Cardinals Minor League Notebook – October 3, 2021

photo: Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-1 in one Saturday contest. Memphis’ game was cancelled for the second consecutive day and the DSL season ended with a Blue win over the Red. TCN’s Player of the Day, Blue DH Leonardo Bernal, was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Results from game played Saturday, October 2.

Memphis vs. Charlotte (cancelled)

The game at AutoZone Park was cancelled for the second consecutive day due to weather in the area.  No makeup is scheduled.  The last regular season game will be played Sunday.

Memphis is 3-4 in the Triple-A Final Stretch, 20th of 30 teams, five games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Johan Oviedo RHP (1-6, 6.27) vs. Alex McRae RHP (2-9, 5.38) 2:05 CT. (Or Saturday’s Jordan Hicks/Matthew Liberatore combination could go instead.)

DSL Cardinals Blue 9, DSL Cardinals Red 7 (seven innings)

On Saturday morning, the Cardinals Blue (21-38) topped its sister team the Cardinals Red (27-30) by the score of 9-7 in the final game of the Dominican Summer League regular season.

Red scored first with one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Felix Taveras.  Blue answered in the home half of the first with two runs to take the lead on an RBI triple by Maycol Justo and a single by Leonardo Bernal.

Red jumped ahead 6-2 with a five-run second inning on three long balls.  Jeremy Ramos hit a solo shot, and Carlos Linarez and Romtres Cabrera both had two-run blasts. Red added a run in the third on an RBI single by Miguel Vargas.

Luis Pino scored on a wild pitch for Blue in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 7-3.  Blue then had its own big inning with five runs in the fourth.  Javier Bolivar walked and Robelyn Lopez walked.  Anyel Encarnacion singled and Bolivar scored.  Lopez scored on a single by Jose Cordoba.  Bernal reached on an error and Encarnacion scored.   Fernando Diaz singled to plate Cordoba and Bernal. Blue led for the first time, 8-7.

Blue added their ninth run in the sixth on a sac fly by Bryan Encarnacion.

For Blue, Bernal, Cordoba, and A. Encarnacion each had two hits.  Diaz drove in two.  For Red, Ramos and Jose Rodriguez were both 2-for-2.  Cabrera and Linarez each had two RBI.

Leonardo Bernal

Blue starter Antoni Cuello pitched one inning, gave up one run on two hits and walked one.  Alexander Beltre surrendered five runs, two earned in 2/3 innings in relief.  Marlyn Almonte yielded one run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Carlos De La Cruz tossed a scoreless fourth.  Miguel Martinez, Juan Salas, and Juan Peralta combined for the final three scoreless innings. De La Cruz got the win.

Red starter Fraimin Marte pitched three innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked two.  Juan Severino surrendered five runs, two earned, in 2/3 innings and took the loss. Engels Martinez yielded one run in 2 1/3 innings and was tagged with a blown save.

In the field for Blue, Bolivar made a throwing error and Beltre had a fielding miscue.  Cordoba had an outfield assist at second base.  De La Cruz picked a runner off second base.

On the base paths for Red, Cabrera stole his 11th base of the season.  Raul Guzman stole his fourth base.  Cabrera was also picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Guzman made a fielding error.

Sunday’s game:  None. The DSL season has concluded.

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