Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 3, 2021

Photo: Malcom Nunez (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was on 2-3 Wednesday.  The player of the day is Peoria CF Matt Chamberlain, who was 2-for 3 with a two run home run, four RBI and four runs scored in Peoria’s win over Wisconsin.  Honorable Mention goes to Malcom Nunez for his 3-for-3 showing and Little League home run.

Results for games played June 2.

Memphis 0, Toledo 7

The Redbirds (9-16) were blanked in a Wednesday night contest by the Toledo Mud Hens at Auto Zone Park.  The Memphis offense scattered seven hits and was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

LHP Zack Thompson got the start for the Redbirds and tossed 5 1/3 innings, yielded two runs on five hits, fanned five and walked two.  Alex FaGalde relieved Thompson and surrendered one run on 1 2/3 relief innings. Garrett Williams pitched the final two innings and gave up four runs that came on a grand slam in the eighth inning.  Thompson took the loss, his third of the season.

Irving Lopez had the only extra base hit for Memphis, a double in the eighth inning.  He was left stranded after Juan Yepez flied out and Evan Mendoza struck out. Lopez was 3-for-3.  Mendoza had two hits in the game, both singles.

Irving Lopez

Tyler Heinemann was caught stealing in the fifth inning.

Thursday’s game:  v. Toledo, Tommy Parsons vs. Matt Manning RHP (0-2, 7.94) 5:05 CT, Game 1 of DH

Austin Warner vs. Locke St. John LHP (0-0, 1.00), Game 2.

Springfield 2, San Antonio 9

The San Antonio Missions blew past the Cardinals (7-18) by the score of 9-2 in a Wednesday contest at Hammons Field.  The game was within distance for most of the game until it got out of hand in the final two innings.

The Missions got on the board first with one run in the top of the second inning off Cardinal starter Dalton Roach.  Roach surrendered a second run in the top of the fourth to give San Antonio the 2-0 lead.

Springfield got a run back in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1.  Aaron Antonini and Nick Dunn hit back to back singles. Nolan Gorman drew a walk to load the bases and Ivan Herrera was hit a pitch that scored Antonini.

San Antonio increased its lead to 3-1 with a run in the seventh off reliever Grant Black.  In the eighth the Missions put up four runs off Black and Patrick Dayton, who relieved Black with two outs in the inning.

The Cardinals scored their second run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by David Vinsky.  Dayton surrendered two more run in the ninth.

The Cardinals scored two runs on six hits. Extra base hits for the Cardinals were three doubles by Herrera, Vinsky, and Luken Baker.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Roach took the loss, his third of the season.  Roach tossed five innings and gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five.   Black yielded three runs in 2 2/3 innings and Dayton surrendered four runs in one inning pitched.  Jacob Patterson got the final out of the ninth.

Dalton Roach

Nick Plummer committed a fielding error, his second error of the season.

Thursday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Domingo Robles LHP (0-0, 4.26) v. TBD 7:05 CT

Peoria 12, at Wisconsin 11

The Chiefs (10-16) earned a slim margin win in a slugfest with the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night. The bats were busy at Fox Cities Stadium with both sides blowing up the scoreboard.

Wisconsin took the initial 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning Michael YaSenka, who lasted only 2 2/3 innings.

The right-hander gave up a three run home run in the first inning, but his offense helped him out by cutting the lead to 3-2 in the top of the second.  Zade Richardson drew a walk, Matt Chamberlain was hit by a pitch and Malcolm Nunez plated both on a triple to right field.

Peoria tied the game in the top of the third when Fernando Hernandez singled, stole second base, and then scored as Chandler Redmond reached on a fielding error.

In the top of the fourth the Chiefs added four runs to take a 7-3 lead. Chamberlain and Jhon Torres hit back to back singles.  Nunez followed with a double that became a Little League home run as both Chamberlain and Torres scored and a throwing error sent Nunez home.  Brendan Donovan singled, and Hernandez doubled to plate Donovan.

The Timber Rattlers knotted it up with four runs in the bottom of the fourth off Peoria reliever Cole Aker.  The Chiefs regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth.  Richardson singled, Chamberlain walked, and Richardson scored on a fielding error off a Tyler Reichenborn single.    Donovan doubled to plate Chamberlain.

