Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 31, 2022

photo: Joshua Baez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system had a 2-2 Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is right fielder Joshua Baez, whose bases clearing three-run double led to Palm Beach’s win. Other standouts include Matthew Liberatore, Errol Robinson, Matt Koperniak and Jose Davila.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 30.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 5

The Memphis Redbirds went down in defeat in a tough road loss to the Sound on Wednesday night. Starter Matthew Liberatore was strong. The lefty pitched six innings, gave up one run on five hits, fanned six and walked one.

Matthew Liberatore

Packy Naughton surrendered one run in the seventh. Genesis Cabrera allowed three runs in the eighth. Cabrera took the loss and was charged with a blown save.

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Juan Yepez singled. Conner Capel and Kramer Robertson each walked. Austin Allen singled to plate Yepez and Capel. Robertson scored on a wild pitch.

Nashville scored its first run in the fifth and added another in the seventh. The Redbirds took a 3-2 lead into the eighth, but the Sounds put up three runs in the home half of the eighth to take the lead. Memphis failed to rally in the ninth.

Going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Allen was the only Redbird with multiple hits.

Evan Mendoza stole his 14th base of the season. Scott Hurst was caught stealing for the fifth time.

Memphis is 63-60 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 12 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville, RHP Tommy Parsons (9-3, 4.81) vs. LHP Ethan Small 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7, Wichita 6

The Springfield Cardinals edged the Wind Surge in a 7-6 contest on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two.

Lefy Tyler Pike relieved McGreevy and earned the win despite surrendering three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach secured the final out of the ninth to earn his sixth save.

Wichita took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and added a run in the fourth. Springfield scored in the fifth on a triple by Matt Koperniak.

Matt Koperniak

In the seventh, the Cardinals put up the crooked number to take the lead at 7-3. Errol Robinson singled but was eliminated on a force out by Masyn Winn. Koperniak singled and Winn scored. Jordan Walker singled. Chase Pinder walked. Nick Dunn plated Koperniak on a single. Nick Raposo singled to score Walker and Pinder. Dunn came home on a sac fly by Chandler Redmond. Raposo was plated on a single by Robinson.

Errol Robinson

The Wind Surge rallied for three runs in the ninth but fell short, and the Cardinals celebrated a 7-6 win.

Robinson was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Koperniak was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Raposo had two RBI.

On the base paths, Raposo stole his first base. In the field, Winn made a throwing error and Redmond had a fielding miscue. McGreevy and Pike each picked a runner off first base.

Springfield is 28-24 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wichita, RHP Jack Flaherty (MLB rehab) vs. RHP Cody Lawyerson (4-0, 0.92) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

With limited offense, the Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Austin Love pitched five innings, gave up four runs on six hits, fanned 10 and walked three. Love suffered his 12th loss of the season.

Chris Roycroft threw two scoreless innings of relief. Leonardo Taveras and Edgar Manzo each tossed a scoreless inning.

Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the third inning and added to their lead with three runs in the fifth.

Peoria scored their only run in the sixth. Osvaldo Tovalin, Aaron McKeithan, and Mack Chambers singled. Tyler Reichenborn plated Tovalin on a single.

The Chiefs scored one run on nine hits. Noah Mendlinger, Tovalin, and McKeithan were each 2-for-4. Reichenborn had the only RBI.

Peoria is 23-32 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.35) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Daytona 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Tortugas on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium by the score of 5-1. Starter Jose Davila pitched six innings, gave up one unearned run on three hits, struck out five and walked two to earn his first win at Class-A.

Jose Davila

2022 draftee Matt Hickey relieved Davila and threw two scoreless innings. Alfredo Ruiz tossed a scoreless ninth.

Daytona scored its first and only run in the third inning. Palm Beach answered in the home half with four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Victor Scott walked and stole second base. Nathan Church singled, and Scott scored. Thomas Francisco walked. R.J. Yeager walked. Joshua Baez hit a bases clearing double.

Joshua Baez

The Beach Birds added a fifth run in the sixth. Baez was hit by a pitch. Jimmy Crooks singled. Brody Moore singled. Jeremy Rivas plated Baez on a ground out.

Crooks and Moore were each 2-for-4. Baez had three RBI.

Scott stole his 11th base of the season. Church made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 31-23 in the second half and is in first place in the in the FSL East, 3.5 games ahead of the St. Lucie Mets.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 1.62) vs. Tanner Cooper RHP (4-4, 3.57) 5:30 CT.

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