Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 26, 2021

Photo: Kramer Robertson (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 in two games on Saturday.  The two DSL teams played each other.  The Player of the Day is Memphis SS Kramer Robertson, who was 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the Memphis win over Jacksonville.

Results from games played Saturday, Sept 25.

Memphis 6 at Jacksonville 5

The Redbirds topped the Jumbo Shrimp in the final game of the five-game series in Jacksonville.  Jordan Hicks, on a rehab assignment, started the game but surrendered three runs in the first inning without recording an out.

Tommy Parsons relieved Hicks in the first and pitched a scoreless inning.  Matthew Liberatore followed Parsons and threw five innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits, fanned seven and walked one to earn his eighth win of the season.  Seth Elledge tossed a scoreless seventh.  Jesus Cruz started the eighth and yielded one run in 2/3 innings.  Austin Warner got the last out of the eighth and returned to pitch a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Jacksonville scored three in the first inning to take an early lead, then added one more in the third to make it 4-0.  Memphis got on the board with two runs in the fifth on a two-run home run by Conner Capel.  The Redbirds took the lead 6-4 on a grand slam by Kramer Robertson in the seventh.

Kramer Robertson

The Jumbo Shrimp cut the lead to 6-5 in the eighth but did not score in the ninth.  The Redbirds salvaged one win in the series to avoid the five-game sweep.

Robertson was 2-for-4 with four RBI.  Juan Yepez was 2-for-3, and Capel had two RBI.

On the base paths, Yepez was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Ali Sanchez made a throwing error.  Capel and Rayder Ascanio both had fielding miscues.

Memphis is 1-4 in the Final Stretch and is in 25th place out of 30 teams.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Cardinals Red 8

The Cardinals Blue (19-35) were defeated by the Cardinals Red (25-27) in an 8-2 contest between the sister teams on Saturday morning.

Blue scored first with one run in the fourth inning.  Leonardo Bernal led off the inning with a double, and then advanced to third on a fielding error.  Fernando Diaz singled to drive Bernal home.

Red answered in the sixth with three runs scored to take a 3-1 lead.  Marcelo Perez drew a walk to begin the inning, and Miguel Vargas followed with a walk.  Jeremy Ramos singled to load the bases.  Samil De La Rosa walked, and Perez scored.  Carlos Carmona singled to plate Vargas and Ramos.

Red added to their lead with five runs in the eighth.  Vargas singled and scored on a Ramos double.  De La Rosa singled, then Carmona doubled to plate Ramos.  Raul Guzman drew a walk and Carlos Linarez tripled to score De La Rosa and Carmona.  Red led 8-1.

Carlos Carmona

Blue added its second and final score in the ninth on an RBI triple by Javier Bolivar.

Ramos and Carmona were each 2-for-3 for Red. Carmona had three RBI.  Linarez also had three RBI.  For Blue, Diaz was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Fernando Diaz

The starting pitcher for Red was Roberto Bautista, who pitched one scoreless inning with no hits and one strikeout.  Samuel Fabian and Juan Severino each followed with a scoreless inning of relief.  Fraimin Marte surrendered one unearned run in the fourth.  Augusto Calderon threw the next two scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.  Omar Yanez tossed a scoreless seventh. Americo Lugo yielded one run in the final two innings and earned his second save.

Juan Salas started for Blue and pitched one scoreless inning with one hit allowed.  Alexander Beltre and Oliver Lopez each tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Uriel Curvelo surrendered one run in the sixth without recording an out.  Alejandro Cervantes relieved Curvelo in the sixth and yielded two runs, then returned to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Cervantes took the loss, his third, and was charged with a blown save.  Frankely Guzman gave up five runs in the eighth, and Marlyn Almonte replaced Guzman in the eighth and got the final out.

On the base paths for Red, Ramos stole his 13th base of the season.  De La Rosa was picked off and caught stealing.  For Blue, Anyelo Encarnacion stole his fourth base of the season.

In the field for Red, Ramos made a fielding error.  For Blue, catcher Diego Velazquez picked off De La Rosa at second base.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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