Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 9, 2021

Photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

Springfield’s team-wide effort led to the system’s only victory on Tuesday, highlighted by a nine strikeout performance from Ramon Santos, and a home run from Nolan Gorman.  Peoria went down to defeat as did Palm Beach, the latter despite Todd Lott’s stellar 3-for-4 performance.  Memphis’ game was rained out.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 8th

Memphis vs Gwinnett – postponed   
Tuesday’s contest at AutoZone Park between Memphis (12-18) and Gwinnett was postponed due to rain.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, June 9th with game one starting at 5:05 pm CT.

Wednesday’s games:  vs Gwinnett (15-15)(ATL).  Game one – 5:05  pm CT, Zack Thompson (0-3, 9.64)/Tommy Parsons (1-1, 5.40)

Springfield 8 vs Arkansas 6
Alec Burleson’s two-run single in the eighth provided the difference as the S-Cards flew (9-21) past the Travelers, 8-6.  The contest is the first of six between the two North Division rivals.

Burleson’s bases-loaded hit came with two gone, scoring Delvin Perez (single) and Nolan Gorman (walk) and snapping a 6-6 tie in the back-and-forth affair.  The right fielder singled twice in five at bats, garnering two of the team’s 11 hits.

Most of the offense, however, was provided by the long ball.  Nolan Gorman’s fourth bomb of 2021 got the scoring started in the first.  The home run drove in Perez after the latter doubled, the first of his three hits in five at bats, giving Springfield a brief 2-0 lead.

Arkansas answered with two two-run frames off Dalton Roach who surrendered long balls to the same Traveler in consecutive innings.  That put the visitors up 4-2 through three but designated hitter Aaron Antonini launched a three-run blast of his own, edging his team ahead 5-4 after four.

Antonini’s first home run of the season plated Brendan Donovan and Nick Dunn, both of whom reach base via singles.

The lead was again short lived with Roach serving up another home run to his first batter (different Travel than the prior two long balls) the next inning.  After retiring the next two batters, the Wisconsin native was removed when he allowed his seventh hit in 4 2/3 frames.  Roach struck out seven.

Ramon Santos (W, 2-0) recorded the fifth’s final out, stranding the inherited runner, then watched his teammates hand him another lead.  Donovan worked a two-out free pass, swiped second – his first steal of 2021 – and scored on Dunn’s line drive single to left.

Dunn was one of four Springfield players with a multi-hit effort, joining Burleson, Perez and Gorman, the latter going 2-for-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored and two RBI.

The 6-5 lead lasted until the visitor half of the seventh when Santos permitted a tally on a walk and RBI double, the only base-on-balls and one of two hits given up over 3 1/3 innings.  The righty struck out nine.

Ramon Santos

Edgar Escobar made things interesting in the ninth after yielding a hit and walk but fanned two for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:   vs Arkansas (14-16)(SEA),  6:35 pm CT, Domingo Robles (0-1, 3.42)

Peoria 3 vs Quad Cities 6
Peoria (12-19) began a 12-game home stand with a 6-3 defeat to Quad Cities.

Michael YaSenka took the loss, his second in as many decisions, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks in six frames.  Three of the five scores were generated by one long ball.

A trio of Chiefs relievers tossed one inning each.  Fabian Blanco worked around two hits, but Enmanuel Solano was touched for a run, unearned, on a hit and free pass issued.  Freddy Pacheco walked one in the ninth.

Peoria mustered just five hits with two of their three tallies being unearned.  Shortstop Moises Castillo singled twice in four at bats, driving designated hitter Zade Richardson twice.  Richardson went 0-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored while catcher Pedro Pages doubled once in five at bats with a run scored.

Moises Castillo

Defensively, second baseman Francisco Hernandez committed a fielding error, his third miscue of the season, and Pages was charged with two passed balls.  On the plus side, right fielder Leandro Cedeno was credited with an outfield assist at home and Hernandez was part of a 4-3 double play.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Quad Cites (20-10)(KC),  6:35 pm CT, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (1-2, 4.40)

Palm Beach 6 at St Lucie 12
Beach Bird pitchers were scored upon in five of eight innings as Palm Beach (8-23) was soundly thrashed by St Lucie, 12-6.

Jose Moreno could not finish the fourth, giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits, three walks and a hit batsman in 3 1/3 frames.  Six of the seven tallies came in the third.

The bullpen did not fare much better.  Jose Davila was charged with a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls with three strikeouts during his 2 2/3-inning stint.  The 18-year-old left Moreno’s last two runners on base.

Davila did better than Edwin Nunez, who allowed four scores on six hits, including a solo shot, in 1 2/3 frames.  Will Guay replaced Nunez after the solo home run then permitted a single and base-on-balls before recording the last out.

The Beach Birds’ offense held up their end, banging out 11 hits.  The attack was led by Player of the Day Todd Lott’s three-hit performance, the first baseman going 3-for-4 with a solo bomb, his fourth long ball of 2021, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Three Palm Beach players had two hits apiece:  shortstop Masyn Winn, center fielder Patrick Romeri, and left fielder Tommy Jew.

Todd Lott

Wednesday’s game: at St Lucie (18-13) (NYM),  12:10 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-3, 4.50)

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