Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 27, 2021

photo: Chandler Redmond (Gardner-Webb University)

The scuffling St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-4 while allowing 49 runs on Wednesday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria’s Chandler Redmond, whose three-run home run was most of the offense in the Chiefs’ loss to Beloit.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 26.

Memphis 5 at Gwinnett 11

The Redbirds (8-12) lost to the Stripers 11-5 on Wednesday night, the victims of a Gwinnett offense that had its way with Memphis pitching.

The Redbirds got on the board in the top of the first inning on a two-run home run by Jose Rondon.  The lead did not last long as the Stripers ran Memphis starter Bernardo Flores Jr out of the game with only one out recorded.  Three runs scored before Flores was replaced by Austin Warner with one more charged to Flores after Warner immediately gave up a walk and a three-run home run.  Gwinnett led 6-2.

José Rondón

Warner yielded another run in the home second.  In the top of the fourth, the Redbirds cut the lead to 7-4.  Lars Nootbaar drew a walk and Rondon singled.  Both scored on a double by Tyler Heineman.

The Stripers answered in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Two were charged to Warner and one to Alex FaGalde. The Redbirds trailed 10-4.

Memphis added one in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by Rayder Ascanio.  The final Redbirds pitcher, Garrett Williams, gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 11-5.

Memphis pitching allowed 11 runs on 10 hits and issued nine walks, while punching out 11.  Flores took the loss, his first of the season.

Nootbaar and Ascanio both went 2-for-4.  Nootbaar scored two runs and Ascanio had an RBI.  Rondon and Heineman each drove in two.

Kramer Robertson made a fielding error, his first of the season.  Flores picked a runner off first base.

Thursday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Zack Thompson LHP (0-1, 7.50) vs. TBA 6:05 CT.

Springfield 1 at Wichita 14

Springfield (4-15) lost a laugher as Cardinals pitchers were battered by the offense of the Wichita Wind Surge 14-1 on Wednesday night.

Wichita went right after Cardinals starter Kyle Leahy to the tune of six runs on six hits in the first inning.  Leahy was replaced with two outs by Michael Brettell, who tossed 4 1/3 innings and yielded one additional run.

Patrick Dayton entered the fray in the sixth and surrendered five more runs.  His replacement with two outs in the inning, Grant Black, escaped the jam, then returned for the seventh and gave a run.  The last Cardinals pitcher, Jacob Patterson, allowed the final Wichita score in the eighth.  The five pitchers relinquished 14 runs on 18 hits, walked eight and struck out six.  No home runs were allowed.

Luken Baker

Springfield’s offense was kept off the board until the top of the ninth when Luken Baker led off with a double and scored on Nick Plummer’s single.  Baker had two of the team’s four hits. Plummer and Delvin Perez had the others.

Catcher Ivan Herrera made a throwing error and had a passed ball.

Thursday’s game:  at Wichita, Andre Pallante RHP (1-0, 2.55) vs. Chris Vallimont RHP (0-0, 1.93) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4 at Beloit 6

The Chiefs (7-13) fell to the Beloit Snappers by the score of 6-4 on Wednesday night.  Peoria fell behind early, but briefly took the lead before relinquishing it for the final time.

Peoria was kept off the board the first three innings.  The Snappers took a 2-0 lead in the third off Peoria starter Mac Lardner, who yielded the two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched.

The Chiefs scored three runs in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.  Back-to-back singles by Brady Whalen and Francisco Hernandez set the table for a three-run home run by Chandler Redmond.  Peoria added to its lead with one run in the top of the fifth on a leadoff walk by Jhon Torres, a double by Malcom Nunez, and a sac fly by Pedro Pages.  The Chiefs led 4-2.

Chandler Redmond

The Snappers answered with four runs in the home fifth off Jacob Schlesener, who relieved Lardner.  Beloit led 6-4 but was kept off the board for the remainder of the game by relievers Cole Aker and Leonardo Taveras, who combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Schlesener took the loss.  Chiefs pitchers walked eight but fanned 14.

Torres was 2-for-4 and was the only Chief with multiple hits.  Redmond had the long ball and three RBI.

Torres committed a fielding error, his third of the season.  Catcher Zade Richardson had a passed ball, his fourth of 2021.

Thursday’s game:  at Beloit, Michael YaSenka RHP (0-1, 6.39) vs. Kyle Nicolas RHP (2-0, 2.40) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 11 at Bradenton 18

A slugfest broke out in Bradenton on Wednesday night, and the Palm Beach Cardinals (6-14) were on the wrong end of it.  Neither of the two starting pitchers made it out of the first inning as both teams rocked the opposing pitcher right out of the gate.

The game started with Cardinals hitters shellacking Marauders starter Jose Soriano for seven runs.  It began with back-to-back singls by Masyn Winn and L.J. Jones.  Jacob Buchberger walked to load the bases. Tommy Jew singled to center to plate Winn and Jones.  Franklin Soto drew a walk to again jam the sacks.  A single by Matt Koperniak brought Buchberger and Jew home.  Terry Fuller followed with a double that scored Soto and Koperniak. Following a ground out from Roblin Heredia, Fuller scored on a passed ball.  The Beach Birds led 7-0.

Bradenton afforded Palm Beach starter John Beller the same treatment in the bottom half of the first.  Beller yielded five runs, four earned, on two hits and four walks and was replaced with two outs by Jose Davila.  Davila pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up one run in the second inning then returned to pitch the third.  In the third he was responsible for four additional runs including three that scored on a grand slam served up by his replacement Reinys Portillo.

With Bradenton leading 11-7, the Cardinals tied the game in the top of the fourth with four runs scored on five walks, a single, and a hit by pitch.

The Cardinals did not score again, but the Marauders continued to go to town on Cardinals pitching.  The Bradenton offense scored one each in the fourth and fifth off Portillo. Will Guay surrendered five runs in the sixth.  The final two Palm Beach pitchers, Luis Tena and Luis Rodriguez, did not yield any additional runs.  Portillo took the loss.  In total, Cardinals pitching surrendered 14 hits, 18 runs, and issued 14 walks.

Tommy Jew

Winn went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Jew and Fuller each had three RBI, and Koperniak had two.

Winn also made his fifth error of the season, a fielding miscue.  Beller made a throwing error.

Thursday’s game:  at Bradenton, Inohan Paniagua RHP (2-0, 5.25) vs. TBA 5:05 CT.

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