Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 15, 2021

Photo: Connor Lunn (Peoria Chiefs)

Connor Lunn’s noteworthy start led Peoria to one of three wins in eight tries on Tuesday.  Patrick Romeri’s hot bat paced a Palm Beach victory while the DSL Cardinals Blue split a double-header.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 14th

Memphis 4 vs Louisville 10
Starter Zack Thompson did not finish the fifth as Memphis (53-62) was trounced by Louisville, 10-4.

All six runs charged to Thompson (L, 2-9) over 4 1/3 innings occurred in the fifth, products of 10 hits and two walks.  Tommy Parsons yielded a tally on two hits in 2/3 of a frame and let both inherited runners touch home.

Brandon Dickson tossed a one-two-three sixth in his return from St Louis while Ramon Santos did likewise the next inning.  Both Austin Warner and Evan Kruczynski were scored upon during their inning of work.  Warner was touched for a run on two hits, whereas Kruczynski yielded two scores on three hits, including a solo home run.

Nolan Gorman, Scott Hurst and Austin Dean each had two of nine team hits, Gorman and Hurst in four at-bats and Dean in three. Doubles by the latter two players were the Redbirds’ only hits going for extra bases.  Dean accounted for three runs, joining Gorman with a run scored while adding two RBI’s and a base-on-balls.

Austin Dean

Brendan Donovan, the Triple-A East’s current Player of the Week, reached base twice.  The first baseman singled once in four at bats with a walk and run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Louisville (50-64)(CIN), 1 :15 pm ET/12 :15 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-6, 6.61)

Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 3
Springfield (43-72) could not hold an eighth-inning lead, falling at Northwest Arkansas, 3-2.

The S-Cards held a slim 2-1 advantage with six outs to go but Johan Quezada (L, 0-1)(BS, 1) served up a two-run home run in his third inning on the bump.  The righty permitted two hits over 2 1/3 frames in his first taste of Double-A action since his Sept 12th activation from the Injured List.

Andre Pallante tossed the initial 4 1/3 innings, permitting a run on two hits and a hit batsman.  The score was unearned due to a fielding error by shortstop Delvin Perez.  The right-hander’s start was halted after an injury delay subsequent to his second hit allowed.

Garrett Williams took over at that point, giving up a sacrifice fly allowing the first of Pallante’s two base runners to score.  Williams recorded four outs, issuing one free pass.

Both of Springfield’s scores were produced by Ivan Herrera’s sixth-inning blast.  The catcher’s 16th home run drove in Moises Castillo (single) and was Herrera’s only hit in four at bats.  Six S-Cards split six team hits.

Iván Herrera

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (61-53)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Domingo Robles (3-9, 6.13)

Peoria 6 vs Cedar Rapids 1
Starter Connor Lunn’s seven strong frames led Peoria (44-71) to a 6-1 victory over Cedar Rapids.

Lunn (W, 6-8), our Player of the Day, struck out eight, and the only damage he surrendered was a fifth-inning solo shot.  The University of Southern California product gave up four hits and did not issue a free pass in his longest outing (seven innings) since a seven-inning start versus South Bend (CHC) on August 4th.

Connor Lunn

Jack Ralston finished the game with two clean frames, fanning three and walking one.

Half of Peoria’s runs came on one swing of the bat by third baseman Jordan Walker.  The 19-year-old’s eighth A-Advanced home run came with Zade Richardson and Masyn Winn aboard after both reached on singles in the third.  It was Walker’s only hit in four at bats.

Richardson and Winn both went 2-for-4 with a double, Richardson crossing home once and tallying an RBI and Winn scoring twice.  The final Chief with a multi-hit effort was Thomas Francisco who singled twice in three at bats.  Peoria banged out nine hits in all.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (63-52)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Wilfredo Pereira (3-8, 3.53)

Palm Beach 8 vs Daytona 4
Palm Beach (35-77) rallied for an 8-4 victory over Daytona at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

The Beach Birds trailed 4-0 at the seventh’s midpoint before ticking off eight unanswered scores over the next two innings.  They were aided by three walks and a hit batsman during that span, all of whom scored. Two of the eight runs were unearned due to a throwing error by the Tortugas’ first baseman during the PB-Cards’ five-run seventh.

The scoring was capped by Patrick Romeri’s two-run bomb driving in Mike Antico who reached on a force.  Romeri went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three knocked in, the only Palm Beach player with more than one of seven team hits.

Patrick Romeri

Four of five Palm Beach pitchers taking the mound on Tuesday were 2021 draftees.  Michael McGreevy (1st Round) pitched the first two innings, surrendering a two-run long ball comprising one of three hits permitted.

