Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 4, 2021

Photo: Ali Sanchez (Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-0 on Saturday.  Four of the five teams won with one run margins.  The Player of the Day is Memphis catcher Ali Sanchez, who was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Memphis’ win over Jacksonville.

Results for games played Saturday, July 3, 2021

Memphis 9, Jacksonville 8

The Redbirds narrowly defeated the Jumbo Shrimp at Auto Zone Park on Saturday night.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched 5 2/3 innings and yielded four runs on nine hits.  The right-hander fanned seven and walked one to earn his first win of the season. Austin Warner replaced Rondon and got the final out of the sixth inning.  Zack Thompson surrendered four runs in three innings pitched but earned his second save.

Jacksonville took an early lead with three runs scored in the first inning.  Memphis got a run back in the home half of the first.  Lane Thomas drew a leadoff walk.  Juan Yepez singled, and Lars Nootbaar walked to load the bases.  Kramer Robertson was hit by a pitch and Thomas scored.

The Jumbo Shrimp increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth.  The Redbirds responded in the bottom frame of the fourth on a two-run single by Thomas.  Memphis took the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ali Sanchez and a grand slam off the bat of Rayder Ascanio.  The Redbirds led 8-4.

Jacksonville cut the lead to 8-5 in the top of the seventh.  Memphis got the run back in the bottom half of the inning on a solo home run by Sanchez.

The Jumbo Shrimp were not done, however.  In the ninth, Jacksonville put up three runs to get closer, but not close enough, as the Redbirds held on for a one run victory.

Sanchez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in the contest. Ascanio drove in four.  Thomas had two RBI and Robertson also had an RBI.

Ali Sanchez

Memphis is 20-33 and in last place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 15.5 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Connor Thomas, LHP (2-0, 3.38) vs. Shawn Morimondo LHP (2-2, 5.03) 6:35 CT

Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 4

The Cardinals edged the Naturals in a one-run contest at Hammond Field on Saturday night.  The game remained close for the entire nine innings as the two teams battled.

The Naturals scored first in the first inning to make it 1-0, but the Cardinals immediately responded with one run in the home half of the inning.  Justin Toerner doubled and Ivan Herrera singled.  Alec Burleson plated Toerner on a sac fly.

NW Arkansas took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third.  Springfield again answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it up on a two-run home run by Burleson.

Alec Burleson

The game remained knotted up 3-3 until the sixth, when the Naturals scored one to make it 4-3.  In the eighth, Malcom Nunez reached on an error and Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch.  Brendan Donovan singled, but Nunez was thrown out at home.  A wild pitch advanced Plummer and Donovan and Nick Dunn doubled to right to score both runners.  The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead that they kept through nine.

Starter Kevin McGovern pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, fanned six and walked three.  Evan Sisk relieved McGovern and pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.  Ramon Santos tossed the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.

The Cardinals scored five runs on nine hits.  The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Plummer, who was 2-for-3.  Burleson had three RBI and Dunn drove in two.

Plummer was picked off and caught stealing and Delvin Perez was caught stealing for the fifth time. In the field, Herrera had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 17-36 and sit in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 13 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Tyler Pike LHP (0-2, 6.84) vs. Drew Parrish (1-1, 6.61) 6:05 CT

Peoria 8, West Michigan 1

The Chiefs blew past the Whitecaps with an 8-1 victory at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed 6 2/3 innings, yielded one run on two hits, struck out five and walked three. Leonardo Taveras and Jacob Schlesener combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Trogrlic-Iverson earned his third win of the season.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Peoria got on the board early with three runs in the first inning on a three-run home run by Chandler Redmond.  West Michigan scored their only run in the game in the third inning.

In the fourth, Redmond doubled, and Francisco Hernandez plated Redmond on a single to increase the Chiefs lead to 4-1.  Then in the sixth, Peoria blew the game open with four runs scored on a three-run home run by Zade Richardson and a solo home run by Cristhian Longa.

Redmond was 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Longa was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Chandler Redmond

In the field, Richard was called for catcher interference.

The Chiefs are 21-32 and stand in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 15 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  vs. West Michigan, TBD vs. TBD 5:35 CT.

Palm Beach 7, Dunedin 6

The Cardinals prevailed in a one run contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday night.  In this game the Beach Birds built up an early lead that later began to diminish, but the pitching held up in the final inning to keep Palm Beach in the win column.

The Cardinals began the game by scoring two runs in the first inning on an RBI triple from Carlos Soto and an RBI single by Jacob Buchberger.  The Beach Birds increased the lead to 4-0 in the second inning on a two-run double by Masyn Winn.

In the fifth, consecutive walks by Buchberger and Todd Lott, and a single by Franklin Soto brought home two more runs to make it 6-0 for Palm Beach.

The Blue Jays began to chip away at the lead beginning in the sixth inning with one run scored.  Dunedin added three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth and the game was tied 6-6.

The Beach Birds broke the tie in the ninth. Lott and F. Soto singled and Terry Fuller was intentionally walked to load the bases. Donivan Williams hit a sac fly to left to score Lott and walk it off for Palm Beach.

Soto, F. Soto, and Williams each had two hits in the game. Winn and F. Soto each had two RBI.

Starter Levi Prater tossed four scoreless innings, allowed no hits, punched out eight and walked five.  Gianluca Dalatri surrendered one run in two relief innings pitched.  Sean Kealey yielded three runs in 1/3 innings, and Dionys Rodriguez gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Rodriguez was charged with a blown save. Luis Ortiz threw the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season.

Levi Prater

The Cardinals are 21-32 and sit in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 7 games back of first place St. Lucie.

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

FCL Cardinals 2, FCL Nationals 0 (seven innings)

The Cardinals blanked the Nationals 2-1 on Saturday, with Memphis Redbirds pitcher Johan Quezada, rehabbing from an injury, on the bump for the first inning. Quezada tossed a scoreless first with two strikeouts.

Quezada was followed by Yordy Richard, who pitched five scoreless innings, and Reinys Portillo, who pitched a scoreless seventh.  Richard earned the win and Portillo the save, his first of the season.

Yordy Richard

The Cardinals scored one run in the third inning on triple by Smith Vargas and a wild pitch.  The second run came home in the fifth.  Joyser Garcia singled but was eliminated on a force out by Vargas.  Jeremy Rivas singled and Adanson Cruz singled to plate Vargas.

Cruz was 2-for-2 in the game and had the only RBI.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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