Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 14, 2021

Monday’s slate was a Dominican sweep as the two DSL squads combined to go 3-0.  Cardinals Blue starter Benjamin Arias led a number of strong pitching efforts while Cardinals Red outfielder Felix Taveras’ home run gave his team a walk-off win that was part of a C-Red double-header sweep.  The FCL Cardinals were idle.

Results from games played Monday, September 13th

Memphis – off
Fresh off a 2-4 week versus Nashville (MIL), Memphis (53-61) spends the last week of their regular season hosting Louisville.

Tuesday’s game:  vs Louisville (49-64)(CIN), 7:45 pm ET/6:45 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-8, 6.59)

Springfield – off
Springfield (43-71) wrapped up their last home stand by splitting a six-game series versus Arkansas (SEA). This week the S-Cards visit Northwest Arkansas.

Tuesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (60-53)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (4-7, 4.19)

Peoria – off
Peoria (43-71) had a fairly successful time last week at Quad Cities (KC) against whom they split their series.  (The River Bandits are 24 games over .500, meaning they have not either split or lost too many series this season).  The Chiefs end their 2021 campaign at Dozer Park against Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday’s game:   vs Cedar Rapids (63-51)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-8, 4.13)

Palm Beach – off
Palm Beach (34-77) claimed only one game at Fort Myers (MIN) last week but hope to finish 2021 with a stronger effort versus Daytona.

Tuesday’s game:   vs Daytona (57-57)(CIN),6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals – off

Tuesday’s games:  FCL Cardinals (23-26) at FCL Mets (28-22), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 1 (7)

Benjamin Arias’ stellar start combined with an early offensive onslaught launched the DSL Cardinals Blue (15-29) to an 8-1, seven-inning road victory over the DSL Twins.

Player of the Day Arias (W, 2-3) blanked the Twins on two hits over five frames, striking out five.  It was the third straight scoreless effort for the 19-year-old and longest outing since August 2nd.  Arias has not been scored upon in 13 innings dating back to August 23rd.

Benjamin Arias

Arias was backed by ample offensive production, the visitors pushing across five second-inning tallies.   The runs were a result of timely hitting combined with opportunism as the C-Blue capitalized on a bases-loaded fielding error by the Twins’ third baseman, three of the five scores being unearned.

The Cardinals Blue increased their 5-0 margin, scoring once in the fifth and twice the next frame before their hosts got on the scoreboard. All nine starters got a piece of the action with either a run scored, RBI or both.

Second baseman Adari Grant was the only player with more than one of eight team hits, singling and doubling in five at bats with a run scored and RBI.  Designated hitter Yancel Guerrero was part of three runs, going 1-for-4, crossing home once and driving in two.

First baseman Fernando Diaz’ only hit in four at bats was his first triple which knocked in two.  Center fielder Luis Pino reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.  Pino was also hit by a pitch.

A pair of C-Blue right-handers split the last two stanzas.  The Cardinals Blue’s shutout bid ended after Carlos De La Cruz yielded a run on two hits and a walk but Uriel Curvelo tossed a one-two-three seventh.

Tuesday’s games:  vs DSL Twins (17-26).  Game 1 – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 2 vs DSL Rangers2 1  (7)  – game 1
DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Rangers2 1  (7)  – game 2

The DSL Cardinals Red (23-20) swept a pair from the DSL Rangers2 by identical 2-1 margins in seven frames.

The opener was a walk-off win for the C-Red after left fielder Felix Taveras blasted a solo shot, his sixth long ball of 2021.

Felix Taveras

Neither team broke through until the sixth when the Rangers2 pushed across an unearned tally off reliever Darlin Saladin (W, 6-0) in the first of his two-inning stint.  The score was unearned due to a fielding error by first baseman Raul Guzman, the only C-Red bobble of the game.

The visitors’ advantage was short lived as catcher Alejandro Loaiza launched his first pro home run with one away in the home half of the inning.  It was the 17-year-old’s only hit in two at bats.

Saladin tossed a one-two-three seventh, setting up a quick finish in the bottom of the seventh.  Taveras led off with a bomb over the center fielder wall for the victory.  The home runs were two of the C-Red’s three hits overall.

Wilmer Ortega produced his best effort of his last five starts, shutting down the opposition on two hits and two base-on-balls through five innings.  The Venezuelan fanned five.

Wilmer Ortega

Offense was in limited supply in the finale which made up an August 20th postponement.  The C-Red mustered just three hits in all, two of them consecutive doubles by shortstop Marcelo Perez and second baseman Lizandro Espinoza.

Perez led off the game with his third two-bagger then scored via Espinoza’s fourth double of 2021.  The hits were each player’s only one in three at bats.

The score remained 1-0 until the home half of the third when the Rangers2 knotted the game up with a tally off starter Engels Martinez.  Martinez tossed four innings, permitting three hits and a base-on-balls.  He also hit a batter.

The game difference proved to be an unearned fifth-inning score.  First baseman Francis Reynoso worked a one-out walk, advancing to third after third baseman Guzman reached on a fielding error by the Rangers2’s left fielder.  Reynoso raced home when catcher Carlos Linarez ground into a force at second.

Eduar Pimental (W, 1-1) recorded six outs, permitting two hits and a walk before handing the ball off to Fraimin Marte.  Marte worked around a one-out free pass issued for his second save.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Rangers2 (26-18), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Brayan Ramirez (0-3, 8.10)

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