Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 17, 2022

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 including two losses in extras. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL 3B Yancel Guerrero, homered, drove in three and scored twice including a steal of home. Other standouts: Kramer Robertson, Domingo Robles, Todd Lott, Joshua Baez and Justin Guerrero.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 16.

Memphis 3 at Gwinnett 4 (11 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds were topped by the Stripers in an 11-inning contest at Gwinnett on Tuesday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked one.

Johan Quezada relieved Williams and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Grant Black hurled a scoreless sixth. Zack Thompson, Kodi Whitley, and Junior Fernandez each tossed a scoreless inning. Freddy Pacheco surrendered two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister relieved Pacheco in the 11th with two men on. The walkoff run scored on a throwing error by McAllister.

Gwinnett scored one run in the first and second innings. Memphis tied it in the third on a two-run double by Kramer Robertson.

Kramer Robertson

The game remained knotted at 2-2 through regulation and into the 10th. In the 11th, the Redbirds scored one run to go up 3-2. With Corey Spangenberg on second base, Ben DeLuzio doubled to plate him.

In the home half of the 11th, the Stripers pushed two runs across to walk it off 4-3.

Spangenberg was 2-for-3 as the only Redbird with multiple hits. Robertson had two RBI.

On the base paths, Spangenberg stole his 11th base of the season. DeLuzio was caught stealing for the fourth time.

In the field, pitchers Pacheco and McAllister each made an error. Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.

Memphis is 58-53 and is in fourth place in the International League West, 8 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Connor Thomas LHP (6-5, 4.32) vs. Huascar Ynoa RHP (5-6, 5.94) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 2, Arkansas 1 (eight innings)

The Springfield Cardinals edged the Travelers in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night at Hammons Field. Rehabbing St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty pitched three scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Domingo Robles relieved Flaherty and surrendered one run in five innings.

Domingo Robles

The Cardinals took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Matt Koperniak. The game remained 1-0 until the sixth, when Springfield scored their second run on an RBI double by Chase Pinder.

Arkansas scored one run in the seventh. The rain came in the bottom of the eighth. After a rain delay, the game was called for the Cardinals.

Springfield scored two runs on four hits. Koperniak’s long ball and doubles by Pinder and Masyn Winn were the extra base hits. Julio Rodriguez singled.

In the field, Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

Springfield is 21-19 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 5 games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-8, 6.61) vs. Taylor Dollard RHP (11-2, 1.86) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 8 (10 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the River Bandits in extra innings at Dozer Park on Tuesday night. Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits, fanned eight and walked two.

Levi Prater relieved Pereira and surrendered one run in the seventh. Chris Roycroft threw a scoreless eighth. Jack Ralston allowed one run in the ninth. Leonardo Taveras relinquished two runs in the 10th and took the loss, his first at High-A.

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The River Bandits added single runs in the third and fifth. Peoria finally got on the board in the sixth on a bases loaded balk.

Quad Cities added a fifth run in the seventh. The Chiefs cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth. Francisco Hernandez walked. Mack Chambers walked, and Hernandez advanced to third on a wild pitch. Osvaldo Tovalin plated Hernandez on a ground out. Chambers scored on a single by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits made it 6-3 in the ninth. Peoria plated three runs in the home half of the ninth to tie it. Noah Mendlinger doubled. Luis Rodriguez singled. Patrick Romeri singled, Mendlinger scored. Tommy Jew pinch ran for Rodriguez. Hernandez walked. Jew scored on a wild pitch. Romeri scored on a single by Todd Lott.

Todd Lott

Quad Cities rallied in the 10th to score two runs. Peoria was unable to answer.

Lott and Romeri were each 2-for-5 with an RBI. Mendlinger and Rodriguez were both 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Hernandez stole his 17th base of the season. In the field, Mendlinger made a fielding error.

Peoria is 18-25 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 7 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Zane Mills (2-6, 4.64 ERA) vs. Noah Cameron LHP (2-0, 3.00), 6:35 p.m. CT.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 10

The Palm Beach Cardinals were shellacked by the Mighty Mussels in a 10-1 laugher at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday night. Starter Hansel Rincon pitched five innings, gave up six runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked one. Rincon took the loss, his fourth.

Roy Garcia relieved Rincon and threw a scoreless sixth. Angel Cuenca surrendered one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. Ludwin Jimenez allowed three runs, two earned in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in the second and added one more in the third. The Mighty Mussels continued to pour it on with two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh to go up 7-0.

