesday marked his first multi-hit effort.

Wednesday’s game:  at second-place Cedar Rapids (29-26) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-5, 6.53)

Palm Beach at Lakeland – postponed

The first of six games at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium between Palm Beach (22-32) and host Lakeland was postponed due to inclement weather.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a July 8th twin bill with Game 1 scheduled to start at 4:00 pm ET. Keep an eye on hurricane news for a reading on how long play will be disrupted.

Wednesday’s game: at Lakeland (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.57)

Florida Complex League Cardinals 2 at FCL Mets 8

One big inning doomed the FCL Cardinals (2-4) to an 8-2 road loss to the FCL Mets (4-3).

The visitors were clinging to a 1-0 lead at the sixth’s onset, with the lead fueled by the pitching performances of Johan Quezada and Jose Davila.  Quezada’s Memphis rehab assignment continued with a scoreless first in which the righty yielded a hit.  Regular starter Davila took over, limiting the Mets to a hit and two walks over the next four frames.

It all unraveled in the sixth.  Davila (L, 0-1) jammed the sacks via two free passes issued plus a hit batsman.  With nowhere to put another batter, first baseman Jesus Orecchio’s throwing error proved costly, putting runners at the corners as two base runners came home.  Davila departed without recording an out in the frame.

The defense bit Davila’s replacement as well.  Ben Baird sandwiched a ground out to first between two fielding errors by shortstop Jeremy Rivas, bringing two more runners across home plate.  The 23-year-old then allowed a single and double driving in yet another two runners.  A ground out to first scored the inning’s seventh and final tally, with all the scores unearned.

Juan Peralta and Tink Hence each tossed an inning, with Peralta surrendering a solo shot that was one of his three hits allowed.  Hence faced the minimum, striking out two. For those keeping track, the 18-year-old prospect has three innings under his belt in his nascent baseball career, the results being nine up-nine down with six K’s.

Tink Hence

The FCL Birds offense generated six hits and four walks with a whopping 13 strikeouts.  The team got on the scoreboard after Orecchio worked a one-out free pass in the third.  The number nine hitter moved up a base via Tre Fletcher’s single, his only hit in four at bats, and advanced to third when Rivas forced Fletcher at second.  Orecchio scored on a passed ball.

The team’s other tally came when second baseman Ramon Mendoza singled to open the seventh.  After swinging K’s by Orecchio and Fletcher, Rivas doubled to center to drive in Mendoza.

Mendoza and Rivas reached base twice, both 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls.  Left fielder Luis Montano got on board twice as well, singling and doubling in four at bats out of the six hole.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros (3-4), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 5, 2021

Photo: Connor Thomas (Memphis Redbirds)

All four teams sent the holiday crowd home happy on Sunday as St Louis’ minors swept their opponents for the second straight day.  Leading a number of noteworthy performances was Connor Thomas’ start at Memphis.  Honorable mentions go out to Tyler Pike’s and Jack Ralston’s mound work for Springfield and Peoria, respectively, while the Palm Beach bullpen was nails.

Results from games played Sunday, July 4th

Memphis 2 vs Jacksonville 1
Connor Thomas was outstanding over seven frames as the Redbirds edged the Jumbo Shrimp in the series’ finale, 2-1.  Memphis (21-33) and Jacksonville (29-23)(MIA) each won three of the six-game set.

Player of the Day Thomas (W, 3-0), St Louis’ fifth-round pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, faced just two batters over the minimum, yielding a hit and walk with four strikeouts.  The lefty threw 56 of his 86 pitches for strikes and singled once in two at bats.

Connor Thomas

Memphis led 2-0 at Thomas’ departure but their shutout bid ended under Seth Elledge’s watch.  Elledge allowed three hits generating a run in his only inning on the mound.

Connor Jones pitched the ninth, giving up a lead-off single before sandwiching a fly out to right between a force at second and a 6-3 ground out.  It was Jones’ second save of 2021.

The Redbirds’ offense found runs in scarce supply themselves as they were held to six hits.  Conner Capel launched his fourth home run with two gone and the bases clean, giving his team a 1-0 lead after two frames.  The right fielder later worked a base-on-balls, going 1-for-2 with a walk to go with his run scored/RBI.

That score held until first baseman Juan Yepez singled to kick off the fourth, his only hit in four at bats.  Catcher Ali Sanchez’s line-drive double to center was enough to score Yepez from first for a 2-0 lead.  Sanchez was the only Redbird with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with his fourth two-bagger.

Monday’s game:  Off
Tuesday’s game:  at Louisville (21-31)(CIN),  6:00  pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (3-4, 4.40)

Springfield 7 vs Northwest Arkansas 2
A 12-hit offensive explosion mixed with strong pitching translated to the S-Cards’ 7-2 home victory over Northwest Arkansas (27-25)(KC).  Springfield (18-36) claimed two of the six games in the recently completed series.

The ‘Parade of the Bats’ was led by shortstop Brendan Donovan who went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored out of the two hole.  Three Springfield players had two hits apiece:  centerfielder Justin Toerner, left fielder David Vinsky and third baseman Malcom Nunez.  Toerner reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a double, base-on-balls, crossing home twice and knocking in one.

Brendan Donovan

Toerner did his damage in the lead off slot while Vinsky’s spot in the order was at the other end, the nine hole.  Vinsky singled twice in four at bats, touching home two times.

Last but not least in the multi-hit column is Nunez who put up a pair of ‘firsts’ in his 2-for-5 effort.  One of the Cuban’s two hits was a solo shot, his first Double-A home run while his two-hit night was Nunez’ first multi-hit performance in seven games since his promotion from A-Advanced Peoria.

Tyler Pike’s strong mound work spearheaded a quartet of S-Card hurlers holding the Naturals to two tallies.  Pike (W, 1-2) limited Northwest Arkansas to a run on five hits and a walk through six frames but yielded a lead-off double and two-out RBI single the next inning, leading to his departure.  The southpaw struck out 11 in earning his first victory in affiliated ball since 2017.

Tyler Pike

Evan Sisk, Kodi Whitley and Jacob Bosiokovic shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Sisk yielded a single before recording the seventh’s last out, giving way to Whitley.  Whitley continued his rehab assignment with a one-two-three eighth before Bosiokovic issued a ninth-inning free pass.

Monday’s game:  Off
Tuesday’s game:  vs Tulsa (30-23)(LAD), 6:35  pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-2, 2.72)

Peoria 4 vs West Michigan 1
Pedro Pages’ bases-clearing double snapped a late tie as the Chiefs tamed the Whitecaps, 4-1.  After dropping the initial three games, Peoria (22-32) clawed back for a 3-3 split of their six-game home set versus West Michigan (25-27)(DET).

Pages’ two-bagger came with Zade Richardson (walk), Matt Chamberlain (fielder’s choice) and Jordan Walker (force out) aboard and two gone in the eighth.  It was the catcher’s second hit in three at bats to go with two base-on-balls.  All three tallies were unearned due to a throwing error by the Whitecaps’ second baseman allowing Chamberlain to reach.

Peoria garnered 10 hits in all, paced by Moises Castillo who went 3-for-4 with a double and stolen base.   The shortstop was thrown out at home prior to Pages’ big hit.

Moises Castillo

Brady Whalen joined Chamberlain and Pages with a two-hit display, all three players doubling once with Whalen adding an intentional walk, RBI and hit-by-pitch.  Jordan Walker reached base twice, going 1-for-4 with a double, walk and the aforementioned run scored.

Four Chiefs pitchers joined forces to limit their opponents to just four hits, beginning with Jack Ralston.  Ralston tossed five innings of one-run ball, holding West Michigan to a run on two hits and a base-on-balls while striking out five.  One of the two hits was a home run.  It was the 23-year-old’s best effort since May 29th when he blanked Beloit over six innings.

Jack Ralston

Fabian Blanco took the sixth, fanning two and allowing a hit.  Right-hander Paul Schwendel (W, 1-0) retired all six batters faced, striking out four, earning the 31-year-old his first win in affiliated ball since 2014.  Freddy Pacheco gave up a hit with two strikeouts for his fourth save.

Monday’s game:  Off
Tuesday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (28-26)(MIN), 6:35  pm CT, Connor Lunn (3-3, 5.14)

Palm Beach 7 vs Dunedin 4
The Beach Birds never looked back after scoring early, flying past the Blue Jays, 7-4.  It was the eighth win in their last 10 games for Palm Beach (22-32), a span including five of six versus Dunedin (21-32)(TOR).

The PB-Cards scored all seven tallies in the initial four frames, beginning with a four-run first. Jacob Buchberger gathered three of his team’s 12 hits, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and one driven in.

Three Beach Birds garnered two hits apiece:  right fielder Matt Koperniak, designated hitter Jose Zapata and catcher Edgardo Rodriguez.  Koperniak and Zapata posted nearly identical lines, both players going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s, the former working two free passes and the latter walking once.  Each player had a hit go for extra bases, Koperniak smashing his sixth double while the 20-year-old Zapata launched a two-run home run, his first of 2021.

Jose Zapata

Ludwin Jimenez struggled in his start, yielding four runs on six hits and two walks over 3 2/3 frames.  The righty fanned four.

