Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 29, 2021

photo: Juan Yepez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 in six Saturday games. TCN’s Players of the Day are 1B Juan Yepez, who was 2-for 5 with two home runs and seven RBI and 3B Kramer Robertson who was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored in Memphis’ win over Columbus.

Results from games played Saturday, August 28.

Memphis 14, Columbus 12

The Redbirds prevailed in a slugfest with the Columbus Clippers at AutoZone Park on Saturday night.  The Clippers tried to rally at the end but fell short.

The game began with a three run first inning by Columbus and the Clippers widened the lead to 6-0 in the third.

Memphis accepted the challenge and plated five in the home half of the third to get to within one run.  Dennis Ortega singled, Brendan Donovan walked, and Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch.  Kramer Robertson singled and Ortega scored.  Juan Yepez launched a grand slam to left field.

Juan Yepez

The Redbirds went from a one run deficit to a two-run lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Donovan, and RBI single by Robertson, and a solo home run by Nolan Gorman.

Memphis added a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Alec Burleson for a 9-6 lead. In the top half of the eighth, Columbus pulled to within one, at 9-8.

In the home half of the eighth, the Redbirds put up a second five-run inning. Conner Capel and Ortega singled. Donovan plated Capel on a single.  Nick Plummer drew a walk. Robertson brought in Ortega on a force out.  After Gorman flew out, Yepez hit a two-run home run.

Behind 14-8, the Clippers rallied with four runs in the ninth, but it was not enough.

Robertson was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Yepez was 2-for-5 with seven RBI. Ortega was 2-for-4.  Donovan was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Connor Thomas pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, three earned, on 10 hits, fanned six and walked two.  Tommy Parsons relieved and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, to earn his second win.  Seth Elledge surrendered two runs in two innings pitched.  Brandon Dickson threw the ninth and yielded four runs, three earned.

In the field, Thomas made a throwing error, and Robertson had a fielding miscue.

Memphis is 48-53 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 16.5 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Columbus, T.J. Zeuch RHP (2-3, 4.57) vs. TBD 2:05 CT.

Springfield 4 at NW Arkansas 1

The Cardinals were victorious over the NW Arkansas Naturals in a Saturday night game at Arvest Ballpark.  Starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up one run on two hits, struck out three and walked two.  Roach earned his fifth win of the season. Garrett Williams relieved and tossed three scoreless innings.  Jacob Bosiokovic threw a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

Springfield put up four runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Leandro Cedeno and a three-run home run by Justin Toerner.  The Cardinals took the 4-0 lead into the fifth, when the Naturals scored their only one run of the game to cut the lead to 4-1. Neither team scored in the final four innings.

Justin Toerner

Chandler Redmond was 2-for-3.  Toerner’s long ball was Springfield’s only extra base hit.

Springfield is 37-64 and stands in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Kevin McGovern LHP (1-3, 6.20) vs. Ronald Bolaños RHP (0-0, 16.88) 2:05 CT.

Peoria 4, South Bend 7

The Chiefs were defeated by the Cubs 7-4 in a Saturday night contest at Dozer Park.  Peoria took the first lead, but South Bend blew past them in the middle innings.

Peoria tallied three runs in the fourth inning to open the scoring.  Jordan Walker led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by Jhon Torres.  Jacob Buchberger singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Zade Richardson reached on an error and Buchberger scored. Tyler Reichenborn doubled, and Richardson went to third.  Richardson came home on a balk.

Jordan Walker

The Cubs scored three runs in the fifth to tie and added a run in the top of the sixth. Peoria tied it 4-4 in the home half of the sixth. The Cubs added three runs in the seventh to take a 7-4 lead.  The Chiefs failed to score after the sixth.

Walker went 3-for-5. Torres and Lott were both 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits, fanned six and walked two.  Jacob Schlesener got the last two outs of the fifth and surrendered one run.  Fabian Blanco yielded three unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss, his fifth of the season.  Jack Ralston tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

On the base paths, Lott stole his second base of the season.  In the field, Walker committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing. Lott had a fielding miscue.  Richardson had a passed ball.

Peoria is 38-63 and sits in the last place in the High-A Central West Division, 29.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. South Bend, Michael YaSenka RHP (1-8, 6.04) vs. Joe Nahas RHP (4-1, 3.38) 1:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7, Jupiter 11

The Cardinals lost to the Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday night.  Palm Beach led for the first five innings, but the bullpen gave up crooked numbers in the sixth and seventh to overrun the Beach Birds.

Dakota Hudson made his first rehab start for the Cardinals as he prepares to return to St. Louis after a long absence due to Tommy John surgery.  The right hander pitched two scoreless innings, with two hits allowed and one strikeout.

Regular starter Ludwin Jimenez relieved Hudson and surrendered four runs, three earned in 3 1/3 innings. Andrew Marrero yielded three runs in one inning pitched and took the loss and the blown save. Edwin Nunez gave up four runs while recording only one out, but hey, he threw 101 mph.  Levi Prater tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to finish the game.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning.  Mike Antico singled and Noah Mendlinger walked.  Ryan Holgate singled to load the bases.  Thomas Francisco plated Antico on a sac fly.  Carlos Soto walked, and Osvaldo Tovalin singled to score Mendlinger and Holgate.  Aaron McKeithan plated Soto and Tovalin on a single.  Palm Beach made it 7-0 on a fifth-inning RBI single by Francisco.

