Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 3, 2021

Photo: LJ Jones IV (Long Beach State University)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-5 on Friday.  Memphis played a doubleheader.  The Player of the Day is Palm Beach left fielder L.J. Jones, who was 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Cardinals loss to Dunedin.

Results for games played Friday, July 2.

Memphis 2, Jacksonville 6 (seven innings, game one)

The Redbirds fell to the Jumbo Shrimp in the first game of a twin bill on Friday night at Auto Zone Park.

Starter Tommy Parsons tossed five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, fanned six and walked one.  The right-hander was tagged with his fifth loss of the season.  T.J. McFarland yielded three runs, two earned in his final two innings of relief.

The Memphis offense was 0-for 3 with runners in scoring position and struggled to score runs when the opportunity came.  Both Redbird runs came on solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings.  Justin Williams blasted a long ball to center field in the fifth, and Clint Coulter did the same to left field in the seventh.  The two home runs were the only extra base hits in the game.  Kramer Roberson was 2-for-2.

Justin Williams

In the field, Irving Lopez committed a throwing error. Scott Hurst had an outfield assist at second base. Parsons picked a runner off first base.

Memphis 2, Jacksonville 7 (seven innings, game two)

The Redbirds lost to the Jumbo Shrimp in the second game of the twin bill at Auto Zone Park on Friday night.  The game was the makeup of the previous night’s rained out game.

Jake Woodford got the start, and he pitched two innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out two and walked one.  The right-hander took the loss.  Grant Black relieved Woodford and yielded two runs in 2/3 innings pitched.  Tyler Webb surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings, and Garrett Williams tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Jacksonville took the lead early with two runs in the second inning.  The Jumbo Shrimp added four more in the third to lead 6-0.  The lead became 7-0 in the fifth.

Memphis was kept off the board until the seventh.  Clint Coulter reached on an error and Rayder Ascanio singled.  Scott Hurst singled and Nolan Gorman grounded into a force out and a throwing error by the Jacksonville second baseman allowed Coulter and Ascanio to score.  The rally ended when Juan Yepez struck out swinging.

Ascanio was the only Redbird with multiple hits in the game, he was 2-for-3 with a run scored.  The only extra base hit was a double by Lane Thomas.

Rayder Ascanio

In the field, Irving Lopez made a fielding error, his fifth error of the season.

The Redbirds (19-33) are in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Angel Rondon RHP (0-4, 6.15) vs. Eric Stout LHP (0-1, 15.58) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 14

The Cardinals were walloped by the Naturals in a 14-1 smackdown at Hammons Field on Friday night.

Domingo Robles got the start for Springfield, and he pitched only 1 2/3 innings.  The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits, struck out one, walked two and took the loss, his third of the season.

Four relievers followed Robles:  Michael Brettell, Salvador Justo, Kodi Whitley, and Jacob Patterson. Three of the four combined to give up 11 more runs over the next 7 1/3 innings. Whitley was the only reliever to not yield a run.  He pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

The Cardinals scored their only run in the fifth inning.  Brendan Donovan and Ivan Herrera walked.  Alec Burleson singled, moving Donovan to third, and Luken Baker brought him home on a sac fly.

Nick Plummer went 3-for-3. Burleson and Justin Toerner each had two hits.  Baker made a fielding error, his second error of the season.

Nick Plummer

The Cardinals are 16-36 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 14 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Kevin McGovern LHP (0-0. 0.73) vs. Angel Zerpa LHP (0-2, 14.09) 6:35 CT. 

Peoria 7, West Michigan 4

The Chiefs defeated the Whitecaps with one crooked number inning in a contest at Dozer Park on Friday night.

West Michigan took an early lead against Peoria, scoring two runs on starter Logan Gragg in the first inning.  Gragg pitched 4 1/3 innings and surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and struck out five. The Whitecaps scored one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, the Chiefs offense went to town.  Moises Castillo led off with a double.  Pedro Pages singled.  Brady Whalen reached on a fielder’s choice, and Castillo scored.  Chandler Redmond singled.  Leandro Cedeno walked, and Pages scored.  Zade Richardson was hit by a pitch and Whalen scored.  Francisco Hernandez followed with a triple that plated Redmond, Cedeno, and Richardson.  Hernandez then scored on a single by Matt Chamberlain.

Francisco Hernandez

The Peoria relief pitchers Enmanuel Solano, Freddy Pacheco, and Cory Thompson combined to toss the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the Whitecaps off the board. Solano got the win and Thompson earned his first save.

The Chiefs offense scored seven runs on six hits, but no Chiefs hitter had multiple hits.  The Hernandez triple and the Castillo double were the only extra base hits.

Castillo stole his fourth base of the season.  Pages and Whalen were each caught stealing. Whalen made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 20-32 and are in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 15 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. West Michigan, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP (2-2, 5.68) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Dunedin 5

The Cardinals lost by a knife’s edge to the Blue Jays at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night.  A ninth inning rally ended too soon for a Beach Bird victory.

Gustavo Rodriguez took the mound for Palm Beach and tossed five innings, yielded two runs on eight hits, fanned five and walked one.  The loss was the third of the season for the right hander.  Will Guay surrendered three runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Rodriguez.  Edgar Manzo pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals put the first run on the board in the third inning to take a brief 1-0 lead. The run came on a solo home run by Franklin Soto.  The Blue Jays scored two in the third to lead 2-1.

In the sixth Dunedin took a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but Palm Beach answered in the home half of the inning on a solo home run by L. J. Jones to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Blue Jays added to their run tally with two in the seventh.  The score stood at 5-2 entering the bottom of the ninth.  A rally began with a walk by Soto. Masyn Winn doubled to left and Soto scored.  Carlos Soto singled and Winn scored.  With the score now 5-4, Jones singled.  Jacob Buchberger then struck out swinging to end the rally and the game.

Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  F. Soto was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  In the field, Jones had an outfield assist at third base.  Rodriguez picked a runner off second base. C. Soto had a passed ball.

LJ Jones IV

The Cardinals are 20-32 and are in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 8 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBD vs. TBD 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Marlins 2

The Cardinals (1-3) lost to the Marlins in a low scoring contest on Friday.

Starter Enrique Saldana tossed five scoreless innings, punched out six and walked two.  William Miranda followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tyler Statler surrendered two runs in the eight and did not record an out.  Omar Sanchez pitched the final two scoreless innings.  Statler was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Enrique Saldana

The Cardinal offense scored its only run in the first inning.  Sander Mora was hit by a pitch and Darlin Moquete doubled to left to plate Mora.  Moquete was 2-for-4 in the game and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Mora stole his first base of the season.  Albert Inoa was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Tre Fletcher made a fielding error.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Nationals, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

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