Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 11, 2021

Photo: Ryan Holgate (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 on Friday.   The Player of the Day is Palm Beach RF Ryan Holgate, who drove in both Cardinals runs on a solo home run and a single in the Palm Beach win over Fort Myers.

Results from games played Friday, Sept 10.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 8

The Redbirds were overwhelmed by the Sounds on Friday night at First Horizon Park, losing by the score of 8-2 in the fourth game of the six-game series in Nashville.

The Redbird offense was held scoreless for seven innings.  By the time Memphis was able to put runs on the board they were behind 8-0 going into the final two innings, with not much time to catch up.

The Sounds scored three runs in the fourth inning and added five runs in the seventh.  To begin the eighth, Brendan Donovan was hit by a pitch and Kramer Robertson walked.  Nick Plummer was also hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded.  Conner Capel hit a sac fly to score Donovan and the Redbirds were on the board.

Memphis added a second run in the ninth when Alec Burleson doubled and scored on a single by Nolan Gorman.

The offense scored two runs on seven hits.  Clint Coulter was the only Redbird with multiple hits, he was 2-for-3.  Plummer and Burleson both doubled for the only extra base hits in the game.  Capel and Gorman each had an RBI.

Clint Coulter

Starter Connor Thomas pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on eight hits, struck out four and walked one. The left hander took the loss, his fourth of the season. Tommy Parsons relieved Thomas and surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  Evan Kruczynski threw a scoreless eighth.

In the field, Evan Mendoza made two errors, one fielding and one throwing.

Memphis has a record of 51-61 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 19.5 games back of first place Durham.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, T.J. Zeuch RHP (3-3, 4.73) vs. Alec Bettinger RHP (2-5, 4.94) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 5 Arkansas 12

The Cardinals were rocked by the Travelers in a 12-5 thrashing at Hammons Field on Friday night.  Starter Dalton Roach pitched four innings, gave up six runs on 10 hits and walked two to take the loss, his 10th of the season.  Kevin Marnon relieved Roach and surrendered six runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Salvador Justo threw the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinal offense fell behind 9-0 before they finally scored in the sixth inning.  Springfield was able to scratch two runs home in that inning that began with a single by Delvin Perez, a single by Justin Toerner, and an RBI single by Luken Baker.  Following a walk by Leandro Cedeno, Toerner scored on a single by Malcom Nunez.

Arkansas put three more runs on the board in the top of the seventh to make it 12-2.  The Cardinals responded in the home half of the seventh by scoring three runs. Nick Dunn drew a walk and Perez singled. Baker again drove in a run on a single that scored Dunn.  Cedeno then doubled to plate Perez and Baker.

Neither team scored in the final two innings and the Travelers prevailed 12-5.

Perez was 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the contest. Baker was also 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Nunez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Delvin Perez

In the field, Cedeno made a fielding error but also had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield has a record of 41-71 and stands in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 23 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Michael Brettell (1-5, 7.99) vs. George Kirby RHP (0-1, 2.93) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 6

The Chiefs edged the River Bandits in a hard-fought contest at Modern Woodman Park on Friday night.

Peoria starter Colin Schmid pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits, struck out three and walked one.  Michael YaSenka relieved Schmid and surrendered two runs in 2 1/3 innings.  Jacob Schlesener yielded three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief and was tagged with a blown save.  Jack Ralston finished the game and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his second of the season.

The Chiefs got on the board first in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by Jordan Walker.  Quad Cities quickly tied it in the home half of the first.

Peoria went up 4-1 in the second on a three-run home run by Tyler Reichenborn.  Zade Richardson thumped a solo home run in the fourth to give the Chiefs a 5-1 lead.

The River Bandits got one back in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-2, then added a third run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3.

Peoria widened the lead to 6-3 on an RBI double by Richardson.  Quad Cities fought back to score three runs in the seventh to tie the game for the second time.

The Chiefs answered with one run in the eighth to regain the lead 7-6.  Todd Lott led off the inning with a triple.  Thomas Francisco reached on a fielder’s choice and Lott scored.  The lead held through the end of the game.

Lott, Richardson, and Jacob Buchberger were each 2-for-4 in the game.  Reichenborn had three RBI and Richardson drove in two.

Zade Richardson

On the base paths, Lott stole his fourth base of the season.  In the field, Walker made a throwing error and Reichenborn had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 43-69 on the season and sits in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 29 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Logan Gragg RHP (2-6, 4.97) vs. A.J. Block LHP (3-5, 4.23) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 0

The Cardinals blanked Fort Myers in a 2-0 shutout at Hammonds Stadium on Friday night. The offense was sparse on both sides, but the Beach Birds did just enough to take home the win.

After three scoreless innings, the Cardinals went up 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run by Ryan Holgate.  Palm Beach didn’t score again until the eighth, and it was Holgate again who drove in the second run, this time on an RBI single.