The bullpen, however, was stellar.  Reinys Portillo kept Dunedin off the board over the next 2 1/3 innings, issuing two free passes and striking out three.  Edwin Nunez tossed two clean frames, permitting a hit and base-on-balls before handing the ball off to Edgar Manzo for the ninth.  Manzo worked around a lead-off single and stolen base for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  Off
Tuesday’s game:   at Lakeland  (27-35) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Florida Complex League Cardinals – off
The Florida Complex League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  Off
Tuesday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (2-3) at FCL Mets (3-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 2, 2021

Photo: Wilfredo Pereira (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Luis Rodriguez’ offensive performance led the FCL Cardinals to their first win, one of two victories in five games on Thursday.  Wilfredo Pereira’s sterling relief effort was not enough to prevent Peoria from dropping a twin bill, while Springfield went down to defeat as well.  Memphis’ contest was rained out.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 1st

Memphis vs Jacksonville – postponed
Game three of six between Memphis (19-31) and Jacksonville was postponed due to rain.  It has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Friday, July 2nd with game one beginning at 4:30 pm CT.  Each team has claimed one of the two completed contests.

Friday’s games:  vs Jacksonville (27-21)(MIA).  Game one – 4:30 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, —)(Triple-A season debut)/Tommy Parsons (1-4, 6.27)

Springfield 5 vs Northwest Arkansas 9
S-Card hurlers were unable to hold a late-inning lead once again, falling to Northwest Arkansas, 9-5.  Springfield (16-35) has lost the first three of their six-game home series versus the Naturals.

Starter Dalton Roach (L, 3-5) held his opponents to one run on five hits and a walk through six frames, taking a 3-1 lead into the seventh.  But the right-hander did not retire any of three batters faced the next inning, surrendering back-to-back solo long balls and issuing a base-on-balls eliciting a pitching change.

Edgar Escobar allowed his inherited runner to score plus one of his own before escaping the seventh then jammed the sacks full with none out in the eighth.  Escobar was charged with four runs on three hits, two base-on-balls and a sac fly.

Jacob Bosiokovic gave up two hits resulting in a four-run frame, three tallies charged to Escobar and one to Bosiokovic.  Patrick Dayton tossed a one-two-three ninth.

The offense accumulated 10 hits with Nick Dunn’s three-hit effort leading the way.  The second baseman went 3-for-4, crossed home once and drove in one.  One of Brendan Donovan’s two hits in three at bats was a two-run bomb with Dunn aboard, closing the gap to 9-5 after eight.

Nick Dunn

Friday’s game:  vs Northwest Arkansas (26-23)(KC), 7:05 pm CT,  Domingo Robles (2-2, 4.71)

Peoria 2 vs West Michigan 4  (7)  – game one

Peoria 2 vs West Michigan 3  (7)  – game two
The Chiefs were swept in a Thursday double header, 4-2 and 3-2, both games in seven innings.  Peoria (19-31) has yet to put one in the win column in three tries during this six-game series.

Starter Michael YaSenka retired just eight batters in the opener, yielding four runs, three earned, on four hits and four free passes issued.  One of the four hits was a home run with the bases empty.

A trio of Chiefs relievers held the Whitecaps scoreless the rest of the way.  Leonardo Taveras recorded four outs, walking one and stranding two inherited runners.  Nathanael Heredia pitched two clean frames, issuing a free pass, while a caught stealing helped Cole Aker navigate successfully around two hits and a base-on-balls during his inning of work.

Peoria’s offense outhit their opponents, seven to six, but were shy of tangible results.  The only Chief with more than one hit was Chandler Redmond who went 2-for-3, the run he scored occurring as part of a double steal.  Jordan Walker singled and scored his team’s other tally, his only hit in five at bats.

Chandler Redmond

In game two, a rally by the home team came just short as the Chiefs were unable to push across what represented the tying run in the game’s final inning.

Down 3-0 through six and facing a no-hit bid, Peoria kicked off the seventh with consecutive singles by Walker and Brady Whalen.  Leandro Cedeno’s force at second removed Whalen but Moises Castillo’s single to left drove in Walker.  After a pitching change, Zade Richardson was caught looking at strike three but a single by Francisco Hernandez scored Cedeno, advancing Castillo to third where he was stranded.

Whereas the Chiefs did all their damage in the game’s last inning, all three of West Michigan’s hits occurred in the first.  Starter Mac Lardner displayed rust in his first action since going on the Injured List on May 28th.  The lefty tossed just one frame, yielding three scores on a double, single, sac fly and two-run home run.

Co-Player of the Day Wilfredo Pereira impressed in his five-inning relief stint, striking out nine and not allowing a base runner.  Paul Schwendel used a caught stealing to erase a lead-off walk for a one-two-three seventh.

Wilfredo Pereira

Friday’s game:  vs West Michigan (24-24)(DET), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (0-3, 6.33)

Palm Beach 4 vs Dunedin 3
Jacob Buchberger’s two-run single broke a 2-2 eight-inning tie as the Beach Birds held on to edge the Blue Jays, 4-3.  Palm Beach (20-31) has won six of its last seven games including the first three of their six-game set versus Dunedin.

The contest did not generate much offense with both squads limited to just three hits.  The PB-Cards plated two first-inning tallies when Buchberger reached on a throwing error by the Blue Jays third baseman.  The errant throw allowed Tommy Jew (walk) and Todd Lott (double) to score.

The 2-0 lead held until the seventh when a two-run double off Sean Kealey knotted the game at 2-2 and set up Buchberger’s big hit.  Both runs scored – one charged to Kealey and the other to his predecessor Edwin Nunez, were unearned because of a missed catch error by second baseman Donivan Williams.

All five outs recorded by Kealey (W, 2-1)(BS,1) were strikeouts, the southpaw giving up a walk and double.  The 23-year-old was the third of four Palm Beach hurlers to see action.

Kealey pitched in support of starter John Beller who tossed three strong frames, fanning five and issuing two free passes.  Nunez struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings, walking one batter who came around to score under Kealey’s watch. Palm Beach pitching’s 18 strikeouts set a new franchise all-time single-game record.

Edwin Nuñez

Things got a tad too exciting in the ninth after Luis Ortiz allowed a ground-rule double, walk, RBI single and wild pitch putting two runners in scoring position with a one-run lead and only one out.  But Ortiz coaxed a fly out to shallow right before recording a swinging K for his first save.

Friday’s game: vs Dunedin (20-30) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Levi Prater (1-3, 3.83)

Florida Complex League Cardinals 10 at FCL Astros 3 (7)
An offensive explosion combined with a solid bullpen generated the FCL Cardinals’ first win, a decisive 10-3 victory over the FCL Astros in seven frames.

The Florida Birds (1-2) banged out 16 hits, paced by shortstop Jeremy Rivas’ four-hit performance.  Rivas singled four times in five at bats with a run scored and two RBI’s.

But the most productive bat belonged to co-Player of the Day Luis Rodriguez who reached base four times.  The first baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, base-on-balls, touched home twice and drove in two.  Left fielder Luis Montano had three hits as well in four at bats, doubled once, scored one run and knocked in another.

Luis Rodriguez

The final player with a multi-hit effort was catcher Roblin Heredia who went 2-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and two RBI’s.  The 18-year-old was caught napping at first once.

A quartet of Florida Bird hurlers took the mound, beginning with Jose Davila, The 18-year-old righty went four innings, yielding four hits and three base-on-balls generating three runs.  Davila plunked one batter.

Victor Villanueva (W, 1-0) was nails in the fifth, facing the minimum with two strikeouts.  Ettore Giulianelli worked around two hits and a walk for a clean sixth in his professional debut.  Tink Hence, the bullpen’s third righty of the day, one upped Villanueva by fanning the side in a one-two-three seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs FCL Marlins (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA    


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2021

Photo: Delvin Perez (Springfield Cardinals)

Mother Nature ruled Tuesday evening as only one of St Louis’ four full-season clubs got its game in.  Springfield was hammered while Memphis’ tie game was suspended.  Neither Peoria nor Palm Beach even got underway.

Results from the games played Tuesday, June 29th

Memphis vs Jacksonville – suspended
The Redbirds (18-30) began their game at AutoZone Park versus Jacksonville but could not complete it due to unplayable field conditions.  Play was suspended with the sacks jammed and none out in the home half of the sixth and a 1-1 score.  The game is scheduled to be completed as part of a double-header on Wednesday, June 30th with play resuming at 5:05 pm CT.

Of particular interest is the Triple-A debut of top prospect Nolan Gorman.  To this point in the contest, the 21-year-old has singled once in two at bats with a walk, batting third and playing second base.

Also of interest is Harrison Bader’s rehab assignment which has moved from Palm Beach to Memphis.  The center fielder has reached base twice via a double and base-on-balls in two at bats and has scored his team’s only run.

Starter Connor Thomas tossed a strong effort despite field conditions which reportedly resulted in the lefty falling on the mound at one point before getting back up to resume play.  Thomas scattered seven hits and two free passes issued over five frames while fanning five.  The only damage against the Georgia native was a first-inning solo shot.  Garrett Williams tossed a one-two-three sixth, striking out two.

Connor Thomas

Wednesday’s games:  vs Jacksonville (26-20)(MIA).  Game one – 5:05 pm CT, TBA/Matthew Liberatore (2-4, 4.62)

Springfield 4 vs Northwest Arkansas 19
Once again the S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a lead as Springfield (16-32) was trounced by the visiting Naturals in the series’ opener, 19-4.

