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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 27, 2022

photo: Scott Hurst (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-1 on Monday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis center fielder Scott Hurst, had three hits, a walk, one run, an RBI and a stolen base. Other standouts include Garrett Williams and Kramer Robertson.

Results from game played Monday, September 26th.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 6 (11 innings)

Opening the final series of 2022, the Memphis Redbirds (72-76) were walked off by the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 90-57) in an extra-inning road defeat on Monday.

Starter Garrett Williams tossed five scoreless innings and struck out two batters. Zach McAllister gave up four runs, two earned, in the sixth inning.

Garrett Williams

In the third, Kramer Robertson blasted a two-run homer, his 11th of the year. Cory Spangenberg singled in Ivan Herrera to make the score 3-0. Spangenberg came across in the sixth but the Sounds answered with four runs in the home half.

Kramer Robertson

Johan Quezada pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and Freddy Pacheco fanned two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. T.J. McFarland yielded two runs, one earned, in an inning and recorded his second Triple-A loss.

In the 11th, Scott Hurst brought across a run to make the score 5-4. The Sounds scored two runs in the bottom half to win the game.

Scott Hurst

Hurst recorded three hits, a walk, an RBI and one run. Spangenberg and Roberto Baldoquin had two hits apiece. The lineup went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base.

Spangenberg and Hurst both stole a bag. The defense turned three double plays.

The Redbirds are 18.5 games behind the Sounds and are eliminated from playoff contention in the International League West. Two games remain in the 2022 season.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville, LHP Matthew Liberatore (7-8, 5.12) vs. RHP Jason Alexander (8-2, 2.72) 7:05 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 26, 2022

photo: Clint Coulter (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-1 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis left fielder Clint Coulter, was a home run short of a cycle, drove in two and recorded an outfield assist. Other standouts: Kramer Robertson and Chase Pinder.

Results from games played Sunday, September 25th.

Memphis 5, Gwinnett 6

In their final home game of 2022, the Memphis Redbirds (72-75) were edged by the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 68-77) at AutoZone Park.

Starter Connor Thomas tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on 10 hits and two walks. The left-hander fanned three and took his 12th loss of the season. James Naile recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

In the third, Chase Pinder blasted a solo homer, his first for Memphis. Nolan Gorman came across on a wild pitch in the sixth and Clint Coulter drove in a run to make the score 4-3.

Chase Pinder

Ljay Newsome surrendered two runs, one earned, in the eighth. Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.

After the Stripers scored two in the eighth, the Redbirds answered with two in the home half. Coulter doubled to score a run and Luken Baker plated one via sacrifice fly. With the Redbirds down by a run in the ninth, the Stripers closer struck out the side.

Clint Coulter

Coulter went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Kramer Robertson had the only other multi-hit game with two. The Redbirds struck out 12 times and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Coulter recorded an outfield assist and the defense turned three double plays.

The Redbirds split their home set with Gwinnett and begin their final series of 2022 on Monday at first-place Nashville (MIL, 89-57). Memphis needs to sweep the three games in Nashville to finish 2022 at .500.

The Redbirds are in fifth place, 17.5 games back of the Sounds and are eliminated from playoff consideration.

Monday’s game: at Nashville, LHP Garrett Williams (1-9, 6.13) vs RHP Victor Castaneda 7:05 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 25, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-0 on Friday. For the second day in a row, The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Memphis RF Moisés Gómez, who recorded a hit, two RBI, a stolen base, a run and an outfield assist. Other standouts include Scott Hurst and Nolan Gorman.

Results from games played Thursday, September 24th.

Memphis 7, Gwinnett 4

The Memphis Redbirds (72-74) beat the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 67-77) on Saturday at AutoZone Park.

In the bullpen game, Grant Black tossed the first four innings and surrendered two runs on three hits, a walk and one strikeout. Ryan Loutos gave up a run in two innings.

Nolan Gorman blasted a solo shot in the second, his 30th of the year between Memphis and St. Louis. Cory Spangenberg tripled to bring a run across. Scott Hurst drove in Justin Toerner in the fifth as Memphis took a 3-2 lead.

Nolan Gorman

Johan Quezada earned his first win of 2022 after a scoreless seventh inning. T.J. McFarland was charged with a run in one inning. Génesis Cabrera saved his second Triple-A game with a scoreless ninth.

With a tie game in the seventh, the Redbirds scored four runs. Gorman plated a run via sacrifice fly. Moisés Gómez singled in two and Austin Allen singled in another to increase the lead to 7-3.

Moisés Gómez

Spangenberg recorded the only multi-hit game with two. Hurst had a hit, two walks, one run and an RBI.  Gorman plated two. With seven hits and seven walks, every player in the lineup was on base at least once.

The Redbirds were running on the base paths on Saturday afternoon. Hurst, Spangenberg, Gómez and Kramer Robertson all stole a bag. Gómez recorded an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: vs. Gwinnett, LHP Connor Thomas (6-11, 5.43) vs. TBA, 2:05 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 23, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-0 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis’ Matthew Liberatore, threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Other standouts include Roberto Baldoquin and Clint Coulter.

Results from games played Thursday, September 22nd.

Memphis 6, Gwinnett 1

The Memphis Redbirds (71-73) topped the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 66-76) at AutoZone Park on Thursday.

TCN’s no. 6 prospect, Matthew Liberatore, tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. The left-hander earned his seventh win of the season.

Matthew Liberatore

In the second, Cory Spangenberg tripled to bring a run across. Austin Allen scored Roberto Baldoquin in the third to make the score 2-0. Clint Coulter walked with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Clint Coulter

T.J. McFarland recorded a scoreless seventh inning. James Naile threw an inning and surrendered a run. In the ninth, Freddy Pacheco struck out three batters with no runs.

After the Stripers scored a run in the eighth, the Redbirds responded with three in the bottom half. Delvin Pérez singled to plate two. Scott Hurst brought Pérez across to make the score 6-1.

Roberto Baldoquín

Baldoquin recorded three hits and two runs. Coulter had a hit, three walks, one RBI and two runs scored. The lineup struck out 11 times but walked six times and had nine hits.

Hurst threw a runner out at home.

Friday’s game: vs. Gwinnett, TBA vs. LHP Jared Shuster (0-2, 3.96) 7:05 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 19, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-0 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Moisés Gómez, recorded two home runs for Memphis, totaling 36 for the season. Other standouts include Juan Yepez, Domingo Robles and Jordan Walker.

Results from games played Sunday, September 18th.

Memphis 8 at Iowa 4 (completion of 9/17 contest)

The Memphis Redbirds (68-72) topped the Iowa Cubs (CHC, 64-76) in the completion of Saturday’s suspended contest.

In the bullpen game, Ryan Loutos tossed two scoreless innings and Johan Quezada pitched one. James Naile surrendered an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings on four hits and two strikeouts.

After the Cubs scored a run in the fifth, the Cardinals responded with five in the sixth. Iván Herrera tied the game with a single. Juan Yepez doubled to drive in two and Moisés Gómez blasted a two-run homer.

Moisés Gómez

Génesis Cabrera earned his first Triple-A win of the year after a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. T.J. McFarland was charged with two runs in an inning. Kodi Whitley yielded one run in two innings but still received his third save of 2022.

The Redbirds added insurance in the ninth inning. Gómez hit his 36th homer of the year and second in the game to make the score 6-3. Clint Coulter blasted a two-run shot, his seventh.

Yepez, Gómez, Austin Allen and Cory Spangenberg had two hits apiece. Gómez recorded two home runs and three RBI. The lineup went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Memphis 3 at Iowa 1 (7 innings, Game 2)

The Memphis Redbirds (69-72) beat the Iowa Cubs (CHC, 64-77) in Sunday’s regularly scheduled game at Principal Park.

Starter Tommy Parsons tossed 4 2/3 innings and surrendered a run on five hits and two walks. The right-hander fanned eight batters and brought his season total to 100.

Tommy Parsons

In the first, Herrera singled to bring Kramer Robertson across. Scott Hurst homered in the third, his 10th of 2022. Pedro Pages blasted a solo shot in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.

Zach McAllister recorded 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his fifth win of the year. Freddy Pacheco saved his fourth Triple-A game after a scoreless inning.

Hurst, Herrera and Pages had the only hits for Memphis. The lineup had four walks and went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Robertson and Delvin Pérez both stole a bag.

The Redbirds are eliminated from playoff contention in the International League West. They are in sixth place, 16.5 games behind Nashville.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Gwinnett, TBA vs. TBA 6:45 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 2

In their final game of the regular season, the Springfield Cardinals (37-32) beat the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 29-40) on Sunday evening at ONEOK Field.

In his final start of 2022, Michael McGreevy threw four innings with one run surrendered. TCN’s no. 5 prospect ended the 2022 season with a 9-5 record and 3.99 ERA between High-A and Double-A.

After the Drillers scored a run in the second inning, Jordan Walker blasted a three-run homer in the third, his 19th of the season.

Jordan Walker

Domingo Robles, who was the originally named starter, pitched the remaining five innings and was charged with one run on three hits. The left-hander earned his fifth win of the year.

Domingo Robles

In the fifth, Julio Rodriguez and Nick Dunn each brought in a run via sacrifice fly. Jacob Buchberger doubled in the seventh to plate two and make the score 7-2.

Buchberger recorded three hits and Dunn had two. Errol Robinson walked three times and Masyn Winn twice. The lineup had seven hits and 10 walks.

Robinson stole a bag. Buchberger was picked off and caught stealing twice. Walker recorded an outfield assist from right field.

The Double-A Cardinals ended the season with a 68-70 overall record. Their 37-32 mark in the second half left them six wins short of playoff qualification.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 18, 2022

photo: Masyn Winn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-1 on Saturday as rain suspended Memphis’ contest. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield shortstop Masyn Winn, recorded two hits, one walk, two runs and a stolen base. Another standout is DH Nick Dunn.

Results from games played Saturday, September 17th.

Memphis 0 at Iowa 0 (suspended in the fourth inning)

The Memphis Redbirds (67-72) and Iowa Cubs (CHC, 64-75) contest was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with no score due to rain. It will be completed on Sunday as the opener of a doubleheader.

In the bullpen game, Ryan Loutos tossed two scoreless innings and Johan Quezada pitched one. Austin Allen and Cory Spangenberg had the only hits for the Redbirds through three innings.

Sunday’s games:
at Iowa, completion of 9/17 contest 12:08 CT (Game 1)
at Iowa, RHP Tommy Parsons (11-3, 4.28) vs. RHP Anderson Espinoza (0-4, 9.18) Time TBA (Game 2)

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 7

The Springfield Cardinals (36-32) fell to the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 29-39) on Saturday night at ONEOK Field.

Starter Edgar Escobar tossed six innings and surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned three and ended 2022 with a 7-12 record.

After the Drillers scored four runs in the first, the Cardinals did not answer until the sixth inning. Nick Dunn doubled to bring Masyn Winn across. In the eighth, Jordan Walker drove in Winn via double and Dunn plated another run.

Masyn Winn

Michael YaSenka yielded three runs, two earned, in an inning. Michael Brettell recorded a scoreless inning.

Dunn and Winn had two hits apiece. Walker, Dunn and Winn doubled. The lineup went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Nick Dunn

Winn stole his 28th bag for Springfield. TCN’s no. 2 prospect has 43 between High-A and Double-A.

The Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention in the Texas League North. They play their final game of the season on Sunday.

Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, LHP Domingo Robles (4-5, 6.50) vs. TBA 6:05 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 16, 2022

photo: Gordon Graceffo (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Gordon Graceffo, recorded six scoreless innings and nine strikeouts for Springfield. Other standouts include Clint Coulter, Masyn Winn, Tink Hence and Alfredo Ruiz.

Results from games played Thursday, September 15th.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 8

The Memphis Redbirds (67-71) fell to the Iowa Cubs (CHC, 63-75) on Thursday at Principal Park.

Garret Williams tossed 2 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs on six hits and three walks. The left-hander fanned three and is 0-7 in Triple-A this season. Johan Quezada yielded a run in 1 1/3 innings.

In his continuing rehab assignment, St. Louis’ Steven Matz tossed an inning with two strikeouts. The left-hander threw eight of his nine pitches for strikes.

In the fourth, Pedro Pages drove in Iván Herrera via sacrifice fly. Juan Yepez blasted a two-run homer in the fifth, his 30th between Memphis and St. Louis. Moisés Gómez hit his 34th home run of the year (between the two levels)  in the seventh, a two-run shot.

Génesis Cabrera, Ljay Newsome and Kodi Whitley all recorded a scoreless inning. Each reliever had one strikeout.

Clint Coulter

Clint Coulter had two doubles and three of the eight Redbirds hits. Yepez and Gómez both had a two-run home run. The lineup went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position even with five extra-base hits.

The Redbirds are eliminated from playoff contention in the International League West.

Friday’s game: at Iowa, LHP Matthew Liberatore (6-7, 5.10) vs. TBA 7:08 CT

Springfield 8 at Tulsa 0

The Springfield Cardinals (35-31) blanked the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 28-38) at ONEOK Field on Thursday.

Gordon Graceffo pitched six scoreless innings with only one hit given up. The 22-year-old tied his career high with nine strikeouts and he earned his seventh Double-A win.

Gordon Graceffo

The Cardinals took the early lead with two runs in the first inning. Brady Whalen and Nick Raposo each hit an RBI single.

In the fourth, Todd Lott doubled to bring in a run and Jordan Walker plated two runs. As Walker stole second base, Masyn Winn took home to make the score 6-0.

Andre Granillo recorded a scoreless inning with three strikeouts. Gianluca Dalatri and Dalton Roach both had hitless innings.

Springfield added two more runs in the eighth. Mike Antico grounded into a double play and Irving Lopez came across. Winn doubled to score Lott.

Masyn Winn

Walker and Lott both had two hits. Winn had a hit, three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. In his Double-A return, Jacob Buchberger walked three times and had a hit. The lineup had nine hits and eight walks.

Winn stole two bags. Lott, Buchberger and Walker all took one.

In the Texas League North, the Cardinals are eliminated from playoff contention.

