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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 22, 2021

Photo: Alec Burleson (Springfield Cardinals)

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

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Alec Burleson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hancel Rincon

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

Wednesday’s game:    Off

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

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

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

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

Francis Reynoso

Wednesday’s game:    Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 21, 2021

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

Results from the games played Monday, September 20, 2021

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

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

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Yankees1 9

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

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

Jose Cordoba

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Arias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samil De La Rosa

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

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers1 (28-22), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 20, 2021

Photo: Kramer Robertson (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

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

Results from games played Sunday, September 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kramer Robertson

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

Monday’s game:  Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malcom Nuñez

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

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

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

Jack Ralston

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

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

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

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

Defensively, shortstop Francisco Hernandez committed a fielding error.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mack Chambers

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

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

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

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

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

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (24-23) vs DSL Brewers1 (27-22), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 17, 2021

Photo: Nick Dunn (Springfield Cardinals)

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

Results from the games played Thursday, September 16th

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

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

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

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

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

Connor Thomas

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

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

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

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

Nick Dunn

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

Chandler Redmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colin Schmid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus Orecchia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Gomez

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Ramos

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

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

Friday’s game:  vs DSL Phillies White (27-17), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 15, 2021

Photo: Connor Lunn (Peoria Chiefs)

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

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 14th

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

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

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

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

Austin Dean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iván Herrera

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

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

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

Connor Lunn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Romeri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jose Davila

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luis Mario Piño

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maycol Justo

Wednesday’s game:  off

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

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

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

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

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

Lizandro Espinoza

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 14, 2021

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

Results from games played Monday, September 13th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FCL Cardinals – off

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

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 1 (7)

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

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

Benjamin Arias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felix Taveras

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

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

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

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

Wilmer Ortega

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 13, 2021

Photo: Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

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

Results from games played Sunday, September 12th

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

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

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

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

Brendan Donovan

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

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

Monday’s game:  Off

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

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

Leandro Cedeño

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

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

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

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

Monday’s game:  Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jordan Walker

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

Monday’s game:  Off

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

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

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

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

LJ Jones IV

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

Monday’s game:  Off

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

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 10, 2021

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

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

Results from the games played Thursday, September 9th.

Memphis 0 at Nashville 5

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

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

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

Juan Yepez

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

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

Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 4

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

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

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

Chandler Redmond

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

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

Peoria 8 at Quad Cities 5 (11 innings)

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

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

Thomas Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Holgate

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Romeri

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

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

FCL Cardinals 5 at FCL Astros 11

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

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

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

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

Jake Burns

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

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

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

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 vs. DSL Rockies 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fernando Diaz

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

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

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

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

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

Yonael Dominguez

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romtres Cabrera

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

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 8, 2021

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

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 7th.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 9

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Plummer

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

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

Springfield 5 vs. Arkansas 4 (10 innings)

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

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

Malcom Nuñez

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

Julio Rodriguez

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 4

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

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

Jordan Walker

Aaron Antonini

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

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

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

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

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 6

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

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

Patrick Romeri

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

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

FCL Cardinals – off

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maycol Justo

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

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

Wednesday’s game: off

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

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

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

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

Felix Taveras

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

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

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

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

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

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 7, 2021

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

Results from games played Monday, September 6th.

Memphis – off

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

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

Springfield – off

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

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

Peoria – off

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

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

Palm Beach – off

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

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

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Nationals 11

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

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

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

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

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

Luis Montaño

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

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

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Mets1 5

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

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

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

Benjamin Arias

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

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

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

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

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Cubs Red 7

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

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

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

Felix Taveras

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

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

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 6, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Sunday. TCN Player of the Day, Palm Beach center fielder Patrick Romeri, had four hits, including two home runs and four RBI. Osvaldo Tovalin and Dionys Rodriguez joined him to lead the Beach Birds to a 10-inning win. Peoria’s Masyn Winn made his mound debut.

Results from games played Sunday, September 5th.

Memphis 4 at Gwinnett 3

Memphis (51-57) won the Long Ball Battle at Gwinnett (61-47) (ATL), with the 4-3 victory earning the visitors a series split.

The four Redbirds’ tallies were generated by three home runs.  Conner Capel was the first of three Memphis players going yard, with the center fielder’s solo shot giving his team a short-lived 1-0 lead midway through two.  Capel went 2-for-3, touching home twice and was the only Redbird with a multi-hit performance.

Conner Capel

Capel singled to open the fifth with Memphis trailing 2-1 but shortstop Evan Mendoza changed that negative equation into a positive with a bomb to right center.  The home run was Mendoza’s first of the season and only hit in three at bats.

Kramer Robertson provided what proved to be the insurance score.  The Redbirds’ third baseman unloaded over the center field wall to kick off the sixth, putting his team up 4-2.  Robertson went 1-for-4 from the two slot.  A single by Nolan Gorman provided the team’s fifth and final hit.

Starter T.J. Zeuch tossed a quality effort, holding the Stripers to three runs on seven hits, including two solo bombs.  The righty issued two free passes, striking out five, for his first win as a Redbird.

Tommy Parsons pitched the seventh, walking one with a K before Jesus Cruz took over for the eighth and ninth.  Cruz (S, 3) retired all six batters faced.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 9

Starter Michael Brettell did not finish the second as the S-Cards were handled by the Drillers, 9-4.  Springfield (40-68) settled for a split of their six-game set at Tulsa (58-50) (LAD).

Brettell (L, 1-5) recorded five outs, yielding five runs on five hits and three free passes issued.  Kyle Leahy stranded two inherited runs but gave up four tallies on four hits and two walks, including a home run with the bases empty in 4 1/3 innings.

Edgar Escobar and Kevin Marnon both tossed a one-two-three frames with one and two strikeouts, respectively.

Lead-off batter Justin Toerner provided much of his team’s offense, smashing his sixth and seventh Double-A long balls of 2021.  One of the center fielder’s home runs occurred with Julio Rodriguez (single) and Moises Castillo (plunked) aboard, giving Toerner four RBI to go with two runs scored in a 3-for-4 performance.

Justin Toerner

Right fielder Leandro Cedeno has two more of Springfield’s seven hits, singling twice in four at bats, batting sixth.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 at West Michigan 4

The Chiefs (40-68) were topped by the Whitecaps on Sunday, 4-2, leaving the visitors with only one win in six tries at West Michigan (53-55) (DET).

Starter Logan Gragg (L, 2-6) lasted just three frames, allowing three tallies on four hits and a base-on-balls.

Shortstop Masyn Winn pitched the fourth and in his first official mound appearance, looked really good out there by all accounts.  The righty retired all three batters faced, fanning one, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes.

Masyn Winn

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson recorded six outs, serving up a solo bomb accounting for one of his two hits allowed.  Diego Cordero and Leonardo Taveras both tossed a clean frame, Taveras walking one.

Peoria matched West Michigan’s six hits but half of the Chiefs’ hits belonged to Jhon Torres.  The right fielder went 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI.  Third baseman Jordan Walker singled once in four at bats, touched home one time with three strikeouts.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 10 at Dunedin 9 (10 innings)

Patrick Romeri’s big offensive day led the Beach Birds past the Blue Jays, 10-9 in 10 innings.  Palm Beach (33-72) won two of their six-game set at Dunedin (50-58) (TOR).

Romeri, our Player of the Day, went yard twice, going 4-for-5 with a two-run bomb and solo shot accounting for two runs scored and three of his four RBI.  A third key hit by the center fielder was his 10th-inning double, driving in Osvaldo Tovalin. The latter had singled home Mack Chambers who began the frame at second.

Patrick Romeri

Elijah Cabell also launched two long balls, with one of his home runs generated with a runner aboard.  The left fielder went 2-for-5, touched home twice and knocked in three.

Tovalin accounted for four scores, going 3-for-5 with a double, crossing home two times and drove in two.  Shortstop Mack Chambers scored all three times he reached base after working three free passes and swiping his first bag.  Palm Beach had 12 hits in all.

Although four Beach Birds pitchers gave up nine tallies on nine hits, it should be noted that five of the nine runs were unearned due to defensive lapses.  Catcher Wade Stauss committed his first pro bobble whereas second baseman Franklin Soto was charged with his 29th of the season – both throwing.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez had a noteworthy day on the mound.  The 21-year-old carried a no-hitter into the sixth, with the only batters reaching against him to that point coming on a base-on-balls and hit-by-pitch.

Dionys Rodriguez

Rodriguez surrendered a solo shot with one away followed by his final free pass issued, taking a one-hitter into the seventh.  The righty was removed, however, after serving up a lead-off home run and double to his first two batters, exiting with eight K’s and a 7-2 lead.

But a combination of a faulty bullpen and defense allowed five runs in the last two frames of regulation for a 7-7 tie after nine.  Roy Garcia retired four batters, permitting four runs, one earned, on a hit and two walks while leaving Rodriguez’ final runner on.

Two of Garcia’s four tallies scored with Inohan Paniagua on the bump.  Paniagua (W, 3-1) (BS,1) was charged with two scores, one earned, on four hits, three walks – one intentional – and a balk in 1 2/3 innings.   Andre Granillo was tagged with an RBI single in the 10th, the tally unearned, but held on for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  Off

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Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (22-22) at FCL Nationals (22-25), 10:00 pm ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

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Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (12-26) vs. DSL Mets1 (17-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off

Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 3, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system was 5-4 on Thursday, led by Memphis’ road twin bill sweep. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Juan Yepez was a factor in both wins and teammate Nolan Gorman had four hits in Game 1.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 2nd.

Memphis 9 at Gwinnett 6 (7 innings) – Game 1
Memphis 3 at Gwinnett 2 (7 innings) – Game 2

Memphis (50-55) swept a pair at second-place Gwinnett, with the wins coming in a totally different fashion.  The 9-6 opening victory was a high-octane affair while the nightcap featured lots of zeros culminating in a 3-2 win.   The visitors lead the series, two games to one, with three yet to play.

The Redbirds claimed Game 1 behind the big bats of their two through five hitters who went a combined 10-for-24, touched home five times and drove in six.  Nolan Gorman spearheaded the charge, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.

Nolan Gorman

Batting behind Gorman in the three slot was Juan Yepez. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month for August went 3-for-4 with a walk, double, crossing home plate twice and knocking in three.  Clean-up hitter Conner Capel singled three times in five at bats, scored one, drove in two and swiped a base.

Nick Plummer contributed despite going hitless in three at bats.  The center fielder scored all three times he reached base after working two free passes and getting hit by a pitch.  Dennis Ortega’s only hit in three at bats was a two-run double although the catcher did reach base another time via a free pass.

It took five Memphis pitchers to navigate seven frames.  Starter Zack Thompson lasted just 2 2/3 innings, permitting four scores on three hits and five walks, including a two-run home run.  The prospect lefty fanned five.

The next three hurlers all stranded several of their predecessor’s base runners.  Seth Elledge (W, 2-1) left Thompson’s last two runners aboard, recording six outs despite being wild, giving up a hit plus two walks with two hit batsmen.

Jesus Cruz and Evan Kruczynski each left three inherited base runners on with two batters retired.  Cruz yielded a tally on a hit and three free passes issued before Kruczynski struck out both batters faced.  Connor Jones was touched for a run on three hits in his inning of work.

Defensively, the visitors committed four errors, all due to errant throws.  Yepez was charged with his ninth and 10th miscues while both Thompson and Ortega were unsuccessful in attempted pick offs.

Both squads scored early in the finale before the pitching settled into a duel.  The visitors struck with a two-run first. Both scores were generated by Yepez’ 20th home run since joining the Redbirds.  It came with Kramer Robertson (single) aboard and when combined with his Game 1 output, earns the first baseman our Player of the Day nod.  (Another prime candidate for POD, Nolan Gorman, got the finale off.)

Juan Yepez

The Stripers answered right back with a two-run long ball of their own off spot starter Austin Warner.  The southpaw fanned five in four frames, yielding three hits and a base-on-balls.

Jacob Bosiokovic’s first taste of Triple-A action was a sweet one.  The righty worked two shutout innings, giving up a hit and walk for his first Triple-A victory.  Tommy Parsons retired the side in order, notching his first save since short-season ball in 2018.

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The contest flowed along as each set of hurlers put up donut holes until the sixth.  Center fielder Scott Hurst launched a ball over the right field wall, putting Memphis ahead 3-2.  The bomb was Hurst’s only hit in three at bats and one of just six for the Redbirds.

Kramer Robertson collected two of those hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  The six hits were disbursed among Memphis’ one through five batters.

Friday’s game:  at Gwinnett (59-46) (ATL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-5, 7.41)

Springfield 10 at Tulsa 1

The S-Cards’ late offensive explosion resulted in a 10-1 victory at third-place Tulsa.  Springfield (39-66) holds a two-games-to-one series advantage with three contests on tap.

Springfield clung to a slim 2-0 advantage through six, thanks to single tallies in the first two frames, but broke the game open with eight runs over the last three innings.  The visitors matched their 10 hits to their run production.

The offense was carried by five bombs accounting for eight of the 10 runs.  Matt Koperniak got the scoring started in the first, blasting his initial Double-A home run.  The right fielder ended up with a line of 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

Next up on the launching pad was Malcom Nunez who went 2-for-5 with a double, touched home twice, drove in one and swiped a base.  His solo shot comprised half of Springfield’s seventh-inning results.

Leandro Cedeno propelled his first Double-A long ball over the left-center wall, scoring Chandler Redmond who drew a free pass to open the eighth.  The first baseman added a single to his bomb in five at bats.  Irving Lopez went yard two batters later and Springfield went up 7-2.

But the biggest blast came last.  Catcher Ivan Herrera homered with Delvin Perez (single) and Koperniak (walk) aboard, as his ninth-inning bomb capped a big night for S-Cards’ bats.

The good news at the plate was matched by good news on the mound.  Making his second rehab start overall and first for Springfield, Dakota Hudson struck out three in 2 2/3 innings, reaching his pitch count cap at that point.  The righty yielded two hits and a walk, throwing 25 of his 43 pitches for strikes, finishing with a swinging K and 6-3 ground out.

Domingo Robles

Domingo Robles (W, 3-9) took his regular turn in the rotation after Hudson and held the Drillers in check until the ninth.  The lefty permitted a lone run on four hits in 6 1/3 frames.

Friday’s game:  at Tulsa (56-49) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Dalton Roach (6-9, 5.70)

Peoria 5 at West Michigan 6 (10 innings)

The Chiefs failed to close out two late leads, falling to the Whitecaps, 6-5, in 10 innings on the road.  Peoria (39-66) has yet to put one in the win column in three tries with three games remaining.

The visitors trailed 3-2 going into the ninth but were handed two runs on walks and a fielding error.  Reliever Paul Schwendel melted down in his second inning of work, allowing the tying run to score on a lead-off double, fly out, hit batsman and run-scoring balk.

Springfield gained their last lead with a 10th-inning score but Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (L, 5-5) (BS,2) allowed singles to his first two batters, with both hits scoring a runner and handing Peoria a walk-off loss.

Trogrlic-Iverson was the last of six Chiefs’ pitchers to see action.  Connor Lunn went the initial five frames, striking out eight and permitting two runs on five hits, with both scores coming off one home run.

Diego Cordero pitched a clean sixth but Jacob Schlesener was tagged for a run on three hits the next inning, breaking a 2-2 tie.  Leonardo Taveras walked two and retired one, with both runners stranded by Schwendel who recorded five outs.