Peoria increased its lead to 12-7 with three runs in the top of the sixth on a wild pitch and two run home run by Chamberlain.  Wisconsin continued to battle and added four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth but were unable to pass the Chiefs 12 run tally.

Matt Chamberlain

Aker was awarded the win and tossed 1 1/3 innings with four runs allowed.  He was followed by Evan Sisk who surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Nathanael Heredia yielded three runs in an inning of relief and Leonardo Taveras pitched the final two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

The Chiefs offense scored 12 runs on 16 hits. Nunez was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.  Jhon Torres and Brady Whalen were 2-for-6.  Donovan was 2-for-5, Hernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Chamberlain was 2-for-3 with four RBI and four runs scored.

Hernandez and Redmond each stole their first base of the season. Torres was caught stealing for the second time.  Torres had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs made three errors in the field, Aker on a pickoff, Donovan fielding and Hernandez throwing.

Thursday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson v. Victor Castaneda RHP (1-1, 4.44) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 3 (game one)

The Cardinals (6-19) were edged by the Hammerheads in the first game of a twin bill on Wednesday.  The game was the completion of a suspended game from the previous day.

The game was scoreless through three innings when it was suspended for rain.  It was picked up on Wednesday in the fourth inning.  Neither team scored in the fourth.  Jupiter finally ended the drought in the top of the fifth off reliever Jose Davilo, who relieved starter Inohan Paniagua with two outs in the fourth.   Davilo surrendered a third run in the sixth.

Palm Beach would finally get on the board in the bottom of the seventh.  Masyn Winn led off with a single and later scored on a double by Jacob Buchberger.  The Cardinals got one run closer in the bottom of the ninth on a double by Carlos Soto and three consecutive walks that plated Soto.  The rally ended there.

The offense scored two runs on six hits, with Winn having three of the hits.  The Buchberger and Soto doubles were the only extra base hits.

Masyn Winn

Starter Paniagua pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned five and walked three.  Davilo surrendered all three runs and took the loss. Luis Tena tossed the final three scoreless innings.

Winn and Donovan Williams were each caught stealing, both for the first time.

Palm Beach 10, Jupiter 9 (seven innings game two)

In the second game of the twin bill, Palm Beach got the better of Jupiter by a one run margin.  The lead changed hands several times, with the Beach Birds taking the initial lead and losing it before regaining it for the final time.

The Hammerheads scored first with one run in the top of the first inning off Cardinal starter Jose Moreno.  The Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom frame of the first.  Masyn Winn drew a lead off walk.  After two outs were recorded, Jacob Buchberger reached on an error that sent him to second and Winn to third.  Patrick Romeri followed with a double that plated Winn and Buchberger. Romeri scored on a double by Tommy Jew. Palm Beach led 3-1.

Jupiter scored two off Moreno in the top of the second to tie the game.  In the top of the fourth, Moreno was removed after pitching to two batters and walking one.  Luis Ortiz relieved Moreno and allowed the inherited runner to score. He then surrendered two more runs.  Jupiter was ahead 6-3.

The Beach Birds got three runs back in the bottom of the fifth.  Winn led off with a double.  Todd Lott singled to plate Winn.  Lott scored on a triple by Buchberger, and Buchberger came home on a Romeri single.  Palm Beach took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth with two additional runs on a two-run double by Carlos Soto.

The Hammerheads were not done and regained the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh off Beach Bird reliever Francisco Justo.  The Cardinals battled back in the bottom of the seventh and scored two on a Donivan Williams double to win in a walk off.

Donivan Williams

Romeri and Williams each contributed two hits to the effort.  Romeri drove in three and Williams plated two. Soto also had two RBI.

All three Cardinal pitchers surrendered runs.  They combined for five punchouts and seven walks.  Justo was tagged with a blown save but was also awarded the win.

The Cardinals made three errors.  The miscues were of the fielding variety from Lott and Terry Fuller, with a throwing error by Winn.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Levi Prater vs. Chris Mokma RHP (0-2, 6.27) 5:30 CT.


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