Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 28, 2021

photo: Juan Yepez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 2-6 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DH Juan Yepez, went 2-for-4 including a two-run home run in Memphis win over Columbus. The DSL Red spilt a twin bill for the only other Friday victory.

Results from games played Friday, August 27.

Memphis 4, Columbus 2

The Redbirds beat the Clippers in a Friday night contest at AutoZone Park. Though it was a close game, Memphis took the lead and did not relinquish it.

Starter Jake Woodford had a quality start, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked two to earn his third win of the Triple-A season.  Austin Warner followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Jesus Cruz tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Jake Woodford

The Redbirds took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Juan Yepez.  Memphis added on with a run in the third on a sac fly by Nolan Gorman.

Columbus scored the first of two runs in the fourth and added their second and final run in the sixth.  Memphis tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Gorman singled, Yepez reached on an error, and Alec Burleson singled to put Gorman at third with one out.  Evan Mendoza hit a sac fly to plate Gorman.

Gorman was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Player of the Day Yepez was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Juan Yepez

On the base paths, Brendan Donovan stole his first base with Memphis.  Mendoza was caught stealing for the second time this season.

In the field, Burleson had an outfield assist at third base.

Memphis is 47-53 and stands in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Columbus, Connor Thomas LHP (3-2, 3.63) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Springfield 0 at NW Arkansas 8 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Naturals in the first game of a road twin bill on Friday night.  Springfield was never in the contest, as the offense managed only two hits.

Starter Domingo Robles pitched six innings and gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits, struck out four and walked one to take the loss, his ninth of the season.

The Cardinals two hits were singles, by Irving Lopez in the third inning, and Julio Rodriguez in the fifth.  NW Arkansas scored in every inning but the fourth.

In the field, Robles made an error on a pickoff.

Springfield 1 at NW Arkansas 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

In the second game of the twin bill, the makeup of Thursday’s postponed contest, the Cardinals managed to score just one run in their second loss of the night at NW Arkansas.

The Naturals went up 1-0 in the second, then 2-0 in the fourth and 4-0 in the sixth.  Two of the four runs were on long balls served up by starter Grant Black, who went four innings and took the loss. Cory Thompson pitched the final two innings and yielded the final two runs.

Springfield didn’t score until their final at-bats of the seven-inning contest. Nick Dunn reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on defensive indifference.  Nick Raposo singled to left to score Dunn.

Nick Raposo

Third catcher Raposo was 2-for-3 with the Cardinals’ lone RBI.

On the base paths, Ivan Herrera was caught stealing for the second time this season. In the field, Raposo made a throwing error.

Springfield is 36-64 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Dalton Roach RHP (5-9, 5.91) vs. Nolan Watson RHP (3-2, 5.14) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 2, South Bend 4

The Chiefs were defeated by the Cubs 4-2 on Friday night at Dozer Park.  Peoria’s offense managed to score in only one inning, and the Cubs added on to take the victory.

South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a defensive blunder by the Peoria shortstop Masyn Winn.  The Chiefs responded in the fourth inning to go up 2-1 on the Cubs.  Todd Lott singled and Jacob Buchberger walked.  Both runners came home on a double by Matt Chamberlain.

Matt Chamberlain

In the fifth, the Cubs got the two runs back and regained the lead 3-2.  South Bend added a fourth run in the eighth.  Peoria was kept off the board after the fourth inning.

Chamberlain went 2-for-3 with the two RBI, and the only Chiefs hitter with multiple hits.

Peoria starter Connor Lunn pitched five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, three strikeouts and no walks.  Sean Kealey surrendered one run in three innings of relief. Enmanuel Solano threw a scoreless ninth.  Lunn took the loss, his seventh of the season.

On the base paths, Tommy Jew was caught stealing for the first time at High-A.  In the field, Winn made a throwing error.  Chamberlain had an outfield assist at third base.  Catcher Pedro Pages picked a runner off second base, and Kealey picked a runner off first.

Peoria has a record of 38-62 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 28.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:   vs. South Bend, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (2-8, 3.77) vs. Max Bain RHP (3-8, 5.91) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Jupiter 6

The Cardinals were edged by the Hammerheads in a one run loss at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday.  A four run first inning was not enough to hold off Jupiter.

The Hammerheads took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Beach Birds came out swinging in the home half.  Patrick Romeri led off with a double to center.  Ryan Holgate was hit by a pitch, and L.J. Jones followed with a single to plate Romeri.  Thomas Francisco was hit by a pitch, Carlos Soto walked, and Holgate scored.  Jones came in on a walk by Elijah Cabell.  Francisco crossed the plate on a double play by Noah Mendlinger.

Jupiter put up a three spot in the third to tie the game at four apiece.  The Hammerheads then took the lead in the fifth and added one run in the top of the seventh.

Palm Beach got one run closer in the bottom of the seventh, grinding out a run on a single, a walk, and a ground out.  Neither team scored in the final two innings.

