Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2021

photo: Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day Conner Capel’s five RBI powered Memphis to consecutive win no. 15 as the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-1 on Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, July 25th.

Memphis 9 at Louisville 3

Conner Capel’s big day at the plate led the Redbirds (36-36) over the Bats, 9-3, extending their winning roll to a franchise-best 15 games.  The streak which began on July 9th at Louisville, includes series sweeps of seventh-place Norfolk plus Midwest Division rival Louisville (27-44) (CIN) and lifts their record to .500 for the first time this season.

Conner Capel

Memphis led from start to finish, thanks to Capel’s first-inning bomb which came with right fielder Lane Thomas (walk) and second baseman Nolan Gorman (single) aboard.  It was the eighth home run for the Redbirds’ cleanup hitter who went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and five RBI.

Gorman also garnered three of his team’s 14 hits, singling three times in five at bats, touching home twice and driving in one.  Center fielder Scott Hurst and shortstop Evan Mendoza both singled twice in five and four at bats, respectively, with Mendoza crossing home plate three times.

Making his second rehab start, Daniel Ponce de Leon yielded two hits and two walks over two clean frames.  The righty threw 22 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

Regular starter Connor Thomas went three innings, permitting three tallies, two earned, on seven hits but did not issue a free pass.  Austin Warner (W, 6-2) retired all six batters faced, striking out two before Grant Black and Seth Elledge recorded three outs each.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 10 at San Antonio 6

The S-Cards used a five-run fifth to rally past the Missions, 10-6, at Nelson Wolff Stadium.  Springfield (28-44) claimed two of the six-game series at San Antonio (35-36) (SD).

Trailing 2-0 through four, the visitors pounced on two Missions hurlers the next frame, going up 5-2.  Ivan Herrera’s sixth home run of 2021 was a line drive over the wall in left, scoring Delvin Perez (single) and knotting the game at two all.

Iván Herrera

Alec Burleson reached on a fielding miscue by San Antonio’s second baseman, spurring a pitching change.  Luken Baker greeted the new hurler with an RBI double, advancing to third via a passed ball.  After Malcom Nunez walked, Nick Dunn doubled home Baker and Nunez.

Springfield added three more scores the next frame, with the scoring capped by a two-run Baker bomb in the eighth.  Baker reached base five times, going 2-for-2 with a double, home run, three walks, three runs scored and three knocked in.

Luken Baker

The S-Cards gathered 12 hits in all, led by Perez and Dunn with three hits each.  Perez singled three times in four at bats, worked a free pass, stole a base and touched home ahead of Herrera while Dunn went 3-for-5 with a double and two knocked in.  Herrera was the final Springfield player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with a walk, double and big blast, scored three runs and drove in two.

Kevin McGovern pitched the initial 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, including a solo blast.  Evan Sisk (W, 2-0) retired six batters, yielding two tallies, one earned, on two hits, a base-on-balls as well as hitting former St. Louis farmhand Allen Cordoba, stranding two inherited runners.  The southpaw committed an error on an attempted pickoff move, one of two miscues along with a fielding bobble by Dunn.

Jacob Bosiokovic recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving Sisk’s final two runners aboard.  Bosiokovic looked to be in command until he walked the bases loaded in the ninth, bringing Ramon Santos into the game.  Santos struck out his sole batter swinging for his second save.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 5

Peoria (28-44) never led in their 5-2 loss to Quad Cities (46-24) (KC) at Modern Woodman Park.  The sixth-place Chiefs split the six-game series versus the first-place River Bandits whom they trail by 19 games in the West Division standings.

Michael YaSenka is still looking for his first win of 2021 as he allowed four scores, three earned on four hits in 5 1/3 frames.  Two of the four runs resulted from one long ball.  The right-hander fanned six and did not issue a free pass.

Cory Thompson, who inherited a runner at second with one away situation, walked his first batter just ahead of a double steal putting two in scoring position.  But Thompson bore down, notching a swinging K and line out to center to end the threat.  The 26-year-old surrendered a two-out solo shot the next frame, one of hits permitted.  Fabian Blanco worked around two hits for a scoreless inning.

Jordan Walker was one of six Chiefs accumulating one of six total hits.  The third baseman’s second A-Advanced home run and second in as many games came with the bases empty in the sixth and was the fifth straight game the 19-year-old had a hit.

Jordan Walker

Peoria’s other tally occurred in the eighth when Matt Chamberlain opened with a double.  The left fielder advanced to third on a 4-3 ground out by Walker, scoring via a passed ball.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach at Jupiter – suspended

The Beach Birds’ series finale versus the Hammerheads was suspended with one away, a Palm Beach player at first in the top of the fifth and the PB-Cards down 1-0.  Play will resume as part of a double header on Tuesday, August 24th, at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, home of both teams.  Palm Beach (25-45) is in the midst of a seven-game losing skid, including the first five games of this series versus Jupiter (35-35) (MIA).

Monday’s game:  Off

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

Monday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (8-8) vs. FCL Marlins (7-10), 10:00 am ET, TBA

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

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (4-5) at DSL Twins (4-6), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (6-3) vs. DSL Rangers2 (6-4), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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