Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 22, 2021

Photo: Alec Burleson (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-3 on Tuesday and Memphis and both DSL affiliates failed to win. Our Player of the Day is Memphis left fielder Alec Burleson, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and two RBI. Hancel Rincon also made a strong start for DSL Blue.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Memphis 3 at Jacksonville 5
The Jumbo Shrimp’s big third-inning resulted in a 5-3 loss by Memphis (57-64)  in the series’ opener.

Starter Zack Thompson (L, 2-10) did not finish that frame, allowing four runs on two hits, three walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings.  Jesus Cruz issued a free pass before retiring his only batter and stranding his only inherited runner.

Tommy Parsons tossed two innings, surrendering a solo shot that was one of three hits given up along with three strikeouts.  Connor Jones pitched a one-two-three sixth.

Tuesday featured the Triple-A debut of right-handers Johan Quezada and Jake Walsh who were both successful.  Each hurler tossed a clean frame, Quezada issuing a free pass and Walsh plunking a batter and striking out the side.

Memphis outhit Jacksonville, nine to five, but went 1-for-5 with runners In scoring position and left eight on base.  Alec Burleson accounted for most of the results.  The left fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run giving his team a brief 2-0 lead after two.

Alec Burleson

Conner Capel was aboard after hitting the first of his two singles in four at bats when Burleson went deep.  The center fielder touched home twice.

Third baseman Brendan Donovan and catcher Ali Sanchez had two hits each, in five and four at bats, respectively.

Wednesday’s game:  at Jacksonville (70-51)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  Johan Oviedo (1-6, 6.27)

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs DSL Yankees1 9
Seven late tallies transformed a victory into a 9-4 loss by the DSL Cardinals Blue (18-33) to the DSL Yankees1 (26-25).

The C-Blue were up 4-2 heading into the eighth before three relievers yielded seven scores in all.  Alexander Beltre (L, 2-2) allowed a sixth-inning run then three more on four hits and three base-on-balls.  Oliver Lopez (BS, 2) did not retire any of his three batters faced, permitting three tallies on a hit and two walks.

Uriel Curvelo finally recorded the eighth’s last out but not before giving up a run on a hit and walk.  Both Lopez and Curvelo let two inherited runners score.  Juan Salas faced the minimum in the ninth.

All four hurlers pitched in relief of Hancel Rincon who shut down the Yankees1 on three hits and two base-on-balls over five innings.  The righty fanned seven.  Randel Clemente was charged with a run on a hit and free pass issued in his inning on the bump.

Hancel Rincon

The only C-Blue player with more than one of six team hits was designated hitter Anyelo Encarnacion who singled twice in four at bats.  The most production, however, came from right fielder Keshawn Rombley.  His bases-clearing double secored Adari Grant (single), Maycol Justo (walk) and Fernando Diaz (catcher’s interference) as part of his team’s four-run sixth.

Wednesday’s game:    Off

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Brewers1 7
The DSL Cardinals Red (24-25) could not hold an early lead, falling to the DSL Brewers1, 7-6, at home.

The C-Red took a healthy 5-0 lead after one, the advantage holding until C-Red pitchers permitted seven runs over the fourth and fifth.  Starter Diorys Guerrero allowed three tallies on five hits and two walks over four innings, all of the scores occurring in his last inning of work.

The first of four C-Red relievers to pitch an inning was Roberto Bautista (L, 0-2) who was tagged for four tallies, two earned, on a hit and two walks.  Americo Lugo, Samuel Fabian and Augusto Calderon were all unscored upon.

The sole C-Red player with a multi-hit performance was third baseman Lizandro Espinoza who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  But it was a grand slam by first baseman Francis Reynoso that did the most damage, scoring Samil De La Rosa (double), Carlos Carmona (single) and Romtres Cabrera (walk).

Francis Reynoso

Wednesday’s game:    Off

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