The home team was up 4-2 at the sixth’s onset but fell into a 19-4 chasm before the next nine outs were recorded.  Kodi Whitley’s (L, 0-1)(BS,1) rehab assignment got off to an inauspicious start. The right-hander was tagged for five runs, four earned, on three hits, a walk and a sac fly in 1/3 of an inning.  Another batter reached on one of two errors committed by newly promoted third baseman Malcom Nunez.

Next up in the S-Cards’ quintet of ineffective relievers was Ramon Santos who yielded a hit and two base-on-balls plus a hit batsman, resulting in Whitley’s last two baserunners scoring plus one of his own before the sixth ended.

The pitching misery continued in the seventh, an inning in which two relievers combined to surrender seven more tallies.  Lefty Patrick Dayton retired just two batters, permitting seven runs on five hits, a walk and a plunked batter.

Alvaro Seijas was thrown into the fray at this point but did not fare any better than his predecessors.  Seijas issued three free passes in addition to a hit, generating two scores plus allowing his only inherited runner to score while recording two outs.

The last of the previously mentioned quintet was Jacob Patterson who went 1 2/3 frames.  The southpaw gave up one hit, three base-on-balls and hit three batters, let both inherited runners score while yielding two scores of his own.

Tyler Pike kept his team in the game during his 4 2/3 innings of work.  The 27-year-old allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks plus a hit batsman.  Salvador Justo retired his only batter, leaving the sacks jammed and representing the high water mark for the bullpen’s performance.

The offense generated seven hits, led by Player of the Day Delvin Perez.  The 22-year-old went 2-for-4 with his third triple, touched home once and knocked in one.  One of the five S-Cards with one hit each was catcher Ivan Herrera, who went 1-for-2 with a sac fly that was one of his two RBI.

Delvin Perez

The best that can be said of Nunez’ Double-A debut is to hope for better days to come.  The third baseman was hitless in four at bats out of the six hole and committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing.

Wednesday’s games:  vs Northwest Arkansas (23-23)(KC).  Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-1, 2.57)/TBA

Peoria vs West Michigan – postponed
Peoria’s (19-29) home series’ opener with West Michigan was rained out and has been re-scheduled as part of a Thursday, July 1st twin bill.  The A-Advanced debut of first-rounder Jordan Walker will wait for another day.

Wednesday’s game:  vs West Michigan (22-24)(DET), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Ralston (1-4, 4.34) or Connor Lunn (3-2, 4,80)

Palm Beach vs Dunedin – postponed   
Like Peoria, Palm Beach’s (17-31) home series opener against Dunedin was postponed due to rain.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, June 30th.

Wednesday’s games: vs Dunedin (20-27) (TOR).  Game one – 2:00 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.75)/John Beller (0-3, 5.51)

Florida Complex League Cardinals – off
The FCL Cardinals (0-1) were idle on Tuesday but will be looking for their first win when play resumes on Wednesday, June 29th.  The Florida Birds will be hosting the FCL Mets in their home opener.

Wednesday’s game:  vs FCL Mets (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 29, 2021

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In the only action on Monday, the Florida Complex League (FCL) Cardinals dropped their season opener.  Luis Montano scored the team’s only run.

Results from the game played Monday, June 28th

Memphis – off
Fresh off a two-week road trip in which they went 3-9 against the Midwest Division’s Indianapolis (PIT) and Toledo (DET), seventh-place Memphis (18-30) heads home to AutoZone Park to host division rival Jacksonville.

Tuesday’s game:  vs third-place Jacksonville (26-20)(MIA),  7:10 pm CT, Connor Thomas (2-0, 3.70)

Springfield – off
Like Memphis, Springfield (16-31) also heads home after two weeks on the road but their road trip remained exclusively within their own North Division.  The fifth-place S-Cards went 4-8 against first-place Wichita (MIN) and second-place Tulsa (LAD) but hope to do better against third-place Northwest Arkansas.

Tuesday’s game:  vs Northwest Arkansas (22-23)(KC), 6:35 pm CT, Tyler Pike (0-2, 7.52)

Peoria – off
After going 2-4 at fourth-place Wisconsin (MIL) last week, sixth-place Peoria (19-29) comes back to Dozer Park to host East Division rival West Michigan (DET).

Tuesday’s game:  vs West Michigan (22-24)(DET), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Ralston (1-4, 4.34) or Connor Lunn (3-2, 4,80)

Palm Beach – off
Palm Beach (17-31) is in the midst of a two-week home stand.  Last week the Beach Birds went 3-3 against the West Division’s Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (MIN) and this week host another West Division team, the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Tuesday’s game: vs Dunedin (20-27) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.51)

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Nationals 3
A defensive lapse ended up determining the outcome in the FCL Cardinals’ 3-1 road defeat to the FCL Nationals in the season opener.

The opener was a contest in which offense was in short supply, both squads mustering just three hits apiece.  With the arms dominating the bats, the game turned on defensive efforts and the Florida Birds came up short.

The visitors scored first after left fielder and Player of the Day Luis Montano tripled to open the second.  Third baseman Brandon Hernandez’ fly out to left was not deep enough for Montano to score but he eventually raced home when Nationals’ catcher Ivan Murzi was charged with a passed ball.

Luis Montano

Unfortunately, the FCL Cardinals’ miscue the next frame proved more costly. Starter Yordy Richard (L, 0-1) began his final inning of work by issuing a free pass.  The 18-year-old retired the next two batters via a force at second and strikeout looking and it appeared as if he would escape unscathed.

However, a throwing error by Hernandez put two runners aboard, the trail runner advancing to second on a stolen base.  Richard’s second and final hit yielded was a two-run double giving the home team the lead.  The right-hander plunked three batters.

Tyler Statler succeeded Richard, base-on-balls proving costly for the 19-year-old.  After tossing a one-two-three fourth in which he struck out two batters looking, the righty began the fifth by issuing consecutive free passes.  Statler notched two swinging K’s then permitted an RBI single to right, the only earned run for the game from either side.

The three remaining frames were split evenly between Omar Sanchez, Enrique Saldana and Tink Hence.  Sanchez, a southpaw signed out of Puerto Rico in June 2020, made his professional debut which was comprised of a strikeout swinging, walk-caught stealing and fly out to center.

A ‘veteran’ of two years’ experience in the Dominican Summer League, right-hander Saldana walked his first batter but erased him on a force at second.  His replacement on first base was caught stealing before a 4-3 ground out ended the seventh.

Last but not least of the bullpen trio was righty Tink Hence, the 63rd pick in the June 2020 First-Year Player Draft.  Hence faced the minimum, inserting a swinging K between fly outs to right and center.

Tink Hence

Offensively, center fielder Tre Fletcher doubled once in four at bats, striking out twice at the top of the order.  Second baseman and number nine batter Albert Inoa garnered the final hit, going 1-for-3 with two K’s.  Catcher Roblin Heredia reached base twice via free passes and was charged with catcher’s interference behind the plate.

Tuesday’s game:  Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 28, 2021

Photo: Kevin McGovern (Springfield Cardinals)

A dramatic ninth-inning rally by Palm Beach garnered the system’s only win on Sunday as the minors went 1-4.  Memphis fell as did Springfield, the latter despite a strong performance by starter Kevin McGovern.  Peoria dropped their double-header on the road.

Results from games played Sunday, June 27th

Memphis 3 at Toledo 9
The Redbirds’ pitching staff was ineffective, resulting in a 9-3 loss at Toledo (25-22)(DET) in the series’ finale.  Memphis (18-30) lost the series, two games to four.

Angel Rondon (L, 0-4) set the tone for the staff immediately, four of the five runs charged to him occurring in the first inning.  Three of the five tallies were generated by two home run balls, which were two of the five hits the righty yielded over five innings.

Brandon Dickson continued the pattern in his inning of work, with both runs allowed produced by one long ball.  Tommy Parsons pitched the last two frames, permitting two runs on three hits.  None of the three Memphis hurlers issued a free pass.

The Redbirds accumulated seven hits, Justin Williams being the only player with more than one hit.  Williams singled twice in four at bats while Conner Capel reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two base-on-balls and a run scored.  Kramer Robertson’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run double scoring Capel and John Nogowski (hit by pitch).  Capel and Nogowski both swiped a base.

Conner Capel

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 6
The S-Cards’ bullpen gave up big numbers late for the second straight game, this time leading to a 6-3 walk-off defeat by the host Drillers.  Springfield (16-31) dropped five of the six-game series at Tulsa (27-20)(LAD).

A day after surrendering five eighth-inning tallies in Springfield’s 8-7 loss, Edgar Escobar (L, 0-3)(BS,2) served up a grand slam in his second inning of work for a walk-off defeat.  Escobar allowed two hits, two base-on-balls and a plunked batter against five outs recorded.

The right-hander replaced Evan Sisk (BS,1)  in the eighth after the southpaw gave up a lead-off hit.  Sisk was tagged for two scores the prior frame, both tallies unearned due to fielding errors by shortstop Delvin Perez and third baseman Brendan Donovan.

The bullpen and defensive performance marred another noteworthy start by Kevin McGovern.  The 32-year-old struck out eight Drillers in six innings, permitting two hits and a base-on-balls, earning our Player of the Day nod.

Kevin McGovern

Springfield’s offense shares responsibility in the loss as they squandered numerous opportunities, going 1-for-11 with runners In scoring position.  Ivan Herrera went 2-for-5 with an RBI while six S-Cards batters had one hit each.