Friday’s game: at Tulsa, RHP Kyle Leahy (10-7, 5.33) vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 3

In Game 2 of the Florida State League East Division title series, the Palm Beach Cardinals were edged by the St. Lucie Mets at Clover Park. With losses in Games 1 and 2, the Beach Birds’ season has concluded.

TCN’s no. 7 prospect, Tink Hence, tossed four scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The 20-year-old finished the 2022 season with a 1.38 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.

Tink Hence

The Beach Birds only scoring came in the second inning off the bat of Victor Scott II. TCN’s no. 34 prospect doubled to plate two..

The Mets scored all three runs in the sixth against reliever Roy Garcia. The right-hander yielded three hits and two walks. Alfredo Ruiz recorded three perfect innings with five strikeouts.

Alfredo Ruiz

Palm Beach recorded five hits and four walks but struck out 16 times. The lineup went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Michael Curialle stole a bag and Chris Rotondo recorded an outfield assist.

The Class-A Cardinals finished the 2022 season with an overall record of 67-61 and 0-2 in the playoffs.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 12, 2022

photo: Tommy Jew (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-3 on Sunday after Palm Beach was canceled. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Peoria outfielder Tommy Jew, went 3-for-5 including a solo homer, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Other standouts include Delvin Pérez, Domingo Robles and L.J. Jones.

Results from games played Sunday, September 11th.

Memphis 2, Norfolk 9

The Memphis Redbirds (66-69) fell to the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 66-69) on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Dakota Hudson tossed 7 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out five and took his first Triple-A loss this year.

The first Redbirds run came off the bat of Scott Hurst in the third. The center fielder doubled to score Delvin Pérez. Kramer Robertson brought Pérez across in the fifth via double.

Delvin Perez

Génesis Cabrera was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings on five hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Robertson and Pérez both had two hits. Hurst and Moisés Gómez each recorded one. The lineup left six runners on base.

Pérez stole his sixth bag of the season.

Memphis went 2-4 against Norfolk this week and is one game from elimination in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Iowa, TBA vs. TBA 6:38 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 1, San Antonio 4

In the final home game of the season, the Springfield Cardinals (33-30) were defeated by the San Antonio Missions (SD, 29-34) at Hammons Field.

Starter Edgar Escobar tossed five innings and was charged with three runs on six hits, three walks and one strikeout. The 25-year-old took his 11th loss of the season.

The only Cardinals run came in the sixth inning. Chandler Redmond singled to bring Matt Koperniak across.

Domingo Robles fanned seven batters over four innings. The right-hander surrendered a solo home run.

Domingo Robles

Redmond had the only multi-hit game with two. The lineup left 10 runners on base and struck out 15 times. Justin Toerner wore the golden sombrero (four strikeouts in four at-bats).

Masyn Winn took his 24th bag in Double-A. Toerner recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals split the series 3-3 with the Missions this week. They are one game from elimination in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, RHP Michael McGreevy (6-4, 4.65) vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 11 at Quad Cities 12

The Peoria Chiefs (28-38) were walked off by the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 28-38) in the final game of the season on Sunday.

In the slugfest matinee, every Chiefs pitcher surrendered at least two runs. Starter Dionys Rodriguez was charged with six runs in only two innings. Chris Gerard gave up two runs on two hits, two walks and five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

After the River Bandits scored six runs in the first two innings, the Chiefs answered back with eight runs over the third and fourth. Luis Rodriguez hit a solo homer and Wade Stauss came across on a wild pitch. L.J. Jones and Francisco Hernandez both brought in a run to make the score 6-4.

Patrick Romeri doubled to tie the game and Ramon Mendoza made the score 7-6 with an RBI triple. In the fourth, Tommy Jew blasted a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Tommy Jew

Chris Roycroft yielded two runs over two innings on three hits and two strikeouts. Quad Cities took the lead in the seventh but the Chiefs answered again.

In the eighth, Jones hit an RBI double and Noah Mendlinger came across on a wild pitch. Tyler Reichenborn brought in Jones to take the lead 11-10.

With a one-run lead in the ninth, Levi Prater surrendered two runs and took his second loss of the season.

LJ Jones IV

The Chiefs recorded 17 hits but went 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Jew, Jones and Reichenborn all had three hits. Every starter was on base at least once. The pitching gave up 12 runs on 12 hits and six walks.

Jew took two bags and Reichenborn stole one. Jew finished 2022 with 31 and Reichenborn had 21 between Single-A and High-A.

The Chiefs went 3-3 in the final series of the season in Quad Cities. They finished with a 56-76 overall record.

Palm Beach Cardinals at Dunedin Blue Jays – Canceled

Due to inclement weather, the Palm Beach Cardinals and Dunedin Blue Jays contest was canceled. The Beach Birds finished the regular season with an overall record of 67-61. Their playoff series begins on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Tuesday’s playoff game: vs. St. Lucie, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 11, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Matthew Liberatore, tossed six scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Other standouts include Justin Toerner, Kyle Leahy and Nick Trogrilc-Iverson.

Results from games played Saturday, September 10th.

Memphis 4, Norfolk 1

The Memphis Redbirds (66-68) topped the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 65-69) on Saturday at AutoZone Park.

TCN’s no. 6 prospect, Matthew Liberatore, struck out five batters over six scoreless innings. The left-hander earned his sixth Triple-A win.

Matthew Liberatore

In the fourth, Scott Hurst opened the scoring with a solo homer, his eighth of 2022. The center fielder plated another run in the fifth. Clint Coulter blasted a two-run shot in the sixth inning to make the score 4-0.

Zach McAllister recorded two hitless innings with two strikeouts. Kodi Whitley surrendered a run in the ninth inning.

The lineup had 12 hits and three walks. Hurst, Moisés Gómez, Luken Baker and Roberto Balqouin each had two hits. The pitching held the Tides to only six hits and two walks.

The Redbirds are two games from elimination in the International League West and are 15.5 games behind Nashville.

Sunday’s game: vs. Norfolk, RHP Thomas Parsons (10-3, 4.46) vs. LHP Bruce Zimmermann (4-2, 3.64) 2:05 CT

Springfield 8, San Antonio 6

The Springfield Cardinals (33-29) beat the San Antonio Missions (SD, 28-34) at Hammons Field on Saturday night.

In his second rehab start, St. Louis lefty Steven Matz tossed an inning and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. Regular starter Kyle Leahy pitched six scoreless innings on five hits, three walks and one strikeout. The right-hander earned his 10th win of the season.

Kyle Leahy

The Cardinals scored all eight runs in the third through sixth innings. Justin Toerner hit a three-run homer in the third, his sixth of the year. Brady Whalen came across in the fourth and tripled in the fifth to score two.

In the sixth, Irvin Lopez drove in a run via sacrifice fly. Toerner added one more after he doubled to make the score 8-2.

Justin Toerner

John Beller was charged with three runs in 1 1/3 innings on one hit and two walks. Dalton Roach surrendered a run in 2/3 of an inning.

Toerner went 2-for-4 with two walks, four RBI and two runs scored. Whalen and Errol Robinson each had two hits. The lineup had eight hits and four walks.

Robinson, Lopez and Whalen all stole a bag. The defense turned three double plays.

Springfield is three games from elimination in the Texas League North. They are five games behind first-place Wichita.

Sunday’s game: vs. San Antonio, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-10, 6.83) vs. RHP Nolan Watson (4-6, 6.07) 4:35 CT

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 3

The Peoria Chiefs (28-37) edged the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 27-38) on Saturday at Modern Woodmen Park.

In his final start of 2022, Austin Love tossed four innings and was charged with three runs on seven hits, four walks and five strikeouts. TCN’s no. 30 prospect struck out 151 batters in 125 2/3 innings this season.

Osvaldo Tovalin recorded an RBI single in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Noah Mendlinger tripled in the third to score Todd Lott. Tovalin drove in Mendlinger with a single.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Nick Trogrilc-Iverson pitched the last five innings and only gave up a hit and a walk. The right-hander struck out five and earned his fourth win of the year.

After the River Bandits tied the game in the third, there was no further scoring until the eighth inning. Mack Chambers came across on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.

Mendlinger and Tovalin both had three hits. Every starter was on base at least once for the Chiefs. Even with 10 hits and six walks, Peoria struck out 16 times.

Mendlinger, Tovalin and Chambers all stole a bag.

The Chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs in the Midwest League West and play their final game of the season on Sunday.

Sunday’s game: at Quad Cities, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.21) vs. RHP Chandler Champlain (1-3, 8.69) 1:00 CT

Palm Beach 3 at Dunedin 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals (37-27) fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR, 38-25) at TD Ballpark on Saturday.

Starter Jose Davila tossed 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks. The 19-year-old took his second Single-A loss. Alfredo Ruiz recorded 2 2/3 scoreless innings and fanned four batters.

Alfredo Ruiz

In the first, Nathan Church singled to bring Chris Rotondo across. The Blue Jays answered with five runs in the next three innings. Jeremy Rivas scored Church in the fourth to make the score 5-2.

Nelfri Contreras and Matt Hickey both had scoreless innings. Roy Garcia was charged with four runs in one inning.

The Beach Birds tried to come back in the ninth and managed to have the bases loaded with two out. Thomas Francisco walked with the bases loaded but Church popped out to end the game.

Every player except Michael Curialle had a hit. The lineup struck out 14 times and left 11 runners on base.

Church recorded an outfield assist.

Palm Beach has clinched the second half title in the Florida State League East. They wrap up their final regular season series on Sunday.

Sunday’s game: at Dunedin, RHP Trent Baker (9-7, 3.14) vs. TBA 11:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 9, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-4 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Hancel Rincon, tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts for Palm Beach. Other standouts include Logan Gragg, Aaron Antonini and Levi Prater.

Results from games played Thursday, September 8th.

Memphis 2, Norfolk 7 (7 innings, completion of 9/7 Game 2)

The Memphis Redbirds (65-66) fell to the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 63-68) on Thursday night at AutoZone Park. This was the resumption of the second game Wednesday night suspended in the bottom of the first inning.

In a bullpen game, Garrett Williams and Johan Quezada each tossed one inning. Williams recorded a scoreless frame and Quezada took his first loss of the season after two runs were surrendered. Freddy Pacheco was charged with an unearned run in two innings.

The first Redbirds run came in the second inning. Cory Spangenberg singled to score Iván Herrera. Pedro Pages plated Scott Hurst in the sixth via single.

Génesis Cabrera pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three batters. Ryan Loutos gave up four runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning. T.J. McFarland recorded the last out in the seventh.

Evan Mendoza recorded the only multi-hit performance with two. The Redbirds had seven hits, all singles, two walks and went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Herrera stole his fifth bag of the year.

Memphis 0, Norfolk 5 (7 innings, Game 2)

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Memphis Redbirds (65-67) were blanked by the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 64-68) at AutoZone Park.

Connor Thomas pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits and two walks. The left-hander took his ninth loss of 2022. Kodi Whitley fanned three but surrendered a solo homer in 1 2/3 innings.

Juan Yepez, Moisés Gómez and Clint Coulter (double) had the only Redbirds hits. The lineup went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

Kramer Robertson and Coulter both committed an error. Yepez threw a runner out at home.

Memphis is four games from elimination in the International League West. They are 15.5 games behind Nashville.

Friday’s game: vs. Norfolk, TBA vs LHP Alexander Wells 7:05 CT

Springfield 6, San Antonio 3

The Springfield Cardinals (31-29) topped the San Antonio Missions (SD, 28-32) at Hammons Field on Thursday night.

Starter Logan Gragg tossed six innings and yielded an unearned run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Logan Gragg

In the second inning, Aaron Antonini grounded out and Brady Whalen came across. Jordan Walker plated Mike Antico on a single and Whalen scored Walker on a groundout to make the score 3-1 in the third.

Michael Brettell gave up two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach won his sixth game of the season after a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

After the Missions tied the game in the eighth, the Cardinals took the lead in the home half as Errol Robinson drove in Whalen. Antonini added some insurance with a two-run homer, his first for Springfield.

Aaron Antonini

Every player in the lineup was on base at least once. Antonini drove in three and Whalen went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. There could have been more scoring, but the lineup went just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Antico, Walker and Robinson all stole a bag. Antico has 61 stolen bases between Peoria and Springfield. Robinson had a rough defensive night with three errors.

The Cardinals are five games behind Wichita and five games from elimination in the Texas League North.

Friday’s game: vs. San Antonio, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-4, 4.52) vs. RHP Thomas Eshelman (3-4, 4.68) 6:35 CT

Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 6

The Peoria Chiefs (26-37) were defeated by the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 27-36) at Modern Woodmen Park on Thursday.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira tossed 5 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out four and took his eighth loss of the season.

The only Chiefs runs came at the end. In the eighth, Noah Mendlinger grounded out and Todd Lott came across. Patrick Romeri doubled in the ninth to score Mack Chambers.

Levi Prater

Levi Prater recorded a scoreless 2 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts.

L.J. Jones had two hits. Lott, Romeri and Wade Stauss each had one hit. The lineup went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Jacob Buchberger took two bags. Lott and Chambers both stole one.

The Chiefs are eliminated from playoff contention and sit in last place in the Midwest League West.

Friday’s game: at Quad Cities, RHP Zane Mills (4-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Rylan Kaufman (1-7, 5.30) 6:30 CT

Palm Beach 3 at Dunedin 4 (10 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (36-26) fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR, 37-24) in extra innings at TD Ballpark on Thursday.

Starter Hancel Rincon tossed six scoreless innings on three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Alfredo Ruiz surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Hancel Rincon

R.J. Yeager plated the first run of the game on a single in the first. Elijah Cabell blasted a solo homer in the seventh, his eighth of the season. Cabell scored the go-ahead run in the ninth via sacrifice fly but the Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half.

In 1 1/3 innings, Andrew Marrero yielded an unearned run on three hits and two walks. Bryan Pope took his fourth loss of 2022 after he gave up an unearned run in the 10th inning.

The Beach Birds could not advance the runner at second in the 10th inning. The Blue Jays walked off Palm Beach in the home half.

Victor Scott II and Jeremy Rivas each had two hits. The lineup went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

Nathan Church recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals have clinched first place in the Florida State League East.

