Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 9, 2022

photo: Adanson Cruz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-1 on Friday night with Peoria’s opener postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is center fielder Adanson Cruz, with two home runs and four RBI in Palm Beach’s win over Jupiter.

Results from the games played Friday, April 8.

Memphis 4, Gwinnett 3

In the fourth game of the series with Gwinnett on Friday night, the Memphis Redbirds (2-2) edged the Stripers (ATL) 4-3 at AutoZone Park.

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Memphis starter Zack Thompson. The Redbirds tied the game in the third on a ground rule double by Juan Yepez that scored two.

The Stripers regained the lead in the fifth with a run to make it 3-2. In the seventh, Memphis took its first lead, scoring two runs on a long ball off the bat of newcomer Ben DeLuzio. The Redbirds held onto the lead to take the win, their second of the series.

Ben DeLuzio

Number two hitter Nolan Gorman was the only Redbird with multiple hits. The second baseman went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. Yepez and DeLuzio each drove in two.

Thompson pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits. The left hander fanned six. Tommy Parsons tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Jacob Bosiokovic hurled a scoreless ninth and earned his second save.

Conner Capel stole his second base of the season.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Connor Thomas LHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jasseel De La Cruz RHP (0-0, 0.00) 3:05 CT.

Springfield 8, NW Arkansas 11

In their first game of their new season, the Springfield Cardinals fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC) 11-8 in a slugfest at Hammons Field on Friday night.

Connor Lunn got the start for Springfield, and he pitched 4 1/3 innings. The right hander gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked one. Garrett Williams relieved and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

From there, the bullpen and the defense struggled. Edgar Escobar started the seventh and surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Michael Brettell relieved Escobar and could not record an out. Brettell was charged with a blown save. Grant Black entered as the third pitcher in the seventh and got the final out. Black returned to toss the final two innings and allowed three unearned runs. He took the loss.

The Naturals took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Cardinals tied the score in the bottom of the second on a two-run home run by Matt Koperniak. Chandler Redmond’s RBI double gave Springfield a 3-2 lead in the third. Chase Pinder added a solo home run in the fourth to increase the lead to 4-2.

NW Arkansas scored two in the top of the fifth to knot the score at 4-4. The Cardinals answered in the home half of the fifth with a run to regain the lead at 5-4. Malcom Nunez’ double drove in the leading run.

Malcom Nuñez

Springfield added to its lead with three runs in the sixth on two bases loaded walks and a wild pitch. The Naturals came back in the seventh to tie the game again with four runs.

With the game tied at 8-8, NW Arkansas added two unearned runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to lead 11-8. The Cardinals were unable to respond.

Nunez was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Redmond and Koperniak also drove in two each.

Defense on the left side of the infield was an issue for the Cardinals. Shortstop Delvin Perez and third baseman Jordan Walker each committed two errors. For Perez, it was a throwing error and a fielding miscue. Walker made two throwing errors. Catcher Pedro Pages had a passed ball.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Dalton Roach RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Anthony Veneziano LHP (0-0, 0.00) 5:35 CT.

Peoria at Wisconsin (postponed)

The season opener for Peoria at Wisconsin was postponed due to wet grounds. It will be made up as part of a seven-inning double header on Sunday, April 10.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Michael McGreevy (0-0, 0,00) vs. Justin Jarvis RHP (0-0, 0.00) 4:10 CT.

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 5

In the opening game of Palm Beach’s season, the Cardinals defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) on Friday night as the visiting team at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched four innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits. The right hander fanned eight and issued no free passes. Winning pitcher Chris Gerard followed with two scoreless innings of relief with all six outs recorded via the strikeout. Jose Moreno surrendered an unearned run in the seventh. Carlos Guarate and Roy Garcia each tossed a scoreless inning with Garcia collecting his first save.

Adanson Cruz

After Jupiter took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Beach Birds scored three runs in the second on a long ball to right center field by Adanson Cruz. A two-run home run by Elijah Cabell increased the Cardinals lead to 5-1.

Cruz hit his second long ball of the night, a solo shot, to make it 6-1. The Hammerheads answered with three in the fourth to cut Palm Beach’s lead to two runs.

In the seventh, an RBI single by Osvalin Tovalin gave Palm Beach a 7-4 lead, but Jupiter wasn’t done, plating their fifth run in the bottom of the seventh. That concluded the night’s scoring.

Cruz went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Tyler Reichenborn and Tovalin were each 2-for-5.

Reichenborn was caught stealing. In the field, Tovalin and Reichenborn each made a fielding error and Reichenborn had an outfield assist at home.

Saturday’s game:  at Jupiter, Gustavo J. Rodriguez RHP (0-0. 0.00) vs TBA 5:00 CT.

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