Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 19, 2021

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

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

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

Desert Dogs 7 at Solar Sox 1

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

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

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

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

Nolan Gorman

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

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

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

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

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

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