Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 10, 2022

photo: Chase Pinder (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Saturday with Memphis and Springfield taking wins. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is center fielder Chase Pinder, who went 5-for-6 with five RBI and four runs in Springfield’s slugfest win over Northwest Arkansas. Juan Yepez and Michael McGreevy were among other standouts.

Results from the games played Saturday, April 9th.

Memphis 8, Gwinnett 7

The Memphis Redbirds (3-2) edged the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 2-3) 8-7 at AutoZone Park in game five of the season Saturday night.

Gwinnett once again got on the board early, scoring two against Memphis starter Connor Thomas. Connor allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in only two innings. Packy Naughton came in the third inning and gave up one run on three hits including a home run in his two innings of relief.

The Redbirds responded in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run from second baseman Kramer Robertson. The Stripers answered back with one run against Zach McAllister in the fifth to increase their lead to 4-1. McAllister pitched one inning walking two with one hit.

As the Redbirds mounted a comeback, they scored seven runs in the next two innings. Juan Yepez hit a three-run home run on a 1-1 count to center field, driving in Brendan Donovan and Alec Burleson.

Juan Yepez

In the seventh, Cory Spangenberg was hit by a pitch and Evan Mendoza walked. Brendan Donovan scored both on a double but was thrown out trying to advance to third. Kramer Robertson walked and stole second before Alec Burleson hit a home run to right center field. The score was 8-4 by the end of the seventh.

Blake Parker worked 1 2/3 innings recording no hits with three strikeouts. James Naile got the win for the night with one hit and one walk in his 1/3 of an inning. Junior Fernández yielded three runs on three hits in the top of the eighth, all scoring on a long ball with two out. He recorded two strikeouts in his one inning on the mound.

With a score of 8-7 Memphis in the ninth, the Redbirds held on as Jake Walsh recorded his first save with no hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Donovan and Burleson each had two hits. Burleson also walked and scored twice, as did Robertson. Yepez drove in three.

Iván Herrera recorded his first stolen base of the season, and Robertson recorded his second.

Sunday’s Game: Memphis vs. Gwinnett, T.J. Zeuch (0-0, 1.93) vs. LHP Kyle Muller (0-0, 1.93), 2:05 CT

Springfield 14, NW Arkansas 11

The Springfield Cardinals (1-1) outslugged the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (1-1, KC) at Hammons Field on Saturday night by a score of 14-11.

The story of the night was the Cardinals’ offense as they overcame their pitching yielding 11 runs for the second consecutive game. Springfield put up 10 runs in the first three innings alone. Both Malcolm Nunez and Matt Koperniak walked with the bases loaded in the first. Two more runs were scored by Chase Pinder and Jordan Walker in the second.

The third inning brought six more runs from the Cardinals. It started with two RBI by Pinder on a single. Todd Lott drove in two after Walker drew a walk with the bases loaded. Chandler Redmond added one more with a single and a fielding error by the center fielder to make it 10-0 at the end of the third.

Dalton Roach started the game and gave up four hits and one run in 3 2/3 innings of work. He also recorded five strikeouts and two walks before Tyler Pike was brought in. Tyler allowed two runs on five hits in his 2 1/3 frames.

The Cardinals got back those three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pinder recorded another RBI on a single, scoring Koperniak. Delvin Perez reached on a throwing error, scoring Irving Lopez. Walker then scored again.

Chase Pinder

Chase Pinder hit his second home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth, bringing his RBI total on the night to five.

The back half of the bullpen struggled near the end of the game. Johan Quezada took over in the seventh, letting in five runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. An error and defensive indifference later, he was taken out and replaced by Kevin Marnon. The lefty went 2/3 of an inning giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Freddy Pacheco recorded the final two outs in order for his first save of the season.

Quezada (1-0) recorded the win for the night with Pinder going 5-for-6 with five RBI and four runs. Jordan Walker was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two walks. Everyone in the lineup got on base as Springfield recorded 12 walks and 13 hits.

Sunday’s Game: Springfield vs. Northwest Arkansas, RHP Kyle Leahy (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Angel Zerpa (0-0, 0.00) 1:35 CT

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 7 (10 innings)

In their first game of the season, the Peoria Chiefs (0-1) lost in the 10th inning to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-0, MIL) at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin on Saturday night.

Chiefs starter and TCN prospect #8 Michael McGreevy started. McGreevy threw a no hitter through five innings before being taken out. In his High-A debut, he recorded five strikeouts and allowed one walk.

Michael McGreevy

The Chiefs jumped on the board in the third inning with a single from Jacob Buchberger followed by Aaron Antonini’s first home run this season. Tommy Jew hit his first home run on the first pitch following Antonini’s shot.

Antonini added two more RBI with a single in the sixth inning, scoring Buchberger and Carlos Soto, which increased the score to 5-0.

Logan Gragg replaced McGreevy in the sixth inning and gave up an unearned run due to a fielding error by second baseman Noah Mendlinger. In the seventh inning, Nathanael Heredia came in for Gragg and allowed a sac fly in his inning of work. In the bottom of the eighth, Enmanuel Solano let in three runs on three hits and a walk. By the end of the eighth, the Timber Rattlers had tied it up 5-5.

L.J. Jones drove in Masyn Winn with an RBI double in the top of the ninth. Wisconsin quickly responded, getting an RBI single against Ryan Loutos in the bottom half, sending the game to extra innings.

As the extra inning rule is still in place, both teams started with a man on second. The Chiefs loaded the bases with two out but couldn’t score. The Timber Rattlers walked it off via an RBI single with Loutos still pitching. He took the loss and blown save.

Jew went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Antonini was 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Masyn Winn recorded his first stolen base of the season.

The Chiefs recorded nine hits but left 10 runners on base.

Sunday’s Games (7 inning doubleheader):
Peoria at Wisconsin (Game 1), Gordon Graceffo (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Brandon Knarr (0-0, 0.00) 1:10 CT
Peoria at Wisconsin (Game 2), Dionys Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP TJ Shook (0-0, 0.00) Time TBA

Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (1-1) dropped the second game of the season as the visiting team against the Jupiter Hammerheads (1-1, MIA) at Roger Dean Stadium.

Cardinals starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez was charged with three runs in three innings. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck out two. Edgar Manzo came in relief in the fourth inning and was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks. Both pitchers gave up a home run.

The Beach Birds’ bats could not get going until the seventh inning, when they scored two. Jeremy Rivas drove in Franklin Soto on a sac fly. Elijah Cabell walked with the bases loaded, scoring Adanson Cruz. Soto then singled to score Tyler Reichenborn in the eighth to cut the Hammerheads’ lead to 6-3.

Andre Granillo

The final two pitchers for the Cardinals put up zeros over the last three innings. Andre Granillo struck out four in his two innings before Andrew Marrero fanned two in his inning of work. Both pitchers had one walk.

In the ninth, Osvaldo Tovalin singled and scored after a wild pitch and a passed ball. The Cardinals could not get anything going after this though.

Rodriguez took his first loss of the season after his three innings. Franklin Soto went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

Sunday’s Game: at Jupiter, RHP Trent Baker (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA 11:00 CT

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