Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 11, 2021

photo: Nick Plummer (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-2 on Saturday.  Memphis was postponed and Palm Beach was suspended. For the second time in three days, our Player of the Day is right fielder Nick Plummer, who was 2-for-4 including a home run and two RBI in Springfield’s loss to Tulsa.

Results from games played Saturday, July 10.

Memphis at Louisville (postponed)

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 21.

Sunday’s game: at Louisville, Zack Thompson LHP (0-6, 9.16) vs. Ashton Goudeau RHP (1-1, 5.50) 1:00 CT.

Also Sunday: MLB Futures Game at Denver: National League vs. American League, 2:00 p.m. CT. Redbirds Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore are participating.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 9

The Cardinals were defeated by the Tulsa Drillers in the fifth of a six-game series at Hammons Field on Saturday.  The game was moved to the afternoon due to the threat of inclement weather in the area.

Tulsa took a commanding six-run lead in the first two innings.  St. Louis reliever Kodi Whitley, who is rehabbing a back injury in Springfield, started the game but was ineffective.  Whitley pitched to four batters and gave up two walks and a three-run home run before being replaced by originally listed starter Tyler Pike.

The Cardinals got one run back in the bottom of the second.  Three consecutive Springfield hitters drew walks:  Malcom Nunez, Nick Plummer, and Luken Baker.  Nick Dunn followed with a sac fly that scored Nunez.

Tulsa scored two more in the fifth to extend their lead to 8-1.  The Cardinals answered in the sixth with three runs, two on a Nick Plummer single with a throwing error.  The third run came home on a single by Dunn.

Nick Plummer

Springfield added a final run to their tally in the eighth on a solo home run by Plummer.  Tulsa answered in the ninth to make the final score 9-5.

Pike pitched four innings following Whitley and yielded five runs, four earned, on nine hits.  The left hander fanned five and walked two.  Michael Brettell relieved Pike and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Salvador Justo pitched the ninth and surrendered one run.  Whitley took the loss, his second of his rehab.

Plummer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Nick Raposo doubled for the only other extra base hit other than the Plummer long ball.

Raposo made a throwing error and Dunn had a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals are 22-37 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 10,5 games back of first place NW Arkansas.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Andre Pallante RHP (3-2, 2.89) vs. Bryan Brickhouse RHP (1-2, 3.44) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 8

The Chiefs were bested by the Kernels by an 8-2 margin on Saturday night at Perfect Game Field as all three pitchers were scored upon.  Peoria starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson suffered his third loss at High-A.  The right hander pitched five innings and yielded four runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked four. Enmanuel Solano tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and gave up two runs. Paul Schwendel went the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered two more.

Moises Castillo

The Chiefs only scores came in the second inning on a two-run home run by Moises Castillo.  Peoria held a 2-0 lead until the fifth inning until Cedar Rapids plated all eight runs in the final four innings.

Castillo was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.  The only other hits were singles by Leandro Cedeno and Imeldo Diaz.

Tyler Reichenborn made a throwing error, his fourth miscue of the season.

The Chiefs are 22-37 and are in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 16.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Jack Ralston RHP (1-4, 3.95) vs. Tyler Watson LHP (1-0, 2.45) 2:05 CT.

Palm Beach at Lakeland (suspended)

Saturday’s game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to rain.  Lakeland has a 4-1 lead. The contest will be resumed on Sunday, July 11.

Sunday’s games:  at Lakeland, TBA/Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.59) 1:00 p.m. ET

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