Jacob Buchberger

Jacob Buchberger and Todd Lott singled twice in five at bats, with Buchberger touching home once with an RBI and stolen base.  The only one of eight team hits to go for extra bases was a double by Tyler Reichenborn.  It was the center fielder’s only hit in four at bats to go with a run scored.

Friday’s game:  at West Michigan (51-54) (DET), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (22-8, 3.68)

Palm Beach 1 at Dunedin 4 (7 innings) – Game 1
Palm Beach 1 at Dunedin 7 (7 innings) – Game 2

While Memphis was the sweeper in their twin bill, the Beach Birds were the ‘sweepee’, dropping both ends of a double-header at Dunedin, 4-1 and 7-1.  The two losses put Palm Beach a whopping 40 games under .500 at 31-71, including all three of the series’ first three contests.

The difference in Game 1’s 4-1 defeat was defense, as three of the four runs given up by Beach Birds pitchers were unearned.  Michael McGreevy pitched the first, allowing a run on two hits, which tied the contest at 1-1.

John Beller (L, 0-6) struck out six in five innings, with all three unearned tallies charged to him occurring in his first inning on the bump.  The lefty issued three free passes in all along with three hits.

Palm Beach outhit their hosts by a slim 6-5 margin.  Mike Antico and Elijah Cabell had two hits each but unfortunately were nowhere near each other in the batting order.  Antico’s two hits in four at bats came at the top of the order, with the center fielder scoring his team’s sole tally and stealing his fifth base.  Cabell singled twice in three at bats, batting sixth.

Mike Antico

Third baseman Osvaldo Tovalin committed a fielding error, his fourth.

Although starter Levi Prater (L, 1-7) took the Game 2 loss, the contest was put out of reach by a five-run fifth off reliever Luis Ortiz.  Ortiz allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits, two plunked batters and a wild pitch.

Prater was charged with two runs during his 2 2/3-inning stint, permitting two hits, four walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches.  Inohan Paniagua bridged the span between Prater and Ortiz, retiring all four batters faced.

Roy Garcia pitched a scoreless sixth, yielding a hit with two strikeouts.

Designated hitter Wade Stauss accounted for the PB-Cards’ only run.  An undrafted free agent signee out of Southeast Missouri State, the catcher went yard for the first time as a professional in the third.  The home run was one of two hits in three at bats for Stauss who was responsible for two of his team’s five hits.

Wade Stauss

Defensively, it was more down than up for Palm Beach again.  Center fielder Mike Antico was charged with his first error (throwing) and shortstop Darlyn Del Villar committed his sixth miscue (also throwing).  Antico was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Friday’s game:  at Dunedin (49-56) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jose Moreno (1-5, 6.42)

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Mets 0 (8 innings)

Five Florida Birds hurlers combined on a three-hit shutout as the FCL Cardinals (21-21) edged the FCL Mets (24-19), 1-0, in eight frames.

Nine pitchers, including five Cardinals, took part in the tight pitching duel in which the winning tally scored in the last, extra inning.  Jose Davila was perfect through his four innings of work, 12 up and 12 down.  The 18-year-old struck out three with seven ground- to two fly-ball outs.

Jose Davila

Springfield rehabber Johan Quezada continued the perfecto, fanning all three batters faced.  Ben Baird pitched himself into and back out of a sixth-inning jam, the biggest threat mounted by the Mets all day.  The righty loaded the bases with his first three batters reaching via a double, single and walk then coaxed a fly out to center and inning-ending 5-3 double play.

Lefty Alex Cornwell (W, 1-0) faced his own tight situation the next inning.  The USC product retired his initial two batters before loading the bases on a hit-by-pitch, single and base-on-balls.  Cornwell escaped damage when the Mets’ number eight batter flied out to Joshua Baez in center.

Cornwell was the pitcher of record when his teammates scored the game’s only run the next inning, gaining the 22-year-old his first pro victory.  Second baseman Ramon Mendoza began the eighth on second in the scheduled seven-inning game.  Baez was issued an intentional free pass with one away but the walk worked by shortstop Jeremy Rivas was not intentional and filled the bases.

Rivas had garnered one of five hits generated by the Florida Birds as had first baseman Brady Whalen.  Whalen, who is working his way back to form after a month on Peoria’s Injured List, lifted one deep enough to left for Mendoza to race home, gaining a 1-0 lead.

Southpaw Alfredo Ruiz, St. Louis’ sixth-round selection in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, was entrusted with the slim advantage and he came through.  Ruiz sent the side down in order, striking out one, for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros (23-21), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Angels 9

The DSL Cardinals Blue (12-24) were downed by the DSL Angels, absorbing a 9-4 road defeat. Since opening the season 10-8, the reeling Blue have lost 16 of their last 18.

The game was tied 2-2 at the fifth’s midpoint as Victor Herrera took over for starter Henry Gomez.  Both scores charged to Gomez were unearned due to first-inning fielding bobble by right fielder Jose Suarez. The righty yielded six hits and a walk.

Herrera (L, 1-5) was tagged for four runs on four hits and a base-on-balls with three outs recorded.  Three more right-handers pitched one inning each:  Uriel Curvelo, Alejandro Cervantes and Esteban Contreras.  Cervantes’s clean seventh was sandwiched between two run-producing frames.  Curvelo yielded two tallies on two hits, a walk and two wild pitches before Contreras a run on a hit, base-on-balls and wild pitch.

Luis Mario Piño

C-Blue batters mustered nine hits, led by Suarez and shortstop Maycol Justo who had two hits apiece.  Suarez singled twice in four at bats, scoring once but Justo’s two singles in five at bats did not produce results.  Center fielder Luis Pino’s only hit in five at bats was his fourth home run, this one with the bases clean.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels (18-16), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs. DSL Mets2 1

An eighth-inning rally lifted the DSL Cardinals Red (16-17) over the DSL Mets2, 4-1. Prior to the Thursday win, the Red had dropped four straight and seven of their last eight.

The home team trailed from the second inning onward, thanks to an unearned tally off starter Yonael Dominguez, but the script flipped in the eighth.  Designated hitter Jose Rodriguez smashed a bases-clearing double, scoring second baseman Marcelo Perez (walk), catcher Maikel Hernandez (plunked) and third baseman Samil De La Rosa (walk).  The two-bagger came with two gone and was Rodriguez’ only hit in four at bats.

Jose Rodriguez

The Cardinals Blue scoring was not finished, however.  Right fielder Jeremy Ramos lined a double to center, bringing Rodriguez across the plate.  It was the sixth double of 2021 for the 18-year-old.

The C-Blue offense produced just three hits in all, with the third hit belonging to Hernandez.  The 18-year-old Venezuelan opened the third with a double and his eighth-inning walk was one of six free passes issued by Mets2 pitchers.

Meanwhile on the mound, Dominguez led a pitching trio that held the opposition to five hits and just one walk.  The righty turned in an impressive six-inning performance, yielding three hits and issuing a free pass.

Yonael Dominguez

Angel Luna’s third pro appearance duplicated the results of his prior two efforts.  The six-footer retired the side in order, striking out one.  Darlin Saladin worked around two hits and a plunked batter for his fifth win in as many decisions.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Mets2 (14-20), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2021

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Runs were at a premium across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system on Tuesday, as the group scored just 12 runs while losing all six games. Two clubs were shut out. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Logan Gragg pitched Peoria into a position to win before a bullpen let down.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 31st.

Memphis at Gwinnett – postponed

The Redbirds’ series opener at Gwinnett was rained out.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Thursday, September 2nd with Game 1 scheduled to start at 5:05 pm ET/4:05 pm CT.

Wednesday’s games:  Memphis (48-54) at Gwinnett (58-44) (ATL), 5:05 pm ET/4:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (6-7, 4.56)/Zack Thompson (2-6, 6.38)

Springfield 2 at Tulsa 15

It was a long night for the S-Cards – and especially their hurlers – as Springfield (37-66) was drilled in the series opener at the Tulsa Drillers, 15-2.

A quartet of pitchers gave up a combined 18 hits and eight walks. Starter Michael Brettell (L, 1-4) yielded eight scores on nine hits and two walks, while retiring just six batters.

Kyle Leahy fared the best of the lot – if using a runs-per-outs-recorded formula.  Leahy was tagged for three tallies on six hits and two free passes issued in 3 1/3 frames.

Salvador Justo recorded four outs, permitting a hit and two walks, resulting in three runs.  All three of his base runners crossed home plate with Alex FaGalde on the mound, who had just been activated off the Injured List.  The score charged to FaGalde was generated by a long ball, one of two hits and two walks permitted.

Chandler Redmond

Springfield mustered eight hits, including three by first baseman Chandler Redmond.  Redmond went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI, batting third.  Designated hitter Nick Dunn reached base three times batting just ahead of Redmond, doubling once in three at bats with two walks and a run scored.  Shortstop Delvin Perez scored the other run, singling once in five at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (56-47) (LAD), 12:05 pm CT, Grant Black (0-3, 5.59)

Peoria 1 at West Michigan 4

Peoria (39-64) collected just four hits in their 4-1 loss at West Michigan.

Their sole tally was unearned, coming in the first frame via singles by Masyn Winn and Pedro Pages.  Pages’ hit triggered a throwing error by the Whitecaps’ shortstop, allowing Winn to cross home plate.  Winn swiped his 12th bag and Tommy Jew doubled for the third time.

That slim 1-0 lead held through starter Logan Gragg’s five impressive innings on the bump.  Our Player of the Day limited the opposition to four hits with four K’s, tossing 48 of his 66 pitches for strikes, and did not issue a free pass.

Logan Gragg

The lead evaporated the moment the bullpen entered.  Sean Kealey retired only two batters, allowing three tallies on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Kealey’s final two runners scored under Enmanuel Solano’s watch.  Solano recorded the sixth’s last out without damage to his own stat line only to serve up a bomb leading off the seventh.  Jacob Schlesener faced the minimum in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game:  at West Michigan (DET), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-4, 5.51)

Palm Beach 6 at Dunedin 16

Palm Beach (31-69) pitchers allowed runs in six frames, leading to a resounding 16-6 defeat at Dunedin.

All five Beach Birds hurlers were scored upon, beginning with starter Edgar Manzo, who did not finish the third.  Manzo was touched for four runs in his final frame, yielding five hits including a solo shot over 2 2/3 innings.  The righty was one of three PB-Card pitchers to hit a batter.

Manzo exited with his team up 5-4 thanks to Palm Beach scoring in each of the game’s initial three innings.  Three of the five scores were generated by L.J. Jones’ two-run blast plus Elijah Cabell’s first pro rocket.   The home runs were each player’s only hits in five and three at bats, respectively, although Cabell did work a free pass.

LJ Jones IV

The high point of the game occurred after the visitors pushed another run across home in their half of the fourth for a 6-4 advantage.  It was all Dunedin, however, from that point onward.

Nathanael Heredia stranded Manzo’s last base runner but let the Blue Jays knot the game at 6-6 on a hit and four free passes issued against three batters retired.

The pitching pattern continued as Ryan Loutos (L, 0-2) stranded three inherited runners but permitted three scores on three hits and a hit batsman in two innings.  Hard-throwing Edwin Nunez recorded four outs, leaving Loutos’ last runner aboard, but was charged with six runs, five earned, on two hits, three walks and a plunked batter.

Andrew Marrero broke the cycle of stranding inherited runners while giving up tallies of their own but not in a good way.  The 18th-round selection in the recent First-Year Player Draft allowed all three inherited runners to score plus an unearned tally of his own on a hit and walk with three outs recorded.

Palm Beach’s bats accumulated nine hits, with three Beach Birds having two each in four at bats:  Mike Antico, Patrick Romeri and Mack Chambers.  All three players added a base-on-balls. Antico and Romeri touched home once and Romeri and Chambers each drove in one.  Noah Mendlinger continued his strong 2021 debut, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Defensively, the Beach Birds’ two miscues were split between reliever Nunez and first baseman Thomas Francisco, both fielding.

Wednesday’s game:  at Dunedin (47-56) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Michael McGreevy (0-0, 9.00) (then John Beller (0-5, 4.05))

FCL Cardinals 0 vs. FCL Nationals 4

The FCL Cardinals’ (20-21) offensive struggles continued for a second straight contest, resulting in a 2-0 home defeat to the FCL Nationals (19-24).

A day after generating two runs on seven hits, the home team was shut out on four hits, all singles.  Second baseman Ramon Mendoza garnered half of them in three at bats with a walk, batting seventh.  Right fielder Adanson Cruz reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls out of the three hole.

Ramon Mendoza

Yordy Richard (L, 3-6) tossed a solid effort, giving up a run on four hits and a walk over four innings.  The righty struck out four.

A quartet of hurlers covered the game’s five-inning balance.  Tyler Statler kept the Nationals off the board through the sixth, permitting two hits and issuing one free pass.  Rehabber Hector Soto was dinged for a tally on three seventh-inning hits prior to Omar Sanchez taking over in the eighth.  Sanchez and Trent Baker retired three batters each, the former maneuvering around two walks and the latter facing the minimum.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 at DSL Nationals 4 (7 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (12-23) were blanked by the DSL Nationals (19-15) for the second straight game, losing 4-0 on Tuesday.

The C-Blue’s six hits, all singles, were disbursed among four players.  Shortstop Maycol Justo was a perfect 3-for-3 but was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Maycol Justo

Hancel Rincon was charged with the loss, his first decision in seven starts.  The 19-year-old yielded two tallies on four hits and a base-on-balls.  Both scores occurred in Rincon’s last inning of work, the fifth.  Alexander Beltre posted a line nearly identical to Rincon’s but in just one frame – two runs allowed on four hits and two walks.  The righty did pick a runner off first.

Defensively, first baseman Fernando Diaz was charged with a missed catch error, his ninth overall, while left fielder Robelyn Lopez was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs. DSL Giants Black 9

The DSL Cardinals Red (15-17) were downed by the DSL Giants Black (13-14) on Tuesday, 9-3.  It is the fourth consecutive loss by the C-Red and seventh in their last eight.

The C-Red led 3-1 until the visitors’ half of the fourth when the Giants Black put up a six spot.  Starter Branyan Ramirez (L, 0-3) did not retire a batter that inning, permitting five runs in all on five hits and four free passes issued.

Ramirez’ last two base runners scored with Omar Yanez’ on the mound. The 18-year-old had difficulty finding the strike zone, allowing a hit and four walks plus a wild pitch which generated two scores in 2/3 of an inning.

Eduar Pimentel

Eduar Pimentel faced one over the minimum during his 2 1/3-inning stint, issuing a free pass and leaving the bases jammed with Yanez’ base runners.  Juan Severino tossed a one-two-three seventh but Fraimin Marte was tagged with two tallies on two hits and a walk while retiring three batters.  Augusto Calderon faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two.

All three C-Red scores came in the first.  Second baseman Samil De La Rosa’s first triple drove in shortstop Marcelo Perez who worked a free pass to open the frame.

After right fielder Carlos Carmona also walked, De La Rosa scored on Carmona’s successful steal of second.  A throwing error by the Giants Black’s catcher allowed the right fielder to take third, putting Carmona in position to score on designated hitter Jose Rodriguez’ sac fly to right.

Five C-Red players had one hit apiece, Perez, De La Rosa and third baseman Raul Guzman all reaching base twice.

