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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