Nolan Gorman and Perez reached base twice, both players going 1-for-4 with a walk.  Gorman’s hit was one of the team’s two doubles, the second baseman touching home once while Perez swiped his 12th base of the season.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 6  (7) – game one
Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 6  (7) – game two

The Chiefs were swept by the Timber Rattlers in a Sunday twin bill, 6-2 in the opener and 6-5 in the finale.  Peoria (19-29) lost the series, two games to four.

Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (L, 2-2) took the loss in game one, permitting four tallies on nine hits – including a two-run bomb – and two base-on-balls in four frames.  Enmanuel Solano retired four batters, allowing a run on a hit and two free passes issued.

Solano’s tally scored with Jacob Schlesener on the mound.  Schlesener gave a hit and two walks, resulting in a run of his own in just 2/3 of an inning.

Four Chiefs generated five hits and did not work a free pass.  First baseman Brady Whalen went 2-for-3 with a solo shot, Jhon Torres and Leandro Cedeno both doubling once in three at bats.  Cedeno added his 21st RBI.

Brady Whalen

The nightcap, a make up of a June 26th contest postponed due to rain, was tied at four all midway through the sixth.  But Wisconsin (22-25)(MIL) scored a pair of runs off reliever Leonardo Taveras (L, 1-3) in the bottom of the frame, a gap Peoria could only cut in half in their final at bats.

Taveras lasted just three batters, sandwiching his only out recorded between a lead-off home run and a base-on-balls.  Paul Schwendel replaced Taveras and gave up an RBI triple to his initial batter before getting out of the inning.

Rotation mates Logan Gragg and Jack Ralston split pitching duties over the initial five innings.  Gragg yielded four tallies, including a two-run blast, on four hits in three frames while Ralston shut down the opposition on one hit during his two-inning stint.

Peoria outhit Wisconsin, nine to seven with the top of the Chiefs’ order garnering two hits each in four at bats:  Jhon Torres, Malcolm Nunez and Brady Whalen.  Nunez’ two-run home run comprised two of his three RBI’s while Whalen had a single and double plus scored one run.

Malcom Nuñez

Both of Torres’ hits went for extra bases, one of them his 15th double of 2021.  The right fielder began the game with his fourth long ball, giving him three consecutive games in which he has went yard.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 9 vs Fort Myers 8
The Beach Birds mounted a last minute rally, walking off with a 9-8 victory over Fort Myers (28-20)(MIN).  Palm Beach (17-31) won three of the six-game home series versus the Mighty Mussels.

The PB-Cards were down 8-4 with three outs to go but an adventuresome ninth ensued.  The inning featured three hits, four walks, a wild pitch and a missed catch error by Fort Myers’ second baseman that brought Masyn Winn across home with the winning score.

Jordan Walker singled to open the frame, his third hit in four at bats, advanced a base on a wild pitch and scored right ahead of Tommy Jew on Todd Lott’s ninth double of 2021.  Recent call up Edgardo Rodriguez’ single to short drove in Lott, making the score 8-7.

Right fielder Terry Fuller matched Jew by working a base-on-balls, leading to a pitching change.  The new hurler issued consecutive free passes to Donivan Williams and Darlyn Del Villar, the latter walk bringing Rodriguez across home plate for an 8-8 tie.  Masyn Williams reached on the missed catch error, scoring Fuller on an unearned run and walking off with the win.

Walker’s three-hit performance led his squad’s 13-hit attack, with the third baseman also working a base-on-balls and scoring the aforementioned run.

Jordan Walker

Lott, Rodriguez and Matt Koperniak had two hits apiece, Koperniak in four at bats and the other two in five.  Rodriguez, Koperniak and Fuller all touched home twice, while Lott’s double and a triple by Fuller were the only hits to go for extra bases.

A rehabbing Harrison Bader singled once in two at bats with a walk and sac fly.  Bader hit lead off as the team’s designated hitter.

Defensively, Fuller was credited with two outfield assists, both at second base.  The team turned one 6-4-3 double play as well.

The big rally gave reliever Sean Kealey (W, 1-1) his first win in affiliated ball.  The lefty tossed the visitor half of the ninth, yielding a tally on a hit batsman, single and run-scoring wild pitch.

Kealey pitched in support of Gustavo J Rodriguez who went the initial 3 2/3 frames.  Rodriguez permitted four runs on four hits and five free passes issued.

Three relievers bridged the span between Rodriguez and Kealey, beginning with Edgar Manzo.  Manzo recorded four outs, allowing a run on a hit and three walks and stranding an inherited runner.

Gianluca Dalatri fanned the side in his only inning on the mound but not before giving up two runs via two walks and a double.  Edwin Nunez holds the distinction of being the only Palm Beach hurler to not be scored upon.  Nunez retired six batters, working around two free passes issued.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 25, 2021

photo: Jacob Buchberger (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach walked off with the Cardinals system’s only win in three tries on Thursday. Jacob Buchberger and Tommy Jew were key to the victory but Memphis and Springfield both went down to defeat. Peoria’s road contest was suspended.

Results from games played Thursday, June 24th.

Memphis 2 at Toledo 7

Home runs proved the Redbirds’ undoing in their 7-2 loss at Toledo.  Memphis (17-28) has dropped two of the first three games in their six-game set at Fifth Third Field and remain in seventh in the seven-team Southeast Division, trailing first-place Durham (TB) by 12 ½ games.

All seven tallies yielded by Memphis hurlers were generated by long balls, beginning with starter Matthew Liberatore.  Liberatore (L, 2-4) served up two in his initial frame of work, accounting for all four runs charged to him.  The lefty allowed just four hits and two walks over 5 1/3 frames, fanning nine, but the damage was done.

Austin Warner recorded two sixth-inning outs, leaving Liberatore’s final runner aboard, but surrendered two seventh-inning bombs.  Those bombs were the only hits permitted by Warner, along with a base-on-balls, accounting for three scores.

Evan Kruczynski walked his first batter then was removed due to an undisclosed injury.  Garrett Williams replaced Kruczynski, walking one, and stranding his inherited runner.

The offense’s story can best be described as missed opportunities as the visitors left 10 baserunners aboard, six of them in scoring position.  The only Redbird with more than one of the team’s seven hits was Evan Mendoza who singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

One of Mendoza’s singles occurred in the fifth, advancing Conner Capel who led off with a walk.  Capel moved to third after Juan Yepez worked a free pass, jamming the sacks full with none out.  But the only one run ensued via Kramer Robertson’s ground out to second.  A Justin Williams home run accounted for Memphis’ other tally.

Friday’s game: at Toledo (23-21) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5 (10)

The S-Cards took a lead in the ninth only to fall at Tulsa, 5-4 in 10.  It is the third straight one-run loss of the series for fifth-place Springfield (15-29), which is 10 ½ games behind Wichita (MIN) in the North Division standings.

Pitching in his third inning, Edgar Escobar (L, 0-2) was tagged for the second tally of his stint, permitting single scores in the ninth and 10th.  The former run sent the contest into extra innings while the latter sent the team back to the hotel with another loss.  Escobar allowed three hits and a walk over 2 2/3 frames and hit a batter.

Andre Pallante tossed the first 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.  Two of the hits were solo shots sandwiched around two outs, the latter driving the right-hander from the game.  Pallante plunked a batter as well.

The 2 1/3-inning gap between Pallante and Escobar was filled by relievers Michael Brettell and Evan Sisk.  Brettell retired three batters, yielding two hits and a walk while three of the four outs recorded by Sisk were strikeouts.  The southpaw allowed a hit, base-on-balls and plunked batter and stranded Brettell’s last two batters.

Springfield generated seven hits with two apiece by Delvin Perez and Alec Burleson.  Both players went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, Perez driving in one.

Brendan Donovan

Half of Springfield’s runs were produced by Justin Toerner whose third blast, with Brendan Donovan (double) aboard, gave his team a brief 2-1 lead at the fifth’s midpoint.  It was the center fielder’s only hit in five at bats.  Donovan reached base three times, doubling once in three at bats with two walks, scoring one run and knocking in another.

Friday’s game:   at second-place Tulsa (25-19) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Dalton Roach (2-4, 5.82)

Peoria at Wisconsin – suspended

The Chiefs’ contest at Wisconsin was suspended in the home half of the second due to rain.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Friday, June 25th.  When play resumes there will be a runner at third, none out and the Timber Rattlers up 1-0.

Peoria (18-26) has won one of the series’ two completed contests and is currently tied with South Bend (CHC) for fifth in the six-team West Division standings.  Both squads are 11 ½ games in back of Quad Cities (KC).

Friday’s games:  at fourth-place Wisconsin (19-24) (MIL).  Previously Scheduled Contest – 7:05 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-4, 6.42)

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 4

Jacob Buchberger’s ninth-inning RBI single drove in Tommy Jew, giving the Beach Birds a 5-4 walk-off win over Fort Myers, their first victory in three games of the six planned.  Fourth-place Palm Beach (15-30) gained a game on St. Lucie (NYM) with the win but still trail the division leaders by 9 ½ games in the East Division standings.

Jacob Buchberger

The hit was the second in five at bats for first baseman Buchberger, who crossed home once with two RBI.  Jew led the team’s 11-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three stolen bases.  These performances earned the pair our co-Player of the Day nod.

Tommy Jew

The final Palm Beach player with a multi-hit effort was Jordan Walker, who doubled twice in five at bats, driving in two.  The third baseman’s 1.158 OPS puts him fourth in the league, Walker being a full four years younger than the league leader, Alex McGarry (CIN).

