Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 4, 2021

photo: Jacob Buchberger (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Friday.  Our Player of the Day, 2B Jacob Buchberger, went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Peoria’s win over West Michigan.  Honorable Mention goes to his teammate Jordan Walker, who was 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Springfield 2B Irving Lopez, who was 2-for-3 with a grand slam in Springfield’s victory over Tulsa.

Results from games played Friday, September 3.

Memphis at Gwinnett (suspended)

This game was suspended in the fourth inning due to a light tower outage at Coolray Field. The Redbirds are up 2-0. It will be resumed on Saturday at 3:05 CT and played to its completion.  The regularly scheduled game will be a seven-inning contest and will begin 30 minutes after the end of Game 1.

Saturday’s games:  at Gwinnett, TBD vs. TBD 3:05 CT (Game 1, completion of suspended game), Connor Thomas LHP (5-2, 3.79) vs. Jose Rodriguez RHP (4-3, 5.27) (Game 2).

Springfield 11 at Tulsa 9

The Cardinals held on to beat the Tulsa Drillers by a two-run margin in a shootout on Friday night at ONEOK Field.  Springfield scored 11 runs on 15 hits and took home the victory despite a last-minute surge by the home team.

The Cardinals scored first in the second inning.  Nick Raposo tripled and crossed home on a single by Delvin Perez.  Tulsa tied it 1-1 in the third inning.

Springfield regained the lead with one run in the fourth on a bases loaded walk by Irving Lopez and added to the lead in the fifth to make it 3-1 on a sac fly by David Vinsky.

The Drillers fought back with three runs in the home half of the fifth to go up 4-3.  The Cardinals surged ahead with an eight-run sixth inning.  Matt Koperniak singled and Ivan Herrera doubled.  Leandro Cedeno grounded out to plate Koperniak.  Malcom Nunez reached on an error but Herrera was thrown out at home.  Justin Toerner singled and Raposo was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Irving Lopez hit a grand slam to right field.  Vinsky was hit by a pitch, Delvin Perez singled, and Koperniak blasted a three-run home run to right field.  The Cardinals went ahead 11-4.

Irving Lopez

The Drillers fought back with two runs in the seventh, and three in the eighth.  The Cardinals bullpen stiffened and ended with an 11-9 win after Tulsa failed to score in the ninth.

Perez was 3-for-6 with an RBI. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Herrera was 3-for-5. Raposo was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.  Lopez was 2-for-3 with four RBI.

Cardinals starter Dalton Roach pitched four innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits, fanned eight and walked one.  Garrett Williams surrendered three runs in 1/3 innings.  Cory Thompson yielded two runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched and got the win, his first of the season.  Kevin Marnon yielded three runs in 2/3 innings, and Freddy Pacheco threw the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his third save.

In the field, Nunez made a throwing error and Vinsky had a fielding miscue.  Vinsky had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield has a record of 40-66 and is in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, LHP Kevin McGovern (1-4, 5.86) vs. TBD 7:05 CT.

Peoria 6 at West Michigan 1

The Chiefs blew past the West Michigan Whitecaps for a five-run win on Friday night at LMCU Ballpark.  Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched six scoreless innings with three hits allowed, six punch outs and one walk to earn his third win of the season.  Sean Kealey surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Enmanuel Solano threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Wilfredo Pereira

Peoria took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Jordan Walker.  In the sixth, the Chiefs added a second run.  Todd Lott doubled and scored on a ground rule double by Jacob Buchberger.

The Chiefs put up three more runs in the seventh.  Tyler Reichenborn doubled, and Walker was intentionally walked.  Pedro Pages singled, and Reichenborn scored.  Lott singled to plate Walker and Pages scored on a fielding error.

West Michigan scored their only run in the eighth.  In the ninth, Peoria added an insurance run on an RBI double by Buchberger.

Jacob Buchberger

Walker was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Buchberger was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Lott was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Reichenborn was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Masyn Winn stole his 13th base of the season.  Buchberger stole his second.  Walker and Lott were both caught stealing.  In the field, Matt Chamberlain had an outfield assist at home.

Peoria is 40-66 and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 30 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at West Michigan, Michael YaSenka RHP (1-8, 5.88) vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 12 at Dunedin 9 (13 innings)

The Cardinals grinded out a win in a 13-inning slugfest at TD Ballpark on Friday night.  Both teams fought hard to get the edge, but at the end, the Beach Birds outlasted the Blue Jays.

Palm Beach took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on two walks and a wild pitch. In third, the Cardinals put up four runs to go ahead 5-0.  Mike Antico drew a walk and Ryan Holgate doubled to plate Antico.  L.J. Jones was hit by a pitch and he and Holgate scored on a three-run home run by Carlos Soto.

Carlos Soto

Dunedin cut the lead to 5-1 in the home half of the third.  In the fifth the Jays added another.  Three innings later, in the eighth, Dunedin tied it up 5-5 with a three-run burst.

The game went into extra innings.  Thomas Francisco started the 10th on second base.  Soto walked.  Francisco and Soto advanced a base on a passed ball.  Mack Chambers grounded out and Francisco scored.

