Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 21, 2021

It was one up and one down for the Dominican Summer League teams on Monday.  Jose Cordoba’s first career grand slam led the Cardinals Blue to victory but the Cardinals Red fell to defeat.

Results from the games played Monday, September 20, 2021

Memphis – off
After finishing up their regular season by winning four of six versus Louisville (CIN), the Redbirds (57-63 regular season) have an off day before participating in the 10-game “Triple-A Final Stretch”.  This week Memphis is on the road for five games at Jacksonville.

Tuesday’s game:  at Jacksonville (69-51 regular season)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  Zack Thompson (2-9, 6.87 – regular season)  (likely)

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Yankees1 9

The DSL Cardinals Blue (18-32) built a commanding lead then held on to top the DSL Yankees1, 11-9, on the road.

Two-run innings occurred in the first, second and fourth but the biggest blow was reserved for the sixth.  Player of the Day Jose Cordoba launched a grand slam with Maycol Justo (fielding error), Luis Pino (single) and Leonardo Bernal (walk) aboard.

Jose Cordoba

The big bomb was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats and only the third home run of the 18-year-old rookie’s career.  Cordoba was later hit by a pitch in the eighth, eventually scoring via a 5-3 ground out.

The visitors were up 10-0 at the sixth’s midpoint, thanks to a balanced offensive effort.  Eight of nine starters acquired at least one of 11 team hits with seven C-Blue players either scoring or driving in a run.

Justo and Pino had two-hit efforts as did Javier Bolivar and Jose Suarez.  All but Bolivar doubled once with Justo crossing home four times in five at bats, working a base-on-balls and knocking in one.

On the base paths, three C-Blue players swiped a bag:  Cordoba (4), Bolivar (1) and Pino (1).

Starter Benjamin Arias was outstanding during his four innings of work.  The righty struck out eight, limiting his opponents to three hits and a walk.

Benjamin Arias

The bullpen, however, could not match Arias’ efforts.  Victor Herrera tossed a scoreless fifth but retired only one batter in the Yankees1’s four-run sixth.  Herrera was tagged for all four tallies on two hits, three walks, a hit batsman and three wild pitches.

Frankely Guzman recorded the sixth’s last two outs, permitting his only inherited runner to score, before being charged with three tallies the next frame.  Guzman retired five batters in all then gave way to Miguel Martinez.

Martinez faced five batters, walking two and hitting one.  Both scores charged to him touched home with Alejandro Cervantes on the mound.  Cervantes (S, 3) yielded two hits and two wild pitches in 1 1/3 innings.

Tuesday’s game:  vs DSL Yankees1 (25-25), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs DSL Brewers1 9
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-24) rallied for a tie only to drop a 9-4 decision to the DSL Brewers1 at home.

The contest was scoreless until the visitors generated a three-run fourth off C-Red starter Wilmer Ortega.  Two of the three tallies were produced by one home run, one of four hits and two base-on-balls yielded in 3 2/3 frames.  The right-hander struck out five.

Blanked by the Brewers1 starter over five innings, the home team finally broke through against the bullpen in the sixth.  Back-to-back doubles by Lizandro Espinoza and Romtres Cabrera scored Espinoza before Samil De La Rosa’s single knocked in Cabrera.

A free pass issued to Jeremy Ramos put two on with one out but De La Rosa was caught trying to steal third.  Consecutive singles by Carlos Carmona and Francis Reynoso drove in Ramos, knotting the game at 3-3.

Omar Yanez shut down the opposition on a hit with three K’s over 2 1/3 frames, stranding Ortega’s last base runner.  Darlin Saladin’s (L, 6-1) two-inning stint was not a successful one with six runs allowed, five earned, on six hits, a hit batsman and two wild pitches.  Bruno Lopez worked around a hit and plunked batter for a clean ninth.

The C-Red’s final run came in the home half of the eighth.  Felix Taveras led off with a base-on-balls, advancing to third via a single by De La Rosa.  Reynoso’s two-out liner up the middle brought Taveras across home plate.  De La Rosa and Reynoso were the only players with more than one of nine team hits.

Samil De La Rosa

Defensively, the DSL Cardinals Red were charged with two errors.  Second baseman Espinoza committed a fielding bobble, his sixth overall while third baseman De La Rosa could not field one play cleanly, his seventh error.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers1 (28-22), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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