Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 25, 2022

photo: Nick Dunn (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, 2B Nick Dunn, was 3-for-5 with a grand slam, five RBI, a steal and four runs scored in Springfield’s win. Other standouts include Tink Hence, Chandler Redmond, Conner Capel, and Alec Burleson.

Results from games played on Wednesday, August 24.

Memphis 16, Charlotte 2

While their counterparts at the Double-A level were pounding their opponents in Springdale Arkansas, the Memphis Redbirds were doing the same to the Charlotte Knights at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds beat Charlotte by the score of 16-2 on Wednesday night.

Starter Grant Black pitched three innings, gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and struck out one. James Naile relieved Black and threw two scoreless innings to earn his fourth win. Zack Thompson followed with a scoreless sixth. Zach McAllister, Kodi Whitley, and Freddy Pacheco each tossed a scoreless inning.

Memphis had a good first inning, scoring six runs to take a 6-0 lead. Scott Hurst singled and scored on a double by Ben DeLuzio. Alec Burleson and Juan Yepez walked. Conner Capel doubled to plate DeLuzio and Burleson. Kramer Robertson walked. Austin Allen singled and Yepez scored. Evan Mendoza singled, Capel and Robertson scored.

Conner Capel

The Knights answered with one run in the second and another run in the third to make it 6-2. The Redbirds made it 7-2 in the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Hurst.

In the seventh Memphis added five runs on a single by DeLuzio and two-run doubles by Burleson and Capel. In the eighth, Corey Spangenberg plated a run on a double and Yepez hit a three-run home run.

Alec Burleson

As a team, Memphis had a season-high six doubles. Capel went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Burleson was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. DeLuzio was 2-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Spangenberg was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Yepez plated a trio.

On the base paths, Hurst stole his 16th base. DeLuzio and Capel each swiped a bag. Spangenberg made a fielding error.

Memphis is 60-58 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Tommy Parsons RHP (9-3, 4.63) vs. TBA 7:05 CT.

Springfield 18 at NW Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals trounced the Naturals in an 18-7 shellacking on Wednesday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched five scoreless innings, allowed four hits and struck out two to earn his sixth win at Double-A.

Michael McGreevy

Tyler Pike relieved McGreevy and threw a scoreless sixth. Griffin Roberts started the sixth and surrendered five runs. Gianluca Dalatri followed Roberts and allowed two runs in the final 2 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals scored first with one run in the second inning. Nick Dunn singled and stole second base. Brady Whalen plated Dunn on a single.

Springfield made it 2-0 in the third on a solo home run by Mike Antico. Chandler Redmond hit a grand slam in the fourth to widen the lead to 6-0.

Chandler Redmond

The Cardinals annihilated the Naturals in the seventh, putting up 12 runs before NWA could get three outs. Four Cardinals reached base twice in the inning.

It began with a double by Masyn Winn. Matt Koperniak singled, and Jordan Walker singled to score Winn. Koperniak scored on a single by Dunn. Nick Raposo plated Walker on a single. Brady Whalen walked to load the bases. Redmond singled, and Dunn scored. Raposo came home on a single by Antico. Winn singled and both Whalen and Redmond scored. Koperniak walked. Walker singled, Antico scored. Dunn then hit a grand slam to right field and the Cardinals were up 18-0.

Nick Dunn

In the home half of the seventh, NW Arkansas finally scored, putting up six runs. The Naturals added their final run in the ninth.

Dunn went 3-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored. Redmond was 2-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored. Winn was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Antico was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Walker was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Whalen was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Dunn stole his fifth base of the season. Koperniak swiped his ninth bag.

Springfield is 25-22 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, six games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-4, 4.58) vs. LHP Anthony Veneziano (5-8, 6.42) 7:05 CT

Peoria 2 at Beloit 3

The Peoria Chiefs were edged by the Sky Carp on a walk-off wild pitch on Wednesday night. Starter Austin Love pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked three.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved Love and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Nathanael Heredia surrendered one unearned run in 2/3 of an inning. Andre Granillo relieved Heredia in the ninth and threw the wild pitch that scored the winning run for Beloit.

Peoria got on the board first with one run in the top of the third inning. Mack Chambers walked and later scored on a sac fly by Osvaldo Tovalin.

The Sky Carp plated two runs in the home third to take a 2-1 lead. The score remained there until the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth, the Chiefs briefly tied the game on a solo home run by Jacob Buchberger before the walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the frame.

Jacob Buchberger

Peoria scored two runs on just three hits. No Chiefs player had multiple hits. Buchberger’s long ball was the only extra base hit.

On the base paths, Francisco Hernandez stole his 18th base of the season. In the field, Chambers made a throwing error and had a fielding miscue. Todd Lott had a fielding error.

Peoria is 21-29 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.59) vs. Evan Fitterer RHP (4-6, 4.27) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at St. Lucie 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals were topped by the Mets in a 5-4 road loss on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out four.

Tink Hence

Alfredo Ruiz relieved Hence and threw two scoreless innings. Rehabber Ian Bedell surrendered three unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Bryan Pope got the final out of the seventh. Memphis rehabber Ljay Newsome tossed a scoreless eighth. Andrew Marrero gave up the winning runs via a walk off triple and error. Marrero took the loss and was tagged with a blown save.

The Beach Birds took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Alex Iadisernia singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jeremy Rivas’ single.

The Cardinals added to their lead with three runs in the fifth on a two-run home run by Rivas and an RBI single by Joshua Baez.

Jeremy Rivas

The Mets scored three in the seventh to cut the lead to 4-3. In the ninth, St. Lucie plated two runs to go up 5-4 and win in a walk off.

Rivas went 4-for-4 with two RBI. Iadisernia was 3-for-4.

On the base paths, Michael Curialle stole his second base of the season. Baez swiped his third bag. Iadisernia was caught stealing for the first time. Baez was picked off second base.

Rivas made two throwing errors, including the one on the final play. Baez had an outfield assist at first base.

Palm Beach is 27-23 in the second half and is tied with St. Lucie for first place in the FSL East.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Jose Davila RHP (0-0, 0.92) vs. Joey Lucchesi LHP (0-0, 0.00) 5:10 CT.

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