LJ Jones IV

Romeri was 2-for-5 on the night. Jones, Soto, and Osvaldo Tovalin were each 2-for-4. Jones also walked, scored and drove in one. Soto plated and Holgate scored twice.

In his Class-A debut, starter Michael McGreevy pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one. Next, regular starter Jose Moreno surrendered three runs in 2 1/3 innings.  Ryan Loutos yielded one run in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss, his first of the season.  Another newcomer, Roy Garcia, relinquished one run in two innings pitched.  Luis Ortiz tossed two scoreless innings to finish the game.

On the base paths, Franklin Soto stole his third base of the season.  In the field, Tovalin made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 31-66 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 21 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs Jupiter, Dakota Hudson (MLB rehab) then Ludwin Jimenez vs. Chris Mokma RHP (1-5, 6.37) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals vs. FCL Mets (postponed)

Friday’s Florida Complex League game in Jupiter was postponed due to rain and will made up on September 14.

Saturday’s game:  at FCL Astros, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 4, DSL Yankees1 11

The Cardinals Blue took a seven-run loss at the hands of the Yankees1 Friday morning.  Blue starter Ronny Oliver pitched three innings and gave up one run on three hits, struck out four and walked five.  Victor Herrera relieved in the fourth inning and surrendered four runs while recording only one out. Juan Peralta finished the inning and yielded one run.  Randel Clemente relinquished one run in two innings of relief.  Oliver Lopez gave up one run in his two innings of work.  Uriel Curvelo gave up three runs in the ninth.  Herrera took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Blue took an initial 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Fernando Diaz.  The Yankees tied it in the third and scored five runs in in the fourth to go up 6-1.  They added to their lead with one run in the sixth to make it 7-1.

Blue added their second run in the seventh, when Javier Bolivar led off with a single and later scored on a fielding error.  The Yankees answered with one run in the eight, then three more runs in the top of the ninth.  Blue scored two runs in the home half of the ninth, to cut the lead to the final score of 11-4. Christian Avendano drew a walk and scored on a double by Adari Grant.  Grant scored on a double by Luis Pina.

Adari Grant

Grant went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Pino drove in two.

In the field, catcher Leonardo Bernal had a passed ball.

Saturday’s game:  at Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 3 at DSL Brewers1 4 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals Red were topped by the Brewers1 in the first game of a Friday doubleheader.  Starter Brayan Ramirez pitched three innings and gave up two runs on one hit, fanned five and walked one. Engels Martinez yielded two runs in the final three innings.  Martinez took the loss, his third of the season.

The Brewers got on the board in the third , scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead.  Red responded with two runs in the fourth to tie it 2-2.  Marcelo Perez walked, advanced to second on a ground out, and went to third on a wild pitch.  Romtres Cabrera reached on a throwing error and Perez scored.  Francis Reynoso was hit by a pitch and Jose Rodriguez singled to plate Cabrera.

Red went up 3-2 in the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Cabrera.  The Brewers answered by taking a 4-3 lead with two runs scored in the home half of the fifth.  Neither team scored in the final 1 ½ innings.

Romtres Cabrera

Red scored three runs on five hits.  No hitter had multiple hits.  Cabrera drove in two.

On the base paths, Elias Reynoso stole his fifth and sixth bases of the season.  F. Reynoso was caught stealing for the second time in the season.

In the field, Perez committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing.

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Brewers1 5 (seven innings, Game 2)

In the second game of the twin bill, Cardinals Red (15-13) edged the Brewers 6-5.  The game was close until the final inning, when both teams scored, but the Brewers fell one run short at the end.

The Brewers posted the first run in the second inning on a solo home run.  Red answered in the third with two runs.  Alejandro Loaiza singled and shortstop Elias Reynoso followed with a walk.  Loaisa scored on a single by Samil De La Rosa.  Carlos Carmosa’s sac fly plated Reynoso.

The Brewers tied it 2-2 in the fourth and it remained tied until the seventh inning when Red put four runs on the board.  Raul Guzman led off with a single and Lizandro Espinoza followed with a single.  Loaiza reached on an error.  E. Reynoso singled to score Guzman, Espinoza and Loaiza with the help of a fielding error.  Reynoso came home on a sac fly by De La Rosa.

Elias Reynoso

The Brewers put up a fight in the bottom of the seventh, but scored only three runs, falling short of a tie, and giving Red the victory.

Red scored six runs on five hits. All five hits were singles and no hitter had multiple hits.  Reynoso, who also walked and scored twice, and De La Rosa had two RBI each.

Diorys Guerrero took the mound to start for Red. The left hander pitched 4 2/3 innings, and gave up two runs on six hits and punched out six.  Augusto Calderon surrendered three runs, two earned, in two innings pitched.  Americo Lugo got the last out of the seventh to earn his first save.  Calderon got the win, his second of the season.

On the base paths, Romtres Cabrera stole his sixth base of the season. In the field, Loaiza and Reynoso each made a throwing error.  Guzman had a fielding miscue.  Guerrero picked a runner off first base.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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