Austin Love’s full-season debut was a successful one, as the 3rd rounder blanked Daytona and allowed just a hit and base-on-balls with six batters retired.  Gordon Graceffo (5th Round) was charged with a run on a hit and three base-on-balls in two frames.

Edgar Manzo (W, 6-5) interrupted the parade of 2021 draftees with his two-inning stint.  The 20-year-old gave up a score on two hits and two base-on-balls.

The ‘parade’ resumed when Andre Granillo (14th Rd) faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Daytona (57-58)(CIN),6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Mets 2  (7)
The FCL Cardinals (23-27) were edged by the FCL Mets (30-22), 2-1.  This was the makeup of an August 27th postponed contest.

Shaky defense proved to be the Florida Birds’ undoing as both third-inning tallies yielded by starter Jose Davila were unearned due to a throwing error by catcher Jake Burns.  Davila (L, 1-2) went four innings in all, allowing two hits and a walk.

Jose Davila

Right-hander Tyler Statler and lefty Alec Cornwell retired three batters each.  Statler’s inning was one-two-three, whereas Cornwell gave up a hit.

The visitors’ only run was unearned as well and came in the fifth.  Third baseman Sander Mora worked a base-on-balls with two away before advancing to second on a passed ball.  Left fielder Darlin Moquette lined a single to center, driving in Mora.

Moquette’s hit was one of five for the FCL Cardinals, all of them singles.  The left fielder worked one of five free passes issued.   Right fielder Justin Williams began his rehab assignment going 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and strikeout.

In the field Mora committed a throwing miscue and Burns was charged with a passed ball in addition to his errant throw.

Wednesday’s game:  vs FCL Astros (26-27), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 vs DSL Twins 1  (8)  – game 1
DSL Cardinals Blue 3 vs DSL Twins 4  (7)  – game 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue (11-18) split a twin bill versus the DSL Twins (11-18), walking off with a 2-1 victory in game one but falling 4-3 in the finale.

The opener completed an August 20th scoreless contest suspended in the top of the first and Luis Pino was the offensive force, garnering half of four C-Blue hits.  The center fielder singled twice in four at bats, driving in second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion (walk and stolen base) in the first and third baseman Bryan Encarnacion (began frame at second) for the eighth-inning walk-off win.

Luis Mario Piño

Both tallies were unearned.  The first score was aided by the Twins’ catcher’s throwing error and the latter run was unearned due to the extra-inning rules now in place.

Alejandro Cervantes (W, 3-1) was the pitcher of record when Pino drove in the winning tally.  The 20-year-old rookie faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out two.

Hancel Rincon fanned eight over the initial five frames encompassing both the August 20th and September 14th games.  The righty yielded two hits and three base-on-balls with one batter plunked.  The fourth-inning score charged to him was unearned due to throwing errors by second baseman Encarnacion and first baseman Diego Velasquez.  Juan Peralta’s two innings on the mound bridged the span between Rincon and Cervantes.

The C-Blue never led in game two’s 4-3 defeat which was a bullpen start for the home team.  Starter Juan Salas gave up a hit In his sole inning on the bump, giving way to Antoni Cuello.

Cuello (L, 0-1) was tagged for three scores on three hits and a walk while recording three outs.  Randel Clemente and Alexander Beltre both tossed two clean frames, Clemente allowing a hit and Beltre issuing a free pass.

Oliver Lopez permitted what proved to be the decisive run on three walks and a balk in the seventh.

The home team matched their guests’ five hits with no player having more than one.  Shortstop Maycol Justo took part in all three tallies, going 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in. The 18-year-old swiped his sixth base of 2021.

Maycol Justo

Wednesday’s game:  off

DSL Cardinals Red 3 at DSL Rangers2 9
A six-run fourth created an insurmountable obstacle for the DSL Cardinals Red (23-21) who lost to the DSL Rangers2 (27-18), 9-3.

Starter Branyan Ramirez (L, 0-4) did not finish that frame, permitting five runs on five hits and two base-on-balls over 3 1/3 innings.  Two of the five hits were solo long balls.

Ramirez’ last base runner touched home plate with Americo Lugo on the mound.  Lugo was charged with three runs of his own, two earned, on three hits and two free passes issued in 2/3 of an inning.

Roberto Bautista pitched the fifth, giving up a run on two hits.  Samuel Fabian, Juan Severino and Augusto Calderon each tossed a frame to finish the game, with Calderon facing the minimum.

The Cardinals Red accumulated seven hits, three players having two hits each:  Felix Taveras, Jose Rodriguez and Lizandro Espinoza.  Taveras and Rodriguez both went 2-for-4, with Taveras knocking in one and Rodriguez doubling once with a run scored.  Espinoza went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI after taking over at second base in the bottom of the sixth.

Lizandro Espinoza

Wednesday’s game:  off


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