Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 9, 2021

photo: Brendan Donovan (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 0-4 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is shortstop Brendan Donovan, who was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Memphis’ loss at Nashville.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 8.

Memphis 4 at Nashville 6

The Redbirds lost to the Nashville Sounds by a 6-4 score on Wednesday night at First Horizon Park.  Memphis fell behind but tied it once before Nashville surged ahead for good.

The Sounds scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead.  The Redbirds got one run back in the third on a lead off triple by Kramer Robertson and a sac fly by Nolan Gorman.  Memphis tied it 2-2 in the fourth when Conner Capel singled and scored on a single by Brendan Donovan.

Nashville quickly regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning.  The Redbirds crept back to 5-4 in the sixth on an RBI single by Donovan and the seventh on a solo home run by Gorman, his second long ball in two nights.

Nashville tacked on an insurance run in the eighth for the final two-score margin of victory.

Robertson was 2-for-5.  Gorman was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Donovan went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Brendan Donovan

Memphis starter Zack Thompson pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on four hits, fanned six and walked four.  Thompson took the loss, his eighth of the season.  Connor Jones got the final two outs of the fifth.  Jacob Bosiokovic tossed two scoreless innings of relief before Austin Warner surrendered one run in the eighth.

On the base paths, Donovan stole his second base for Memphis, but in the field, he committed two errors, one throwing and one fielding. Warner made an error on a pickoff.  Alex Burleson had a throwing miscue.

Memphis has a record of 51-59 and is in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 18.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s game:  at Nashville, Johan Oviedo RHP (1-5, 6.75) vs. Colin Rea RHP (1-2, 4.08) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 3, Arkansas 10

Plagued by a leaky defense, the Cardinals were walloped by the Arkansas Travelers in the Wednesday night game at Hammons Field.

Two players fresh off the injured list shared early mound duties but yielded seven runs in the first four innings. Starter Andre Pallante pitched two innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits and struck out two. Tyler Pike surrendered six runs, four earned in 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings and was followed by Jake Walsh, who threw a clean seventh.  Edgar Escobar yielded one unearned run in the eighth and Salvador Justo gave up two unearned runs in the ninth.  Pallante took the loss, his seventh of the season.

Down 7-0, Springfield finally got on the board in the sixth when Nick Raposo walked and later scored on a ground out by Justin Toerner.

Arkansas added a run in the top of the eighth, and the Cardinals answered with a run in the home half of the eighth on an RBI double by Luken Baker.  The Travelers put up two final runs in the ninth, while the Cardinals tacked on their third and final run in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run by Chandler Redmond.

In his second game off the injured list, left fielder Chase Pinder went 2-for-4 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Springfield’s infield defense had a very bad night as they committed six errors leading to six unearned runs.  Malcom Nunez made two throwing errors. Delvin Perez had a missed catch and a throwing error.  Moises Castillo and Nick Dunn each had a fielding miscue.

Springfield is 41-68 and stands in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 22 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, LHP Domingo Robles (3-9, 6.22) vs. Matt Brash RHP (3-1, 1.64) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 3 at Quad Cities 9

The Chiefs were defeated by the Quad Cities River Bandits in a Wednesday night contest at Modern Woodmen Park.  Peoria was never in it and a brief ninth inning rally was far too little, too late.

The River Bandits went up 2-0 in the third on a triple and a ground rule double.  Peoria scratched out a run in the fifth on a double by Thomas Francisco, walks to Zade Richardson and Matt Chamberlain, and a double play off the bat of Masyn Winn that scored Francisco.

Quad Cities increased its lead in the home half of the fifth with two runs.  The River Bandits widened the lead to 9-1 with five more in the sixth.

In the ninth, Zade Richardson hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 9-3, but the rally and game ended when Chamberlain struck out.

Zade Richardson

Winn was 3-for-4 as the only Chiefs hitter with multiple hits.  Richardson drove in two on the long ball.

Starter Connor Lunn pitched five innings and gave up four runs on four hits, fanned seven and walked two. Fabian Blanco surrendered five runs, four earned, in the sixth. Jacob Schlesener and Leonardo Taveras each threw a scoreless inning. Lunn took the loss, his eighth of the season.

On the base paths, Winn stole his 15th base and Jordan Walker snatched his 12th.  Todd Lott was picked off and caught stealing between second and third base.

Blanco made a fielding error.

Peoria has a record of 41-68 and resides in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 31 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (3-8, 3.43) vs. Charlie Neuweiler RHP (2-2, 5.63) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach at Fort Myers (suspended)

Wednesday’s game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the fourth inning with Fort Myers leading 3-2.

John Beller pitched for the Beach Birds rather than announced starter Michael McGreevy. The former was still on the mound with the bases full of Mighty Mussels when the action was stopped.

Play will resume on Thursday, September 9 two hours prior to the regularly scheduled contest.

Thursday’s games:  at Fort Myers, TBA/Levi Prater LHP (1-7, 6.11) vs. Casey Legumina RHP (3-2, 3.23) 4:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Mets 3

The Cardinals (22-24) fell to the Mets by a two-run deficit in a Wednesday morning contest in Jupiter.  Starter Jose Davila pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one.  Davila took the loss, his second of the season.  Alfredo Ruiz tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.  Alex Cornwell, Hector Soto, and Omar Sanchez each delivered a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals posted their one and only run in the second inning to take a brief 1-0 lead.  Adanson Cruz walked, and Luis Rodriguez singled to plate Cruz.  The lead didn’t last long, as the Mets answered in the third with three runs scored to go up 3-1.

Luis Rodriguez

Joshua Baez was 2-for-4. Rodriguez drove in the only run of the day for the Cardinals.

On the base paths, Jeremy Rivas was caught stealing for the fifth time this season.  In the field, Darlyn Moquete had an outfield assist at third base.  Soto picked a runner off first base.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Astros, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT.

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Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Rockies, TBA vs. TBA 9:30 am CT.

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Thursday’s game:  at DSL Tigers, TBA vs. TBA 9:30 am CT.

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