Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 1, 2022

photo: Johan Oviedo (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Johan Oviedo who went seven innings and gave up no runs in Memphis’ win. Other standouts include Juan Yepez, Garrett Williams and Tyler Reichenborn.

Results from games played Saturday, April 30th.

Memphis 11 at Durham 4

The Memphis Redbirds (13-10) beat the Durham Bulls (TB, 8-15) on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Johan Oviedo threw very well in his seven innings. The right hander gave up no runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out eight and recorded the win.

Johan Oviedo

The Redbirds bats came alive in the fourth inning with a Juan Yepez solo shot. In the fifth, Scott Hurst scored on a passed ball and Nolan Gorman hit his 11th home run of the season, tops in all of minor league ball. The second baseman also extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Ivan Herrera hit his second homer of the year in the sixth to make a 4-0 Redbirds lead.

Three more runs came in the bottom of the eighth with two RBI from Evan Mendoza and a bases loaded walk by Kramer Robertson.

Reliever James Naile only went 2/3 of an inning and gave up four runs on five hits. Brandon Waddell closed out the game with 1 1/3 innings and gave up no hits. The left hander recorded his first save.

With a 7-4 lead, Memphis gained insurance in the top of the ninth with a solo home run from Yepez and a three-run shot from Conner Capel. Yepez has eight long balls this season and Capel has four.

Juan Yepez

Yepez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and both Cory Spangenberg and Herrera recorded two hits. The lineup scored 11 runs on 12 hits and seven walks.

Alec Burleson and Hurst each recorded a stolen base.

Sunday’s game: at Durham, LHP Zack Thompson (1-0, 3.98) vs. TBA 4:05 CT

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 7

The Springfield Cardinals (8-12) fell to the San Antonio Missions (SD, 7-13) at Nelson Wolff Stadium on Saturday. Starter Garrett Williams threw a solid five innings with only one hit given up. The left hander struck out eight.

Garrett Williams

The Cardinals scored their only three runs in the fourth inning. Moisés Gómez hit his 11th home run of the year and Pedro Pages hit his third.

Gorman and Gómez are tied for the most home runs in Major League and Minor League Baseball with 11.

Moisés Gómez

Every Springfield pitcher after Williams gave up at least one run as the 3-0 lead slipped away in the late innings. Edgar Escobar tossed 1 1/3 innings and yielded four runs on four hits and one walk. Johan Quezada secured two outs and gave up one run on one hit. Sean Kealey pitched the final inning and was charged with two runs on three hits. Escobar took his first loss of the season.

Jordan Walker and Chandler Redmond each went 2-for-4. The Cardinals went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times.

Sunday’s game: at San Antonio, RHP Connor Lunn (1-2, 4.76) vs. RHP Reggie Lawson (0-2, 14.54) 2:05 CT

Peoria 12, Wisconsin 2

The Peoria Chiefs (11-9) outhit, outpitched and outscored the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 12-8) at Dozer Park on Saturday. Starter Logan Gragg pitched five innings and yielded one run on four hits and one walk. The 6-foot-5 right hander struck out six and recorded the win.

The Chiefs bats started early with seven runs in the first two innings. Matt Chamberlain plated one and two more were scored on a fielder’s choice and an error. Aaron Antonini launched a two-run home run to make it 5-0 in the first. Jacob Buchberger brought in Tommy Jew and Masyn Winn in the second to increase the lead to 7-0.

Aaron Antonini

The Timber Rattlers scored one in the fourth. The Chiefs recorded a four-run bottom of the seventh. A throwing error scored Mike Antico and Aaron Antonini brought in Chamberlain. A wild pitch plated Mack Chambers and Carlos Soto brought in one more. Mike Antico hit a solo shot in the eighth to increase the lead to 12-1.

Nathanael Heredia tossed two scoreless innings and gave up two hits and two walks. Five of the six outs he recorded came via the strikeout. Michael YaSenka threw the final two innings and yielded one run on two hits. The right hander struck out two.

Winn, Antico and Buchberger all recorded two hits. The Chiefs scored 12 times on 11 hits and the Timber Rattlers committed four errors.

The base stealing continued on Saturday with Winn and Tommy Jew taking a bag. Winn stole his eighth and Jew took his seventh.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Michael McGreevy (1-0, 0.76) vs. LHP Russell Smith (0-1, 6.55) 1:35 CT

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 1 (10 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (9-11) walked off the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA, 10-10) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium. Palm Beach starter Carlos Guarate threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits and one walk. The 21-year-old struck out three.

The Beach Birds were down 1-0 in the third and did not respond until the sixth when Jeremy Rivas’ double brought in Osvaldo Tovalin.

The Palm Beach bullpen gave up no runs in 5 2/3 innings. Edgar Manzo pitched 2 2/3 innings and yielded two hits. The right hander struck out four. Hayes Heinecke tossed one-plus inning and walked three batters but also struck out three. Andre Granillo took over with the bases loaded and escaped. He remained for the final two innings and was charged with one hit and two walks. The 21-year-old struck out four.

With the game tied at one, it went into extra innings. Hansel Otamendi was placed at second and was moved over to third with a sacrifice bunt from Adanson Cruz. Tyler Reichenborn brought Otamendi in with a single to end the game.

Tyler Reichenborn

Reichenborn recorded the only multi-hit game with two. The Beach Birds went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on. The pitching struck out 14 batters and yielded only one run.

Adanson Cruz stole his first bag of the season.

Sunday’s game: vs. Jupiter, RHP Jose Moreno (0-1, 1.38) vs. Sandro Bargallo (1-0, 0.66) 11:00 CT

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