Edwin Nunez picked up second win in three decisions, tossing a clean ninth with one base-on-balls and two strikeouts.  Ludwin Jimenez compiled one of his better starts of the season, striking out eight over five innings and scattering five hits and four walks resulting in one run allowed.

Jimenez exited with his team holding a slim 2-1 advantage, a lead Luis Ortiz (BS, 1) was not able to maintain.  Ortiz gave up three tallies during his three innings on the mound, yielding five hits and a base-on-balls, before giving way to Nunez.

In the see-saw game, the home team went up 1-0 after three but Fort Myers tied it by midway through the fifth.  Palm Beach went back up 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, but the lead was short lived as the Mighty Mussels pushed across three runs over the next two frames.  A two-run seventh reknotted the game at 4-4, setting the stage for the subsequent Buchberger/Jew show.

Friday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (27-18) (SD), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 7.62)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 23, 2021

photo: Kevin McGovern (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system suffered through another 0-4 night on Tuesday, with the pitching yielding 33 opposing runs. A bright spot was 32-year-old Kevin McGovern, who gave up just one run in five innings in his Cardinals starting debut for Springfield.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 22nd.

Memphis 4 at Toledo 8

Angel Rondon retired just seven batters as Memphis (16-27) fell to Toledo at Fifth Third Field, 8-4.

Making his second start since his return from St. Louis, Rondon tossed two clean frames before a four-run third inning drove him from the game.  The righty yielded six hits and two walks in 2 1/3, striking out five.

His final run scored with fellow starter Tommy Parsons (L, 1-4) on the mound.  The offense knotted the game at 4-4 at the fifth’s midpoint but Parsons gave up four runs before recording six more outs.  Three of the four tallies were generated by home runs, which represented three of the five hits and two bases-on-balls permitted over 3 2/3 frames.  Grant Black issued three free passes along with one hit allowed during his two-inning stint.

Juan Yepez

The Redbirds mustered just four hits, including home runs by third baseman Juan Yepez (solo) followed by Lane Thomas’ two-run bomb that capped a three-run fifth.  Yepez worked a base-on-balls as the only Memphis player to reach base more than once.

Wednesday’s game: at Toledo (22-20) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 4.82)

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5

Springfield’s (15-27) faltering bullpen spoiled Kevin McGovern’s noteworthy first start as a Cardinal, resulting in a 5-4 road defeat to the Drillers.

In only his second appearance since being signed out of Indy ball, McGovern struck out six through the first five innings, yielding three hits without issuing a free pass.  The 32-year-old southpaw, our Player of the Day, plunked his initial batter the next frame, and departed in favor of Kyle Leahy, who was tasked with holding a slim 1-0 advantage.

Kevin McGovern

In his first in a relief appearance after eight starts, Leahy (BS, 1) did not rise to the occasion.  The right-hander surrendered an RBI double along with two walks before the sixth’s end with more yet to come.

Springfield’s offense ignited for a three-run seventh, with the big blow Nick Plummer’s bases-clearing single.  It drove in Ivan Herrera, Luken Baker and Brendan Donovan, who all reached on free passes.  Plummer went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored plus two RBI since Donovan scored due to a throwing error by the Drillers’ right fielder.

Alas, Leahy then sandwiched two walks of his own around one out and Jacob Bosiokovic was brought into the contest.  Bosiokovic (L, 2-3) (BS,1) walked his first three batters, forcing in two runs, before recording a sac fly, eventually getting out of the inning with the game tied at four all.

The 27-year-old Ohioan inserted a double between two eighth-inning outs before giving way to Evan Sisk.  But Sisk continued a pattern of relievers unable to strand inherited runners.  A wild pitch, RBI double and walk ensued before Sisk was able to record his first and only out.

The S-Cards outhit Tulsa, seven to six and matched the eight walks allowed by their pitchers but only one of their seven hits went for extra bases against four extra-base hits by the Drillers.  Leadoff man Delvin Perez singled twice in five at-bats but the next four batters went a combined 1-for-14.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (23-19) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Pike (0-1, 8.79)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 13

Chiefs’ pitchers allowed crooked number runs in four separate innings, leading to Peoria (17-26) being shellacked at Wisconsin, 13-1.

The pounding began with starter Jack Ralston (L, 1-4), who retired just four batters.  The righty was tagged for five runs on four hits and three walks, with three of the five scores generated by a long ball.

Cole Aker tossed three frames, permitting two hits and three walks, resulting in four tallies, and stranding two of three inherited runners.

Aker’s final runner touched home under Enmanuel Solano’s watch.  Solano allowed four runs of his own on six hits, including a two-run blast, against four outs recorded.  Jacob Schlesener fanned four over the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings, leaving Solano’s last base runner aboard.

Jacob Schlesener

Five Peoria players each accumulated one hit, two of them coming in the fifth.  Brady Whalen opened with a single and raced home on a double by Chandler Redmond.  Chiefs batters did not coax a free pass all evening.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (19-23) (MIL), 12:05 pm CT, Connor Lunn (2-2, 5.45)

Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 7

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez could not finish the third as Palm Beach (14-29) fell to Fort Myers at Roger Dean, 7-4.

Rodriguez (L, 0-2) was charged with five tallies on five hits and three free passes issued in 2 2/3 innings.  One of the five hits was a two-run long ball.

Francisco Justo walked his initial batter, jamming the sacks full, before escaping that mess.  But Justo gave up two runs on a hit and four walks during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.

The sole bright spot among Beach Bird hurlers was Dionys Rodriguez, who struck out six in three innings.  The 20-year-old right-hander has not permitted a run in seven relief appearances encompassing 12 1/3 frames.

Dionys Rodriguez

Jordan Walker and Jacob Buchberger each had two of the team’s six hits.  Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk and two-run home run that was one of his two runs scored and both of his RBI.  The bomb was the reigning league Player of the Week’s third in three games and sixth of 2021.

Batting right behind Walker, Buchberger singled twice in four at bats, crossing home once.  Todd Lott’s only hit in three at bats was a triple knocking in Buchberger and Walker although Palm Beach’s designated hitter did reach base another time via a free pass.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (26-17) (SD), 6:30 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.76)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 21, 2021

photo: Jhon Torres (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

Offense was plentiful in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday with the four squads generating 30 runs on 47 hits, resulting in three wins – for Springfield, Peoria and Palm Beach. Player of the Day Jhon Torres’ late-game heroics made the difference for the Chiefs.

Results from games played Sunday, June 20th.

Memphis 7 at Indianapolis 8 (11)

Faulty relief pitching and defense led to the Redbirds’ 8-7 road defeat to Indianapolis (23-18) (PIT).  Memphis (16-26) won only one of the six-game series, falling into the Southeast Division cellar, 12 ½ games behind Durham (TB).

Charged with holding a 6-2 lead with six outs to go, Austin Warner and Connor Jones (BS,3) combined to give up four tallies, sending the game into extras.  Warner was inconsistent, escaping a two on/one out inherited jam in the seventh only to serve up four straight one-out hits, including a two-run blast, the next frame.

Jones entered needing just one out to halt the Indians’ momentum with the lead shrunk to 6-5 but yielded an RBI single, walk and hit batsman before getting that out.  The 26-year-old faced the minimum in the ninth before handing the ball to Jesus Cruz, who worked around a free pass issued in his inning of work.

Memphis went back ahead 7-6 in the home half of the 11th after Justin Williams singled home Scott Hurst, who began the inning at second.  Tyler Webb (L, 0-1) (BS,2) made quick work of his first two batters but a base-on-balls and RBI single re-tied the contest at 7-7.  The runner at first advanced to third on the single, racing home after an attempted tag by Redbirds third baseman Rayder Ascanio when the baserunner realized no one was covering home, scoring the game winner.

Zack Thompson tossed the first three frames, blanking his opponents on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the top of the fourth.  It was the first scoreless effort for the southpaw in eight games.  But Thompson’s biggest contribution came at the plate, a bases-loaded triple with two gone putting his team up 3-0 after two innings.

Zack Thompson

Roel Ramirez pitched two frames, permitting a tally on a hit and two walks.  Returnee Brandon Dickson retired four batters, allowing a run on two hits and a free pass issued before Warner replaced him.

The offense had more walks (10) than hits (seven) with Hurst reaching base three times via free passes despite going hitless in three at bats.  The only Redbird with a multi-hit performance was catcher Tyler Heineman, who went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored out of the six hole.  Ascanio joined Hurst and Heineman in reaching base three times as well.  The 25-year-old singled once in two at bats, worked two free passes and touched home twice, batting eighth.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  at Toledo (21-20) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (1-3, 5.83)

Springfield 8 at Wichita 7

The S-Cards built an 8-1 lead then hung on to narrowly edge the Wind Surge, 8-7.  The victory gave Springfield (15-26) a split of the six-game series at first-place Wichita (23-19) (MIN) whom they trail by 7 ½ games in the North Division standings.

The visitors scored in five of the first six frames, banging out 15 hits in all, including seven for extra bases. The hit parade was led by third baseman Brendan Donovan, who went 4-for-5 including a double and two knocked in but was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Brendan Donovan

Four Springfield players garnered two hits each:  shortstop Delvin Perez, catcher Ivan Herrera, left fielder Nick Plummer and first baseman Luken Baker.  Perez smashed his first three-bagger, touching home twice in five at bats, while Herrera launched his fourth home run of 2021, one of his two hits in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI.  He also was hit by a pitch.

