Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 12, 2021

Photo: Chandler Redmond (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 in six games on Saturday.  The two DSL teams played each other. The Players of the Day are Springfield 1B Chandler Redmond, who was 4-for-4 with four RBI, and Springfield 2B Nick Dunn, who was 4-for-5 with five RBI in Springfield’s win over Arkansas.

Results from games played Saturday, Sept 11.

Memphis 6 at Nashville 5

The Redbirds held on to top the Sounds in a 6-5 win at First Horizon Park on Saturday night.  Memphis starter T.J. Zeuch pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits, fanned six and walked two to earn his fourth win of the season.  Jesus Cruz relieved Zeuch and tossed 2/3 scoreless innings.  Brandon Waddell pitched a scoreless eighth and Jacob Bosiokovic threw a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Brendan Donovan singled and stole second base.  Nolan Gorman singled and Donovan advanced to third. Juan Yepez plated Donovan on a sac fly.

The Sounds scored one run in the home half of the first to tie the game at 1-1.  In the fourth, the Redbirds posted a three-run inning to take a 4-1 lead on a three-run home run by Donovan.

Brendan Donovan

Nashville came back to score two runs in the fifth to get within one run of the Redbirds.  In the seventh, Memphis widened the lead to 6-3.  Zeuch led off with a single and Donovan followed with a single. Gorman reached on a fielder’s choice and Zeuch scored.  Yepez then hit a ground rule double to plate Donovan.

Nashville scored two in the home half of the seventh to narrow the Redbird lead to 6-5.  Neither team scored in the final two innings.

Donovan went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Evan Mendoza was 2-for-4.  Yepez had two RBI.

On the base paths, Donovan stole his third base of the season.

Memphis has a record of 52-61 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 19 games back of first place Durham.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Matthew Liberatore LHP (6-8, 4.53) vs. TBD 6:15 CT.

Springfield 14, Arkansas 7

The Cardinals throttled the Travelers in a 14-7 slugfest at Hammons Field on Saturday night.  Springfield scored the bulk of their runs in the final third of the game to leave Arkansas in the dust.

The Cardinals got on the board first with one run in the first inning on an RBI double by Leandro Cedeno. Arkansas took the lead 2-1 in the third inning, but the Cardinals tied it up in the fourth.  Nick Dunn singled and scored on a single by Irving Lopez to knot it up 2-2.

The Travelers retook the lead in the fifth with two runs scored to make it 4-2.  Springfield got one run back in the home half of the fifth on an RBI single by Chandler Redmond.

Arkansas scored one run in the sixth to go up 5-3.  The Cardinals responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Delvin Perez walked, and Matt Koperniak followed with a single. Ivan Herrera smacked a double to left and Perez scored.  Redmond singled to plate Koperniak.  Herrera later scored on a single by Dunn.  The Cardinals led 6-5.

Springfield posted a crooked number in the seventh, sending six runs across the plate to increase the lead to 12-5.  Lopez, Koperniak, and Herrera each walked.  Redmond singled to score Lopez and Koperniak.  Cedeno was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded.  Dunn blasted a grand slam to put the Cardinals up by seven runs.

Nick Dunn

Springfield added two more runs to their tally.  Koperniak singled and Chase Pinder walked. Cedeno doubled to plate Koperniak.  Pinder scored on a wild pitch and the Cardinals led 14-5.

Arkansas scored two runs in the ninth to bring the final score of the game to 14-7.

The Cardinal offense scored 14 runs on 19 hits.  Redmond was 4-for-4 with four RBI.  Dunn was 4-for-5 with five RBI. Koperniak was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.  Herrera was 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored.  Cedeno was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Lopez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Chandler Redmond

Springfield starter Michael Brettell pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits, struck out two and walked one.  Garrett Williams tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Brettell to earn his first win.  Edgar Escobar yielded two runs in the final two innings pitched.

On the base paths, Lopez stole his second base of the season.

Springfield has a record of 42-71 and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22 games back of first place Wichita.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Dakota Hudson (MLB rehab) vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Peoria 0 at Quad Cities 2

The Chiefs were blanked by the River Bandits in a 2-0 loss at Modern Woodman Park on Saturday night.  Peoria’s offense was shut down almost completely.

Starter Logan Gragg pitched five innings and gave up two unearned runs on three hits, fanned six and walked three.  Gragg took the loss, his seventh of the season.  Enmanuel Solano tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Gragg.  Leonardo Taveras got the final out of the eighth.

Logan Gragg

The Chiefs offense managed only one hit in the game, a single by Pedro Pages.  A scoring opportunity came in the second inning with two runners on, but both were left stranded.

In the field, Gragg made a throwing error.

Peoria has a record of 43-70 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 30 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Sunday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Mac Lardner LHP (0-5, 6.51) vs. Christian Cosby RHP (4-3, 4.48) 1:00 CT.

Palm Beach 5 at Fort Myers 6

The Cardinals were edged by the Mighty Mussels in a 6-5 contest at Hammond Stadium on Saturday night.  Palm Beach took the initial lead, but Fort Myers fought back to just top the Cardinals by one run.

