Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 19, 2022

photo: Michael YaSenka (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Peoria reliever Michael YaSenka, who went five scoreless innings with only one hit given up. Other standouts include Osvaldo Tovalin, Carlos Guarate and Luis Rodriguez.

Results from games played Saturday, June 18th.

Memphis 3, Nashville 5

The Memphis Redbirds (37-28) fell to the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 39-25) on Saturday night at AutoZone Park.

In a bullpen game, Thomas Parsons started and threw four innings with three runs yielded on three hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned six and recorded his first loss. James Naile surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits in two innings.

Irving Lopez plated one run in the third but the Sounds responded with three in the visitor’s half of the frame. Pedro Pages recorded his first RBI with Memphis via a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The Redbirds tried to mount a comeback in the ninth but could only bring across one as Clint Coulter drove in Cory Spangenberg.

Cory Spangenberg

Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings and struck out four batters. Kodi Whitley closed out the game with a hit yielded.

The Redbirds had seven hits, three walks and struck out 15 times, including three each by the first two batters, Lars Nootbaar and Paul DeJong. Spangenberg had two hits and came home twice. Coulter went 2-for-2 with an RBI. The lineup left six runners on base.

Spangenberg stole his ninth base of the year.

Sunday’s game: vs. Nashville, LHP Matthew Liberatore (4-3, 3.72) vs. RHP Ethan Small 2:05 CT

Springfield 5, Corpus Christi 10

The Springfield Cardinals (25-37) lost to the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 27-35) at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Starter Michael McGreevy pitched four innings with five runs, four earned, surrendered on seven hits. The prospect right-hander fanned six and recorded his second Double-A loss. Tyler Pike tossed an inning with three runs given up on two hits and four walks.

Masyn Winn scored in the first after a wild pitch. Nick Dunn plated one in the third. Matt Koperniak hit a solo shot and Jonah Davis grounded out to score another run in the fourth. Malcom Nunez hit his eighth home run of the year in the seventh.

Malcom Nuñez

Ryan Loutos yielded two runs, one earned, on a hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Johan Quezada closed out the remaining 2 1/3 innings with no runs given up. The right-hander walked one and fanned three.

Dunn was the only player in the lineup with two hits. The Cardinals struck out 15 times, including three by Masyn Winn, and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, RHP Gordon Graceffo (2-1, 2.78) vs. RHP Adrian Chaidez (2-0, 7.33) 1:35 CT

Peoria 8, West Michigan 2

The Peoria Chiefs (27-35) topped the West Michigan Whitecaps (DET, 29-33) after an impressive eight run first inning.

In his Peoria debut, Edgar Manzo tossed four innings with two runs given up on five hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

Osvaldo Tovalin

Osvaldo Tovalin made his first start for the Chiefs and hit a three-run shot in the first. Aaron Antonini and Carlos Soto both scored on a fielding error to make the score 5-0. Mike Antico brought in a run and came across on a wild pitch. The Chiefs recorded seven hits, two walks and eight runs in the first inning.

Michael YaSenka threw an impressive five scoreless innings with only one hit surrendered. The right-hander struck out five and earned his first win.

Michael YaSenka

Antico went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Soto and Tyler Reichenborn also recorded two hits. Tovalin went 1-for-2 with two walks and a three-run home run.

Sunday’s game: vs. West Michigan, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (1-6, 4.58) vs. TBA 1:35 CT

Palm Beach 4 at Clearwater 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals (27-33) fell to the Clearwater Threshers (PHI, 31-30) at BayCare Ballpark on Saturday.

Starter Bryan Pope yielded five runs, one earned, on three hits, two walks and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Carlos Guarate closed out the remaining 4 1/3 innings with only two hits given up.

With a tie game in the fourth, the Threshers scored all five runs. Sander Mora committed a fielding error with two outs. This led to a grand slam for Clearwater.

The Beach Birds scored four runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Matt Chamberlain hit a two-run shot in the fifth and Jhon Torres added his two-run homer in the sixth. The Cardinals did not score again after the sixth inning.

Jhon Torres

Darlin Moquete, Aaron McKeithan and Torres all recorded two hits. The lineup recorded eight hits but only four came across to score.

Sunday’s game: at Clearwater, RHP Trent Baker (4-5, 2.70) vs. LHP Matt Osterberg (0-5, 4.50) 11:00 CT

FCL Cardinals 6, FCL Nationals 1

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (7-3) defeated the Nationals (5-4) at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday morning. Starter Jose Davila tossed 4 1/3 innings with a run surrendered on a hit, one walk and four strikeouts. Alejandro Cervantes threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three walks and one strikeout yielded.

Jose Davila

The Cardinals scored all six runs in the sixth inning. Palm Beach rehabber Patrick Romeri tripled to bring in a run. In his professional debut, Won-Bin Cho recorded his first hit, a single, and plated Romeri. Francis Reynoso doubled to bring in a run and Samil De La Rosa hit a three-run homer to make the score 6-1.

Enrique Saldana took his second win after he pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings. Brayan Ramirez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Yordy Richard pitched the remaining 2/3 of an inning with no hits charged.

Romeri recorded the only multi-hit game with two. Cho, TCN’s no. 20 prospect, went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in his debut. The lineup went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Astros Blue, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL D-backs Red 6

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (5-6) edged the Diamondbacks Red (3-7) on Saturday morning. The Cardinals used six different pitchers in the contest led by starter Leonel Sequera, who tossed four innings with two runs yielded on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

The Cardinals scored three runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Miguel Vargas hit a two-run shot in the fourth. Yaisel Ramos tripled to bring in a run in the fifth inning.

Jovi Galvez could not record an out in the fifth inning and gave up a run on a hit and three walks. Oliver Lopez threw two hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Diego Dominguez earned his first win after one inning pitched and a run surrendered on two hits. Juan Severino pitched one inning with a run yielded on two hits. Miguel Martinez took his first save of the season. The right-hander was charged with a run on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.

In the seventh, the Cardinals added three more runs. Luis Rodriguez hit a three-run home run, the first of the 17-year-old’s career. Yancel Guerrero came across on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to make the score 7-5.

Luis Rodriguez

Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Ramos had two hits with an RBI. The lineup went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times but found a way to win.

Guerrero stole his first bag of the season.

Monday’s game: at DSL Cubs Blue, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)

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