Ryan Holgate

The Beach Bird offense totaled nine hits in the game.  Holgate was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Mike Antico and Osvaldo Tovalin were also 2-for-4.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned five and walked three.  Inohan Paniagua tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings and was awarded the win, his fourth of the season.  Andre Granillo threw a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

In the field, Tovalin made a fielding error.  Patrick Romeri had an outfield assist at home.

Palm Beach has a record of 34-75 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 25.5 games back of first place Jupiter.

Saturday’s game:  at Fort Myers, Dionys Rodriguez vs. Regi Grace RHP (1-0, 3.47) 6:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5, FCL Marlins 11

The Cardinals were thrashed by the Marlins in a 11-5 loss at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday morning.

Cardinals starter Reinys Portillo pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out three and walked three.  Johan Quezada relieved Portillo and surrendered one in two innings of relief.  Thomas Hart followed with 2/3 innings in which he yielded five runs on two hits and four walks.  Victor Villanueva got the last out of the seventh inning.  Ettore Giulianelli gave up one run in the eighth.  Trent Baker started the ninth and allowed four runs in 2/3 of an inning, while Ben Baird relieved Baker and got the final out of the game.  Hart was tagged with a blown save and the loss.

Reinys Portillo

The game was scoreless for the first four innings.  The Marlins scored the first run in the top of the fifth.  The Cardinals responded with two runs in the home half of the fifth.  Jesus Orrechia drew a walk but was eliminated on a force out by Sander Mora.  Mora advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Joerlin De Los Santos singled, and Mora scored.  De Los Santos went to second on a throwing error.  Jeremy Rivas struck out and De Los Santos stole third base and then scored.

The Cardinals increased their lead to 4-1 with two runs scored in the sixth.  Jake Burns drew a walk, and Hansel Otamendi doubled to left.  Roblin Heredia walked, and Ramon Mendoza was hit by a pitch to score Burns.  Otamendi then scored on a sac fly by Orrechia.

The 4-1 lead was short lived.  In the top of the seventh, the Marlins put five runs on the board to take a 6-4 lead.  The Cardinals answered with one run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 6-5.

The Marlins scored one run in the eighth and four runs in the ninth to jump ahead 11-5.  The Cardinals did not score after the seventh inning.

Otamendi went 3-for-5 in the game.  Darlyn Moquete replaced Joshua Baez in CF in the fifth inning and went 3-for-3 in the remaining innings with two singles and a double.

Darlin Moquete

On the base paths, Baez, De Los Santos, and Otamendi each stole a base.  Moquete was caught stealing for the first time.

Saturday’s game:  vs. FCL Nationals, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 at DSL Rockies 5

The Cardinals Blue (14-28) topped the Rockies 6-5 in a contest on Friday morning.  Cardinals Blue took the early lead, though the Rockies fought back to tie in the middle innings, but Blue prevailed in the end.

Blue put up three runs in the first inning.  Adari Grant drew a walk to begin the inning and Luis Pino singled to advance Grant to third.  Leonardo Bernal grounded out and Grant scored.  Fernando Diaz then followed with a two-run home run to center field to give Blue a 3-0 lead.

The Rockies scored one run in the second to cut the lead to 3-1.  Blue added a run in the top of the third on an RBI double by Bernal.

The Rockies scored one run in the home half of the third, and then plated two more runs in the fourth to tie the game 4-4.  Blue regained the lead with one run scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Diaz.  Bernal drove in a run on a single in the seventh and Blue led 6-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies rallied to score one final run, but it was not enough, and Blue took home the victory.

Pino led the offense, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored.  Bernal was 2-for-5 with three RBI and Diaz was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Jose Suarez was 2-for-4.

Luis Mario Piño

Blue starter Ronny Oliver pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits, struck out three and walked three.  Juan Peralta relieved Oliver and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his first of the season.  Antoni Cuello and Juan Salas each pitched a scoreless inning.  Alejandro Cervantes threw two innings and surrendered one run to earn his second save.

On the base paths, Grant stole his third base of the season.  In the field, Suarez made a fielding error but also had an outfield assist at third base.

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

DSL Cardinals Red 2, DSL Tigers 4 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (20-20) lost to the DSL Tigers by a two-run deficit in a Friday morning contest.  Red starter Diorys Guerrero pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits, fanned six and walked one.  Roberto Bautista relieved Guerrero and surrendered two runs in 2/3 innings. Augusto Calderon threw the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.  Cardinals Red answered with one run in the home half of the second. Lizandro Espinosa singled and stole second base.  Jeremy Ramos singled and Espinosa scored.

Red tied the game 2-2 with one run scored in the bottom of the fifth, when Jeremy Ramos tripled and scored on a single by Francis Reynoso.  The Tigers retook the lead 4-2 in the top of the sixth.  Neither team scored in the final inning.

Ramos went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game.  The Ramos triple and a double by Jose Rodriguez were the only extra base hits.

Jeremy Ramos

On the base paths, Espinoza stole his eighth base of the season.  In the field, Espinoza had a missed catch error and Felix Taveras had a fielding miscue.  Guerrero picked a runner off first base.

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

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