Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 22, 2021

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-3 on Wednesday. Memphis and Springfield played doubleheaders.  FCL Cardinals game was suspended.  The DSL teams were off on Wednesday.  Our Player of the Day is Matthew Liberatore, who pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, nine strikeouts and no walks in Memphis’ win over Louisville in the first game of the doubleheader.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Memphis 1 at Louisville 0 (eight innings, Game 1)

The Redbirds blanked the Bats 1-0 at Louisville Slugger Field on Wednesday night in the first game of a twin bill, making up an earlier postponement. Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched a gem – six scoreless innings, four hits, nine punch outs, no walks.  Kodi Whitley tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of 2021.

Matthew Liberatore

The game was scoreless through seven – until Memphis’ eighth.  Evan Mendoza started the inning on second base.  Scott Hurst singled and Mendoza scored on a throwing error Louisville’s third baseman.

Kramer Robertson was 2-for-4 and was the only Redbird with multiple hits.  Lars Nootbaar had the only extra base hit, a double.

Memphis 5 at Louisville 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

Memphis edged Louisville 5-4 in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday night.  The 11th consecutive win tied the all-time team record.

The Redbirds offense scored five runs on nine hits, with four runs home in the final inning.

Memphis got on the board in the second inning.  Conner Capel and Clint Coulter singled.  Dennis Ortega’s single plated Capel.

The score remained 1-0 until the sixth, when Louisville put three runs on the board to take the lead. In the seventh, Memphis scored four to regain the lead. Coulter singled, then Rayder Ascanio reached on a fielder’s choice with a fielding error by the Louisville shortstop.  Scott Hurst singled, and Lane Thomas also singled to score Coulter and Ascanio.  Kramer Robertson drew a walk and Nolan Gorman singled to score Hurst and Thomas.

The Bats scored one run in the home half of the seventh, but it was not enough.

Coulter went 2-for-4.  Thomas and Gorman each had two RBI.

Robertson, and Gorman each stole a base.  It was the fifth for Robertson and second for Gorman.  Nootbaar was caught stealing for the third time.

Austin Warner

Louisville native Austin Warner made the start for Memphis and pitched three scoreless innings with no hits allowed four strikeouts and one walk.  Jesus Cruz followed with a scoreless fourth.  Garrett Williams surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched and was charged with a blown save.  Junior Fernandez yielded one run in 2/3 innings but was awarded the win.  Connor Jones gave up one run in the seventh but earned his fourth save.

Memphis is 32-36 and in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  at Louisville, Angel Rondon RHP (2-4, 5.29) vs. Ashton Goudeau RHP (1-2, 4.68) 6:00 CT.

Springfield 5 at San Antonio 10 (completion of suspended game)

Tuesday’s game was suspended in the bottom of fourth inning tied 4-4 and resumed on Wednesday night as the first game of a doubleheader.

On Tuesday, San Antonio scored three in the first inning.  The Cardinals answered with two in the second to cut the lead to 3-2.  Justin Toerner, Irving Lopez and Delvin Perez singled to load the bases.  Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch and Toerner scored.  Ivan Herrera followed with a sac fly to plate Lopez.

Springfield took the lead in the fourth with two runs to make it 4-3.  Lopez and Plummer singled.  Alec Burleson singled to plate Lopez and Plummer.  The Missions tied it in the home half of the fourth on a solo home run.  The game was delayed by rain after the home run and suspended with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Alec Burleson

As game resumed on Wednesday night, San Antonio scored again in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.  They added to their lead with two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

The Cardinals put one on the board in the eighth. Lopez tripled and scored on Perez’ ground out.  The Mission scored their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth and took home the victory in the ninth.

Burleson went 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Luken Baker was 2-for-4.  Lopez was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

In the field, Herrera had a passed ball.

Starter Kevin McGovern pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits.  The left hander fanned four.  Michael Brettell relieved and tossed 2 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on five hits.  Johan Quezada surrendered one run on 1 1/3 innings.  Alex FaGalde pitched the eighth and gave up two runs, one earned.  Brettell took the loss.

Springfield 10 at San Antonio 3 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals bounced back from the Game 1 loss to beat the Missions 10-3 in a seven-inning contest.  Starter Tyler Pike pitched six innings, gave up three runs on six hits and fanned five.  Jacob Bosiokovic tossed a scoreless seventh in relief of Pike, who earned his third win of the season.

