Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 27, 2021

photo: Leandro Cedeno (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Thursday, with TCN Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño collecting four of his team’s nine hits and plating four of five runs in Peoria’s twin bill split.

Results from the games played Thursday, August 26th.

Memphis 3 vs. Columbus 12

Redbirds hurlers were scored upon in seven of nine innings, resulting in a 12-3 trouncing by the Clippers.  Memphis (46-53) trails in the home series, one game to two.

The peak of the game’s competitiveness occurred in the home half of the second.  First baseman Brendan Donovan doubled with two away, scoring catcher Ali Sanchez (force) and Evan Mendoza (single), tying the game at two all.

Brendan Donovan

Columbus scored 10 more times before the Redbirds got on the scoreboard again.  Center fielder Conner Capel walked to begin the ninth, advancing to third on Mendoza’s 12th double.  Left fielder Nick Plummer’s 4-3 ground out brought Capel across home.

Plummer joined Mendoza with two hits apiece. The former reached base four times via a base-on-balls, hit-by-pitch and acquiring his first Triple-A stolen base.  Mendoza’s two hits came on four at bats while three Redbirds had one hit each.

Memphis sent five pitchers to the mound, four of whom were scored upon.  Johan Oviedo (L, 1-5) was tagged for five runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings.

One of two hits yielded by Seth Elledge in his inning on the bump was a solo shot which accompanied two walks, one intentional.  Elledge handed the ball off to Tommy Parsons, who pitched for only the second time since July 15th.

The Redbirds’ former starter gave up a hit in a clean sixth but the same cannot be said for Connor Jones during his two-inning stint.  Jones permitted three runs on four hits and two free passes issued.  Brandon Dickson allowed a three-run ninth on three hits, including a two-run long ball.

Friday’s game:  vs. Columbus (46-51) (CLE), 7:10 pm CT, Jake Woodford (1-3, 4.82)

Springfield at Northwest Arkansas – postponed

Thursday’s contest at Arvest Ballpark between Springfield (36-62) and Northwest Arkansas could not be played due to wet grounds.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday, August 27th double header with Game 1 beginning at 4:30 pm CT.

Friday’s games:  at Northwest Arkansas (50-47) (KC).  Game 1 – 4:30 pm CT, Grant Black (0-2, 5.76)/ Domingo Robles (2-8, 6.29)

Peoria 2 vs. South Bend 3 (7 innings) – Game 1
Peoria 3 vs. South Bend 1 (7 innings) – Game 2

The Chiefs split a pair of low-scoring affairs on Thursday, losing the opener, 3-2, but claiming the finale, 3-1.  Peoria (37-61) has won one of the series’ first three games with three on tap.

Home runs determined Game 1’s outcome as two of the Cubs’ three scores were generated by solo bombs.  Paul Schwendel (L, 2-1) surrendered the decisive blast, which exploded in the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Reliever Diego Cordero served up the other home run in the sixth, putting South Bend briefly up 2-1.  Those long balls were the only hits yielded by either reliever in their respective one inning of work although Cordero also issued a free pass.

Starter Logan Gragg tossed a fine effort, fanning five in as many innings and giving up a run in his last inning on the mound.  The righty yielded four hits and one walk in all.

Logan Gragg

The offense mustered just three hits but was able to translate them into two runs.  Jordan Walker opened the fourth with a base-on-balls, immediately swiping both second and third.  Leandro Cedeno singled up the middle, driving in the third baseman, for a brief 1-0 advantage.

With the Chiefs down 2-1, Masyn Winn kicked off the sixth with a single, advancing to second on a throwing error by South Bend’s pitcher.  A 4-3 ground out moved Winn to third before Cedeno’s two-out single brought Winn across home plate.

Leandro Cedeño

Cedeno continued to generate results in the second contest which made up the Wednesday, August 25th postponement.  Our Player of the Day singled twice in three at bats, knocking in two of his team’s three tallies.  The balance of the team’s six hits was also singles shared by four Chiefs.  One of the four was Winn, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored, RBI and no less than three stolen bases.