Plummer put up numbers in several offensive columns, going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.  Baker singled twice in five at bats, scoring once.

Center fielder Justin Toerner’s only hit in four at bats in his return to Springfield from Memphis was a two-run long ball, his second of the season.  Right fielder Alec Burleson also went yard with the bases empty, one of the two times he scored.  Both players worked a free pass.

The beneficiary of Memphis’ offensive largess was starter Domingo Robles (W, 2-2).  The lefty held Wichita to a solo blast that was one of three hits yielded through five frames but sandwiched two more bombs around a hit batsman without retiring a sixth-inning batter.

Robles departed the field at that point, replaced by Michael Brettell, who recorded five outs.  The 23-year-old tossed a clean sixth but served up two home runs totaling three runs in all before exiting.  Edgar Escobar retired all seven batters faced, striking out three, for his fourth save.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (22-19) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, TBA (Alvaro Seijas?, 1-2, 8.03)

Peoria 6, Beloit 3

Late-innings firepower by Jhon Torres was the tie breaker as the Chiefs downed the Snappers, 6-3 at Dozer Park on Sunday afternoon.  Sixth-place Peoria (17-25) dropped the series versus third-place Beloit (21-21) (MIA), two games to four, and trail first-place Quad Cities (KC) by 11 games in the West Division standings.

With the game knotted at three all, Torres opened the seventh with his second long ball of 2021 then added a run-scoring single to cap his team’s two-run eighth.  The left fielder went 3-for-5 leading off with a double, home run, two runs scored and two driven in.

Jhon Torres

Third baseman Malcom Nunez matched Torres’ three-hit effort, singling three times in five at bats in the two slot, and touching home once.  The only other Chief with more than one of the team’s 13 hits was first baseman Brady Whalen, whose three-run bomb put his squad up 3-0 after one.  Whalen went 2-for-4 with the aforementioned bomb and three RBI plus stole his first bag of the season.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson scattered six hits through five scoreless frames before running into difficulty.  The righty allowed a lead-off double and two-run home run, triggering Cory Thompson’s entry.  Thompson (W, 1-0) (BS, 1) surrendered a game-tying long ball, his only hit allowed versus three strikeouts in two innings.

Relievers Wilfredo Pereira and Paul Schwendel split pitching duties over the final two innings.  Pereira retired all three batters faced as did Schwendel, the latter striking out two for his first save in the Cardinals’ organization.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  at fifth-place Wisconsin (18-23) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Jack Ralston (1-3, 3.44)

Palm Beach 9 at Daytona 4

Four late tallies broke open a tight match as the Beach Birds flew past the host Tortugas, 8-4.  Fourth-place Palm Beach (14-28) split the six-game series at third-place Daytona (18-14) (CIN) and are nine games off the pace set by St. Lucie (NYM).

In the back-and-forth contest, Daytona broke on top with a three-run second inning, but Palm Beach responded immediately with four scores the very next frame.  The Tortugas tied the game after five only for their guests to go back up 5-4 in the home half of the sixth.  Following a quiet seventh the PB-Cards composed a four-run eighth, the big blow being Jordan Walker’s three-run home run – his only hit in four at bats.

Jordan Walker

The Beach Birds banged out 12 hits, paced by Matt Koperniak who went 3-for-5 with a double.  Masyn Winn and Carlos Soto posted nearly identical lines, both going 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.  Winn doubled once with two RBI while Soto drove in one.

The third Palm Beach player with a two-hit game was Jacob Buchberger who singled twice in five at bats, touching home once and knocking in one.  Donivan Williams reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a double, base-on-balls and two runs scored.

Levi Prater held his opponents scoreless in four of his six frames on the mound, picking up his first professional win in three decisions.  The southpaw fanned eight, yielding eight hits and a walk generating four runs.

Will Guay tossed seventh and eighth, permitting a hit and base-on-balls.  Recent signee Sean Kealey pitched a one-two-three ninth.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:   vs. Fort Myers (25-17) (SD), 6:30 pm ET, Gustavo J Rodriguez (0-1, 6.46)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 17, 2021

photo: Tommy Jew (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A positive in the 0-5 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system was first-year outfielder Tommy Jew’s five hits, including a home run, a walk and five RBI in Palm Beach’s pair of defeats.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 16th.

Memphis 1 at Indianapolis 6

Home runs proved fatal for the Redbirds as they dropped their second straight decision to Indianapolis at Victory Field, this time 6-1.  Sixth-place Memphis (15-23) trails Durham (TB) by 10 ½ games in the seven-team Southeast Division.

Five of the six tallies charged to Redbirds’ hurlers were generated by long balls.  Tommy Parsons (L, 1-3) yielded a solo blast to his first batter faced then retired 12 of his next 14 batters before serving up a three-run bomb in his fifth and final frame.  The righty permitted six hits in all and issued one free pass.

Three Memphis relievers tossed an inning apiece:  Roel Ramirez, Evan Kruczynski and Garrett Williams.  Only Ramirez was unscored upon, allowing one hit, while Kruczynski surrendered a solo shot plus a walk and Williams was tagged for an unearned run on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Juan Yepez, a walk, hit batsman and sacrifice double play.

Justin Williams

The only Redbird with more than one of the team’s six hits was right fielder Justin Williams, who went 2-for-4 in the second start of his rehab assignment.  Williams’ eighth-inning single drove in Scott Hurst, who singled to open the frame.  Left fielder Lars Nootbaar reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Defensively, the cons outweighed the pros.  Yepez committed two bobbles – one fielding and the other throwing – and shortstop Evan Mendoza was charged with a fielding error.

On the plus end of fielding, two Memphis outfielders were credited with an assist.  Center fielder Hurst threw out at runner at home, saving a sixth-inning score, and Williams’ assist came at second base.

Thursday’s game:  at Indianapolis (20-17) (PIT), 6:05 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 5.28)

Springfield 2 at Wichita 8

S-Cards’ pitchers gave up 13 hits while the offense managed just six, resulting in an 8-2 defeat to Wichita at Riverfront Stadium.  Fifth and last-place Springfield (12-25) has lost the first two of six games versus the first-place Wind Surge, whom they trail by 9 ½ games in the North Division standings.

Springfield was down from the very beginning as starter Kyle Leahy (L, 0-6) yielded four runs in the first two frames.  The righty allowed five tallies in all over 4 1/3 innings on nine hits and two walks.  One of the nine hits was a home run with the bases clean.

The run charged to Ramon Santos during his 2 2/3-inning stint was also a solo shot, one of two hits and two walks given up.  Edgar Escobar yielded two hits and a base-on-balls, resulting in two tallies, one earned.

Nick Plummer

Nick Plummer represented the only Redbird with a multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI. Luken Baker scored both of his team’s runs, one on a solo long ball and the second generated by his lead-off walk before being driven in by Plummer’s single.

Thursday’s game:   at Wichita (22-16) (MIN), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Pike (0-1, 11.42)

Peoria 5 vs. Beloit 9

Four late scores broke open a competitive game as the Chiefs fell to the Snappers, 9-5, evening the home series at a game each with four contests on tap.  Peoria (16-22) remains in sixth and last place in West Division, 8 ½ games behind Quad Cities (KC).

The Chiefs trailed 5-3 going into the top of the seventh at which time Beloit scored four runs off a pair of Peoria relievers, busting the game wide open.  Starter Jack Ralston lasted just four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits and two free passes issued.  The right-hander fanned eight and served up one solo gopher ball.

Newcomer Cory Thompson settled things down during his two innings on the mound, striking out four and allowing two hits.  Then the seventh arrived as Enmanuel Solano and Jacob Schlesener combined to give up four scores, one earned, on two hits, two walks (both Solano) and a run-scoring wild pitch (Schlesener).  The latter tossed a clean eighth.  Nathanael Heredia struck out the side in the ninth, working around a hit and base-on-balls.

Peoria outhit their opponents 12 to 9 but the game difference proved to be four unearned scores.  Ninth-place hitter Matt Chamberlain led the effort, going 3-for-4 with a solo long ball that was one of his two runs scored.

Matt Chamberlain

Right fielder Jhon Torres went yard as well, another solo bomb which gave Peoria a brief 1-0 lead after one.  Torres added a single to his home run in five at bats, touching home once and knocking in two.  Leandro Cedeno and Imeldo Diaz had two hits each in four at bats and Diaz scored once.

It was a poor night for Peoria on the field as they were charged with three errors.  Shortstop Francisco Hernandez and center fielder Tyler Reichenborn were both tagged with their third miscues and second baseman Diaz committed his first bobble of 2021.

Thursday’s game:  vs. third place (3-way tie) Beloit (18-20) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (2-1, 4.91)

Palm Beach 9 at Daytona 10 (10 innings) – Game 1  
Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 4 (7) – Game 2   
The Beach Birds were swept in a double-header on Wednesday, 10-9 in 10 and 4-3 in the seven-inning finale.  Palm Beach (11-26) remains firmly in fourth and last place in the East Division standings, nine in back of co-leaders Jupiter (MIA) and St. Lucie (NYM).

Twice Palm Beach had the opportunity to close out the opening game win, but the bullpen failed both times.  The opener completed the Tuesday, June 15th contest suspended in the visitor half of the fourth with Palm Beach trailing 3-2.  When play resumed on Wednesday, each team notched a four-run fifth. The 7-6 score held until the top of the ninth, when Palm Beach scored twice to go up 8-7.

