Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 15, 2022

photo: Osvaldo Tovalin (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Thursday with wins from Peoria and Palm Beach. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is third baseman Osvaldo Tovalin, who recorded a walk-off three-run home run for Palm Beach.

Results from the games played Thursday, April 14th.

Memphis 2 at Charlotte 3

The Memphis Redbirds (5-4) fell to the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 4-5) at Truist Field in Charlotte on Thursday night.

Former first round pick Zack Thompson made the start for the Redbirds. The left hander went five innings and gave up one run on two hits and six strikeouts.

Zack Thompson

Memphis got on the board in the third inning with a solo shot from Nolan Gorman, his fourth home run of the season and fourth in four games. The Knights answered back in the bottom half, after a wild pitch from Thompson.

Nolan Gorman

Juan Yepez added a solo home run in the sixth for a 2-1 Memphis lead, his third homer in the last two days and fourth of 2022. Once again, the Knights answered back with one run off Angel Rondón in the bottom of the sixth. Rondón went two innings with one run, one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

Juan Yepez

Brandon Waddell gave up the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth which set the final score at 3-2. Waddell yielded one run on two hits.

Rondón took the blown save and Waddell received the loss.

After scoring 18 runs the previous night, the Redbirds were held to five hits and left six on base. Memphis struck out 15 times and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Friday’s game: at Charlotte, LHP Connor Thomas (0-0, 4.50) vs. LHP Wes Benjamin (0-0, 4.50) 6:04 CT

Springfield 2 at Arkansas 3

The Springfield Cardinals (3-4) fell to the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 4-3) at Dickey-Stephens Park on Thursday.

Springfield starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings with one run given up. He yielded three hits and three walks but struck out three.

Dalton Roach

The Travelers got on the board early with one run in the second. The Cardinals put up their first run in the fifth via a solo shot from Moisés Gómez. Of five hits on the year for Gómez, four have been home runs.

Moisés Gómez

Arkansas responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to take a 3-1 lead. The two runs were charged to left hander Tyler Pike, who allowed two hits and one walk.

The Cardinals tried to mount a comeback in the eighth with Delvin Perez plating Irving Lopez. After Matt Koperniak was thrown out at third in the ninth, the bats could not get anything else going.

A bright spot for Springfield was reliever Cory Thompson. Thompson went 2 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two hits.

Cory Thompson

The Cardinals bats could not back the pitching as the first four hitters in the lineup went 2-for-15. Gómez went 2-for-3 and has a 1.643 OPS on the young season.

Friday’s Game: at Arkansas, RHP Kyle Leahy (0-0, 9.00) vs. RHP Stephen Kolek (0-0, 6.75) 7:05 CT

Peoria 5, Great Lakes 2

The Peoria Chiefs (2-3) defeated the Great Lakes Loons (LAD, 2-3) on Thursday night at Dozer Park.

The Loons took the early lead with one run in the second against Chiefs starter Nathanael Heredia. The lefty went two innings and gave up one run on two hits and two walks.

After a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Noah Mendlinger, the Chiefs took a 2-1 lead in the second.

In a potential tandem arrangement, Logan Gragg relieved Heredia in the third and gave up one run on three hits through four frames. He struck out six in his four innings.

With the score tied in the seventh, the Chiefs bats came alive. Masyn Winn tripled for the second time this season, scoring Mendlinger. Aaron Antonini and Tommy Jew both recorded RBI singles to make it a 5-2 lead at the end of the seventh.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson recorded the win after 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Loutos had his first save opportunity as a professional and converted it with two strikeouts in his 1 1/3 innings.

Ryan Loutos

Three different Chiefs players stole a total of four bags on the night. Mike Antico swiped his first two of the year, Winn took his third of the season and Antonini stole his first.

Aaron Antonini

Every player in the Peoria lineup reached base via the team’s six hits and six walks recorded. Antonini reached base three times on a single and two walks. Winn, Antonini and Jew are all batting above .300 on the season.

Friday’s Games (7 inning doubleheader):
Peoria vs. Great Lakes (Game 1), Michael McGreevy (0-2, 5.68) vs. TBA, 5:00 CT
Peoria vs. Great Lakes (Game 2), Gordon Graceffo (2-0, 1.45) vs. TBA, Time TBA

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals (3-3) edged the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 2-4) with a walk-off home run by Osvaldo Tovalin in the bottom of the ninth at Roger Dean Stadium Thursday night.

The Tortugas pitching staff threw a combined no-hitter through eight innings at the Beach Birds.

After two hit by pitches in the bottom of the ninth, the Cardinals recorded their first and only hit of the night on a three-run blast from third baseman Tovalin. The third baseman was St. Louis’ 10th-round draft pick in 2021 from Azusa Pacific University.

Osvaldo Tovalin

Palm Beach starting pitcher Inohan Paniagua went six strong innings with one hit and one walk given up. Only one unearned run was allowed from Paniagua. The rest of the pitching was also strong with Edgar Manzo and Gianluca Dalatri yielding one hit each through three innings.

Inohan Paniagua

Friday’s Game: vs. Daytona, RHP Gustavo Rodriguez (0-1, 9.00) vs. RHP Reynardo Cruz (0-0, 22.50) 5:30 CT

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