Friday’s game: at Dunedin, LHP Alex Cornwell (4-3, 5.54) vs. TBA 5:30 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 5, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, catcher Julio Rodriguez, drove in the walk off run for Springfield. Other standouts include Alec Burleson, Dalton Roach, Austin Love and Brody Moore.

Results from games played Sunday, September 4th.

Memphis 4 at Nashville 12

The Memphis Redbirds (64-64) fell to the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 79-49) on Sunday at First Horizon Park.

In the first, the Redbirds plated two as Alec Burleson and Moisés Gómez each doubled to score a run. The Sounds answered with two runs in the home half. Clint Coulter drove in a run in the fourth.

Matthew Liberatore surrendered seven runs on five hits and three walks in only 4 2/3 innings. TCN’s no. 4 prospect fanned three batters and took his seventh loss of the year. Grant Black was charged with four runs, three earned, on two hits and four walks in just 2/3 of an inning.

Burleson plated another run in the ninth inning with a single. TCN’s no. 8 prospect has driven in 86 runs this season, tops in the International League.

Alec Burleson

Junior Fernández struck out three in a scoreless 1 2/3 innings. Kodi Whitley yielded a solo homer in one inning.

Burleson went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and one run scored. Gómez also had two hits. The lineup went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Memphis went 1-5 against first-place Nashville this week. They are a distant 15 games out of first place in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Norfolk, TBA vs. TBA 6:45 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 4, Wichita 3 (10 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (30-27) walked off the Wichita Wind Surge (MIN, 35-22) in the 10th inning on Sunday.

Starter Edgar Escobar tossed five innings and gave up three runs. The right-hander yielded five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Michael YaSenka recorded a scoreless 1 2/3 frames. John Beller secured the final out.

After the Wind Surge blasted a three-run homer in the third, the Cardinals tied the game in the sixth. Brady Whalen doubled to bring Matt Koperniak across. Julio Rodriguez drove in Whalen via double and Errol Robinson tied the game with a single.

Julio Rodriguez

Dalton Roach pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts. The 26-year-old earned his fifth win of 2022.

Dalton Roach

As the contest went into extra innings, Whalen was placed on second and Rodriguez singled to drive him in and win the game.

Rodriguez had two hits, a walk, two RBI and a run scored. Mike Antico had two hits and Nick Dunn walked three times. The lineup had eight hits and seven walks.

Antico, Robinson and Irving Lopez all stole a bag. Antico has 59 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A this year.

The Cardinals split the series 3-3 with the Wind Surge. In the battle for first place in the Texas League North, Springfield is five games behind Wichita.

Tuesday’s game: vs. San Antonio, RHP Steven Matz (MLB Rehab) vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 3

In their final home game of the season, the Peoria Chiefs (25-35) edged the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 29-31) on Sunday night.

Starter Austin Love threw a solid 5 2/3 innings with one run given up on three hits and two walks. TCN’s no. 31 prospect fanned nine batters.

Austin Love

The Chiefs tied the game in the fourth as Osvaldo Tovalin singled to plate Jacob Buchberger. In the seventh, Tyler Reichenborn and Noah Mendlinger came across on an error. Tommy Jew doubled to make the score 4-1.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings on three hits and a walk. The right-hander struck out six and earned his third win of 2022.

Buchberger and Reichenborn had two hits each. The lineup left four runners on base and the pitching fanned 15 batters.

Todd Lott took his sixth bag of the season.

The Chiefs went 2-4 against the Timber Rattlers this week. They are tied with the Quad Cities River Bandits for last place in the Midwest League West. At 12 games out, Peoria has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Tuesday’s game: at Quad Cities, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.16) vs. TBA 6:30 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 4, Daytona 10

The Palm Beach Cardinals (34-25) lost to the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 21-37) in the final regular season home game of the year at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jose Davila threw 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs, four earned, on six hits and two strikeouts. The 19-year-old took his first Single-A loss. Alfredo Ruiz gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings and Yonael Dominguez yielded three runs, one earned, in 2/3 of an inning.

After the Tortugas scored two runs in the first, the Beach Birds answered with two in the bottom half. Joshua Baez and Brody Moore each singled to drive in a run. Moore added another run in the fifth and one more in the seventh, but the Beach Birds were down 9-4.

Brody Moore

Nelfri Contreras recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Ian Bedell surrendered a run in the eighth inning and Tanner Jacobson pitched a scoreless ninth.

Moore went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Elijah Cabell walked three times. The Cardinals went 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.

Victor Scott II stole his 12th bag of the season. Moore committed three errors at shortstop.

Palm Beach went 4-2 against Daytona this week. They are in first place by three games in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: at Dunedin, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 4, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Palm Beach catcher Jimmy Crooks, was a double away from the cycle and drove in four. Other standouts include Mike Antico, Kyle Leahy and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Saturday, September 3rd.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 4

The Memphis Redbirds (64-63) fell to the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 78-49) on Saturday at First Horizon Park.

Connor Thomas tossed four innings and was charged with three runs on eight hits and three walks. The left-hander fanned two and took his eighth loss of the season. Johan Quezada recorded a scoreless fifth and T.J. McFarland surrendered a run in the sixth.

Alec Burleson doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Juan Yepez grounded out to score Burleson. The Redbirds could not bring any more across after the fourth.

Freddy Pacheco struck out two batters in a scoreless inning and Ryan Loutos had a scoreless frame.

The lineup had seven hits and no walks. Burleson had the only multi-hit night with two. Memphis went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: at Nashville, LHP Matthew Liberatore (5-6, 5.01) vs. Caleb Boushley (11-2, 3.55) 2:05 CT

Springfield 8, Wichita 2

The Springfield Cardinals (29-27) topped the Wichita Wind Surge (MIN, 35-21) at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Starter Kyle Leahy tossed six scoreless innings and struck out five batters. The right-hander earned his ninth win of the season.

Kyle Leahy

Mike Antico blasted a solo home run in the first inning, his seventh in Double-A. Irving Lopez came across on an error in the third and Errol Robinson scored in the fifth. The Cardinals led 3-0 until the seventh inning.

Tyler Pike surrendered two runs on four hits in three innings. The 28-year-old fanned three and saved his third game of 2022.

The Cardinals brought across five runs over the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Masyn Winn plated one and Jordan Walker doubled to bring Winn home. Robinson singled to score Nick Raposo and Antico drove in two runs in the eighth.

Mike Antico

Antico had two hits, one run and three RBI. Robinson and Lopez each had two hits and two runs scored. Every player was on base at least once except Julio Rodriguez.

Matt Koperniak and Lopez both took a bag.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wichita, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-10, 6.90) vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Peoria Chiefs (24-35) fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 29-30) at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

Starter Zane Mills tossed five scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Chris Roycroft yielded a run in 1 2/3 innings on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

Zane Mills

The Timber Rattlers had a perfect game through 7 1/3 innings until Aaron McKeithan singled. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Francisco Hernandez grounded out and McKeithan came across. That was it for the Chiefs offense.

Leonardo Taveras was charged with three runs on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in two innings. Andre Granillo recorded the last out in the ninth.

McKeithan and Patrick Romeri had the only hits for the Chiefs. The lineup went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Tommy Jew threw a runner out at third and recorded an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Austin Love (7-12, 5.90) vs. Stiven Cruz (1-1, 0.56) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 7, Daytona 11

The Palm Beach Cardinals’ (34-24) seven-game winning streak ended as they were defeated by the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 20-37) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Alex Cornwell was charged with seven runs in only 1 2/3 innings. Bryan Pope recorded a scoreless 3 1/3 innings.

In the first, Jimmy Crooks III blasted a solo shot, the second of his professional career. The Tortugas responded with seven runs in the second inning. The Beach Birds brought the score to 7-4 in the home half. Nathan Church and Crooks both drove in a run. Michael Curialle came across on an error. Crooks tripled in two more in the fourth to tie the score at 7-7.

Jimmy Crooks

The Cardinals pen faltered in the eighth as Roy Garcia was charged with two runs in 2 1/3 innings and took his sixth loss of the season. Matt Hickey yielded two runs in only 2/3 of an inning and Ljay Newsome had a scoreless ninth in his continuing rehab assignment from Memphis.

Crooks went 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer, two runs and four RBI. Church had two hits, a walk, one run and an RBI. The lineup went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: vs. Daytona, RHP Jose Davila (1-0, 1.86) vs. Hunter Parks (3-6, 4.72) 11:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 2, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are Peoria’s Mack Chambers and Tyler Reichenborn, with a combined six hits, five RBI and six runs scored. Other standouts include Jordan Walker, Elijah Cabell and Trent Baker.

Results from games played Thursday, September 1st.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds (64-61) were walked off by the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 76-49) on Thursday night at First Horizon Park.

In a bullpen game, Grant Black started and gave up four runs on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts in three innings. Johan Quezada tossed two scoreless frames.

The Redbirds answered with three runs in the fourth. Conner Capel walked with the bases loaded and Moisés Gómez doubled to drive in two and bring the score to 4-3.

Moisés Gómez

Freddy Pacheco pitched a scoreless inning and Kodi Whitley recorded 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Junior Fernández surrendered two runs in the ninth inning and lost his third game of the year.

In the seventh inning, after Juan Yepez singled. Cory Spangenberg and Kramer Robertson scored and the Redbirds took the lead 5-4. The Sounds won the game via a walk-off walk in the ninth inning.

Robertson and Yepez each had two hits. Capel went 1-for-2 with two walks. The lineup had eight hits, seven walks and went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Capel and Spangenberg both stole a bag. Scott Hurst recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: at Nashville, LHP Garrett Williams (0-4, 5.63) vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Springfield 8, Wichita 12

The Springfield Cardinals (28-26) fell late to the Wichita Wind Surge (MIN, 34-30) at Hammons Field on Thursday.

Starter Logan Gragg tossed only 3 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs on 10 hits and two walks. The right-hander struck out four and took his first Double-A loss. Michael YaSenka recorded a scoreless 2 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.

After the Cardinals were down 4-0 in the third, Irving Lopez recorded an RBI double. In the fourth, Jordan Walker blasted a solo shot, his 18th of the year.

Jordan Walker

The Cardinals drove in four runs in the fifth. Justin Toerner doubled and Lopez walked. Masyn Winn, Walker, Chase Pinder and Julio Rodriguez hit consecutive singles. Winn plated two and Pinder and Rodriguez each drove in one run.

Domingo Robles surrendered four runs in the final three innings on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Springfield tried to mount a late comeback in the eighth inning. Mike Antico scored via groundout and Toerner came across on a wild pitch. The Wind Surge responded with three runs in the ninth to make the score 12-9.

Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run, walk and two runs scored. Toerner came across three times. The lineup went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Toerner took his second base of the season.

Friday’s game: vs. Wichita, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-4, 4.79) vs. LHP Aaron Rozek (0-0, 9.00) 6:35 CT

Peoria 12, Wisconsin 3

The Peoria Chiefs (24-33) destroyed the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 27-30) at Dozer Park on Thursday.

Inohan Paniagua, TCN’s no. 19 prospect, tossed four innings and surrendered three runs on five hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Nathanael Heredia fanned two batters in two scoreless innings and earned his fourth win of 2022.

Tyler Reichenborn

In the second, the Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on Tyler Reichenborn’s two-run homer, his eighth of the season. Mack Chambers tripled to bring a run across and Reichenborn added another run in the fourth.

Mack Chambers

Jack Ralston pitched two hitless innings with four strikeouts. Levi Prater closed out the ninth inning with one strikeout.

The Chiefs added four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Chambers came across on an error. Tommy Jew plated a run and Noah Mendlinger scored two runs via single.

Chambers doubled in the seventh to bring L.J. Jones across. Ramon Mendoza drove in two runs and came home as Jacob Buchberger grounded out.

Chambers and Reichenborn had three hits apiece. Mendoza and Reichenborn each drove in three runs. The bottom four spots of the lineup went 9-for-16 with nine RBI. The lineup went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Jew took his 28th bag of the season and had an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Wilfredo Pereira (6-6, 4.61) vs. RHP Alexander Cornielle (0-0, 3.38) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 5, Daytona 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals (33-23) topped the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 19-36) on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Trent Baker surrendered one run in a solid six innings. The right-hander fanned seven batters. Tanner Jacobson was charged with two runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Trent Baker

After the Tortugas scored a run in the third, the Beach Birds tied the game in the sixth. TCN’s no. 12 prospect, Joshua Baez, doubled to score Elijah Cabell. Daytona answered back with two runs in the seventh inning.

Nelfri Contreras earned his fifth win of the season after a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. 2022 draftee D.J. Carpenter saved his first professional game after a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals took the lead with a four-run seventh. Brody Moore recorded an RBI double to plate Jimmy Crooks III. Cabell blasted a three-run homer to take the lead 5-3.

Elijah Cabell

Baez and Moore both had two hits. Cabell recorded a homer, one walk, two runs scored and three RBI. The lineup went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Baez stole a bag and recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Daytona, RHP Hancel Rincon (2-4, 5.70) vs. RHP Carson Rudd (2-0, 2.12) 5:30 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 29, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Sunday with two Memphis wins and a cancellation for Palm Beach. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Peoria first baseman L.J. Jones, had three doubles, a home run and eight RBI. Other standouts include Clint Coulter, Todd Lott, Jacob Buchberger and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Sunday, August 28th.

Memphis 6, Charlotte 2 (Completion of 8/27 game, Game 1)

After Saturday’s contest was suspended in the eighth inning, the Memphis Redbirds (62-59) topped the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 49-73) at AutoZone Park on Sunday.

Starter Aaron Brooks pitched three scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout. Garrett Williams surrendered a run in four innings.

The Redbirds struck first in the second inning after Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Luken Baker. Conner Capel walked with the bases loaded in the eighth. The game was suspended on Saturday with the bases loaded for Iván Herrera.

Herrera, TCN’s no. 3 prospect, walked for one RBI and Kramer Robertson singled to plate two more. Austin Allen grounded out and brought Herrera across to complete the four-run ninth.

Kramer Robertson

Freddy Pacheco gave up one run in an inning but earned his second Triple-A win. T.J. McFarland tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Spangenberg had the only multi-hit game with two. Every player was on base at least once except Allen. The lineup had seven hits, three walks and struck out only four times.