In the sixth, Jupiter used a grand slam to cut the lead to 6-4.  In the seventh the Hammerheads overwhelmed the Beach Birds pen with seven runs to take an 11-6 lead.  The Cardinals scored just one in the ninth.

The Palm Beach offense had seven hits by seven different players.  Mendlinger’s double was the only one to go for extra bases.

In the field, Mack Chambers made a throwing error and Tovalin had a fielding miscue.

Palm Beach is 31-67 and in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 21.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (3-4, 4.07) vs. Trevor Rogers LHP (0-0, 0.00) 11:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals 10 at FCL Astros 0

The Cardinals (20-19) blanked the Astros by ten runs in a morning contest on Saturday.  The Cardinals’ shutout was shared by nine pitchers, each throwing an inning. With 23 pitchers on the active roster, this kind of arrangement is beneficial. Five of the nine were drafted in 2021 with managed workloads their first summer.

The first hurler was Austin Love (third round), who struck out two.  Thomas Hart took the second in 1-2-3 manner with no strikeouts.  In his professional debut, Hayes Heinecke (13th) was next with one hit, one walk, two strikeouts. Chris Gerard (12th) allowed one hit and struck out one in the fourth. Gustavo Rodriguez got the win, and he pitched the fifth with no hits and one strikeout.  Alex Cornwell (15th) tossed the sixth with no hits and one punch out. Alfredo Ruiz (sixth) in the seventh had no hits and fanned two.  In the eighth it was Trent Baker (9th), one hit, two strikeouts.  Luis Tena threw the ninth, with no hits and two punch outs.

In the first inning, Joshua Baez walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Hansel Otamendi.  The Cardinals led 1-0.

The Cardinals put up four runs in the second to increase the lead to 5-0.  Ramon Mendoza walked. and Baez was hit by a pitch. Jeremy Rivas singled, and Mendoza scored.  Brady Whalen plated Baez on a double. Hansel Otamendi singled, Rivas and Whalen scored.

Baez was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.  In the fifth, Luis Montano, Darlyn Del Villar, and Ramon Mendoza each singled.  Montano scored on a sac fly by Baez the score was 7-0.  The final score of 10-0 was reached in the sixth on a three-run home run by Montano.

Luis Montaño

Otamendi was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Adanson Cruz was 2-for-3. Montano was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

On the base paths, Baez stole his third base of the season.  Otamendi was caught stealing for the second time.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Cardinals Red 8

In their weekly Saturday morning matchup. the Cardinals Blue (12-21) came out on top in a slugfest against sister team Cardinals Red (15-15).

Blue scored first with three runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Maycol Justo and by Luis Pino, and a ground out by Fernando Diaz with a throwing error.  Red responded with two runs on an RBI single by Felix Taveras and a wild pitch.

In the second, Blue scored twice on a wild pitch and increased the lead to 5-2.  Two more runs in the third on a Robelyn Lopez RBI ground out and a single by Bryan Encarnacion gave Blue a 7-2 lead.  In the fourth the score rose to 9-2 on a two-run single by Diaz.

Red scored for the second time in the game in the home half of the fourth on an RBI double by Francis Reynoso, but a two-run single by Leonardo Bernal in the top of the fifth widened Blue’s lead to 11-3.

Red put up a crooked number in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on a two-run triple by Romtres Cabrera, a one run double by Taveras, and a wild pitch.  Blue’s lead was reduced to 11-7.

Neither team scored again until the ninth inning, when Red added an eighth run.  Cabrera was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a fielding error.

Maycol Justo

For Blue, Justo went 5-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  The shortstop raised his season average to .327. Bernal was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Diaz was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Encarnacion was 3-for-4.

Cabrera was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored for Red. Taveras was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Carlos Carmona was 2-for-3.

On the mound to start for Blue was Alexander Beltre, who pitched three innings and gave up two runs on three hits, fanned five and walked one. Alejandro Cervantes surrendered five runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Esteban Contreras and Marlyn Almonte each pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Frankely Guzman yielded one run in one inning pitched.  Miguel Martinez got the final out of the ninth.  Contreras got the win, his first, and Martinez earned his second save.

Red starter Samuel Fabian pitched 1 2/3 innings, gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits, and walked four.  Bruno Lopez surrendered four runs, two earned in two innings pitched.  Juan Severino yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Eduar Pimentel, Fraimin Marte, and Omar Yanez combined to pitch the final four scoreless innings.  Fabian took the loss, his first of the season.

The base paths were busy. For Blue, Adari Grant stole his sixth base of the season. Justo stole his third and fourth bases of the season.  For Red, Jeremy Ramos stole his ninth base of the season, Cabrera stole his seventh, Taveras stole his fifth and sixth, and Guzman stole his second base.  Carmona and Ramos were both caught stealing.

In the field for Blue, Encarnacion and Justin Guerrero both made throwing errors. Lopez had a fielding miscue.  Guerrero had a passed ball.  For Red, Elias Reynoso made a throwing error and Maikel Hernandez made two throwing errors.  Cabrera had a fielding miscue.  Hernandez also had a passed ball.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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