Wednesday’s game:  off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 31, 2021

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The St. Louis Cardinals rookie level clubs went 0-3 on Monday, scoring just two runs in 27 innings. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL Blue starter Benjamin Arias, allowed just three baserunners in four scoreless innings.

Results from games played Monday, August 30th.

Memphis – off

After splitting last week’s home series versus Columbus (CLE), fifth-place Memphis (48-54) begins a two-week road trip by facing second-place Gwinnett.

Tuesday’s game:  at Gwinnett (58-44) (ATL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (6-7, 4.56)

Springfield – off     
Fifth-place Springfield (37-65) kicks off the final three weeks of their season after losing four of six games played at Hammons Field to fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (KC).  The S-Cards’ immediate prospects do not get any brighter with an upcoming road series at third-place Tulsa.

Tuesday’s game:  at Tulsa (55-47) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-3, 6.43)

Peoria – off

Like their Triple-A counterparts, sixth-place Peoria (39-63) is opening a two-week road journey, the last for the Chiefs this season, with trips to West Michigan and first-place Quad Cities (KC).

Tuesday’s game:  at West Michigan (48-54) (DET), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Logan Gragg (2-5, 5.13)

Palm Beach – off

Fourth-place Palm Beach (31-68) will not see the confines of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the next two weeks as they venture to West Division rivals Dunedin and Fort Myers (MIN).

Tuesday’s games:  at Dunedin (46-56) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Manzo (5-4, 4.45)

FCL Cardinals 2 vs. FCL Marlins 9

Early tallies created an insurmountable obstacle for the FCL Cardinals (20-20) in their 9-2 home loss to the FCL Marlins (19-21).

Starter Reinys Portillo did not complete two frames, surrendering seven runs, earned, on seven hits, three walks, a balk and wild pitch while securing just five outs.

Enrique Saldana was the first of five Florida Birds hurlers following Portillo to the mound.  The 22-year-old recorded seven outs, striking out three, issuing one free pass and stranding an inherited runner.  The righty also committed a missed catch miscue and picked a runner off first.

Zane Mills

Two 2021 signees were successful in their fourth professional appearances.  Zane Mills (4th round) retired five batters, two via K’s, and giving up one hit whereas Bryan Pope (undrafted free agent) allowed two hits in 1 1/3 otherwise clean innings.

20-year-old Victor Villanueva pitched the eighth, permitting two runs, one earned, on a reach-by-fielding-error (by second baseman Brandon Hernandez), hit batsman and two-run double.  18-year-old Italian Ettore Giulianelli tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning one.

Both of the home team’s scores occurred in the third inning.  Center fielder Joshua Baez lined a single to center, his only hit in five at bats.  A free pass issued to shortstop Jeremy Rivas moved Baez to second before a force at second by rehabbing Brady Whalen advanced Baez to third.

Left fielder Hansel Otamendi singled to left, driving in Baez, his hit preceding a walk by catcher Roblin Heredia, which loaded the bases.  Whalen touched home on a sac fly by designated hitter Edgardo Rodriguez.

The only FCL Cardinals garnering more than one of seven team hits were right fielder Luis Montano and third baseman Darlyn Del Villar, who both went 2-for-4. Del Villar doubled once.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. FCL Nationals (18-24), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 vs. DSL Nationals 5

The DSL Cardinals Blue (12-22) were blanked by the DSL Nationals, 5-0, at home.

The contest was scoreless through the first six innings but the visitors finally broke through against the fourth C-Blue pitcher of the day, Randel Clemente.  Clemente (L, 0-4) was charged with two tallies, one earned, on two hits and two walks in 2/3 of a frame.

Oliver Lopez recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving two of Clemente’s runners aboard, but did not retire any of the four batters faced the next inning.  Lopez gave up three runs, earned, on two hits, a walk and hit batsman, giving way to Juan Peralta.  Peralta yielded a sac fly scoring one of two inherited runners but otherwise tossed two scoreless frames.

Benjamin Arias

Our Player of the Day nod goes to starter Benjamin Arias who tossed his best effort this season.  The 19-year-old shut down the opposition on three hits over four innings.  Arias struck out three, did not issue a free pass and did not hit anyone.

Juan Salas and Antoni Cuello bridged the span between Arias and Clemente.  Each pitcher retired three batters, with Cuello walking one.

The DSL Cardinals Blue’s five singles were dispersed among four players.  Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion went 2-for-4 out of the lead-off slot.

Defensively, the team committed three errors:  one by first baseman Diego Velasquez and two by catcher Leonardo Bernal.

Tuesday’s game:   at DSL Nationals (18-15), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Giants Black 4

The DSL Cardinals Red (15-16) were shut out by the DSL Giants Black (12-14), 4-0.

The C-Red managed just two hits, both singles, and two walks.  The singles were by number five batter Felix Taveras and catcher Carlos Linarez from the nine hole.  Samil De La Rosa worked a base-on-balls, batting second, as did number eight batter Raul Guzman.

Starter Wilmer Ortega took the loss, his second in as many decisions.  The right-hander yielded seven hits and a walk, resulting in four scores, two earned, in four innings.

Darlin Saladin

Darlin Saladin allowed two hits in his two-inning stint.  He was succeeded by Engels Martinez and Americo Lugo who each recorded three outs, Martinez working around a hit and walk.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. DSL Giants Black (12-14), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 30, 2021

photo: Tyler Reichenborn (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria collected the only win in four Sunday games across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Tyler Reichenborn stroked three doubles, drove in a pair and scored twice for the Chiefs. Of the four weekly series concluded on Sunday, Memphis’ split was the best outcome.

Results from games played Sunday, August 29th.

Memphis 5 vs. Columbus 6 (10 innings)

The Redbirds came out on the downside of a see-saw contest, a 6-5 loss to Columbus (47-53) (CLE) in 10 innings.  Memphis (48-54) settled for a split of the six-game home series.

The game contained three ties and multiple rallies by the home team whose sole lead occurred in the first.  The Clippers’ response to Memphis’ 1-0 advantage was a two-run second off T.J. Zeuch.  Making his first franchise start since being traded from Toronto on July 25th, the 26-year-old righty permitted four runs on seven hits and a walk over five frames.  Three of the four tallies were generated by two long balls.

The Redbirds answered right back with a run, tying the game at two all after two stanzas.  A two-run fourth lifted Columbus back up 4-2 but Memphis pushed across single scores for a 4-4 knot through five.  The two teams traded tallies in the seventh, with the visitor’s run coming off Connor Jones who yielded a hit and two walks with four batters retired.

Austin Warner retired all eight batters faced, striking out four, preserving the 5-5 tie.  But Jesus Cruz (L, 0-3) allowed the decisive tally in his only inning on the bump, with the run scoring on a fielder’s choice/throwing error by third baseman Kramer Robinson.

Juan Yepez

Memphis outhit their guests 10 to eight but neither of the multi-base hits were home runs.  Juan Yepez continued his torrid August pace in which he has posted a line of .355/.453/.763/.1.216 in 76 at bats.  On Sunday, the first baseman went 3-for-4 with a double, intentional free pass, run scored and RBI.  It was the 23-year-old’s third straight multi-hit performance and fourth in his last five games.

Robertson singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once and knocking in another.  Left fielder Nick Plummer and second baseman Nolan Gorman also had two hits each with an RBI. Plummer touched home once with a walk in four at bats and Gorman took five at bats.  In addition to Robertson’s bobble, Plummer was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 0 at Northwest Arkansas 1

The S-Cards could not get that key hit, dropping a 1-0 decision to Northwest Arkansas (53-48) (KC) at Arvest Ballpark.  Springfield (37-65) lost the series, two games to four.

Springfield was held to just three hits but were issued six free passes and did not come through in their seven opportunities with runners in scoring position.  The sole Springfield player to reach base more than once was designated hitter Ivan Herrera, who went 0-for-1 with three walks out of the two hole.

Iván Herrera

Kevin McGovern (L, 1-4) blanked the Naturals through five frames before issuing a free pass and RBI double to his first two sixth-inning batters.  The walk was the fifth of the game for the lefty who allowed three hits.

Ramon Santos pitched the last three innings, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls while leaving McGovern’s last base runner aboard.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 7 vs. South Bend 2

Tyler Reichenborn’s strong offensive effort led the Chiefs to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs at Dozer Park.  Peoria (39-63) claimed two of the six games versus South Bend (46-55) (CHC).

Reichenborn, our Player of the Day, accounted for four tallies, doubling three times in four at bats with two runs scored and two knocked in, while batting eighth.  Both of Jhon Torres’ hits went for extra bases, starting with the right fielder’s solo shot that put the Chiefs up 1-0 after one.  Torres also tripled once in four at bats, adding another run scored and RBI.

Tyler Reichenborn

Left fielder Matt Chamberlain also had two of his team’s 11 hits, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two driven in.  Eight of nine starters contributed with a hit, run scored or both.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson was credited with his fifth win against four losses, tossing 2 1/3 clean frames and permitting two hits and a walk.  The righty pitched in relief of Michael YaSenka for whom Trogrlic-Iverson stranded two inherited runners.

YaSenka retired 11 batters, giving up a run on three hits and four walks.  Leonardo Taveras followed Trogrlic-Iverson to the mound and battled control problems during his brief sixth-inning stint.  Taveras issued four free passes, recording just two outs, leading to one run.

Paul Schwendel retired four batters, hit another and left the sacks jammed with Taveras’ base runners.  Enmanuel Solano allowed a ninth-inning hit.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 2 vs. Jupiter 7

Palm Beach (31-68) dropped a 7-2 decision to Jupiter (54-46) (MIA) at Roger Dean Stadium, their fifth defeat of the just completed six-game set.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez (L, 3-5) tossed a strong, albeit brief, effort.  The 20-year-old permitted just five hits over four frames, resulting in one run, earned.  The righty did not issue a free pass and threw 43 of his 61 pitches for strikes.

Dionys Rodriguez

Inohan Paniagua transformed the contest from close to out of reach for the offensively-challenged Beach Birds before his 1 2/3-inning stint was over.  The right-hander was charged with five scores, four earned, on six hits – including a solo shot – a walk, balk and wild pitch.

Gordon Graceffo recorded seven outs, with the first stranding Paniagua’s final two base runners.  Graceffo fanned three with an unearned run yielded on three hits and a wild pitch.  Andre Granillo issued a free pass in his inning of work.

The home team trailed 5-0 before breaking through with single scores in the sixth and seventh off the Hammerheads’ bullpen.  Right fielder L.J. Jones greeted Jupiter’s first reliever with a double, his only hit in four at bats.  The second of first baseman Thomas Francisco’s three hits in four at bats was a single up the middle, advancing Jones to third.  Jones eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The team’s other tally was generated after Franklin Soto was plunked then moved up a base on a ground out to first.  Third baseman Noah Mendlinger lined a two-out single to right, driving in Soto, for his second hit in four at bats.  Francisco, Mendlinger and Jones accounted for all of their squad’s hits.

Defensively, Palm Beach committed five bobbles:  two each by shortstop Mack Chambers and Soto plus one by left fielder Elijah Cabell.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off

After the Florida Complex League’s regularly scheduled Sunday off, the FCL Cardinals (20-19) work to extend their modest two-game winning streak as play resumes on Monday.

Monday’s game:  vs. FCL Marlins (18-21), 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 (12-21) vs. DSL Nationals (17-15), 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 (15-15) at DSL Giants Black (11-15), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 27, 2021

photo: Leandro Cedeno (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Thursday, with TCN Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño collecting four of his team’s nine hits and plating four of five runs in Peoria’s twin bill split.

Results from the games played Thursday, August 26th.

Memphis 3 vs. Columbus 12

Redbirds hurlers were scored upon in seven of nine innings, resulting in a 12-3 trouncing by the Clippers.  Memphis (46-53) trails in the home series, one game to two.

The peak of the game’s competitiveness occurred in the home half of the second.  First baseman Brendan Donovan doubled with two away, scoring catcher Ali Sanchez (force) and Evan Mendoza (single), tying the game at two all.

Brendan Donovan

Columbus scored 10 more times before the Redbirds got on the scoreboard again.  Center fielder Conner Capel walked to begin the ninth, advancing to third on Mendoza’s 12th double.  Left fielder Nick Plummer’s 4-3 ground out brought Capel across home.

Plummer joined Mendoza with two hits apiece. The former reached base four times via a base-on-balls, hit-by-pitch and acquiring his first Triple-A stolen base.  Mendoza’s two hits came on four at bats while three Redbirds had one hit each.

Memphis sent five pitchers to the mound, four of whom were scored upon.  Johan Oviedo (L, 1-5) was tagged for five runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings.

One of two hits yielded by Seth Elledge in his inning on the bump was a solo shot which accompanied two walks, one intentional.  Elledge handed the ball off to Tommy Parsons, who pitched for only the second time since July 15th.

The Redbirds’ former starter gave up a hit in a clean sixth but the same cannot be said for Connor Jones during his two-inning stint.  Jones permitted three runs on four hits and two free passes issued.  Brandon Dickson allowed a three-run ninth on three hits, including a two-run long ball.

Friday’s game:  vs. Columbus (46-51) (CLE), 7:10 pm CT, Jake Woodford (1-3, 4.82)

Springfield at Northwest Arkansas – postponed

Thursday’s contest at Arvest Ballpark between Springfield (36-62) and Northwest Arkansas could not be played due to wet grounds.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday, August 27th double header with Game 1 beginning at 4:30 pm CT.

Friday’s games:  at Northwest Arkansas (50-47) (KC).  Game 1 – 4:30 pm CT, Grant Black (0-2, 5.76)/ Domingo Robles (2-8, 6.29)

Peoria 2 vs. South Bend 3 (7 innings) – Game 1
Peoria 3 vs. South Bend 1 (7 innings) – Game 2

The Chiefs split a pair of low-scoring affairs on Thursday, losing the opener, 3-2, but claiming the finale, 3-1.  Peoria (37-61) has won one of the series’ first three games with three on tap.

Home runs determined Game 1’s outcome as two of the Cubs’ three scores were generated by solo bombs.  Paul Schwendel (L, 2-1) surrendered the decisive blast, which exploded in the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Reliever Diego Cordero served up the other home run in the sixth, putting South Bend briefly up 2-1.  Those long balls were the only hits yielded by either reliever in their respective one inning of work although Cordero also issued a free pass.

Starter Logan Gragg tossed a fine effort, fanning five in as many innings and giving up a run in his last inning on the mound.  The righty yielded four hits and one walk in all.

Logan Gragg

The offense mustered just three hits but was able to translate them into two runs.  Jordan Walker opened the fourth with a base-on-balls, immediately swiping both second and third.  Leandro Cedeno singled up the middle, driving in the third baseman, for a brief 1-0 advantage.

With the Chiefs down 2-1, Masyn Winn kicked off the sixth with a single, advancing to second on a throwing error by South Bend’s pitcher.  A 4-3 ground out moved Winn to third before Cedeno’s two-out single brought Winn across home plate.

Leandro Cedeño

Cedeno continued to generate results in the second contest which made up the Wednesday, August 25th postponement.  Our Player of the Day singled twice in three at bats, knocking in two of his team’s three tallies.  The balance of the team’s six hits was also singles shared by four Chiefs.  One of the four was Winn, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored, RBI and no less than three stolen bases.

