Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 13, 2021

Photo: Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday as only the full-season affiliates were in action. The Player of the Day is Springfield right fielder Leandro Cedeno, who hit two home runs and tallied two runs and four RBI. Other noteworthy performances came from Peoria third baseman Jordan Walker and Palm Beach designated hitter LJ Jones. Walker also hit two home runs and crossed home plate twice. He finished the night with three RBI. Jones collected four hits and four runs on a home run, a double, and two singles.

Results from games played Sunday, September 12th

Memphis 6 at Nashville 3
Starter Matthew Liberatore went seven innings in the Redbirds’ 6-3 victory over the Sounds.  Memphis (53-61) took two of the six-game road series at Nashville (60-54)(MIL).

Liberatore scattered seven hits and four walks, yielding three runs while fanning five.  The lefty threw 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Seth Elledge and Connor Jones recorded three outs apiece, Elledge striking out two and giving up a hit.  Jones faced the minimum for his fifth save.

The Memphis offense was a team-wide affair, nine players garnering either a hit or run scored.  Brendan Donovan contributed the biggest share of the results, going 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, one knocked in and a stolen base in the lead-off spot.

Brendan Donovan

The only other Redbird with more than one of 10 team singles was Evan Mendoza who singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, batting seventh. The shortstop swiped a bag but was picked off second.  Clean-up hitter Conner Capel drove in three, going 1-for-4 with a sac fly.

Defensively, right fielder Alec Burleson was credited with an outfield assist at home.  Memphis also turned two double plays.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 8 vs Arkansas 1
Leandro Cedeno’s two-bomb night led the S-Cards to a decisive 8-1 victory over the Travelers in the home season finale.  The win gave Springfield (43-71) a split of the six-game set versus Arkansas (62-52)(SEA).

Player of the Day Cedeno’s two long balls were his second and third since his August 27th promotion from A-Advanced Peoria.  Both came with a runner aboard, accounting for half of his squad’s scores.  In both instances that runner was Malcom Nunez (single).  Cedeno’s final line was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Leandro Cedeño

Like Cedeno, Matt Koperniak went yard with a runner on base in the fourth.  Nick Dunn was plunked right after Cedeno’s blast, eventually scoring ahead of Koperniak who added a double to his home run in five at bats.  Koperniak touched home twice, knocking in two.

The S-Cards generated 10 hits in all, four players acquiring multi-hit efforts:  Ivan Herrera, Nunez, Koperniak and Cedeno.  Herrera singled three times in four at bats with a sac fly accounting for his RBI whereas Nunez singled twice in four at bats, scoring two times in front of Cedeno.

The news from the mound was positive as well.  Starter Dakota Hudson (W, 1-0) tossed five noteworthy innings, holding Arkansas to a run on two hits and two walks in his latest rehab effort.  The righty threw 57 pitches in all, 36 for strikes.

The last four frames featured two hurlers returning to form after time on the Injured List.  Making his second appearance since being activated, Tyler Pike shut down the opposition on a hit in three frames.  Jake Walsh worked around a hit for a clean ninth, his third time taking the mound since his return to action.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 8
A big sixth-inning resulted in the Chiefs’ 8-3 loss to the River Bandits (73-39)(KC) at Modern Woodman Stadium.  Peoria (43-71) split their last road series of 2021.

The visitors were up 3-1 heading into the home half of the sixth but by the time the inning was finished, so were the Chiefs.  Quad Cities scored seven times off two Peoria relievers and the team could not bounce back.

Fabian Blanco took the loss, his sixth against two wins.  The 23-year-old lefty did not retire a batter, permitting four runs on a hit and three free passes issued.  Nick Trogrlic-Iverson could not escape a bases-loaded/none out jam, yielding three hits and a walk, resulting in three tallies of his own plus three inherited runners in 1/3 of an inning.  The righty hit one batter.

Diego Cordero retired five batters, issuing a free pass and stranding Trogrlic-Iverson’s final two runners aboard.  Sean Kealey walked two in the eighth.

The quartet pitched in relief of Mac Lardner.  The southpaw held first-place Quad Cities to a score on four hits and a base-on-balls over five innings.

The offensive results all belonged to Jordan Walker.  The talented teen, who does not turn 20 until May 2022, went yard twice in four at bats, touching home two times and driving in three.  It was the first multi-home run effort in A-Advanced ball for Walker.

Jordan Walker

The only other Chief with more than one of six team hits was Todd Lott who singled and doubled in four at bats.  Francisco Hernandez (double) was on base when Walker homered in the sixth.

Monday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 7
A ninth-inning rally fell short as the Beach Birds were clipped by the Mighty Mussels, 7-6.  It was the last road game of the season for Palm Beach (34-77) who lost five of six at Fort Myers (57-53)(MIN).

Like Peoria, one big inning determined the contest’s outcome.  Starter Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-9) could not finish the second, allowing six tallies, three earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls.

Luis Ortiz struck out five in 3 1/3 frames but two of the three hits given up during that span allowed Jimenez’ final runner to score as well as one of his own.  Nathanael Heredia retired six batters, permitting a hit and walk while Edwin Nunez issued a free pass in his clean eighth.

A definite honorable mention for the Player of the Day nod is L J Jones who had a season-high four hits in five at bats with a double and solo shot.  The designated hitter touched home four times, his ninth-inning long ball closing the scoring gap to one.  Six PB-Cards had one hit apiece.

LJ Jones IV

In the field Palm Beach was responsible for two miscues.  Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar committed a fielding bobble, his eighth error overall, and reliever Heredia threw one away during an attempted pickoff move.

Monday’s game:  Off

FCL Cardinals – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Florida Complex League.  Monday’s off day is part of the league’s play four/off one schedule.

Monday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (14-29) at DSL Twins (17-25), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red – off
Sunday is a scheduled day off in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday’s games:  DSL Cardinals Red (21-20) at/vs DSL Rangers2 (26-16).  Game 1 – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA/TBA

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