Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 28, 2022

photo: Patrick Romeri (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is RF Patrick Romeri, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Palm Beach’s win. Other standouts: Ben DeLuzio, Dionys Rodriguez and Tink Hence.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 27.

Memphis 10, Norfolk 13

The Memphis Redbirds blew a late lead and came out at the wrong end of a slugfest with the Tides at AutoZone Park on Wednesday night. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched five innings, gave up seven runs on six hits, struck out one and walked three.

Garrett Williams relieved Parsons and threw two scoreless innings. Grant Black hurled a scoreless eighth. Freddy Pacheco started the ninth and surrendered four runs in 1/3 innings. Zach McAllister allowed two runs while getting the final two outs. Pacheco took the loss, his first at Triple-A. He was also charged with a blown save.

Norfolk took the first lead with two runs in the first inning and another in the third. Memphis scored their first run in the home half of the third on a solo home run by Scott Hurst.

The Tides increased the lead to 7-1 with four runs in the fourth. The Redbirds came back to plate two in the fifth on a two-run long ball by Alec Burleson. In the sixth, Memphis put up six runs to take an 8-7 lead. Luken Baker walked, Irving Lopez singled, Delvin Perez scored Baker on a single. Ben DeLuzio tripled to score Lopez and Perez. Paul DeJong hit a two-run home run to left field.

Ben DeLuzio

The Redbirds added a run in the seventh on a Baker solo home run. Memphis took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning but the bullpen proceeded to give up six runs in the top of the ninth and The Tides led 13-9.

In the bottom of the ninth, Memphis scored one more run to make it 13-10. The run came on a solo long ball by Moises Gomez, the third consecutive game the minors home run leader connected.

DeLuzio was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Baker was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. DeJong was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Burleson had two RBI.

On the base paths, DeLuzio stole his 28th base of the season. In the field, Pedro Pages had a passed ball.

Memphis is 52-43 on the season and is in third place in the International League West, 5.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Connor Thomas LHP (5-3, 4.59) vs. Matt Harvey RHP (1-0, 4.30) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 2, Frisco 5

The Springfield Cardinals fell to the RoughRiders in a Wednesday night game at Hammons Field. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up three runs on five hits, including two solo home runs, struck out six and walked two. Graceffo took the loss, his second at Double-A.

Tyler Pike threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Griffin Roberts surrendered two runs, one earned, in the eighth. Leonardo Taveras tossed a scoreless ninth.

The game was 0-0 until Frisco scored one run in the fourth. The RoughRiders added one in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 3-0 lead.

In the eighth, Frisco increased the lead to 5-0. The Cardinals finally scored two runs in the ninth on a solo home run by Malcom Nunez and an RBI single from Justin Toerner.

Malcom Nuñez

Nunez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chandler Redmond was 2-for-4. Nunez had the only extra base hit in the game.

On the base paths, Toerner stole his seventh base of the season. In the field, Nick Raposo had a passed ball.

Springfield is 13-10 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 0.5 game back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Kyle Leahy RHP (7-6, 5.97) vs. Zak Kent RHP (1-2, 5.20) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 1

Behind solid mound work, the Peoria Chiefs beat the TinCaps by the score of 4-1 on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned seven and walked one to earn his second win of the season.

Dionys Rodriguez

Jack Ralston surrendered one unearned run in 2/3 of an inning of relief. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his second save.

The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tyler Reichenborn tripled and scored on a triple by Francisco Hernandez. Hernandez scored on a single by Tommy Jew.

L.J. Jones’ RBI single in the third made it 3-0, and Brady Whalen’s RBI single in the fourth increased the lead to 4-0.

Fort Wayne scored their only run in the sixth.

The Peoria offense scored four runs on nine hits. Todd Lott was 2-for-4 as the only Chief with multiple hits. Every hitter in the lineup but Osvaldo Tovalin had a hit.

In the field, Hernandez made a throwing error and Jacob Buchberger had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 11-15 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 7 games back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, RHP Inohan Paniagua (Peoria debut) vs. Dwayne Matos RHP (1-2, 5.35) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at St. Lucie 4

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Mets in a 6-4 contest in St. Lucie on Wednesday night. Tink Hence started for Palm Beach. The right handed prospect pitched four innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out five and walked one.

Tink Hence

Bryan Pope relieved Hence and surrendered two runs in two innings. Chris Gerard allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings. Roy Garcia tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Beach Birds got on the board first with three runs in the fourth inning. Aaron McKeithan doubled and Matt Chamberlain singled. Chamberlain stole second and McKeithan scored on a throwing error. Patrick Romeri followed with a two-run home run.

Patrick Romeri

The Mets cut the lead to 3-1 in the home half of the fourth, then tied the game with two runs in the fifth. In the seventh, the Cardinals scored three more runs to retake the lead 6-3 on an RBI single by Lizandro Espinoza, an RBI single by Thomas Francisco, and a sac fly by Chamberlain.

St. Lucie made it 6-4 in the eighth.

Romeri went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Espinoza was 2-for-5 with an RBI. McKeithan was 2-for-3. Jeremy Rivas was 2-for-5.

On the base paths, Romeri stole his second base of the season and Chamberlain stole his sixth. Rivas was caught stealing.

In the field, Espinoza made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 15-11 in the second half and is in first place by two games in the FSL East.

Thursday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Carlos Guarate RHP (5-4, 3.77) vs. TBA 5:10 CT.

FCL Cardinals – Off

Thursday’s game: at FCL Marlins, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals (suspended)

The game between the Cardinals and the Twins was suspended due to rain. The game was in the fifth inning and the Cardinals were ahead 5-3. No date to complete the suspended game has been announced.

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

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