The game was scoreless for the first three innings.  In the fourth the Cardinals posted a three-run inning to take the lead 3-0.  L.J Jones began with a single and Carlos Soto followed with a walk.  Aaron McKeithan doubled to score Jones.  Soto then scored on a sac fly by Mack Chambers.  Osvaldo Tovalin reached on an error and McKeithan scored.

The Beach Birds added a run in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0.  Ryan Holgate drew a walk and Jones doubled to move Holgate to third. Soto grounded out and Holgate scored.

Fort Myers got on the board in the sixth with one run to cut the lead to 4-1.  The Cardinals answered with their fifth run in the seventh on a solo home run by Mike Antico.

In the home half of the seventh the Mighty Mussels tied it up with a four-run inning.  Fort Myers took the lead in the eighth 6-5, and Peoria was unable to score in the ninth.

Antico was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game.  Jones was 2-for-3.

Chiefs starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched six innings and gave up one run on two hits, fanned seven and walked three.  Roy Garcia took the seventh and surrendered four runs, three earned.  Garcia was tagged with the blown save.   Andrew Marrero yielded the winning run in the eighth and took the loss, his second of the season.

Dionys Rodriguez

On the base paths, Tovalin was caught stealing for the first time. In the field, Chambers made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 34-76 on the season and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 25.5 games back of first place Jupiter.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, Ludwin Jimenez vs. TBD 11:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals 8, FCL Nationals 6 (seven innings)

The Cardinals (23-26) defeated the Nationals in a morning contest at Roger Dean Stadium.

Cardinal starter Yordy Richard pitched two innings, gave up three runs on three hits, and struck out three.  Hector Soto relieved Richard and surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Enrique Saldana yielded one run in 1 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season.  Alfredo Ruiz gave up one unearned run in the sixth, and Omar Sanchez threw a scoreless seventh to earn his seventh save.

The Nationals took a 3-0 lead early, scoring one run in the first inning and two runs in the second.

The Cardinals put up three runs in the third to tie it up 3-3.  Sander Mora was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, and Brandon Hernandez singled.  Mora scored on a ground out by Joerlin De Los Santos.  Darlin Moquete doubled to plate Hernandez.  Moquete scored on a single by Edgardo Rodriguez.

The Nationals briefly regained the lead with one run scored in the top of the fourth.  The Cardinals answered in the home half of the fourth with five runs on the board.  Mora doubled and Hernandez singled. Hernandez then stole second base.  De Los Santos and Moquete were hit by a pitch and Mora scored.  Jeremy Rivas singled to plate Hernandez.  De Los Santos scored on a wild pitch and Moquete came home on a single by Rodriguez.  The Cardinals led 8-4

The Nationals scored one run in the fifth and one in the sixth, but that was all the Nationals offense could muster.  The Cardinals took home the 8-6 victory.

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Hernandez was 2-for-3.  Moquete drove in two.

Edgardo Rodriguez

On the base paths, Hernandez stole his third base of the season.  In the field, Rivas made a throwing error.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL Cardinals Blue 1 (five innings)

The Cardinals Red (21-20) blew past the Cardinals Blue (14-29) in a shortened game on Saturday morning.  The game ended in the bottom of the fifth with no outs due to rain.

Red scored two runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Romtres Cabrera.  Blue cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth. Jose Suarez, Robelyn Lopez, and Diego Velasquez were each hit by a pitch.  Bryan Encarnacion lined out to second and Suarez scored on a throwing error.

In the fifth, Red scored five runs before the rain came.  Maikel Hernandez doubled to begin the inning. Marcelo Perez reached on an error and Hernandez scored.  Perez scored on a single by Cabrera.  Samil De La Rosa was hit by a pitch and both Cabrera and De La Rosa advanced on a wild pitch. Jose Rodriguez drew a walk.  Jeremy Ramos doubled to plate Cabrera and De La Rosa.  Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch.  The rain then came, and the game was called.

Cabrera was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored for Red.  Ramos drove in two.  Maycol Justo was 2-for-3 for Blue.

Romtres Cabrera

Red starter Samuel Fabian pitched two scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out one and walked one.  Bruno Lopez relieved Fabian and surrendered one unearned run in two innings of relief to earn his fourth win of the season. Omar Yanez threw a scoreless fifth to earn his third save.

Blue starter Alexander Beltre pitched only one inning and gave up two runs, one earned on two hits, struck out one and walked two.  Victor Herrera tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Beltre.

Randel Clemente pitched a scoreless fourth, then returned to pitch the fifth. Clemente surrendered five runs, four earned, in the fifth without recording an out.  Miguel Martinez came in to relieve Clemente but pitched to only two batters before the game was called.  He allowed two inherited runners to score.

On the base paths for Red, Lizandro Espinoza stole his ninth base of the season, but was also picked off and caught stealing for the fourth time.  In the field, Espinoza made a throwing error.

On the base paths for Blue, Velasquez was caught stealing for the first time. In the field, Justo and Fernando Diaz both made throwing errors.  Encarnacion had a fielding miscue. Clemente picked Espinoza off first base.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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