Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 12, 2021

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Wednesday.   Palm Beach played a doubleheader. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is center fielder Joshua Baez, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in the FCL Cardinals win over the Astros.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 11.

Memphis 5 at Norfolk 7

Memphis fell to the Norfolk Tides in a two-run loss at Harbor Park on Wednesday night.  The Redbirds claimed a lead in the middle innings, but Norfolk took it back in the final two innings.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits, fanned seven and walked two.  Connor Jones relieved Rondon and surrendered four runs, three earned, in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss, his fourth of the season.  Seth Elledge yielded one run in 1 1/3 innings and was charged with the blown save. Tyler Webb got the final out of the eighth.

Norfolk took a 1-0 lead in the third on a solo home run.  The Redbirds tied it up in the fourth.  Juan Yepez was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Conner Capel followed with a single.  Evan Mendoza flew into a sacrifice double play and Yepez scored, with Capel thrown out at second base.

Memphis took the lead 5-1 in the fifth.  Rayder Ascanio led off the inning with a solo home run.  Scott Hurst drew a walk but was eliminated on a force out by Kramer Robertson.  Nolan Gorman followed with a triple to left field and Robertson scored. Gorman then scored on a wild pitch.  Yepez drew a walk, Mendoza singled, and Alec Burleson singled to plate Yepez.

Rayder Ascanio

The Tides got one run back in the home half of the fifth to make it 5-2.  Then in the seventh, Norfolk put up four runs to take a 6-5 lead, then added a run in the eighth for the final score of 7-5.

Gorman was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Capel, Burleson and Ascanio were each 2-for-4.

In the field, Robertson made a throwing error.

Memphis has a record of 40-46 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 16 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  at Norfolk, Zack Thompson LHP (2-6, 6.61) vs. Mike Baumann RHP (1-0, 1.64) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 14

The Cardinals were shellacked by the Arkansas Travelers in a 14-4 laugher at Dickey-Stephenson Park on Wednesday night.  The Cardinals were held scoreless for seven innings before finally rallying for four runs in the eighth to avoid the shutout.

Arkansas hit Springfield pitching for eight runs in the second inning. They added a ninth run in the third, four runs in the fifth, and one in the seventh.

The Cardinals scored four in the eighth inning that started with a single by Matt Koperniak.  Julio Rodriguez doubled to score Koperniak.  David Vinsky reached on a missed catch error and Rodriguez scored.  Nick Plummer drew a walk and Nick Dunn singled to plate Vinsky.  Plummer scored on a single by Brendan Donovan.

Koperniak and Rodriguez were both 2-for-4 in the game. Dunn, Donovan, and Rodriguez each had an RBI.

Julio Rodriguez

Starter Domingo Robles lasted only 1 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs, six earned, on five hits, struck out one and walked two.  Kyle Leahy relieved Robles in the second inning and tossed three innings in which he surrendered six runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Garrett Williams yielded one run in 2 1/3 innings pitched.  Freddy Pacheco threw the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Robles took the loss, his seventh of the season.

In the field, Rodriguez was charged with catcher interference.  Chandler Redmond made a fielding error.  Vinsky had an outfield assist at second base.  Koperniak had an outfield assist at first base.

Springfield is 33-53 and stands in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 18 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Arkansas, TBD (SPR) vs. Matt Brash RHP (1-1, 2.18) 7:10 CT.

Peoria 4, Cedar Rapids 5

The Chiefs were edged by Cedar Rapids in a 5-4 contest at Dozer Park on Wednesday night.  Peoria fell behind and rallied twice but just fell short at the end.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked three.  The right-hander suffered his seventh loss of the season.  Gianluca Dalatri relieved Pereira and surrendered two runs in the fifth.  Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless sixth.  Enmanuel Solano kept the Kernels off the board for the final three innings.

Enmanuel Solano

Cedar Rapids took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.  The Chiefs got two runs back in the fourth on a single by Aaron Antonini.

The Kernels widened the lead to 5-2 in the fifth.  Peoria rallied again for two runs in the eighth on a double by Zade Richardson but failed to score in the ninth.

Jordan Walker and Jhon Torres were both 2-for-5 in the game.  Richardson was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Antonini drove in two.

