Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 30, 2021

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-0 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are DH Juan Yepez and CF Justin Williams, each 4-for-5 in Memphis’ win. Yepez hit two doubles and a solo home run, scored three and drove in two. Williams had a double, a three-run shot and five RBI.

Results from game played Wednesday, September 29.

Memphis 12, Charlotte 1

The Redbirds walloped the Charlotte Knights in the second of a five-game set at AutoZone Park.  The series is the second and final series of the Triple-A Final Stretch.

St. Louis’ Jordan Hicks made his second rehab start following a May injury.  The hard-throwing right hander pitched an efficient scoreless inning with one hit allowed, erased on a double play and one strikeout.  Nine of his 12 pitchers went for strikes.

Regular starter Connor Thomas took over and tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, fanning four and walking just one.  Brandon Waddell surrendered Charlotte’s only run in the eighth.  Freddy Pacheco threw a scoreless ninth. Thomas received the win, his sixth of the season with the Redbirds.

Connor Thomas

The Memphis bats were hopping, scoring four runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Juan Yepez and a three-run home run by Justin Williams.  The Redbirds added four more in the third inning on a three-run home run by Conner Capel and an RBI single by Williams.

Justin Williams

Memphis added to its 8-0 lead with a solo home run from Yepez in the fourth.  Capel contributed his second long ball, a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 11-0.  Williams’ RBI double in the eighth capped the Redbirds scoring at 12.

Juan Yepez

Yepez and Williams were both 4-for-5 on the afternoon.  Yepez scored three runs and had two RBI.  Williams drove in five and scored twice.  Capel was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored.  Dennis Ortega was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Conner Capel

Memphis is 2-4 in Final Stretch action and is tied for 24th place out of 30 teams with Charlotte in the Triple-A Final Stretch, 3.5 games back of first place Durham and Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, T.J. Zeuch RHP (4-3, 4.39) vs. Kade McClure RHP (2-2, 6.09) 6:45 CT.

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Thursday’s game:  vs DSL Mets1, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.


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Thursday’s game:  at DSL Cubs Red, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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