photo: Nolan Gorman (Memphis Redbirds)
On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 behind a home win by the Memphis Redbirds. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, second baseman Nolan Gorman, reached base three times. Luken Baker and Juan Yepez each had two hits and an RBI.
Results from the games played Thursday, September 30, 2021.
A big third inning catapulted the Redbirds over the Knights, 6-4, at AutoZone Park. Memphis (60-67) holds a two-games-to-none series lead with three contests to play in 2021.
Nolan Gorman singled to left to lead off the third, followed by center fielder Justin Williams’ two-bagger to right. The double scored the second baseman, knotting the game at one all. In five plate appearances, Gorman reached three times. He added a double to his single, walked once and crossed home one time but was caught stealing in his only attempt.
A single by Conner Capel put runners at the corner, bringing first baseman Luken Baker to the plate. Baker’s first Triple-A at bat generated a ground-rule double, driving in Williams and giving Memphis a lead they would not relinquish. Baker went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut, scoring once with an RBI.
Welcome to Triple-A, Luken Baker‼️
Didn't take long to pick up that first RBI. pic.twitter.com/dmfUQ6AXH3
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) October 1, 2021
Alec Burleson contributed as well. The left fielder lined a single to right, knocking in Capel. The liner was Burleson’s only hit in four at bats to go with a run scored and RBI.
After a visit to the mound, catcher Dennis Ortega’s single drove in Baker. Burleson advanced to third on the play and scored on shortstop Evan Mendoza’s sac fly to left.
Handed a healthy 5-1 advantage, Redbirds hurlers made the lead stand up. Making his first Triple-A start after a one-inning relief appearance, Andre Pallante permitted a run on five hits and three walks over four innings.
Austin Warner was credited with his seventh win in 10 decisions despite being tagged for an unearned score on two hits and a base-on-balls in the fifth. The tally was unearned because of his own throwing error.
Johan Quezada issued a free pass in two clean frames before giving way to Jake Walsh. Walsh served up a two-run long ball in the eighth, his only hit allowed along with a base-on-balls against three outs recorded. The righty fanned two.
With Memphis’ lead cut to 5-4, the team added another run in the home half of the frame. Third baseman Brendan Donovan led off with a double, his only hit in four at bats. Designated hitter Juan Yepez’ second single in five at bats drove in Donovan for a two-run cushion and was the last of 12 team hits.
Jacob Bosiokovic maintained that cushion with a one-two-three ninth. The right-hander earned his third Triple-A save as a result.
Friday’s game: vs Charlotte (47-80) (CHW), 7:10 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-10, 7.06)
A late rally by the Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue (20-37) fell short as they were clipped by the DSL Mets1, 6-5, at home.
The C-Blue were down 6-0 heading into the home half of the seventh but clawed their way back into the game with five scores. Left fielder Robelyn Lopez worked a base-on-balls with one away, advancing to third via third baseman Bryan Encarnacion’s first double of 2021. The two-bagger was one of only two Blue hits to go for extra bases.
Representing the top of the order, Adari Grant lined a single to left, one of his three hits in five at bats, as the shortstop also doubled. Lopez raced home while Encarnacion and Grant reached third and second, respectively, on the play.
One wild pitch later, the score increased to 6-2 as Encarnacion was able to score. Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion was issued one of his three free passes, putting runners at the corners for catcher Leonardo Bernal. Bernal’s single to right brought Grant across home plate, advanced Anyelo Encarnacion to third and triggered a pitching change.
First baseman Fernando Diaz drove a single to left, knocking in Anyelo Encarnacion whereas centerfielder Jose Cordoba’s second hit in five at bats allowed Bernal to score. A two-out walk by designated hitter Javier Bolivar loaded the bases for Lopez who struck out swinging.
The C-Blue were held to five hits over the other eight frames, failing to take advantage of another six free passes issued. The team went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
Starter Henry Gomez (L, 1-8) struck out seven during his five innings of work but gave up six hits resulting in four tallies. The 19-year-old finished his outing with three scoreless frames.
Alejandro Cervantes and Oliver Lopez both recorded six outs, Cervantes permitting two runs on three hits and a walk.
Second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion was charged with his 11th bobble, a throwing miscue.
Friday’s game: at DSL Mets1 (24-32), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Ronny Oliver (1-2, 5.83)
DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL Cubs Red 9 (11 innings)
The DSL Cardinals Red (26-29) rallied in the ninth only to fall to the DSL Cubs Red, 9-7, in 11 innings.
This baseman Samil De La Rosa led the nine-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base, two runs scored and an RBI. The only other C-Red with a multi-hit performance was left fielder Romtres Cabrera who singled and doubled in three at bats, worked two base-on-balls, touched home twice, drove in one and swiped his 10th bag.
Despite a team-wide offense featuring seven of nine starters contribute in some fashion, the game turned on the lack of defense. The Cardinals Red’s three miscues, two by De La Rosa and one by first baseman Francis Reynoso, led to four unearned tallies.
On a positive note, Cabrera was credited with an outfield assist at second. Catcher Maikel Hernandez produced mixed results behind the plate, picking off a runner at first while also being charged with his sixth passed ball.
Starter Yonael Dominguez was the unfortunate recipient of three unearned scores during his 2 1/3-inning stint. Dominguez did not help his own cause by yielding nine hits resulting in seven runs. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Americo Lugo had a fine outing, giving up just one hit in 2 2/3 frames while stranding an inherited runner. Eduar Pimental and Augusto Calderon matched Lugo’s performance, both pitchers tossing two scoreless frames.
Omar Yanez (L, 0-2) could not kept the scoreless streak going, however. The 18-year-old pitched a clean 10th only to serve up a two-run walk-off home run to the 11th inning’s leadoff batter.
Friday’s game: vs DSL Cubs Red, 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Brayan Ramirez (0-5, 7.63)
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