It was a light schedule on Tuesday for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates as the two lowest clubs were the only teams in action.
Let's first look at the two games on the docket for Tuesday:
Cardinals' 2015 first round pick Nick Plummer picked up his second multi-hit game in his last three games with a 2-for-4 game and his average is getting closer to .200. International signees Bladimil Franco and Carlos Talavera had strong days at the plate with Franco collecting two hits and Talavera perfect at the plate with three hits and a walk.
On the mound, Cardinals' comp. pick Jake Woodford had a strong third outing, going three innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three. Junior Fernandez started and allowed four earned runs over three innings.
DSL Cardinals 5
DSL Nationals 7
All but two of the starting nine had a hit for the Dominican Summer League Cards with Carlos Rodriguez leading the way with two hits and a run batted in. The 18-year old Rodriguez is riding a 6 game hitting streak. During this current streak he has 11 hits, with 5 of them extra base hits.
Juan Alvarez got the start for the Cardinals and allowed three earned runs over five innings while walking three and striking out two. Edwar Ramirez took his second loss of the season while allowing two earned over two innings of relief.
With such a small schedule on Tuesday, I thought I would take a look ahead at the Wednesday schedule.
The Memphis Redbirds are also on their All-Star break. The 'Birds will only have one player active for the exhibition game as pitchers Tim Cooney and Sam Tuivailala are with the big club. Reliever Dean Kiekhefer has been named as a replacement.
The Springfield Cardinals will begin a home series with the NW Arkansas Naturals, the Royals Double-A affiliate. The Cardinals have not named a starter yet, but it looks like it could be either righty Kurt Heyer or lefty Kyle Hald.
The Palm Beach Cardinals make the cross state trip to Clearwater to take on the Phillies' High-A affiliate. Again, a starter has yet to be officially named but it looks like it could be Trey Nielsen who has not pitched since July 7th.
The Peoria Chiefs return home to face the Beloit Snappers, the A's Low-A affiliate of the Midwest League. The Chiefs will send Jhonny Polanco to the mound. Former reliever Polanco will be making his 5th start of the season and hasn't made it through 6 innings yet.
The Cardinals' New York-Penn League affiliate travels to West Virginia to take on the Pirates' short season affiliate of the NYP League. The Spikes will send Ian McKinney to the hill who will be looking for his third win of the season.
Johnson City is home to face the Greeneville Astros with 2014 2nd rounder Ronnie Williams on the mound. Williams looks to build on a strong performance last time out where he went 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one run while striking out 7.