Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 31, 2021

photo: Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals rookie level clubs went 0-3 on Monday, scoring just two runs in 27 innings. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL Blue starter Benjamin Arias, allowed just three baserunners in four scoreless innings.

Results from games played Monday, August 30th.

Memphis – off

After splitting last week’s home series versus Columbus (CLE), fifth-place Memphis (48-54) begins a two-week road trip by facing second-place Gwinnett.

Tuesday’s game:  at Gwinnett (58-44) (ATL), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (6-7, 4.56)

Springfield – off     
Fifth-place Springfield (37-65) kicks off the final three weeks of their season after losing four of six games played at Hammons Field to fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (KC).  The S-Cards’ immediate prospects do not get any brighter with an upcoming road series at third-place Tulsa.

Tuesday’s game:  at Tulsa (55-47) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-3, 6.43)

Peoria – off

Like their Triple-A counterparts, sixth-place Peoria (39-63) is opening a two-week road journey, the last for the Chiefs this season, with trips to West Michigan and first-place Quad Cities (KC).

Tuesday’s game:  at West Michigan (48-54) (DET), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Logan Gragg (2-5, 5.13)

Palm Beach – off

Fourth-place Palm Beach (31-68) will not see the confines of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the next two weeks as they venture to West Division rivals Dunedin and Fort Myers (MIN).

Tuesday’s games:  at Dunedin (46-56) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Manzo (5-4, 4.45)

FCL Cardinals 2 vs. FCL Marlins 9

Early tallies created an insurmountable obstacle for the FCL Cardinals (20-20) in their 9-2 home loss to the FCL Marlins (19-21).

Starter Reinys Portillo did not complete two frames, surrendering seven runs, earned, on seven hits, three walks, a balk and wild pitch while securing just five outs.

Enrique Saldana was the first of five Florida Birds hurlers following Portillo to the mound.  The 22-year-old recorded seven outs, striking out three, issuing one free pass and stranding an inherited runner.  The righty also committed a missed catch miscue and picked a runner off first.

Zane Mills

Two 2021 signees were successful in their fourth professional appearances.  Zane Mills (4th round) retired five batters, two via K’s, and giving up one hit whereas Bryan Pope (undrafted free agent) allowed two hits in 1 1/3 otherwise clean innings.

20-year-old Victor Villanueva pitched the eighth, permitting two runs, one earned, on a reach-by-fielding-error (by second baseman Brandon Hernandez), hit batsman and two-run double.  18-year-old Italian Ettore Giulianelli tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning one.

Both of the home team’s scores occurred in the third inning.  Center fielder Joshua Baez lined a single to center, his only hit in five at bats.  A free pass issued to shortstop Jeremy Rivas moved Baez to second before a force at second by rehabbing Brady Whalen advanced Baez to third.

Left fielder Hansel Otamendi singled to left, driving in Baez, his hit preceding a walk by catcher Roblin Heredia, which loaded the bases.  Whalen touched home on a sac fly by designated hitter Edgardo Rodriguez.

The only FCL Cardinals garnering more than one of seven team hits were right fielder Luis Montano and third baseman Darlyn Del Villar, who both went 2-for-4. Del Villar doubled once.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. FCL Nationals (18-24), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 vs. DSL Nationals 5

The DSL Cardinals Blue (12-22) were blanked by the DSL Nationals, 5-0, at home.

The contest was scoreless through the first six innings but the visitors finally broke through against the fourth C-Blue pitcher of the day, Randel Clemente.  Clemente (L, 0-4) was charged with two tallies, one earned, on two hits and two walks in 2/3 of a frame.

Oliver Lopez recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving two of Clemente’s runners aboard, but did not retire any of the four batters faced the next inning.  Lopez gave up three runs, earned, on two hits, a walk and hit batsman, giving way to Juan Peralta.  Peralta yielded a sac fly scoring one of two inherited runners but otherwise tossed two scoreless frames.

Benjamin Arias

Our Player of the Day nod goes to starter Benjamin Arias who tossed his best effort this season.  The 19-year-old shut down the opposition on three hits over four innings.  Arias struck out three, did not issue a free pass and did not hit anyone.

Juan Salas and Antoni Cuello bridged the span between Arias and Clemente.  Each pitcher retired three batters, with Cuello walking one.

The DSL Cardinals Blue’s five singles were dispersed among four players.  Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion went 2-for-4 out of the lead-off slot.

Defensively, the team committed three errors:  one by first baseman Diego Velasquez and two by catcher Leonardo Bernal.

Tuesday’s game:   at DSL Nationals (18-15), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Giants Black 4

The DSL Cardinals Red (15-16) were shut out by the DSL Giants Black (12-14), 4-0.

The C-Red managed just two hits, both singles, and two walks.  The singles were by number five batter Felix Taveras and catcher Carlos Linarez from the nine hole.  Samil De La Rosa worked a base-on-balls, batting second, as did number eight batter Raul Guzman.

Starter Wilmer Ortega took the loss, his second in as many decisions.  The right-hander yielded seven hits and a walk, resulting in four scores, two earned, in four innings.

Darlin Saladin

Darlin Saladin allowed two hits in his two-inning stint.  He was succeeded by Engels Martinez and Americo Lugo who each recorded three outs, Martinez working around a hit and walk.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. DSL Giants Black (12-14), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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