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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