The Jays scored in the bottom of the 10th to tie it up again 6-6.  Palm Beach scored once more in the 11th on an RBI ground out by Holgate.  Dunedin tied it up again 7-7 with a run in the home 11th.

Neither team scored in the 12th.  In the 13th the Cardinals broke through with a five-run eruption.  Elijah Cabell started the inning on second base. Chambers singled, moving Cabell to third.  Franklin Soto singled and Cabell scored.  Antico walked and Chambers scored on a wild pitch.  L.J. Jones singled to plate Soto and Antico.  Jones scored on a single by Francisco.  The Beach Birds led 12-7.

The Jays rallied in the home half of the 13th, and scored two runs, not it was not enough.  The Cardinals took home the win 12-9.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched five innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits, fanned six and walked four.  Gordon Graceffo surrendered three runs, one earned in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Andre Granillo tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings and was charged with a blown save.  Andrew Marrero yielded two runs in two innings and was also tagged with a blown save.  Ryan Loutos threw the final two innings and gave up two runs, one earned.  Loutos got the win, his first of his professional career.

Leadoff man Antico singled, walked five times and scored twice. Francisco had three hits including a double, scored one and plated one. Soto homered, walked twice, scored twice and plated three. Jones and Holgate had two RBI each.

On the base paths, Antico stole his sixth base of the season.  In the field, Chambers made three throwing errors.

Palm Beach is 32-71 on the season and sits in last place in the Low-A Southeast East Division, 23 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  at Dunedin, Ludwin Jimenez (0-7, 5.32) vs. TBD 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 5, FCL Astros 1

The Cardinals (22-21) defeated the Astros 5-1 in a morning contest in Jupiter on Friday.  Austin Love pitched a scoreless first inning and was relieved by Thomas Hart, who tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Gustavo J. Rodriguez surrendered on run in two innings pitched.  Hayes Heinecke, Chris Gerard, Victor Villanueva, and Zane Mills each threw a scoreless inning.  Rodriguez was awarded the win, his second of the season with the club.

Thomas Hart

In the first inning, Joshua Baez reached on an error and scored on a single by Brady Whalen.  The Cardinals increased their lead to 3-0 in the second inning.  Albert Inoa drew a walk, advanced to second on a balk, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Baez hit a sac fly to score Inoa.  Joerlin De Los Santos walked and later scored on a sac fly by Whalen.

The Astros tallied their only run in the fifth.  In the seventh, Ramon Mendoza walked and later scored on a wild pitch.  In the eighth, Luis Montano walked and came home on a sac fly by Mendoza.

The Cardinals scored five runs on only three hits.  Whalen, Jeremy Rivas, and Hansel Otamendi singled.

On the base paths, Baez, Rivas, and De Los Santos each stole a base.  Whalen was caught stealing. In the field, Zane Mills made a throwing error and Heinecke picked a runner off first base.

Saturday’s game:  at FCL Marlins, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 1, DSL Angels 4

The Cardinals Blue (12-25) lost to the Angels with a three-run deficit in a morning contest on Friday.  The Blue offense was kept off the board until the seventh when they scratched their only run across home plate.

The seventh inning run began with back-to-back walks to Adari Grant and Luis Pino.  Two batters later Jose Cordoba hit an infield single, and Grant scored on a throwing error.

The Angels also were kept scoreless for the first six innings.  They scored two runs in the sixth and one run each in the seventh and eighth.

Blue scored one run on four hits.  Grant was 2-for-3.  Cordoba and Anyelo Encarnacion each singled.

Ronny Oliver

Starter Ronny Oliver pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out three and walked three.  Frankely Guzman tossed a scoreless fifth.  Juan Salas surrendered two runs in the sixth and took the loss, his second of the season.  Marlyn Almonte yielded an unearned run in the seventh and Antoni Cuello gave up one run the eighth.  Miguel Martinez threw a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Grant was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Grant made three throwing errors, and Oliver made an error on a pickoff.  Cordoba had an outfield assist at home.

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

DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Mets2 5

The Cardinals Red (16-18) were edged by the Mets2 by the score of 5-4 in a walk off loss on Friday morning.   Red starter Diorys Guerrero pitched four innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits, fanned four and walked two.  Engels Martinez surrendered one unearned run in two innings of relief.  Bruno Lopez yielded the winning run in the ninth and took the loss, his first of the season.

Red scored first with two runs in the first inning.  Elias Reynoso led off the game with a single to left.  Samil De La Rosa doubled to scored Reynoso. Jose Rodriguez doubled, and De La Rosa scored.  The Cardinals made it 3-0 in the top of the second on an RBI single by Reynoso.

Samil De La Rosa

The Mets answered in the home half of the second with a run to cut the lead to 3-1.  In the fourth the Mets tied it 3-3 with two runs scored in the inning.  The Mets took a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

The Cardinals added a run in the top of the ninth to knot it up 4-4.  The Mets walked it off in the bottom of the ninth to take home the victory.

Reynoso, De La Rosa and Rodriguez were each 2-for-4.  Carlos Linarez was 2-for-3.  De La Rosa drove in two.

On the base paths, Miguel Vargas stole his second base of the season. In the field, De La Rosa made a throwing error, and Reynoso had a fielding miscue.

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

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