Peoria led wire-to-wire, leading 2-0 before starter Mac Lardner was touched for a third-inning tally.  Lardner pitched four frames, giving up six hits and a base-on-balls with six K’s.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (W, 4-4) was credited with the win, negotiating around two hits and a walk in two innings.  Leonardo Taveras (S, 3) issued a free pass in the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. South Bend (44-54) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-6, 4.03)

Update

How about a day?

Following the games, Cedeno was informed that he has been promoted to Double-A Springfield!

Palm Beach 1 vs. Jupiter 4

Palm Beach (31-65) dropped a 4-1 decision to Jupiter at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for a two-games-to-one deficit with three games remaining.

Both squads accumulated six hits, but all of the Beach Birds were singles while two of the Hammerheads’ three extra base hits led to scores.  Two of the PB-Cards’ singles came in the first when L.J. Jones’ singled home Mike Antico who singled to lead off the inning.  No player had more than one hit although Antico added a stolen base.

John Beller

Starter John Beller took the loss despite turning a strong performance.  The lefty struck out 11 over seven innings, holding his opponents to two runs on three hits and two free passes issued.  Nathanael Heredia allowed two tallies, one earned, on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (51-46) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jose Moreno, 1-5, 6.23

FCL Cardinals – off

Friday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (19-19) vs. FCL Mets (23-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Yankees1 7

Key defensive lapses played the biggest role in the DSL Cardinals Blue’s 8-7 road victory over the DSL Yankees1.

Although the squads committed five bobbles apiece, the Yankees1’s errors proved more costly, generating five unearned tallies to the C-Blue’s two.  The home team led 3-1 after three innings but the C-Blue (11-20) scored five unanswered and unearned runs by midway through the fifth.  Three of the five runs scored on just one hit and no walks.  The sequence – reached on throwing error by shortstop, balk, RBI single, balk, ground out, two-run fielding error by shortstop/throwing error by first baseman.

Up 5-3, the Blue watched their hosts tie the game on single scores in the fifth and sixth.  But a three-run seventh provided enough cushion for the Blue’s win.

Keshawn Rombley

Right fielder Keshawn Rombley led the seven-hit offensive effort, going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, three runs scored and his first stolen base.  Designated hitter Jose Suarez and catcher Justin Guerrero singled back-to-back in the seventh, driving in Rombley (walk) and left fielder Robelyn Lopez (walk), the latter RBI generating what proved to be the decisive margin.

Infielders accounted for all five errors.  Going around the horn, first baseman Diego Velazquez committed two fielding miscues to second baseman Adari Grant’s one fielding bobble.  Shortstop Maycol Justo did not participate in the Miscue Mayhem but third baseman Bryan Encarnacion did via an errant throw.  Catcher Guerrero was charged with his first error (throwing).

Henry Gomez pitched the first four innings, permitting three runs, two earned, on two hits and three free passes issued.  Miguel Martinez yielded two tallies in two frames, one earned, on two hits and a walk.  Both hurlers fanned three.

Frankely Guzman maneuvered around a hit and base-on-balls for scoreless seventh, picking up his first professional win in his first decision.  Marlyn Almonte and Esteban Contreras posted nearly identical lines, with each reliever allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Almonte struck out one to Contreras’ two, with the latter earning his third save.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs. DSL Brewers1 7

The DSL Cardinals Red (14-13) could not overcome a big early deficit, falling to the DSL Brewers1, 7-4.

All seven tallies charged to starter Yonael Dominguez (L, 1-2) came in the first two of his five-inning stint.  Five of the seven scores resulted from two long balls which were two of the 12 hits yielded by the righty.

Angel Luna did well in his second pro appearance, retiring the side in order as did Omar Yanez in the seventh.  Darlin Saladin tossed two perfect frames.

Multiple squandered opportunities at the plate played its part in the loss, as C-Red batters went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position despite banging out nine hits.  A third of those hits belonged to second baseman Samil De La Rosa who singled three times in five at bats, batting second, but did no further damage.

Samil De La Rosa

Shortstop Elias Reynoso reached base three times, doubling once in three at bats with two walks and a run scored.  Catcher Carlos Linarez’ only hit in four at bats was a two-run double that got his team on the board in the fourth.  The two-bagger drove in third baseman Lizandro Espinosa and designated hitter Miguel Vargas, both of whom reached on free passes.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Brewers1 (16-13), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 25, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman and Scott Hurst (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In seven Tuesday games across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Memphis took the lone win behind big performances by Nolan Gorman, Scott Hurst and Matthew Liberatore.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 24th.

Memphis 8 vs. Columbus 4

A first-inning offensive explosion launched Memphis (46-51) over Columbus, 8-4, in the home series opener.

All eight Redbirds tallies came that inning, with the big blows from second baseman Nolan Gorman and center fielder Scott Hurst, who both went yard.  Third baseman Kramer Robertson led off with a single, immediately followed by Gorman’s ninth long ball with Memphis and 20th overall this season.

Nolan Gorman

Designated hitter Alec Burleson worked a one-out walk, advancing to third on left fielder Clint Coulter’s double.  Right fielder Nick Plummer walked in his first Triple-A plate appearance, loading the bases for shortstop Evan Mendoza.  Mendoza was issued the third free pass of the inning, bringing about both a run scored by Burleson and a pitching change.

It was more of the same, however, with another Clipper hurler on the mound as number eight hitter Brendan Donovan worked a base-on-balls, driving in Coulter.  Hurst then lined a pitch just inside the right field foul pole. It was the third grand slam by a Redbirds player this season and his only hit in four at bats.

Scott Hurst

After a four-hit first, Memphis generated only three more hits over the game’s balance.  Gorman was the only player with more than one, going 2-for-5 with the aforementioned two-run home run and his third stolen base.  Plummer was hitless in two at bats in the six slot with a hit-by-pitch (by former Redbird Kevin Herget), free pass and run scored.

The first contained more than sufficient offense for starter Matthew Liberatore (W, 6-7), who pitched seven strong frames.  The lefty gave up eight hits and two walks, resulting in three scores, two earned.

Matthew Liberatore

Brandon Dickson had a shaky eighth, allowing three hits and a hit batsman generating a run while collecting just two outs.  Kodi Whitley limited the damage by stranding the bases full.  The righty retired all four batters faced, striking out two, for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Columbus (44-51) (CLE), 7:10 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-6, 6.63)

Springfield 1 at Northwest Arkansas 18

It was a long night for Springfield (35-62) who absorbed an 18-1 thumping at Northwest Arkansas.

The highlight of Kevin McGovern’s night was a scoreless first.  The lefty surrendered three long balls accounting for four of 11 scores charged to him in two plus frames.  McGovern (L, 1-3) allowed 11 hits and two walks in all, his final two runners scoring under fellow ex-independent ball pitcher Kevin Marnon’s watch.

Marnon recorded four outs, while permitting five more runs on five hits and three walks including a two-run long ball.  Kyle Leahy allowed his only inherited runner to score plus two more on four hits in 3 2/3 frames.  All three runs scored were generated by yet another home run. In his fist appearance off the injured list, Salvador Justo issued a free pass but was not scored upon in the eighth.

The S-Cards’ offense accumulated six hits, with their only tally in the third.  Center fielder David Vinsky was issued a leadoff free pass.  Delvin Perez’ single moved Vinsky to second before a throwing error by the Naturals’ second baseman put Vinsky at third.

Nick Dunn

After Perez was caught stealing, second baseman Nick Dunn lifted a fly ball deep enough to left to score Vinsky. In addition to the RBI, Dunn drew two of four of Springfield’s free passes. Perez was one of three S-Cards singling twice in four at bats along with right fielder Matt Koperniak and third baseman Moises Castillo.

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (50-46) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (0-3, 7.02)

Peoria vs. South Bend – suspended

The series opener between Peoria (37-59) and South Bend was suspended with two out in the top of the sixth and the Chiefs trailing 7-2 after a five-run sixth by the Cubs.  The contest is scheduled to be completed as game one of a twin bill on Wednesday, August 25th.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. South Bend (42-53) (CHC).  Game 1 – 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Logan Gragg (2-5, 5.35)

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 8 (11 innings) – Game 1  
Palm Beach 0 vs. Jupiter 4 (7 innings) – Game 2

Palm Beach (30-64) was swept in a twin bill with Jupiter, losing the opener 8-7 in 11 frames then dropping the nightcap, 4-0, in seven.

The initial contest completed the July 25th contest suspended with one away in the top of the fifth and Palm Beach trailing 1-0.  Ludwin Jimenez started the July game, striking out six over four frames and yielding a run on two hits.

Edwin Nunez took the mound when play resumed but lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  The 19-year-old was charged with three scores on a hit, two walks and a hit batsman.  His final two runners crossed under Luis Tena’s watch.  Tena permitted two of three inherited runners to score, giving up three hits in all in 1 1/3 frames.

Inohan Paniagua held the Hammerheads scoreless over 2 2/3 innings, permitting one hit.  The righty struck out two.

Andre Granillo (L, 0-1) left Paniagua’s only runner on second in the ninth but was not able to keep Jupiter off the board in either the 10th or 11th.  The 14th-round pick in the recent First-Year Player Draft was given a 5-4 10th-inning lead but allowed the opposition to knot the game at five all. After his teammates handed the right-hander a two-run advantage, Granillo gave up three scores for the walk-off loss.

Palm Beach outhit Jupiter 14 to nine but went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position.  Three Beach Birds garnered two hits apiece:  Mike Antico, L.J. Jones and Carlos Soto.  Soto claimed one of the biggest hits, a three-run bomb with Osvaldo Tovalin (single) and Antico (single) aboard.  The home run tied the game at 4-4, eventually sending it into extras.

Carlos Soto

Antico’s second hit produced as well.  The designated hitter tripled to begin the 11th, scoring Tovalin who began the frame at second.  A sac fly by Soto drove in Antico for the PB-Cards’ last score.

The Beach Birds bats did not get going in the finale, managing just four singles over seven frames.  Shortstop Mack Chambers went 2-for-3 in the two slot but committed one of two Palm Beach errors, along with second baseman Noah Mendlinger.

Dionys Rodriguez (L, 3-4) struck out 10 in five innings, permitting two runs on three hits and a free pass issued.  Levi Prater recorded six outs, yielding two unearned scores on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (50-45) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Manzo (4-4, 4.81)

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Marlins 6

The FCL Cardinals (18-18) were outhit and outscored, dropping a 6-4 decision to the FCL Marlins (17-21).

The Florida Birds struck first with a two-run second but their hosts responded with two runs of their own in the home half of the third.  Both tallies came off starter Jose Davila.  Davila fanned six in four plus frames, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.

The Cardinals went back up 4-2 at the fifth’s midpoint but the Marlins answered with three scores in their half of the frame.  Chris Gerard (L, 0-1) recorded three outs, permitted two runs on two hits and a walk while allowing his inherited runner to touch home plate.

Enrique Saldana faced the minimum in his only inning of work but Alfredo Ruiz was charged with an unearned tally on three hits in the seventh.  Roy Garcia tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Luis Montaño

The FCL Cardinals’ eight-hit attack was spearheaded by designated hitter Luis Montano who went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base.  The only one of his teammates with a multi-hit performance was shortstop Jeremy Rivas.  Rivas singled twice in five at bats, crossing home once.

Wednesday’s games:  at FCL Nationals (16-22).  Game 1 – 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Phillies Red 4

The DSL Cardinals Blue (10-20) could not hold a late lead as they were clipped by the DSL Phillies Red (16-14), 4-3, in walk-off fashion.

The C-Blue led 3-0 with three outs to go but two pitchers could not successfully navigate the ninth.  Alexander Beltre was touched for two runs, earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls with four outs recorded.  Beltre departed with two in scoring position and one out in favor of Alejandro Cervantes.

Cervantes (L, 2-2) (BS,2) yielded a two-run single to his first batter followed by a two-out triple, tying the game at three all.  An intentional free pass proceeded a throwing error by third baseman Javier Boliva on a grounder to third resulted in the walk off defeat.

Hancel Rincon

The ninth-inning meltdown spoiled a fine start by Hancel Rincon, who tossed five scoreless frames, allowing just four hits and striking out seven.  Randel Clemente went two innings, permitting a hit and two walks.

Two of the three tallies scored by C-Blue batters were unearned due to three Phillies Red bobbles.  The visitors matched their hosts’ nine hits, led by right fielder Jose Suarez, who went 3-for-3 with his first double and a walk.  The 17-year-old was picked off first base once.

Shortstop Maycol Justo and designated hitter Justin Guerrero both singled twice in four at bats, with Justo crossing home once.  Catcher Leandro Bernal went 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI but committed his team’s only miscue.

Wednesday’s game: off

DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs. DSL Phillies White 11

The DSL Cardinals Red (14-12) were thumped at home by the DSL Phillies White (18-10), 11-3.

Starter Brayan Ramirez took the loss, his second against no wins, after yielding six runs on two hits, four walks and a plunked batter in three plus frames.  Americo Lugo served up a two-run bomb, one of two hits allowed in two innings.  Lugo also hit a batter and let Ramirez’ last two runners score.

Engels Martinez and Samuel Fabian each pitched a clean inning, the only C-Red hurlers to not be scored upon.  Juan Severino and Augusto Calderon both went a frame, Severino giving up a run on two hits and Calderon surrendering a two-run blast.

Jose Rodriguez

The C-Red mustered nine hits with only one going for extra bases.  Designated hitter Jose Rodriguez singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring once and shortstop Marcelo Perez went 2-for-5 at the top of the order.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 24, 2021

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The Florida Complex League Cardinals notched the sole victory in three rookie-ball decisions in the St. Louis Cardinals system on Monday, but the standout performance belonged to DSL Red’s Miguel Vargas.

Results from games played Monday, August 23rd.

Memphis – off

After going 5-1 versus division rival Nashville (MIL), Memphis (45-51) begins the second half of a two-week home stand by hosting the Midwest Division’s Columbus Clippers.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Columbus (44-50) (CLE), 8:10 pm ET/7:10 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (5-7, 4.73)

Springfield – off

Springfield (35-61) launches its last two-week road trip of 2021, travelling to Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa (LAD).  The S-Cards face the former team twice on the road over the final four weeks of the season.

Tuesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (49-46) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (1-2, 4.73)

Peoria – off

Peoria (37-59) is at home this week hosting South Bend before heading out on their final two-week road trip of the season to Quad Cities (KC) and Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Tuesday’s game:  vs. South Bend (42-53) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (1-8, 6.20)

Palm Beach – off

Palm Beach (30-62) plays ‘roommate’ Jupiter this week. The series kicks off with a double-header.  The second game completes the July 25th game suspended with one away in the top of the fifth and Jupiter hosting.

Tuesday’s games:  vs/at Jupiter (48-45) (MIA).  Game 1 – 2:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm CT, Edwin Nunez/Dionys Rodriguez

FCL Cardinals 7, FCL Astros 6

The enterprising FCL Cardinals (18-17) walked off with a 7-6 Monday victory over the FCL Astros (21-17) in Jupiter.

The winning tally was scored without any Florida Birds batter making contact.  Center fielder Smith Vargas worked a lead-off base-on-balls, then promptly stole second.  A wild pitch moved the 19-year-old to third just before left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos, the number nine batter, walked as well.  With runners at the corners and none away, designated hitter Joshua Baez was issued an intentional free pass, jamming the sacks full.  The Astros hurler then uncorked his second wild offering, giving Vargas enough time to race home.

