Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 14, 2022

photo: Thomas Francisco (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-1 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, 3B Thomas Francisco, was 3-for-3 with the only RBI in Palm Beach’s 1-0 win. Other standouts: Pedro Pages, Gordon Graceffo, Tink Hence, Ronny Oliver and Yordalin Pena.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 13.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 2

The Memphis Redbirds edged the Sounds in a 3-2 contest in Nashville on Wednesday night. Connor Thomas started for Memphis. The left hander pitched five innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two to earn his fifth win of the season.

Grant Black relieved Thomas and threw a scoreless sixth. Just back from St. Louis, Zack Thompson hurled two scoreless innings. Ryan Loutos tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first Triple-A save.

Nashville took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Memphis quickly tied it in the second on a two-run long ball by Pedro Pages. The Redbirds took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Paul DeJong drew a walk. Alec Burleson singled and Moises Gomes walked. Pages plated DeJong on a sac fly.

Pedro Pages

The game remained at 3-2 as both bullpens held the other offense to no further runs.

The Memphis offense scored three runs on six hits. No Redbird had multiple hits. Pages’ home run was the only extra base hit and the catcher had three RBI.

On the base paths, Ben DeLuzio stole his 23rd base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the second time.

In the field, Corey Spangenberg made a throwing error. Burleson had an outfield assist at home.

Memphis is 48-38 on the season and is in second place in the International League West, 4.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Nashville, RHP Jake Woodford (0-2, 4.09) vs. Josh Lindblom RHP (3-4, 3.94) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 3, Tulsa 1

The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Drillers by two runs on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Gordon Graceffo started for Springfield. The right hander pitched seven innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out five and walked one to earn his fifth Double-A win.

Gordon Graceffo

Griffin Roberts relieved Graceffo and collected two outs with no damage. Tyler Pike tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his second save.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Masyn Winn singled and Jordan Walker drew a walk. Chase Pinder grounded into a force out and Winn scored.

Springfield added to the lead with one run in the second. Nick Dunn and Nick Raposo walked and advanced on a wild pitch. Dunn scored on a ground out by Matt Koperniak. The Cardinals plated their third run in the fourth on an RBI double by Raposo.

Tulsa tallied their only run in the fifth on a solo home run. That ended the night’s scoring.

Dunn went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Raposo and Koperniak each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Mike Antico stole two bases. Winn made a fielding error.

Springfield is 8-6 in the second half and is in first place in the Texas League North.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Kyle Leahy RHP (5-6, 5.89) vs. John Rooney LHP (4-2, 3.90) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 1, South Bend 11

The Peoria Chiefs were walloped by the Cubs in an 11-1 laugher at Dozer Park on Wednesday night. Edgar Manzo started for Peoria. The right hander pitched 3 2/3 innings, gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits, struck out three and walked two. Manzo took the loss, his second of the season.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Enmanuel Solano tossed the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cubs put up six runs in the first inning to take a big lead. South Bend added one in the third and two in the fourth to widen the tally to 9-0.

The Chiefs scored their only run in the sixth inning. Tyler Reichenborn walked. Jacob Buchberger singled. Osvaldo Tovalin singled to load the bases. Francisco Hernandez walked and Reichenborn scored.

South Bend added two more runs in the seventh for the final score of 11-1.

Peoria scored one run on five hits. Buchberger was 2-for-3. L.J. Jones had the only extra base hit, a double.

In the field, Hernandez made a throwing error.

Peoria is 5-12 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, eight games back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs South Bend, RHP Austin Love (5-7, 6.10) vs. LHP D.J. Herz, 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Lakeland 0

The Cardinals blanked the Flying Tigers by a 1-0 score at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night. Tink Hence took the mound first for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned eight and walked one. In his ninth start  in 2022, his pitch count of 60 was his season high.

Tink Hence

Alfredo Ruiz relieved Hence and threw one scoreless inning. Jack Ralston hurled 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Bryan Pope tossed the final 2 2/3 scoreless inning to earn his second save. Ruiz got the win, his first of the season.

The sole run of the game was scored by the Beach Birds in the third inning. Matt Chamberlain walked, stole second base, and scored on a single by Thomas Francisco.

Thomas Francisco

Francisco went 3-for-3, all singles, with an RBI, the only hits by the Cardinal offense.

On the base paths, Chamberlain stole fourth base of the season.

Palm Beach is 10-7 in the second half and is tied with St. Lucie for first place in the FSL East.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Lakeland, Carlos Guarate RHP (3-4, 3.62) vs. TBD 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals – Off day

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (11-14) are in fourth place, seven games behind the first place Nationals in the East Division.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Mets, TBD vs. TBD 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Mets2 0 (seven innings)

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (15-15) blanked the Mets in a 3-0 game on Wednesday morning. Ronny Oliver started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out one and walked two.

Ronny Oliver

Diego Dominguez relieved Oliver and threw two scoreless innings to earn his fourth win. Miguel Martinez tossed a scoreless seventh for his third save.

The game was scoreless until the last inning. The Cardinals put up three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead 3-0. Yaisel Ramos drew a walk. Arfeni Batista singled and Ramos went to third. Batista stole second base. Yordalin Pena singled to plate Ramos and Batista. Pena advanced to third and scored on three wild pitches.

Yordalin Pena

No Cardinal had multiple hits. The two runs scored on four hits, all singles by four different Cardinals, including Batista and Pena.

On the base paths, Batista stole his second base of the season. In the field, Alejandro Loaiza made two missed catch errors. Dominquez picked a runner off first base.

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

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