Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 18, 2021

photo: Alec Burleson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 in six games on Saturday, as the two DSL teams played each other. Our Player of the Day is outfielder Alec Burleson, who was 4-for-5 with an RBI in Springfield’s win over Frisco.

Results from games played Saturday, July 17.

Memphis 9, Norfolk 5

At AutoZone Park on Saturday night, the Redbirds defeated the Tides for the fifth consecutive game and seventh overall.  Memphis goes for the series sweep on Sunday.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched six innings and surrendered one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Garrett Williams relieved Rondon and tossed a scoreless seventh.   Seth Elledge gave up two runs in the eighth, and Connor Jones also yielded two runs in the ninth.

Angel Rondón

Memphis got on the board with three runs in the first inning.  Lane Thomas and Juan Yepez drew walks, then executed a double steal.  Ali Sanchez walked to load the bases and Conner Capel plated Thomas on a sac fly. Kramer Robertson singled to score Yepez.  Evan Mendoza walked, and Sanchez came home on a wild pitch.

The Tides got a run back in the sixth to make it but the Redbirds increased their lead in the seventh to 7-1.  Thomas singled, Nolan Gorman singled, and Yepez doubled. Thomas and Gorman scored on the single and a fielding error.  Robertson walked and Mendoza singled to plate Yepez.  Robertson scored on a single by Clint Coulter.

In the eighth, Norfolk cut the lead to 7-3.  Memphis answered in the home eighth with a two-run home run by Gorman.  The Tides added two more in the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Thomas went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Gorman was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Mendoza was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Coulter was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Thomas stole his second base of the season and Yepez snatched his first base.

Memphis is 28-36 and in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Norfolk, Zack Thompson LHP (0-6, 8.49) vs. Dean Kremer RHP (0-2, 6.23) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 9 at Frisco 7

The Cardinals prevailed over the Rough Riders in extra innings on Saturday night at Riders Field. It was a hard-fought contest between the two teams with multiple lead changes.

Springfield took an immediate 1-0 lead.  Delvin Perez led off with a double and later scored on a sac fly by Ivan Herrera.  Frisco quickly tied it in the home first and took a 2-1 lead in the second.

The Cardinals answered with a big third inning.  Irving Lopez singled, Perez doubled, and Nick Plummer followed with a three-run blast to right field.  Alec Burleson doubled, and Luken Baker launched a two-run long ball.  Springfield led 6-2.

The Rough Riders responded with two runs in the third to make it 6-4.  In the sixth, Frisco tied it at 6-6 and that score remained through regulation and into the 10th inning.

With David Vinsky at second base to begin the 10th, Lopez’ sac bunt and a throwing error sent Vinsky home and put Lopez on second.  Plummer singled to score Lopez.  Plummer scored on a single by Burleson.  The top of the ninth ended with Springfield leading 9-6.  Frisco pushed only one run across the plate in the bottom frame and the Cardinals went home with a 9-7 win.

Burleson had a 4-for-5 night with one RBI.  Perez and Plummer were each 2-for-5.  Plummer had three RBI and Baker had two runs driven in.

Alec Burleson

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Ramon Santos surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.  Evan Sisk tossed two scoreless frames.  Jacob Bosiokovic yielded one run in two innings pitched and earned his fifth win of the season.

On the base paths, Vinsky was caught stealing for the second time in the season.  In the field, Lopez made a throwing error.

Springfield is 25-40 and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  at Frisco, Dalton Roach RHP (4-5, 5.73) vs. TBA 6:05 CT.

Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

The Chiefs edged the Timber Rattlers in a Saturday night contest at Dozer Park.  An eighth inning rally put Peoria over the top for the win.

The Chiefs put the first run on the board in the second inning.  Zade Richardson drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a ground out by Matt Chamberlain.  Wisconsin came back to tie the game in the fifth and take a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

In the eighth, the Chiefs recaptured the lead on solo home runs by Moises Castillo and Chandler Redmond.  The Timber Rattlers did not score in the ninth and Peoria took home the one-run victory.

Connor Lunn got the start for the Chiefs and tossed six innings, yielding two runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked one.  Leonardo Taveras pitched a scoreless seventh.  Jacob Schlesener hurled a scoreless eighth to earn his second win of the season.  Paul Schwindel earned his third save in the ninth, tossing a scoreless frame.

