Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 19, 2021

photo: Clint Coulter (Memphis Redbirds)

The big bats of Clint Coulter and Nolan Gorman led Memphis to victory, one of three Sunday wins in four Cardinals system contests. Dalton Roach twirled an impressive effort for Springfield as did Peoria’s pitching quartet. Palm Beach fell while all three short-season clubs were off.

Results from games played Sunday, July 18th.

Memphis 12 vs. Norfolk 6

The Redbirds scored in four consecutive innings, rolling to a 12-6 victory over Norfolk (24-38) (BAL) at AutoZone Park.  Memphis (29-36) is riding an eight-game winning streak which encompasses the now completed six-game series versus the Tides.

Down 2-0 going into the home half of the second, the home team poured in 11 scores over the next four innings for an 11-6 advantage after five.  The offense was led by designated hitter Clint Coulter and third baseman Nolan Gorman, who went yard twice each.

Clint Coulter

The duo took part in six tallies each. Coulter was 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs that were part of his three runs scored and three RBI.  Gorman was close behind with a 3-for-5 performance including two long balls comprising both times he touched home plate and three of his four runs driven in.  By the slimmest of margins, Coulter gets our Player of the Day nod.

Nolan Gorman

Lane Thomas and Conner Capel each had two of the team’s 12 hits, Thomas in five at bats with a double, two runs scored and four knocked in plus a stolen base.  Capel went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Defensively, left fielder Thomas was credited with an outfield assist at home.  First baseman Juan Yepez was charged with a fielding bobble, his fourth miscue of 2021.

Starter Zack Thompson fell two outs shy of qualifying for the win.  The lefty was tagged for six scores, five earned, on seven hits and two walks.  Two of the hits were home runs accounting for three runs.  Thompson also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Austin Warner was credited with his fifth win in seven decisions.  The southpaw permitted a single to his initial batter then retired five straight, three on strikeouts.

Three Redbirds relievers each took one of the contest’s last three innings.  Grant Black and Kodi Whitley faced the minimum in the seventh and ninth, respectively. In between, Tyler Webb negotiated around a hit for a scoreless eighth.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 4 at Frisco 1

Dalton Roach spun seven strong frames as the S-Cards flew past the RoughRiders, 4-1.  Springfield (26-40) took the series at Frisco (39-27) (TEX), four games to two.

Roach (W, 5-5) faced the minimum through four innings, erasing two free passes issued via a caught stealing and double play.  The Wisconsin native’s no-hit bid ended with a fifth-inning single and his shutout bid was quashed on a home run leading off the seventh.  But those are the only two hits permitted by Roach, who struck out six with four ground ball to three fly ball outs.

Dalton Roach

Domingo Robles retired all six batters faced, fanning two.  It was the first relief appearance and save for the southpaw since his 2016 Gulf Coast League campaign while in Pittsburgh’s organization.

The S-Cards offense opened the game with a bang.  Lead-off batter Delvin Perez tripled to center, his fourth three-bagger, scampering home on Ivan Herrera’s sac fly.

A three-run third inning ensued when Nick Plummer began the frame by reaching on a hit-by-pitch.  Malcom Nunez’ two-out single advanced Plummer a base, both runners scoring on Luken Baker’s 14th home run of 2021.

Springfield generated six hits in all, with Nick Dunn the only player with multiples.  The second baseman singled and doubled in four at bats.  Plummer and Baker both worked free passes to reach base twice.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 vs. Wisconsin 0

Wilfredo Pereira tossed five strong frames in the Chiefs’ 2-0 shutout of the visiting Timber Rattlers.  Peoria (25-41) and Wisconsin (31-34) (MIL) split the six-game set at Dozer Park.

Facing the same opponent for the second straight start, Pereira (W, 2-6) improved upon his July 13th effort in which he yielded three scores, two earned, in five frames.  On Sunday, the 22-year-old shut down Wisconsin on three hits and a free pass issued.

Wilfredo Pereira

Enmanuel Solano retired six batters, permitting one hit.  Fabian Blanco and Freddy Pacheco each went an inning. Blanco allowed a hit before Pacheco struck out all three batters faced.

The contest remained scoreless until the fifth when left fielder Matt Chamberlain’s single drove in center fielder Tyler Reichenborn, who had doubled to open the inning.  Moises Castillo kicked off the seventh with a bomb over the left center wall.  It was the second baseman’s sixth home run. A single by third baseman Imeldo Diaz represented Peoria’s fourth and final hit, with all four occurring in the fifth and sixth frames.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 1 vs. St. Lucie 9

A huge first frame sunk the Beach Birds, dooming them to a 9-1 defeat by St. Lucie (35-31) (NYM).  Palm Beach (25-40) claimed just two of the six-game home series.

The visitors touched home nine times before the first ended, an inning that included three errors by Palm Beach defenders.  Starter Levi Prater recorded just one out, giving up seven runs, four earned, on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch.  Francisco Justo yielded two more unearned tallies while also letting two inherited runners cross home plate.

The defensive lapses were fielding errors by second baseman Franklin Soto and right fielder Matt Koperniak plus shortstop Masyn Winn’s throwing bobble.  A later fielding miscue by left fielder Patrick Romeri brought the day’s total to four errors.

Justo tossed two scoreless innings subsequently, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls in all, but the damage was done.  Edwin Nunez fanned four over the next three frames, giving up a hit and walk while hitting a batter before handing off to Nathanael Heredia.

Heredia pitched the seventh and eighth, working around a hit and two free passes issued.  Luis Tena allowed two hits in his inning on the bump.

The PB-Cards’ sole tally occurred in the third, coming on two of the four hits on the day plus an RBI ground out.  Franklin Soto was the only Beach Bird whose bat was on track as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

Franklin Soto

One of those doubles kicked off the third just before Donivan Williams’ single advanced Soto to third with no outs.  First baseman Carlos Soto’s 4-3 ground out drove in the second baseman Soto.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – idle 
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (5-8) vs. FCL Astros (9-6), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – idle
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (2-3) vs. DSL Mets1 (3-2), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – idle
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (3-2) at DSL Cubs Red (3-2), 10:00 am ET, TBA

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