Smith Vargas

Offensively, the FCL Cardinals had more errors (five) than hits (three) but patiently walked nine times and took advantage of three Astros’ miscues to score two unearned runs.

Right fielder Adanson Cruz and De Los Santos each went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. De Los Santos doubled and crossed home once.  Vargas and shortstop Jeremy Rivas posted identical lines, both going 0-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two runs scored.  Baez worked two free passes, touching home once despite going hitless in three at bats.

FCL Cardinals’ pitchers used two double plays to help mitigate 13 hits yielded.  Starter Yordy Richard permitted the bulk of those hits, 10, including a solo shot, and a walk, somehow resulting in only four runs in four innings.

Four relievers held the opposition to just three more hits and two walks over the last five frames.  Victor Villanueva inherited a 4-2 deficit at the fifth’s onset but that changed to 6-5 lead by the time he recorded the sixth’s third out.  The only hit yielded by the righty was a long ball.

Two first-year pitchers, lefty Alex Cornwell and righty Trent Baker, each tossed a scoreless frame, with Cornwell giving up a hit and Baker issuing two free passes.  Omar Sanchez (W, 1-0) (BS,1) was touched for a ninth-inning score on a lead-off triple and throwing error by Vargas.  It was the first run yielded by Puerto Rican in seven relief appearances dating back to July 15th.

Defensively, the team’s five bobbles were spread among three players.  In addition to Vargas, third baseman Brandon Hernandez had two throws go awry and second baseman Albert Inoa’s two miscues were split between throwing and a missed catch.  Catcher Jose Zapata was charged with a passed ball but Cruz was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Tuesday’s game:  at FCL Marlins (16-21), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Phillies Red 8

The DSL Cardinals Blue (10-19) never led in their 8-4 home loss to the DSL Phillies Red.

Starter Benjamin Arias took the loss, his third in four decisions, after yielding four runs, two earned, on three hits, four walks and three wild pitches in four plus frames.

Three relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Oliver Lopez inherited a two-on/none out jam and induced a 6-4-3 double play limiting the damage to one runner scoring.  The 19-year-old right-hander retired all five batters faced, striking out three.

Uriel Curvelo was not nearly as effective during his 1 2/3 innings on the bump, permitting four runs, earned, on six hits and a walk.  Juan Peralta navigated around two hits and a base-on-balls over 1 1/3 frames, stranding Curvelo’s last runner.

Leonardo Bernal

Three of the Cardinals Blue’s four scores came via two long balls.  Catcher Leonardo Bernal sent one out with center fielder Luis Pino (single) aboard and designated hitter Keshawn Rombley blasted his third rocket.  Shortstop Maycol Justo was the only C-Blue player with a multi-hit performance, singling twice in four at bats.

Defensively, the team turned two double plays and right fielder Christian Avendano was credited with an outfield assist at third.  The C-Blue committed three errors, two by Justo and one by third baseman Javier Bolivar.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (15-14), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Phillies White 16

Left fielder Miguel Vargas’ grand slam was not enough to prevent the DSL Cardinals Red (14-11) from falling to the DSL Phillies White, 16-8.

Player of the Day Vargas accounted for five of his team’s eight runs, going 2-for-4 with the grand salami that was one of two times he touched home plate.  Jeremy Ramos had two more of 12 C-Red hits, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored, two driven in and two stolen bases.

Miguel Vargas

Second baseman Lizandro Espinoza and center fielder Carlos Carmona both singled twice in four and five at bats, respectively.  Espinoza scored twice and Carmona once with his third stolen base.

Although the visitors matched their hosts 12 hits, two other factors played a more prominent role:  lack of control and defensive lapses.  Cardinals Red pitchers issued a whopping 12 free passes to two issued by the Phillies White and the C-Red’s six errors resulted in seven unearned tallies to just one unearned run on one bobble by their opponents.

Five players accounted for the six miscues:  third baseman Samil De La Rosa (two), shortstop Elias Reynosa, starter Wilmer Ortega, reliever Fraimin Marte and second baseman Espinoza.

Ortega did not finish the fourth, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. He also hit two batters.

Eduar Pimental was tagged with six tallies, two earned, on three hits and four walks in 1 1/3 frames and permitted one of two inherited runners to cross home.

Marte and Bruno Lopez retired two batters each and stranded an inherited runner, with Marte allowing four scores, three earned, on three hits and two walks.  Lopez has not permitted an earned run in 9 2/3 frames over eight relief appearances this season and has been scored upon only once.

Bruno Lopez

Darlin Saladin tossed the seventh and eighth, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and three free passes issued.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 23, 2021

photo: Matt Chamberlain (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

Matt Chamberlain’s extra-inning blast led Peoria to the St. Louis Cardinals system’s only win in four Sunday games. Other standout performances belonged to Alec Burleson, Juan Yepez, Wilfredo Pereira and Nick Plummer.

Results from games played Sunday, August 22nd.

Memphis 13 vs. Nashville 14

The Redbirds rallied three times, twice from substantial deficits, only to be silenced by the Sounds, 14-13.  Memphis (45-51) won the home series, five games to one.

The high-scoring affair included a combined 35 hits and four errors generating nine unearned tallies.  Connor Thomas lasted just two outs, charged with seven of Nashville’s (52-44) eight first-inning scores.  Five of the seven runs were unearned and the lefty yielded five hits and two walks, including a solo shot.

Jesus Cruz allowed all three inherited runners to cross home plate plus one of his own before the first was over.  The righty tossed a clean second, permitting three hits and a base-on-balls in all.

Down 8-0 before even coming to bat, the Redbirds chipped away, generating single scores in the initial three frames, closing the gap to 8-3.  But the Sounds added fourth-inning tally off T.J. Zeuch who was in the midst of his four-inning stint.  Zeuch struck out five during that span, giving up three hits and issuing two free passes.

Memphis made a big push, mounting a five-run fourth to come within one.  A sixth inning run knotted the game at 9-9, with that score holding until the ninth.

Zeuch and Seth Elledge covered most of that period, the latter working around two walks for a clean seventh.  Connor Jones (L, 5-5) was not scored upon the next frame but was tagged for four runs before the ninth was over.

Alec Burleson

Alec Burleson’s three-run bomb increased his day’s RBI count to six and brought his team within one in the last inning. But even with the three unearned tallies, Memphis fell just short of victory.

The Redbirds exploded for 18 hits, including eight for extra bases and all eight starters in the field had at least one.  First baseman Juan Yepez could not be stopped at the plate, going 4-for-4 with four doubles, run scored and two RBI.  Nolan Gorman pinch ran for Yepez in the sixth, taking over at third and going 2-for-2 and crossing home twice.

Juan Yepez

Catcher Dennis Ortega and center fielder Scott Hurst had three hits apiece, in four and six at bats, respectively.  Ortega added a walk and run scored and Hurst touched home three times.  Brendan Donovan sent one over the fences at AutoZone Park with the bases empty, his only hit in five at bats.

Defensively, shortstop Evan Mendoza’s throwing miscue led to six unearned runs while Donovan later committed a throwing error.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 7 vs. Wichita 11

The S-Cards could not hold an early lead, resulting in an 11-7 defeat to Wichita (57-39) at Hammons Field.  Springfield’s (35-61) fifth straight loss meant they had just a Game 1 win in the six-game set.

Nick Plummer and Chandler Redmond both went yard with the bases clean in the first for a 2-0 lead.  It was the first of Plummer’s two solo shots, with the center fielder adding a triple and walk in four at bats with two runs scored and three driven in.

Nick Plummer

But starter Dalton Roach (L, 5-9) permitted six runs, three earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls over five innings.  Three of the six scores were generated by one long ball.

Kyle Leahy was tagged for three tallies on three hits and a walk in his inning of work.  Garrett Williams pitched two scoreless innings, issuing two free passes before Freddy Pacheco permitted two hits and two wild pitches, resulting in two ninth-inning scores.

Plummer’s three hits led Springfield’s 10-hit offense. Redmond was the only other S-Card with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-5 with the solo shot one of his two runs scored.

Defensively, the S-Cards committed three bobbles.  Roach threw one away during a double steal and first baseman Redmond could not field his position cleanly one time.  Left fielder David VInsky was charged with a fielding bobble.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 6 at Beloit 4 (12 innings)

Right fielder Matt Chamberlain’s two-run bomb propelled the Chiefs past the Snappers, 6-4, in 12 frames.  The win gave Peoria (37-59) a split of their six-game series at Beloit (45-51).

Chamberlain’s bomb, his seventh of 2021 and only hit in five at bats, occurred with Todd Lott aboard after Lott began the frame at second.  The blast capped a lively contest in which the Snappers’ eighth-inning tally sent the game into extras, before both squads traded 11th-inning scores.

Matt Chamberlain

Peoria outhit Beloit, 7-6, but committed a whopping five errors, resulting in three unearned runs.  Third baseman Jordan Walker and first baseman Leandro Cedeno each had two hits. Walker as 2-for-6, crossing home twice.  Cedeno launched a two-run rocket, with his bomb giving the Chiefs a 3-2 lead after six.

Wilfredo Pereira tossed a strong effort, yielding two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks over six innings.  One of the two hits was a home run with the bases empty.

Wilfredo Pereira

Fabian Blanco tossed a clean seventh, issuing a free pass before handing the ball off to Nick Trogrlic-Iverson.  Making his second appearance in relief since coming off the Injured List, Trogrlic-Iverson (BS, 1) was saddled with a blown save despite the tally yielded being unearned.

Leonardo Taveras kept Beloit off the board, sending the game into extras.  Enmanuel Solano (W, 4-0) retired six batters, giving up an unearned run on a hit, two walks and a hit batsman.  Sean Kealey tossed a one-two-three 12th, striking out two, for his first save in affiliated ball.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 6

Palm Beach (30-62) dropped a 6-4 decision to Daytona (47-49) at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, splitting the six-game set.

Starter Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-7) retired seven batters, permitting four runs on three hits, a base-on-balls and plunked batter. With the Beach Birds up 2-0, the contest was delayed 48 minutes at the third’s midpoint. When play resumed, the righty struggled to record just one more out. All four tallies charged to him scored after the delay via the two singles, double and hit batsman.

Luis Ortiz went 2 2/3 frames, giving up a tally on two hits and a hit batsman and allowing Jimenez’ final base runner to cross home plate.

Andrew Marrero

Andrew Marrero retired all six batters faced, striking out five, for the best pitching performance on the night.  Nathanael Heredia was touched for a run on two hits and two walks.

Patrick Romeri

The Beach Birds were held to just five hits, including solo shots by Carlos Soto and Patrick Romeri.  Romeri reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks before Mike Antico pinch ran for him.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off

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

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (17-17) vs. FCL Astros (21-16), 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 (10-18) vs. DSL Phillies Red (14-14), 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 (14-10) at DSL Phillies White (16-10), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 20, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Memphis Redbirds)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-5, with the wins coming from an FCL doubleheader sweep and an extra inning slugfest in Memphis. Nolan Gorman’s double, home run and four RBI paced a Redbirds team that needed all 12 runs.

Results from the games played Thursday, August 19th.

Memphis 12 vs.  Nashville 11 (10 innings)

Two late rallies propelled the Redbirds past the Sounds, 12-11, in 10 innings.  Memphis (44-49) has claimed all three games played so far in their six-game set versus Nashville at AutoZone Park.

The contest was back-and-forth in the early going, with both teams trading two-run frames for a tie after three.  The Sounds put up a single score but the Redbirds’ response was a two-run fifth, going up 4-3.

The visitors seemingly pulled away with three consecutive frames of crooked-number scoring for a 10-5 advantage at the eighth’s midpoint.  Memphis dug deep, rallying for a three-run eighth before their two ninth-inning tallies sent the game into extras.

Memphis, however, needed one more rally for the win.  Nashville pushed across a run against reliever Brandon Dickson (W, 1-0) but Dickson helped his own cause in the bottom of the frame with a bases-loaded two-run single scoring Rayder Ascanio (single) and Kramer Robertson (fielder’s choice) for the walk-off victory.

Dickson was the fifth Redbirds pitcher in a contest that began with Kwang Hyun Kim kicking off his St Louis rehab assignment.  The righty surrendered two solo shots in the first of his two-inning stint, permitting two hits and retiring his last five batters faced.

Zack Thompson took his regular turn in the rotation at that point.  The lefty was tagged for five runs on six hits, five walks and a hit batsman in 4 1/3 frames.  Two of the five scores were generated by a long ball which brought about a pitching change.

Seth Elledge recorded three outs, permitting three tallies on two hits and three walks.  Jesus Cruz could not pitch out of the bases-loaded/one-out jam inherited from Elledge, permitting a single and wild pitch driving in two runners.  Cruz yielded two hits in total with five batters retired.

Dickson allowed two 10th-inning hits before his unexpected offensive contribution in the bottom of the frame.  After a number of seasons in Japanese baseball, the veteran’s hit and victory were his first on American soil since starting for the Redbirds in 2012.

Nolan Gorman

The clear pick for Player of the Day is second baseman Nolan Gorman, who went 4-for-5 with a double and two-run home run comprising two of his four RBI.  The 21-year-old drew a base-on-balls in the 10th, jamming the sacks full for Dickson.

Outfielder Conner Capel reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, run scored and one knocked in.  Capel was caught stealing in both attempts, potentially limiting further contributions.

The final Redbird with a multi-hit effort was first baseman Juan Yepez who singled twice in three at bats with an RBI via a sac fly.  Yepez was removed from the game in a double switch when Jesus Cruz entered.

Cruz was the only one of four Memphis pitchers taking an at bat who did not get a hit.  Thompson doubled once in two at bats, crossing home once before Elledge went 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Defensively, Capel was credited with an outfield assist at home but third baseman Robertson had a hideous night in the field with three throwing miscues.

Friday’s game:  vs.  Nashville (50-43) (MIL), 7:10 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-3, 6.59)

Springfield 6 vs. Wichita 14

Four S-Cards pitchers were blown out by the Wind Surge at Hammons Field, 14-6.  Springfield (35-58) trails in the series, one game to two, with three contests on tap.

With two starters on the Injured List, Michael Brettell (L, 0-3) was pressed into action, with this his first start in 22 appearances spread between Peoria and Springfield in 2021.  The right-hander went four frames, giving up six runs on 10 hits and three free passes issued.

Kevin Marnon was charged with two tallies on four hits, a plunked batter and balk during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.  The damage to his pitching line was limited by Garrett Williams who stranded Marnon’s last two base runners before later serving up a three-run bomb.  The blast was one of five hits allowed, matching his five batters retired.  Jacob Bosiokovic also surrendered a three-run long ball in the ninth.

Julio Rodriguez

Springfield’s bats banged out 10 hits resulting in six runs but only two of them went for extra bases.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and two knocked in.  Defensively he was called for catcher’s interference.

Nick Plummer had the other extra-base hit, as the center fielder doubled once in four at bats with a base-on-balls and crossed home twice.  He was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Friday’s game:  vs.  Wichita (54-39) (MIN), 7:05 pm CT, Domingo Robles (2-8, 6.58)

Peoria 1 at Beloit 4

The Chiefs were held to just three hits in their 4-1 defeat at Beloit.  Peoria (35-58) has acquired one victory against two losses with three games remaining in the series.

First baseman Todd Lott opened the second with a blast over the left field wall, his fourth overall.  Catcher Pedro Pages doubled once in four at bats while designated hitter Zade Richardson went 1-for-4, hitting right behind Lott in the five slot.  Third baseman Jordan Walker worked one of his team’s two walks and stealing his seven base.

