Cardinals Minor League Notebook – October 2, 2021

photo: Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-1 on Friday as Memphis’ game was cancelled. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL Red DH Jose Rodriguez, slammed a bases-loaded triple in his club’s win over the Cubs Red.

Results from games played Friday, October 1.

Memphis vs. Charlotte (cancelled)

Friday’s contest at AutoZone Park was cancelled due to poor field conditions.  With only two games remaining in 2021, this game will not be played.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Zack Thompson (2-10, 7.06) or Matthew Liberatore LHP (8-9, 4.15) vs. TBD 3:15 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Mets1 6 (six innings)

The Cardinals Blue (20-38) were defeated by the Mets1 in a weather shortened Friday morning contest. Starter Ronny Oliver pitched three innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, struck out two and walked four.  Frankely Guzman relieved Oliver and surrendered one run in his two innings of relief.  Oliver took the loss, his third of the season.

Down 6-0, the Blue offense was held scoreless until the fifth inning.  Diego Velasquez was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Yancel Guerrero was hit by a pitch.  Anyel Encarnacion reached on an error and Velasquez scored.  Guerrero scored on a passed ball to cut the Mets’ lead to 6-2.

Diego Velasquez

Velasquez hit a two-run home run in the sixth to close the gap to 6-4.  The game was called due to weather after the top half of the sixth ended.

The Blue offense scored four runs on five hits.  The home run was the only extra base hit.

On the base paths, Encarnacion was caught stealing for the third time.  In the field, Velasquez made a fielding error and had a passed ball.

Saturday’s game: vs. Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL Cubs Red 4

The Cardinals Red (27-29) beat the Cubs Red by the score of 8-4 in a Friday morning contest. The Red took an early lead and never relinquished it.

The Red scored four runs in the first inning. Lizandro Espinoza led off with a single and Miguel Vargas followed with a single.  Romtres Cabrera reached on a fielder’s choice and Espinoza was out at third.  Samil De La Rosa singled, and Vargas scored.  Francis Reynoso was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Jose Rodriguez tripled to clear the bases and Red took a 4-0 lead.

Jose Rodriguez

The Cubs got on the board in the second inning on a sac fly. The Red answered in the third with a run scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.  The Cubs cut the lead to 5-2 on a second run scored on a sac fly in the fourth.

Red answered in the home half of the fourth with three runs.  Raul Guzman singled and scored on a double by Alejandro Loaiza.  Espinoza was hit by a pitch.  Loaiza scored on a single by Vargas.  Espinoza scored on a ground out by De La Rosa.

The score remained 8-1 until the seventh, when the Cubs added a run. Another single tally in the eighth made the 8-4 final score.

Vargas was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  De La Rosa had two RBI and Rodriguez tripled and drove in three.

Red starter Brayan Ramirez pitched four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits, struck out two and walked two.  Samuel Fabian relieved and surrendered one run in three innings pitched.  Fabian got the win, his first of the season.  Bruno Lopez threw the final two innings and yielded one run.

On the base paths, Carlos Carmona stole his sixth base of the season.  In the field, Guzman had a fielding miscue and Fabian made an error on a pickoff.  Carmona and Vargas each had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game:  at Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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