Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 23, 2021

photo: Kevin McGovern (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system suffered through another 0-4 night on Tuesday, with the pitching yielding 33 opposing runs. A bright spot was 32-year-old Kevin McGovern, who gave up just one run in five innings in his Cardinals starting debut for Springfield.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 22nd.

Memphis 4 at Toledo 8

Angel Rondon retired just seven batters as Memphis (16-27) fell to Toledo at Fifth Third Field, 8-4.

Making his second start since his return from St. Louis, Rondon tossed two clean frames before a four-run third inning drove him from the game.  The righty yielded six hits and two walks in 2 1/3, striking out five.

His final run scored with fellow starter Tommy Parsons (L, 1-4) on the mound.  The offense knotted the game at 4-4 at the fifth’s midpoint but Parsons gave up four runs before recording six more outs.  Three of the four tallies were generated by home runs, which represented three of the five hits and two bases-on-balls permitted over 3 2/3 frames.  Grant Black issued three free passes along with one hit allowed during his two-inning stint.

Juan Yepez

The Redbirds mustered just four hits, including home runs by third baseman Juan Yepez (solo) followed by Lane Thomas’ two-run bomb that capped a three-run fifth.  Yepez worked a base-on-balls as the only Memphis player to reach base more than once.

Wednesday’s game: at Toledo (22-20) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 4.82)

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5

Springfield’s (15-27) faltering bullpen spoiled Kevin McGovern’s noteworthy first start as a Cardinal, resulting in a 5-4 road defeat to the Drillers.

In only his second appearance since being signed out of Indy ball, McGovern struck out six through the first five innings, yielding three hits without issuing a free pass.  The 32-year-old southpaw, our Player of the Day, plunked his initial batter the next frame, and departed in favor of Kyle Leahy, who was tasked with holding a slim 1-0 advantage.

Kevin McGovern

In his first in a relief appearance after eight starts, Leahy (BS, 1) did not rise to the occasion.  The right-hander surrendered an RBI double along with two walks before the sixth’s end with more yet to come.

Springfield’s offense ignited for a three-run seventh, with the big blow Nick Plummer’s bases-clearing single.  It drove in Ivan Herrera, Luken Baker and Brendan Donovan, who all reached on free passes.  Plummer went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored plus two RBI since Donovan scored due to a throwing error by the Drillers’ right fielder.

Alas, Leahy then sandwiched two walks of his own around one out and Jacob Bosiokovic was brought into the contest.  Bosiokovic (L, 2-3) (BS,1) walked his first three batters, forcing in two runs, before recording a sac fly, eventually getting out of the inning with the game tied at four all.

The 27-year-old Ohioan inserted a double between two eighth-inning outs before giving way to Evan Sisk.  But Sisk continued a pattern of relievers unable to strand inherited runners.  A wild pitch, RBI double and walk ensued before Sisk was able to record his first and only out.

The S-Cards outhit Tulsa, seven to six and matched the eight walks allowed by their pitchers but only one of their seven hits went for extra bases against four extra-base hits by the Drillers.  Leadoff man Delvin Perez singled twice in five at-bats but the next four batters went a combined 1-for-14.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (23-19) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Pike (0-1, 8.79)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 13

Chiefs’ pitchers allowed crooked number runs in four separate innings, leading to Peoria (17-26) being shellacked at Wisconsin, 13-1.

The pounding began with starter Jack Ralston (L, 1-4), who retired just four batters.  The righty was tagged for five runs on four hits and three walks, with three of the five scores generated by a long ball.

Cole Aker tossed three frames, permitting two hits and three walks, resulting in four tallies, and stranding two of three inherited runners.

Aker’s final runner touched home under Enmanuel Solano’s watch.  Solano allowed four runs of his own on six hits, including a two-run blast, against four outs recorded.  Jacob Schlesener fanned four over the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings, leaving Solano’s last base runner aboard.

Jacob Schlesener

Five Peoria players each accumulated one hit, two of them coming in the fifth.  Brady Whalen opened with a single and raced home on a double by Chandler Redmond.  Chiefs batters did not coax a free pass all evening.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (19-23) (MIL), 12:05 pm CT, Connor Lunn (2-2, 5.45)

Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 7

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez could not finish the third as Palm Beach (14-29) fell to Fort Myers at Roger Dean, 7-4.

Rodriguez (L, 0-2) was charged with five tallies on five hits and three free passes issued in 2 2/3 innings.  One of the five hits was a two-run long ball.

Francisco Justo walked his initial batter, jamming the sacks full, before escaping that mess.  But Justo gave up two runs on a hit and four walks during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.

The sole bright spot among Beach Bird hurlers was Dionys Rodriguez, who struck out six in three innings.  The 20-year-old right-hander has not permitted a run in seven relief appearances encompassing 12 1/3 frames.

Dionys Rodriguez

Jordan Walker and Jacob Buchberger each had two of the team’s six hits.  Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk and two-run home run that was one of his two runs scored and both of his RBI.  The bomb was the reigning league Player of the Week’s third in three games and sixth of 2021.

Batting right behind Walker, Buchberger singled twice in four at bats, crossing home once.  Todd Lott’s only hit in three at bats was a triple knocking in Buchberger and Walker although Palm Beach’s designated hitter did reach base another time via a free pass.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (26-17) (SD), 6:30 pm ET, John Beller (0-3, 5.76)

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