Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 6, 2021

photo: Leandro Cedeno (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was on 1-3 Saturday.  The player of the day is Peoria left fielder Leandro Cedeno, who was 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Chiefs win over Wisconsin.

Results for game played Saturday June 5.

Memphis 1, Toledo 6

The Redbirds (12-17) could not figure out Mud Hens pitching in a 6-1 loss in game five of the six-game series at AutoZone Park on Saturday.

Toledo starter Drew Hutchinson, former pitcher for four major league teams, kept Memphis to one run over his six innings pitched.  The relief for Toledo kept them scoreless for the rest.

The single run scored heavily involved a current St. Louis Cardinal, Paul DeJong, who is rehabbing from a rib fracture.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Redbirds trailing 1-0, DeJong smoked a double to left field.  Connor Capel thumped a second line drive to left, which appeared to be right at the fielder, but the ball nipped the top of the glove and sailed over the left fielder’s head.  DeJong came home on what was scored as a single with a fielding error.  That would be the only run for Memphis. The game was tied 1-1 at the point.

One other prime scoring opportunity came in the fifth when DeJong came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs.  He took the count to 3-2 and then the sixth pitch was called a strike.  The pitch was so close it could have been called either way, but it went against DeJong.

The Mud Hens scored five more runs off Redbird pitching.  Bernardo Flores Jr got the start and was responsible for five of the six Toledo runs.  Flores tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing the five runs on seven hits.  The left-hander fanned four and walked two.

Garrett Williams pitched the remainder of the contest and yielded one run on one hit, punched out five and walked three.  Flores took the loss, his second of the season.

Garrett Williams

Beyond DeJong’s double, the Redbirds scattered four hits, Capel’s double turned single, and singles by Juan Yepez, Justin Toerner, and Evan Mendoza.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Toledo, TBD v. TBD 2:05 CT.

Springfield 1, San Antonio 17

The Cardinals were the victims of a defeat that begs for a mercy rule, a 17-1 massacre at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Springfield’s starter, Tyler Pike, was rocked for 10 runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched.  The left-hander did punch out three and walked one and was tagged with his first loss of the season.

Following Pike was Patrick Dayton, who yielded three runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Jacob Patterson tossed 1 2/3 relief innings and surrendered four runs.  Catcher Nick Raposo hurled the final 1 1/3 innings and was the only Cardinal mound participant to not give up runs.

Nick Raposo

Springfield was kept off the board until the seventh inning.  The Cardinals managed to get one run across home plate but without benefit of a hit.  The run scored on four walks by Aaron Antonini, Nick Dunn, Nolan Gorman, and Ivan Herrera.

Otherwise the Cardinal offense scattered four hits, which included one extra base hit, a double by relief pitcher Raposo.  The other three hits were singles by Alec Burleson, Nick Plummer, and Imeldo Diaz.

There was one error for the Cardinals, a throwing error by Pike.

Sunday’s game:  v. San Antonio, Andre Pallante RHP (2-0, 2.30) v. Aaron Leasher LHP (1-2, 5.17) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 12 at Wisconsin 9

A slugfest happened in Wisconsin and the Peoria Chiefs (12-17) came out on top.

With Peoria starter Connor Lunn on the mound the Timber Rattlers struck first with runs in the bottom of the first to take the 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs took a run back in the top of the second.  Leandro Cedeno singled, followed by a Tyler Reichenborn walk.  Jhon Torres drew a walk to load the bases, and Brendan Donovan was issued the free pass to bring Cedeno home.

Peoria added four runs to their tally in the top of the third.  Chandler Redmond hit the long ball over the left field wall to knot it up 2-2.  Zade Richardson followed with a walk, Cedeno singled, Reichenborn walked, and Torres singled to plate both Richardson and Cedeno. Reichenborn scored on a Donovan ground out.  The Chiefs led 5-2.

Wisconsin answered in the bottom of the third with three runs off Lunn to tie the game at 5-5.  Lunn gave up another run to the Timber Rattlers in the bottom of the fourth to give them a 6-5 lead.

Peoria evened it up again in the top of the fifth on the sequence of a Reichenborn single followed by a Torres single, a Donovan walk and a hit by pitch of Pedro Pages.  Reichenborn scored and it was 6-6.

The bottom of the fifth came and Wisconsin put up three on Lunn and reliever Leonardo Taveras.  Behind 9-6 to begin the sixth, Redmond led off with a walk and Richardson blasted a two run shot over the left center field wall to bring the Chiefs to within one at 9-8.

The score remained 9-8 until the top of the ninth.  Donovan and Pages hit back to back singles.  Brady Whalen drew a walk. Moises Castillo singled to plate Donovan and the score was tied 9-9.

The Chiefs were not done as Pages scored on a force out from Richardson and the Chiefs regained the lead 10-9. Cedeno then smacked a double to center scoring Castillo and Richardson for the 12-9 lead.

Chiefs reliever Jacob Schlesenser kept Wisconsin off the board in the bottom frame of the ninth and Peoria took home the win.

Cedeno had the big night at the plate for Peoria.  The left fielder was 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Torres, Donovan, Redmond, Richardson and Reichenborn each had two hits.  Richardson drove in three and scored three.

Leandro Cedeño

Schlesener was awarded the win, his first of the season. The combination of Lunn, Taveras and Schlesener punched out 13.

The victory did not happen without errors on the field. Richardson and Redmond made throwing errors. Castillo and Whalen committed fielding miscues. Lunn had a missed catch.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Logan Gragg (0-2, 3.75) vs. Reese Olson RHP (2-2, 3.24) 1:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Jupiter 5

The Cardinals (8-21) lost to the Hammerheads in the sixth game of the seven game series at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jupiter took an early lead with one run in the second inning and another in the third inning off Beach Birds starter John Beller.

The Hammerheads carried the 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, when Palm Beach finally put a run on the board.  The inning began with Carlos Soto drawing a walk and Todd Lott slapping a single to center field.  Soto advanced on a force out by Jacob Buchberger and scored on a single by Tommy Jew.

Beller pitched into the seventh inning but was replaced with one out and a runner on by Ludwin Jimenez, who allowed the inherited runner to score.  The Hammerheads led 3-1.

Jupiter increased its lead to 5-1 with a run scored in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Beller pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, six hits and fanned seven.  Jimenez and and Francisco Justo each gave up a run in the final 2 2/3 innings.  Beller took the loss, his third.

John Beller

Lott and Buchberger each had two hits in the game. The offense scattered 10 hits with only one run as a result.  Lott and Buchberger each made an error, a fielding error for Lott and a throwing miscue for Buchberger.  Masyn Winn was caught stealing for the second time in the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, TBD v. TBD 11:00 am CT.

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