Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 8, 2021

photo: Jordan Walker (Peoria Chiefs)

Three comeback wins sparked the St. Louis Cardinals system to a 4-2 Tuesday. TCN Player of the Day Jordan Walker reached base three times, including via a home run, and plated five. Teammates Aaron Antonini and Enmanuel Solano also helped power Peoria to a win at first-place Quad Cities.

Results from the games played Tuesday, September 7th.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 9

Memphis (51-58) opened its road series at Nashville with a 9-7 defeat.

Justin Miller’s rehab got underway with a one-inning outing, The righty yielded a run on two hits and a hit batsman.  Although the Redbirds’ answer was a three-run bomb by Nolan Gorman, the 3-1 lead was short-lived.

Matthew Liberatore (L, 6-9) was stung for a six-run third frame, with only two scores earned due to left fielder Juan Yepez’ fielding error.  Liberatore allowed 10 hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter over five innings.

Seth Elledge surrendered a two-run bomb, one of two hits permitted with three outs recorded.   Ramon Santos worked around two hits and a hit batsman for a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds garnered nine hits, led by Nick Plummer who went 3-for-4 with a walk, triple and two runs scored.  The center fielder and leadoff man also swiped his third Triple-A base.

Nick Plummer

Yepez joined Gorman with a long ball, his blast coming with the bases clear.  Yepez and Gorman were two of six Memphis players with one hit.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville (57-52) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Zack Thompson (2-7, 6.61)

Springfield 5 vs. Arkansas 4 (10 innings)

Springfield (41-68) rallied for a 5-4 walk-off win over Arkansas in 10 innings at Hammons Field.

The third of Malcom Nunez’ hits in five at bats was very timely, as the third baseman drove one up the middle to lead off the 10th.  The hit scored Nick Dunn who began the frame at second base and gave his team the walkoff victory.

Malcom Nuñez

The run capped a late rally ignited with the S-Cards trailing 4-2 through seven. Consecutive singles by Luken Baker, Chandler Redmond and Nunez jammed the sacks full for Julio Rodriguez.  The catcher came through with an RBI single to left, bringing in Baker and advancing the other two runners.  Irving Lopez tied with game at four all with a sac fly to center driving in Redmond.

Julio Rodriguez

Rodriguez took part in three of five Springfield tallies, earlier launching a two-run rocket with Nunez aboard, temporarily knotting the game at 2-2 after four frames.  The S-Cards banged out 12 hits with Matt Koperniak and Redmond also having two hits apiece.

Freddy Pacheco tossed two clean innings, issuing a free pass, for his first Double-A win against no losses.

Dakota Hudson’s rehab continued with the righty extending himself to 46 pitches, 27 strikes, over the first four frames.  Hudson was charged with two runs, unearned, on four hits and two walks.

Grant Black retired seven batters, permitting two scores on four hits and three free passes issued.  Cory Thompson bridged the span between Black and Pacheco, shutting down the Travelers on a hit and two free passes.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (59-50) (SEA), 6:35 pm CT, Andre Pallante (4-6, 4.29)

Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 4

The big bats of Jordan Walker and Aaron Antonini led Peoria past Quad Cities, 6-4, at Modern Woodman Park.

Four of the Chiefs’ six scores were generated from long balls by Walker and Antonini.  Walker’s blast occurred with two aboard, comprising three of his five RBI to go with his run scored.  Antonini launched a solo shot, one of his two hits in three at bats with a walk and three runs scored.  Peoria had seven hits in all.

Jordan Walker

Aaron Antonini

The final Chiefs run was scored on a heads up play by Masyn Winn with Walker at the plate.

Mac Lardner went the initial four innings, giving up three tallies on five hits and two walks.  Two of his three scores yielded resulted from a home run.

Enmanuel Solano was perfect during his three innings on the mound, striking out four.  Sean Kealey pushed back an eighth-inning threat of his own creation, after the lefty loaded the bases on a hit and two walks.  Jack Ralston was touched for a ninth-inning run on two hits and a walk but held on for his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (70-37) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Connor Lunn (5-7, 3.99)

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 6

A five-run fifth doomed Palm Beach (33-73) to a 6-2 loss at Fort Myers.