Herrera and Robertson both took a bag.

Memphis 8, Charlotte 7 (Game 2)

The Memphis Redbirds (63-59) edged the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 49-74) on Sunday afternoon.

Connor Thomas tossed four innings and was charged with four runs on six hits, two walks and one strikeout. Grant Black recorded two scoreless innings and earned his second win for Memphis.

After the Knights scored two in the first, Alec Burleson doubled to plate Ben DeLuzio in the home half. Clint Coulter tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth with a three-run home run.

Clint Coulter

The Redbirds took the lead in the sixth inning. Luken Baker hit his 21st homer of the year, a solo shot. DeLuzio drove in two runs with a double and Delvin Pérez came across on a wild pitch.

Johan Quezada and Zach McAllister recorded a scoreless inning each. Junior Fernández surrendered three runs in the ninth inning.

DeLuzio went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Baker had two hits, a walk, two runs and an RBI. The lineup went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Redbirds went 4-2 against the last place Knights this week. They are in fourth place, 11 games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals (27-24) fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC, 19-32) on Sunday at Arvest Ballpark.

Starter Edgar Escobar surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander fanned two batters and took his 10th loss of the year. In 1 1/3 innings, Gianluca Dalatri yielded three runs, three walks and two hits.

The only two Cardinal runs came in the sixth inning as Matt Koperniak blasted a two-run homer. The left fielder has 14 this season.

Matt Koperniak

Michael Brettell recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Griffin Roberts pitched a scoreless inning.

Mike Antico, Jordan Walker, Nick Dunn and Koperniak had the only hits for the Cardinals. Masyn Winn walked twice. The lineup went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Walker recorded two assists from right field.

The Cardinals went 3-3 against the Naturals this week and are five games behind Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wichita, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 14 at Beloit 1 (7 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs (23-31) destroyed the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 28-26) in a Sunday afternoon contest at ABC Supply Stadium. The contest ended in the seventh inning due to rain.

Zane Mills yielded an unearned run in five innings on six hits, one walk and one strikeout. TCN’s no. 22 prospect earned his fourth High-A win.

Zane Mills

The Chiefs had an explosion of offense in the Sunday matinee. L.J. Jones doubled in the first and brought two runs across Todd Lott recorded an RBI single in the second. Jones blasted a grand slam in the second, his 12th homer of the season.

LJ Jones IV

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed a scoreless two innings with a hit and one strikeout.

In the fourth, Jones scored two more runs with another double to make the score 9-0. Tommy Jew recorded an RBI single in the fifth. Todd Lott scored two runs with a triple and Jacob Buchberger brought Lott across. Buchberger plated another run in the sixth inning to make the score 14-1.

Todd Lott

The top three spots of the lineup went a combined 12-for-15. Jones had three doubles, a home run and eight RBI. The latter tied the team record. Lott recorded three RBI and four runs scored. Buchberger scored twice and drove two in. The lineup had 17 hits and left seven runners on base.

Lott stole his fifth bag of the year.

The Chiefs split the series with the Sky Carp 3-3. They are 10 games behind first place and three games from playoff elimination.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach Cardinals at St. Lucie Mets – Canceled

Due to severe weather in the St. Lucie area, the Sunday Palm Beach Cardinals (30-23) at St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 27-26) contest was canceled.

In the battle for first place in the Florida State League East, The Beach Birds went 4-1 against the Mets this week. Palm Beach is in first place by three games.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 28, 2022

photo: Thomas Francisco (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Saturday with a Memphis suspension and two Palm Beach wins. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Thomas Francisco, had three hits and three RBI in two games for the first-place Beach Birds. Other standouts include Logan Gragg, Masyn Winn, Victor Scott and Trent Baker.

Results from games played Saturday, August 27th.

Memphis 2, Charlotte 2 (suspended in 8th, to resume on 8/28)

Due to a lighting outage at AutoZone Park, the Memphis Redbirds (61-59) and Charlotte Knights (CWS, 49-72) contest was suspended until Sunday at 1:05.

Starter Aaron Brooks pitched three scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout. Garrett Williams surrendered a run in four innings and Freddy Pacheco yielded one run in the eighth.

The Redbirds struck first in the second inning after Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Luken Baker. Conner Capel walked with the bases loaded in the eighth. Iván Herrera will come to the dish with the bases loaded on Sunday.

Sunday’s games:

  • vs. Charlotte, completion of 8/27 game 1:10 CT (Game 1)
  • vs. Charlotte, LHP Connor Thomas (6-7, 4.83) vs. LHP John Parke Time TBA (Game 2)

Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 1

The Springfield Cardinals (27-23) edged the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (SEA, 24-26) at Hammons Field on Sunday.

Right-hander Logan Gragg made his first start for Springfield and tossed a solid four innings with only one run surrendered. The 24-year-old fanned seven batters. Michael YaSenka recorded a scoreless fifth inning.

Logan Gragg

After the Naturals scored a run in the second, the Cardinals responded in the third with two. Errol Robinson walked and Masyn Winn blasted a two-run homer, his 11th in Double-A and 17th overall.

Masyn Winn

John Beller earned his third win for Springfield after a scoreless 2 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach saved his fifth game of the year after he struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Brady Whalen had the only multi-hit game with two. Winn had the only extra-base hit. The lineup left nine runners on base. Mike Antico donned the platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in five at-bats).

Whalen stole one bag and Robinson took two.

Sunday’s game: at NW Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-9, 6.84) vs. TBA 2:05 CT

Peoria 4 at Beloit 12

The Peoria Chiefs (22-31) were destroyed by the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 28-25) on Saturday at ABC Supply Stadium.

Wilfredo Pereira tossed five innings and was touched for seven runs, six earned, on nine hits, a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander took his sixth loss of the year.

The Chiefs were on the board in the third inning after Luis Rodriguez had an RBI single and came across on a wild pitch. Beloit responded with seven runs in the next two innings. In the fifth, Tommy Jew and Noah Mendlinger each grounded out to bring across a run and make the score 7-4.

Chris Roycroft yielded two unearned runs on three hits in two innings. Nathanael Heredia gave up three runs, two earned, in an inning.

Mack Chambers and Rodriguez had the only hits for Peoria. The lineup went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and had no extra-base hits.

Chambers and Osvaldo Tovalin committed errors.

Sunday’s game: at Beloit, RHP Zane Mills (3-6, 4.32) vs. LHP Luis Palacios (2-1, 3.72) 1:05 CT

Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 1 (7 innings, Game 1)

In a makeup game from August 26th, the Palm Beach Cardinals (29-23) topped the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 27-25) at Clover Park on Saturday.

Starter Trent Baker tossed a solid six innings with one run surrendered. The right-hander fanned eight batters and earned his ninth win of 2022.

Trent Baker

In the second, Jeremy Rivas grounded into a double play and Thomas Francisco came across. Nathan Church drove in a run via sacrifice fly in the third but the Mets responded with one in the home half. Francisco added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a sac fly.

Thomas Francisco

Andrew Marrero struck out two in the seventh inning and earned his eighth save of the season. The 2021 draftee has 48 strikeouts in 31 innings this year.

The Beach Birds had four hits and three walks in the seven-inning contest. Michael Curialle doubled and Church recorded a triple. The lineup went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

2022 draftee Brody Moore took his third bag of the season.

Palm Beach 4 at St. Lucie 2 (7 innings, Game 2)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (30-23) beat the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 27-26) in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday night.

Hancel Rincon had a nice outing with five strikeouts and one run given up in five innings. The 20-year-old earned his second win of the year.

Hancel Rincon

The Beach Birds scored a run in both the third and fourth innings. Victor Scott II homered in the third, the second of his professional career. Leonardo Bernal tripled to score Francisco in the fourth and make the score 2-1.

Victor Scott

Francisco added some much-needed insurance runs in the seventh after he singled to plate two.

Alex Cornwell surrendered a run in the seventh inning but held on to save his third game of the year.

Scott, St. Louis’ 2022 round 5 draft pick, went 2-for-3 including a home run plus a walk. Francisco also had two hits and drove in two. The lineup went just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position but found enough offense to sweep in the battle for first place.

Darlin Moquete stole his fifth base of the season.

Sunday’s game: at St. Lucie, RHP Yonael Dominguez (0-2, 6.05) vs. RHP Mike Vasil (3-1, 1.80) 11:10 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 26, 2022

photo: Errol Robinson (Louisville Bats)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Errol Robinson, homered, drew four walks, stole a base, drove in three and scored four times. Other standouts include Juan Yepez, Masyn Winn, Dionys Rodriguez and Victor Scott.

Results from games played Thursday, August 25th.

Memphis 6, Charlotte 12

The Memphis Redbirds (60-59) fell to the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 48-71) at AutoZone Park on Thursday.

After Thomas Parsons tossed four scoreless innings, it fell apart as he surrendered five runs in the next 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded seven hits, walked three and struck out five. In his second game as a Redbird, T.J. McFarland gave up three runs and took his first Memphis loss in only 1/3 of an inning.

The Redbirds took an early lead in the first inning after Juan Yepez doubled to plate Ben DeLuzio. In the third, Memphis scored five runs. Yepez blasted his 13th homer for the Redbirds, a two-run shot. Clint Coulter drove in two with a double and Cory Spangenberg singled to bring Coulter across.

Juan Yepez

The Knights scored all 12 runs in the last five innings. Johan Quezada was charged with two runs in two innings on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts.  In the ninth, Junior Fernández surrendered two runs.

Yepez went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Kramer Robertson walked twice and had one hit. Every starter except Luken Baker was on base at least once.

Conner Capel recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Charlotte, LHP Garrett Williams (0-4, 6.11) vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Springfield 14 at NW Arkansas 6

The Springfield Cardinals (26-22) crushed the Northwest Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 22-26) on Thursday night at Arvest Ballpark. The lineup walked a record 15 times in the contest.

Starter Gordon Graceffo tossed 2 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs on a hit, five walks and two strikeouts. In 2 2/3 innings, Domingo Robles gave up three runs on five hits.

The Cardinals scored the first run of the game in the third inning via Chase Pinder’s sacrifice fly. The Travelers responded with three in the home half. Springfield took back the lead with four runs in the fourth.

Errol Robinson hit his first home run for Springfield, a two-run blast. Masyn Winn and Pinder both plated one to make the score 5-3.

Errol Robinson

Michael YaSenka recorded a scoreless 1 2/3 innings and earned his first Double-A win. Michael Brettell pitched the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his first save of the year.

After Arkansas took the lead in the fifth, the Cardinals scored nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Julio Rodriguez, Nick Dunn, Robinson and Pinder all walked with the bases loaded in the seventh. Jonah Davis also doubled to score two. In the eighth, Brady Whalen came across on a wild pitch and Winn tripled to make the score 14-6.

The Cardinals had 15 walks in the game. Robinson had a home run, four walks, three RBI and four runs scored. Winn and Pinder both had two walks and three RBI. Every player in the lineup was on base at least once except Matt Koperniak.

Robinson stole his fifth bag of 2022. Koperniak recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: at NW Arkansas, RHP Kyle Leahy (8-7, 6.21) vs. RHP Andrew Hoffmann (1-3, 6.26) 7:05 CT

Peoria 1 at Beloit 2

On Thursday at ABC Supply Stadium, the Peoria Chiefs (21-30) were walked off by the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 27-24) for the second consecutive night.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez surrendered an unearned run on three hits, one walk and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Dionys Rodriguez

In the third, Tommy Jew blasted a solo home run, his sixth of the year. In his last 10 games, the center fielder is slashing .279/.392/.558.

Chris Gerard pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and was charged with the go-ahead run in the ninth. The left-hander fanned four but took his second High-A loss.

In the ninth, Tyler Reichenborn and Noah Mendlinger had two consecutive singles with two out but Ramon Mendoza struck out after seven pitches. The Sky Carp won the game with a walk-off homer.

Reichenborn and Jew both had two hits. The lineup went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Friday’s game: at Beloit, RHP Inohan Paniagua (1-2, 4.91) vs. RHP Jake Walters (0-1, 5.00) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 11 at St. Lucie 5

In the battle for first place, the Palm Beach Cardinals (28-23) topped the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 27-24) at Clover Park on Thursday. Six different Cardinal pitchers were used in the game.

Starter Jose Davila was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Bryan Pope earned his third win of the year after a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. 2022 draftee Tanner Jacobson surrendered a run in one inning.

The Mets scored one run in each of the first through fifth innings but the Beach Birds kept responding. In the second, Darlin Moquete walked with the bases loaded and Victor Scott II scored one via sacrifice fly. Joshua Baez came across in the third after a wild pitch.

In the fourth inning, Scott blasted his first professional home run, a two-run shot. Jeremy Rivas and Leonardo Bernal doubled in the fifth to make the score 8-4. Chris Rotondo added one more with a sacrifice fly.

Victor Scott

Gustavo Rodriguez fanned three batters in two scoreless innings. D.J. Carpenter and Nelfi Contreras each recorded a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

In the eighth, R.J. Yeager hit his third homer of the year, a solo shot. Bernal blasted a solo shot in the ninth, his sixth of the season.

Thomas Francisco, Scott, Rivas and Bernal all had two hits. Scott had a triple, home run and three RBI. The lineup recorded eight extra-base hits.

Moquete and Scott each took one base.

Friday’s game: at St. Lucie, RHP Trent Baker (8-7, 3.22) vs. Calvin Ziegler (0-3, 3.12) 5:10 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 23, 2022

photo: Luis Pino and Roberto Espinoza (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-1 on Monday with a Florida Complex League win. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, outfielder Luis Piño, had a home run and two RBI. Other standouts include Javier Bolivar and Anyelo Encarnacion.

Results from games played Monday, August 22nd.