Logan Gragg (L, 2-5) was saddled with the loss despite turning in a quality start.  The righty fanned six in six frames, permitting a three-run third on six hits overall.

Logan Gragg

Southpaw Sean Kealey gave up two hits and two walks, resulting in a run in his inning of work. Leonardo Taveras struck out the side in the eighth.

Friday’s game:  at Beloit (44-49) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-3, 4.95)

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 11

The Beach Birds never led, falling to the Tortugas at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, 11-4.  Palm Beach (28-61) has one victory in the first three series games with three to go.

Starter Edgar Manzo took the loss, his fourth against four wins.  The righty was touched for seven scores on nine hits, walk and balk, including a solo blast, in four innings.

Luis Tena worked around a walk and hit batsman for a clean fifth but Edwin Nunez could not get through the sixth.  Nunez permitted four tallies on three hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning, with his final two base runners stranded by Nathanael Heredia.  Heredia issued a free pass during his 2 1/3-inning stint.

Nathanael Heredia

The only Beach Bird with more than one of seven team hits was right fielder L J Jones who singled and doubled in five at bats.  First baseman Jacob Buchberger and centerfielder Mike Antico both went yard, their only hits in four and three at bats, respectively.

Left fielder Elijah Cabell and catcher Aaron McKeithan both reached base twice. The former went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored and McKeithan singled once in three at bats with a walk and run scored.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona (46-47) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals 11 vs. FCL Nationals 3 (7 innings) – Game 1
FCL Cardinals 4 vs.  FCL Nationals 3 (7 innings) – Game 2

The FCL Cardinals (17-16) swept a double-header from the FCL Nationals (13-21), cruising to an 11-3 victory in Game 1 and edging their opponents 4-3 in the second contest in Jupiter.  Both games went seven innings.

The Florida Birds’ offense pounced immediately in Game 1, scoring five times. Three were unearned due to a passed ball and throwing error by the Nationals’ catcher on two swinging K’s.  The onslaught brought a fresh Nats’ hurler into the game for the second inning.

The FCL Nationals responded with three tallies, closing the gap to 5-3 midway through the fourth.  However, the Florida Cardinals’ next salvo was four more scores in the bottom of the frame to go up 9-3 and knock another Nats pitcher out of the game.  The home team put icing on their victory cake with single runs over the next two innings.

The offense was a team-wide affair with eight of nine starters sharing 11 hits, and all eight touched home at least once.  Shortstop Luis Rivas, right fielder Hansel Otamendi and first baseman Luis Rodriguez had two hits apiece. The first two doubled once with the shortstop reaching another two times via a hit-by-pitch.  Rivas led the team with three runs scored while Otamendi and Rodriguez were two of six FCL Cardinals touching home once.

Otamendi knocked in two, as did catcher Roblin Heredia who went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, run scored and two RBI.  Rodriguez was one of three hitters driving in one.

Austin Love

The contest’s seven frames were split among six hurlers, starting with Austin Love (3rd Round) who pitched a one-two-three first, fanning two in his maiden professional effort.  Thomas Hart retired the next five batters, yielding two runs on two hits and two walks while being credited with his first pro victory.

Victor Villanueva went 1 1/3 innings, permitting a tally on three hits and a walk, leaving Hart’s final batter aboard.  Southpaws Chris Gerard and Alex Cornwell plus Trent Baker each tossed an inning. Gerard issued a free pass with Cornwell and Baker allowing one and two hits, respectively.

In other team stats, Rivas was picked off first once and Heredia was charged with two passed balls.

In the finale, the makeup of the August 7th postponement, the home team broke onto the scoreboard first with a second inning run but the Nationals came right back with single scores in the next two frames.  The Florida Birds’ two-run fourth gave them their second lead, 3-2, but the visitors answered once again with a fifth-inning tally, knotting the game at 3-3.

However, right fielder Luis Montano had the final say in the matter, launching his third bomb, and second hit of the game.  Montano went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI out of the five hole.

Luis Montaño

First baseman Jose Zapata also had two of his squad’s seven hits, singling and doubling in three at bats, knocking in two.  Left fielder Hansel Otamendi followed up his strong opening-game performance by going 1-for-3 with a triple and run scored.  The 19-year-old Cuban is slashing a torrid .400/.478/.700/1.178 in 20 August at bats.

It was a mixed bag in the field.  Second baseman Albert Inoa committed a throwing error whereas catcher Edgardo Rodriguez’ effort contained both a plus and minus.  The 20-year-old backstop picked a runner off third but was also charged with a passed ball.  The team completed three double plays.

Colin Schmid was the first of five FCL Cardinals pitchers to see action.  Schmid yielded two runs, one earned, on five hits, including a solo shot, over 3 1/3 innings.  It was the second straight start for the lefty after five relief appearances, with both starts coming in Game 2 of twin bills.

Enrique Saldana retired both batters faced, leaving Schmid’s last runner on base.  But Alfredo Ruiz (W, 1-0) (BS,1) was not as effective in his second pro effort.  The lefty (6th Round) recorded three outs, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

Ben Baird tossed a one-two-three sixth, handing the ball off to Omar Sanchez for the seventh.  Sanchez issued two free passes sandwiched around a single, loading the bases with two away.  But the lefty notched a swinging K for his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Twins 10

Pitching and hitting both played a role in the 10-2 defeat of the DSL Cardinals Blue (10-17) by the DSL Twins.

C-Blue hurlers yielded 14 hits but their offense generated just four.  Starter Henry Gomez (L, 0-5) went four innings, permitting seven runs, earned, on 10 hits, a walk and balk.

Miguel Martinez was the first of three relievers taking the ball next.  Martinez retired six batters, allowing a run on a hit, base-on-balls plus two hit batsmen.  Frankely Guzman also plunked two batters, giving up two tallies on three hits and two free passes issued in one plus innings.  Juan Peralta retired all three batters faced but a sac fly drove in one of three inherited runners.

Anyelo Encarnacion

By the time catcher Leonardo Bernal tripled in the sixth, the Cardinals Blue were down 7-0.  Two plunked batters jammed the sacks full, leaving nowhere to put second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion after he worked a base-on-balls.  Bernal trotted home, ending the shutout.

The team’s final score occurred in the ninth when Encarnacion worked another walk.  Designated hitter Jose Suarez’s single advanced Encarnacion to second before a single by left fielder Jose Cordoba drove Encarnacion across home plate.

Friday’s game: vs.  DSL Twins (10-17), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 0 vs.  DSL Rangers2 3

Multiple missed offensive opportunities resulted in the DSL Cardinals Red (12-10) dropping a 3-0 decision to the DSL Rangers2.

The bats generated six hits to go with a walk and a hit batsman but the C-Red went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, striking out 14 times.  Shortstop Elias Reynoso’s double was the only one to go for extra bases and was the 17-year-old’s only hit in four at bats.

Defensively, right fielder Jeremy Ramos was charged with a fielding bobble, his second of 2021.  The defense turned a 6-4-3 double play.

Ramos’ error was particularly costly as it resulted in two unearned tallies in the Rangers2’s three-run fourth.  All three scores were charged to starter Engels Martinez (L, 0-2) who yielded the tallies in his fourth and final inning on the mound.  The righty permitted four hits and a base-on-balls overall.

A trio of C-Blue relievers kept the game within reach the rest of the way.  Darlin Saladin and Fraimin Marte pitched two innings each, Saladin issuing a free pass and Marte permitting a hit.  Juan Severino worked out of a bases-loaded jam on a single, hit batsman and free pass for a run-free ninth.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Rangers2 (14-13), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2021

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3. Matthew Liberatore dominated on the mound for Memphis as Ivan Herrera and Chandler Redmond led Springfield’s long ball onslaught.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 17th.

Memphis 5 vs. Nashville 1

Matthew Liberatore’s impressive start led the Redbirds (42-49) over Nashville in the home series opener, 5-1.

The lefty and reliever T.J. Zeuch, the latter picked up in a July 25th trade with Toronto, combined to silence the Sounds on three hits, facing just three over the minimum.  Liberatore (W, 5-7) struck out his season-tying best nine over seven frames, with the only mark against him a fifth-inning tally generated by a lead-off walk plus two singles.  Our Player of the Day yielded a final single to open the seventh, with the base runner erased via a 5-4-3 double play.

Matthew Liberatore

Zeuch retired all six batters faced for his first career save.  It was the third game appearance as a Redbird for Toronto’s first round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Memphis’ balanced offense featured seven players gathering at least one of eight team hits, with all seven scoring or driving in a run.  Catcher Ali Sanchez singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored and second baseman Nolan Gorman went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, touched home once and drove in one.

Third baseman Kramer Robertson’s triple was one of two hits to go for extra bases, along with a double by first baseman Juan Yepez.  Robertson crossed home twice with a walk and stolen base but committed a fielding bobble while Yepez knocked in one in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (50-41) (MIL), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (5-4, 4.83)

Springfield 8 vs. Wichita 6

The S-Cards claimed the “Battle of the Long Ball” behind big nights by Ivan Herrera and Chandler Redmond. The result was an 8-6 home victory over division-leading Wichita in the first of their six-game set.

The contest contained five home runs in total with Springfield (35-56) accumulating the majority of them, thanks to catcher Ivan Herrera.  Herrera went yard twice representing both of his hits in three at bats along with two walks and three driven in.

Iván Herrera

The Redbirds’ other blast belonged to first baseman Chandler Redmond who went 3-for-4 with a two-run bomb comprising one of his two runs scored and two of his four RBI.  Shortstop Brendan Donovan and designated hitter Julio Rodriguez worked a free pass to open the first and second frames, respectively, just before Herrera and Redmond went yard.  Five other S-Cards acquired one of their squad’s 10 hits, with three of them generating scores.

Chandler Redmond

On the mound, starter Dalton Roach had a rocky performance, surrendering two home runs making up two of the nine hits and four walks allowed in 4 1/3 innings.  Both long balls occurred with a runner aboard for four of the six tallies charged to the righty.  Roach also hit a batter.

Ramon Santos (W, 5-3) retired seven batters, five on strikeouts, yielding a hit and two walks while stranding one of two inherited runners.  Jacob Bosiokovic fanned three of four batters retired, issuing two free passes before Freddy Pacheco navigated around a hit and base-on-balls for his first Double-A save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wichita (52-39) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (1-1, 4.83)

Peoria 1 at Beloit 3

An out-of-synch offense led to Peoria’s (34-57) 3-1 defeat to Beloit at ABC Supply Stadium.

The Chiefs outhit the Snappers eight to five but were a dismal 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Left fielder Matt Chamberlain had the only multi-hit effort, singling and doubling in four at bats out of the nine hole.  His two-out double drove in Tyler Reichenborn (walk) in the ninth, preventing a shutout.

Matt Chamberlain

Reichenborn doubled once in three at bats batting eighth, his base-on-balls one of three for the team.  Right fielder Jhon Torres was issued the other two free passes to go with a single in two at bats.

Wilfredo Pereira (L, 2-8) fanned seven during his 4 2/3 innings on the mound.  The right-hander permitted four hits and three walks, resulting in two runs, both earned.

Diego Cordero recorded four outs, yielding a run on a hit and walk.  The tally was unearned due to his throwing error on an attempted pickoff.

Jack Ralston and Fabian Blanco each tossed a scoreless frame. Both pitchers issued one free pass.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (43-48) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-8, 6.41)

Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 5

Strong offensive performances by a trio of 2021 draft picks led Palm Beach (28-59) over Daytona, 8-5.

Center fielder Mike Antico (8th round), first baseman Thomas Francisco (19th round) and third baseman Osvaldo Tovalin (10th round) took part in seven scores, with all going yard.  Antico went 3-for-5 with a double and ninth-inning solo shot at the top of the order, whereas Francisco’s second pro bomb came with Ryan Holgate (single) and L.J. Jones (single) aboard in the Beach Birds’ four-run fourth.

Thomas Francisco

Francisco went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, with his second time crossing home plate occurring on Tovalin’s three-run long ball in the second.  The blast was the number nine bat’s only hit in four at bats and one of nine Palm Beach hits overall.

Beach Birds hurlers were also bitten by the bomb. Starter Ludwin Jimenez served up a home run accounting for all three tallies yielded on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.  The righty struck out seven.

Andre Granillo (W, 2-1) was tagged with the other long ball, a solo shot comprising one of three hits and a base-on-balls allowed yielding two runs in all.  Four of the five outs recorded by the right-hander were strikeouts.

Luis Ortiz fanned all five batters retired, permitting two hits and a base-on-balls.  Inohan Paniagua worked around a walk for his first career save. It was the 21-year-old’s first action since June 12th.

Wednesday’s game:  at Daytona (44-47) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals 0 at FCL Astros 4

Yordy Richard’s solid start was not enough to prevent the FCL Cardinals (15-15) from dropping a 4-0 decision at the FCL Astros (19-14).

Richard (L, 3-5) struck out six in five innings, permitting two scores on five hits and a plunked batter.  Both runs came on a two-run long ball in the second frame.

Yordy Richard

Roy Garcia tossed a clean sixth, giving up two hits, before two Florida Birds right-handers made their second pro appearances:  Zane Mills (4th Round) and Bryan Pope (undrafted free agent signee).  Both allowed a run in their inning of work.  Mills’ tally came on a hit batsman, stolen base and RBI single while Pope issued a lead-off free pass with the runner advancing to third on a single and scoring via a sac fly.

The offense mustered six hits but could not break through against rehabbing Ryan Eades plus three pitchers tossing their maiden pro effort.  Third baseman Sander Mora singled twice in four at bats at the bottom of the order and the sole hit to go for extra bases was a double generated by designated hitter Jake Burns.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. FCL Marlins (15-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Rockies 9

A seven-run sixth flipped a Cardinals Blue (10-15) lead into a 9-5 loss to the DSL Rockies (19-7).

The visitors were up 5-2 going into the home half of the sixth.  Five of the seven tallies scored were unearned due to a fielding error by righty Randel Clemente (L, 0-3), who was charged with six scores, one earned, on five hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in 1 2/3 innings.

Marlyn Almonte recorded the sixth’s last out, yielding two hits resulting in two inherited runners touching home plate plus one of his own.  Southpaw Alexander Beltre worked around three free passes issued for two clean frames.

All three pitched in relief of Benjamin Arias, who surrendered a two-run bomb plus one more hit and a base-on-balls through the first four frames.

Luis Mario Piño

Center fielder Luis Pino and right fielder Christian Avendano each had two of the C-Blue’s nine hits, both taking four at bats.  Pino launched his third home run and added another RBI while Avendano drove in one.

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red vs. DSL Tigers – postponed

Tuesday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals Red (12-9) and the DSL Tigers (9-14) was postponed due to rain.  The two teams meet for the last time this season in an away-and-home series on September 9th and 10th.

Wednesday’s game:  off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 17, 2021

photo: Joshua Baez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Monday’s light schedule got even lighter with only one of three St. Louis Cardinals short-season teams able to take the field. Player of the Day Joshua Baez impressed in the FCL Cardinals’ loss while Tropical Depression Grace wiped out the entire DSL schedule.

Results from games played Monday, August 16th.

