Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 7, 2021

photo: Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals rookie level clubs went 0-3 on Labor Day. The Cardinal Nation Player of the Day, 19-year-old right-hander Benjamin Arias, tossed four scoreless innings for DSL Blue with just three baserunners and five strikeouts.

Results from games played Monday, September 6th.

Memphis – off

After going 3-3 at second-place Gwinnett (ATL), fifth-place Memphis (51-57) heads to fourth-place Nashville for the second week of a two-week road trip.

Tuesday’s game:   at Nashville (56-52) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Matthew Liberatore (6-8, 4.53)

Springfield – off

Just off a two-week road excursion in which they won five and lost seven at Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa, Springfield (40-68) hosts Arkansas for their last home stand of 2021.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (59-49) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (MLB rehab)

Peoria – off

Peoria (40-68) may find it difficult to improve on their 1-5 performance last week at West Michigan (DET).  Week two of their road trip, the final road series of season, has the Chiefs venturing to first-place Quad Cities.

Tuesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (70-36) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Mac Lardner (0-5, 6.49)

Palm Beach – off

Like Peoria, Palm Beach (33-72) begins its last road series of the season.  The Beach Birds will play at Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Tuesday’s games:   at Fort Myers (52-52) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT, Edgar Manzo (5-4, 4.87)

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Nationals 11

On Monday, the FCL Cardinals (22-23) were handed a decisive 11-4 road defeat by the FCL Nationals (23-25).

The contest got off to a good start with Enrique Saldana keeping the opposition at bay on a hit and base-on-balls through three innings. The righty turned over a 4-0 lead midway through four.

But subsequent Florida Birds hurlers gave up crooked numbers in four of the contest’s last five innings though none were the result of home runs.  Thomas Hart went 2/3 of a frame, permitting four runs on two hits and two free passes issued.

Three of Hart’s four baserunners touched home on Victor Villanueva’s watch.  Villanueva (L, 2-2) (BS, 2) gave up six hits in 1 1/3 innings, resulting in two tallies of his own.

Springfield rehabber Johan Quezada was touched for two sixth-inning scores on two hits and a base-on-balls but the Nationals were not done scoring.  Tyler Statler was charged with three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks with five outs recorded.  Ben Baird retired the eighth’s last batter but not before allowing one of three inherited runners to score when he plunked a man with the bases loaded.

Luis Montaño

The FCL Cardinals’ six hits were spread among four players.  Shortstop Jeremy Rivas and designated hitter Luis Montano each singled and doubled, Rivas in four and Montano in three at bats.  Rivas knocked in a run and Montano added a walk, run scored and two RBI.  Third baseman Ramon Mendoza and first baseman Jesus Orecchia each singled with no further results generated.

Defensively, the team was charged with three fielding bobbles:  one by right fielder Joshua Baez (his first), by center fielder Adanson Cruz (his second) and by second baseman Brandon Hernandez (his ninth).

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 vs. DSL Mets1 5

The struggling DSL Cardinals Blue (12-27) could not stem a late rally, falling to the DSL Mets1, 5-4, at home. The last-place Blue have dropped six straight and 19 of their last 21.

The home team led 4-1 through six but a four-run seventh changed that into a defeat.  Victor Herrera and Miguel Martinez combined to yield the four tallies, as both pitchers were tagged with two runs on two hits and a walk.  Herrera recorded two outs and Martinez one (along with three wild pitches thrown).

Our Player of the Day is starter Benjamin Arias who shut down his opponents during his four-inning stint.  Arias struck out five, allowing three hits and did not issue a free pass, while lowering his season ERA to 2.68 over nine starts.

Benjamin Arias

Juan Salas extended the shutout bid with a one-two-three fifth but Antoni Cuello could not work around one of his squad’s two miscues the next frame.  Cuello was touched for an unearned run on two singles and a throwing error by third baseman Javier Bolivar.

Alejandro Cervantes retired six batters, navigating around a hit and two free passes issued.

The C-Blue banged out 11 hits, led by first baseman Fernando Diaz, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Second baseman Adari Grant and shortstop Maycol Justo had two hits apiece in four at bats, with Grant working a base-on-balls with a run scored and Justo notching his ninth RBI.  Eight of nine starters garnered either a hit or run scored.

Tuesday’s game:  at DSL Mets1 (18-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Cubs Red 7

Porous pitching by the DSL Cardinals Red (17-19) led to their 7-5 road loss to the Cubs Red.

Three hurlers allowed the Cubs Red to score in five of the first six innings, beginning with starter Wilmer Ortega (L, 0-3).  Ortega permitted five tallies, three earned, on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman in three frames.

Darlin Saladin and Engels Martinez posted identical lines, yielding a run on two hits, Saladin in two and Martinez in one inning.  Fraimin Marte and Omar Yanez both tossed a clean frame, with Marte giving up a hit and Yanez walking one.

Felix Taveras

Left fielder Felix Taveras and designated hitter Raul Guzman each claimed two of their team’s eight hits.  Both of Taveras’ hits went for extra bases, a triple and solo shot, generating a run scored and two driven in over four at bats.  Guzman went 2-for-3 with a walk, triple, run scored and RBI.

Third baseman Samil De La Rosa and catcher Alejandro Loaiza each committed a miscue. De La Rosa’s was fielding and Loaiza’s throwing.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs Red (17-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA

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