Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 25, 2021

Photo: Justin Williams (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Friday.  The Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Justin Williams, who was 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Memphis loss to Jacksonville.

Results from games played Friday, Sept 24.

Memphis 2 at Jacksonville 3

The Redbirds were edged by the Jumbo Shrimp in the fourth game of the five games series against Jacksonville on Friday night.  Starter T.J. Zeuch pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, fanned six and walked three.  Andre Pallante relived Zeuch and surrendered one run in the seventh.  Jake Walsh yielded the winning two runs in the eighth and was tagged with the loss and a blown save.

Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Nick Plummer.  Justin Williams hit a solo home run in the seventh to increase the lead to 2-0.

Jacksonville scored one run in the home half of the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1.  In the eighth the Jumbo Shrimp took a 3-2 lead.  The Redbirds were unable to come back in the ninth.

Memphis scored two runs on six hits. Williams was 3-for-4 with an RBI on the night.  Plummer was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Justin Williams

On the base paths, Plummer, and Brendan Donovan were both caught stealing.

Memphis is 0-4 in the first series of the Final Stretch and is in last place in the Triple-A East.

Saturday’s game:  at Jacksonville, Matthew Liberatore LHP (7-9, 4.33) vs. Braxton Garrett LHP (5-2, 3.87) 5:35 CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 1 at DSL Nationals 2

The Cardinals Blue (19-34) were topped by the Nationals in a one-run loss on Friday morning.  Blue took the early 1-0 lead but could not add on.

Blue scored their only run in the second inning.  Fernando Diaz was hit by a pitch to begin the inning.  Yancel Guerrero drew a walk and Christian Avendano was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Bryan Encarnacion walked, and Diaz scored.

The Nationals tied the game in the fourth and went ahead 2-1 in the eighth to earn the win.

Avendano was 2-for-3 in the game.  Encarnacion had the only RBI.

Christian Avendano

Blue starter Ronny Oliver pitched three scoreless innings, allowed no hits, struck out four and walked one.  Carlos De La Cruz surrendered one run in the fourth.  Miguel Martinez followed with two scoreless innings.  Victor Herrera yielded the winning run in the eighth and took the loss, his sixth of the season.

On the base paths, Encarnacion stole his third base of the season. Avendano was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Guerrero made a throwing error.  Encarnacion and Diaz each had a fielding miscue.  Oliver made an error on a pickoff.

Saturday’s game:  at Cardinals Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 1, DSL Giants Black 2 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red (24-27) lost a one-run contest with the Giants Black on Friday morning.  The Giants took the early 2-0 lead and Red could only score one run in the seven-inning game.

Starter Brayan Ramirez pitched four innings and gave up two unearned runs on six hits, struck out three, and walked one.  Eduar Pimentel relieved Ramirez and tossed a scoreless fifth.  Darlin Saladin threw the final two scoreless innings.  Ramirez took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Darlin Saladin

The Giants went up 2-0 in the first inning. Red was held scoreless until sixth when the offense scratched out one run.  Carlos Carmona led off with single.  Marcelo Perez reached on an error and Carmona advanced to third.  Maikel Hernandez followed with a sac fly to score Carmona.

The Red offense only had two hits in the contest, the single by Carmona, and a single by Alejandro Loaiza.

On the base paths, Loaiza was caught stealing for the first time.  In the field, Lizandro Espinoza made a throwing error and Elias Reynoso had a fielding miscue.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cardinals Blue, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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