Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 26, 2021

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals’ minors went 2-2 on Tuesday. Player of Day Alvaro Seijas’ six mound innings for Springfield was backed by five long balls and Peoria narrowly prevailed in a slugfest. Memphis was edged and Palm Beach was blown out.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 25th.

Memphis 1 at Gwinnett 2

The Redbirds were on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, falling to Stripers in walk-off fashion at Coolray Field, 2-1.  Fifth-place Memphis (8-11) trails Jacksonville (MIA) by 5 ½ in the seven-team Triple-A East and fourth-place Gwinnett by two games.

The visitors outhit their hosts, seven to six, but all seven were singles.  Right fielder Lars Nootbaar was the only Redbird with a multi-hit effort, singling twice in four at bats.

The team did not get on the scoreboard until the ninth when Jose Rondon lined a one-out single to center.  Catcher Ali Sanchez’ base-on-balls advanced Rondon, putting the latter in position to race home via Conner Capel’s game-tying single up the middle. Capel reached base twice, adding a walk to his single in three at bats.

Conner Capel

The tie lasted only until the home half of the frame with Jesus Cruz (L, 0-1) took the mound.  The righty sandwiched two free passes issued around a single, loading the bases with one gone.  Yet another single drove in the decisive tally.

Angel Rondon went the first five innings, limiting the opposition to a third-inning solo shot comprising one of only two hits and two walks allowed.  The 23-year-old fanned five.

Andrew Miller looked sharp in his first rehab assignment appearance, retiring the side in order on 14 pitches, 10 strikes, with one strikeout.  Roel Ramirez blanked Gwinnett on two hits and a base-on-balls over two frames.

Wednesday’s game:  vs fourth-place Gwinnett (ATL) (10-9), 7:05 pm ET, Bernardo Flores, Jr (2-0, 1.38)

Springfield 7 at Wichita 2

Springfield home run balls backed Alvaro Seijas’ strong start as the S-Cards flew past the Wind Surge in the road series opener, 7-2.  The victory snapped a three-game losing streak, allowing fifth-place Springfield (4-14) to keep pace with first-place Arkansas (SEA), whom they trail by eight games in the five-team Double-A Central.

Half of Springfield’s 10 hits were solo long balls jacked by five different players.  Nick Plummer, Ivan Herrera, Juan Yepez, Delvin Perez and David Vinsky each went yard. Plummer tripled once in three at bats with one of six S-Cards’ walks while Herrera went 1-for-3 with two free passes and two RBIs. and Perez scored twice.  Yepez’ bomb was his third in his last four games.

Defensively, Springfield completed two double plays, 6-3 and 5-6-3.  Center fielder Justin Toerner was credited with an outfield assist at second base.

Alvaro Seijas

This offensive output was more than sufficient for Seijas (W, 1-2), who twirled his best effort to date.  The 22-year-old righty held the opposition to two runs on five hits and three walks, the six-inning span doubling Seijas prior longest start in 2021.

Edgar Escobar and Jake Walsh shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Escobar retired all six batters faced and Walsh struck out the side in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:   at second-place Wichita (MN) (11-8), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (0-3, 14.66)

Peoria 11 at Beloit 10

The Chiefs withstood a late rally, coming out on top of a slugfest at Beloit, 11-10.  Peoria (7-12) is in sixth-place in the six-team High-A Central, 6 ½ games behind Quad Cities (KC).

The Snappers struck the initial blow, scoring three first-inning tallies off Connor Lunn.  They were the only results Beloit would garner from Lunn (W, 1-0) during his five-inning outing.  The 22-year-old gave up five hits, including a two-run long ball, and did not issue a free pass in his first professional win.

Peoria’s bats responded with an 11-run, 17-hit performance, as all nine starters accumulated at least one hit.  Designated hitter and number two batter Malcom Nuñez led the hit parade, going 4-for-6 with two doubles.  But Moises Castillo produced the biggest results out of the nine-hole, accounting for five runs.  The shortstop singled and doubled in four at bats, scored twice and knocked in three.  Pedro Pages, Brady Whalen and Francisco Hernandez all went yard with the bases empty.

Moises Castillo

Up 7-3 at the sixth’s midpoint, Peoria’s bullpen let their hosts back into the game. The Snappers scored in the sixth through ninth off four different Chiefs’ hurlers – Enmanuel Solano, Fabian Blanco, Nathanael Heredia and Evan Sisk. They yielded a combined seven tallies, five earned, on eight hits and five walks.  Sisk stranded Heredia’s final two base runners thus limiting further damage and picked up his third save of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  at second-place Beloit (MIA) (10-9), 6:35 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-1, 5.84)

Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 12

10 runs allowed over the last three innings led to the Beach Birds’ 12-2 pasting at the hands of their former division rival Bradenton in the first of their six-game series.  Palm Beach (6-13) remains in fourth and last place in the four-team Low A Southeast, seven games in back of St. Lucie (NYM).

Gustavo J. Rodriguez’ first start of 2021 lasted just five outs, as the right-hander was tagged for two runs on two hits and four walks.  Edgar Manzo kept the game close over the next 3 1/3, shutting out the Marauders on three hits and leaving Rodriguez’ last two base runners aboard.

Edgar Manzo

Manzo handed Edwin Nuñez a 2-2 tie, but the 19-year-old was shelled during his two-plus innings on the mound.  Nuñez (L, 0-1) allowed 10 runs on eight hits, two walks and two hit batsmen.  Yordy Richard recorded the last three outs – but not before letting all three inherited runners cross home plate.

Palm Beach mustered just six hits and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Matt Koperniak went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Second baseman Franklin Soto reached base twice as well, singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.  Masyn Winn singled and stole a base, his 10th of the season, but fanned three times. Both Beach Bird tallies were unearned.

Wednesday’s game: at Bradenton (PIT) (10-9), 6:05 pm ET, John Beller (0-1, 3.18(

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