Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 26, 2021

photo: Chandler Redmond (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals US-based farm teams went 3-6 on a busy Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, first baseman Chandler Redmond, was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Springfield’s 5-3 win over NW Arkansas.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 25.

Memphis 2, Columbus 3

The Redbirds were topped by the Columbus Clippers in a Wednesday night game at AutoZone Park.  Starter Zack Thompson suffered his seventh loss of the season despite a solid outing. The lefty pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked three.  Jesus Cruz tossed a scoreless frame and so did Austin Warner in the ninth.

Zack Thompson

The Memphis offense scored just two runs on five hits in support of Thompson.  The Redbirds did not get on the board until the fifth inning, when they pushed a run across the plate to tie. It began with a walk by Evan Mendoza.  Nick Plummer doubled to left field, advancing Mendoza to third, and he scored on a sac fly by Brendan Donovan.

The Clippers added two runs to their tally in the sixth to retake the lead.  In the eighth, the Redbirds sent one more run home.  Clint Coulter and Conner Capel each drew a walk and Mendoza drove Coulter home on a single to right.

Plummer was 2-for-3 as the new arrival was the only Redbird with multiple hits.  The offense was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

Memphis is 46-52 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Columbus, Johan Oviedo RHP (1-4, 6.95) vs. TBD 7:10 CT.

Springfield 5 at NW Arkansas 3

The Cardinals beat the Naturals in a 5-3 contest on Wednesday night at Arvest Ballpark.  It was a close game, but the Springfield bullpen held off the Naturals offense in the final inning.

The Cardinals offense opened the scoring in the first inning on a solo home run by Nick Dunn.  In the fourth, a solo home run by NW Arkansas tied the score.

The Cardinals leaped ahead with two runs scored in the sixth on RBI singles by Irving Lopez and David Vinsky.  Springfield added two more in the seventh on a two-run home run by Chandler Redmond.   The Cardinals led 5-1.

Chandler Redmond

The Naturals battled back, scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth to make it 5-3.  Cardinals pitching in the ninth kept NW Arkansas from adding on.

Redmond was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Nick Raposo and Vinsky were 2-for-4.  Lopez was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Mike Brettell

Starter Michael Brettell pitched six innings, gave up one run on three hits and fanned six.  Ramon Santos surrendered two runs, one earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Freddy Pacheco tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Brettell got the win, his first, and Pacheco earned his second save.

On the base paths, Delvin Perez stole his 22nd base of the season.  In the field, Raposo and Pacheco made throwing errors, and Perez and Dunn had fielding miscues.

Springfield is 36-62, in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Grant Black RHP (0-2, 5.76) vs. Drew Parrish LHP (4-3, 3.88) 7:05 CT

Peoria 2, South Bend 14 (Game 1)

The Chiefs were shellacked by the South Bend Cubs in a 14-2 contest at Dozer Park.  This was the completion of the Tuesday, August 24 suspended game so was scheduled for a full nine innings.  Inclement weather threatened but the final three frames were completed on Wednesday night.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit, struck out two and walked five.  Jacob Schlesener surrendered five runs in two innings of relief.  Schlesener took the loss, his fifth of the season.  Jack Ralston yielded three runs in 1 1/3 innings before Fabian Blanco threw the final two innings and gave up four runs, three earned.

South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth.  Peoria finally got on the board in the home half of the fourth to tie it up at 2-2 on a two-run home run by Jordan Walker.

Jordan Walker

The Cubs put up a crooked number in the sixth, scoring six runs to take an 8-2 lead.  South Bend continued to add on, with two runs in the seventh, and four in the ninth.

Peoria’s two runs came on four hits.  The home run by Walker and a double by Masyn Winn were the Chiefs’ only extra base hits.

On the base paths, Francisco Hernandez was picked off first.  In the field, Winn made a throwing error, and Walker had a fielding miscue.  Pedro Pages was charged with two passed balls.

Peoria is 37-60 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 26.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Peoria vs. South Bend (Game 2, postponed)

The regularly scheduled second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain.  It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Thursday’s games:  vs. South Bend, Logan Gragg RHP (2-5, 5.35) vs. Chris Clarke RHP (0-2, 4.88) 5:00 CT. (Game 1); Mac Lardner LHP (0-4, 5.82) vs. TBD (Game 2).

