Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 11, 2022

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 on Sunday with Springfield and Peoria taking wins. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is once again Chase Pinder, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Springfield’s win. Nolan Gorman and Gordon Graceffo were among other standouts.

Results from the games played Sunday, April 10th.

Memphis 3, Gwinnett 6

The Memphis Redbirds (3-3) fell to the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 3-3) 6-3 at AutoZone Park on Sunday.

The Stripers took the early lead in the first inning with one run against starter T.J. Zeuch. Scott Hurst drove in Ali Sánchez after he doubled in the second inning to tie the score at one.

The opposition responded with a five-run third against Zeuch. He allowed four singles and a home run which made it a 6-1 Gwinnett lead. In 4 2/3 innings, Zeuch gave up seven hits, six runs, two walks and a home run, taking the loss.

Nolan Gorman

Nolan Gorman hit his first two home runs of 2022, but the rest of the Redbirds offense struggled to respond to the Stripers. Gorman’s solo shots came in the third and eighth innings for his ninth career multi-homer game.

The bullpen was a strong point for the Redbirds on Sunday, as they gave up no runs over 4 1/3 innings. Angel Rondón yielded three hits and one walk but struck out five in his 2 1/3. Kyle Ryan gave up one hit and a walk in his inning before Jacob Bosiokovic collected one out and walked one. Cape Girardeau native James Naile had one strikeout in his 2/3 of an inning.

The Redbirds recorded seven hits, two coming from Gorman’s home runs, going just 5-for-28 (.179) otherwise. Memphis went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Kramer Robertson recorded his fourth stolen base of the season. Sánchez caught a runner stealing third in the seventh.

Tuesday’s Game: Memphis at Charlotte, Matthew Liberatore (0-1, 9.82) vs. TBA 5:35 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday.)

Springfield 10, NW Arkansas 5

 The Springfield Cardinals (2-1) once again outslugged the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (1-2, KC) 10-5, at Hammons Field on Sunday.

The hitting started early with a two-run blast from Jordan Walker in the first, his first at Double-A. His home run was 109 mph off the bat. Pedro Pages joined him with his first Springfield homer, as well.

The Naturals responded with a two-run home run off starter Kyle Leahy in the second.

Springfield came back with four runs in the home half of the second. The Cardinals loaded the bases and Walker drew a walk on four pitches. Chandler Redmond drove in one and after a wild pitch to score another, Pages had an RBI double. The score was 7-2 Cardinals.

Two more runs were added by the Naturals in the third after two doubles against Leahy. He gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out five in his four innings.

The Cardinals added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Moises Gomes had his first home run, Jonah Davis drove in one off a double and Chase Pinder drove in Davis. Springfield was up 10-4 at the end of the fifth.

Michael Brettell recorded the win, on one hit and one walk in two innings of work. Sean Kealy gave up one run on two walks and one hit. Cory Thompson closed out the game for the Cardinals with one hit in two innings.

Chase Pinder

The Springfield Cardinals bats stayed hot in their third game of the season. Pinder went 4-for-5 with one RBI and two runs. Our Player of the Day two days running is nine for his last eleven. Seven of nine Cardinals in the lineup have an OPS of over 1.000 in their first three games. The Cardinals also recorded zero strikeouts down the lineup.

Monday’s Game: Springfield at Arkansas, LHP Domingo Robles (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Taylor Dollard (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 0 (7 innings)
Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 3 (7 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs (1-2) split Sunday’s doubleheader with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2-1, MIL) at Fox Cities Stadium.

Game 1:

Starter Gordon Graceffo went five innings and gave up two hits with five strikeouts. TCN’s no. 17 prospect recorded his first win of 2022.

Gordon Graceffo

In the top of the fifth, Tommy Jew walked and Matt Chamberlain recorded via a base hit. After a successful double-steal, Jew was tagged out at home and Francisco Hernandez reached after a throwing error from the opposing catcher. Chamberlain scored and made it a 1-0 Chiefs lead.

John Beller recorded his first save with no hits in the final two innings.

Masyn Winn recorded two of the three Chiefs hits and Wisconsin had three errors in the game. The pitching staff recorded the shutout while limiting the Timber Rattlers to only two hits.

Chamberlain had two stolen bases and Jew recorded his first of the season.

Game 2:

The Chiefs bats got off to a slow start as they did not record their first hit until the fourth inning. Winn and Jacob Buchberger singled and Thomas Francisco grounded into a double play, scoring Winn. The score was 1-0 Chiefs.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched three innings and allowed no runs with one hit but walked five and struck out four. Levi Prater pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Wisconsin scored against Nick Trogrlic-Iverson in the fifth inning, tying the score at 1-1.

Peoria responded with a home run from Antonini in the seventh, his second of the season. The Chiefs were up 2-1 with three outs to go.

Wilfredo Pereira came in to close out the game in the seventh but couldn’t get the job done. He collected one out before walking two and throwing a wild pitch. The Timber Rattlers walked it off for the second time in three games, via a two RBI single. Pereira took the loss and the blown save.

Masyn Winn

Winn went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Buchburger, Antonini and Jew all went 1-for-3. The Chiefs left five runners on base.

Tuesday’s Game: Peoria vs. Great Lakes, RHP Austin Love (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday.)

Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals (1-2) dropped the third game of the season to the Jupiter Hammerheads (2-1, MIA) 9-2 at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday.

Starter Trent Baker gave up three runs on four hits through four frames. He walked two and struck out three. One of his three runs allowed was a solo home run. Baker took the loss.

Ludwin Jimenez relieved in the fifth, yielding no runs with a walk and a strikeout. In the sixth, Alex Cornwell was charged with five runs on two walks and three singles in his 2/3 of an inning. Nelfri Contreras finished the sixth inning and allowed a single and a balk. The score was 8-0 in favor of the Hammerheads.

The Beach Birds tried to respond in the seventh with an RBI single from Franklin Soto, but two groundouts followed.

Contreras and Hayes Heinecke split the home half of the seventh after Contreras gave up a walk and had another balk. Contreras finished with one run on one hit and one walk in his 2/3 of an inning. Heinecke gave up one hit and one walk in his 2/3. The score at the end of the seventh was 9-1 Hammerheads.

Gianluca Dalatri came in for the Cardinals in the eighth and struck out two. Elijah Cabell walked with the bases loaded to add one more run to the Cardinals score in the ninth.

Osvaldo Tovalin had a 2-for-5 day and Tyler Reichenborn went 1-for-3 with two walks. The Beach Birds left 12 runners on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Tuesday’s Game: Palm Beach vs. Daytona, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (Palm Beach is off Monday.)

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