San Antonio scored first, putting up two runs in the first and one in the second.  The score remained 3-0 until sixth inning.  Nick Plummer led off with a single but was eliminated on a force out by Alex Burleson.  Ivan Herrera singled, and Luken Baker singled to score Burleson.  Herrera scored on a Malcom Nunez ground out.  The Cardinals cut the lead to 3-2.

In the seventh, Springfield went to town, scoring eight times via small ball. Nick Dunn reached on a fielding error and Aaron Antonini singled. Nick Rapsoso pinch ran.   Dunn scored on a wild pitch.  Delvin Perez singled, Nick Plummer singled and Raposo came home.

Nick Plummer

Burleson reached on a fielding error and Perez scored.  Herrera plated Plummer on a single.  Burleson came in on single by Nunez.  Justin Toerner plated Herrera on a single.  The lineup turned over and Raposo drew a walk.  Perez singled to score Nunez and Toerner.  The Cardinals led 10-3, which was the final score of the game.

Perez, Plummer, Herrera, and Dunn each had two hits.  Perez and Nunez had two RBI each.

Pike picked two runners off first base.

Springfield is 27-41 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 12 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at San Antonio, Andre Pallante RHP (3-3, 3.09) vs. Jordan Humphreys RHP (0-0, 9.28) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 9

The Chiefs fell to River Bandits 9-4 at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night.  Starter Logan Gragg pitched five innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits, and fanning seven.   Jacob Schlesener yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings to take his second loss of the season.  Paul Schwendel gave up three runs in the seventh in relief of Schlesener without recording an out.  Leonardo Taveras finished the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Peoria got on the board with one run in the first inning. Jordan Walker singled and later scored on a single by Moises Castillo.  The Chiefs added a run in the second on an RBI single by Walker.  Quad Cities tied it up 2-2 in the home second.

Peoria answered with three runs in the top of the third.  Castillo was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Tyler Reichenborn singled and scored Castillo.  Reichenborn was caught stealing second.  Francisco Hernandez then drew a walk and scored on a double by Imeldo Diaz.  The Chiefs led 4-2.

Quad Cities cut the lead to 4-3 with one run in the bottom of the third and tied it up 4-4 in the fourth.  In the seventh the River Bandits put five runs on the board to take the 9-4 lead.  Peoria did not score after the third inning.

Jordan Walker

Walker 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Chiefs player with multiple hits.  He also stole his first base for Peoria.

Gragg made a throwing error and Castillo had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 25-43 and sits in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 21 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (3-4, 4.93) vs. Noah Murdock RHP (2-1, 3.38) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 5 at Jupiter 6 (11 innings)

The Cardinals were edged by the Hammerheads in extra innings at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night.  Palm Beach took an early lead, but the game got away from them in the later innings.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning. Masyn Winn drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk.  Tommy Jew walked before Winn scored on a double by Jacob Buchberger.  Matt Koperniak hit a ground-rule double that plated Jew and Buchberger.

Jupiter cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs scored in the home half of the first.  The Beach Birds added two runs in the third on a two-run home run by Koperniak.  The score remained 5-2 in favor of Palm Beach until the seventh inning, when Jupiter scored three runs to tie the game.

The game went into extra innings still tied 5-5.  In the 11th, Jupiter walked it off on a run that scored on a throwing error.

Buchberger went 4-for-5 with an RBI. L.J. Jones and Koperniak each had two hits, and Koperniak had four RBI.

Matt Koperniak

Jose Moreno

Starter Jose Moreno pitched six innings and gave up two runs on three hits, fanned five and walked one.  Levi Prater relieved in the seventh and surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  Prater was charged with a blown save.  Nathanael Heredia tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Sean Kealey allowed one unearned run in the final 1 2/3 innings and took the loss, his third of the season.

Darlyn Del Villar stole his first base of the season. Buchberger, Del Villar, Kealey, and Jose Zapata each made throwing errors.  Jew had an outfield assist at second base. Prater picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 25-42 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 10.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Jupiter, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (3-0, 1.69) vs. Luis Palacios LHP (2-1, 4.67) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 11 at FCL Nationals 8 (suspended)

Wednesday’s contest between the Cardinals and the Nationals was suspended in the top of the ninth inning due to lightning.  It will be resumed on July 27.

Thursday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Rockies, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Tigers, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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