Connor Lunn

Castillo and Redmond each had two hits.  The Chiefs scored three runs on seven hits with the only extra base hit other than the two long balls a double by Jhon Torres.

On the base paths, Chamberlain was caught stealing twice.  In the field, Torres had an outfield assist at second base.

Peoria is 24-41 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 20 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (1-6, 4.97) vs. Victor Castaneda RHP (2-3, 3.74) 1:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 6

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in a Saturday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium.  Starter Gustavo Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up one run on three hits, fanned four and walked two.

Sean Kealey relieved in the sixth and yielded one run in one inning pitched.  Gianluca Dalatri surrendered four runs in 1 1/3 frames and was tagged with a blown save and the loss.  Kevin Marnon tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez

The Mets scored first with a run in the third inning, but the Beach Birds answered in the home half of the inning to take the lead.  Tommy Jew drew a leadoff walk and Terry Fuller followed with a single.  Jew scored on a fielding error.  Fuller later scored on a sac fly by Masyn Winn.

Palm Beach added to their lead with a run in the fifth.  Patrick Romeri singled and later scored on a ground out by Franklin Soto.

The Mets scored a run in the sixth and the seventh to tie the game. In the eighth, St. Lucie put up three runs to take the 6-3 lead that became the final score.

Fuller was 2-for-5.  Soto and Winn each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Jew was caught stealing for the fourth time in the season.  In the field, Soto, and Jacob Buchberger each made fielding errors.  Fuller had an outfield assist at home plate.

Palm Beach is 25-39 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 8.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Levi Prater RHP (1-3, 4.07) vs. David Griffin RHP (0-0, 5.74) 11:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Mets 7 (seven innings)

The rookie-level Cardinals (5-8) were defeated by the Mets 7-4 in a Saturday morning contest in St. Lucie.  In his professional starting debut, 2020 draftee Tink Hence pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked two.

Victor Villanueva relieved and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Diego Cordero and Colin Schmid each pitched a scoreless inning.  Ben Baird started the sixth and surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  He was charged with the blown save and the loss.  Juan Peralta got the final out of the sixth.

The Cardinals offense scored quickly with two runs in the first inning.  Roblin Heredia led off with a double and scored on Jeremy Rivas’ double.  Adanson Cruz singled to plate Rivas.  The Mets answered in the home half of the first with a run and took the 3-2 lead with two runs in the second.

The Cardinals regained the edge with two runs in the fourth.  Luis Montano and Ramon Mendoza walked.  Brandon Hernandez singled to score Montano.  Mendoza came home on a single by Heredia.

The Mets added four runs in the sixth to make it 7-4, which became the final score.

Roblin Heredia

Designated hitter Heredia had two hits and drove in one.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Rivas, Cruz, and Hernandez had one RBI each.

In the field, Rivas and Jake Burns each made throwing errors.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 at DSL Cardinals Red 4 (seven innings)

The two Cardinals DSL teams played each other on Saturday morning with the Red designated the home team.  They blanked the Blue 4-0.

The Red scored one run in the first inning on an RBI triple by Felix Taveras.  In the second, Maikel Hernandez’ two-run home run increased the lead to 3-0.

Lizandro Espinoza led off the home sixth with a walk and scored on a ground out from teammate Taveras and a throwing error by Blue first baseman Fernando Diaz.

The Red offense scored four runs on seven hits, including three for extra bases. No hitter had multiple hits.

Engels Martinez

Red starter Engels Martinez pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one. Relievers Fraimin Marte, Americo Lugo, and Augusto Calderon each tossed a scoreless inning.  Calderon got the win.

The Blue team had only two hits, singles by Anyelo Encarnacion and Adari Grant.

Blue starter Henry Gomez pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four.  Gomez took the loss.  Ronny Oliver tossed a scoreless fifth.  Alejandro Cervantes yielded one run in the sixth.

On the base paths, Red left fielder Taveras was picked off third base.  For the Blue, Encarnacion was caught stealing for the first time.

In the field, Red right fielder Miguel Vargas had an assist at third base.  For Blue, Robelyn Lopez and Diaz each made throwing errors.  Catcher Leonardo Bernal picked off Taveras at third base.

Cardinals Blue has a record of 2-3, while Red’s record is 3-2.

Sunday’s games:  No game scheduled for either team.

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