Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 28, 2021

Only the DSL affiliates were in action on Monday, and both of them won in tight contests. Our Player of the Day is DSL Blue starter Benjamin Arias. The 19-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits and a walk and striking out eight. Francis Reynoso also had a notable performance with a walk-off home run for DSL Red.

Results from the games played Monday, September 27, 2021

Memphis – off

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Angels 2
The DSL Cardinals Blue (20-35) led wire-to-wire in their 4-2 road win over the DSL Angels.

The visitors got on the scoreboard in the fourth without the benefit of a hit.  Shortstop Adari Grant led off with a base-on-balls then moved up a base after right fielder Christian Avendano was hit by a pitch.  Consecutive wild pitches scored Grant but a 4-5 double play succeeded by a ground out eliminated further production.

The score remained 1-0 until the seventh when second baseman Anyelo Encarnacion lined a single to center with two away, driving in designated hitter Jose Suarez (walk) and third baseman Yancel Guerrero (hit-by-pitch).  Centerfielder Luis Pino launched his sixth bomb in the next frame.  Pino’s blast was the team’s third and final hit overall.

The opportunistic offense supported yet another stellar outing by starter Benjamin Arias (W, 3-3).  The 19-year-old righty shut down the Angels on three hits and a walk over five innings with 8 K’s.  Arias has not been scored upon in four September starts, encompassing 18 innings with 11 hits and two base-on-balls allowed while striking out 26.

Benjamin Arias

Four C-Blue relievers each tossed an inning, beginning with Randel Clemente who faced the minimum despite hitting a batter.  (A caught stealing wiped out that base runner.)

Antoni Cuello permitted two runs on two hits, a hit batsman, and a run-scoring sac bunt before giving way to Miguel Martinez.  Martinez walked one with two strikeouts in his inning of work and Juan Peralta worked around a fielding error by Guerrero for his second save.

Guerrero’s fourth bobble of 2021 was one of two miscues for the Cardinals Blue.  Encarnacion was charged with a missed catch error, his 10th overall.

Tuesday’s game:  vs DSL Angels (28-26), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT,  Hancel Rincon (0-1, 1.37)

DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs DSL Mets2 3
The DSL Cardinals Red (26-27) rallied in the ninth to walk off with a 5-3 victory over the DSL Mets2.

All five Red scores occurred that frame after the home team had been shut down on three hits and two walks over the initial eight stanzas.  The first four batters reached, all without generating a hit.

A fresh Mets2 reliever issued free passes to both second baseman Lizandro Espinosa and left fielder Romtres Cabrera then hit third baseman Samil De La Rosa which led to a pitching change.  The new reliever fared no better, plunking designated hitter Felix Taveras and driving Espinosa across home plate, making the score 3-1.

Things were looking grim for the C-Red after right fielder Jeremy Ramos lined out to first, resulting into an unassisted double play, erasing Taveras.  But back-to-back wild pitches scored Cabrera and De La Rosa, the latter tally knotting the game at 3-3.

Next up in the batter’s box was centerfielder Carlos Carmona who worked a base-on-balls, bringing first baseman Francis Reynoso to the plate.  Reynoso ended the contest with one swing of his bat, his second home run of 2021 landing over the left field wall.

Francis Reynoso

Espinosa and Cabrera were the sole Cardinals Red players to reach base twice.  Espinosa went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored whereas Cabrera was issued two free passes, touching home once.

Reliever Bruno Lopez (W, 5-1) was the beneficiary of his team’s ninth-inning rally.  The right-hander retired six batters, permitting a run on three hits but did not walk a batter.

Lopez pitched in relief of Wilmer Ortega who tossed the first four frames.  The Venezuelan yielded single tallies in the second and third innings, one of them via a long ball.  Ortega gave up three hits in all,  issued two free passes, and hit a batter.

Engels Martinez bridged the gap between Ortega and Lopez.  The 19-year-old blanked his opponents on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Defensively, Ortega was charged with his fourth error on a pickoff attempt, but Martinez was successful with his pickoff at first.  Ramos was credited with an outfield assist at third base.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Mets2 (23-29), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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