Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 3, 2021

photo: Adanson Cruz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Monday, the rookie-level St. Louis Cardinals teams went 2-1. The DSL Red rode strong pitching and a big seventh inning that ended in a triple play to a win. TCN’s Player of the Day, Florida Complex outfielder Adanson Cruz, went 4-for-5 including a home run, drove in two and stole a base in their victory.

Results from games played Monday, August 2nd.

Memphis – off

Fifth-place Memphis (38-40) is on the road for the next two weeks with trips to division-leading Durham and second-place Nashville (MIL).

Tuesday’s game:  at Durham (51-26) (TB), 6:35 pm ET/5:35 pm CT, TBA

Springfield – off

Fifth-place Springfield (30-48) begins the second half of a two-week homestand by hosting third-place Tulsa.  The team should get a boost from expected Rehab starts by Miles Mikolas and Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (41-37) (LAD), 6:35 pm CT, Miles Mikolas (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria – off

Sixth-place Peoria’s (30-48) schedule consists of alternating home and away weeks and this week they are away, visiting fifth-place South Bend.

Tuesday’s game: at South Bend (33-44) (CHC), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach – off

After a week disrupted greatly by weather and in the midst of a double-digit losing skid, fourth-place Palm Beach (25-51) hopes to change their karma with a trip to St. Lucie, the division leaders whom they trail by 15 games.  That losing streak is 14 games and counting…

Tuesday’s game:  at St. Lucie (41-37) (NYM), 6:10 pm ET/5:10 pm CT, Nathanael Heredia (1-3, 7.11)

FCL Cardinals 10 vs.  FCL Nationals 8

The Florida Birds came out on top in the Battle of the Bats, topping the FCL Nationals (10-15), 10-8.  The FCL Cardinals (13-9) are tied with the FCL Phillies for sixth place in the 18-team league, four games behind the FCL Rays.

The home team never trailed in the high-octane game, totaling 18 runs, 14 earned, with a combined 30 hits and five errors.  The Florida Birds tallied in five of the first six frames with neither team scoring after the sixth.  The home team’s 16-hit parade was headed by right fielder Adanson Cruz, who went 4-for-5 with a solo bomb, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.

Adanson Cruz

Just behind Cruz was shortstop Jeremy Rivas, who singled three times in four at bats, reaching base a fourth time when hit by a pitch.  Three FCL Cardinals garnered two hits each:  catcher Jake Burns, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb, plus third baseman Brandon Hernandez and designated hitter Darlin Moquette, who both went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in, Hernandez adding a stolen base while Moquette doubled once.

The final hit to go for extra bases belonged to rehabbing Springfield center fielder Chase Pinder, whose only hit in three at bats was a long ball with the bases empty.  Pinder worked a base-on-balls and was hit by a pitch before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the eighth.

2021 second-rounder Joshua Baez started in left field and batted sixth. The 18-year-old went 0-for-2 including a strikeout before departing after 2 ½ innings.

The Cardinals committed three errors:  one throwing miscue each for Burns, Hernandez and Rivas.  Cruz was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Thomas Hart was the first in the parade of six Florida Birds hurlers to see action.  The righty recorded just four outs, yielding three scores on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman.

18-year-old Juan Peralta (W, 1-0) inherited a bases-loaded and one out mess from Hart and retired two batters.  The Texan issued a free pass, forcing across one of Hart’s base runners.

William Miranda pitched the third, permitting a run on two hits and two walks.  Southpaw Colin Schmid was tagged for four tallies, two earned, on six hits but did not issue a free pass during his 2 2/3 innings on the mound before possibly departing due to an injury.

Like Peralta, Diego Cordero entered the game with the sacks jammed and walked his first batter faced, bringing across one of Schmid’s runners.  Cordero allowed just one hit during his 2 1/3-inning scoreless stint before giving way to lefty Omar Sanchez (S, 5) who issued a ninth-inning free pass.

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Yankees1 5

The C-Blue bullpen could not hold a seventh-inning lead, falling to the DSL Yankees1, 5-4.  The DSL Cardinals Blue (7-8) fall into a fourth-place tie with the DSL Yankees1 in the South Division, four games in back of the DSL Rockies.

The visitors led 4-2 midway through the seventh only to give up three runs before another six outs were recorded.  Starter Benjamin Arias shut down his opponents through his initial five frames before running into sixth-inning trouble.  The 19-year-old sandwiched a wild pitch between two singles, the latter hit ending the shutout.  Arias departed after issuing a free pass, replaced by Victor Herrera.

Herrera walked his first batter, loading the bases.  Two strikeouts ensued around an RBI ground out, closing the C-Blue lead to 3-2.

The DSL Cardinals Blue got one of those two tallies back in their half of the seventh on doubles by Jose Cordoba and Christian Avendano only for Herrera to allow two runs on three hits and another base-on-balls.

The tie-breaking score occurred when Oliver Lopez (L, 0-1) (BS,1), Herrera’s replacement, wild pitched in a run.  Lopez proceeded to yield a tally of his own on four walks and a hit against two batters retired. Miguel Martinez struck out both batters faced, stranding three inherited runners.

The C-Blue strung together eight hits to go with four walks and 15 strikeouts.  Left fielder Cordoba and right fielder Avendano both garnered two hits with a double and RBI, Cordoba touching home once in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Jose Cordoba

Shortstop Maycol Justo went yard for the first time in his nascent pro career, a sixth-inning blast with second baseman Adari Grant (single) aboard. Justo went 1-for-3 with a walk but was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Defensively, Avendano was charged with his first bobble on an errant throw while Cordoba was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Tuesday’s game: vs.  DSL Yankees1 (7-8), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Randel Clemente (0-1, 2.45)

DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs.  DSL Brewers1 1

Starter Wilmer Ortega highlighted a trio of strong pitching performances as the C-Red edged the Brewers1, 3-1, at home.  The DSL Cardinals Red (8-7) are a half game behind co-leaders Phillies White and Rangers2 in the eight-team San Pedro Division.

Ortega, the first Cardinals Red starter to go five innings this season, blanked the Brewers1 on two hits and a base-on-balls.  The righty struck out five.

Wilmer Ortega

Ortega departed with neither team having broken onto the scoreboard and was replaced by Bruno Lopez.  Lopez went two innings, permitting a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.  The tally was unearned due to a throwing error by second baseman Lizandro Espinosa.

The score was still knotted at 1-1 at the seventh’s midpoint but the tie was short-lived.  Held to just one hit and three walks through six innings, the C-Red exploded for five hits off the Brewers1 bullpen.

Left fielder Romtres Cabrera opened with his first double, advancing to third due to a fielding error by the Brewers1’s center fielder.  An infield single by right fielder Jeremy Ramos drove in Cabrera with Ramos advancing to second and third via consecutive singles by designated hitter Felix Taveras and first baseman Santiago Carbonara.  Third baseman Raul Guzman’s bases-loaded single to left brought Ramos across home, re-loading the bases for catcher Carlos Linarez.  But Linarez flew into a 7-2-4-7-4-2 triple play with Taveras out at home and Guzman out at second.  The C-Red was done hitting after that point.

Handed a two-run lead, right-hander Fraimin Marte tossed two scoreless innings with two free passes issued for his first career save.

Tuesday’s game:  at fourth-place DSL Brewers1 (8-8), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Brayan Ramirez (0-0, 6.00)

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