Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 28, 2022

photo: Nolan Gorman (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, 2B Nolan Gorman, went 4-for-5 including two home runs with four RBI in Memphis’ win. Gordon Graceffo and Tommy Jew powered Peoria’s victory.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 27.

Memphis 9 at Durham 6

The Memphis Redbirds won their road contest over the Durham Bulls on Wednesday night by the score of 9-6. Memphis starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings, and gave up two runs on six hits, struck out five and walked one.

Brandon Waddell relieved and surrendered three runs in the fifth. Angel Rondon allowed one run in his two innings.  Junior Fernandez threw a scoreless eighth and Jake Walsh added a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save. Rondon received the win, his first of the season.

Memphis began the scoring with three runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Nolan Gorman and an RBI single by Alec Burleson. Durham answered in the home half of the first to decrease the Redbirds lead to 3-1.

Memphis added two runs in the second, on another two-run home run by Gorman. The Bulls scored one in the third and the Redbirds led 5-2.

Nolan Gorman

In the fifth, Juan Yepez’ solo home run widened the Memphis lead to 6-2. Durham posted three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-5.

Evan Mendoza thumped a solo home run in the sixth to increase the Memphis tally to 7-5. A solo home run by Durham in the bottom half of the sixth restored the one run edge.

The long ball slugfest continued in the seventh with a solo shot by Burleson to make it 8-6. The score became the final of 9-6 in the ninth when Gorman singled and scored on a fielding error.

Gorman went 4-for-5 with four RBI on two home runs, his ninth and 10th of 2022, and three runs scored. Lars Nootbaar was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Yepez was 2-for-4 and Burleson was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

On the base paths, Conner Capel stole his sixth base of the season.

Memphis has a record of 11-9 and is in fourth place in the International League West, two games back of first place Columbus.

Thursday’s game: at Durham, RHP T.J. Zeuch (0-3, 10.91) vs. RHP Tommy Romero, 5:35 CT

Springfield 1 at San Antonio 4

The Springfield Cardinals fell to the Missions in a 4-1 contest at San Antonio’s Nelson Wolff Stadium on Wednesday night. Starter Dalton Roach pitched seven innings, gave up four runs on six hits and suffered his first loss of the season. The right hander struck out two and walked one.

Johan Quezada relieved and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Springfield scored their only run in the sixth. Chase Pinder drew a walk and Jordan Walker followed with a double to right. Pinder scored on a single by Todd Lott.

The Cardinals offense managed only three hits, the Walker double, the single by Lott and a single by Julio Rodriguez.

On the base paths, Walker was caught stealing for the first time this season.

Springfield is 7-10 and sits in last place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Tulsa.

Thursday’s game:  at San Antonio, Kyle Leahy RHP (0-2, 11.37) vs. TBA, 7:05 CT.

Peoria 5, Wisconsin 2

The Peoria Chiefs beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in a 5-2 contest on Wednesday at Dozer Park. Gordon Graceffo took the mound for Peoria. The right hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up one run on three hits and fanned nine.

Gordon Graceffo

Nathanael Heredia surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief and was charged with a blown save. Ryan Loutos tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season.

The Chiefs got on the board with one run in the first inning. Masyn Winn reached on a throwing error and scored on a double by Jacob Buchberger. Peoria increased the lead to 2-0 on a bases loaded walk by Winn.

Wisconsin finally got on the board with one run in the sixth and the tying run in the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Chiefs answered with a three-run home run by Tommy Jew to take a 5-2 lead. The Timber Rattlers failed to answer in the ninth.

Tommy Jew

As the only Chief with multiple hits, Winn was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jew drove in three.

Four Peoria players had stolen bases – Noah Mendlinger, Francisco Hernandez, Winn, and Mack Chambers. Hernandez, Matt Chamberlain, and Carlos Soto were each caught stealing.

Winn made a fielding error. Mike Antico had an outfield assist at second base.

Peoria is 9-8 and sits in third place in the Midwest League West, five games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (0-0, 2.25) vs. Brandon Knarr LHP (1-1, 2.20) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals were defeated by the Jupiter Hammerheads in a Wednesday contest at Roger Dean Stadium. Inohan Paniagua got the start for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two.

Inohan Paniagua

Hayes Heinecke surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Roy Garcia and Andre Granillo combined to throw the final two innings. They protected the tie until in the ninth when Granillo allowed a three-run shot with two inherited runners on base. Garcia took the loss, his third of the season.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Jupiter got on the board with one run. The Hammerheads increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth.

The Beach Birds responded with one run in the home fifth. Ramon Mendoza singled, stole third base, and advanced to third on a passed ball. Tyler Reichenborn drove Mendoza home on a single.

Jupiter scored a third run in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals responded with two runs in the home half of the sixth to tie the game. Adanson Cruz drew a walk. Brandon Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice, and both advanced a base on a ground out by Hansel Otamendi. Elijah Cabell walked to load the bases. Cruz then scored on a wild pitch, and Hernandez came home on a Mendoza single.

The game remained knotted up until the ninth when the Hammerheads scored three runs.  Palm Beach failed to rally in the bottom half of the inning.

Reichenborn was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Mendoza was 2-for-3 and drove in a run.

Ramon Mendoza

Mendoza also stole two bases. In the field, Cruz had an outfield assist at home plate.

Palm Beach is 7-10 and stands in last place in the Florida State League East, four games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Trent Baker RHP (0-2, 4.85) vs. TBA, 5:30 CT.

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