Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 2, 2021

Photo: Wilfredo Pereira (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Luis Rodriguez’ offensive performance led the FCL Cardinals to their first win, one of two victories in five games on Thursday.  Wilfredo Pereira’s sterling relief effort was not enough to prevent Peoria from dropping a twin bill, while Springfield went down to defeat as well.  Memphis’ contest was rained out.

Results from the games played Thursday, July 1st

Memphis vs Jacksonville – postponed
Game three of six between Memphis (19-31) and Jacksonville was postponed due to rain.  It has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Friday, July 2nd with game one beginning at 4:30 pm CT.  Each team has claimed one of the two completed contests.

Friday’s games:  vs Jacksonville (27-21)(MIA).  Game one – 4:30 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, —)(Triple-A season debut)/Tommy Parsons (1-4, 6.27)

Springfield 5 vs Northwest Arkansas 9
S-Card hurlers were unable to hold a late-inning lead once again, falling to Northwest Arkansas, 9-5.  Springfield (16-35) has lost the first three of their six-game home series versus the Naturals.

Starter Dalton Roach (L, 3-5) held his opponents to one run on five hits and a walk through six frames, taking a 3-1 lead into the seventh.  But the right-hander did not retire any of three batters faced the next inning, surrendering back-to-back solo long balls and issuing a base-on-balls eliciting a pitching change.

Edgar Escobar allowed his inherited runner to score plus one of his own before escaping the seventh then jammed the sacks full with none out in the eighth.  Escobar was charged with four runs on three hits, two base-on-balls and a sac fly.

Jacob Bosiokovic gave up two hits resulting in a four-run frame, three tallies charged to Escobar and one to Bosiokovic.  Patrick Dayton tossed a one-two-three ninth.

The offense accumulated 10 hits with Nick Dunn’s three-hit effort leading the way.  The second baseman went 3-for-4, crossed home once and drove in one.  One of Brendan Donovan’s two hits in three at bats was a two-run bomb with Dunn aboard, closing the gap to 9-5 after eight.

Nick Dunn

Friday’s game:  vs Northwest Arkansas (26-23)(KC), 7:05 pm CT,  Domingo Robles (2-2, 4.71)

Peoria 2 vs West Michigan 4  (7)  – game one

Peoria 2 vs West Michigan 3  (7)  – game two
The Chiefs were swept in a Thursday double header, 4-2 and 3-2, both games in seven innings.  Peoria (19-31) has yet to put one in the win column in three tries during this six-game series.

Starter Michael YaSenka retired just eight batters in the opener, yielding four runs, three earned, on four hits and four free passes issued.  One of the four hits was a home run with the bases empty.

A trio of Chiefs relievers held the Whitecaps scoreless the rest of the way.  Leonardo Taveras recorded four outs, walking one and stranding two inherited runners.  Nathanael Heredia pitched two clean frames, issuing a free pass, while a caught stealing helped Cole Aker navigate successfully around two hits and a base-on-balls during his inning of work.

Peoria’s offense outhit their opponents, seven to six, but were shy of tangible results.  The only Chief with more than one hit was Chandler Redmond who went 2-for-3, the run he scored occurring as part of a double steal.  Jordan Walker singled and scored his team’s other tally, his only hit in five at bats.

Chandler Redmond

In game two, a rally by the home team came just short as the Chiefs were unable to push across what represented the tying run in the game’s final inning.

Down 3-0 through six and facing a no-hit bid, Peoria kicked off the seventh with consecutive singles by Walker and Brady Whalen.  Leandro Cedeno’s force at second removed Whalen but Moises Castillo’s single to left drove in Walker.  After a pitching change, Zade Richardson was caught looking at strike three but a single by Francisco Hernandez scored Cedeno, advancing Castillo to third where he was stranded.

Whereas the Chiefs did all their damage in the game’s last inning, all three of West Michigan’s hits occurred in the first.  Starter Mac Lardner displayed rust in his first action since going on the Injured List on May 28th.  The lefty tossed just one frame, yielding three scores on a double, single, sac fly and two-run home run.

Co-Player of the Day Wilfredo Pereira impressed in his five-inning relief stint, striking out nine and not allowing a base runner.  Paul Schwendel used a caught stealing to erase a lead-off walk for a one-two-three seventh.

Wilfredo Pereira

Friday’s game:  vs West Michigan (24-24)(DET), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (0-3, 6.33)

Palm Beach 4 vs Dunedin 3
Jacob Buchberger’s two-run single broke a 2-2 eight-inning tie as the Beach Birds held on to edge the Blue Jays, 4-3.  Palm Beach (20-31) has won six of its last seven games including the first three of their six-game set versus Dunedin.

The contest did not generate much offense with both squads limited to just three hits.  The PB-Cards plated two first-inning tallies when Buchberger reached on a throwing error by the Blue Jays third baseman.  The errant throw allowed Tommy Jew (walk) and Todd Lott (double) to score.

The 2-0 lead held until the seventh when a two-run double off Sean Kealey knotted the game at 2-2 and set up Buchberger’s big hit.  Both runs scored – one charged to Kealey and the other to his predecessor Edwin Nunez, were unearned because of a missed catch error by second baseman Donivan Williams.

All five outs recorded by Kealey (W, 2-1)(BS,1) were strikeouts, the southpaw giving up a walk and double.  The 23-year-old was the third of four Palm Beach hurlers to see action.

Kealey pitched in support of starter John Beller who tossed three strong frames, fanning five and issuing two free passes.  Nunez struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings, walking one batter who came around to score under Kealey’s watch. Palm Beach pitching’s 18 strikeouts set a new franchise all-time single-game record.

Edwin Nuñez

Things got a tad too exciting in the ninth after Luis Ortiz allowed a ground-rule double, walk, RBI single and wild pitch putting two runners in scoring position with a one-run lead and only one out.  But Ortiz coaxed a fly out to shallow right before recording a swinging K for his first save.

Friday’s game: vs Dunedin (20-30) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Levi Prater (1-3, 3.83)

Florida Complex League Cardinals 10 at FCL Astros 3 (7)
An offensive explosion combined with a solid bullpen generated the FCL Cardinals’ first win, a decisive 10-3 victory over the FCL Astros in seven frames.

The Florida Birds (1-2) banged out 16 hits, paced by shortstop Jeremy Rivas’ four-hit performance.  Rivas singled four times in five at bats with a run scored and two RBI’s.

But the most productive bat belonged to co-Player of the Day Luis Rodriguez who reached base four times.  The first baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, base-on-balls, touched home twice and drove in two.  Left fielder Luis Montano had three hits as well in four at bats, doubled once, scored one run and knocked in another.

Luis Rodriguez

The final player with a multi-hit effort was catcher Roblin Heredia who went 2-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and two RBI’s.  The 18-year-old was caught napping at first once.

A quartet of Florida Bird hurlers took the mound, beginning with Jose Davila, The 18-year-old righty went four innings, yielding four hits and three base-on-balls generating three runs.  Davila plunked one batter.

Victor Villanueva (W, 1-0) was nails in the fifth, facing the minimum with two strikeouts.  Ettore Giulianelli worked around two hits and a walk for a clean sixth in his professional debut.  Tink Hence, the bullpen’s third righty of the day, one upped Villanueva by fanning the side in a one-two-three seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs FCL Marlins (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA    

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