Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 5, 2022

Photo: Tyler O’Neill (Michael McLoone/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-1 on Saturday with wins from Memphis and Peoria. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Tyler O’Neill who hit a go-ahead home run for Memphis in the ninth inning. Other standouts include Conner Capel, Matt Koperniak and Mike Antico.

Results from games played Sunday, June 5th.

Memphis 4 at Charlotte 3

The Memphis Redbirds (31-22) edged the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 18-35) at Truist Field on Saturday. Starter Angel Rondón tossed a solid 5 2/3 innings with only one run surrendered. The right-hander yielded three hits, two walks and struck out eight.

Conner Capel got the Redbirds on the board in the first inning with a solo home run, his seventh of the year. The Knights responded in the home half to tie the game. Memphis scored one run in both the fourth and seventh innings. Luken Baker plated one and Capel hit an RBI triple to take the lead 3-1 in the seventh.

Brandon Waddell threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Jacob Bosiokovic pitched 2/3 of an inning with two runs, one earned, given up in the eighth inning. Kyle Ryan closed out the game and was charged with two hits. The left-hander recorded his third win.

With a tie game in the ninth inning, Tyler O’Neill hit a go-ahead solo blast to take the lead 4-3. The Knights were one strike away before sending the game to the home half.

Tyler O’Neill

Ben DeLuzio, Ali Sánchez, O’Neill and Capel recorded eight of the nine Redbird hits. Capel had two RBI and a run scored. O’Neill hit the game winning home run and came across twice. The lineup went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: at Charlotte, TBA vs. TBA 12:05 CT

Springfield 3, Arkansas 8

The Springfield Cardinals (20-30) fell to the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 26-24) at Hammons Field on Saturday. Kyle Leahy pitched five innings and gave up four runs on five hits and four walks. The right-hander fanned five and took his fifth loss.

The Travelers scored one run in the third and the Cardinals responded with a two-run home half. Delvin Perez and Jonah Davis had back-to-back solo home runs to take the lead 2-1. Arkansas scored six runs over the next three innings.

Delvin Perez

Michael Brettell tossed 2 1/3 innings and yielded four runs on six hits. Ryan Loutos threw a hitless 1 2/3 with one strikeout.

The Cardinals could only scratch one more run, which came in the ninth inning. Matt Koperniak scored Nick Dunn with a single. With the bases loaded and two out, Springfield could not score anymore runs.

Koperniak walked once and recorded the only multi-hit game with two. The Cardinals went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and struck out 13 times. Dylan Carlson went 0-for-2 in his return to Springfield.

Koperniak stole his seventh base of the season.

Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (2-2, 5.80) vs. RHP Taylor Dollard (2-2, 1.09) 5:35 CT

Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 2

The Peoria Chiefs (21-29) topped the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 30-20) at Fox Cities Stadium on Saturday. Starter Logan Gragg tossed a solid six innings with two runs yielded on five hits. The right-hander fanned two and earned his third win.

The Chiefs scored one in the second inning off the bat of Tommy Jew. Wisconsin responded with two runs in the bottom half. Francisco Hernandez tied the game in the fifth with an RBI single.

The bullpen pitched three scoreless innings with only two hits given up. Gianluca Dalatri threw two innings and surrendered one hit, one walk and struck out four. Leonardo Taveras took the bump in the ninth inning and recorded his second save after one hit and two strikeouts.

One run was scored in each the seventh through ninth innings for the Chiefs. Mike Antico hit his third homer of the season in the seventh. Noah Mendlinger scored one in the eighth and Todd Lott added one more in the ninth.

Mike Antico

Antico went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Hernandez and Jacob Buchberger each had two hits. The Chiefs went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position but had 11 hits.

Todd Lott made an unbelievable catch in right field in the third inning.

Antico stole his 26th bag of the season, the most in the Midwest League.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Zane Mills (0-2, 7.45) vs. RHP Justin Jarvis (3-2, 4.93) 1:10 CT

Palm Beach vs Jupiter (postponed due to rain)

Once again due to rain, the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads contest has been postponed. The two teams have only played two games this week.

Sunday’s games: vs. Jupiter

Game 1: RHP Trent Baker (3-4, 2.06) vs. RHP Gabe Bierman (2-1, 3.26) 10:00 CT

Game 2: TBA vs. TBA, time TBA (makeup from 6/2)

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