Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 30, 2021

photo: Tyler Reichenborn (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria collected the only win in four Sunday games across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Tyler Reichenborn stroked three doubles, drove in a pair and scored twice for the Chiefs. Of the four weekly series concluded on Sunday, Memphis’ split was the best outcome.

Results from games played Sunday, August 29th.

Memphis 5 vs. Columbus 6 (10 innings)

The Redbirds came out on the downside of a see-saw contest, a 6-5 loss to Columbus (47-53) (CLE) in 10 innings.  Memphis (48-54) settled for a split of the six-game home series.

The game contained three ties and multiple rallies by the home team whose sole lead occurred in the first.  The Clippers’ response to Memphis’ 1-0 advantage was a two-run second off T.J. Zeuch.  Making his first franchise start since being traded from Toronto on July 25th, the 26-year-old righty permitted four runs on seven hits and a walk over five frames.  Three of the four tallies were generated by two long balls.

The Redbirds answered right back with a run, tying the game at two all after two stanzas.  A two-run fourth lifted Columbus back up 4-2 but Memphis pushed across single scores for a 4-4 knot through five.  The two teams traded tallies in the seventh, with the visitor’s run coming off Connor Jones who yielded a hit and two walks with four batters retired.

Austin Warner retired all eight batters faced, striking out four, preserving the 5-5 tie.  But Jesus Cruz (L, 0-3) allowed the decisive tally in his only inning on the bump, with the run scoring on a fielder’s choice/throwing error by third baseman Kramer Robinson.

Juan Yepez

Memphis outhit their guests 10 to eight but neither of the multi-base hits were home runs.  Juan Yepez continued his torrid August pace in which he has posted a line of .355/.453/.763/.1.216 in 76 at bats.  On Sunday, the first baseman went 3-for-4 with a double, intentional free pass, run scored and RBI.  It was the 23-year-old’s third straight multi-hit performance and fourth in his last five games.

Robertson singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once and knocking in another.  Left fielder Nick Plummer and second baseman Nolan Gorman also had two hits each with an RBI. Plummer touched home once with a walk in four at bats and Gorman took five at bats.  In addition to Robertson’s bobble, Plummer was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 0 at Northwest Arkansas 1

The S-Cards could not get that key hit, dropping a 1-0 decision to Northwest Arkansas (53-48) (KC) at Arvest Ballpark.  Springfield (37-65) lost the series, two games to four.

Springfield was held to just three hits but were issued six free passes and did not come through in their seven opportunities with runners in scoring position.  The sole Springfield player to reach base more than once was designated hitter Ivan Herrera, who went 0-for-1 with three walks out of the two hole.

Iván Herrera

Kevin McGovern (L, 1-4) blanked the Naturals through five frames before issuing a free pass and RBI double to his first two sixth-inning batters.  The walk was the fifth of the game for the lefty who allowed three hits.

Ramon Santos pitched the last three innings, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls while leaving McGovern’s last base runner aboard.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 7 vs. South Bend 2

Tyler Reichenborn’s strong offensive effort led the Chiefs to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs at Dozer Park.  Peoria (39-63) claimed two of the six games versus South Bend (46-55) (CHC).

Reichenborn, our Player of the Day, accounted for four tallies, doubling three times in four at bats with two runs scored and two knocked in, while batting eighth.  Both of Jhon Torres’ hits went for extra bases, starting with the right fielder’s solo shot that put the Chiefs up 1-0 after one.  Torres also tripled once in four at bats, adding another run scored and RBI.

Tyler Reichenborn

Left fielder Matt Chamberlain also had two of his team’s 11 hits, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two driven in.  Eight of nine starters contributed with a hit, run scored or both.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson was credited with his fifth win against four losses, tossing 2 1/3 clean frames and permitting two hits and a walk.  The righty pitched in relief of Michael YaSenka for whom Trogrlic-Iverson stranded two inherited runners.

YaSenka retired 11 batters, giving up a run on three hits and four walks.  Leonardo Taveras followed Trogrlic-Iverson to the mound and battled control problems during his brief sixth-inning stint.  Taveras issued four free passes, recording just two outs, leading to one run.

Paul Schwendel retired four batters, hit another and left the sacks jammed with Taveras’ base runners.  Enmanuel Solano allowed a ninth-inning hit.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 2 vs. Jupiter 7

Palm Beach (31-68) dropped a 7-2 decision to Jupiter (54-46) (MIA) at Roger Dean Stadium, their fifth defeat of the just completed six-game set.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez (L, 3-5) tossed a strong, albeit brief, effort.  The 20-year-old permitted just five hits over four frames, resulting in one run, earned.  The righty did not issue a free pass and threw 43 of his 61 pitches for strikes.

Dionys Rodriguez

Inohan Paniagua transformed the contest from close to out of reach for the offensively-challenged Beach Birds before his 1 2/3-inning stint was over.  The right-hander was charged with five scores, four earned, on six hits – including a solo shot – a walk, balk and wild pitch.

Gordon Graceffo recorded seven outs, with the first stranding Paniagua’s final two base runners.  Graceffo fanned three with an unearned run yielded on three hits and a wild pitch.  Andre Granillo issued a free pass in his inning of work.

The home team trailed 5-0 before breaking through with single scores in the sixth and seventh off the Hammerheads’ bullpen.  Right fielder L.J. Jones greeted Jupiter’s first reliever with a double, his only hit in four at bats.  The second of first baseman Thomas Francisco’s three hits in four at bats was a single up the middle, advancing Jones to third.  Jones eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The team’s other tally was generated after Franklin Soto was plunked then moved up a base on a ground out to first.  Third baseman Noah Mendlinger lined a two-out single to right, driving in Soto, for his second hit in four at bats.  Francisco, Mendlinger and Jones accounted for all of their squad’s hits.

Defensively, Palm Beach committed five bobbles:  two each by shortstop Mack Chambers and Soto plus one by left fielder Elijah Cabell.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off

After the Florida Complex League’s regularly scheduled Sunday off, the FCL Cardinals (20-19) work to extend their modest two-game winning streak as play resumes on Monday.

Monday’s game:  vs. FCL Marlins (18-21), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (12-21) vs. DSL Nationals (17-15), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off

Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (15-15) at DSL Giants Black (11-15), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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