Memphis Redbirds – Off

After a 1-5 road trip, Triple-A Memphis is 11 games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Charlotte, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Springfield Cardinals – Off

The Double-A Cardinals are six games behind the Wichita Wind Surge in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at NW Arkansas, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Peoria Chiefs – Off

The High-A Chiefs are 10 games out of first place in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals – Off

The Class-A Beach Birds are tied for first with the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: at St. Lucie, TBA vs. TBA 5:10 CT

FCL Cardinals 6 at FCL Astros Orange 5

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals (25-28) edged the Astros Orange (25-28) on Monday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Starter Alec Willis tossed three innings and surrendered two runs on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Diorys Guerrero yielded three unearned runs in three innings. The left-hander fanned six and earned his second win of the year.

After the Astros scored two runs in the second, the Cardinals responded in the third and fourth. Jose Cordoba singled to score Javier Bolivar and Roblin Heredia plated one in the fourth. In the fifth, Luis Piño blasted a solo shot, his third of the season.

Luis Piño

Augusto Calderon recorded his first save of the season after a scoreless three innings with six strikeouts.

In the seventh, the Cardinals took the lead. Piño grounded out and Won-Bin Cho came across. Cordoba scored on an error and Lizandro Espiñoza drove in Adanson Cruz via sacrifice fly to take a 6-5 lead.

Bolivar had two hits, one walk and a run. Piño had two RBI and Cho went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Cardinals pitching struck out 15 batters.

Bolivar stole a bag and Adanson Cruz had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 7.5 games behind the Mets in the FCL East. They play their last game of the season on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: at FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Rockies 3

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals (33-25) were walked off by the Rockies (40-19) on Monday afternoon.

Darlin Saladin pitched three innings and yielded a run on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts. In two innings, In two frames, Esteban Contreras surrendered an unearned run and fanned four batters.

Anyelo Encarnacion

The Cardinals and Rockies traded runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Anyelo Encarnacion singled to score Yancel Guerrero. Arfeni Batista brought across Justin Guerrero via sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Oliver Lopez gave up an earned run in 1 1/3 innings. The Rockies won the game after an error committed by Yancel Guerrero.

Encarnacion and Yancel Guerrero each had two hits. Jose Suarez and Marcelo Perez walked twice. The lineup went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Encarnacion and Suarez both stole a bag.

The Cardinals are 6.5 games back of the Rockies in the DSL South. They also play their final game of the year on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Giants Orange, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 22, 2022

photo: Pedro Pages (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are Pedro Pages and Clint Coulter, who combined for eight hits, four RBI and three runs for Memphis. Other standouts include Brady Whalen, Wilfredo Pereira, Todd Lott and R.J. Yeager.

Results from games played Sunday, August 21st.

Memphis 6 at Gwinnett 8

The Memphis Redbirds (59-57) fell to the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 58-59) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. Six Redbird pitchers were used in the contest.

Coming off the injured list, starter Aaron Brooks only threw two innings and surrendered two runs on five hits and one walk. Fill in starter Garrett Williams went next and gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out three and took his fourth loss of the season. Freddy Pacheco was charged with a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings but had three strikeouts.

After the Stripers scored two in the first, the Redbirds tied the game in the fourth inning. Clint Coulter recorded an RBI single and Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Pedro Pages who had doubled. Gwinnett responded with a five-run bottom half.

Pedro Pages

Zack Thompson tossed a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts. Kodi Whitley and Kyle Ryan both recorded a scoreless inning.

The Redbirds tried to mount a comeback in the final two innings. Coulter recorded another RBI after he singled to plate Pages. In the ninth, Luken Baker scored a run via sacrifice fly and Pages had an RBI double. Coulter brought across his third run of the game to make the score 8-6.

Clint Coulter

Scott Hurst, Pages and Coulter each had four hits. Pages had three doubles and scored three times. Coulter recorded three RBI. The lineup had 16 hits but went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Ben DeLuzio had an outfield assist.

Memphis went 1-5 against Gwinnett this week. They are 11 games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Charlotte, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 6, Arkansas 5

The Springfield Cardinals (24-21) edged the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 20-25) with a late comeback at Hammons Field.

In a rehab start, St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty surrendered a run in four innings. The right-hander yielded four hits, walked one and struck out seven. Regular starter Domingo Robles was charged with four runs in three innings on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

With the Cardinals down 5-0 in the seventh, they began a comeback. Chase Pinder came across on a Brady Whalen ground out. Matt Koperniak doubled to score Masyn Winn and Julio Rodriguez plated one in the eighth. With the bases loaded, Whalen tripled and the Cardinals took the lead.

Brady Whalen

Michael Brettell earned his fifth win of the season after a scoreless eighth. Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless ninth inning and earned his fourth save.

Whalen had two hits and three RBI. Koperniak had a run and an RBI. The lineup went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Whalen and Winn both took a bag.

The Cardinals went 4-2 against the Travelers this week and are six games behind Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at NW Arkansas, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 7, Quad Cities 8

The Peoria Chiefs (20-28) fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 20-28) at Dozer Park on Sunday afternoon.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira surrendered a two-run homer in six innings. The right-hander fanned an impressive 13 batters. Nathanael Heredia yielded two runs in only 1/3 of an inning.

Wilfredo Pereira

In the first, Jacob Buchberger doubled to score a run but the River Bandits responded with two in the second. In the fourth, Patrick Romeri recorded an RBI single to tie the game. Osvaldo Tovalin doubled in the sixth to plate one and Noah Mendlinger extended the lead to 4-2. Tommy Jew and Todd Lott both brought a run across in the sixth.

Todd Lott

In 1 2/3 innings, Chris Gerard gave up three runs and took his first High-A loss. Andre Granillo was charged with an unearned run in the ninth inning.

After Quad Cities scored six runs in the last three innings, Peoria tried to mount a comeback. Aaron McKeithan singled to bring Buchberger across and advance Francisco Hernandez to third. With the tying run at third and two out, Mack Chambers struck out on three pitches.

Lott had four hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Buchberger and Chambers each had two hits. The lineup had 14 hits and went 7-for-20 with runners in scoring position. The pitching struck out 17 batters.

Jew took two bases. The center fielder has 27 this year.

The Chiefs went 2-4 against the last place River Bandits this week. They are 10 games out of first place in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals (26-22) topped the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (MIN, 20-26) on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Hancel Rincon surrendered an unearned run in five innings. The right-hander fanned seven batters and earned his second win of the season.

Hancel Rincon

In the third, Joshua Baez singled to score a run. Jimmy Crooks III doubled in the fourth and plated R.J. Yeager to take a 2-1 lead. Yeager tripled in the fifth and brought across two runs. The first baseman came across on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 5-1.

R.J. Yeager

Gustavo Rodriguez tossed a scoreless three innings with two strikeouts. Andrew Marrero recorded a 1-2-3 ninth and fanned two batters.

Yeager went 1-for-2 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. TCN’s no. 12 prospect, Baez, had a hit, a walk, an RBI and a run. The lineup went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Yeager stole the first bag of his professional career and Scott took his eighth.

The Beach Birds went 2-4 against Fort Myers this week. They are tied for first with the Mets in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: at St. Lucie, TBA vs. TBA 5:10 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

FCL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals are 8.5 games behind the Mets in the FCL East. The Cards have been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Monday’s game: at FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South. The Cards have been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Monday’s game: at DSL Rockies, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 21, 2022

photo: Joshua Baez home run celebration with Victor Scott (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Joshua Baez, who hit two home runs, a double and plated five for Palm Beach. Other standouts: Juan Yepez, Matt Koperniak, Nick Raposo and Nick Trogrlic-Iverson.

Results from games played Saturday, August 20th.

Memphis 5 at Gwinnett 4

The Memphis Redbirds (59-56) edged the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 57-59) on Saturday night at Coolray Field.

Thomas Parsons surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out four and earned his ninth win of the year.

Tommy Parsons

After the Stripers scored a run in the first inning, the Redbirds tied the game in the second. Moisés Gómez hit a solo home run, his 33rd between Springfield and Memphis. Juan Yepez added three more runs in the third inning with a three-run shot. Yepez hit another homer in the sixth to make the score 5-3.

Juan Yepez

James Naile yielded a run in two innings on two hits and one strikeout. In the ninth, Junior Fernández fanned two batters and saved his fifth game of the season.

Yepez had two home runs and four RBI. Ben DeLuzio had two hits. Austin Allen doubled and walked twice. The lineup had eight hits and three walks.

In the International League West, the Redbirds are 10.5 games behind first place Nashville.

Sunday’s game: at Gwinnett, LHP Garrett Williams (0-3, 4.78) vs. RHP Mike Soroka (0-0, 0.00) 12:05 CT

Springfield 8, Arkansas 5 (5 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (23-21) topped the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 20-24) at Hammons Field on Saturday. Due to inclement weather, the game was called in the fifth inning.

Starter Kyle Leahy gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings on four hits, five walks and four strikeouts.

In the first, Mike Antico singled, stole a bag and scored on a passed ball. Nick Raposo blasted a two-run homer, his fifth of the season. Antico doubled in the second to score Aaron Antonini. Matt Koperniak hit a two-run shot in the third, his 13th of the season.

Nick Raposo

Tyler Pike earned his fourth win of the season after one run yielded in 1 1/3 innings. The left-hander fanned four batters.

After a nine pitch at-bat, Jordan Walker hit a solo home run in the fifth, his 16th of 2022. Raposo recorded an RBI double to make the score 8-5. After Brady Whalen was hit by a pitch, the contest was delayed and later called due to field conditions.

Matt Koperniak

had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Raposo had two hits, three RBI and a run. Walker homered and Antico had two hits. The lineup had nine hits and eight runs after the game was called in the fifth.

Antico and Winn both took a base. Walker had an impressive outfield assist in right field.

The Cardinals are six games behind the Wichita Wind Surge in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas, RHP Jack Flaherty (MLB rehab) / RHP Edgar Escobar (7-8, 6.61) vs. RHP Stephen Kolek (4-12, 5.43) 1:35 CT

Peoria 2, Quad Cities 6

After an almost two-hour rain delay, the Peoria Chiefs (20-27) fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 19-28) at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

TCN’s no. 19 prospect, Inohan Paniagua, threw four innings and was charged with six runs on seven hits and four walks. The right-hander fanned two and took his second loss for Peoria. Nick Trogrilc-Iverson tossed four shutout innings with five strikeouts.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Down 6-0, the Chiefs tried to mount a comeback. In the eighth, Osvaldo Tovalin grounded into a double play and Francisco Hernandez came across. Todd Lott singled to score Tommy Jew to finalize the score at 6-2.

Jack Ralston recorded a scoreless ninth and struck out all three batters.

Jacob Buchberger had two of the five hits for the Chiefs. Hernandez had a hit, two walks and a run scored. The lineup went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on. The defense turned three double plays.

The Chiefs sit in fifth place and are nine games behind South Bend in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, RHP Wilfredo Pereira (6-5, 4.39) vs. RHP Chandler Champlain (1-1, 6.60) 1:35 CT

Palm Beach 14, Fort Myers 2

The Palm Beach Cardinals (25-22) destroyed the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (MIN, 20-25) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Trent Baker tossed 6 1/3 innings and yielded a run on seven hits and one walk. The right-hander struck out one batter and earned his eighth win of the season.

Trent Baker

The Beach Birds scored five of their 14 runs in the first two innings. TCN’s no. 12 prospect, Joshua Baez, recorded his first Single-A home run, a two-run shot. Chris Rotondo singled to plate Thomas Francisco. Baez homered again in the second inning, this time a two-run homer.

Joshua Baez

After R.J. Yeager singled in the fourth, the opposing pitcher committed a throwing error and three runs came across. In the fifth, Leonardo Bernal recorded an RBI double and Darlin Moquete drove in a run via sacrifice fly. Baez doubled to score Bernal and came across on an error to make the score 12-0 at the end of the fifth.

Angel Cuenca surrendered an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings on two hits and one strikeout. Matt Hickey pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

In the sixth, Jose Zapata had an RBI single and Yeager singled to score one more in the eighth inning.

Baez had three hits, three runs scored and five RBI. Nathan Church, Brody Moore, Yeager, Rotondo and Bernal each had two hits. Victor Scott II walked and came across three times. The Cardinals had 16 hits and walked four times.

The Cardinals are tied for first place with the Mets in the Florida State League East.

Sunday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, RHP Hancel Rincon (0-4, 8.10) vs. RHP Regi Grace (3-3, 4.63) 11:00 CT

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Astros Orange 10

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals (24-28) were defeated by the Astros Orange (25-27) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Benjamin Arias surrendered seven runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks in only 1 2/3 innings. Brayan Ramirez yielded a run in three innings.

The only Cardinal run came in the ninth inning. Felix Taveras doubled and scored Adari Grant to make the score 10-1.

Yordy Richard was charged with a run in 1 1/3 innings on two hits and one walk. Americo Lugo gave up one run in three innings but struck out four batters.

Americo Lugo

Tre Fletcher and Taveras had the only hits for the Cardinals. The lineup went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Jeremy Ramos and Jose Cordoba both recorded outfield assists.

The Cardinals are 8.5 games behind the Mets in the FCL East.

Monday’s game: at FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Giants Orange 0 (7 innings)

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals (33-24) blanked the Giants Orange (24-32) in a seven-inning contest on Saturday morning.

Starter Leonel Sequera pitched three scoreless frames on two hits and one strikeout. Ronny Oliver earned his third win of the season after three shutout innings with two strikeouts.

Ronny Oliver

The Cardinals scored a run in both the first and seventh innings. Yordalin Pena singled in the first and after a fielding error, Elias Reynoso came across. Yancel Guerrero added an insurance run in the seventh after an RBI single to plate Alejandro Loaiza.

Henry Gomez saved his first professional game after a perfect seventh inning with two strikeouts.

Marcelo Perez had the only multi-hit game with two. Reynoso had three walks and a run scored. The Cardinals had seven hits and five walks in the contest.

Pena and Yaisel Ramos each stole a bag. They both have eight this season.

The Cardinals are 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Monday’s game: at DSL Rockies, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 19, 2022

photo: Jordan Walker (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Thursday plus two suspensions due to rain. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, no. 1 prospect Jordan Walker, had game-tying and go-ahead home runs. Other standouts include Jacob Buchberger and Austin Love.

Results from games played Thursday, August 18th.

Memphis 1 at Gwinnett 5

The Memphis Redbirds (58-55) were defeated by the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 56-58) on Thursday at Coolray Field.

