Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 2, 2021

Photo: Andre Pallante (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

St Louis’ minors went 1-1 with the other two games impacted by inclement weather.  Starter Andre Pallante and the Springfield offense were victorious in their efforts but Peoria went down to defeat.  Memphis’ contest was postponed and Palm Beach was unable to finish their game.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 1st

Memphis vs Toledo – postponed
The first of six games at AutoZone Park between Memphis (9-15) and Toledo was postponed due to inclement weather.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Thursday, June 3rd with game one’s start scheduled for 5:05 pm CT.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Toledo (11-12)(DET),  7:10 pm CT, Thomas Parsons (0-1, 4.56)

Springfield 10 vs San Antonio 3
S-Card bats pounced early to back Andre Pallante’s solid start, generating a 10-3 victory over the Missions in the home series’ opener.

Springfield (7-17) used a balanced offensive attack that saw all nine starters either garner one of the team’s 11 hits or cross home plate.  The steady effort resulted in five first-inning tallies, driving San Antonio’s starter from the game before he recorded his second out.  Springfield added two more in the seventh, capping the scoring with a three-run eighth.

The offense featured four S-Cards with two hits apiece: catcher Ivan Herrera, second baseman Nolan Gorman, first baseman Luken Baker and left fielder Alec Burleson – the two through five hitters in the lineup.

Herrera did the most damage, going 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI.  Gorman singled twice in five at bats in the two hole just ahead of Herrera, scoring once, his third consecutive multi-hit start.

Baker matched Gorman’s output, going 2-for-5 while touching home once while Burleson continued his assault on Double-A hurlers.  The 22-year-old, the 70th pick in the June 2020 First-Year Player Draft, has compiled a .356/.420/.620/1.040 line in 45 at bats since his May 17th promotion from High-A Peoria.

Burleson’s third Springfield double was one of three extra-base hits along with a double by David Vinsky and Nick Plummer’s second triple of 2021.

Nick Plummer

The bats supported Player of the Day Pallante (W, 2-0) who has been one of the most consistent starters in St Louis’ minors this season.  The right-hander held San Antonio to two tallies on six hits and two base-on-balls in five innings.  Pallante has yielded two or fewer runs in all six starts, going five frames in three of his most recent four starts.

Ramon Santos and Edgar Escobar tossed two frames apiece, Santos surrendering a home run that was his only hit allowed.  Escobar retired all six batters faced.

Wednesday’s game:   vs San Antonio (11-14)(SD),  6:35 pm CT, Dalton Roach (1-2)(5.82)

Peoria 0 at Wisconsin 3
Peoria (9-16) could not get key hits as they fell at Wisconsin, 3-0.

The Chiefs’ outhit their rivals, eight to seven, but went 0-for-8 with runners In scoring position, stranding six.  The sole Peoria player with more than one hit was left fielder Matt Chamberlain who singled and doubled in three at bats at the bottom of the order.  The Timber Rattlers did not issue a free pass.

Logan Gragg (L, 0-2) gave a good account in his first start of 2021 after five relief appearances.  The tall Arkansas native limited the opposition to a run on three hits and a sac fly in 3 1/3 frames, departing with the bases clean.  Gragg did not walk a batter.

Logan Gragg

Wilfredo Pereira recorded eight outs, permitting one score on two hits and two base-on-balls while fanning five.  Freddy Pacheco was not scored upon in his inning on the bump, issuing one free pass but Jacob Schlesener was tagged for an eighth-inning run on two hits and a sac fly.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (13-12)(MIL),  7:05 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (0-1, 5.60)

Palm Beach vs Jupiter – suspended
Tuesday’s contest between Palm Beach (6-18) and Jupiter was suspended due to rain.  The scoreless game was halted with two gone in the top of the fourth and a runner on first while Inohan Paniagua was pitching for the Beach Birds.  The contest’s completion is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2nd along with the regularly scheduled game.

Wednesday’s game: vs Jupiter (12-12) (MIA), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

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