Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 22, 2023

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-2 on Monday as the two rookie clubs were defeated. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Facundo Velasquez, blasted a home run in the DSL. Other standouts include Victor Villanueva and Paulo Asprilla.

Results from games played on Monday, August 21st.

Memphis Redbirds – Off

In the International League West, the Memphis Redbirds (20-25) are 8.5 games out of first place.

Tuesday’s game: at Charlotte, RHP Gordon Graceffo (4-2, 4.50) vs. TBA 5:35 CT

Springfield Cardinals – Off

The Springfield Cardinals (21-24) are in third place in the Texas League North and are three games out of first.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, RHP Wilfredo Pereira (7-7, 4.60) vs. TBA 6:35 CT

Peoria Chiefs – Off

In the Midwest League West, the Peoria Chiefs (27-21) are four games out of first.

Tuesday’s game: vs. West Michigan, RHP Inohan Paniagua (0-1, 3.24) vs. RHP Wilkel Hernandez (3-8, 3.89) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals – Off

The Palm Beach Cardinals (21-25) are tied for second place in the Florida State League East, two games back.

Tuesday’s game: at Tampa, LHP Pete Hansen (9-3, 3.31) vs. TBA 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 0 at FCL Nationals 2 (7 innings)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (17-32) were blanked by the Nationals (24-25) in a seven-inning contest at the Nationals Spring Training Complex.

Starter Victor Villanueva tossed three scoreless innings on a hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Luis Gastelum took his second loss after he yielded two runs in two frames. Ettore Giulianelli pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

Victor Villanueva

The Cardinals recorded four hits in the contest. The top three spots in the lineup went a combined 4-for-9. Jose Cordoba doubled and Adari Grant had two singles. The lineup went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

On the base paths, Grant was caught stealing. In the field, Cordoba and Grant both committed an error.

The rookie-level club is eliminated from playoff contention in the Florida Complex League East. Their last game of the season is on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. FCL Mets, LHP Alexander Beltre (0-0, 1.98) vs. TBA 9:00 CT

DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Mariners 15 (7 innings)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (13-32) were walloped by the Mariners (23-22) on Monday in a seven-inning contest.

The Cardinals used seven pitchers in the game and six yielded runs. Starter Giovanni Vargas surrendered a run in 1 2/3 innings. Braylin Paulino took his third loss after he gave up six runs in one inning on four hits and three walks. Junior Chirinos was touched for three runs in 1/3 of an inning.

In the first inning, the Cardinals made the score 1-1 after Bracewell Taveras stole home. The Mariners put up nine runs in the third. In the home half, Yordalin Pena plated one via double.

Jose Suriel tossed a scoreless inning. Guanchi Martinez and Bernard Mack were both charged with two runs. In the seventh inning, Emisael Carrera allowed one run.

The Cardinals plated three runs in the fifth inning. Angel Gil walked with the bases loaded and Paulo Asprilla brought two runs across with a single. Facundo Velasquez blasted a solo home run in the seventh, his fourth of the season.

Facundo Velasquez

Pena doubled and Velasquez had a home run. Gil walked three times and Marcelo Perez came across twice. Asprilla scored two runs and drove in two. The Cardinals recorded six hits, four walks and left eight runners on base.

Paulo Asprilla

On the bases, Taveras stole two bags. Pena stole his sixth of the year. Andru Arthur threw a runner out at home from left field.

The Cardinals’ last game of the season is on Tuesday. They are eliminated from playoff contention in the Dominican Summer League South.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Guardians Blue, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT

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