Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 17, 2022

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL shortstop Maycol Justo, went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Other standouts include Zach McAllister, L.J. Jones and Hayes Heinecke.

Results from games played Thursday, June 16th.

Memphis 7, Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds (37-26) edged the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 37-25) at AutoZone Park on Thursday.

Angel Rondón recorded his third win despite surrendering five of the six Nashville runs. The right-hander yielded five hits, three walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

The Redbirds scored an impressive six runs in the third inning. In his first rehab start, St. Louis outfielder Corey Dickerson hit a two-run shot. Luken Baker brought in a run and Evan Mendoza plated two. Cory Spangenberg added one more in the fourth.

Corey Dickerson

Zach McAllister had a solid two scoreless innings with a hit given up and two strikeouts. Blake Parker tossed 2/3 of an inning with a hit and two walks charged. Kodi Whitley threw the remaining 1 1/3 innings and recorded his second save. The right-hander surrendered one run on three hits and three strikeouts.

Alec Burleson, Spangenberg and Mendoza had two hits each. The Redbirds recorded 13 hits and left eight runners on base. Dickerson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in his first rehab start.

Friday’s game: vs. Nashville, RHP Jake Woodford (0-0, 3.86) vs. RHP Caleb Boushley (7-2, 3.20) 7:05 CT

Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 5

The Springfield Cardinals (25-35) fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 25-35) at Hammons Field on Thursday.

Connor Lunn pitched three innings with a run yielded on three hits and two strikeouts. Garrett Williams took his second loss after he surrendered two runs on solo homers. The left-hander fanned five in 2 2/3 innings.

Justin Toerner scored after a wild pitch in the third inning. In the seventh, Toerner singled to drive in two to make the deficit 5-3.

Justin Toerner

Johan Quezada threw 1 1/3 innings with two runs given up on four hits and two walks. Michael Brettell closed out the last two innings with three strikeouts and one hit.

Toerner went 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and one run. The Cardinals fanned 12 times and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Malcom Nunez stole a bag and Moisés Gómez recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, RHP Edgar Escobar (3-3, 5.64) vs. RHP Cody Deason (0-3, 9.00) 7:05 CT

Peoria 13, West Michigan 9

The Peoria Chiefs (26-34) outslugged the West Michigan Whitecaps (DET, 28-32) on Thursday night at Dozer Park. Zane Mills had a rough night on the bump with eight runs, four earned, given up on 10 hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

With the Chiefs down 5-0 in the third, the bats came alive with at least one run scored every inning after. L.J. Jones hit his third homer of the season, a three-run shot, in the fourth. Tyler Reichenborn hit a two-run home run in the fifth, his second in Peoria.

LJ Jones IV

Nathanael Heredia pitched 2 1/3 innings with one run yielded on four hits. The left hander fanned two and recorded his first win. Andre Granillo closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.

In the sixth, Carlos Soto hit his third home run of the year, a three-run shot. Francisco Hernandez plated one in the seventh and Thomas Francisco scored two. Ramon Mendoza brought across one with a sacrifice bunt. To top the night off, Todd Lott hit a solo shot in the eighth, his third for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs scored nine of their 13 runs on the long ball. Lott went 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored. Jones had one hit, two walks, three RBI and three runs. Soto recorded two hits with a three-run homer. The top four in the lineup came across nine times.

Hernandez stole his 13th base of the year.

Friday’s game: vs. West Michigan, LHP John Beller (2.0, 2.66) vs. RHP Jordan Marks (0-4, 5.98) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 7 at Clearwater 5 (13 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (27-31) topped the Clearwater Threshers (PHI, 29-30) in a long 13 inning contest.

This was a bullpen game that led to six pitchers taking the mound. Starter Chris Gerard threw one scoreless inning with two hits given up and two strikeouts. Alex Cornwell tossed 3 2/3 innings with one run surrendered on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Alfredo Ruiz gave up a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings.

Aaron McKeithan hit a solo shot in the second inning, his second of 2022. The catcher was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning to bring across a run. Jhon Torres doubled to plate two more and take a 4-2 lead. The Threshers tied the game in the ninth.

Andrew Marrero pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Gustavo Rodriguez gave up two runs on a hit, a walk and four strikeouts in two innings. Hayes Heinecke yielded an unearned run in three innings with five strikeouts.

Hayes Heinecke

With a 4-4 tie in the ninth, the contest went into extra innings. The two teams exchanged runs in the 11th. Sander Mora scored on a fielder’s choice. The Threshers responded with one to tie the game again. In the 13th, Jeremy Rivas and Osvaldo Tovalin both plated a run to take the lead.

Heinecke recorded a hitless 13th and earned his second win.

The Beach Birds went 4-for-22 with runners in scoring position with left 15 runners on base. Tovalin and Torres both had three hits. The lineup struck out 16 times but the pitching staff fanned 17 batters.

Friday’s game: at Clearwater, RHP Inohan Paniagua (3-3, 2.21) vs. LHP Jordi Martinez (1-3, 4.50) 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals 4 at FCL Mets 5 (10 innings)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (5-3) were walked off by the FCL Mets (6-2) in the 10th inning at St. Lucie Sports Complex on Thursday.

Starter Diorys Guerrero threw four innings with a run surrendered on three hits and five strikeouts. Randel Clemente gave up two runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Augusto Calderon pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with three hits yielded.

Diorys Guerrero

The Cardinals plated two runs in the second inning after the Mets scored one in the first. Hansel Otamendi drove in one and Fernando Diaz tripled to bring in Otamendi. Lizandro Espinoza scored on a fielder’s choice in the eighth and the game went into extra innings.

Ettore Giulianelli threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and Omar Sanchez tossed a scoreless 2/3 of an inning with two walks and one strikeout.

In the 10th, Carlos Linarez scored on a throwing error to take the lead. In the bottom half, the Mets scored two runs to win the contest. Ludwin Jimenez surrendered the game-winning run and took his first loss. The right-hander yielded two runs, one earned, on two hits and two strikeouts.

The Cards’ lineup went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and struck out 15 times. Espinoza recorded two of the five Cardinal hits. The shortstop is 10-for-25 (.400) so far this season.

Samil De La Rosa stole two bags. Fernando Diaz and Carlos Linarez stole one base each.

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

DSL Cardinals 10, DSL Angels 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (3-6) topped the DSL Angels (4-4) on Thursday afternoon. Ronny Oliver tossed four innings with two runs surrendered on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

The Cardinals scored all 10 runs in the third through fifth innings. Jonathan Mejia doubled to bring in a run. Maycol Justo plated Mejia and Justo scored on a fielding error. Arfeni Batista drove in one more in the third. Yancel Guerrero scored on a wild pitch and Justo hit a solo shot in the fourth. In the fifth, Miguel Vargas plated one. Mejia walked with the bases loaded and Guerrero scored on a wild pitch. Justo drove in another run to make the score 10-2.

Henry Gomez threw two scoreless innings with a hit given up. The right-hander earned his second win. Esteban Contreras pitched one inning with two runs yielded on two hits and three walks. Bruno Lopez was charged with no runs with two strikeouts in the last two innings of the game.

Maycol Justo

Justo went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Batista also had three hits with an RBI and a run. The Cardinals had 15 hits, four walks but struck out 12 times.

Yaisel Ramos stole his first base of the season.

Friday’s game: at DSL Boston Blue, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT

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