Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 24, 2021

Photo: Connor Thomas (Memphis Redbirds)

The DSL Cardinals Blue claimed the system’s sole victory in three Thursday games.  Connor Thomas’ notable start could not prevent Memphis’ walk-off loss while the Cardinals Red extended their losing streak to five.

Results from the games played Thursday, September 23, 2021

Memphis 6 at Jacksonville 7
The bullpen’s ninth-inning meltdown turned a four-run lead into a 7-6 walk-off loss.  Memphis (57-66) has dropped the first three road contests at Jacksonville.

The Redbirds held a seemingly healthy 6-2 advantage with three outs to go.  Connor Jones (L, 5-6) was tasked with sealing the victory but did not record an out.  The righty yielded five runs on two doubles, two singles and a lead-off walk.

His final two base runners touched home plate under Johan Quezada’s watch.  Quezada (BS, 1) notched an out via a sac fly tying the game at 6-6 then permitted a double scoring the walk-off tally from first.

The performance spoiled an impressive start by Player of the Day Connor Thomas.  The lefty struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings, the only blemish being a two-run fourth.  One of the two scores was unearned due to a passed ball by catcher Dennis Ortega.  Thomas yielded four walks and six hits, one of them a solo shot.

Connor Thomas

Jesus Cruz issued a free pass in 2/3 of an inning, stranding an inherited runner.  Angel Rondon struck out the side in the eighth.

The Redbirds scored five runs in the eighth inning after singles from Dennis Ortega and Alec Burleson and a walk by Brendan Donovan loaded the bases. Nolan Gorman hit a sacrifice fly, Juan Yepez reached on an error, and Justin Williams hit a grand slam.

An insurance run in the top of the ninth on a pinch-hit, RBI single by Rayder Ascanio was not enough to ensure the victory.

Friday’s game:  at Jacksonville (72-51)(MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT,  T J Zeuch (4-3, 4.68)

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 vs DSL Nationals 2
Three-hit performances by Maycol Justo and Jose Cordoba led the DSL Cardinals Blue (19-33) over the DSL Nationals, 6-2, at home.

The shortstop and left fielder accounted for five of six tallies, with shortstop Justo touching home twice in five at-bats and Cordoba once.  Both players drove in one while Cordoba’s double was the only one of 10 team hits going for extra bases.  The left fielder was also hit by a pitch.

Jose Cordoba

Second baseman Adari Grant and third baseman Bryan Encarnacion both reached base twice.  Grant singled twice in five at bats with an RBI whereas Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Starter Henry Gomez (W, 1-7) tossed five strong frames, holding the opposition to a run on three hits and a base-on-balls.

Antoni Cuello was the first of three relievers following Gomez to the mound.  The tall 18-year-old recorded two outs, yielding a score on a hit and three free passes issued.

Marlyn Almonte retired four batters, walking one and stranding the bases full of Cuello’s base runners.  Juan Peralta faced the minimum twice for his first save of 2021.

Defensively, centerfielder Luis Pino was credited with an outfield assist at second base while the team turned two double plays.  Encarnacion was charged with a throwing error, his 10th miscue overall.

Friday’s game:  @ DSL Nationals (30-22), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL Giants Black 7
Five tallies off the bullpen resulted in the DSL Cardinals Red’s 7-2 loss to the DSL Giants Black, their fifth straight defeat.

The C-Red (24-26) were tied 2-2 through five thanks to a solid effort by starter Yonael Dominguez.  The righty scattered eight hits over that span and permitted two runs.  Dominguez fanned five and did not issue a free pass.

Yonael Dominguez

The bullpen, however, was not as solid.  Angel Luna (L, 0-1) was tagged for a run on two hits in his inning on the bump, but Juan Severino fared even worse in the seventh.

The 17-year-old gave up four scores, two earned, on three hits and a walk, creating a deficit from which his teammates could not escape.  Engels Martinez tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The only player with more than one of seven team hits was Romtres Cabrera.  The centerfielder singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.

Third baseman Samil De La Rosa went 1-for-4, his single driving in Cabrera for a 1-0 lead after one.  The C-Red’s final run occurred when catcher Carlos Linarez’ liner up the middle brought designated hitter Jose Rodriguez across home after the latter reached on a fielder’s choice.  The tally knotted the game at 2-2 through four frames.

Defensively, right fielder Jeremy Ramos committed a fielding error, his fifth in all.

Friday’s game:  vs DSL Giants Black (20-25), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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