Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 21, 2021

photo: Connor Thomas (Memphis Redbirds)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league squads went 2-3, with rain stopping two other contests. Our Player of the Day is Connor Thomas, who yielded just one run in six innings in Memphis’ ninth straight win.

Results from the games played Tuesday, July 20th.

Memphis 2 at Louisville 1

Connor Thomas tossed six strong frames as the Redbirds edged the Bats, 2-1.  It was the ninth straight win for Memphis (30-36) which is in fifth place in the seven-team Southeast Division, 15 ½ games in back of Durham (TB).

Player of the Day Thomas (W, 5-0) scattered six hits and a base-on-balls, the only damage against him a third inning run.  The lefty plunked two batters and threw 71 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

Connor Thomas

The bullpen was perfect the rest of the way.  Seth Elledge set the side down in order twice before Connor Jones earned his third save.

Offense was in short supply, with the visitors generating just five hits.  Memphis broke on top after right fielder Lars Nootbaar singled to open the second inning.  A free pass issued to left fielder Conner Capel moved Nootbaar up, both runners advancing another base on a balk.  Third baseman Kramer Robertson’s 6-3 ground out scored Nootbaar.

Louisville tied the game the next frame, with the score remaining 1-1 until the fifth.  Shortstop Evan Mendoza singled up the middle before Thomas helped his own cause by successfully sac bunting Mendoza to second for the inning’s first out.  Second baseman Nolan Gorman’s two-out single drove in Mendoza for the final score.  Gorman went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his first swiped bag at Triple-A.

Wednesday’s games:  doubleheader at Louisville (27-38) (CIN).  Game 1 – 4:30 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (4-5, 5.34)/Austin Warner (5-2, 4.31)

Springfield at San Antonio – suspended

The series’ opener at Nelson Wolff Stadium between Springfield (26-40) and host San Antonio was suspended due to rain with one out in the home half of the fourth and the score tied at four all.

The contest’s balance is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday, July 21st at 5:00 pm CT with the regularly scheduled game afterward.

Wednesday’s games:  at San Antonio (31-34) (SD). Game 1 (completion of suspended game) – 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Tyler Pike (2-2, 5.67)

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 7

The first of six games in Davenport between the Central Division’s first and last place teams took place with predictable results.  Peoria (25-42) was easily handled by Quad Cities, 7-3.

All three Chiefs pitchers were scored upon.  Michael YaSenka gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.  Two of the three tallies were products of one home run.

Mac Lardner (L, 0-3) recorded the sixth’s third out, stranding two inherited runners but permitted two scores on three hits and a walk with only one more batter retired before his departure.  One of the two tallies charged to Lardner scored with Cory Thompson on the mound.  Thompson was touched for two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 frames.

Pedro Pages

Peoria banged out nine hits in all with three Chiefs going 2-for-4:  catcher Pedro Pages, first baseman Leandro Cedeno and second baseman Francisco Hernandez.  Pages doubled twice, knocking in two, while Cedeno went yard for the seventh time, this one occurring with the bases empty.  One of Hernandez’ hits was a double.

It was a mixed bag defensively for Peoria.  Left fielder Matt Chamberlain and center fielder Tyler Reichenborn were each credited with an outfield assist, at home and third base, respectively.  Third baseman Chandler Redmond was charged with his third bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (44-21) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Logan Gragg (1-3, 6.20)

Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 5

A misfiring offense and shaky defense resulted in the Beach Birds’ 5-2 loss to second-place Jupiter on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Palm Beach (25-41) is in fourth and last place in the Southeast Division standings, trailing St. Lucie (NYM) by 9 ½ games.

Palm Beach outhit the Hammerheads, nine to eight, but squandered numerous opportunities.  The visitors went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

First baseman Todd Lott and third baseman Jacob Buchberger were the only Cards with more than one hit and accounted for all three hits that went for extra bases.  Lott doubled twice in four at bats, scoring one run and driving in another.

Jacob Buchberger

Buchberger went 2-for-4 with a double but was unable to generate any results.  Shortstop Masyn Winn reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with one of his team’s two walks, a stolen base and a run scored.

Defensively, Palm Beach was charged with three errors leading to two unearned tallies.  Left fielder Matt Koperniak committed a throwing miscue while Winn and second baseman Franklin Soto were both tagged with a fielding bobble.

Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-5) was touched for three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls during his five innings on the bump.  Luis Ortiz recorded six outs, fanning four, but permitted two scores, one earned on a hit and two free passes issued.  Edgar Manzo walked one in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game: ‘at’ second-place Jupiter (31-35) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.80)

FCL Cardinals at FCL Marlins – postponed

Tuesday’s contest at the Jupiter complex between the FCL Cardinals (6-8) and FCL Marlins was rained out.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Monday, July 26th with Game 1 starting at 10:00 am ET.

Wednesday’s game: at FCL Nationals (6-9), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Mets1 3 (7 innings)

The C-Blue never trailed in their 8-3 road win over the DSL Mets1 (4-3).  The DSL Cardinals Blue (3-4) are in a three-way tie with the Twins and Yankees1 for third place in the South Division, three games behind the DSL Rockies.

The C-Blue offense received help from the Mets1’s defense, with four of the eight runs unearned.  Six Cardinals Blue players generated seven hits in total. Luis Mario Pino represented the only player with more than one hit.  The center fielder singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and RBI.

Luis Mario Piño

Shortstop Maycol Justo had a productive day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and three runs scored.  A double by Yancel Guerrero was the sole hit to go for extra bases, the third baseman going 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls, touching home twice.

Right-hander Randel Clemente went three scoreless frames in his first start after one relief appearance.  The 19-year-old permitted a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.

Three more righties followed Clemente to the mound.  Esteban Contreras was untouched in the fourth, giving up a hit and hitting a batter but Ronny Oliver was charged with three sixth-inning tallies after tossing a one-two-three fifth.  Oliver yielded three hits and a base-on-balls with four outs recorded before giving way to Alejandro Cervantes.  Cervantes retired five batters, allowing a hit and stranding one of two inherited runners.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Cubs Red 4 (7 innings)

Mistakes once again determined a game’s outcome as the C-Red were downed by the Cubs Red, 4-2.  The two clubs (4-3) are tied for second place in the San Pedro Division, a game behind the DSL Rangers2.

Two fielding miscues, one by second baseman Bryan Encarnacion and the other by left fielder Miguel Vargas, led to three unearned scores. Wild Cardinals pitchers hit five Cubs batters.

Starter Victor Herrera (L, 1-1) was the unfortunate recipient of one unearned run during his three-inning stint in which the righty allowed two hits, two walks and hit two batters.

Brayan Ramirez pitched the next three frames, giving up a run, earned, on three hits with two plunked batters.  The third and final right-hander of the day was Juan Severino who was tagged for two unearned tallies on three hits and a hit batsman.

The Cardinals Red were kept off the scoreboard until the sixth.  Two free passes issued by the Cubs Red reliever put first baseman Santiago Carbonara and Vargas aboard.  Both runners advanced on the first of two consecutive wild pitches, Carbonara scoring on the second one.

Jeremy Ramos

The visitor’s other score came the next frame after third baseman Raul Guzman worked the second of his two base-on-balls.  Jeremy Ramos’ two-out triple drove in Guzman, with the three-bagger only the second hit of the day for the C-Red.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

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