Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 17, 2021

photo: Dionys Rodriguez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starting pitcher Dionys Rodriguez, who pitched five scoreless, no-hit innings in the Cardinals win over the first place St. Lucie Mets.

Results from games played Friday, July 16.

Memphis 6, Norfolk 5

The Redbirds edged the Tides in a one run win on Friday night at AutoZone Park.  Memphis has won six in a row including all four against Norfolk with two games remaining in the series.

Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched six innings and gave up five runs on six hits, fanned six and walked two to earn his fourth win of the season.  Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless seventh and Connor Thomas closed with two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Memphis fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but responded in the second inning with five runs scored to take a three-run lead.  Scott Hurst led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kramer Robertson plated Hurst on a sac fly.  Evan Mendoza singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Clint Coulter and Lane Thomas each drew a walk to load the bases.  Nolan Gorman walked, and Mendoza scored.  Coulter scored on a wild pitch. Conner Capel then singled to score Thomas and Gorman.

Conner Capel

The Tides got a run back in the third to cut the Memphis lead to 5-3.  In the fifth Norfolk scored two to tie the game at 5-5.   In the sixth the Redbirds took a 6-5 lead.  Robertson and Mendoza singled and Thomas plated Robertson on a sac fly.  The 6-5 lead held, and Memphis took home their fourth straight victory in the series and their sixth win in a row.

Mendoza went 3-for-4. Capel and Robertson each had two hits.  Capel drove in two.  ‘

On the base paths, Capel was picked off second base.  In the field, Ali Sanchez made a throwing error.

Memphis is 27-35 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Angel Rondon RHP (1-4, 5.82) vs. Kevin Smith LHP (1-1, 3.63) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 4 at Frisco 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals beat the Rough Riders in a one run game in extra innings on Friday night.  Springfield came from behind in the final two innings to snatch the victory from Frisco.

The Rough Riders got on the board first with a run in the first inning.  Springfield scored one to tie in the third inning on a bases loaded walk by Ivan Herrera.  Frisco regained the lead 3-1 in the fourth.

The score remained 3-1 until the ninth inning.  Nick Dunn singled, and David Vinsky drew a walk.  Delvin Perez singled and Dunn scored.  Nick Plummer followed with a double to plate Vinsky, and the game was tied 3-3.

In the 10th inning with Herrera at second base, a ground out by Alec Burleson advance Herrera to third and then a passed ball sent the catcher home for a 4-3 Memphis lead.  Frisco did not score in their half of the 10th.

Starter Andre Pallante pitched six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, fanned five and walked one.  Tyler Pike tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Pallante to earn the win.

Tyler Pike

The Springfield offense scored four runs on six hits. Plummer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  He also had the Cards’ only extra base hit while extending his on-base streak to 17 games.

Plummer was caught stealing for the sixth time this season. Herrera made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 24-40 and stand in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Kyle Leahy RHP (0-7, 8.23) vs TBD 7:05 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers 4-1 in the fourth game of a six-game series at Dozer Park on Friday night.  Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson pitched six innings and yielded two runs on five hits, struck out one and walked two.  The right hander suffered his fourth loss of the season.  Mac Lardner relieved Trogrlic-Iverson and surrendered two runs in two innings pitched.  Cory Thompson tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs scored their only run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Pedro Pages.  The offense managed only two other hits, a double by Leandro Cedeno and a single by Imeldo Diaz.

Pedro Pages

In the field, Matt Chamberlain had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs are 23-42 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 19.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Connor Lunn RHP (3-5, 5.25) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 0

The Cardinals blanked the Mets 7-0 in a one hitter on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter Dionys Rodriguez threw a five-inning gem, no runs, no hits, one walk and four strikeouts.  John Beller relieved Rodriguez and tossed four scoreless innings, with only one hit allowed.  Rodriguez earned his third win of the season and Beller earned his first save.

Dionys Rodriguez

The Palm Beach offense scored seven runs on five hits. The first run scored in the second inning.  Todd Lott led off with a double, Patrick Romeri singled, and Lott scored on a groundout by Matt Koperniak.  The Cardinals increased their lead to 2-0 in the third on a walk by Donivan Williams and throwing error on a pickoff and a ground out by Masyn Winn.

In the fifth the Beach Birds made it 3-0.  Koperniak drew a walk and advanced to second on a ground out.  Williams singled, and Koperniak scored on a wild pitch.  The Cardinals had their first multi-run inning of the game in the seventh.  Winn walked and scored on a triple by Tommy Jew.  L.J Jones walked, Lott walked, Patrick Romeri walked, and Jew scored. Koperniak then walked to plate Jones.  The Cardinals led 6-0.

The final run for Palm Beach scored in the eighth on a walk, two wild pitches, and a ground out.  Lott went 2-for-5 in the game and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  The offense scored seven runs without benefit of the long ball.  They were helped by drawing 12 walks.

In the field, Jacob Buchberger made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 25-38 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 7.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Gustavo Rodriguez (0-3, 7.71) RHP vs. J.T. Ginn RHP (2-1, 2.48) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals – off Friday

Saturday’s game:  at Mets, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Mets2 8 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (2-2) were blanked by the Mets 2 8-0 in a Friday morning contest.  Starter Yonael Dominguez gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits, while recording only one out. The right hander struck out one.

Bruno Lopez relieved Dominguez and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Darlin Saladin yielded three runs on 2 1/3 innings of relief. Marlyn Almonte closed out the game with 2/3 scoreless innings. Dominguez took the loss, his first of the season.

The Cardinals Red offense managed only three hits, all singles. Marcelo Perez, Santiago Carbonara, and Justin Guerrero each contributed a base hit.  Cardinals Red hitters were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

On the base paths, Romtres Cabrera was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Perez made a throwing error.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Angels 4 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Blue (2-2) edged the Angels in a 5-4 contest Friday morning.  The Cardinals Blue offense scored all their runs in the first three innings and held on to defeat the Angels by one run.

The Angels scored first with one run in the top of the first.  The Cardinals Blue answered with two runs in the home half of the first.  Adari Grant was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Grant stole second and scored on a double by Anyelo Encarnacion. Encarnacion then scored on a single Leonardo Bernal.

Adari Grant

The Cardinals added a run in the second on an RBI double by Grant. In the third, an RBI double by Bernal and a single by Jose Suarez, plated two more runs for a 5-1 Cardinals lead.  Bernal was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, he had two.

On the mound, starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one.  Rincon was relieved by Miguel Martinez, who surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Martinez was awarded the win. Oliver Lopez tossed a scoreless seventh to earn his first save.

On the base paths, Grant stole his first base of the season. In the field, Encarnacion and Bernal each made throwing errors.  Suarez had an outfield assist at third base.

Saturday’s game:   at Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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