Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 5, 2021

photo: Chandler Redmond (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday.  Memphis earned a road victory and The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, second baseman Chandler Redmond, hit two home runs and drove in three in Peoria’s win.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 4.

Memphis 6 at Durham 3

The Redbirds defeated the first place Bulls 6-3 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Wednesday night.  Starter Angel Rondon pitched six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Connor Thomas tossed a scoreless seventh.  Seth Elledge surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief and Austin Warner got the final two outs of the ninth.  Rondon earned his fifth win of the season.

Angel Rondón

Durham got on the board with a first inning run.  Memphis knotted it up at 1-1 in the third.  Kramer Robertson drew a walk and Nolan Gorman singled, advancing Robertson to third.  Robertson scored on a sac fly by Juan Yepez.

The Bulls took a 2-1 lead in the fourth.  In the sixth, Memphis tied it again on a solo home run by the red-hot Yepez.  The Redbirds scored three in the seventh to take the lead 5-2.  Alec Burleson led off with a double and Clint Coulter drew a walk.  Scott Hurst singled to plate Burleson and Coulter.  Hurst later scored on a Gorman single.

Memphis added a sixth run in the ninth on an RBI double by Hurst.  Durham scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally ended there.

Scott Hurst

Hurst was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Gorman was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Evan Mendoza stole his 11th base of the season.  In the field, Mendoza and Ali Sanchez made throwing errors. Yepez had a fielding miscue.

Memphis is 39-41 and sit in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 13.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game: at Durham, Zack Thompson LHP (1-6, 7.15) vs. TBD 5:35 CT.

Springfield 4, Tulsa 13

The Cardinals were pummeled by the Tulsa Drillers by a 13-4 score at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  Tulsa took the lead early with big innings and Springfield could not catch up.

The Drillers put four runs on the board in the first, added one run in the second, five runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to vault into an 11-0 lead before the Cardinals could get anything going.

In the home half of the fifth, Nick Dunn drew a walk and David Vinsky reached on an error.  Delvin Perez singled to load the bases.  Nick Plummer walked, and Dunn scored.  Luken Baker doubled to plate Vinsky and Perez as the Cardinals cut the lead to 11-3.

Tulsa added two more runs in the sixth.  Springfield scored one run in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Dunn.  Neither team scored in the final three innings.

Clean up hitter Baker was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-2, including a double, a walk and two RBI.

Luken Baker

Springfield starter Andre Pallante pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on 12 hits, struck out four and walked one.  The right hander took the loss, his sixth of the season.  Kyle Leahy relieved and surrendered three runs, one earned, in 3 1/3 innings.  Alex FaGalde tossed the final two scoreless frames.

Vinsky committed a fielding error.

Springfield is 31-49 and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 15 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, LHP Domingo Robles (2-5, 5.25) vs. RHP Landon Knack (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 5 at South Bend 2

The Chiefs beat the South Bend Cubs by a score of 5-2 at Four Winds Field on Wednesday night.  Peoria starting pitcher Connor Lunn pitched seven solid innings, gave up two runs on five hits and fanned seven. Cory Thompson and Kevin Marnon each tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Lunn earned his fifth win of the season and Marnon earned his first save.

Connor Lunn

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning.  Masyn Winn singled and scored on a single by Jordan Walker.  Peoria increased its lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a solo home run by Chandler Redmond and an RBI single by Tommy Jew.

The score became 5-0 in the fifth when Redmond once again homered, this time a two-run shot to right center field.  The Cubs finally answered with one run in the home half of the fifth.  South Bend added their second run in the seventh to make the 5-2 final score.

Chandler Redmond

Player of the Day Redmond was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.  He was the only Chiefs hitter with multiple hits.

Winn made a throwing error, his second as a Peoria Chief.

Peoria is 31-49 and stands in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 23 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at South Bend, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (2-6, 4.13) vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach at St. Lucie (cancelled)

For the second consecutive day, the Beach Birds series opener at Clover Park could not be played due to rain.  Wednesday’s contest was cancelled, with Tuesday’s rainout to be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Thursday’s games:  at St. Lucie, LHP Nathanael Heredia (1-3, 7.11) vs. Oscar Rojas RHP (3-1, 3.23) 3:00 CT (Game 1), RHP Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.02) vs. TBD (Game 2)

FCL Cardinals 11, FCL Mets 13

The Cardinals (13-10) lost to the Mets in Jupiter by a two-run deficit in a Wednesday morning slugfest.  Cardinals starter Yordy Richard pitched only 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, one earned, on two hits.  The right hander struck out two, walked two, and took the loss, his third of the season.

Reliever Victor Villanueva surrendered three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.  Tyler Statler tossed the next 2 1/3 innings and yielded five runs.  Juan Peralta and Ettore Giulianelli shared the final 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Mets offense got on the board quickly with six runs in the first inning, and a seventh run in the second.  The Cardinals responded with one run in the home half of the second.  Luis Montano singled to begin the inning. Joshua Baez and Edgardo Rodriguez each drew a walk.  Albert Inoa singled and Montano scored.

The Mets added an eighth run in the top of the third.  The Cardinals answered with a crooked number in the bottom of the inning, putting up five runs to cut the lead to 8-6.  Adanson Cruz and Montano singled, Baez walked, and Cruz scored on a ground out by Rodriguez.  Montano came home on a wild pitch.  Baez was plated on a single by Jose Zapata.  Inoa and Sander Mora drew walks to load the bases.  Jeremy Rivas singled to bring in Zapata and Inoa.

Jeremy Rivas

The Mets widened their lead to 13-6 with one in the fourth and four in the sixth. The Cardinals put up two runs in the seventh on a single by Zapata and a fielding error.  The Cards rallied with three in the ninth on sac flies by Rodriguez and Rivas and a single from Roblin Heredia but fell short.

Jose Zapata

Zapata was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.  Rivas was 2-for-5 with three RBI.  Heredia was 2-for-6 with an RBI, Montano was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Baez was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Inoa was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Rodriguez was hitless but had two RBI.

Rivas made a throwing error and Montano had a fielding miscue.  Cruz had an outfield assist at home.  Heredia was charged with a passed ball.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Astros, TBD vs. TBD 11:00 am CT.

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Thursday’s game: vs DSL Nationals, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT

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Thursday’s game:  at DSL Giants Black, TBD vs TBD 9:30 am CT

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