Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 17, 2021

Photo: Nick Dunn (Springfield Cardinals)

St Louis’ minors went 3-3 on Thursday with Memphis, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals Red all posting wins.  Outstanding offensive performances include Springfield’s Nick Dunn and Chandler Redmond plus the C-Red’s Jeremy Ramos.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 16th

Memphis 5 vs Louisville 0
Five late tallies halted a pitching duel, lifting the Redbirds over the Bats at AutoZone Park, 5-0.  Memphis (55-62) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with three remaining.

The contest was scoreless through six, but the home team finally broke through against Louisville with a three-run seventh.  The big blow was Austin Dean’s bases-clearing double, scoring Brendan Donovan (force), Kramer Robertson (walk) and Nolan Gorman (walk).  The two-bagger occurred with two away and was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats.

Memphis was not finished offensively, however.  Catcher Ali Sanchez singled to lead off the eighth, his third hit in four at bats.  Alec Burleson drove in Sanchez via a line drive double to left, eventually scoring on a Donovan single.

The Redbirds acquired eight hits in all to go with seven base-on-balls.  Sanchez was the only Redbird with more than one hit although Robertson reached base twice via free passes.

A quartet of Memphis pitchers combined to shut out Louisville on five hits and only two base-on-balls.  All of them belonged to starter Connor Thomas who went 5 2/3 frames and limited Louisville to three singles and a walk through five.

Connor Thomas

The bullpen was absolutely stellar the rest of the way.  Ramon Santos (W, 1-1) retired all four batters faced, striking out three, for his first Triple-A win.  Austin Warner and Jacob Bosiokovic both tossed a one-two-three frame with a K.

Friday’s game:  vs Louisville (50-66)(CIN), 8 :10 pm ET/7 :10 pm CT,  T J Zeuch (4-3, 4.91)

Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 2
The S-Cards led wire-to-wire in their 6-2 road victory over the Naturals.  It was the first win in three tries for Springfield (44-73) with three games on tap.

The offense’s 12-hit attack was spearheaded by co-Players of the Day Nick Dunn and Chandler Redmond.  Dunn reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base, batting second, whereas Redmond did most of the damage.

Nick Dunn

The S-Cards’ five hitter went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, double and solo shot comprising his run scored and one of four RBI’s.  Luken Baker also went yard with the bases clean, one of his two hits in five at bats.

Chandler Redmond

The offense more than backed starter Dalton Roach (W, 7-10), who tossed 5 2/3 solid frames.  The only damage against the righty was a two-run sixth-inning bomb, one of five hits and two walks yielded.

A trio of relievers finished the game.  Cory Thompson maneuvered around a hit and walk in 1 1/3 innings, stranding an inherited runner, while Garrett Williams issued an eighth-inning free pass.  Freddy Pacheco faced the minimum, joining Williams with two K’s.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (62-54)(KC), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-5, 8.03)

Peoria 3 vs Cedar Rapids 5
The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a sixth-inning lead, resulting in a 5-3 loss to the Kernels at Dozer Park.  Peoria (45-72) leads the series two games to one with three yet to play.

The home team was up 3-1 heading into the seventh but trailed 5-3 by the time the inning was over.  The stanza got off to a rough start after left fielder Todd Lott’s fielding error allowed the lead off runner to reach.  Michael YaSenka (L, 1-9) was then tagged with three runs, two earned, in his third inning of work.  The righty yielded a hit and four base-on-balls in three frames.

YaSenka pitched on what has been his usual rotation day but pitched in relief of Colin Schmid for the second consecutive turn.  Making his second start since his August 31st promotion from the Florida Complex League Cardinals, Schmid limited the opposition to a run on four hits in three plus innings, his last two runners left on base by YaSenka.

Colin Schmid

Fabian Blanco (BS, 2) surrendered a bases-clearing three-run double to his first batter, the play exacerbated by center fielder Tyler Reichenborn’s throwing error which allowed the batter to reach third.  A sac fly scored Blanco’s only runner and was one of three outs recorded by the southpaw.

