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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