Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2021

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3. Matthew Liberatore dominated on the mound for Memphis as Ivan Herrera and Chandler Redmond led Springfield’s long ball onslaught.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 17th.

Memphis 5 vs. Nashville 1

Matthew Liberatore’s impressive start led the Redbirds (42-49) over Nashville in the home series opener, 5-1.

The lefty and reliever T.J. Zeuch, the latter picked up in a July 25th trade with Toronto, combined to silence the Sounds on three hits, facing just three over the minimum.  Liberatore (W, 5-7) struck out his season-tying best nine over seven frames, with the only mark against him a fifth-inning tally generated by a lead-off walk plus two singles.  Our Player of the Day yielded a final single to open the seventh, with the base runner erased via a 5-4-3 double play.

Matthew Liberatore

Zeuch retired all six batters faced for his first career save.  It was the third game appearance as a Redbird for Toronto’s first round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Memphis’ balanced offense featured seven players gathering at least one of eight team hits, with all seven scoring or driving in a run.  Catcher Ali Sanchez singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored and second baseman Nolan Gorman went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, touched home once and drove in one.

Third baseman Kramer Robertson’s triple was one of two hits to go for extra bases, along with a double by first baseman Juan Yepez.  Robertson crossed home twice with a walk and stolen base but committed a fielding bobble while Yepez knocked in one in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (50-41) (MIL), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (5-4, 4.83)

Springfield 8 vs. Wichita 6

The S-Cards claimed the “Battle of the Long Ball” behind big nights by Ivan Herrera and Chandler Redmond. The result was an 8-6 home victory over division-leading Wichita in the first of their six-game set.

The contest contained five home runs in total with Springfield (35-56) accumulating the majority of them, thanks to catcher Ivan Herrera.  Herrera went yard twice representing both of his hits in three at bats along with two walks and three driven in.

Iván Herrera

The Redbirds’ other blast belonged to first baseman Chandler Redmond who went 3-for-4 with a two-run bomb comprising one of his two runs scored and two of his four RBI.  Shortstop Brendan Donovan and designated hitter Julio Rodriguez worked a free pass to open the first and second frames, respectively, just before Herrera and Redmond went yard.  Five other S-Cards acquired one of their squad’s 10 hits, with three of them generating scores.

Chandler Redmond

On the mound, starter Dalton Roach had a rocky performance, surrendering two home runs making up two of the nine hits and four walks allowed in 4 1/3 innings.  Both long balls occurred with a runner aboard for four of the six tallies charged to the righty.  Roach also hit a batter.

Ramon Santos (W, 5-3) retired seven batters, five on strikeouts, yielding a hit and two walks while stranding one of two inherited runners.  Jacob Bosiokovic fanned three of four batters retired, issuing two free passes before Freddy Pacheco navigated around a hit and base-on-balls for his first Double-A save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wichita (52-39) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Kevin McGovern (1-1, 4.83)

Peoria 1 at Beloit 3

An out-of-synch offense led to Peoria’s (34-57) 3-1 defeat to Beloit at ABC Supply Stadium.

The Chiefs outhit the Snappers eight to five but were a dismal 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Left fielder Matt Chamberlain had the only multi-hit effort, singling and doubling in four at bats out of the nine hole.  His two-out double drove in Tyler Reichenborn (walk) in the ninth, preventing a shutout.

Matt Chamberlain

Reichenborn doubled once in three at bats batting eighth, his base-on-balls one of three for the team.  Right fielder Jhon Torres was issued the other two free passes to go with a single in two at bats.

Wilfredo Pereira (L, 2-8) fanned seven during his 4 2/3 innings on the mound.  The right-hander permitted four hits and three walks, resulting in two runs, both earned.

Diego Cordero recorded four outs, yielding a run on a hit and walk.  The tally was unearned due to his throwing error on an attempted pickoff.

Jack Ralston and Fabian Blanco each tossed a scoreless frame. Both pitchers issued one free pass.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (43-48) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-8, 6.41)

Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 5

Strong offensive performances by a trio of 2021 draft picks led Palm Beach (28-59) over Daytona, 8-5.

Center fielder Mike Antico (8th round), first baseman Thomas Francisco (19th round) and third baseman Osvaldo Tovalin (10th round) took part in seven scores, with all going yard.  Antico went 3-for-5 with a double and ninth-inning solo shot at the top of the order, whereas Francisco’s second pro bomb came with Ryan Holgate (single) and L.J. Jones (single) aboard in the Beach Birds’ four-run fourth.

Thomas Francisco

Francisco went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, with his second time crossing home plate occurring on Tovalin’s three-run long ball in the second.  The blast was the number nine bat’s only hit in four at bats and one of nine Palm Beach hits overall.

Beach Birds hurlers were also bitten by the bomb. Starter Ludwin Jimenez served up a home run accounting for all three tallies yielded on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.  The righty struck out seven.

Andre Granillo (W, 2-1) was tagged with the other long ball, a solo shot comprising one of three hits and a base-on-balls allowed yielding two runs in all.  Four of the five outs recorded by the right-hander were strikeouts.

Luis Ortiz fanned all five batters retired, permitting two hits and a base-on-balls.  Inohan Paniagua worked around a walk for his first career save. It was the 21-year-old’s first action since June 12th.

Wednesday’s game:  at Daytona (44-47) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals 0 at FCL Astros 4

Yordy Richard’s solid start was not enough to prevent the FCL Cardinals (15-15) from dropping a 4-0 decision at the FCL Astros (19-14).

Richard (L, 3-5) struck out six in five innings, permitting two scores on five hits and a plunked batter.  Both runs came on a two-run long ball in the second frame.

Yordy Richard

Roy Garcia tossed a clean sixth, giving up two hits, before two Florida Birds right-handers made their second pro appearances:  Zane Mills (4th Round) and Bryan Pope (undrafted free agent signee).  Both allowed a run in their inning of work.  Mills’ tally came on a hit batsman, stolen base and RBI single while Pope issued a lead-off free pass with the runner advancing to third on a single and scoring via a sac fly.

The offense mustered six hits but could not break through against rehabbing Ryan Eades plus three pitchers tossing their maiden pro effort.  Third baseman Sander Mora singled twice in four at bats at the bottom of the order and the sole hit to go for extra bases was a double generated by designated hitter Jake Burns.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. FCL Marlins (15-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Rockies 9

A seven-run sixth flipped a Cardinals Blue (10-15) lead into a 9-5 loss to the DSL Rockies (19-7).

The visitors were up 5-2 going into the home half of the sixth.  Five of the seven tallies scored were unearned due to a fielding error by righty Randel Clemente (L, 0-3), who was charged with six scores, one earned, on five hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in 1 2/3 innings.

Marlyn Almonte recorded the sixth’s last out, yielding two hits resulting in two inherited runners touching home plate plus one of his own.  Southpaw Alexander Beltre worked around three free passes issued for two clean frames.

All three pitched in relief of Benjamin Arias, who surrendered a two-run bomb plus one more hit and a base-on-balls through the first four frames.

Luis Mario Piño

Center fielder Luis Pino and right fielder Christian Avendano each had two of the C-Blue’s nine hits, both taking four at bats.  Pino launched his third home run and added another RBI while Avendano drove in one.

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red vs. DSL Tigers – postponed

Tuesday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals Red (12-9) and the DSL Tigers (9-14) was postponed due to rain.  The two teams meet for the last time this season in an away-and-home series on September 9th and 10th.

Wednesday’s game:  off

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