Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 16, 2021

Photo: Jordan Walker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Wednesday. Both DSL teams had an off day.  The Player of the Day is Peoria 3B Jordan Walker, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Chief’s 2-1 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Results from games played Wednesday, Sept 15.

Memphis 12, Louisville 3

The Redbirds rocked the Louisville Bats by the score of 12-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Auto Zone Park.  Memphis scored in each of the first five innings before being shut down by the Louisville bullpen for the final three innings.

In the first inning Conner Capel hit an opposite field two run home run to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead.  The offense added to their tally in the second inning on a solo home run by Dennis Ortega and in the third inning with a solo home run by Nolan Gorman that left the ballpark.

Nolan Gorman

The Bats got on the board in the fourth with one run to cut the lead to 4-1, but the Redbirds answered in the home half of the fourth with a three-run inning to make it 7-1.  Evan Mendoza singled and then stole second base.  Alec Burleson followed with a ground rule double that scored Mendoza.  Ortega drew a walk and Nick Plummer then smacked a triple to plate Burleson and Ortega.

The Redbirds went to 12-1 in the fifth on an RBI double by Burleson, and a two-run single by Brendan Donovan and a two run double by Kramer Robertson.

Louisville chipped away at the big lead by scoring one run in the sixth and one run in the seventh.  That was all that the Bats could manage, and the Redbirds celebrated the 12-1 win at the end of nine.

Burleson and Robertson both had two hits in the game.  Donovan, Robertson, Capel, Burleson, and Plummer each had two RBI.

Johan Oviedo got the start for Memphis and the right hander pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits, fanned seven and walked two.  Oviedo was ejected after the fourth inning due to an apparent violation of the foreign substances rule.  Oviedo’s glove was confiscated, and he did not return to pitch.

Brandon Waddell was brought in to replace Oviedo and he tossed a scoreless fifth to earn his first win. Angel Rondon surrendered one run in the sixth and Seth Elledge relinquished one run in the seventh. Connor Jones and Jesus Cruz threw a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.

On the base paths, Mendoza stole his 15th base of the season.

Memphis has a record of 54-62 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 19.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Louisville, Connor Thomas LHP (5-4, 3.66) vs. Zach Lee RHP (0-0, 6.00) 6:45 CT.

Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 5

The Cardinals were defeated by the Naturals in a 5-3 contest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night.  Starter Domingo Robles pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Robles suffered his 10th loss of the season.  Jake Walsh relieved Robles and tossed a scoreless sixth.  Freddy Pacheco threw a scoreless seventh. Edgar Escobar surrendered one run in the eighth.

The Naturals put three runs on the board in the second to take a 3-0 lead.  The Cardinals posted their first score in the fifth, one run to cut the lead to 3-1.  Malcom Nunez led off with a single and Leandro Cedeno reached on an error.  Nick Raposo plated Nunez on a ground out.

NW Arkansas increased the lead to 4-1 in the home half of the fifth.  Springfield added a second run to their tally in the seventh on an RBI single by Chase Pinder.

The Naturals scored for the final time in the eighth to make it 5-2.  The Cardinals rallied for one run in the ninth on a single by Cedeno but fell short of the win.

Nunez was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored.  Cedeno was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Pinder was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Malcom Nuñez

On the base paths, Ivan Herrera was caught stealing for the third time this season.  In the field, Moises Castillo made a fielding error. Robles picked off two runners at first base and Escobar picked off one runner at first base.

Springfield is 43-73 and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 23 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Dalton Roach RHP (6-10, 5.78) vs. Yefri Del Rosario RHP (2-3, 5.75) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 1

The Chiefs edged the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a one run victory at Dozer Park on Wednesday night.  It was a low scoring game on both sides, but Peoria scored one run more to take home the win.

The Chiefs put up the first run in the fourth inning.  It began with a triple by Jordan Walker, and a fielding error on a Jhon Torres ball in play sent Walker home.

Jordan Walker

The Kernels tied it up in the fifth.  Peoria came back to score the second and winning run in the sixth, this time also with Walker involved, as he hit the RBI single that scored Masyn Winn, who doubled to right field just prior to Walker’s single.

Walker was 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI. The Chiefs had only four hits, the two from Walker, Winn’s double and a single by Pedro Pages.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on one hit, fanned five and walked four.  Jacob Schlesener tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Pereira to earn his fifth win of the season.  Leonardo Taveras threw a scoreless eighth, and Enmanuel Solano pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Peoria has a record of 45-71 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 31 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Colin Schmid LHP (1-1, 2.52) vs. Sean Mooney RHP (0-1, 9.00) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Daytona 7

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Daytona Tortugas in a 7-2 loss at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night.  The Beach Birds were held scoreless until a ninth inning rally that was insufficient to erase a seven-run deficit.

The game began with neither team scoring runs until sixth inning.  Daytona had two big innings that were the deciding innings in the game. In the sixth the Tortugas pounded Cardinal pitching for four rounds, then came back to smack them around for three more in the seventh.

Palm Beach entered the ninth inning behind 7-0.  There was little time to come back, though the Beach Birds gave it a try.  Patrick Romeri drew a walk to begin the inning. Ryan Holgate followed with a second walk, and L.J Jones followed suit to load the bases on three walks.  Brady Whalen then singled to left field to score Romeri.  Holgate then scored on a sac fly by Aaron McKeithan.  The next batter, Noah Mendlinger, ground into a double play to end the game.

The Palm Beach offense scored the two runs on only three hits. Whalen had two of the hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. The other hit was a triple by Jones to begin the seventh inning.  Jones was left stranded after Whalen struck out, McKeithan lined out, and Mendlinger flew out.

Brady Whalen

Starter John Beller pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, struck out two and walked five.  Inohan Paniagua relieved Beller and surrendered three runs in two innings pitched.  Ryan Loutos threw the final two scoreless innings.  Beller took the loss, his seventh of the season.

On the base paths, Mendlinger was caught stealing for the second time this season. In the field, Mendlinger made a fielding error.  Jones had an outfield assist at second base.  Beller picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 35-78 and is in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 24.5 games back of first place Jupiter.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Levi Prater LHP (1-8, 6.65) vs. Sam Benschoter RHP (0-1, 9.00) 5:30 CT. 

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Astros 8 (seven innings)

The Cardinals (23-28) were overpowered by the Astros in an 8-1 loss at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday morning.  Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched two innings, gave up three runs on five hits and struck out three.  The right-hander took the loss, his first of the season.  Victor Villanueva relieved Rodriguez and surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Bryan Pope tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Luis Tena threw a scoreless sixth and Chris Gerard gave up one unearned run in the seventh.

The Astros put up three runs in the second, two runs in the third, and two runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.  The Cardinals scored their only run in the fifth inning.  Albert Inoa drew a walk to begin the inning, stole second and third base, then scored on a wild pitch.  The only run from the Cardinals was scored without a hit.

Albert Inoa

The Astros posted their final run of the game in the seventh to take home the 8-1 win.

Though the lone run was scored without benefit of a hit, the offense managed two hits, both singles, from Luis Rodriguez and Joerlin De Los Santos.

On the base paths, Inoa stole his third base of the season. In the field, Ramon Mendoza made a fielding error.  De Los Santos had an outfield assist at second base and Roblin Heredia had a passed ball.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Marlins, TBD vs. TBD  11:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Phillies White, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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