Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 29, 2022

photo: L.J. Jones (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Sunday with two Memphis wins and a cancellation for Palm Beach. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Peoria first baseman L.J. Jones, had three doubles, a home run and eight RBI. Other standouts include Clint Coulter, Todd Lott, Jacob Buchberger and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Sunday, August 28th.

Memphis 6, Charlotte 2 (Completion of 8/27 game, Game 1)

After Saturday’s contest was suspended in the eighth inning, the Memphis Redbirds (62-59) topped the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 49-73) at AutoZone Park on Sunday.

Starter Aaron Brooks pitched three scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout. Garrett Williams surrendered a run in four innings.

The Redbirds struck first in the second inning after Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Luken Baker. Conner Capel walked with the bases loaded in the eighth. The game was suspended on Saturday with the bases loaded for Iván Herrera.

Herrera, TCN’s no. 3 prospect, walked for one RBI and Kramer Robertson singled to plate two more. Austin Allen grounded out and brought Herrera across to complete the four-run ninth.

Kramer Robertson

Freddy Pacheco gave up one run in an inning but earned his second Triple-A win. T.J. McFarland tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Spangenberg had the only multi-hit game with two. Every player was on base at least once except Allen. The lineup had seven hits, three walks and struck out only four times.

Herrera and Robertson both took a bag.

Memphis 8, Charlotte 7 (Game 2)

The Memphis Redbirds (63-59) edged the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 49-74) on Sunday afternoon.

Connor Thomas tossed four innings and was charged with four runs on six hits, two walks and one strikeout. Grant Black recorded two scoreless innings and earned his second win for Memphis.

After the Knights scored two in the first, Alec Burleson doubled to plate Ben DeLuzio in the home half. Clint Coulter tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth with a three-run home run.

Clint Coulter

The Redbirds took the lead in the sixth inning. Luken Baker hit his 21st homer of the year, a solo shot. DeLuzio drove in two runs with a double and Delvin Pérez came across on a wild pitch.

Johan Quezada and Zach McAllister recorded a scoreless inning each. Junior Fernández surrendered three runs in the ninth inning.

DeLuzio went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Baker had two hits, a walk, two runs and an RBI. The lineup went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Redbirds went 4-2 against the last place Knights this week. They are in fourth place, 11 games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 7

The Springfield Cardinals (27-24) fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC, 19-32) on Sunday at Arvest Ballpark.

Starter Edgar Escobar surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander fanned two batters and took his 10th loss of the year. In 1 1/3 innings, Gianluca Dalatri yielded three runs, three walks and two hits.

The only two Cardinal runs came in the sixth inning as Matt Koperniak blasted a two-run homer. The left fielder has 14 this season.

Matt Koperniak

Michael Brettell recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Griffin Roberts pitched a scoreless inning.

Mike Antico, Jordan Walker, Nick Dunn and Koperniak had the only hits for the Cardinals. Masyn Winn walked twice. The lineup went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Walker recorded two assists from right field.

The Cardinals went 3-3 against the Naturals this week and are five games behind Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wichita, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 14 at Beloit 1 (7 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs (23-31) destroyed the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 28-26) in a Sunday afternoon contest at ABC Supply Stadium. The contest ended in the seventh inning due to rain.

Zane Mills yielded an unearned run in five innings on six hits, one walk and one strikeout. TCN’s no. 22 prospect earned his fourth High-A win.

Zane Mills

The Chiefs had an explosion of offense in the Sunday matinee. L.J. Jones doubled in the first and brought two runs across Todd Lott recorded an RBI single in the second. Jones blasted a grand slam in the second, his 12th homer of the season.

LJ Jones IV

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed a scoreless two innings with a hit and one strikeout.

In the fourth, Jones scored two more runs with another double to make the score 9-0. Tommy Jew recorded an RBI single in the fifth. Todd Lott scored two runs with a triple and Jacob Buchberger brought Lott across. Buchberger plated another run in the sixth inning to make the score 14-1.

Todd Lott

The top three spots of the lineup went a combined 12-for-15. Jones had three doubles, a home run and eight RBI. The latter tied the team record. Lott recorded three RBI and four runs scored. Buchberger scored twice and drove two in. The lineup had 17 hits and left seven runners on base.

Lott stole his fifth bag of the year.

The Chiefs split the series with the Sky Carp 3-3. They are 10 games behind first place and three games from playoff elimination.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach Cardinals at St. Lucie Mets – Canceled

Due to severe weather in the St. Lucie area, the Sunday Palm Beach Cardinals (30-23) at St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 27-26) contest was canceled.

In the battle for first place in the Florida State League East, The Beach Birds went 4-1 against the Mets this week. Palm Beach is in first place by three games.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

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