Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 5, 2021

Photo: Brady Whalen (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday.  The Player of the Day is Peoria first baseman Brady Whalen, who was 3-for-5 with three home runs and six RBI in the Chiefs win over Wisconsin.

Results for games played Friday, June 4.

Memphis 6, Toledo 5 (10 innings)

The Redbirds (11-16) won a walk off victory against the Mud Hens in a 10 inning contest on Friday at Auto Zone Park.

The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings.  The Redbird offense finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth.  Kramer Robertson led off with a single and John Nogowski followed with a two run home run to left center field.  Connor Capel then singled and later scored on a double play off the bat of Ali Sanchez.

The 3-0 Memphis lead did not last as Toledo responded in the top of the seventh with four runs off Redbird starter Connor Thomas.   Thomas was replaced with two out in the inning and the bases loaded by Jesus Cruz. Cruz allowed a bases clearing double and was charged with the blown save.

Memphis tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Sanchez.  Neither team scored in the ninth and the game was sent into the tenth.  Alex FaGalde surrendered a run to the Mud Hens in the top of the 10th, but the Redbirds rallied.   With Evan Mendoza on second base, Robertson walked and Nogowski singled.  Mendoza scored on a sac fly by Tyler Heinemann.  Sanchez walked to load the bases.  Justin Toerner drew the walk off walk to plate Robertson and the Redbirds won 6-5.

Nogowski was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Robertson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Heinemann, Sanchez, and Toerner each had an RBI.

Thomas pitched 6 2/3 innings and yielded four runs on nine hits, punched out four and walked one.  Cruz blew the save in the seventh. Connor Jones and Evan Kruczynski each tossed a scoreless inning.  FaGalde gave up the one run in the 10th but earned the win.

Saturday’ game:  vs. Toledo, Bernardo Flores Jr LHP (2-1, 4.60) v. TBD 6:35 CT.

Springfield 6, San Antonio 3

The Cardinals (8-19) beat the Missions on Friday night in a late innings rally for the victory at Hammond Field.

San Antonio put a run on the board in the first inning off Springfield starter Kyle Leahy.  Leahy held the Missions scoreless for the next four innings.  The Cardinals would tie it up 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth.  Nick Dunn led off with a double, and Nolan Gorman drove him home on a single.

In the sixth, San Antonio would retake the lead with two more runs off Leahy.  Both runs came on back to back solo home runs to begin the inning.  The Cardinals would get one of the runs back in the bottom frame on a solo home run by David Vinsky.  The Missions led 3-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the seventh.  Alec Burleson singled, then advanced to third on two wild pitches before a sac fly by Luken Baker would bring the run home.  Nick Plummer followed with a solo home run to give Springfield the 4-3 lead.

Two more Springfield runs came home in the eighth.  Imeldo Diaz and Gorman hit back to back singles.  Diaz scored on a force out by Ivan Herrera and a throwing error.  Luken Baker plated Herrera on a single.

Leahy tossed 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, fanned three and walked two.   Ramon Santos relieved Leahy and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.  Edgar Escobar got his second save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Ramon Santos

Gorman was 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Plummer, Vinsky and Diaz each had two hits.  Baker drove in two.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Tyler Pike (debut) v. Osvaldo Hernandez (0-2, 8.00) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 11, at Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs (11-17) walloped the Timber Rattlers in a lopsided victory on Friday night at Fox Cities Stadium.

Peoria’s offense scored at least one run in each of the first five innings.  In the first inning, Jhon Torres led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Brady Whalen then hit a solo home run to right center field and the Chiefs led 2-0.

Peoria put up five runs in the second.  Moises Castillo drew a walk and Zade Richardson drove him home on a two-run home run to center field.  Torres singled and Pedro Pages walked.  Whalen followed with his second long ball, a three-run blast to right field.  The Chief led 7-0.

Richardson hit his second home run of the game in the third inning, a solo shot to make it 8-0. Wisconsin finally got on the board in the bottom of the third with two runs off Peoria starter Jack Ralston.

The Chiefs increased their lead to 10-2 in the top of the fourth.  Brendan Donovan was hit by a pitch.  Whalen then hit his third home run of the game, a two-run shot to right center field.  Peoria made it 11-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Donovan.

Brady Whalen

Wisconsin scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a walk and back-to-back doubles off reliever Freddy Pacheco.  Ralston tossed four innings and surrendered two runs while Pacheco yielded two runs in two innings pitched.  Cole Aker pitched the final three scoreless innings and was awarded the win.

Torres and Whalen both went 3-for-5.  Torres scored two runs, Whalen scored three and had six RBI.  Richardson was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Tyler Reichenborn was caught stealing for the second time this season.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Connor Lunn v. TBD 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Jupiter 3

The Cardinals (8-20) fell to the Hammerheads by the score of 3-1 at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday.  The Beach Bird offense was bare as the team scored only one run on four hits and was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Jupiter took a 3-0 lead with two runs scored off Palm Beach starter G.J. Rodriguez in the fourth inning and a third off reliever Yordy Richard in the sixth.  The Cardinals finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Roblin Heredia doubled, advanced to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch.

Roblin Heredia

Heredia’s double was the only extra base hit in the game.  Matt Koperniak had two hits, both singles.  Jacob Buchberger also singled.

Rodriguez pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two unearned runs on two hits and struck out two.  Richard tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief and yielded one run.  Edgar Manzo hurled the final two scoreless innings.  Rodriguez took the loss.

Koperniak stole his second base of the season.  Masyn Winn and Donivan Williams each made a throwing error.  Patrick Romeri had an outfield assist at second base.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, John Beller v. TBD 5:30 CT.

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