Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 22, 2022

photo: Delvin Perez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield shortstop Delvin Peréz, was 3-for-4 with three stolen bases. Other standouts include Memphis shortstop Cory Spangenberg and Peoria starter Gordon Graceffo.

Results from the games played on Thursday, April 21.

Memphis 6, Omaha 3

The Memphis Redbirds (8-7) beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (KC, 7-8) at AutoZone Park on Thursday. Every Redbird player reached base at least once.

The Redbirds scored first, with five runs in the first four innings. Cory Spangenberg and Ben DeLuzio each drove in one in the second. Alec Burleson plated Nolan Gorman in the third. Spangenberg hit a two-run shot in the fourth, his third of the season.

Cory Spangenberg

Connor Thomas made the start for Memphis and went 5 2/3 innings. He was touched for two runs on four hits and four strikeouts. Thomas recorded the win. James Naile pitched 1 1/3 innings with one hit given up and no runs. He walked one and struck out two.

Spangenberg plated his fourth run of the game on a double play in the sixth to make it a 6-2 Memphis lead.

Thomas Parsons pitched the eighth with two strikeouts, one walk and no hits given up. Junior Fernández closed out the game with one run yielded. He fanned three batters but gave up two hits.

The Redbirds’ batters struck out just three times and recorded nine hits. Spangenberg drove in four and Luken Baker was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Conner Capel stole his fifth bag of the year and the Redbirds infield turned four double plays.

Friday’s game: vs. Omaha, RH T.J. Zeuch (0-2, 9.88) vs. RH Ronald Bolanos, 7:05 CT

Springfield 9, Tulsa 6

The Springfield Cardinals (5-7) outslugged the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 8-4) at Hammons Field on Thursday.

Dalton Roach started for the Cardinals and went six innings. The 26-year-old right-hander  gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks. Roach was charged with four home runs and struck out five.

The Drillers plated two in the first with a solo home run and a throwing error by Chase Pinder. Moisés Gómez scored for the Cardinals in the second after a throwing error by the opposing shortstop. Tulsa hit a solo home run in the third for a 3-1 lead.

The Cardinals tied the game in the fourth with solo homers from Gómez and Chandler Redmond. It was Gómez’ seventh and Redmond’s first. Tulsa responded with a two-run shot in the fifth for 5-3 lead.

Delvin Perez

Springfield immediately responded with a five-run fifth. Delvin Peréz scored on a wild pitch and Matt Koperniak tied the game with an RBI single. Gómez drove in two more with a double. Pedro Pages and Redmond both recorded RBIs for a 8-5 Springfield lead.

After another Drillers homer in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals responded as Chase Pinder drove in a run. The score was 9-6 at the end of the sixth.

The Springfield bullpen yielded no runs in the final three innings. Only one hit was yielded by Johan Quezada in his two innings. He walked two and struck out two. Freddy Pacheco went 1-2-3 in the ninth with a strikeout. Pacheco has not allowed a base runner in his five appearances this season.

Gómez and Peréz were 3-for-4. Gómez scored three times and had two RBI. The Cardinal lineup had 12 hits and three walks.

Peréz stole three bags and Irving Lopez stole one.

Friday’s game: vs. Tulsa, RHP Kyle Leahy (0-1, 7.71) vs. RHP Clayton Beeter (0-0, 3.18) 6:35 CT

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 3 (Game 1, eight innings)

The Peoria Chiefs (6-5) fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN, 9-2) in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader. The Chiefs were walked off in the eighth inning at Perfect Game Field.

Michael McGreevy

Michael McGreevy made the start for Peoria. The right-hander pitched six innings and gave up one run on seven hits. TCN’s no. 7 prospect struck out seven in his outing. Enmanuel Solano took the loss due to two unearned runs yielded. He threw 1 2/3 innings and fanned one.

The Kernels scored one run in the first inning and the Chiefs tied the game on Mack Chambers’ RBI single in the third. With the score still tied after seven, it went into extra innings.

Noah Mendlinger was placed on second and advanced after a groundout. Chambers collected his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-1 Chiefs lead.

The Kernels walked off the game with a sac fly in the home half of the eighth on the ultimate in small ball – three fielders’ choices and a sacrifice fly.

Peoria had six hits and drew three walks. Mike Antico was the only Chief with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. The Chiefs were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 2 (Game 2, eight innings)

The Chiefs (6-6) were walked off again in the eighth by the Kernels (MIN, 10-2) in Game 2 of the doubleheader at Perfect Game Field on Thursday.

Gordon Graceffo

Peoria starter Gordon Graceffo went five scoreless innings on three hits and one walk. The right-hander struck out nine. John Beller pitched the sixth and yielded one run on two hits. Ryan Loutos gave up three runs, two earned, in his 1 1/3 innings.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Jacob Buchberger had an RBI single and Chambers scored after a wild pitch. The Kernels responded with one run in both the sixth and seventh. With the score tied, the game went into extra innings for the second time Thursday.

With Chambers placed on second, Buchberger recorded another RBI single to make it a 3-2 Chiefs lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Loutos yielded the final two runs, taking the loss and his second blown save.

The Chiefs had seven hits but only drew one walk. Batting first, third and fifth, Antico, Buchberger and Chamberlain all were 2-for-4. All three recorded a stolen base. The rest of the lineup only had one hit combined.

Friday’s Game: at Cedar Rapids, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (0-0, 1.13) vs. LHP Brent Headrick (1-0, 2.00) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 0 at Lakeland 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals (5-7) were shut out by the Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET, 5-7) at Publix Field on Thursday.

Inohan Paniagua

Cardinals starter Inohan Paniagua went six innings and yielded three runs, with two unearned. He walked two, struck out eight and recorded the loss. Gianluca Dalatri pitched the final two innings with two hits and one walk given up. The reliever struck out five.

The Beach Birds’ bats were quiet on Thursday night. Brandon Hernandez and Ryan Holgate recorded the only hits for the Cardinals. The lineup struck out 12 times and walked just twice.

Hansel Otamendi committed his first error of the season.

Friday’s game: at Lakeland, RHP Trent Baker (0-1, 2.79) vs. TBA 5:30 CT

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