Zade Richardson

On the base paths, Tommy Jew stole his first base in three games with Peoria since his promotion.  Todd Lott stole his first base in eight games with the Chiefs.

Peoria is 33-53 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 25 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-8, 6.62) vs. Louie Varland RHP (2-0, 0.83) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Lakeland 3 (seven innings, game one)

The Cardinals played a twin bill against Lakeland on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium.  In game one, the Beach Birds beat the Flying Tigers by a one run margin in this seven-inning contest.

Palm Beach got on the board with three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.  The inning began with a single by Austin Dean, in Jupiter on a rehab assignment.  Mack Chambers singled, and L.J. Jones followed with a single to load the bases.  Thomas Francisco plated Dean and Chambers on a single.  Jones scored on a double play by Patrick Romeri.

Lakeland got one run back in the second to cut the lead to 3-1.  The Flying Tigers began chipping away, putting up one run in the fifth and scoring the tying run in the sixth.

In the seventh, Osvaldo Tovalin singled, Ramon Mendoza reached on an error, and Dean walked.  With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, Mike Antico singled to score Tovalin and walk it off for the Cardinals.

Dean was 2-for-3 and Chambers was 2-for-4.  DH Elijah Cabell was also 2-for-3.  Francisco had two RBI.

Elijah Cabell

Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one.  Gordon Graceffo relieved Rodriguez and surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Andre Granillo got the final out of the seventh to earn his first win of the season.

In the field Rodriguez made an error on a pick off but picked a runner off first base.  Graceffo had a fielding miscue.

Palm Beach 4 at Lakeland 7 (seven innings, game two)

The Cardinals fell short of the two-game sweep on Wednesday against Lakeland, losing 7-4 in the game two at Roger Dean Stadium.  The second game was a makeup of a July 11 postponed game, with Lakeland as the home team.

The Flying Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  The Beach Birds scored one run in the second to cut the lead to 2-1.  Noah Medlinger walked and Osvaldo Tovalin singled.  Wade Stauss drew a walk to load the bases.  After a rain delay, the game resumed and Franklin Soto plated Medlinger on a force out.

In the third, the Beach Birds scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead on a three-run home run by L.J. Jones.  The lead was lost in the fourth when Lakeland responded with three runs to make it 5-4 in favor of the Flying Tigers.  Lakeland widened their lead with two runs in the sixth.

LJ Jones IV

Carlos Soto was 2-for-4 on the night. Jones was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Tovalin was also 2-for-3.

Starter Ryan Loutos pitched three innings, gave up two runs on five hits, and struck out two.  Gustavo J. Rodriguez relieved Loutos and surrendered five runs, four earned on six hits to take the loss, his fifth of the season.  Edwin Nunez got the final two outs of the sixth inning.

In the field, F. Soto made a throwing error.  Ryan Holgate had a fielding miscue.

Palm Beach has a record of 26-56 and sits in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 19 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Lakeland, TBD (PB) vs. Nick Davila RHP (3-5, 3.52) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 8, FCL Astros 3

The Cardinals (15-13) defeated the Astros in a Wednesday morning contest at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter Jose Davila pitched three innings and gave up two runs on no hits, fanned seven and walked four.  Jose Garcia relieved Davila and tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Ettore Giulianelli surrendered one run in 2/3 innings.  Ben Baird threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Victor Villanueva pitched a scoreless ninth.  Garcia got the win, his third of the season.

The Astros got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  The Cardinals came back in a big way in the second with five runs on the board on a grand slam by Sander Mora and a fifth run scored on a wild pitch.

Sander Mora

The Cardinals added to their lead with one run in the fifth.  Hansel Otamendi drew a walk to begin the inning, stole second base, and scored on a single by Luis Rodriguez.   In the sixth, second round draft pick Joshua Baez hit a two-run home run, his first professional home run.

The Astros scored one more run in the seventh, but the Cardinals took home the win.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored.  Otamendi was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Mora had four RBI.

Joshua Baez

On the base paths, Baez, Otamendi, and Joerlin De Los Santos all stole bases.  Baez stole his second of the season.  Otamendi stole two bases, his third and fourth.  De Los Santos stole his third base.  De Los Santos was also caught stealing, as was Luis Rodriguez.

In the field, Darlyn Del Villar made a throwing error.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Marlins, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets1, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Cubs Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT


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