Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 14, 2022

photo: Alec Burleson, Juan Yepez, Nolan Gorman

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Wednesday with Peoria postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are the Memphis trio of Alec Burleson, Juan Yepez and Nolan Gorman. The former pair each hit two three-run home runs for six RBI and the latter had five hits in the Redbirds’ slugfest victory in Charlotte.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 13.

Memphis 18 at Charlotte 14 (11 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds (5-3) outslugged the Knights (3-5) in a Wednesday night contest at Truist Field in Charlotte behind four three-run home runs.

Johan Oviedo got the start for Memphis and pitched four innings. The right hander gave up seven runs, six earned, five hits, struck out five and walked four.

Tommy Parsons relieved Oviedo and threw two innings with four runs allowed. Kyle Ryan tossed a scoreless seventh. Junior Fernandez surrendered one run in the eighth. Jake Walsh relinquished an unearned run in his two innings pitched to earn the win. James Naile hurled a scoreless 11th.

The first Memphis run scored in the first inning on a solo home run by Nolan Gorman. The Knights put up five runs in the second to take the lead.

Nolan Gorman

The Redbirds cut the lead to 5-4 in the fourth on a three-run home run by Alec Burleson. In the fifth, a Gorman single plated the tying run.

Charlotte responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. In the seventh Memphis added four runs on a Gorman single and a three-run home run by Juan Yepez. The Knights made it 12-9 in the eighth.

Yepez blasted his second three-run home run in the ninth to knot the score at 12 apiece. The contest advanced to the 10th when Ivan Herrera gave Memphis a 13-12 lead on an RBI single.

Juan Yepez

Charlotte tied the game again in the bottom half of the 10th. In the top of the 11th, Brendan Donovan scored on a wild pitch, Burleson smacked another three-run home run, and Herrera plated a run on a double to make it 18-13. Charlotte pushed a final run over the plate in the bottom of the 11th, but the Redbirds prevailed 18-14.

Alec Burleson

Gorman went 5-for-6 with a home run and four runs scored. It was his first career five-hit contest. Yepez was 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored. His RBI total of 12 in just eight games leads all of Triple-A. Burleson was 2-for-5 with six RBI and two runs scored. It was the outfielder’s second career multi-home run game. Herrera was 2-for-6 with two RBI. Ben DeLuzio was 2-for-5.

Conner Capel stole two bases, and Cory Spangenberg stole his third base of the season. In the field, Capel made a throwing error, Herrera had a fielding miscue, and Gorman was tagged for interference.

Thursday’s game:  at Charlotte, Zack Thompson LHP (0-0, 6.23) vs. Johan Dominguez RHP, 6:04 CT.

Springfield 0 at Arkansas 8

The Springfield Cardinals (3-3) were blanked by the Travelers 8-0 at Little Rock’s Dickey-Stephens Park on Wednesday. The Springfield offense managed only two hits off Arkansas pitching.

The two hits were a single by Delvin Perez in the first inning, and a double from Malcom Nunez in the second. The Cardinals struck out 11 times and drew just three walks.

Connor Lunn

Connor Lunn made the start for Springfield, pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on five hits and fanned eight. Lunn’s offense gave the hurler no run support during those seven innings. Johan Quezada relieved and surrendered six runs, four earned, on five hits in the ninth inning. Lunn took the hard-luck loss.

On the base paths, Perez stole his third base of the season. Perez committed a fielding miscue, his sixth error of the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Arkansas, Dalton Roach RHP (0-0, 2.45) vs. Levi Stoudt RHP (0-1, 3.60) 6:35 CT.

Peoria vs. Great Lakes (postponed)

Wednesday’s game between the Peoria Chiefs (1-3) and Great Lakes Loons (2-2) at Dozer Park was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be played on Friday, April 15 as part of a doubleheader.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Nathanael Heredia LHP (0-0, 9.00) vs. TBA, 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Daytona 3 (10 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (2-3) topped the Tortugas (2-3) in a 10-inning game at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night. Jose Moreno started for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched four innings, and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits, fanned five and walked one.

Carlos Guarate

In five innings of relief, Carlos Guarate yielded three hits, two walks and four strikeouts, and surrendered one unearned run. Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless 10th to earn the win.

Daytona took first lead, scoring one run in the second. The Beach Birds tied it up in the third on an RBI single by Wade Stauss. The Tortugas regained the lead with one run in the fourth

The Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Osvaldo Tovalin and a sac fly by Hansel Otamendi. In the top of the ninth Daytona knotted it at 3-3. Palm Beach failed to score in the bottom half of the ninth, taking the game to extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, Adanson Cruz’ sac fly was the walkoff winner for the Cardinals. Tovalin went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Luis Rodriguez was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Sander Mora stole hit first base of the season. In the field, Franklin Soto made two errors, one fielding miscue and a missed catch error.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Inohan Paniagua RHP (0-0, 4.50) vs. Sam Becschoter RHP (0-1, 10.13) 5:30 CT.

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