Starter Matthew Liberatore took his sixth loss for Memphis after pitching only 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up three runs on four hits, three walks and one strikeout. Kodi Whitley recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

The only Redbirds run came in the second inning. After Luken Baker and Pedro Pages both singled, Clint Coulter scored Baker via sacrifice fly.

Zach McAllister pitched three innings and was charged with two unearned runs on three hits and five strikeouts. Junior Fernández tossed a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts.

Memphis did not have any hits after the second inning. The lineup went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and grounded into two double plays.

Ben DeLuzio was caught stealing and picked off.

Friday’s game: at Gwinnett, RHP Thomas Parsons (8-3, 4.74) vs. RHP Ian Anderson (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT

Springfield 5, Arkansas 4

The Springfield Cardinals (22-20) walked off the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 19-23) at Hammons Field on Thursday.

Starter Michael McGreevy surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. The right-hander fanned five batters. Michael Brettell yielded a run in two innings.

In the third, Chase Pinder doubled to score Matt Koperniak and take a 1-0 lead. Jordan Walker hit a home run in the sixth inning, a solo shot. Baseball America’s no. 6 prospect nationally blasted a two-run homer in the seventh, his 15th of the season.

John Beller gave up a run in only 1/3 of an inning. Dalton Roach earned his fourth win of the year after a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.

After the Travelers tied the game in the eighth, the Cardinals won the game in the bottom of the ninth. As a pinch hitter for Jonah Davis, Mike Antico doubled and advanced to third after Masyn Winn put down a bunt. With Koperniak up, Antico came across on a wild pitch to win the game.

Jordan Walker

Walker had two home runs and three RBI. Pinder had two doubles. The lineup had eight hits, walked twice and struck out 14 times.

Winn and Pinder both took a bag.

Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-3, 4.13) vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Peoria 5, Quad Cities 0

The Peoria Chiefs (20-25) blanked the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 17-28) on Thursday night at Dozer Park.

Austin Love recorded five scoreless innings on two hits and four walks. The right-hander fanned eight batters and earned his seventh win of the season.

Austin Love

In the third, Jacob Buchberger hit a solo home run to take a 1-0 lead. Mack Chambers doubled to score Tyler Reichenborn in the fourth. Buchberger hit another homer, a three-run shot, to make the score 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Jacob Buchberger

The Chiefs pen protected the shutout. Nathanael Heredia tossed a hitless two innings and surrendered only one walk. Chris Gerard yielded no runs and struck out three in the final two innings.

Buchberger had two home runs and four RBI. Tyler Reichenborn had three hits and one run. The pitching held the River Bandits to only three hits.

Osvaldo Tovalin stole the first bag in his professional career.

Friday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.59) vs. LHP Rylan Kaufman (1-6, 5.68) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 2 (Suspended in 3rd inning)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (24-20) and Fort Myers Might Mussels (MIN, 18-24) contest was suspended in the third inning due to rain. The rest of the game will be played on Friday, August 19th.

Starter Yonael Dominguez surrendered two runs on five hits in two innings. Thomas Francisco hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second, his fifth for the Beach Birds.

Friday’s games:

  • Fort Myers, Completion of 8/18 contest, 2:45 CT
  • Fort Myers, RHP Jose Davila (0-0, 1.32) vs RHP Pierson Ohl (5-6, 3.81) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Astros Blue 2 (8 innings)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (23-27) fell to the Astros Blue (15-34) in eight innings at Roger Dean Stadium.

Wilmer Ortega gave up a run in 5 2/3 innings on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

Wilmer Ortega

The only Cardinal run came in the fourth inning. After Ryan Holgate and Brandon Hernandez walked, Samil De La Rosa doubled to score Holgate.

Enrique Saldana surrendered an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old took his third loss of the season. Edwin Nunez recorded a scoreless 2/3 of an inning.

Won-Bin Cho, Jhon Torres and De La Rosa had the only Cardinals hits. Holgate walked twice. The lineup went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Tre Fletcher took his third base of the year. Torres had two outfield assists.

The defense turned four double plays in the eight-inning contest.

Friday’s games:

  • at Astros Blue, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT (Game 1)
  • at Astros Blue, TBA vs. TBA Time TBA (Game 2, makeup of 7/22)

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Mariners 1 (Suspended in 5th inning)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (31-24) and Mariners (31-24) contest was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain.

Starter Alexander Beltre tossed all five innings and surrendered only one run. The left-hander struck out six batters.

Alexander Beltre

After the Mariners scored a run in the fifth, Carlos Carmona hit a solo home run. The left fielder has three homers this year.

Elias Reynoso, Miguel Vargas and Carmona had the only Cardinal hits.

Reynoso was caught stealing and Arfeni Batista committed an error.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL TEX Blue, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 16, 2022

The St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie clubs went 1-2 on Monday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Javier Bolivar, blasted a game-winning home run for the FCL club. Other standouts include Jose Cordoba and Anyelo Encarnacion.

Results from games played Monday, August 15th.

Memphis Redbirds – Off

The Triple-A Redbirds (58-52) are eight games behind Nashville in the International League East.

Tuesday’s game: at Gwinnett, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Springfield Cardinals – Off

The Double-A Cardinals (20-19) are five games behind first place Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas, TBA vs. RHP Stephen Kolek (4-11, 5.55) 6:35 CT

Peoria Chiefs – Off

The High-A Chiefs (18-24) are seven games out of first place in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals – Off

The Class-A Beach Birds (24-18) are tied for first with St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, TBA vs. LHP Jordan Carr (4-0, 3.70) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Nationals 13 (Game 1, 7 innings)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (21-26) were crushed by the Nationals (31-17) on Monday in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Starter Benjamin Arias gave up five runs, four earned, on three hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out two and took his third loss of the season.

The only Cardinal run came in the third inning off the bat of Brandon Hernandez. The cleanup hitter singled to score Tre Fletcher.

Augusto Calderon surrendered five runs on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts in two innings. Americo Lugo tossed 2 2/3 innings and yielded three runs, one earned, after he fanned four.

Hernandez had the only hit for the Cardinals. The lineup went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Ryan Holgate and Won-Bin Cho each stole a bag.

Lizandro Espinoza committed two errors and Diego Velasquez had one.

FCL Cardinals 3 at FCL Nationals 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)

In a seven inning contest, the Florida Complex League Cardinals (22-26) edged the Nationals (31-18) after a late comeback at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

In his debut, 2022 draftee Hunter Hayes surrendered two runs in the first inning. Also in his first outing, Chandler Arnold recorded a scoreless inning. Omar Sanchez recorded a scoreless two innings on one hit, a walk and a strikeout.

After the Cardinals were down 2-0 in the first, they scored all three runs in the seventh inning. Luis Pino singled to score Tre Fletcher. Down to their final out of the game, Javier Bolivar hit a go-ahead home run, his second professional homer.

Javier Bolivar

The third and fourth pitchers to make their professional debuts on Monday, D.J. Carpenter and Tanner Jacobson each recorded a scoreless inning. Jacobson had two strikeouts and earned his first win. Edwin Nunez struck out two batters and saved his second game of the year after a scoreless seventh.

Jose Cordoba had the only multi-hit game with two. Bolivar recorded the game-winning home run. The lineup went 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Fletcher and Pino both took a base.

The Cardinals are 8.5 games behind the first place Nationals in the Florida Complex League East.

Tuesday’s game: vs. FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Braves 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (30-23) fell to the Braves (30-22) on Monday after the Braves scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.

Starter Darlin Saladin surrendered three runs, one earned, in 3 2/3 innings on four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.

After the Braves scored one in the third, the Cardinals responded in the home half. TCN’s no. 11 prospect, Jonathan Mejia, doubled to bring in Anyelo Encarnacion.

The Braves answered in the fourth with two and the Cardinals plated two in the bottom half. Carlos Carmona recorded an RBI single and Miguel Vargas came across on a wild pitch.

Samuel Fabian threw a scoreless 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout. Miguel Martinez was charged with the go-ahead run in the ninth and took his second loss of the season. The 19-year-old yielded two hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

Anyelo Encarnacion

Encarnacion had three of the eight Cardinal hits. Mejia had a hit, a walk and an RBI. The lineup went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Encarnacion stole his 11th bag of the season. Carmona had an outfield assist.

Mejia committed his 17th error of the year and Martinez recorded his second.

The Cardinals are 6.5 games behind the Rockies in the Dominican Summer League South.

Tuesday’s games:
at DSL Twins, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (Game 1)
at DSL Twins, completion of July 27th contest, Time TBA (Game 2)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 15, 2022

photo: Luken Baker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis 1B Luken Baker, was a triple away from the cycle and had five RBI. Other standouts include Conner Capel, Chase Pinder, Mike Antico, Inohan Paniagua and Leonardo Bernal.

Results from games played Sunday, August 14th.

Memphis 11, Indianapolis 2

The Memphis Redbirds (58-52) crushed the Indianapolis Indians (PIT, 54-55) at AutoZone Park on Sunday. The Redbirds lineup had 14 hits and seven walks in the contest.

Thomas Parsons tossed 5 2/3 innings and was charged with two runs on four hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out five and earned his eighth win of the season.

After the Indians scored a run in the third, the Redbirds responded with four in the home half. Alec Burleson singled to drive in Scott Hurst. Moisés Gómez blasted his second home run in as many games. TCN’s no. 15 prospect now has an MiLB leading 32 home runs between Springfield and Memphis. Luken Baker drove in a run with a single to take a 4-1 lead.

Moisés Gómez

James Naile recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with two hits and one strikeout.

In the sixth, Conner Capel hit a solo home run, his 10th of the season. Kramer Robertson walked with the bases loaded. Baker doubled in the seventh to plate two runs. Capel recorded an RBI single and Baker hit a two-run home run in the eighth to make the score 11-2.

Luken Baker

Ryan Loutos fanned two in the eighth inning and Zach McAllister pitched a perfect ninth.

Conner Capel

Baker had three hits, five RBI and a run scored. Capel had three hits, one walk, two RBI and four runs scored. Hurst, Burleson and Gómez had two hits each. The lineup had seven extra-base hits in the contest.

Hurst stole a bag and was caught once. Gómez recorded an outfield assist.

After playing six innings in right field on Saturday, St. Louis rehabber Juan Yepez did not play on Sunday as had been planned.

After a 3-3 week, the Redbirds are eight games behind first place Nashville in the International League East.

Tuesday’s game: at Gwinnett, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 15 at Amarillo 11

The Springfield Cardinals (20-19) outslugged the Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI, 19-20) on Sunday night at Hodgetown. The Cards’ lineup had 16 hits and six walks.

Starter Kyle Leahy gave up four runs, three earned, in five innings on six hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned six and earned his eighth win of 2022.

The Cardinals scored an impressive 10 runs in the first four innings. In the first, Matt Koperniak grounded out and scored Mike Antico. Antico hit a two-run homer in the second, his fifth for Springfield. Julio Rodriguez blasted his ninth home run of the year in the third, a three-run shot. Antico recorded an RBI double in the fourth. Chase Pinder homered for the 10th time this season to make it 10-3.

Chase Pinder

Griffin Roberts surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings on three hits and two strikeouts. John Beller was charged with a run in 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals added five more runs in the sixth inning. Justin Toerner hit a solo shot, his fifth of the year. Pinder singled to score a run, his fourth of the game. Chandler Redmond hit a three-run homer, his 18th of the season.

Chandler Redmond

Michael YaSenka closed out the ninth inning with three runs yielded on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Mike Antico

Antico and Rodriguez each had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Pinder recorded two hits, two walks, three runs and four RBI. The lineup had four doubles and five home runs. In a very offense-heavy night, Jordan Walker was taken out of the game for a pinch runner after he reached on a fielders’ choice in the fourth inning.

Masyn Winn and Antico each took a base. Between High-A and Double-A, Winn has 33 and Antico has 56. Antico also recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals scored 59 runs after a 3-3 week in Amarillo. They are five games behind first place Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas, TBA vs. RHP Stephen Kolek (4-11, 5.55) 6:35 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 0 at Great Lakes 1 (10 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs (18-24) were blanked and walked off in the 10th inning by the Great Lakes Loons (LAD, 25-17) at Dow Diamond on Sunday.

TCN’s no. 19 prospect, Inohan Paniagua, tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings with only one hit and one walk surrendered. The right-hander fanned seven batters. Nick Trogrilc-Iverson recorded a scoreless 2 2/3 innings with only one hit.

Inohan Paniagua

As the game was still tied at the end of the ninth, the game went into extra innings. In the 10th, Osvaldo Tovalin was placed on second and L.J. Jones walked. After Tyler Reichenborn put down a bunt to advance the runners, Mack Chambers and Aaron McKeithan both struck out.

Andre Granillo surrendered the only run of the game in the 10th after he gave up a single that scored the ghost runner. The right-hander took his third loss of the season.

Todd Lott, Jacob Buchberger, Ramon Mendoza and Noah Mendlinger all had a hit. The Peoria lineup struck out 11 times and left five runners on base.

The Chiefs won the first game of the set but then lost five straight to the Loons. They are seven games behind South Bend in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 7 at Bradenton 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals (24-18) topped the Bradenton Marauders (PIT, 27-15) on Sunday at LECOM Park.

Starter Trent Baker gave up one run in four innings on three hits, five walks and six strikeouts.

In the first, Alex ladisernia grounded out and scored Victor Scott II to take an early 1-0 lead. The Marauders answered with a run in the home half but the Leonardo Bernal blasted a solo shot in the second. The catcher also hit a solo homer in the fourth inning. Scott II came across in the fifth as Thomas Francisco grounded into a double play.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez

Gustavo Rodriguez recorded four scoreless innings and yielded four hits. The right-hander fanned four and earned his second win of the season. Andrew Marrero tossed a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals added three runs in the seventh inning. Darlin Moquete hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the year. R.J. Yeager plated Scott II via sacrifice fly.

Leonardo Bernal

Bernal went 4-for-4 with two solo home runs and three runs scored. Moquete had two hits and Scott II came across three times. The two combined for six of the nine Cardinals hits. Francisco had four of the seven walks. The lineup grounded into four double plays.