Three of the six batters retired by Sean Kealey struck out.  The lefty permitted a hit.

Most of Peoria’s offense centered on their two through five hitters, beginning with Jordan Walker and Thomas Francisco.  The number two and three bats each went 1-for-4 with a run scored, Walker doubling once and Francisco driving in one with his first A-Advanced stolen base.

Lott, the clean-up hitter, singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one while Aaron Antonini went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored before being replaced by an eighth-inning pinch runner.

Friday’s game:  vs Cedar Rapids (64-53)(MIN), 6:35 pm CT,  Logan Gragg (2-7, 4.70)

Palm Beach vs Daytona – postponed
Thursday’s contest at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium between Palm Beach (35-78) and Daytona was postponed due to wet grounds.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday twin bill with game one scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm ET.

Friday’s games:  vs Daytona (58-58)(CIN).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT, TBA/TBA

FCL Cardinals 1 ‘at’ FCL Marlins 2
The FCL Cardinals (23-29) dropped a 2-1 decision to their fellow stadium dweller FCL Marlins.

18-year-old right-hander Alec Willis (7th Round) made his professional debut with a one-two-three first but Reinys Portillo could not carry the scoreless ‘streak’ forward.  Portillo (L, 1-6) was dinged for two runs on four hits and two free passes issued during his three-inning stint.

Hector Soto retired all six batters faced, fanning three, before handing off to Zane Mills.  Mills gave up a hit with two strikeouts in his inning of work while Ettore Giulianelli faced the minimum, striking out two.

The Florida Birds did not get on the scoreboard until the fifth.  Ramon Mendoza led off with a double, scoring on a single by Jesus Orecchia.  Orecchia was the only player with more than one of six team hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Jesus Orecchia

Friday’s game:  at FCL Nationals (26-28), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs DSL Phillies Red 6
A late rally by the DSL Cardinals Blue (16-31) could not prevent a 6-4 home loss to the DSL Phillies Red.

The home squad was shut out through eight frames before scoring four unearned runs.  The C-Blue managed just five hits and four base-on-balls, with two of the hits coming in the final frame.

Christian Avendano’s single up the middle scored Fernando Diaz (hit-by-pitch), Keshawn Rombley (single) and Javier Bolivar (fielding error), Avendano reaching third via a fielding error by the Phillies Red center fielder.

Adari Grant reached on a fielder error by the opponent’s second baseman.  The bobble allowed Avendano to touch home for the team’s last tally.

Starter Henry Gomez is still looking for his first victory in seven decisions despite a fine effort.  The righty scattered seven hits and a walk over five innings, allowing one run, earned.

Henry Gomez

Marlyn Almonte was charged for four sixth-inning scores, three earned, on a hit, walk and two plunked batters.  Frankely Guzman gave up four hits resulting in one tally with six outs recorded while Carlos De La Cruz issued a ninth-inning free pass.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (26-19), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 10 at DSL Phillies White 1
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-21) scored seven times over the final three frames, coasting to a 10-1 road victory over the DSL Phillies White.

Jeremy Ramos’ four-hit day led the team’s hit parade, the center fielder going 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and four driven in.  Although eight players took part in the scoring, the only other C-Red with a multi-hit performance was designated hitter Samil De La Rosa, crossing home once.  Both players swiped a base.

Jeremy Ramos

Starter Yonael Dominguez (W, 3-2) continued his impressive September streak in which he has permitted just two runs, one earned, over 16 2/3 innings.  On Thursday the 19-year-old gave up a run, earned, on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 frames.

Omar Yanez aided Dominguez’ final line by leaving the latter’s final two runners aboard.  Yanez recorded four outs, allowing two hits.  Darlin Saladin worked around a hit and two base-on-balls during his two innings of work.

Friday’s game:  vs DSL Phillies White (27-17), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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