Palm Beach finally scored their only run in the home half of the seventh. Chris Rotondo doubled, and Leonardo Bernal walked. Joshua Baez plated Rotondo on a single.

Joshua Baez

Fort Myers widened the lead with three more runs in the ninth for the final tally of 13-1.

The Cardinal offense scored one run on five hits. R.J. Yeager was 2-for-4.

In the field, Michael Curialle made two errors, one fielding and an interference call.

Palm Beach is 24-19 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, 1 game back of first place St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 1.18) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 3, FCL Nationals 2

The Florida Complex League Cardinals edged the Nationals by a 3-2 score on Tuesday morning at Roger Dean Stadium. Ian Bedell, on a rehab assignment from Peoria, started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched one scoreless inning with no hits, two strikeouts and one walk.

Ljay Newsome, also on a rehab assignment from Memphis, followed Bedell with one scoreless inning. Diorys Guerrero surrendered one run in 3 2/3 innings. Victor Villanueva allowed one run in the final 3 1/3 innings and received the win, his fifth.

The Nationals scored first with one run in the third inning. The Cardinals tied it in the fifth. Won-Bin Cho tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals scored twice in the seventh to go up 3-1. Jeremy Ramos singled and Adari Grant walked. Ramos was out in a double play line out by Ryan Holgate. Grant stole second base. Cho walked and Jhon Torres plated Grant on a single. Cho scored on a throwing error.

The Nationals got one back in the eighth. Neither team scored in the ninth.

Jeremy Ramos

Ramos was 2-for-4. The offense scored three runs on seven hits, but no player had an RBI.

On the base paths, Grant stole his sixth base. Cho was caught stealing for the second time. In the field, Carlos Linarez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 23-26 on the season and are in fifth place in the FCL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Twins 13 (Game 1)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals were pummeled by the Twins in a 13-6 beating on Tuesday morning. The game was the completion of a suspended game from July 27.

Starter Juan Salas pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked one.

Henry Gomez relieved Salas and surrendered three unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Gomez took the loss. Jovi Galvez threw a scoreless seventh. Juan Severino relinquished five runs in the eighth. Omar Lopez got the final out of the eighth.

The Cardinals took an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. Jonathan Mejia led off with a double. Luis Rodriguez singled. Mejia scored on a single by Justin Guerrero. Yaisel Ramos drew a walk to load the bases. Rodriguez and Guerrero scored on a wild pitch. Ramos came home on a sac fly by Alejandro Loaiza.

Justin Guerrero

The Cardinals added a fifth run in the fourth on an RBI double by Marcelo Perez. The Twins scored their first run in the home half of the fourth, then tied the game in the fifth with four runs.

In the sixth, the Twins added three runs to take an 8-5 lead. The Cardinals scored their final run in the seventh. Yordalin Pena singled and later came home on a sac fly by Ramos.

The Twins poured it on in the eighth with five more runs for the final score of 13-6.

Guerrero was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Mejia was 2-for-5.

On the base paths, Ramos stole his fourth base of the season. In the field, Mejia and Keshawn Rombley each made fielding errors. Loaiza had a fielding miscue and a missed catch. Severino made a throwing error.

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Twins 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals defeated the Twins, 7-4, in seven innings. Thanks to the delayed Game 1, Juan Salas again started the second game and pitched five innings. This time he gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four to earn his third win of the season.

Bruno Lopez relieved Salas and surrendered one run in the sixth. Omar Yanez tossed a scoreless seventh to earn his third save.

The Twins scored first with one run in the first inning. The Cardinals came back in the second with two to take the lead. Maikel Hernandez led off with a walk. Arfeni Batista singled, and Carlos Carmona singled. Yancel Guerrero walked, Hernandez scored. Batista came in on a sac fly by Anyelo Encarnacion.

The Cardinals added a third run in the fourth. Guerrero walked. Encarnacion reached on an error. Encarnacion stole second and Guerrero stole home.

The Twins made it 3-2 in the home half of the fourth. The Cardinals widened their lead in the top of the fifth with four runs on a two-run home run by Carmona and another two-run long ball by Guerrero.

The Twins rallied in the final two innings but fell short, with one run in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Carmona was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Guerrero had three RBI and two runs scored.

Yancel Guerrero

On the base paths, Encarnacion stole two bases. Guerrero swiped this 11th base and Yordalin Pena stole his seventh.

In the field, Batista and Alejandro Loaiza made throwing errors. Loaiza had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 31-24 on the season and are in sixth place in the DSL South, 6 games back of the Rockies.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

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