The Beach Birds went 2-4 in Bradenton this week. They are tied for first with St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

FCL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals are 8.5 games behind the Nationals in the FCL East.

Monday’s games:
at FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT (Game 1)
at FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA Time TBA (Game 2, makeup from 7/15 and again from 8/2)

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Braves, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 14, 2022

photo: Jordan Walker (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Saturday, again with the rookie squads winning. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, no. 1 prospect Jordan Walker, had two hits, a walk, a stolen base, an outfield assist, an RBI and a run. Other standouts include Alex ladisernia and Enrique Saldana.

Results from games played Saturday, August 13th.

Memphis 1, Indianapolis 6

The Memphis Redbirds (57-52) fell to the Indianapolis Indians (PIT, 54-54) at AutoZone Park on Saturday night. The Redbirds lineup only had four hits in the contest.

Matthew Liberatore gave up all six runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out two and took his fifth loss of the season. Johan Quezada tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

The only Redbird run came off the bat of Moisés Gómez in the eighth inning. The outfielder hit a solo shot, his MiLB leading 31st of the year between Double-A and Triple-A.

Moisés Gómez

Kodi Whitley threw a scoreless eighth inning and Junior Fernández recorded a scoreless ninth.

Conner Capel, Alec Burleson, Cory Spangenberg and Gómez each had one hit. In his rehab, Juan Yepez started in right field and went 0-for-2. The lineup did not have a runner in scoring position and left three runners on base.

Iván Herrera and Capel both committed an error.

Sunday’s game: vs. Indianapolis, RHP Thomas Parsons (7-3, 4.84) vs. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-3, 6.81) 2:05 CT

Springfield 3 at Amarillo 5

The Springfield Cardinals (19-19) were defeated by the Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI, 19-19) on Saturday at Hodgetown.

TCN’s no. 5 prospect, Gordon Graceffo, threw 4 1/3 innings and surrendered one run. The right-hander yielded four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

The Cardinals put up a run in the first inning as Jordan Walker singled to score Mike Antico. The Sod Poodles responded with a run in the home half but the Cardinals answered back in the second. Irving Lopez plated Nick Raposo with a single. In the fifth, Justin Toerner doubled to bring across Walker.

Jordan Walker

In his Springfield debut, Gianluca Dalatri was charged with two solo home runs in 2 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach took his seventh loss of the season after he gave up two runs in one inning.

Antico, Walker and Raposo had two hits apiece. Even with 10 hits and five walks, the lineup went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Walker stole his 17th bag of 2022. He also recorded an outfield assist in right field.

Sunday’s game: at Amarillo, RHP Kyle Leahy (7-7, 6.11) vs. RHP Bryce Jarvis (2-3, 7.49) 6:05 CT

Peoria 0 at Great Lakes 6

The Peoria Chiefs (18-23) were blanked by the Great Lakes Loons (LAD, 24-17) on Saturday night at Dow Diamond for their fourth consecutive loss.

Dionys Rodriguez tossed five innings and surrendered four runs on six hits and one walk. The 21-year-old fanned eight batters but took his 11th loss of the year.

Chris Gerard struck out four in two innings but was charged with two runs. Nathanael Heredia recorded a scoreless eighth inning.

The Chiefs had five hits and three walks in the contest. Mack Chambers had a hit and two walks. Tyler Reichenborn had the only extra-base hit, a double in the second inning. The lineup went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: at Great Lakes, RHP Inohan Paniagua (1-1, 4.70) vs. RHP Emmett Sheehan (6-2, 3.14) 12:05 CT

Palm Beach 5 at Bradenton 7

The Palm Beach Cardinals (23-18) lost to the Bradenton Marauders (PIT, 27-14) at LECOM Park on Saturday.

Starter Jose Davila surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits, four walks and three strikeouts in four innings.

In the second, Alex ladisernia singled to score a run but the Marauders responded in the bottom half. Thomas Francisco blasted a solo home run in the fifth, his fourth for Palm Beach. In the sixth, ladisernia and Darlin Moquete each brought a run across to take a 4-3 lead.

Alex Iadisernia

Bryan Pope yielded three runs, one earned, in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and took his second loss of the year. In his second professional appearance, 2022 15th-rounder Matt Hickey gave up a hit and struck out one. Nelfri Contreras was charged with a run in the eighth inning.

R.J. Yeager and ladisernia each had two hits. Yeager came across twice and ladisernia had two RBI. Victor Scott II and Francisco both had two hits. The Beach Birds went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Scott II and ladisernia both took a base.

Sunday’s game: at Bradenton, RHP Trent Baker (7-7, 3.38) vs. RHP Po-Yu Chen (3-6, 4.63) 11:00 CT

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Mets 2

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (21-25) topped the Mets (28-20) at St. Lucie Sports Complex on Saturday.

Alec Willis pitched a scoreless three innings with only one hit given up and two strikeouts. Enrique Saldana earned his third win of the season after a scoreless four innings with four strikeouts.

Enrique Saldana

Samil De La Rosa scored the first run in the fourth inning via sacrifice fly. Won-Bin Cho and Joshua Baez came across on an error in the sixth. Felix Taveras doubled to plate De La Rosa.

Randel Clemente surrendered the only two Mets runs, both unearned. Edwin Nunez saved the first game of his professional career after a hitless ninth inning.

Cho and Brandon Hernandez each had a hit and a walk. Francis Reynoso fanned in all three at-bats and every starter other than Hernandez was punched out at least once. As a team, the Cardinals struck out 15 times and committed five errors but still found a way to win.

Carlos Linarez and Hernandez both stole a bag.

Lizandro Espinoza, Adari Grant, Hernandez, Saldana and De La Rosa all committed an error.

The Cardinals are 8.5 games behind the Nationals in the FCL East.

Monday’s games:

at FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT (Game 1, the Cardinals are off Sunday)

at FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA Time TBA (Game 2, makeup from 7/15 and again from 8/2)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Tigers2 2 (7 innings)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (30-22) beat the Tigers 2 (25-23) in a seven-inning contest on Saturday morning.

Starter Leonel Sequera threw a scoreless three innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Ronny Oliver gave up two runs, one earned, in two innings. The 18-year-old earned his third win of the season.

Leonel Sequera

In the second inning, Yaisel Ramos stole home to take a 1-0 lead. Yancel Guerrero singled to score Arfeni Batista. Jose Suarez doubled in the fourth to plate Guerrero. In the fifth, Marcelo Perez drove in one run with a double and another came across due to a throwing error.

Omar Yanez saved his third game of the year after a scoreless two innings with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals had five hits and six walks. Batista came across twice and Guerrero had a hit, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. The lineup went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Batista and Guerrero both took a base. Ramos stole two. Keshawn Rombley recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Braves, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 12, 2022

photo: Alec Burleson (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-6 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Alec Burleson, had three hits, a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and four runs scored for Memphis. Other standouts include Connor Thomas, Moisés Gómez and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Thursday, August 11th.

Memphis 7, Indianapolis 8 (Game 1, 7 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds (56-50) were edged by the Indianapolis Indians (PIT, 52-53) in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday. This game was a makeup from Wednesday’s rainout.

Jack Flaherty tossed an inning in a rehab start and surrendered four runs, three earned, on four hits and two strikeouts. Grant Black went two innings with one run given up.

After the Indians scored three runs in the first inning, Moisés Gómez tripled to score Juan Yepez in the home half. Indianapolis added five more runs in the next three innings.

Zack Thompson was charged with three runs in only 1/3 of an inning. Kyle Ryan recorded a scoreless 1 2/3 innings and Ryan Loutos struck out three in two scoreless innings.

In the fifth, Scott Hurst singled with the bases loaded to plate Evan Mendoza. Yepez grounded into a double play and Cory Spangenberg came across to make the score 8-3.

The Redbirds tried to mount a comeback in the seventh inning. Hurst recorded another RBI single and Iván Herrera walked with the bases loaded. Austin Allen singled to score two runs and make the score 8-7. With the tying run on third and two out, Mendoza lined out to end the game.

Kramer Robertson, Hurst, Gómez, Allen and Spangenberg all had two hits. The lineup had 13 hits but only seven runners came across. The pitching yielded 14 hits and walked five.

St. Louis’ Yepez played first base and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his continuing rehab assignment.

Herrera committed two errors, both catcher interference. Capel recorded an outfield assist.

Memphis 7, Indianapolis 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds (57-50) blanked the Indianapolis Indians (PIT, 52-54) at AutoZone Park in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

The Redbirds scored three of their seven runs in the first three innings. In the first, Luken Baker singled to score two runs. Clint Coulter recorded an RBI double in the third inning.

Starter Connor Thomas went all seven innings and surrendered no runs, four hits and one walk. The left-hander fanned nine and earned his sixth win of the year.

Connor Thomas

Coulter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth. After this, Delvin Pérez hit a comebacker to the pitcher and Baker came across. In the sixth, Gómez and Alec Burleson blasted back-to-back solo home runs. Gómez has 30 home runs between Springfield and Memphis and Burleson has 20.

Alec Burleson

Burleson, TCN’s no. 8 prospect, went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. Gómez had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. The lineup had 10 hits and five walks.

Burleson took his fourth base of the year.

Friday’s game: vs. Indianapolis, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Springfield 2 at Amarillo 6

The Springfield Cardinals (19-17) lost to the Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI, 17-19) at Hodgetown. After a historic 21-run explosion on Wednesday, the Cards’ lineup was held to only three hits on Thursday.

Edgar Escobar threw six innings and was charged with five runs, four earned, on eight hits and nine strikeouts. The right-hander surrendered three home runs and took his eighth loss of the season.

Justin Toerner recorded the only two runs for the Cardinals. In the fifth, the center fielder doubled to score Nick Raposo and Chandler Redmond.

Justin Toerner

John Beller recorded a scoreless seventh inning. Michael YaSenka yielded a run in the eighth inning on one hit and a walk.

Toerner had two hits and Redmond had one and no other Cardinal had a hit in the contest. The lineup went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.

Masyn Winn drew two walks and stole two bags, his 16th and 17th for Springfield. TCN’s no. 2 prospect has 32 steals between High-A and Double-A.

Toerner recorded an outfield assist after he threw out a runner at home.

Friday’s game: at Amarillo, RHP Michael McGreevy (5-5, 4.83) vs. RHP Ross Carver (0-2, 17.05) 7:05 CT

Peoria 0 at Great Lakes 2

The Peoria Chiefs (18-21) were blanked by the Great Lakes Loons (LAD, 22-17) on Thursday at Dow Diamond. The Chiefs only had three hits in the contest.

Zane Mills gave up only one run in six innings on seven hits. The right-hander struck out five and took his sixth loss for Peoria. Leonardo Taveras surrendered a run in two innings on two hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Zane Mills

The only Chiefs hits came from Ramon Mendoza, Patrick Romeri and Noah Mendlinger. The lineup walked twice, struck out 12 times and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Jacob Buchberger stole two bags in the contest. The defense turned two double plays.

Friday’s game: at Great Lakes, RHP Austin Love (6-10, 5.92) vs. RHP River Ryan (0-0, 2.25) 6:05 CT

Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (23-16) fell to the Bradenton Marauders (PIT, 25-14) on Thursday at LECOM Park.

Starter Alfredo Ruiz tossed four innings and surrendered four runs on four hits and two walks. The left-hander took the first loss of his professional career.

After the Marauders scored three runs in the first two innings, Brody Moore recorded an RBI single in the third. Bradenton responded with a run in the home half. 2022 draftee Jimmy Crooks III hit a solo home run in the fourth, the first of his professional career.

Jimmy Crooks

Hancel Rincon yielded two runs in the last four innings of the contest. The right-hander gave up four hits, one walk and struck out three.

In the seventh, Elijah Cabell grounded out and scored Darlin Moquete. Cabell doubled in the ninth to plate Alex ladisernia and make the score 6-4. With the tying run at the plate and two out, Nathan Church struck out.

Church, Crooks III and Cabell all had two hits. The lineup had nine hits and two walks but only four runs. The Beach Birds went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Friday’s game: at Bradenton, RHP Jose Davila (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 10, FCL Marlins 12

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (19-25) lost to the Marlins (25-20) in a high-scoring Thursday contest at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Wilmer Ortega tossed three innings and surrendered two runs on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Yordy Richard gave up eight runs, seven earned, in only 2/3 of an inning. The 19-year-old took his first loss of the season.

After the Marlins scored two runs in the first two innings, the Cardinals put up five in the third. Edgardo Rodriguez doubled, Ryan Holgate recorded an RBI double and Fernando Diaz blasted a two-run shot, his second of the season. The Marlins responded with eight runs in the fourth.

Brayan Ramirez was charged with two runs in 1 2/3 innings on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Omar Sanchez had a scoreless 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Americo Lugo pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals tried to overcome a seven-run deficit in the last three innings. Rodriguez drove in a run via groundout in the seventh. Lizandro Espinoza cleared the loaded bases with a triple in the eighth. Adanson Cruz doubled to score a run and make the score 12-10.

Lizandro Espinoza

The lineup had 10 runs on 14 hits and three walks. In his rehab assignment, Holgate had three hits, a walk, one RBI and a run scored. Won-Bin Cho, Joshua Baez and Diaz each had two hits. The Cardinals went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Cho and Baez both stole a bag. They have five each this season.

Friday’s game: vs. FCL Mets, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Giants Orange 9

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (28-22) were edged by the Giants Orange (21-27) on Thursday afternoon.

Starter Alexander Beltre tossed five innings and gave up two runs on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts. The left-hander has a 2.01 ERA in 40 1/3 innings this season. Jovi Galvez took his fifth loss of the season after he surrendered four runs, two earned, in 2/3 of an inning.

The Cardinals scored their first run in the third inning after Jose Suarez singled to score Yancel Guerrero. Guerrero plated a run in the fourth. The Giants responded with two runs in the home half.

Esteban Contreras yielded three runs in one inning. Oliver Lopez pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with only one walk given up.

In the seventh, Arfeni Batista tripled to score two runs but the Giants responded with a three-run homer in the bottom half. Miguel Vargas scored two runs after he tripled in the eighth and came across on a wild pitch. Jonathan Mejia recorded an RBI single in the ninth to make the score 9-8.