Starter Edgar Manzo (L, 5-5) could not finish the fifth, after allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits, five walks and a balk.  Luis Ortiz let both inherited runners score that inning plus one of his own.  Ortiz recorded seven outs, six via the K and yielding that unearned run on a hit and two walks.  Andrew Marrero walked one in the eighth.

Patrick Romeri

Patrick Romeri compiled his second consecutive multi-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored.  Three Beach Birds had one hit each, including Mike Antico and L.J. Jones who both drove in a runner in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Myers (53-52) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT, Michael McGreevy (0-2, 9.82)

FCL Cardinals – off

Wednesday’s game:  FCL Cardinals (22-23) vs. FCL Mets (25-20), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Mets1 1 (8 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Blue (13-27) rallied for a 3-1 road victory over the DSL Mets1 (18-22) in an eight-frame extra-inning affair.  The win snapped a six-game losing skid and was only the third victory in the C-Blue’s last 22 games.

Down 1-0 after five, the visitors knotted the game at 1-1 without a sixth-inning hit.  Anyelo Encarnacion led off with a base-on-balls, promptly stealing second.  A wild pitch moved Encarnacion to third.  A pitching change ensued after Maycol Justo was issued a free pass but the new Mets1 hurler uncorked a wild pitch, bringing the runner in from third.

The rally was complete with two eighth-inning scores.  Luis Pino singled home Bryan Encarnacion who began at second base.  Justo scored the C-Blue’s third run via a base-on-balls, steal, Encarnacion’s single and a fielding error by the Mets1 first baseman allowing Leonardo Bernal to reach base.

There was not a lot of offense to be found, just four hits by the two teams combined.  Justo had one of his team’s three hits, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

Maycol Justo

A quartet of Cardinals Blue hurlers combined to hold the opposition to an unearned tally on one hit and three free passes issued.  Hancel Rincon pitched four strong frames, allowing a run on two walks and two hit batsmen.  The tally was unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Yancel Guerrero who had one hit in two at bats with a walk.

Alexander Beltre tossed a one-two-three fifth, handing the ball off to Randel Clemente.  Clemente (W, 1-5) fanned three over two innings, yielding a hit and walk, for his first professional victory.  Uriel Curvelo notched his first pro save with a one-two-three eighth.

Wednesday’s game: off

DSL Cardinals Red 8 vs. DSL Cubs Red 7 (11 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red (18-19) edged the DSL Cubs Red (17-22), 8-7 in 11 innings.  The C-Red were the third St. Louis team mounting a come-from-behind Tuesday win and the second to come in walk-off fashion.

The home team was up 5-2 through six but a five-run seventh flipped that lead to a 7-5 deficit.  Single scores in the eighth and ninth sent the game into extra-innings and an eventual triumph.

The Cardinals Red acquired 12 hits, with four players collecting two hits:  Samil De La Rosa, Felix Taveras, Marcelo Perez and Carlos Linarez.  De La Rosa and Taveras doubled once. The former drove in two and the latter crossed home twice.

Felix Taveras

Perez singled twice in four at bats, with a walk, run scored and RBI while Linarez singled twice in five at bats, knocking in one.

Starter Branyan Ramirez gave up five hits and a base-on-balls over 3 2/3 innings, resulting in two tallies, one earned.

Americo Lugo and Roberto Bautista were both unscored upon during their time on the mound. Lugo retired four batters, allowed a hit plus walk and left Ramirez’ last runner on base. Bautista yielded a hit and a base-on-balls, while recording three outs.

Samuel Fabian and Eduar Pimentel each pitched the seventh with less than stellar results.  Fabian (BS, 1) was tagged with five scores, three earned, on three hits and two walks.  His final two runs scored under Pimentel’s watch, as the latter secured four outs while giving up two hits and plunking a batter.

Augusto Calderon quieted the opposition during his two-inning stint, permitting a hit and base-on-balls.  Bruno Lopez (W, 3-1) retired the side in order in the 11th.

Wednesday’s game: off

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