Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 15, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Wednesday as Palm Beach dropped both ends of a doubleheader. Player of the Day, DH Nolan Gorman, was 3-for-4 including a three-run home run and three RBI in Memphis’ win over Norfolk.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 14.

Memphis 8, Norfolk 3

The Redbirds blew past the Norfolk Tides in an 8-3 win at AutoZone Park on Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive win and second of the six-game series.

Starter Johan Oviedo had a somewhat shaky first inning but bounced back to finish strongly. The right hander pitched six innings and yielded two runs on five hits, fanned eight and walked two.  Oviedo gave up a double to begin the game and walked the second batter but retired the next two with a strikeout and a double play groundout.  Oviedo pitched much better for the remainder of his outing and earned his first Triple-A win.

Tyler Webb relieved in the seventh and tossed a scoreless frame.  Brandon Dickson surrendered a run in the eighth before Grant Black hurled a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds offense went to town in the first inning off Norfolk’s starter, who recorded only one out in the first and gave up five runs.   The lineup batted around, with 11 hitters coming to the plate.  Lane Thomas led off with a double.  Juan Yepez drew a walk. Nolan Gorman tattooed the third pitch he saw over the fence for a three-run home run.  It was Gorman’s first Triple-A home run.

Nolan Gorman

Ali Sanchez followed with a solo home run that almost left the ballpark entirely.

Conner Capel walked, stole second and went to third on a passed ball.  Evan Mendoza plated Capel on a single.  Kramer Robertson walked, Rayder Ascanio singled, and when Thomas came to the plate for the second time in the inning, he singled to score Robertson. Scott Hurst struck out to end the inning after six runs came home.

The Redbirds increased the lead to 7-1 in the second inning.  Yepez doubled and scored on a double play by Sanchez.  Memphis scored its eighth and final run in the sixth on a solo home run by Yepez.

Thomas was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Yepez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Gorman was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Sanchez and Mendoza were both 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Capel stole his second base of the season. Mendoza was caught stealing for the second time.

Oviedo was charged with a balk because he pitched out of the windup instead of the stretch with a runner on base.

The Redbirds are 25-36 and are in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 17.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Tommy Parsons RHP (1-6, 6.28) vs. TBA 7:10 CT.

Springfield 7 at Frisco 6 (10 innings)

The Cardinals edged the Rough Riders in extra innings at Riders Field on Wednesday night.  The game was close throughout the entire evening as both teams battled for the win.

Neither team scored in the first inning, but in the second, the Cardinals went up 2-0. Ivan Herrera led off with a single and Justin Toerner doubled to right. Luken Baker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nick Dunn singled with Herrera and Toerner coming home.

Frisco answered in the home half of the second with two runs to tie.  The Cardinals went up 3-2 in the third on a solo home run by Alec Burleson.  The Rough Riders responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth the Cardinals tied it up again. Toerner doubled to lead off and Baker drew a walk. Nick Raposo singled and the bases were juiced. With one out, Delvin Perez flied into a sacrifice double play, as Toerner scored to make it 4-4.

Frisco retook the lead in the home fourth and the score remained 5-4 until the seventh inning when Nick Plummer blasted a two-run home run to give Springfield the 6-5 lead.

The Rough Riders plated a run in the eighth and the score was knotted for the third time.  The game went into the 10th inning with the score 6-6.  Burleson started at second base but was pinch run for by David Vinsky.  Toerner singled to center and Vinsky scored to give Springfield the 7-6 lead.  Frisco did not score in the home half of the 10th and the Cardinals took home the victory.

Springfield’s starter Domingo Robles pitched only 1 2/3 innings and gave up two unearned runs on two hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked two.  Michael Brettell tossed the next 4 1/3 innings and yielded three runs on five hits.  Jacob Bosiokovic surrendered one run in three innings pitched and was charged with a blown save but was awarded the win. Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his first save.

Toerner was 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.  No other Cardinal had multiple hits.  Plummer and Dunn each drove in two.

Toerner was caught stealing for the second time in the season. In the field, Malcom Nunez made a fielding error and Baker was charged with interference.

The Cardinals are 23-39 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 11 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Frisco, Kevin McGovern LHP (1-0, 3.52) vs. Hans Crouse RHP (1-2, 3.50) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 10

The Chiefs suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. It was Peoria’s eighth consecutive loss. Wisconsin took a hefty lead in the early innings, an edge that Peoria could not overcome.

Reigning League Pitcher of the Week Michael YaSenka had a rough night, getting only six outs while giving up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  YaSenka was tagged with his sixth loss of the season.  Enmanuel Solano tossed four scoreless innings of relief.  Cole Aker yielded two runs in the seventh.  Paul Schwendel pitched the final two scoreless innings.