Memphis – off   

After a challenging two-week road trip during which they went 3-9, Memphis (41-49) heads back to AutoZone Park for a two-week home stand.  First up is division rival Nashville.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (50-40) (MIL), 7:10 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (4-7, 5.03)

Springfield – off

Springfield (34-56) kicks off their next-to-last home series of 2021 by hosting the division-leading Wichita Wind Surge.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Wichita (52-38) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Dalton Roach (5-8, 5.61)

Peoria – off

The Chiefs (34-56) are on the road for the next week as the ‘guests’ of the Beloit Snappers.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit (42-48) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (2-7, 3.97)

Palm Beach – off

Weather permitting, Palm Beach (27-59) will play at Daytona, the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Tuesday’s game:  at Daytona (44-46) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Ludwin Jimenez (0-6, 4.91)

FCL Cardinals 5 vs. FCL Mets 10

Home runs came back to bite the Florida rookie-level Birds in their 10-5 defeat to the FCL Mets (18-15).

Five of the Mets’ 10 tallies were generated by three long balls yielded by three Cardinals’ pitchers.  Starter Reinys Portillo surrendered the first one, a solo shot that was one of six tallies permitted, five earned, on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 frames.

Portillo began the fifth with his team up 4-3 but got the hook with one runner having touched home plus two more on base.  Ben Baird recorded the inning’s last two outs but not before allowing both inherited runners to score plus two of his own on a double and two-run bomb.

The third and final long ball was served up by Alex Cornwell, who pitched the sixth.  Cornwell (15th Round) issued a one-out free pass before surrendering the two-out blast in his first taste of pro ball.

A trio of 2021 draftees proceeded to make their professional debuts as well.  Southpaws Chris Gerard (12th round) and Alex Ruiz (sixth round) posted identical lines, as each hurler faced the minimum with two strikeouts.   It should also be noted that Ruiz did hit a batter who was caught stealing.   Right-hander Trent Baker (ninth round) tossed a one-two-three ninth with two ground- and one fly- ball out.

The only FCL Cardinal with a multi-hit performance was center fielder Joshua Baez, our Player of the Day.  The 54th pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft doubled and tripled in five at bats, crossed home one time and drove in two.

Joshua Baez

Four of Baez’ teammates had one hit each, including right fielder Hansel Otamendi and left fielder Smith Vargas, who both went 1-for-3 with a walk. Otamendi scored twice and Vargas once.

Tuesday’s game:  at FCL Astros (18-14), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue vs. DSL Rockies – cancelled

Monday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals Blue (10-14) and DSL Rockies was cancelled due to Tropical Depression Grace.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Rockies (18-7), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red at DSL Tigers – cancelled

The DSL Cardinals Red (12-9) and the DSL Tigers were not able to get their game in due to rain.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers (9-14), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 16, 2021

photo: Carlos Soto (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system went 1-4 as the top three clubs scored a total of four runs in four losses. Palm Beach had all the offense, with seven tallies. Player of the Day Carlos Soto went 3-for-4 including a double, two-run home run and two runs scored.

Results from games played Sunday, August 15th.

Memphis 1 at Norfolk 5 (7 innings) – Game 1
Memphis 1 at Norfolk 3 (7 innings) – Game 2

The Redbirds managed just two runs in 14 Sunday innings, dropping a double header at Harbor Park, 5-1 and 3-1.  Memphis (41-49) won only one game of six played at Norfolk (37-51) (BAL).

Subpar defense combined with little offense led to the loss in the opener.  Starter Jake Woodford took the loss, his third in as many Triple-A decisions in 2021, despite yielding just one earned run over five innings.  The righty was charged with four tallies in all, permitting seven hits and two walks.  Seth Elledge pitched the sixth, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk.

Jake Woodford

Memphis was held to just three hits, with their sole score generated in the final frame.  Left fielder Alec Burleson worked a free pass, one of three walks taken by the visitors, and moved to third when catcher Ali Sanchez singled to right.  A second free pass issued to Conner Capel loaded the bases for center fielder Evan Mendoza, whose 4-3 ground out scored Burleson.

Players not in their regular defensive positions figured in the outcome. Third baseman Juan Yepez was charged with a fielding error, his seventh miscue overall, leading to three unearned fifth-inning scores.  First baseman Rayder Ascanio committed a throwing bobble the next inning which generated the unearned score charged to Elledge.

In the finale, the make up of their August 14th postponement, starter Connor Thomas turned in a quality start to no avail.  Thomas (L, 5-2) went the distance, yielding three runs on five hits and a free pass issued.  All three scores were generated by two fourth-inning home runs.

Connor Thomas

The sole Redbird with more than one of five team hits was shortstop Kramer Robertson who singled and doubled in three at bats while scoring his team’s only run.  After going hitless in three at bats in the opener, designated hitter Austin Dean went 1-for-3 in the nightcap, his first taste of Triple-A action since landing on the Injured List on May 20th.

Robertson was charged with his fifth and sixth miscues, one fielding and one throwing.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 5

In a game similar to Memphis’, the S-Cards mustered just five hits, falling to the Travelers at Dickey-Stephens Park, 5-1.  Springfield (34-56) dropped the series at Arkansas (48-42) (SEA), two games to four.

Catcher Ivan Herrera’s 11th long ball prevented a shutout, temporarily knotting the game at one all midway through four.  Left fielder David Vinsky singled twice in three at bats out of the eight hole, which unfortunately was nowhere near Herrera, who batted third.

Iván Herrera

Pitching on three days’ rest after retiring just four batters in his Wednesday, August 11th start against this same Arkansas lineup, Domingo Robles (L, 2-8) went four frames. Robles was pressed into action after scheduled starter Andre Pallante was placed on the injured list on Saturday. (More details for TCN members here.)

Springfield Loses Weekend Starters to the Injured List

Southpaw Robles permitted a second-inning tally plus three-run fourth, giving up seven hits and a walk.  One of the runs was unearned due to a fielding error by second baseman Nick Dunn, one of two Springfield miscues along with a fielding bobble by first baseman Chandler Redmond.

Cory Thompson retired six batters, allowing a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Garrett Williams and Freddy Pacheco each allowed a hit in their inning of work, with Pacheco striking out the side.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 4

In a continuing Sunday theme across the system, the Chiefs’ offense was held to just two hits in their 4-1 loss to the Kernels at Dozer Park.  Peoria (34-56) claimed just two of the six-game home set versus Cedar Rapids (49-41) (MIN).

The Chiefs were on the wrong end of a no-hitter through the game’s first six frames, with the no-no ending on catcher Pedro Pages’ single to start the bottom of the seventh.

Peoria ended the shutout bid in the eighth.  Left fielder Matt Chamberlain was plunked with one away, advancing to third after third baseman Jordan Walker lined a single to right.  Right fielder Jhon Torres K’d swinging with Walker going for his steal of second on the game.  The throw of Cedar Rapids’ backstop did not hit its mark, allowing Chamberlain to race home.

Connor Lunn (L, 5-6) tossed five frames, with both tallies charged to him coming on solo shots.  The right-hander permitted six hits in all, issuing two free passes.

Connor Lunn

Sean Kealey worked around three hits for two scoreless innings, fanning four.  Enmanuel Solano faced the minimum in the eighth before handing the ball to Leonardo Taveras.  Taveras interspersed two outs with four walks, resulting in two runs.  Jacob Schlesener issued a free pass, forcing one of Taveras’ base runners across home plate before recording his only out.

Defensively, the Chiefs committed three errors:  first baseman Todd Lott (fielding), catcher Aaron Antonini (pickout) and Lunn (interference).  Chamberlain was credited with an outfield assist at home and the team turned four double plays.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 7 vs. Lakeland 3

The Beach Birds finished their six-game home series versus the Flying Tigers on a high note with a 7-3 Sunday victory.  For the week, Palm Beach (27-59) claimed just two wins against Lakeland (37-52) (DET).

The home team pounced on Lakeland’s pitchers, scoring all seven tallies in the second through fourth frames.  The 12-hit offense was led by catcher Carlos Soto, who finished a triple shy of the cycle.  Our Player of the Day went 3-for-4 including a double and two-run bomb and two runs scored.

Carlos Soto

Shortstop Mack Chambers and left fielder Elijah Cabell both went 2-for-4, with Chambers tripling once with a walk, run scored and two driven in at the top of the order.  Second baseman Noah Mendlinger reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls, crossing home once.  Right fielder Patrick Romeri’s only hit in four at bats was his third long ball of 2021, the blast coming with Soto (double) aboard.

The contest featured the first professional start by Gordon Graceffo after four relief appearances.  The right-hander, St. Louis’ 5th-round pick in the 2021 First-Year Player draft, shut down Lakeland on two singles through the first three innings before faltering in the fourth.

Graceffo gave up consecutive singles to begin the frame, giving way to Edwin Nunez.  Nunez (W, 3-2) allowed both runners to score via a single and wild pitch but retired nine batters in all, permitting two hits and issuing two free passes.

Ryan Loutos and Levi Prater shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Loutos gave up a run on three hits and a base-on-balls in two innings before Prater negotiated around a hit batter for a scoreless ninth.

On the basepaths, Cabell was picked off second. In the field, Palm Beach was charged with two bobbles.  Chambers committed his third miscue with an errant throw and first baseman L.J. Jones had a fielding error, his second.  On a plus side, the team turned two double plays.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off

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

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (15-13) vs. FCL Mets (17-15), 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 (10-14) vs. DSL Rockies (18-7), 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 (12-9) at DSL Tigers (9-14), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2021

Photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

Nolan Gorman led Memphis to one of the system’s two extra-inning victories on Thursday.  Springfield eked out a win as well but Peoria and Palm Beach did not.  None of the three short-season clubs were able to get their games in.

Results from the games played Thursday, August 12th

Memphis 7 at Norfolk 6  (11)
Nolan Gorman scored the winning run as the Redbirds stemmed the Tide, 7-6, in 11 innings.  It was the first victory in three tries for Memphis (41-46) at Harbor Park.

Gorman, our Player of the Day, accumulated four of his squad’s 11 hits, going 4-for-5 with a walk, double and three runs scored.  The second baseman began the 11th inning at second base, was wild pitched to third, leaving him in position to score on catcher Ali Sanchez’ sac fly to first in foul ground.

Nolan Gorman

The Redbirds christened the scoreboard with a first inning tally, assisted by three consecutive free passes issued by Norfolk’s starter.  Shortstop Kramer Robertson drew the first base-on-balls, eventually touching home plate via a 6-3 ground out by left fielder Alec Burleson.

Norfolk responded with a score of their own off starter Zack Thompson, one of two tallies yielded by the lefty during his five-inning stint.  Thompson scattered six hits and a walk, tossing 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

The hosts led 2-1 until the visitor half of the fifth when the Redbirds generated three runs on five hits.  The big blows were Burleson’s two-run double scoring Gorman (single) and first baseman Juan Yepez (walk), and Burleson touching home plate on a bunt single by centerfielder Evan Mendoza.

Memphis added two more runs the next frame to go up 6-2 at the sixth’s midpoint but the four-run lead evaporated under the bullpen’s watch.  T.J. Zeuch, Toronto’s first-round pick back in 2016, did not impress in his second appearance for Memphis.  The righty was charged with three runs on four hits, including a solo shot, and a base-on-balls, in 1 ½ innings.  Zeuch fanned four.

Jesus Cruz recorded five outs, yielding a hit, handing the ball off to Junior Fernandez.  Fernandez (BS, 1) surrendered a home run that sent the game into extras.  Kodi Whitley (W, 2-0) tossed two clean frames, navigating around two walks.

Kodi Whitley

Three Redbirds had two hits apiece:  Sanchez, Mendoza and third baseman Rayder Ascanio – the former two in five at bats and Ascanio in four.  Sanchez drove in three while Mendoza and Ascanio both worked a free pass, Mendoza knocking in one.

Burleson reached base three times, going 1-for-4 with two walks, a double, run scored and three RBI’s.

The Redbirds’ pitching staff was aided greatly by the four double plays turned by their defense.  Gorman took part in all of them.

Friday’s game:  at Norfolk (34-51)(BAL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05  pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-2, 6.00)

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 3  (10)
Solid bullpen pen work combined with their host’s shaky defense handed the S-Cards a 4-3 victory over the Travelers in 10 innings at Dickey-Stephens Park.  Springfield (34-53) leads the six-game series, two games to one.

Delvin Perez began the 10th at second, per the rules in place for games going into extra innings,  A fielding miscue by the Tides’ first baseman allowed both designated hitter Irving Lopez to reach and Perez to cross home for the winning margin.  It was one of three bobbles by Norfolk’s defense resulting in two unearned scores.

The contest was tied 3-3 over the last three frames of regulation thanks to the strong efforts by relievers Ramon Santos and Jacob Bosiokovic.  Both hurlers struck out four, Santos issuing two free passes and stranding an inherited runner in 2 2/3 innings.  Bosiokovic (W, 6-3) allowed two hits and plunked a batter over two frames.

Dalton Roach battled control issues and the long ball during his 5 1/3 innings on the mound, issuing six free passes along with three hits yielded.  All three runs given up were products of two home runs.

Springfield mustered six hits, half of them belonging to Ivan Herrera.  The catcher went 3-for-4 with a walk and RBI.  Both Brendan Donovan and Chandler Redmond doubled once in four at bats with one driven in, Donovan scoring once.  Left fielder David Vinsky reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, stolen base and run scored.

Iván Herrera

Friday’s game:  at Arkansas (45-42)(SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (1-1, 5.17)

Peoria 3 vs Cedar Rapids 10
The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a mid-game lead in their 10-3 home loss to Cedar Rapids.  Peoria (33-54) trail in the series versus the Kernels, one game to two.

The home team led 3-2 at the sixth’s onset but the advantage flipped to a 7-3 hole by the time the inning was over.  Jacob Schlesener (L, 4-4)(BS,3) retired just one batter, surrendering five runs on two hits and four walks, including a two-run bomb and run-scoring wild pitch.

Fabian Blanco recorded seven outs, permitting an unearned score on three hits and a base-on-balls, leaving one of Schlesener’s last two runners aboard.  Leonardo Taveras retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners but Paul Schwendel was tagged for two ninth-inning scores on two hits and a walk.

All three pitched in relief of starter Michael YaSenka who struck out eight in five innings.  The righty was tagged for two runs on four hits and five base-on-balls.

Michael YaSenka

Peoria managed just five hits, Jordan Walker the only Chief with more than one.  The third baseman singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home plate once.

Designated hitter Todd Lott and catcher Pedro Pages both went yard, their only hit in four at bats.  Lott’s bomb came with the bases empty while Pages sent one over the wall in left center after Walker hit his 10th high-A two-bagger.

Friday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (47-40)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT,  Logan Gragg (2-4, 5.89)

Palm Beach 3 vs Lakeland 12
The Beach Birds were mauled by the Flying Tigers, 12-3, at Chevrolet Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday.  Palm Beach has won one of the first three games of the six-game home set.

The contest was knotted at 2-2 until Palm Beach pitchers served up a combined seven tallies over the fifth and sixth frames.  A three-run eighth ensued for Lakeland before the Beach Birds added a ninth-inning score.

Starter Edgar Manzo took the loss, his third in seven decisions.  The right-hander was charged with three runs on four hits and two base-on-balls with five K’s over 4 2/3 frames.

Manzo’s final runner scored with Andrew Marrero on the mound.  Marrero, an 18th-round selection in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, retired just two batters, permitting five scores, three earned, on three hits, two walks and two balks.

