Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 12, 2022

photo: Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, outfielder Conner Capel, was 3-for-5 with two RBI in Memphis’ road win. Other Redbirds standouts: Ben DeLuzio, Alec Burleson, Luken Baker and Cory Spangenberg.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 11.



Memphis 9 at Norfolk 7

The Memphis Redbirds snapped their five-game losing streak by defeating the Tides, 9-7, at Harbor Park on Wednesday. Johan Oviedo got the start for Memphis. The right hander pitched four innings and gave up four runs on three hits, struck out five and walked three.

James Naile threw scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the season. Kyle Ryan surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Junior Fernandez allowed one run while securing the final four outs.

Norfolk got on the board first with one run in the first. The Cardinals took the lead in the third with three runs. Leading off, Cory Spangenberg singled and Ben DeLuzio doubled. Alec Burleson doubled to plate both runners. Burleson scored on a single by Luken Baker.

The Tides made it 3-2 in the home third. Memphis answered with three more runs in the top of the fourth on a two-run triple by Spangenberg and a wild pitch.

Norfolk responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-4. In the fifth, Conner Capel plated two runs on a single to right field. The Redbirds added a ninth run in the seventh on a solo home run by Baker.

The Tides added one run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to cut the lead to 9-7 until the Memphis bullpen held on to secure the win.

Conner Capel

Capel went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Ivan Herrera reached base four times on a single and three walks and scored once. DeLuzio, Burleson, Baker, and Spangenberg each had two hits. Burleson, Baker and Spangenberg also drove in two each.

On the base paths, Capel was picked off and caught stealing for the first time this season. In the field, Capel made his second error of the season, a fielding miscue. Ali Sanchez had a passed ball.

Memphis has a record of 16-16 and is in sixth place in the International League West, 5.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Norfolk, Matthew Liberatore LHP (3-3, 4.24) vs. Grayson Rodriguez RHP (2-1, 3.33) 11:05 am CT.

Springfield 4, Amarillo 9

The Springfield Cardinals were defeated by the Amarillo Sod Poodles at Hammons Field on Wednesday as all four S-Cards hurlers yielded runs. Domingo Robles took the mound for Springfield. The left hander pitched five innings and gave up four runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Tyler Pike surrendered three runs in the sixth. The left hander took the loss and was tagged with a blown save. Michael Brettell allowed one run in two innings pitched. Grant Black relinquished one run in the ninth.

Springfield scored in the first inning on a solo home run by Jordan Walker. Amarillo tied it at 1-1 in the second.

The Cardinals made it 4-1 in the third. Edmundo Sosa and Matt Koperniak singled. Walker drew a walk. Sosa was thrown out at home on a force out by Pedro Pages. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch scored Koperniak and Walker. Malcolm Nunez followed with a single that plated Pages.

Springfield lost the lead in the sixth when Amarillo put up six runs. The Sod Poodles expanded the lead with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

Koperniak went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Walker was 2-for-3 with a double and home run, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

Jordan Walker

On the base paths, Nick Dunn was caught stealing for the first time in the season. In the field, Robles committed a missed catch error and Julio Rodriguez made a throwing mistake. Pike picked a runner off first base.

Springfield is 12-17 and sits in last place in the Texas League North, 5.5 games back of first place Tulsa.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Amarillo, RHP Edgar Escobar (2-1, 6.23) vs. Brandon Pfaadt RHP (1-2, 4.38) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 1, Cedar Rapids 7

The Peoria Chiefs’ losing streak reached eight games as they were held to one run on Wednesday. The Cedar Rapids Kernels blew past Peoria by a 7-1 score at Dozer Park.

Austin Love started for Peoria and pitched 4 1/3 innings. The righty gave up three runs on four hits, fanned nine and walked three and took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Nathanael Heredia

Nathanael Heredia threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Levi Prater surrendered four runs, three earned, in the eighth. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed a scoreless ninth.

Cedar Rapids scored the first of their seven runs in the first. Peoria posted their only run in the second. Matt Chamberlain doubled, and Tommy Jew reached on a fielding error that scored Chamberlain.

The Kernels broke the 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth, then expanded the lead with four more in the eighth.

Chamberlain went 2-for-4 as the only Chief with multiple hits. The offense scored one run on six hits, struck out six times and drew no walks.

Matt Chamberlain

On the base paths, Jew stole his eighth base of the season. On the field, Noah Mendlinger made a throwing error and Masyn Winn had a fielding miscue.

Peoria is 12-17 on the season and stands in fourth place in the Midwest League West, nine games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, RHP Logan Gragg (1-2, 4.91) vs. Aaron Rozek LHP (3-1, 5.82) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 3

On Wednesday at Hammond Stadium, the Palm Beach Cardinals were blanked by the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels by a 3-0 score for the second consecutive game. Zane Mills started for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up three runs on eight hits and walked one. Mills took the loss, his second of the season.

Alex Cornwell relieved and threw two scoreless innings. Gustavo Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth.

Alex Cornwell

Fort Myers took a 2-0 lead in the third and increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth. The Palm Beach offense was held to only three hits, singles by Ryan Holgate, Tyler Reichenborn, and Brady Whalen. The offense struck out 14 times and drew three walks. Beach Birds hitters were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

On the base paths, Holgate stole his second base of the season. In the field, Tre Fletcher had an outfield assist at third base. Cornwell picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach has a record of 11-18 and is in last place in the Florida State League East, eight games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Fort Myers, Carlos Guarate RHP (0-2, 5.56) vs. Pierson Ohl RHP (1-1, 5.82) 6:00 CT.


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