Peoria’s offense was faced with an 8-0 deficit when they finally put runs on the board in the fourth.  Chandler Redmond was hit by a pitch and Tyler Reichenborn tripled to center.  Redmond scored on the triple and Reichenborn came home on a throwing error.  Wisconsin’s lead was cut to 8-2.

The Chiefs responded in the seventh with a two-run home run by Leandro Cedeno.  In the eighth the Timber Rattlers added two final runs for the final score of 10-4.

Peoria scored four runs on just five hits. Reichenborn’s triple and a double by Redmond were the only ones to go for extra bases.  No Chief had multiple hits.

Moises Castillo made a throwing error. Cedeno had an outfield assist at second base and Cristhian Longa had a passed ball.

The Chiefs are 22-40 and stand in last placed in the High-A Central West Division, 19 games back of first placed Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs Wisconsin, Logan Gragg RHP (0-3, 7.01) vs. Carlos Luna RHP (2-0, 0.92) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 6 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were defeated by the St. Lucie Mets in the first game of a twin bill at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.

Palm Beach got on the board first with two runs in the second inning of the seven-inning contest.  Patrick Romeri doubled to center field and Tommy Jew followed with a single to right that plated Romeri.  Jew stole second base and Terry Fuller and Franklin Soto drew walks to load the bases. Masyn Winn walked, forcing in Jew.

Masyn Winn

The Mets answered in the third inning with two runs to tie.  The Beach Birds regained the lead 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Winn.  In the fifth, the Mets put up a four spot to take the 6-3 lead which ultimately became the final score.

Jew and Matt Koperniak each had two hits. Winn had two RBI.  Doubles by Romeri and Koperniak were the Beach Birds’ only extra base hits.

On the mound for Palm Beach, starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched four innings and yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits, fanned six and walked three.  Will Guay gave up four runs without recording an out.  Francisco Justo and Gianluca Dalatri combined to toss the final two scoreless innings of relief.  Guay was tagged with the loss.

Jew stole his ninth and 10th bases of the season. In the field, Jacob Buchberger made a fielding error.

Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. This was a makeup contest for Tuesday’s rainout.

Starter Nathanael Heredia pitched two innings.  The left hander surrendered one run on two hits, fanned six and walked one. Edwin Nunez tossed the next three innings and yielded two runs on three hits.  Nunez took the loss.  Luis Tena gave up one run in the sixth.  Tena was charged with a blown save. Kevin Marnon hurled a scoreless seventh.

The Mets scored first with one run in the second before the Beach Birds tied it up in the third.  Darlyn Del Villar singled and Patrick Romeri singled.  L.J Jones walked to load the bases and Del Villar scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger.  In the sixth, the Mets swatted a three-run home run off Tena with two of Nunez’ runners on, giving them a lead they would not relinquish.

The Palm Beach offense scored two runs on seven hits, none of which went for extra bases.  Edgardo Rodriguez had two hits as the only Cardinal with multiples.

On the base paths, Matt Koperniak was caught stealing for the first time this season.  In the field, Rodriguez had a passed ball and a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 23-38 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 9.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, TBA (PB) vs. Oscar Rojas RHP (2-1, 2.54) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5, FCL Marlins 12

The Cardinals (4-7) were walloped by the Marlins in a 12-5 laugher on Wednesday.  Starter Yordy Richard pitched four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out four.  The right hander took his second loss of the season.

Tyler Statler relieved for two innings and yielded four runs on three hits.  William Miranda surrendered three runs in the seventh.  Ettore Guilianelli tossed a scoreless eighth and Juan Peralta hurled a clean ninth.

The Marlins were up 9-0 before the Cardinals could get on the board.  In the bottom of the fifth the Cardinals scored two runs.  Albert Inoa drew a leadoff walk and Ramon Mendoza singled. Jesus Orrechia walked and with the bases loaded, Sander Mora grounded into a force out, and Inoa was thrown out at home.  Roblin Heredia grounded to first and Mendoza scored.  Hansel Otamendi drew a bases loaded walk to plate Orrechia.

Down 12-2 in the ninth, the Cardinals tacked on three on a bases-loaded double by Joyser Garcia.

Joyser Garcia

Mendoza and Joerlin De Los Santos each had two hits.  Garcia had three RBI.  Heredia made an error on a dropped foul ball and Mendoza had a fielding miscue.

Thursday’s game:  vs. FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT.

Dominican Summer League

No games are played on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game DSL Blue: at Angels, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday’s game DSL Red: vs. Mets2, 10:30 a.m.

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