Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 29, 2021

Photo: Juan Yepez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Wednesday.  Both games of the doubleheader in Palm Beach were postponed.  The FCL and the DSL teams were off.

The Player of the Day is Memphis first baseman Juan Yepez, who was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Memphis’ win over Gwinnett.  Honorable Mention goes to Springfield catcher Ivan Herrera, who was 3-for-5 with five RBI in Springfield’s loss to Arkansas.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 28.

Memphis 8, Gwinnett 7 (11 innings)

The Redbirds edged the Braves in extra innings at Auto Zone Park on Wednesday night.  Daniel Ponce de Leon, rehabbing an injured shoulder in Memphis, pitched three scoreless innings, and allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one.

Matthew Liberatore relieved Ponce de Leon and tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielded six runs on seven hits, and fanned six.  Kodi Whitley got the last out of the ninth.  Seth Elledge pitched the final two innings and surrendered one run to earn the win, his first of the season.

Memphis got on the board first with three runs in the fourth inning.  Juan Yepez drew a walk and Lars Nootbaar singled.  Ali Sanchez doubled and Yepez scored.  Nootbaar came home on a ground out by Conner Capel.  Sanchez scored on a wild pitch.

The Redbirds added two in the fifth on a home run by Yepez to make it 5-0.  Gwinnett finally scored in the sixth on a solo home run.  The Braves added two more in seventh to cut the lead to 5-3.

Juan Yepez

Memphis made it 6-3 in the eighth on a second home run by Yepez, this one a solo shot.  Gwinnett scored three in the ninth to knot it up 6-6.

The game went into the 10th inning.  Gwinnett scored to take a 7-6 lead.  The Redbirds answered in the bottom of the 10th with one run on a double by Kramer Robertson to tie it up again at 7-7.  In the 11th, the Braves failed to score in the top of the inning.  Memphis began the bottom of the 11th with Scott Hurst on second base.  Rayder Ascanio bunted Hurst to third and Evan Mendoza singled Hurst home for the walk off victory.

Nootbaar was 3-for-5 on the night with two runs scored.  Yepez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Mendoza was 2-for-5.

Memphis is 37-37 and sits in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 12.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Miles Mikolas RHP (1-1, 2.93) vs. TBD 7:10 CT.

Springfield 12, Arkansas 18

The Cardinals came out on the short end of a slugfest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  Springfield took on the Arkansas Travelers, whose offense went to town on Cardinal pitching to the tune of 18 runs.

The Cardinals got on the board first with one run in the first inning.  Delvin Perez led off the inning with a single and stole second base.  Perez follows that up with a steal of third base.  Ivan Herrera then grounded out to plate Perez.

The 1-0 lead was short-lived, as the Travelers came back in the second to score two runs to take the lead. Arkansas then added a third run in the third inning.  Springfield cut the lead to 3-2 with one run scored in the home half of the third on a solo home run by Herrera.

Iván Herrera

The Cardinals scored two runs in the fourth to make it 4-3. Irving Lopez hit an RBI triple to score the first run, and the second came home on a sac fly by David Vinsky.  Springfield increased the lead to 5-3 in the fifth on a solo home run by Luken Baker.

The wheels came off the bus for the Cardinals in the next two innings.  Arkansas put up four runs in the sixth to regain the lead.  Then in seventh, a bullpen meltdown allowed the Travelers to score 11 runs in the inning.

With the score 18-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals battled back from the deficit.  Herrera hit a three-run home run to cut the lead to 18-8.  In the eighth inning, it was a grand slam by Baker that added four more runs to the Springfield tally, making it 18-12.  That would be the final score of the game as there were no further rallies.

Perez and Herrera were each 3-for-5 in the game.  Herrera had five RBI.  Baker was 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored.  Toerner was 2-for-3.

The pitching for the Cardinals began with starter Andre Pallante, who pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits, struck out five and walked two.  Evan Sisk surrendered four runs, three earned, in 2/3 innings.  Kyle Leahy yielded eight runs in 2/3 innings.  Salvador Justo and Ramon Santos tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Pallante took the loss, Sisk was charged with a blown save.

On the base paths, Perez stole three bases.  In the field, Lopez, and Herrera each made fielding errors.  Justin Toerner had an outfield assist at home.

Springfield is 28-46 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 15 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Domingo Robles LHP (2-4, 4.58) vs. Matt Brash RHP (0-1, 2.70) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 6, Beloit 2

The Chiefs defeated the Beloit Snappers 6-2 in a Wednesday night contest at Dozer Park.  Starter Mac Lardner tossed four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, and fanned eight.  Jacob Schlesener surrendered two runs in three innings of relief.  Kevin Marnon and Leonardo Taveras each pitched a scoreless inning.  Schlesener was awarded the win.

Mac Lardner

The Peoria offense put up four runs in the third inning on a two-run home run by Matt Chamberlain, a solo home run by Masyn Winn, and an RBI single by Pedro Pages.

Beloit scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning.  The Chiefs responded in the home half of the sixth with two runs to widen their lead to 6-1.  RBI triples by both Francisco Hernandez and Winn plated the two additional scores.

The Snappers scored their second and final run in the seventh.  Marnon and Taveras shut the Beloit offense down for the final two innings and the Chiefs took home the victory.

Jordan Walker was 3-for-4 on the night.  Winn was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Pages was 2-for-4 and Hernandez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the base paths, Chamberlain was caught stealing for the sixth time this season.  In the field, Walker, and catcher Zade Richardson both made throwing errors.

Peoria is 30-44 and sit in last place in the High-A Central West Division 18.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Connor Lunn RHP (4-5, 4.61) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach, Tampa (game one, postponed)

This game was postponed due to rain.  It was to be one game of a doubleheader.  The game will be made up at a later date.

Palm Beach, Tampa (game two, postponed)

This game was a makeup of the July 27 game that was rained out and it was postponed for the second day.  The makeup of this game will take place on Thursday, July 29 as part of a doubleheader.

FCL Cardinals – Off

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Mets, TBD vs. TBD  11:00 am CT

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

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

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

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

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