A home run off Hector Soto (L, 0-1) (BS,1) in the bottom of the frame sent the game into extra innings.  Palm Beach recaptured the lead in the 10th, 9-8, but Soto again could not hold the lead, yielding another two tallies for the walk-off loss.

Levi Prater yielded three runs on three hits and four walks in his three-inning Tuesday start before rain halted the affair.  Right-hander Gianluca Dalatri took the mound when play resumed on Wednesday, allowing one hit in one inning in his scoreless pro debut a year after being signed as an undrafted minor league free agent.

Edwin Nunez was handed a 6-3 fifth-inning lead but surrendered four tallies on four hits and two walks, recording just one out.  He also hit a batter.  Edgar Manzo held Daytona in check over the next 3 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and walk while stranding three inherited runners.  Soto was tasked with closing the game out in the ninth but failed to do so.

Edgar Manzo

Home runs were plentiful for Palm Beach as three long balls generated six tallies.  Player of the Day Tommy Jew garnered five hits in the twin bill, going 4-for-5 with a solo bomb, run scored and three knocked in.  One of third baseman Jordan Walker’s two hits in four at bats was a two-run bomb, one of the two times he crossed home plate while Todd Lott’s only hit in five at bats was a three-run blast.

Matt Koperniak reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls and run scored.  The Beach Birds mustered 13 hits in all.

After an offensive explosion featuring a combined 19 runs on 25 hits in the opener, the finale garnered nine hits in all.  Masyn Winn had half of his squad’s four hits, singling twice in with a walk and RBI.  Jew added his fifth hit on the day, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two driven in.  Patrick Romeri reached base three times, working two free passes plus a hit in two at bats while scoring once.

Tommy Jew

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez did not finish the second, permitting three runs on three hits and two walks against just five outs recorded.  But the difference in the game was yielded by Will Guay in his third and final inning of work.  Guay struck out six in 3 1/3 frames, allowing the winning run on two hits and a base-on-balls while leaving Rodriguez’ last two runners aboard.  Dionys Rodriguez fanned all three batters faced.

Thursday’s game: at Daytona (17-21) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.53)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 16, 2021

photo: Leandro Cedeno (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 with a suspended game. Peoria thumped Beloit at home behind Leandro Cedeño’s four runs driven in. Memphis and Springfield pitching yielded 19 runs in their defeats.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 15th.

Memphis 1 at Indianapolis 6

Redbirds bats were held to just three hits as Memphis (15-22) fell to the Indians in the road series opener, 6-1.

The team’s sole tally occurred in the fifth after Evan Mendoza worked a two-out base-on-balls and raced home via Irving Lopez’ triple.  It was the first three-bagger for the third baseman.  Outfielder Lars Nootbaar went 1-for-3 with a walk but was picked off first in his initial game back from the Injured List.

Irving Lopez

Starter Zack Thompson (L, 0-5) fell one out shy of completing four frames, yielding four runs on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts.  All tallies scored against the lefty came with two outs.

Grant Black retired all four batters faced, fanning three and leaving Thompson’s last runner on base.  Brandon Waddell, a June 6th waiver claim from Baltimore, did not fare as well in his maiden organizational effort.  The southpaw was tagged for two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in two innings.  One of the two hits was a home run with the bases empty.  Jesus Cruz tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Indianapolis (19-17) (PIT), 6:05 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (1-2, 5.65)

Springfield 4 at Wichita 13

Springfield (12-24) hurlers were scored upon in six of eight frames, resulting in a bruising 13-4 defeat at the hands of Wichita at Riverfront Stadium.

Four of five S-Cards pitchers to see action on Tuesday gave up multiple scores, beginning with Domingo Robles.  Robles (L, 1-2) permitted a whopping 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, generating six runs.  Four of the six tallies came from three home run balls served up.

Michael Brettell recorded five outs, yielding three runs on three hits and a free pass issued but stranded an inherited runner.  Salvador Justo retired just two batters, walking two and surrendering a two-run bomb.

Patrick Dayton recorded the sixth’s last out, leaving a Justo runner onboard, but was tagged for two tallies on two hits, a base-on-balls and two hit batsmen the next frame.  Representing the only Springfield pitcher to put a zero in the runs allowed column, Jacob Patterson faced the minimum in the eighth after the damage was done.

Delvin Perez

The S-Cards’ offense mustered eight hits, led by shortstop Delvin Perez who went 3-for-5 with a solo shot leading off the sixth.  Luken Baker and Alec Burleson each had two hits. Baker launched his seventh rocket of 2021, this one with Burleson aboard to cap the sixth, and worked a base-on-balls.  Centerfielder Nick Plummer reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a walk, but committed a throwing error.

Wednesday’s game:   at Wichita (21-16) (MIN), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (0-5, 11.20)

Peoria 6, Beloit 4

The Chiefs (16-21) never trailed in their 6-4 victory over Beloit at Dozer Park in the first of their six-game set.

Player of the Day Leandro Cedeno accounted for five of his team’s six scores, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and four RBI.  The only other Chief with more than one of the team’s nine hits was first baseman Brady Whalen.  Whalen singled twice in four at bats, touching home two times.  Designated hitter Zade Richardson blasted his fifth long ball of the season, a solo shot capping Peoria’s scoring.

Leandro Cedeño

Defensively, the pluses and minuses balanced each other out.  Both right fielder Cedeno and left fielder Chandler Redmond were credited with outfield assists at second base but catcher Pedro Pages and shortstop Moises Castillo were both charged with a miscue.

Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (W, 2-1) tossed five solid frames, permitting two runs on five hits and two bases-on-balls.  The righty struck out eight.

Three Peoria relievers took the mound over the final four innings.  Leonardo Taveras tossed two clean frames, issuing three free passes and giving up two hits.  But Cole Aker allowed two hits and a walk, resulting in two tallies.  Freddy Pacheco struck out all three batters faced for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Beloit (17-20) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Ralston (2-2, 1.95)

Palm Beach at Daytona – suspended

The first of six road contests between Palm Beach (11-25) and Daytona was suspended with one gone in the visitor half of the fourth, a runner at first and the Beach Birds trailing the Tortugas, 3-2.  The game is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, June 16th along with the regularly scheduled contest.

Wednesday’s games: at Daytona (15-21) (CIN).  Game 1 – 7:05 pm ET, Gustavo J Rodriguez (0-1, 5.27/TBA)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 14, 2021

photo: Masyn Winn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

St. Louis’ minors translated walks into wins on the 3-1 Sunday with free passes key in both Memphis’ and Palm Beach’s victories. Springfield won behind starter Dalton Roach’s strong effort and Player of the Day Masyn Winn’s big slam and seven RBI led Palm Beach. Peoria took one in the loss column.

Results from games played Sunday, June 13th.

Memphis 7, Gwinnett 6 (10)

Ali Sanchez’ bases-loaded single provided the margin of victory in the Redbirds’ 7-6 walk off triumph over the Stripers (18-18) at AutoZone Park.  After dropping the initial three games, Memphis (15-21) stormed back to win the last three contests, claiming a series split.

Sanchez’ hit, his third in five at bats, drove in Conner Capel who began the frame at second.  Back-to-back walks to John Nogowski (intentional) and Juan Yepez loaded the bases for Sanchez’ two-out at bat and the catcher came through.

Ali Sanchez

The home team matched their guests’ 11 hits, as Justin Toerner was the only Redbird other than Sanchez with more than one hit.  The left fielder singled twice in three at bats, driving in one.  Capel scored three runs despite going hitless in three at bats, working two walks.

Gwinnett got on the scoreboard first, scoring three times in the first two frames off Bernardo Flores, Jr.  Flores allowed four tallies over five innings, yielding eight hits, including a two-run home run and two walks.

After trading single scores each through the sixth’s midpoint, Memphis knotted the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the frame.  The first four Redbirds reached base, with the big blow coming off Nogowski’s bat via a single scoring Rayder Ascanio (single) and Kramer Robertson (single).  Justin Williams grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that brought Capel (walk) across home plate, tying the game up.

Garrett Williams was the pitcher of record at this point, with the lefty retiring five batters and holding the opposition scoreless despite permitting two hits and four walks.  Austin Warner bailed Williams out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, recording the first of his four outs while walking one.

The Redbirds gained their first lead in the eighth without generating a hit after consecutive walks to Capel and Nogowski plus two wild pitches to break the tie.  Evan Mendoza’s sac fly drove in Nogowski, putting Memphis up 6-4 with three outs to go.

Tasked with nailing down the save, Tyler Webb (BS, 1) instead served up a two-run two-out bomb to send the game into extras.  The Virginia native gave up that hit plus a base-on-balls with three strikeouts.  Connor Jones tossed a one-two-three 10th for his third win in five decisions.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  at Indianapolis (18-17) (PIT), 6:05 pm CT, Zack Thompson (0-4, 9.51)

Springfield 6, Arkansas 4

Roach clipped Herb at Hammons Field on Sunday.

Besting Arkansas starter Tyler Herb, Dalton Roach tossed six strong frames as the S-Cards downed the Travelers, 6-4.  The win gave Springfield (12-23) a four-games-to-two edge over Arkansas (16-19). It is the Cardinals’ first series win of 2021 in their sixth try.

Dalton Roach

The only damage against Roach (W, 2-3) was a two-run second-inning blast, one of three hits and three bases-on-balls yielded by the right-hander.  Roach struck out four.

