Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 24, 2021

photo: Moises Castillo (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria shortstop Moises Castillo, who went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, five RBI and two runs scored.  Teammate Connor Lunn threw seven innings of one-run ball in the Chiefs’ win over Wisconsin.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 23.

Memphis 4 at Toledo 0

The Redbirds (17-27) blanked the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night.  Starter Connor Thomas pitched very well, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings for his second win of the season.

Memphis got on the board with two runs in the third inning.  Juan Yepez led off with a single and Scott Hurst doubled to right field. Kramer Robertson’s sac fly plated both Yepez and Hurst as Toledo CF Jacoby Jones caught the ball while hitting the wall and fell to the ground, thus allowing both runners to tag up and score.

The score remained 2-0 until the seventh.  Evan Mendoza led off with a single.  Hurst was hit by a pitch and Robertson drew a walk.  With the bases loaded, the Mud Hens pitcher balked, scoring Mendoza, and advancing Hurst and Robertson.  Hurst came in on a ground out by Lane Thomas.   Neither team scored in the final two innings and the Redbirds prevailed 4-0.

Connor Thomas

Starter Thomas allowed five hits in his 5 2/3 innings pitched, fanned seven and walked one.  Roel Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Jones and Brandon Waddell each tossed a scoreless frame.

Hurst and Thomas had two hits each and Thomas drove in one.  Robertson plated two.  Thomas also stole his first base of the season and Mendoza snatched his eighth base.

Thursday’s game:  at Toledo, Matthew Liberatore LHP (2-3, 4.26) vs. Mark Leiter Jr RHP (0-0, 9.00) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 4

The Cardinals lost a close one to the Tulsa Drillers at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night.  The game began with the Drillers taking a 3-0 lead against Cardinals starter Tyler Pike in the first inning.  After that, Pike shut Tulsa down through the next five innings.  The left hander punched out six and walked two but took his second loss of the season.

The Cardinals offense finally broke through against the bullpen in the eighth with two runs to make it a one run game.  Luken Baker reached on a fielding error when Tulsa’s third baseman fielded a grounder but dropped the ball on the transfer.  Brendan Donovan took advantage with a two-run home run to right field.

Brendan Donovan

In the bottom of the eighth the Drillers added a run to increase their lead to 4-2 against Cardinals reliever Ramon Santos.  Springfield rallied in the ninth, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Nick Dunn and Nolan Gorman and a walk by Ivan Herrera.  Alec Burleson smacked a single to right field.  Dunn scored, and Gorman attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate by a rocket throw from the Tulsa right fielder.  Baker came to the plate with Herrera still on base, but he flied out to left to end the game.

Springfield managed only one hit in six innings off Drillers starter Pepiot, a single by Alec Burleson in the fifth inning.  Once the bullpen came in, the offense was able to get their bats going.  Delvin Perez singled in the seventh but was caught stealing.  Burleson was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

In addition to the caught stealing of Perez, Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch in the eighth and was subsequently caught stealing.  Ivan Herrera made a throwing error on a stolen base attempt.  Burleson had an outfield assist at second base.

Thursday’s game:  at Tulsa, RHP Andre Pallante (3-1, 2.23) vs. TBA 7:05 CT.

Peoria 13 at Wisconsin 6

The Chiefs (18-26) crushed the Timber Rattlers in a Wednesday afternoon contest.  Connor Lunn took the mound for Peoria and tossed seven innings, yielding one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked one to earn his third win of the season.

Connor Lunn

The Chiefs offense got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run by Malcom Nunez.  The Timber Rattlers responded in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1.

In the top of the fifth, Jhon Torres singled and later scored on a double by Brady Whalen.  The score remained 3-1 until the top of the eighth when the Chiefs broke out for a six-run inning. Whalen doubled and Leandro Cedeno singled. A sac fly Chandler Redmond plated Whalen.  Back-to-back singles by Fernando Hernandez and Zade Richardson brought Cedeno home.  Tyler Reichenborn drew a walk and Hernandez scored on a single by Moises Castillo. A wild pitch sent Richardson home.  Torres reached on a fielding error that scored Reichenborn and Castillo.  Peoria led 9-1.

Wisconsin battled back in the bottom of the eighth to score five runs off Chiefs’ reliever Leonardo Taveras.  Paul Schwendel took over for Taveras and got the final out of the inning.

Peoria added to their 9-6 lead in the ninth by scoring four more on a grand slam by Castillo.  Schwendel shut the Timber Rattlers down in the bottom of the ninth.

Moises Castillo

Whalen, Hernandez, and Castillo each had two hits.  Castillo had five RBI and Nunez drove in two.  Torres and Castillo both stole their second base of the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Logan Gragg RHP (0-3, 6.65) vs. Justin Jarvis RHP (0-5, 7.02) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals (14-30) were edged by the Mighty Mussels in a one-run, 10-inning defeat at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night.  The Beach Birds led for most of the game until the final two innings.

John Beller got the start for Palm Beach and tossed three innings during which he gave up one run on two hits.  The left hander struck out five.  Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in Beller’s final frame.

The Cardinals answered in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.  Jacob Buchberger and Todd Lott singled back-to-back.  Matt Koperniak hit into a force out, but Buchberger scored on a throwing error.

In the fifth the Beach Birds took the lead 2-1.  Franklin Soto singled, stole second base, and advanced to third on a balk. Carlos Soto plated him on a single.

Edgar Manzo

Gianluca Dalatri

Edgar Manzo and Gianluca Dalatri combined to toss four scoreless innings in relief of Beller.  Two new Cardinals finished the game and figured in the loss. Kevin Marnon followed Dalatri and pitched into the ninth inning.  Marnon yielded two singles then surrendered the tying run on a wild pitch and a balk.

The game went into the 10th with Palm Beach reliever Sean Kealey on the mound.  Kealey allowed the winning run on a double that plated the runner from second base.  The Cardinals did not score in the bottom of the ninth.  Marnon was charged with a blown save and Kealey took the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored two runs on seven hits.  Buchberger and F. Soto each had two hits.  F. Soto also stole his first base of the season.  Center fielder Tommy Jew had an outfield assist at third base.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Ludwin Jimenez RHP (0-4, 5.18) vs. Brent Headrick LHP (3-2, 2.76) 5:30 CT.

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