Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 5, 2021

photo: Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Gonzaga University)

On Opening Day 2021, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3, with Palm Beach securing a walkoff win on a two-run error. In his professional debut, by spinning five scoreless innings, Beach Birds right-hander Nick Trogrlic-Iverson is our Player of the Day.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 4th.

Memphis 5 vs. Durham 7    

The Memphis Redbirds (0-1) were unable to hold two leads, falling to Durham 7-5 in the 2021 season and home opener.  The contest was the first of six at AutoZone Park against their new division rival in the seven-team Southeast Division of the Triple-A East League.

The Redbirds built a 4-0 lead based on two-run frames in the first and third, but the Bulls erased that advantage with a four-run fourth off starter Tommy Parsons.  The damage against the right-hander included two solo shots which were two of the seven hits and one walk he yielded in 4 2/3.  Parsons fanned seven.

Third baseman Max Moroff’s solo bomb put his squad up 5-4 after five. The blast was part of his perfect 3-for-3 night with a double, walk, three runs scored and an RBI.  It was the Cardinals organizational premiere for the former Pittsburgh Pirate.

Max Moroff

The only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s seven hits was right fielder Lane Thomas who doubled and tripled in five at bats, touched home twice and drove in one.  Defensively. Moroff committing his first miscue while Thomas was credited with an outfield assist.

Roel Ramirez retired all four batters faced, stranding Parsons’ final runner.  Connor Jones was not nearly as effective, permitting two runs on five hits and a free pass in just 2/3 of an inning.

Jesus Cruz limited further damage, fanning his first batter to leave the sacks jammed.  The Mexico native tossed a clean eighth, walking one.  Southpaw Garrett Williams was touched for a tally in his Triple-A and organizational debut.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Durham (TB) (1-0), 6:45 pm CT, RHS Miles Mikolas (St. Louis rehab)

Springfield 0 vs. Wichita 2      

Starter Domingo Robles’ five strong frames were not enough as the Springfield Cardinals (0-1) were shut out by Wichita, 2-0, in the season and home opener.  The six-game series at Hammons Field between the two division rivals kicks off a revamped Double-A League which features the S-Cards as part of the five-team North Division of the Double-A Central.

Robles, a southpaw acquired from Pittsburgh for international bonus capacity in December 2020, limited the Wind Surge to three hits and two walks.  He struck out five in his five scoreless frames.

Domingo Robles

Dalton Roach (L, 0-1) continued the scoreless battle over the next two innings before being tagged for two runs in the eighth.  The 25-year-old yielded five hits and a walk against five K’s in his Double-A debut.  Right-hander Edgar Escobar struck out the side in his first taste of Double-A ball.

Springfield’s offense generated eight hits, led by shortstop Delvin Perez and left fielder Nick Plummer who had two hits apiece in their respective first Double-A action.  Perez singled twice in four at bats in the lead-off slot while Plummer went 2-for-3 out of the seven hole.  Third baseman Nolan Gorman was hitless in three at bats in his initial Double-A contest.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wichita (MN) (1-0), 6:35 pm CT, RHS Andre Pallante (full season debut)

Peoria 0 at Cedar Rapids 7        

Starter Ian Bedell (L, 0-1) did not finish the first as the Peoria Chiefs (0-1) were blasted at Cedar Rapids, 7-0.  In addition to being the 2021 season opener, the contest was also the Chiefs’ inaugural game as St. Louis’ High-A affiliate.

The righty permitted four hits and a free pass, resulting in three runs with just two batters retired, both on strikeouts.  It was Bedell’s organizational debut after being drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the June 2020 First-Year Player Draft.

Chiefs’ hurlers were scored upon in each of the first four frames.  Wilfredo Pereira retired his initial batter, leaving Bedell’s last two runners aboard but yielded three scores on two hits and two walks against six outs recorded.

Pereira’s last run scored under Jacob Schlesener’s watch as the lefty had difficulty finding the strike zone.  Schlesener issued four free passes which matched the number of batters retired, resulting in one run charged to him.

Evan Sisk

Peoria’s last three relievers were unscored upon.  Nathanael Heredia and Connor Lunn both walked one with one strikeout in their inning of work before Evan Sisk struck out three over two perfect frames.

The offense mustered just three singles and five free passes taken.  Catcher Pedro Pages and third baseman Malcom Nuñez each singled and walked once and left fielder and 2020 draftee Alec Burleson worked two free passes in his first professional action.

Wednesday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (MN) (1-0), 6:35 pm CT, RHS Jack Ralston (High-A debut)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Daytona 3   

The Palm Beach Cardinals (1-0) walked off with a 4-3 victory over Daytona in the season and home opener.  The game is the first of six versus the Cincinnati affiliate, with both part of the four-team East Division of the Class A Southeast League.

In the back-and-forth battle, the Beach Birds took an early 2-0 lead via single scores in the first and fourth.  Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, a June 2020 undrafted free agent signee from Gonzaga, held that lead during his five strong innings.  The 23-year-old righty held the Tortugas scoreless on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  He also picked off a runner at second.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Luis Ortiz kept the shutout bid alive with a clean sixth but Daytona got on the board the next inning with a run off righty Edwin Nuñez, who was making his professional debut.  The tally was generated without a hit, coming on a lead-off walk, steal, balk and wild pitch.  Nuñez departed after issuing his second free pass, having struck out one.

Enmanuel Solano (BS, 1) left that runner aboard but not before putting him on third via a wild pitch and passed ball.  The righty served up a game-tying solo shot in the eighth.

Daytona took its only lead with a run against reliever Ramon Santos (W, 1-0).  The Dominican native allowed a single and RBI double but an outfield assist by center fielder Patrick Romeri nailed the runner in his attempt to take third base.

Catcher Carlos Soto ignited the ninth-inning rally with a lead-off double, the second of his two hits in four at bats.  Right fielder L.J. Jones lined a single to center, advancing Soto to third, putting runners at the corners with none out.

It looked like the Beach Birds might squander this opportunity after the next two batters struck out swinging.  Terry Fuller hit one to center which was misplayed by Daytona’s center fielder, the bobble resulting in both Soto and Jones scoring.

Overall, Palm Beach generated seven hits, with two each by third baseman Jordan Walker, first baseman Todd Lott and Soto.  Walker, St. Louis’ first pick in the June 2020 draft, launched a solo bomb in his first professional at bat.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona (CIN) (0-1), 12:00 pm ET, LHS Levi Prater (professional debut)


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