Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 5, 2024

photo: Max Rajcic (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on the Fourth of July. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Max Rajcic, tossed eight innings of one run ball with nine strikeouts for Springfield. Other standouts include Luken Baker, Thomas Saggese, Jeremy Rivas, Jimmy Crooks, Lizandro Espinoza and Keiverson Ramirez.



Results from games played on Thursday, July 4.

Memphis 10 at Nashville 3

The Memphis Redbirds (6-4) destroyed the Nashville Sounds (5-5, MIL) 10-3 on Thursday at First Horizon Park.  Starter Gordon Graceffo threw two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out one. The right-hander left early following a rain delay.

The Redbirds took an early lead with Jordan Walker’s RBI groundout in the top of the first.

The Sounds tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single.

Nashville took the lead in the second with an RBI double.

Matt Koperniak grounded into a fielders choice and Thomas Saggese came home in the third.  Walker grounded into a double play later in the inning and Iván Herrera scored.

Walker’s RBI single in the top of the fifth extended Memphis’s lead to 4-2.

Nick Raquet took the mound in the third, and in the fifth, he allowed a bases-loaded walk that made the score 4-3.

Memphis broke the game open in the sixth with Thomas Saggese’s bases-loaded walk, Nick Raposo’s two-RBI groundout, and Koperniak’s RBI single.

Luken Baker’s two-run blast in the ninth extended the Redbirds’ lead to 10-3.

Saggese was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Herrera went 0-for-1 with two walks with two runs scored on his rehab assignment.  Baker hit 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI, and a run scored.  The Redbirds totaled 10 runs on eight hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.

Raquet earned his first win this season, throwing three innings, and allowing one run on no hits while walking four and striking out one.  Kyle Leahy threw three innings, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out three.  Andre Granillo pitched an inning, giving up a hit and striking out one.  Memphis allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking seven and striking out eight.

Friday’s game: at Nashville, RHP Ian Bedell (0-0, 2.79) vs. Carlos Rodriguez RHP (4-6, 5.54) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 7, NW Arkansas 1

The Springfield Cardinals (6-4) dominated the NW Arkansas Naturals (4-6, KCR) 7-1 on Thursday at Hammons Field.  Starter Max Rajcic earned his seventh win this season, throwing eight innings, and allowing one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out nine.

The Cardinals struck first with Jimmy Crooks’s two-RBI double, Jeremy Rivas’s RBI single, Aaron McKeithan’s RBI single, and Ramon Mendoza’s RBI single.

The Naturals earned one back in the second with an RBI groundout.

Springfield took that run back in the third with Mendoza’s RBI forceout.

Mike Antico’s sacrifice fly in the fifth added one extra insurance run to make the score 7-1.

Rivas went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Crooks hit 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.  Mendoza was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.  The Cardinals totaled seven runs on 13 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Andrew Marrero closed out the ninth, throwing an inning, and yielding two hits.  Springfield allowed one run on nine hits while walking one and striking out nine.

Friday’s game: NW Arkansas, RHP Trent Baker (3-6, 6.33) vs. Mason Barnett RHP (3-5, 5.94) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 0, South Bend 4

The Peoria Chiefs (6-7) were shut out by the South Bend Cubs (5-8, CHC) 4-0 on Thursday at Dozer Park.  Brycen Mautz is still looking for his first win, taking his tenth loss this season, pitching five innings, and allowing four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six.

The Cubs took an early lead with a solo longball in the second.

South Bend extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth with a three-run homer.

Zane Mills pitched three scoreless innings, yielding three hits while striking out four.  Tyler Bradt pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.  Peoria allowed four runs on 10 hits while walking three and striking out 10.

Miguel Villarroel, Won-Bin Cho, William Sullivan, and Osvaldo Tovalin each tallied one hit.  The Chiefs totaled no runs on four hits with four walks and 15 strikeouts.

Friday’s game: vs. South Bend, RHP Inohan Paniagua (6-5, 3.50) vs. Will Sanders RHP (1-4, 4.94) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (7-5) were defeated by the Jupiter Hammerheads (6-7, MIA) 6-4 on Thursday at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.  Starter Jose Davila threw seven innings, yielding one run on five hits while walking one and striking out five.

The Hammerheads struck first in the third with an RBI single.

The Cardinals responded in the fifth with Maikel Hernandez’s RBI single and Lizandro Espinoza’s two-RBI double.

Benjamin Arias relieved Davila in the eighth, yielding one run on a wild pitch.

Zack Showalter came in to close out the ninth, allowing a sacrifice fly, a two-RBI single, and an RBI single.

Palm Beach could only scratch one across in the bottom of the ninth with Espinoza’s RBI single.

Espinoza was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.  Kade Kretzschmar hit 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Hernandez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  The Cardinals totaled four runs on 10 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Arias threw an inning, allowing one run on one hit while walking and striking out one.  Showalter took his second loss this season in 2/3 of an inning, yielding four runs, two earned, on two hits while walking two.  Angel Cuenca threw 1/3 of an inning, giving up one hit.  Palm Beach allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits while walking four and striking out six.

Friday’s game: vs. Jupiter, TBD vs. Keyner Benitez LHP (0-1, 3.54) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 1, FCL Nationals 2

The FCL Cardinals (15-26) lost to the FCL Nationals (20-21, WSH) by a score of 2-1 on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium Complex.  Starter Nelfy Ynfante threw five innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven.

The Cardinals struck first in the third when Yordalin Pena reached on an error that allowed Heriberto Caraballo to come home.

The Nationals tied the game in the fifth with a solo homer.

Samuel Fabian took the mound in the seventh, and in the eighth, he balked in a run after yielding a two-out triple.

Fabian took his first loss this season, pitching one inning, and allowing one run on one hit while striking out four.  Jovi Galvez threw a scoreless inning, yielding a walk while striking out one.  Omar Yanez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out one.  The Cardinals allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out 13.

The Cardinals totaled one run on one hit (in the eighth by Arfeni Batista) with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

Friday’s game: at FCL Nationals, TBD vs. TBD 11:00 CT.

DSL Cardinals 2, DSL Yankees 1

The DSL Cardinals (11-11) narrowly defeated the DSL Yankees (9-13, NYY) 2-1 on Thursday at the St. Louis Cardinals DR Complex.  Starter Keiverson Ramirez earned his second win, throwing five innings, and allowing one run, none earned, while walking one and striking out three.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the second with a Christian Saez solo shot to left field.

The Yankees tied the game in the top of the third when they pulled off a double steal to advance a runner to second and score one run.

Rainiel Rodriguez’s solo bomb in the bottom of the third gave the Cardinals the lead again and that was the final run scored in this game.

Saez was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rodriguez hit 1-for-4 with a homer, an RBI, and a run scored.  Facundo Velasquez went 1-for-4 with a double.  The Cardinals totaled two runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Andrew Bolivar threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, yielding two hits while striking out four.  Alan Reyes earned his second save this season, pitching a scoreless 2/3 of an inning, and giving up one walk while striking out one.  The Cardinals allowed one run, none earned, on two hits while walking two and striking out eight.

Friday’s game: at DSL Arizona Red (16-7, ARI), TBD vs. TBD 10:00 CT.


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