Luis Ortiz inherited two base runners and allowed both to cross home plate during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.  The righty allowed three runs of his own on three hits, including a two-run long ball.  Levi Prater recorded four outs, yielding a run on two hits and two base-on-balls and letting Ortiz’ last runner touch home plate.

Palm Beach’s offense had more scoring opportunities from walks (six) than they did hits (five).  Second baseman Noah Medlinger, an undrafted free agent signee, singled and doubled in two at bats with a walk, hit-by-pitch and run scored out of the nine hole.

Noah Mendlinger

Most of the team’s results were provided by designated hitter Austin Dean who took part in his third game since his rehab assignment began.  The outfielder’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run blast with Medlinger aboard after the latter was plunked.

Austin Dean

Friday’s game:  vs Lakeland (35-51) (DET), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals at FCL Marlins – cancelled
Thursday’s contest between the FCL Cardinals (15-13) and the FCL Marlins (12-15) was cancelled.

Friday’s games:  at FCL Nationals (), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue vs DSL Mets1 – postponed 
Thursday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals Blue (10-11) and the DSL Mets1 was postponed due to inclement weather.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a home-and-away double header on Friday, August 13th with game one beginning at 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT.

Friday’s game:  vs/at DSL Mets1 (10-12).  Game one – 10:00 am ET/9:00 CT, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals Red at DSL Cubs Red – postponed
The DSL Cardinals Red (9-9 and the DSL Cubs Red were unable to get their game in due to rain.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a home-and-away twin bill on Friday, August 13th with game one beginning at 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT.

Friday’s games:  vs/at DSL Cubs Red (9-12).  Game one – 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA/TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 11, 2021

Photo: Andre Pallante (Springfield Cardinals)

Andre Pallante’s strong mound work led Springfield to one of two wins in St Louis’ minors on Tuesday.  Jordan Walker shone as well in Peoria’s victory, but the system’s other five teams went down to defeat.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 10th

Memphis 0 at Norfolk 4
Memphis (40-45) narrowly escaped being no hit in their 4-0 series’ opening loss to Norfolk at Harbor Park.

Alec Burleson’s two-out single in the eighth was all that stood between the Redbirds and an ignominious defeat.  Memphis managed just four walks along with Conner Capel’s hit by pitch and had only one opportunity with runners in scoring position.

Matthew Liberatore (L, 4-7) tossed a fine effort, yielding three runs on seven hits, including a solo bomb.  The lefty fanned seven and did not walk a batter.  Kodi Whitley was touched for a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the eighth.

Matthew Liberatore

Wednesday’s game:  at Norfolk (33-50)(BAL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05  pm CT, Angel Rondon (5-4, 4.92)

Springfield 9 at Arkansas 0
Andre Pallante and a pair of relievers spun a two-hitter in support of a strong offensive effort as Springfield (33-52) blanked Arkansas at Dickey-Stephens Park, 9-0.

Player of the Day Pallante (W, 4-6) held the Travelers to just one hit and two base-on-balls over six frames with four K’s.  The righty did throw a wild pitch but induced 11 ground- to just two fly- ball outs.

Andre Pallante

Two relievers kept the shutout intact over the final three innings.  Cory Thompson impressed in his Double-A debut, limiting his opponents to a hit and walk with six outs recorded.  Grant Black was successful in his return to Double-A, working around a base-on-balls.

The offense’s results were a team-wide effort, all nine starters taking part in the scoring, generating 10 hits in total.  Four players had two hits apiece:  first baseman Brendan Donovan, shortstop Delvin Perez, right fielder Matt Koperniak and second baseman Nick Dunn.   Donovan and Dunn’s hits came in five at bats with Perez and Koperniak taking four at bats.

Perez added a walk, crossing home twice versus the other three scoring one time.  Donovan drove in two while Koperniak and Dunn knocked in one.  Koperniak doubled in his first Double-A game, the only one of the four to have a hit go for extra bases.  The outfielder is playing at his second new level in under two weeks.  Left fielder David Vinsky reached base three times, going 0-for-2 with two base-on-balls and a hit-by-pitch and touched home twice.

The victory was even more impressive considering the S-Cards were responding to six of their teammates’ sudden exodus to the Injured List, including two starters and a returning rehabber. 

Wednesday’s game:  at Arkansas (44-41)(SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Domingo Robles (2-6, 5.82)

Peoria 7 vs Cedar Rapids 2
Jordan Walker’s three-hit night led Springfield (33-52) over Cedar Rapids, 7-2, in the series’ opener.

Walker accounted for three tallies, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.  The only other player with more than one of the team’s 10 hits was catcher Pedro Pages who singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once and driving in one.

Jordan Walker

Eight of nine starters either scored or drove in a run, including first baseman Leandro Cedeno and second baseman Moises Castillo who did both.  Cedeno went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two knocked in while Castillo singled once in four at bats, crossing home once and driving in one.  Masyn Winn’s only hit in five at bats was his second triple, after which the shortstop scored a run.

Connor Lunn led a trio of Chiefs’ hurlers combining on a three hitter.  Lunn tossed the first four frames before a 93-minute rain delay ensued.  The righty allowed a run on two hits with four strikeouts.

Sean Kealey (W, 1-0) took over when play resumed, shutting down the Kernels on two walks over three innings while fanning three.  It was the lefty’s first A-Advanced victory after being promoted from Palm Beach on July 29th.  Leonardo Taveras surrendered a solo home run during his two-inning stint, the only hit permitted to go with three K’s.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (45-40)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (2-6, 3.79)

Palm Beach 3 vs Lakeland 12
The losing streak is now at 18 games and counting for Palm Beach (25-55) who were thumped by Lakeland at home, 12-3.

The contest remained competitive through five innings despite starter Jose Moreno retiring just one batter.  Moreno (L, 0-4) was charged with four runs on three hits and four base-on-balls, putting his team in a 4-0 hole before they ever came to bat.

Nathanael Heredia kept the Beach Birds close with 4 2/3 frames of one-hit, one-walk ball.  The lefty fanned seven, stranding three inherited runners and departed with his team trailing 4-3.

Nathanael Heredia

That was the game’s high point.  Righties Andrew Marrero and Luis Tena combined to surrender seven scores before Palm Beach’s next at bat, putting the game out of reach.

Marrero yielded four runs on a hit, two base-on-balls, a balk and a plunked batter in just two-thirds of an inning.  Tena allowed all three inherited runners to score plus three of his own on three hits, a walk and two wild pitches with one out recorded.

Levi Prater calmed the scoring waters during his inning of work, issuing a free pass.  Luis Ortiz, however, was tagged for a tally on a hit and two walks.

The Beach Birds actually outhit the Flying Tigers, 10-to-9, but were a dismal 2-for-16 with Runners In Scoring Position, stranding 12.  Two Palm Beach players had a multi-hit performance:  centerfielder Mike Antico and first baseman Thomas Francisco.  Antico singled and tripled in five at bats, touching home once whereas Francisco went 2-for-4, batting sixth.

Wednesday’s games:  vs Lakeland (33-55) (DET).  Game one – 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT,  TBA/TBA

FCL Cardinals 0 at FCL Mets 2

The Florida Birds were held to just three hits in their 2-0 loss to the FCL Mets at St Lucie Sports Complex.  The FCL Cardinals (14-13) fell for the fourth time in their last five games with four of five games decided by less than three runs.

Yordy Richard (L, 3-4) pitched a strong effort, striking out nine in six innings while yielding two runs on seven hits.  The right-hander did not issue a free pass.

Yordy Richard

Tink Hence and Thomas Hart went an inning each, Hence facing the minimum and Hart giving up a hit.  Both relievers fanned a batter.

The offense did not have a productive day at the plate, accumulating three singles and five walks while striking out a collective 11 times.  Shortstop Jeremy Rivas went 2-for-4 out of the two hole whereas the only other FCL Cardinal to get a hit was second baseman Brandon Hernandez in the eight slot.

Third baseman Darlyn Del Villar worked two base-on-balls and stole his first base.  Hernandez was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Defensively, catcher Jake Burns was charged with a passed ball, his second.

Wednesday’s game:  vs FCL Astros (17-10), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs DSL Angels 11
The DSL Cardinals Blue (10-11) were pounded by the DSL Angels, 11-4, in a game that ceased to be competitive fairly early.

The long ball proved to be the C-Blue hurlers’ bugaboo, with three home runs accounting for seven scores.  Starter Randel Clemente surrendered one of those bombs in taking the loss, his second in as many decisions.  The 19-year-old rookie gave up four hits, including a two-run blast, plus a walk that generated four tallies, two earned, in 2 2/3 frames.

Marlyn Almonte left Clemente’s last two runners on base but served up a two-run home run to the same batter as did Clemente.  Those tallies represented two of the three runs allowed on two hits and a base-on-balls over 1 1/3 innings.  Both Clemente and Almonte hit a batter.

All three scores permitted by Alexander Beltre during his two-inning stint came off one home run.  Beltre gave up three hits and issued a free pass.

Juan Peralta pitched two innings, yielding a run on two hits before handing off to Uriel Curvelo.  Curvelo tossed a clean eighth, the sole C-Blue hurler not to be scored upon.

The DSL Cardinals Blue played a bit of long ball themselves as three of their four runs were generated by two bombs.  Centerfielder Luis Pino’s solo shot gave his squad a 1-0 lead after one, the first of his two hits in two at bats with three walks, the aforementioned run scored and RBI.

Luis Mario Piño

The other home run came off left fielder Jose Suarez’ bat in the fourth.  The blast occurred with Keshawn Rombley (walk) aboard, narrowing the Angels’ lead to 7-3.  Suarez went 1-for-2 with two base-on-balls, touched home once and knocked in two.  The C-Blue acquired six hits in all and worked eight base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red 1 at DSL Mets2 3  (7)
Like their FCL counterparts, the Cardinals Red (9-9) mustered just three hits, dropping a 3-1 decision to the DSL Mets2 (8-12).

Starter Branyan Ramirez (L, 0-1) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, a walk and plunked batter.

Righty Augusto Calderon extended his scoreless streak to 8 2/3 frames over seven appearances.  Today the 20-year-old blanked the Mets2 on a hit, walk and hit batsman with two K’s over 2 1/3 and stranded three inherited batters.

Augusto Calderon

William Miranda did not fare as well as Calderon, permitting two scores on two hits and a plunked batter in 1/3 of an inning. His final run scored on a sac fly with Fraimin Marte on the bump.  Marte retired all five batters faced.

The DSL Cardinals Red did not score until the sixth at which point Elias Reynoso walked to open the frame.  The first baseman was wild pitched to second then advanced to third on a single by second baseman Lizandro Espinoza.  Reynoso scored his squad’s sole tally via centerfielder Carlos Carmona’s force at second.

Acting as the designated hitter, Romtres Cabrera provided the other two hits, going 2-for-3 in the clean-up spot.  Cabrera was nailed trying to steal second.

Defensively, right fielder Jeremy Ramos was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Wednesday’s game:  off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 10, 2021

It was a light Monday schedule for St Louis’ minors with only the DSL teams in action.  Romtres Cabrera’s performance helped the Cardinals Red to victory but the Cardinals Blue fell despite a fine offensive effort by Christian Avendano.

Results from games played Monday, August 9th

Memphis – off   
Fifth-place Memphis (40-44) continues their East Coast swing looking to rebound after going 2-4 at first-place Durham (TB).  Next up is sixth-place Norfolk.

Tuesday’s game:  at Norfolk (32-50)(BAL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (4-6, 5.15)

Springfield – off     
A week after hosting third-place Arkansas, fifth-place Springfield (32-52) travels to Dickey-Stephens Park for six games before heading back home.

Tuesday’s game: at Arkansas (44-40)(SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-6, 4.62)

Peoria – off   
Sixth-place Peoria (32-52) is back at home this week after a disappointing road trip to fifth-place South Bend (CHC) is which they won only two of the six-game set.

Tuesday’s game: vs second-place Cedar Rapids (45-39)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-5, 4.16)

Palm Beach – off   
The match up this week features the cellar dwellers of the Low-A Southeast’s East and West Divisions:  Palm Beach (25-54) and Lakeland.  The Beach Birds are still looking for a halt to their losing slide which has reached 17 games.

Tuesday’s game:   vs Lakeland (32-50) (DET), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals – off    
The FCL Cardinals’ 2021 schedule is to play four games and have the fifth day off.  Monday, August 9th was a day off.

Tuesday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (14-12) at FCL Mets (13-14), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Angels 9
Four C-Blue errors proved costly in the team’s 9-8 loss to the DSL Angels (11-9).

Those miscues generated six unearned runs with starter Benjamin Arias (L, 1-2) bearing the brunt of the damage.  Only one of the five runs allowed by the right-hander over four innings was earned with Arias yielding six hits and issuing a free pass.

Swing starter Victor Herrera pitched two innings, allowing two unearned scores on three hits and a hit batsman.  Alejandro Cervantes was tagged for two runs, earned, on three hits and a walk in two frames.  The tallies were the first earned runs and only the third score overall yielded by the 20-year-old in 13 2/3 innings, covering seven appearances.

The DSL Cardinals Blue (10-10) garnered 11 hits, four players gathering two hits apiece:  second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion, shortstop Maycol Justo, first baseman Fernando Diaz and right fielder Christian Avendano.  Avendano generated the most results, singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Christian Avendano

Justo and Diaz both reached base three times, Justo going 2-for-5 with a base-on-balls and run scored while Diaz singled twice in four at bats with a hit-by-pitch, touching home once.  Encarnacion drove in two with his 2-for-6 effort.

Defensively, players named Encarnacion accounted for three of the four miscues.  Second baseman Encarnacion committed his fourth and fifth bobbles – one throwing and one fielding, while third baseman Bryan Encarnacion was charged with an errant throw, his third error.  The final bobble belonged to Justo who was tagged for his third error, throwing.

Tuesday’s game:  vs DSL Angels (11-9), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 10 vs DSL Mets2 4
Romtres Cabrera’s big day at the plate led the DSL Cardinals Red (9-8) past the DSL Mets2, 10-4.

Cabrera finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double and triple, crossed home plate twice, drove in two and stole two bases while batting clean up.  The left fielder has earned our Player of the Day designation.

Romtres Cabrera

The two batters on each side of Cabrera in the batting order were quite productive as well:  centerfielder Carlos Carmona and first baseman Santiago Carbonara.  Both players went 2-for-5 with a double. Carbonara added his first triple.  Carmona scored three times out of the three slot and Carbonara touched home once with two knocked in.  The C-Red banged out 13 hits in all.

The home team used five hurlers to navigate nine innings.  Starter Wilmer Ortega lasted just eight batters, permitting three hits and three base-on-balls, resulting in three runs, earned.

18-year-old Omar Yanez retired all four batters faced, stranding an inherited runner before Darlin Saladin took over at the fifth’s onset.  Saladin (W, 3-0) gave up a run, earned, on two hits and two walks in two innings then handed the ball off the Eduar Pimental.

The only batter to reach against Pimental during his two-inning stint was via a free pass.  Righty Bruno Lopez tossed a clean ninth, allowing a hit, and has not yet been scored upon in six game appearances encompassing eight frames.

Bruno Lopez

Defensively, left fielder Cabrera committed his second bobble when he did not field a play cleanly.  Catcher Carlos Linarez was charged with a passed ball.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Mets2 (7-12), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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