Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2022

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Friday with the two rookie clubs winning. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day, the DSL’s Jose Suarez and Arfeni Batista, were both 2-for-3 with two RBI. Other standouts include Springfield’s Matt Koperniak and Jordan Walker.

Results from games played Friday, August 12.

Memphis 0, Indianapolis 3

The Memphis Redbirds were blanked by the Indians in a 3-0 shutout at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched three innings, gave up two runs on three hits and struck out four. Williams took the loss, his third.

James Naile relieved Williams and threw two scoreless innings. Zach McAllister surrendered one run in two innings. Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Indianapolis took a 2-0 lead in the second. In the sixth, the Indians added their third and final run.

Memphis was held to two hits, a triple from Scott Hurst and a single by rehabbing Juan Yepez. The offense was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.

On the base paths, Evan Mendoza stole his 13th base, and Hurst swiped his 11th bag.

In the field, Naile made a pickoff error and catcher Austin Allen had a passed ball.

Memphis is 57-51 and is in third place in the International League West, 8.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Indianapolis, Matthew Liberatore LHP (5-4, 4.77) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (5-4, 4.56) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at Amarillo 10

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Sod Poodles in a 10-7 road contest on Friday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and struck out two.

Michael Brettell relieved McGreevy and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Tyler Pike surrendered four runs in 2/3 innings and took the loss. The left hander was also tagged with a blown save. Logan Gragg relinquished two runs in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Amarillo scored first with one run in the first inning. Springfield tied it up in the second. Jordan Walker singled. Matt Koperniak ground into a force out, Walker was out at second. Chase Pinder doubled to plate Koperniak.

The Cardinals went up 5-1 in the third on a solo home run by Irving Lopez and a three-run long ball by Koperniak. The Sod Poodles rallied for three runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4.

Matt Koperniak

Springfield added two runs in the sixth. Chandler Redmond drew a walk. Aaron Antonini singled. Lopez reached on an error and Redmond scored. Antonini was thrown out at third, Lopez advanced to second. Mike Antico reached on an error and Lopez advanced to third. Masyn Winn reached on an error and Lopez scored.

Amarillo scored four in the seventh to take an 8-7 lead, then scored two more in the eight. The runs went unanswered by Springfield.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker was 4-for-5. Lopez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Antico was 2-for-5. Koperniak had three RBI.

On the base paths, Brady Whalen stole his first base. Antico was caught stealing for the fourth time. In the field, Lopez made a fielding error. Koperniak had an outfield assist at home plate.

Springfield is 19-18 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Amarillo, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-3, 4.31) vs. Deyni Olivero RHP (1-8, 6.29) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 8 at Great Lakes 11

The Peoria Chiefs were outslugged by the Loons on Friday night in an 11-8 road loss. Starter Austin Love pitched three innings, gave up six runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Love took the loss, his 11th of the season.

Levi Prater relieved Love and surrendered five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Chris Roycroft threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless eighth.

Great Lakes scored one run in the first inning and five more in the second to go up 6-0. Peoria answered in the third with four runs on a two-run long ball by Mack Chambers and another two-run shot by Jacob Buchberger.

Jacob Buchberger

The Chiefs made it 6-5 in the fourth. Patrick Romeri drew a walk. Chambers reached on a fielder’s choice and a fielding error. Todd Lott singled to score Romeri.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Loons made it 8-5. A solo home run by Osvaldo Tovalin and a sac fly from Romeri shrunk the lead again to 8-7.

Great Lakes added three runs in the fifth to make it 11-7. A Tyler Reichenborn RBI double brought home the only Chiefs run in the ninth.

Buchberger went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Tovalin was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Lott was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Reichenborn was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Chambers had two RBI.

On the base paths, Reichenborn stole his 19th base of the season.

Peoria is 18-22 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 games back of first place South Bend

Saturday’s game:  at Great Lakes, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-10, 4.45) vs. Kendal Williams RHP (2-3, 4.86) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1 at Bradenton 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals were defeated by the Marauders in a 6-1 away contest on Friday night. Starter Yanael Dominguez pitched five innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two. Dominguez took the loss, his first.

Angel Cuenca surrendered two runs in two innings of relief. Luis Jimenez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Bradenton took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Marauders added a fourth run in the fourth, and two more runs in the sixth to go up 6-0.

Palm Beach finally got on the board in the seventh with their only run via a solo home run by Elijah Cabell.

Elijah Cabell

The Cardinals offense scored one run on three hits. The only other extra base hit was a double by Victor Scott.

On the base paths, Scott stole his fifth base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the third time.

Palm Beach is 23-17 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, Jose Davila RHP (0-0, 0,00) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2, FCL Mets 0

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (20-25) blanked the Mets by a 2-0 score on Friday morning at Roger Dean Stadium. Memphis lefty Ljay Newsome (rehabbing from Tommy John surgery) started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched one scoreless inning, allowed one hit and struck out two.

Ian Bedell (rehabbing from Peoria) threw a scoreless inning of relief. Victorious Victor Villanueva hurled four scoreless innings to earn the win, his fourth. Diorys Guerrero tossed the final three scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Victor Villanueva

The Cardinals scored both their runs in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Won-Bin Cho, the outfielder’s first as a professional, and a wild pitch. Joshua Baez advanced to first on a dropped third strike, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch with a throwing error.

Won-Bin Cho

Shortstop Lizandro Espinoza made a fielding error.

Saturday’s game:  at FCL Mets, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL D-backs Black 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (29-22) topped the D-backs Black in a one run home win on Friday morning. Starter Nelfy Ynfante pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked two.

Reliever Henry Gomez surrendered two runs in three innings pitched. Gomez received the win, his sixth. Miguel Martinez allowed two runs in the eighth. Bruno Lopez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jose Suarez. Arfeni Batista smacked a two-run home run in the second to increase the lead to 3-0.

Arfeni Batista

The D-backs came back in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2. In the seventh, the Cardinals added two insurance runs. Anyelo Encarnacion singled to start the inning. Jonathan Mejia singled. Jose Suarez doubled to score Encarnacion. Suarez scored on a sac fly by Maikel Hernandez.

Jose Suarez

The D-backs rallied in the ninth but were only able to plate two runs to bring the final score to 5-4.

Mejia went 3-for-4. Suarez was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Batista was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

On the base paths, Carlos Carmona stole his fourth base of the season. Batista was caught stealing. In the field, Encarnacion made a fielding error. CF Yaisel Ramos had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Tigers2, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 am CT.

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