Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 6, 2024

photo: Leonardo Bernal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-1 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Peoria catcher Leonardo Bernal, had two home runs and four RBI. Other standouts include Quinn Mathews, Darlin Saladin, Joshua Baez, Chase Davis and Felix Taveras.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 5.

Memphis 2 at Omaha 3

The Triple-A Redbirds were edged by the Storm Chasers in a 3-2 walk off road loss on Wednesday. Starter Adam Kloffenstein pitched three innings, gave up two runs on one hit, struck out three and walked two. Kloffenstein and manager Ben Johnson were among those ejected from the game in the fourth inning after a sequence of events summarized below.

Brandon Komar relieved Kloffenstein and threw two scoreless innings. Kolton Ingram followed with two scoreless innings. Ryan Loutos tossed a scoreless eighth. Connor Thomas surrendered the walk off run in the ninth and took the loss.

Memphis went up 1-0 in the first inning when TCN May Player of the Month Luken Baker doubled and scored on a single by organizational May Player of the Month César Prieto. Omaha scored two runs in the fourth.

César Prieto

The Redbirds tied the game in the eighth. Nick Dunn drew a walk and Victor Scott II singled. Jordan Walker plated Dunn on a double.

Memphis scored two runs on eight hits. Prieto was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Memphis is 30-29 on the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Omaha, Sem Robberse RHP (5-3, 3.53) vs. Andrew Hoffman RHP (1-1, 6.14) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 1

The Double-A Cardinals beat the Travelers by the score of 6-1 on Wednesday. Starter Tink Hence pitched two innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out three and walked one.

The Cardinal Nation’s no. 1 prospect left the game after the second inning and left the field with a trainer. The unconfirmed reason is back soreness with Hence reportedly returning to the bench later in the game.

Tink Hence

The Springfield pen picked up the slack with seven scoreless innings. Jack Ralston relieved Hence and threw three innings with five strikeouts to earn his first win. Ryan Shreve also hurled three innings. Andrew Marrero tossed the ninth.

Jack Ralston

Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mike Antico singled, stole second base, and advanced to third on an error. Antico scored on a ground rule double by Nathan Church. Church later came home on an error.

Nathan Church

The Cardinals added two runs in the second to make it 4-0. Chandler Redmond walked, Jeremy Rivas singled and Bryan Torres walked to load the bases. Church grounded into a force out as Redmond scored. Rivas came home on a throwing error.

Arkansas scored their only run of the game in the home second. Springfield came back with a run in the third. Jacob Buchberger drew a walk and Rivas singled. Torres plated Buchberger on a single.

The Cardinals put up their final run in the fifth. Rivas singled and later came home on a single by Antico.

The offense scored six runs on 11 hits. Torres was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Antico was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Church had two RBI. Rivas was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Jeremy Rivas

On the bases, Antico stole his sixth base of the season. Rivas swiped his 15th bag. Church stole his 12th base.

On defense, Redmond made a fielding error. Ralston picked a runner off first base.

Springfield is 31-22 on the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Arkansas, Edwin Nuñez RHP (0-3, 6.67) vs. Reid VanScoter LHP (2-3, 3.86) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 7 at Fort Wayne 3

The High-A Chiefs defeated the TinCaps in a 7-3 road win on Wednesday. Starter Quinn Mathews pitched six innings, gave up three runs on three hits, struck out eight and walked two to earn his first win with Peoria.

Quinn Mathews

Cade Winquest relieved Mathews and threw a scoreless seventh. Dionys Rodriguez tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Fort Wayne went up 2-0 in the first inning. They added a third run in the fifth.

Peoria scored three runs in the sixth to tie the game. Zach Levenson drew a walk and Alex Iadisernia singled. Brody Moore advanced the runners on a sac bunt. Leonardo Bernal followed with a three-run home run to left field.

Leonardo Bernal

The Chiefs added on in the seventh via a two-run home run by Joshua Baez to lead 5-3. A run in the eighth on a Bernal solo home run made it 6-3.

Joshua Baez

In the ninth, Peoria topped it off with a seventh and final run. Levenson walked and later scored on a single by Moore.

Peoria scored seven runs on 10 hits. Bernal was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Baez was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Iadisernia was 2-for-4.

On the bases, Dakota Harris stole his second base of the season. Iadisernia swiped his seventh bag. Levenson stole his fifth base. Moore was caught stealing. Iadisernia was picked off first base.

On defense, Michael Curialle made a throwing error.

Peoria is 18-25 on the season.

Thursday’s game:  at Fort Wayne, Cooper Hjerpe LHP (1-2, 4.65) vs. TBD (FW) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Dunedin 2

The Class-A Cardinals edged the Blue Jays in a 3-2 win at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday. May Pitcher of the Month Darlin Saladin pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out seven and walked three to earn his third win of the season.

Darlin Saladin

Memphis rehabber Packy Naughton relieved Saladin and threw a scoreless eighth. Zack Showalter tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

The Beach Birds took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sammy Hernandez doubled and Miguel Villarroel singled. Hernandez scored on a force out by Chase Adkison.

Dunedin put up two runs in the top of the sixth for a 2-1 lead. Palm Beach answered in the home half to regain the lead 3-2. Trey Paige singled and Hernandez reached on an error. Chase Davis plated Paige and Hernandez on a double.

Chase Davis

The Cardinals offense scored three runs on six hits. Villarroel was 3-for-4. Davis had two RBI.

Palm Beach is 31-22 on the season.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBD (PB) vs. Grant Rogers RHP (1-2, 4.65) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 10, FCL Mets 5

The rookie-level Florida Complex League Cardinals blew past the Mets in a 10-5 win on Wednesday. Starter Ronny Oliver pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up three runs on one hit, struck out six and walked two.

Randel Clemente threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. Samuel Fabian hurled a scoreless seventh. Antoni Cuello surrendered two runs in the eighth. Alexander Beltre tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals put up four small-ball runs in the first inning. Jonathan Mejia singled and Anyelo Encarnacion drew a walk. Jose Suarez singled. Mejia scored on a wild pitch. Encarnacion came home on a ground out by Felix Taveras. Alejandro Loaiza drew a walk. Suarez stole home. Arfeni Batista singled. Loaiza scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals added two runs in the second to increase the lead to 6-0. Travis Honeyman doubled and advanced to third on a balk. Mejia walked and stole second base. Encarnacion walked. Suarez grounded into a force out and Honeyman was thrown out at home. Taveras singled to plate Mejia and Encarnacion.

Felix Taveras

The Cardinals made it 7-0 in the third. Batista and Yaisel Ramos singled. Batista scored on a sac fly by Justin Guerrero.

The Mets finally got on the board in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 7-3. The Cardinals answered in the home half with a Batista solo home run.

In the sixth, a two-run home run by Encarnacion increased the lead to 10-3. The Mets added two runs in the eighth for the final score of 10-5.

Anyelo Encarnacion

The offense scored 10 runs on 11 hits. Taveras was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Batista was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Ramos was 2-for-4. Encarnacion had two RBI and three runs scored. Mejia scored three runs.

On the bases, Suarez stole his second base. Mejia swiped his fifth bag. On defense, Taveras made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 11-13 on the season.

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Astros, TBD vs. TBD 11:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals – Off day

The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 1-0 on the new season and play their second road game on Thursday morning.

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Mets Orange, TBD vs. TBD 10:00 am CT.

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