Peoria led wire-to-wire, leading 2-0 before starter Mac Lardner was touched for a third-inning tally.  Lardner pitched four frames, giving up six hits and a base-on-balls with six K’s.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (W, 4-4) was credited with the win, negotiating around two hits and a walk in two innings.  Leonardo Taveras (S, 3) issued a free pass in the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. South Bend (44-54) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-6, 4.03)


How about a day?

Following the games, Cedeno was informed that he has been promoted to Double-A Springfield!

Palm Beach 1 vs. Jupiter 4

Palm Beach (31-65) dropped a 4-1 decision to Jupiter at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for a two-games-to-one deficit with three games remaining.

Both squads accumulated six hits, but all of the Beach Birds were singles while two of the Hammerheads’ three extra base hits led to scores.  Two of the PB-Cards’ singles came in the first when L.J. Jones’ singled home Mike Antico who singled to lead off the inning.  No player had more than one hit although Antico added a stolen base.

John Beller

Starter John Beller took the loss despite turning a strong performance.  The lefty struck out 11 over seven innings, holding his opponents to two runs on three hits and two free passes issued.  Nathanael Heredia allowed two tallies, one earned, on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (51-46) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jose Moreno, 1-5, 6.23

FCL Cardinals – off

Friday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (19-19) vs. FCL Mets (23-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Yankees1 7

Key defensive lapses played the biggest role in the DSL Cardinals Blue’s 8-7 road victory over the DSL Yankees1.

Although the squads committed five bobbles apiece, the Yankees1’s errors proved more costly, generating five unearned tallies to the C-Blue’s two.  The home team led 3-1 after three innings but the C-Blue (11-20) scored five unanswered and unearned runs by midway through the fifth.  Three of the five runs scored on just one hit and no walks.  The sequence – reached on throwing error by shortstop, balk, RBI single, balk, ground out, two-run fielding error by shortstop/throwing error by first baseman.

Up 5-3, the Blue watched their hosts tie the game on single scores in the fifth and sixth.  But a three-run seventh provided enough cushion for the Blue’s win.

Keshawn Rombley

Right fielder Keshawn Rombley led the seven-hit offensive effort, going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, three runs scored and his first stolen base.  Designated hitter Jose Suarez and catcher Justin Guerrero singled back-to-back in the seventh, driving in Rombley (walk) and left fielder Robelyn Lopez (walk), the latter RBI generating what proved to be the decisive margin.

Infielders accounted for all five errors.  Going around the horn, first baseman Diego Velazquez committed two fielding miscues to second baseman Adari Grant’s one fielding bobble.  Shortstop Maycol Justo did not participate in the Miscue Mayhem but third baseman Bryan Encarnacion did via an errant throw.  Catcher Guerrero was charged with his first error (throwing).

Henry Gomez pitched the first four innings, permitting three runs, two earned, on two hits and three free passes issued.  Miguel Martinez yielded two tallies in two frames, one earned, on two hits and a walk.  Both hurlers fanned three.

Frankely Guzman maneuvered around a hit and base-on-balls for scoreless seventh, picking up his first professional win in his first decision.  Marlyn Almonte and Esteban Contreras posted nearly identical lines, with each reliever allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Almonte struck out one to Contreras’ two, with the latter earning his third save.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs. DSL Brewers1 7

The DSL Cardinals Red (14-13) could not overcome a big early deficit, falling to the DSL Brewers1, 7-4.

All seven tallies charged to starter Yonael Dominguez (L, 1-2) came in the first two of his five-inning stint.  Five of the seven scores resulted from two long balls which were two of the 12 hits yielded by the righty.

Angel Luna did well in his second pro appearance, retiring the side in order as did Omar Yanez in the seventh.  Darlin Saladin tossed two perfect frames.

Multiple squandered opportunities at the plate played its part in the loss, as C-Red batters went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position despite banging out nine hits.  A third of those hits belonged to second baseman Samil De La Rosa who singled three times in five at bats, batting second, but did no further damage.

Samil De La Rosa

Shortstop Elias Reynoso reached base three times, doubling once in three at bats with two walks and a run scored.  Catcher Carlos Linarez’ only hit in four at bats was a two-run double that got his team on the board in the fourth.  The two-bagger drove in third baseman Lizandro Espinosa and designated hitter Miguel Vargas, both of whom reached on free passes.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Brewers1 (16-13), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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