Miguel Vargas

The lineup had eight hits, 10 walks and went 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Mejia had the only multi-hit game with two. Every starter was on base at least once in the contest.

Yaisel Ramos and Elias Reynoso each took one base.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL D-backs Black, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 9, 2022

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-1 on Monday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DH Luis Rodriguez, had two hits and four RBI for the DSL club. Other standouts include Brandon Hernandez and Yancel Guerrero.

Results from games played Monday, August 8th.

Memphis Redbirds – Off

The Redbirds are eight games back of Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Indianapolis, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Springfield Cardinals – Off

The Cardinals are 2.5 games behind first place Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at Amarillo, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Peoria Chiefs – Off

The Chiefs are 6.5 games behind first place South Bend in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Great Lakes, RH Inohan Paniagua (0-1, 6.75) vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Palm Beach Cardinals – Off

The Beach Birds are two games ahead of St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton, RH Trent Baker (7-7, 3.19) vs. RHP Bubba Chandler (0-1, 5.59) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Astros Orange 4 (7 innings)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (18-24) fell to the Astros Orange (20-22) in a seven-inning contest at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals were no-hit until the final frame.

Enrique Saldana tossed two innings and gave up a run on three hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander took his second loss of the season. Augusto Calderon surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

The only Cardinal run came in the seventh inning. TCN’s no. 12 prospect, Joshua Baez, walked and advanced on a wild pitch. Brandon Hernandez broke the no-hitter and singled to plate Baez. With the tying run at the dish and only one out, the Cardinals could not score again.

Brandon Hernandez

Victor Villanueva threw 2 1/3 innings and yielded one run, two hits and four strikeouts. Omar Sanchez recorded a scoreless seventh inning.

Hernandez had the only Cardinal hit in the contest. The lineup walked six times, however, and left eight runners on base.

Carlos Linarez stole his fourth bag of the season.

The Cardinals are 9.5 games out of first place in the FCL East.

Tuesday’s game: at FCL Marlins, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Colorado 3

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (27-21) topped Colorado (29-20) on Monday afternoon. Every player in the lineup was on base at least once.

Starter Darlin Saladin pitched 4 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

After Colorado scored two runs in the second, the Cardinals tied the game in the third. With a runner on second and third, Luis Rodriguez singled to tie the game at 2-2. Colorado responded in the fourth but the Cardinals tied it again in the home half. TCN’s no. 11 prospect, Jonathan Mejia, hit an RBI triple.

Luis Rodriguez

Henry Gomez recorded his fifth win of the year after a scoreless 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 this season. Miguel Martinez tossed a scoreless frame with three strikeouts.

Henry Gomez

In the sixth, the Cardinals broke the tie. Yancel Guerrero singled to score a run. Rodriguez added two more with a double. Guerrero grounded into a force out in the seventh to plate one more.

Yancel Guerrero

Rodriguez had two hits and four RBI. Justin Guerrero had two hits and Yancel Guerrero had two RBI and two runs scored. The lineup went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Yancel Guerrero and Miguel Vargas both took a base.

The Cardinals are 4.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Mets 2, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 8, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-0 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Matthew Liberatore, surrendered one run and struck out 10 in six innings for Memphis. Other standouts include Mike Antico, Luis Rodriguez and R.J. Yeager.

Results from games played Sunday, August 7th.

Memphis 2 at Jacksonville 1

The Memphis Redbirds (55-49) beat the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (MIA, 59-46) at 121 Financial Ballpark on Sunday, breaking their five-game losing skid and avoiding being swept.

Starter Matthew Liberatore surrendered the only Jacksonville run in six innings pitched. The left-hander struck out 10 batters. James Naile recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

Matthew Liberatore

In the fifth, Austin Allen hit a solo home run, his first for the Redbirds. The Jumbo Shrimp hit a solo shot in the sixth. Roberto Baldoquin responded with a single in the seventh to score Iván Herrera and take a 2-1 lead.

Junior Fernández struck out one in an inning but was pulled after walking the bases loaded in the ninth. Grant Black really earned his first save for Memphis by securing the final two outs via a ground out and strikeout.

Grant Black

Allen, Baldoquin and Luken Baker had the only hits for the Redbirds. The lineup walked four times and left six runners on base.

The Redbirds are eight games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Indianapolis, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 2 (10 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (17-16) edged the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 15-18) at Whataburger Field in extra innings on Sunday.

TCN’s no. 5 prospect Gordon Graceffo tossed five innings and gave up two runs on four hits and four strikeouts.

The Cardinals started the scoring with a run in the first. After Mike Antico walked, Nick Dunn doubled him in. The Hooks hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth.

Michael Brettell pitched three scoreless innings with only one hit surrendered. Dalton Roach earned his third win of the season after a scoreless two innings.

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In the ninth, Chase Pinder tied the game. As the right fielder grounded out, Masyn Winn came across. Antico scored Brady Whalen in the 10th inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Mike Antico

Dunn and Matt Koperniak had two hits each. Antico had one hit, one walk, a run scored and an RBI. Winn and Dunn doubled.

Winn and Antico both had a stolen bag.

The Cardinals went 2-4 against the Hooks this week. They are 2.5 games behind first place Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at Amarillo, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 9 at Dayton 2

The Peoria Chiefs (17-19) topped the Dayton Dragons (CIN, 11-23) at Day Air Ballpark on Sunday. This was the second consecutive day they slayed the Dragons by the same 9-2 score.

Dionys Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Nathanael Heredia earned his third win of the season after a scoreless two innings.

Dionys Rodriguez

In the first inning, Tyler Reichenborn singled to score two runs. Todd Lott plated two runs in the second with a single.

In the seventh, the Chiefs added five more runs. L.J. Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Reichenborn plated one run via sacrifice fly. Ramon Mendoza and Luis Rodriguez recorded RBI singles. To close out the scoring, Tommy Jew walked with the bases loaded.

Jack Ralston surrendered two runs on three walks and three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Roycroft had a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.

Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez had three hits, one walk, an RBI and a run scored. Lott had two hits and Reichenborn drove in three. The lineup had eight hits and nine walks.

Mack Chambers and Jew both took a base.

The Chiefs went 4-2 against the Dragons this week and are 6.5 games behind first place South Bend in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Great Lakes, RH Inohan Paniagua (0-1, 6.75) vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals (22-14) walked off the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA, 17-18) on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Jose Davila tossed five innings and surrendered an unearned run. The 19-year-old yielded three hits, walked two and struck out two.

Jose Davila

In the first inning, 2022 draftee Chris Rotondo hit a solo home run, the first of his professional career. Thomas Francisco brought in a run via sacrifice fly in the third. In the sixth, Jeremy Rivas and Alex ladisernia recorded RBI doubles. After a wild pitch, ladisernia came across to make the score 5-1.

Gustavo Rodriguez gave up three runs, two earned in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Gerard yielded a solo home run in 2 2/3 innings but received his fourth win of the year.

After the Hammerheads tied the game in the eighth inning, the Beach Birds walked it off in the ninth. With the bases loaded, R.J. Yeager singled to score Darlin Moquete.

R.J. Yeager

Moquete had the only multi-hit game with two. Palm Beach left eight runners on base but went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The defense committed six errors, led by Moquete and Rodriguez with two each. Rivas and Yeager committed one.

The Cardinals went 5-1 against the Hammerheads this week. They are two games ahead of St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

FCL Cardinals – Off

The rookie level Florida Complex League Cardinals are 18-23, in fifth place, 9.5 games behind the Nationals in the six-team FCL East.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 26-21, in sixth place, 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the nine-team DSL South.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Colorado, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 7, 2022

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Patrick Romeri, had two doubles and four RBI for Peoria. Other standouts include Errol Robinson, Jeremy Rivas and Thomas Francisco. Across the six games, the pitching struck out 80 batters.

Results from games played Saturday, August 6th.

Memphis 1 at Jacksonville 2

The Memphis Redbirds (54-49) were edged by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (MIA, 59-45) on Saturday at 121 Financial Ballpark. The Redbirds used six different pitchers who struck out 18 in the contest, their fifth consecutive loss.

In the bullpen game, Garrett Williams tossed the first three innings and surrendered no runs. The left-hander struck out seven batters. Zack Thompson yielded one run on two hits and one walk. TCN’s no. 7 prospect took his third loss and fanned two batters. Johan Quezada struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Garrett Williams

The only Redbirds run came in the eighth inning off the bat of Iván Herrera. TCN’s no. 3 prospect singled to score Evan Mendoza.

Kodi Whitley gave up an unearned run in 2/3 of an inning on two walks and two strikeouts. Freddy Pacheco struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and Jojo Romero struck out three batters in the ninth.

Alec Burleson, Luken Baker and Herrera had two hits apiece. Roberto Baldoquin had the only other hit for the Redbirds. The lineup left eight runners on base.

Sunday’s game: at Jacksonville, LHP Matthew Liberatore (4-4, 5.05) vs. TBA 5:35 CT

Springfield 5 at Corpus Christi 1

The Springfield Cardinals (15-16) topped the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 15-16) at Whataburger Field on Saturday.

Michael McGreevy tossed a solid four scoreless innings and yielded one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Griffin Roberts and Tyler Pike each pitched a scoreless inning. Pike earned his second win of the season.

Michael McGreevy

The Cardinals scored all five runs in the seventh inning. Errol Robinson singled to score Brady Whalen. Jordan Walker walked with the bases loaded and Nick Dunn was hit by a pitch to make the score 3-0. Newly-named organization Co-Player of the Month Chase Pinder scored two runs with a single.

Logan Gragg earned his fourth save of the year after he threw three innings and surrendered one run. The right-hander fanned four batters.

Errol Robinson

Robinson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Julio Rodriguez had two hits, one walk and a run scored. Walker drew three free passes. The lineup went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Antico stole his 16th bag for Springfield and Justin Toerner had two outfield assists. The defense turned three double plays.

Jordan Walker made a nice diving play in right field.

Sunday’s game: at Corpus Christi, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-2, 3.38) vs. TBA 1:05 CT

Peoria 9 at Dayton 2

The Peoria Chiefs (16-19) beat the Dayton Dragons (CIN, 11-22) at Day Air Ballpark after a six-run ninth inning.

Starter Austin Love tossed six innings and gave up a solo home run. The right-hander struck out seven and earned his sixth win.

Austin Love

In the third, Patrick Romeri doubled to score Noah Mendlinger. Aaron McKeithan hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his first home run for Peoria.

Levi Prater surrendered a run in two innings on two hits and two strikeouts. Gianluca Dalatri struck out the side in the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth, the Chiefs added insurance with six runs. Tyler Reichenborn bunted and with the help of a throwing error, L.J. Jones came across. Romeri hit another double to clear the loaded bases. Tommy Jew tripled to score Romeri and Osvaldo Tovalin scored Jew via sacrifice fly.

Patrick Romeri

Romeri, The Cardinal Nation’s and Co-Player of the Month by the organization, had two hits, one run scored and four RBI. Mendlinger also had two hits and came across twice. The lineup went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Peoria pitching fanned 12 batters.

Sunday’s game: at Dayton, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-10, 4.65) vs. LHP Steve Hajjar (0-0, 0.00) 12:05 CT

Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 2

The Palm Beach Cardinals (21-14) beat the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA, 17-17) on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium for their fifth victory in six games and the series win.

Starter Yonael Dominguez gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts.

Yonael Dominguez

After the Hammerheads scored a run in the first, the Beach Birds responded in the home half. Thomas Francisco singled to score Victor Scott II. In the second, R.J. Yeager scored a run with a single and Jake Burns doubled to plate one.

In the fourth inning, Francisco brought a run across and Jeremy Rivas recorded a two-RBI double to make the score 6-1.

Jeremy Rivas

Alfredo Ruiz surrendered a run in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander fanned six batters and earned his third win of the year. Andrew Marrero struck out the side in the ninth inning.

Thomas Francisco

Francisco, Rivas and Jimmy Crooks III each had two hits. Francisco and Rivas both had two RBI. The lineup went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position but had nine hits and five walks.

Scott II and Brody Moore both stole a bag.

Sunday’s game: vs. Jupiter, TBA vs. RHP Juan Reynoso (0-3, 6.75) 11:00 CT

FCL Cardinals 1 at FCL Astros Orange 8

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (18-23) fell to the Astros Orange (19-22) on Saturday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

In his first career outing of at least two innings, starter Alex Willis surrendered an unearned run due to his own error. The right hander yielded one hit, no walks and struck out four in two innings. Edwin Nunez gave up a run on a wild pitch in two innings pitched.

The only Cardinal run came in the fifth inning when Jose Cordoba hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

Jose Cordoba

Randel Clemente was charged with four runs on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts in one inning. Americo Lugo recorded a scoreless two innings with three strikeouts. Ludwin Jimenez yielded two runs in the eighth inning.

Carlos Linarez had the only multi-hit game with two and Samil De La Rosa had a double. The Cardinals left six runners on base and went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

Jeremy Ramos recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 9.5 games behind the Nationals in the FCL East.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Giants Orange 12

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (26-21) lost to the Giants Orange (19-26) on Saturday morning. The Cardinals used seven different pitchers in the contest.

Leonel Sequera surrendered an unearned run and struck out five in three innings. Junior Chirinos gave up one run in two innings and fanned four. Yordy Herrera struck out four batters and was charged with an unearned run in two innings.

In the third, Anyelo Encarnacion doubled to score two runs. Arfeni Batista came across on a wild pitch in the seventh and Encarnacion scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Yordalin Pena grounded out and scored Jonathan Mejia to make the score 9-5 in the eighth.

Anyelo Encarnacion

Jovi Galvez took his fourth loss of the year after he was charged with five runs, one earned, in 1/3 of an inning. Bruno Lopez yielded an unearned run in 2/3 of an inning. Juan Severino gave up three runs and Omar Yanez recorded a scoreless ninth.

Encarnacion had two hits, two RBI and one run scored. The lineup went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Keshawn Rombley recorded an outfield assist. Galvez committed two errors while Maikel Hernandez, Alejandro Loaiza and Herrera had one each.

The Cardinals are 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Colorado, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)


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