Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2021

Photo: Delvin Perez (Springfield Cardinals)

Mother Nature ruled Tuesday evening as only one of St Louis’ four full-season clubs got its game in.  Springfield was hammered while Memphis’ tie game was suspended.  Neither Peoria nor Palm Beach even got underway.

Results from the games played Tuesday, June 29th

Memphis vs Jacksonville – suspended
The Redbirds (18-30) began their game at AutoZone Park versus Jacksonville but could not complete it due to unplayable field conditions.  Play was suspended with the sacks jammed and none out in the home half of the sixth and a 1-1 score.  The game is scheduled to be completed as part of a double-header on Wednesday, June 30th with play resuming at 5:05 pm CT.

Of particular interest is the Triple-A debut of top prospect Nolan Gorman.  To this point in the contest, the 21-year-old has singled once in two at bats with a walk, batting third and playing second base.

Also of interest is Harrison Bader’s rehab assignment which has moved from Palm Beach to Memphis.  The center fielder has reached base twice via a double and base-on-balls in two at bats and has scored his team’s only run.

Starter Connor Thomas tossed a strong effort despite field conditions which reportedly resulted in the lefty falling on the mound at one point before getting back up to resume play.  Thomas scattered seven hits and two free passes issued over five frames while fanning five.  The only damage against the Georgia native was a first-inning solo shot.  Garrett Williams tossed a one-two-three sixth, striking out two.

Connor Thomas

Wednesday’s games:  vs Jacksonville (26-20)(MIA).  Game one – 5:05 pm CT, TBA/Matthew Liberatore (2-4, 4.62)

Springfield 4 vs Northwest Arkansas 19
Once again the S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a lead as Springfield (16-32) was trounced by the visiting Naturals in the series’ opener, 19-4.

The home team was up 4-2 at the sixth’s onset but fell into a 19-4 chasm before the next nine outs were recorded.  Kodi Whitley’s (L, 0-1)(BS,1) rehab assignment got off to an inauspicious start. The right-hander was tagged for five runs, four earned, on three hits, a walk and a sac fly in 1/3 of an inning.  Another batter reached on one of two errors committed by newly promoted third baseman Malcom Nunez.

Next up in the S-Cards’ quintet of ineffective relievers was Ramon Santos who yielded a hit and two base-on-balls plus a hit batsman, resulting in Whitley’s last two baserunners scoring plus one of his own before the sixth ended.

The pitching misery continued in the seventh, an inning in which two relievers combined to surrender seven more tallies.  Lefty Patrick Dayton retired just two batters, permitting seven runs on five hits, a walk and a plunked batter.

Alvaro Seijas was thrown into the fray at this point but did not fare any better than his predecessors.  Seijas issued three free passes in addition to a hit, generating two scores plus allowing his only inherited runner to score while recording two outs.

The last of the previously mentioned quintet was Jacob Patterson who went 1 2/3 frames.  The southpaw gave up one hit, three base-on-balls and hit three batters, let both inherited runners score while yielding two scores of his own.

Tyler Pike kept his team in the game during his 4 2/3 innings of work.  The 27-year-old allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks plus a hit batsman.  Salvador Justo retired his only batter, leaving the sacks jammed and representing the high water mark for the bullpen’s performance.

The offense generated seven hits, led by Player of the Day Delvin Perez.  The 22-year-old went 2-for-4 with his third triple, touched home once and knocked in one.  One of the five S-Cards with one hit each was catcher Ivan Herrera, who went 1-for-2 with a sac fly that was one of his two RBI.

Delvin Perez

The best that can be said of Nunez’ Double-A debut is to hope for better days to come.  The third baseman was hitless in four at bats out of the six hole and committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing.

Wednesday’s games:  vs Northwest Arkansas (23-23)(KC).  Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (3-1, 2.57)/TBA

Peoria vs West Michigan – postponed
Peoria’s (19-29) home series’ opener with West Michigan was rained out and has been re-scheduled as part of a Thursday, July 1st twin bill.  The A-Advanced debut of first-rounder Jordan Walker will wait for another day.

Wednesday’s game:  vs West Michigan (22-24)(DET), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Ralston (1-4, 4.34) or Connor Lunn (3-2, 4,80)

Palm Beach vs Dunedin – postponed   
Like Peoria, Palm Beach’s (17-31) home series opener against Dunedin was postponed due to rain.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, June 30th.

Wednesday’s games: vs Dunedin (20-27) (TOR).  Game one – 2:00 pm ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 6.75)/John Beller (0-3, 5.51)

Florida Complex League Cardinals – off
The FCL Cardinals (0-1) were idle on Tuesday but will be looking for their first win when play resumes on Wednesday, June 29th.  The Florida Birds will be hosting the FCL Mets in their home opener.

Wednesday’s game:  vs FCL Mets (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

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