Evan Sisk surrendered a solo shot in his inning on the bump before Jacob Bosiokovic was dinged for a long ball with the bases clean in the first of his two-inning appearance.  Bosiokovic fanned four.

Three Springfield players each had two of the team’s 11 hits:  Delvin Perez, Luken Baker and Aaron Antonini.  Perez added a walk to his two hits in four at bats while both Baker and Antonini went yard with a runner aboard.  Baker’s blow knotted the game at two all after five and Antonini’s bomb was part of the three-run sixth putting the S-Cards up for good.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  at Wichita (20-16) (MIN), 7:05 pm CT, Domingo Robles (1-1, 2.83)

Peoria 4 vs. Quad Cities 8

The Chiefs could not dig out of a 7-0 hole, falling to the River Bandits at home, 8-4.  Peoria (15-21) claimed three of the series’ six contests versus Quad Cities (22-13).

Starter Michael YaSenka recorded just four outs, mostly due to serving up a three-run blast in the second.  The righty got the hook after issuing a subsequent free pass to his next batter, one of three free passes issued that frame.

Wilfredo Pereira left YaSenka’s last runner aboard but was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits against six batters retired.  His last run scored under his successor’s watch.

Making his organizational debut, Cory Thompson allowed back-to-back RBI doubles scoring Pereira’s runner plus one of his own.  The 26-year-old righty, a recent acquisition from Indy ball, settled down for a clean fifth.

Four more Chiefs’ relievers took the mound over the game’s balance.  Nathanael Heredia issued more free passes (three) than outs recorded (two) but Fabian Blanco came to his rescue.  Blanco retired all four batters faced, striking out three, to strand three inherited runners.

Freddy Pacheco faced the minimum in the eighth but Jacob Schlesener was not as effective. Schlesener gave up a hit, walk and threw two wild pitches, resulting in Quad Cities’ final score.

Peoria mustered just four hits in all, two by Leandro Cedeno.  The right fielder went 2-for-4 with a three-run bomb that ended the River Bandits’ shutout bid in the sixth.

Leandro Cedeño

Batting just ahead of Cedeno Brady Whalen reached base three times.  The first baseman singled once in three at bats with two walks, a run scored and one knocked in.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:  vs Beloit (17-19) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (1-2, 4.28)

Palm Beach 10 at St. Lucie 3

Masyn Winn’s second grand slam of the week propelled the visiting Beach Birds past the Mets, 10-3.  Just two weeks after winning only one of six games against the division leaders, Palm Beach (11-25) split this six-game set versus St. Lucie (20-16).

On Thursday, Winn launched both his first career home run and grand slam in his team’s 14-8 victory at Clover Park.  On Sunday, the shortstop strode to the plate in the second with the sacks jammed and two runs already across (due to five consecutive free passes issued by St. Lucie’s starter) and did it again.  The long ball was one of Winn’s two hits in five at bats along with a double, walk, run scored and seven RBI.

Masyn Winn

Five Palm Beach players had one hit each, including Jordan Walker who again acted as the designated hitter in his second day of action since coming off the Injury List.  Walker worked one of the Beach Birds’ 11 walks, touching home once.  Center fielder Tommy Jew scored three times, going 1-for-4 with a walk while reaching once via a force that erased a base runner who got on base via another free pass issued.

Making his third straight start after five relief appearances, Jose Moreno issued five free passes of his own during his four-inning stint.  Both runs charged to him crossed home in the fourth on bases-loaded walks.  The right-hander fanned four and yielded a fourth-inning double.

Luis Ortiz (W, 1-2) struck out six in three frames, allowing a run on three hits but zero bases-on-balls. Dionys Rodriguez K’d three over the final two innings, giving up a hit and two walks.

Monday’s game:  There are no scheduled MiLB games on Mondays this season
Tuesday’s game:   at Daytona (14-21) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Levi Prater (0-2, 2.20)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 11, 2021

Photo: Masyn Winn (Ryan Dowd/Palm Beach Cardinals)

St Louis’ minors went 2-2 on Thursday.  Palm Beach rode to victory behind a career night by Masyn Winn while Peoria edged out a win as well.  Both Memphis’ and Springfield’s bats were quiet, resulting in a loss for each team.

Results from games played Thursday, June 10th

Memphis 0 vs Gwinnett 11
Ineffective pitching and silent bats were a losing combination as the Redbirds fell to the Stripers at AutoZone Park, 11-0.  Currently, Memphis (12-21) has a five-game losing streak, including the first three of this six-game set, and has scored just one run in their last 22 innings.

The offense had just two hits, singles by center fielder Matt Szczur and pinch hitter Dennis Ortega, and two walks.

Dennis Ortega

Three of four Memphis hurlers taking the mound Thursday evening were scored upon, beginning with Tommy Parsons.  Parsons was charged with four runs on nine hits, including two long balls accounting for three runs, in five plus innings.

Grant Black topped Parson’s performance, yielding five tallies on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 frames.  One of his four hits was a three-run bomb.

Both runs given up by Tyler Webb in his return to Memphis from St Louis were generated by one home run.  That bomb was one of three hits permitted against four batters retired.

Jesus Cruz was the lone bright spot on the bump, tossing a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs Gwinnett (17-15)(ATL),  7:10 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 4.63)

Springfield 1 vs Arkansas 4
Springfield managed just one hit, dropping a 4-1 decision to Arkansas at Hammonds Field.  The S-Cards (10-22) have won two of the first three games in the six-game series and remain in fifth and last place in the North Division standings, nine games behind Tulsa (LAD).

The home team’s entire offense consisted of David Vinsky who reached base three times.  The left fielder’s sixth-inning single broke up the Travelers’ no-hit bid while he scored the only run, unearned, via the second of his two base-on-balls.  Vinsky was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

David Vinsky

Kyle Leahy absorbed his fifth loss against no wins, permitting two runs on five hits and three free passes issued over 5 2/3 innings.  Michael Brettell recorded the sixth’s last out, leaving two inherited runners aboard, but surrendered a solo long ball, one of two hits and two walks given up in the next frame.  Four of the six outs recorded by Jacob Bosiokovic were strikeouts, but the only hit allowed by the 27-year-old was a solo shot.

Friday’s game:   vs fourth-place Arkansas (15-17)(SEA),  7:05 pm CT, Tyler Pike (0-1, 24.55)

Peoria 4 vs Quad Cities 3
The Chiefs’ late surge provided the edge needed to slip by the River Bandits, 4-3, for a two-games-to-one series’ lead.  Sixth-place Peoria (14-19) trails first-place Quad Cities by 6 ½ games in the six-team West Division standings.

Down 2-1 after six, the home team transformed three hits, a fielder’s choice and an RBI ground out into a 4-2 lead then held on for the win.  The only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits was shortstop Francisco Hernandez who singled twice in four at bats, crossing home plate once.

Right fielder Jhon Torres accounted for two tallies, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.  Malcom Nunez, Pedro Pages and Tyler Reichenborn each drove in one while Cristhian Longa and Matt Chamberlain both scored a run.

Starter Jack Ralston struck out eight over 5 2/3 frames, yielding two runs on three hits and three walks.  Nathanael Heredia picked up the win, his first in three decisions, working around three hits and a free pass issued over 1 1/3 innings and stranding two inherited runners.

Jack Ralston

Jacob Schlesener was dinged for a tally on two hits in his inning on the bump.  Wilfredo Pereira made things interesting in the ninth but maneuvered around two hits for his first save.

Friday’s game:  vs Quad Cites (20-12)(KC),  6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (1-1, 5.88)

Palm Beach 14 at St Lucie 8
A nine-run first inning propelled the Beach Birds over the Mets, 14-8, halting a five-game losing skid.  Palm Beach (9-24) remains in fourth place in the four-team East Division, 10 games behind St Lucie.

Home runs were a crucial component in the victory with eight of the team’s 14 runs generated by three bombs.  The offensive spearhead was lead-off batter Masyn Winn whose first blast of 2021 was a grand slam capping the first-inning scoring, a frame in which the Mets’ starter did not record an out.  Player of the Day Winn reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with two base-on-balls, the aforementioned home run, three runs scored and four RBI’s.

Masyn Winn

Matt Koperniak also garnered a three-hit performance in four at bats, launching a solo shot which comprised one of his two runs scored and three driven in.  The center fielder also worked a base-on-balls.

Three Palm Beach players had one hit apiece, including first baseman Todd Lott, whose three-run bomb was part of his team’s five-run fifth and his only hit in three at bats.  Lott was issued two free passes, touched home twice and knocked in four.

The pitching side did not click nearly as well as did the bats.  Starter Gustavo J Rodriguez lasted just two plus innings, yielding five tallies on eight hits and no walks.

Right-hander Edgar Manzo (W, 1-1) tossed another impressive effort, retiring nine of 10 batters faced.  The sole St Lucie player to reach against the 20-year-old was on a base-on-balls but the Mexico native did allow both inherited runners to score on two sac flies.

Dionys Rodriguez navigated around a hit and two free passes issued for a clean sixth, but Luis Tena ran into trouble the next frame.  The righty allowed two hits and a walk, resulting in three tallies, two earned.  Francisco Justo worked 2 1/3 frames of scoreless ball, striking out four and walking three while leaving Tena’s last runner on base.

Friday’s game: at first-place St Lucie (19-14) (NYM), 6:10 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.47)


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