Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2022

photo: Zane Mills (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day, Peoria’s Zane Mills and Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, combined to pitch a one-run game with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Other standouts include Ivan Herrera, Errol Robinson and R.J. Yeager.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 17.

Memphis 4 at Gwinnett 8

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Stripers in an 8-4 road loss on Wednesday night. Starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings, gave up seven runs on 10 hits, struck out two and walked two. The left hander took the loss, his sixth of the season.

James Naile surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Kyle Ryan and Ryan Loutos each tossed a scoreless inning.

Memphis scored in the top of the first inning. Kramer Robertson singled, Alec Burleson singled, and Moises Gomez singled to plate Robertson.

Gwinnett tied it up in the home first, then went ahead 2-1 in the second. In the fourth, the Stripers posted five runs to widen their lead to 7-1.

The Redbirds cut the lead to 7-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Ivan Herrera. Gwinnett made it 8-2 in the sixth.

Memphis added one run in the seventh. Gomez walked, Ivan Herrera singled, and Gomez scored on a force out by Conner Capel. In the eighth, Scott Hurst walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a single by Robertson and scored on a sac fly by Burleson. The Redbirds were unable to rally in the ninth.

Iván Herrera

Herrera was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Gomez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Robertson was 2-for-5.

Gomez stole his second base of the season. Delvin Perez and Hurst each swiped two bags.

Gomez made a fielding error.

Memphis is 58-54 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 9 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Gwinnett, TBA (MEM) vs. Kyle Muller LHP (5-6, 3.27) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 6, Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Travelers in a hard fought one run contest at Hammons Field on Wednesday night. Starter Edgar Escobar pitched five innings, gave up six runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two. Escobar took the loss, his ninth.

Logan Gragg surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Tyler Pike threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Dalton Roach secured the final out of the ninth.

Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the added two more in the second. The Cardinals scored one run in the home half of the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Matt Koperniak singled. Chase Pinder walked. Julio Rodriguez walked. Koperniak scored on a sac fly by Brady Whalen.

The Travelers put up three runs in the fifth to widen their lead to 6-1. Springfield scored one run in the bottom of the fifth on a sac fly by Masyn Winn.

Arkansas made it 7-2 in the sixth. In the eighth, the Cardinals rallied for four runs to pull close at 7-6. Two runs scored on a single by Rodriguez with a fielding error. Errol Robinson plated two more on a single. The Redbirds did not score in the ninth.

Errol Robinson

Robinson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Koperniak was 2-for-5. Rodriguez, Winn, and Brady Whalen each had an RBI.

Springfield is 21-20 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 5.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, RHP Michael McGreevy (5-3, 4.92) vs. Prelander Berroa RHP (1-1, 4.35) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 2, Quad Cities 1

The Peoria Chiefs topped the River Bandits in a 2-1 contest on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Zane Mills pitched six innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out four and walked one to earn his third win of the season.

Zane Mills

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved and tossed the final three scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Quad Cities took a 1-0 lead. Peoria quickly answered with one run to tie in the home fifth. Noah Mendlinger doubled and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Ramon Mendoza. Mendlinger scored on a sac fly by Francisco Hernandez.

The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Todd Lott was hit by a pitch. Jacob Buchberger singled, Lott advanced to third. L.J. Jones plated Lott on a sac fly.

Buchberger was 2-for-4. Jones and Hernandez each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Mendoza stole his third base. In the field, Tommy Jew had an outfield assist at third base.

Peoria is 19-25 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 game back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Austin Love (6-11, 6.28) vs. William Fleming RHP (1-3, 4.93) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 6 (11 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were edged by the Mighty Mussels in an extra innings contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Alfredo Ruiz surrendered two runs in four innings of relief. Matt Hickey threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Andrew Marrero allowed one unearned run in the final 3 1/3 innings and took the loss, his third.

The Beach Birds scored first with one run in the first inning. Nathan Church drew a walk. Thomas Francisco doubled. R.J. Yeager plated Church on a sac fly.

Fort Myers grabbed the lead in the second with three runs. In the third, Palm Beach regained the lead 4-3 on an RBI single by Yeager, a passed ball, and an RBI double by Brody Moore.

Neither team scored until the seventh, when the Mighty Mussels posted two runs to go up 5-4. In the ninth, Yeager hit a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5 and take it into extra innings.

R.J. Yeager

No runs were scored on either side in the 10th. In the 11th, Fort Myers pushed one run home to take a 6-5 lead. Palm Beach was unable to answer.

Yeager was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Moore and Alex Iadisernia were both 2-for-4. Jeremy Rivas was 2-for-5.

Francisco made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 24-20 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, one game behind first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Yonael Dominguez RHP (0-1, 5.40) vs. Mike Paredes RHP (7-4, 2.88) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals – Off

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

Thursday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros Blue, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 31-24 on the season and are in sixth place in the DSL South, six games back of the Rockies.

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Mariners, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 am CT.

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