Palm Beach 5, Jupiter 1

The Cardinals defeated the Hammerheads in a Wednesday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium.  Beach Birds starter Edgar Manzo pitched six innings and gave up one run on five hits, fanned five and walked one to earn his fifth win of the season.  Gordon Graceffo threw the final three scoreless innings to earn his first professional save.

Edgar Manzo

Palm Beach got on the board in the second inning, scoring three runs with two out. Patrick Romeri singled, Wade Stauss singled, and Noah Mendlinger singled to score Romeri.  Franklin Soto singled to plate Stauss, and Mike Antico doubled to bring Mendlinger home.

Jupiter didn’t get on the board until sixth inning, scoring their lone run.  The Cardinals responded by adding a run in the home half of the sixth on an RBI single by Romeri.  The fifth and final run came home in he eighth on a sac fly by Stauss.

Romeri was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Soto was 2-for-4, also with an RBI.

On the base paths, Antico stole his second base of the season.

Palm Beach is 31-64, in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 19 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, John Beller LHP (0-4, 4.22) vs. Luis Palacios LHP (4-4, 4.40) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5 at FCL Nationals 6 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals (18-19) were edged by the Nationals in the first game of a twin bill on Wednesday.  The Cardinals third round 2021 draft pick Austin Love pitched one scoreless inning with no hits and one strikeout.  Thomas Hart relieved and surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings.  Tyler Statler followed with 1 1/3 scoreless.  Ettore Guilianelli yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Ben Baird threw the final 2/3 scoreless innings.  Guilianelli took the loss, his second of the season.

The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the second.  The Cardinals cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when Darlin Moquete drew a walk and came home on a double by Darlyn Del Villar.

The Nationals retook the lead in the home half of the third with two runs to make it 4-1.  In the fifth the Cardinals put up three runs to tie the game, on a Del Villar solo home run, an RBI ground out by Peoria rehabber Brady Whalen, and an RBI single by Edgardo Rodriguez.

Darlyn Del Villar

The Cardinals added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Moquete.  The bullpen was not able to hold the lead as the Nationals went up 6-5 with two runs in the home sixth.

Del Villar went 3-for-3 with two RBI.  Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

FCL Cardinals 9 at FCL Nationals 4 (Game 2, eight innings)

The Cardinals split the twin bill with the Nationals by taking the second game with a big inning in extras. The 9-4 victory pulled the team to a 19-19 record on the season.

The Cardinals got on the board with one run in the first inning.  Joshua Baez led off with a double and Jeremy Rivas followed with a single.  Hansel Otamendi plated Baez on a ground out.  The team took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a Rivas RBI single.

The Nationals knotted it up in the third at 2-2.  The Cardinals added a run in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, again on an RBI force out by Rivas.  The Nationals wasted no time by tying it up for the second time in the home half of the fourth.

The game remained tied 4-4 until the seventh inning.  The Cardinals went up 5-4 on a single by Otamendi, but the Nationals battled back to tie it 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

The game went into the eighth and the Cardinals blew the game open.  With Adanson Cruz on second base, Darlyn Del Villar singled.  Ramon Mendoza followed with a single that scored Cruz.  The next batter Jesus Orrechia blasted a three-run home run to left field.  Not to be outdone, Baez thumped a solo shot to left and the Cardinals led 9-4.  The bullpen kept the Nationals off the board in the bottom half of the eighth.

Jesus Orecchia

Baez and Rivas were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Baez scored three runs.  Otamendi was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Orrechia was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched three innings and gave up two runs on three hits, struck out two and walked one.  Bryan Pope surrendered one run in the fourth.  Zane Mills, and Gustavo J. Rodriguez each tossed a scoreless inning.  Omar Sanchez threw the final two innings and yielded one run.  Sanchez was tagged with a blown save, but got the win, his second of the season.

On the base paths, Rivas stole his fourth base of the season. Mendoza was caught stealing for the first time.

In the field, Mendoza, and Roblin Heredia each made a throwing error.  Rivas and Del Villar both had a fielding miscue.  Baez had an outfield assist at second base.  Schmid picked a runner off first base.

Thursday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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