Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 14, 2022

photo: Jordan Walker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-2 on Friday with Palm Beach dropping two. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield 3B Jordan Walker, doubled, homered and drove in four. Other standouts include Zack Thompson, Ivan Herrera, Todd Lott and Pedro Pages.

Results from games played Friday, May 13.

Memphis 4 at Norfolk 2

For the third straight game. the Memphis Redbirds were winners over the Tides at Harbor Park. Zack Thompson made the start for Memphis. The left hander pitched five innings and gave up one run on four hits, fanned eight and walked two to earn his second win of the season.

Zack Thompson

Tommy Parsons relieved and threw two scoreless innings. Kodi Whitley tossed a scoreless eighth. Junior Fernandez walked in one run in the ninth but still received his first save of 2022.

The Redbirds took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run triple by Ivan Herrera. The Tides cut the lead to 2-1 in the second.

Iván Herrera

Memphis widened their lead to 4-1 on a two-run double by Evan Mendoza. Norfolk added its second and final run in the ninth.

The Redbirds made good use of only four hits. In addition to the two extra base hits, two were singles. Herrera and Mendoza each had two RBI.

On the base paths, Ben DeLuzio stole three bases. Cory Spangenberg swiped his fifth base of the season.

Memphis is 18-16 and sits in fifth place in the International League West, 4.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  at Norfolk, Connor Thomas LHP (1-2, 4.68) vs. Blaine Knight RHP (0-1, 8.24), 5:35 CT

Springfield 12, Amarillo 8

The Springfield Cardinals beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles in a 12-8 slugfest at Hammons Field on Friday night. Connor Lunn started for Springfield. The right hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and fanned seven.

Michael Brettell relieved and surrendered three runs before getting the final out of the sixth. Sean Kealey threw a scoreless seventh and earned his first win of the season. Cory Thompson and Johan Quezada combined to toss the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals scored the first run of the game in the second inning on an RBI double by Todd Lott. The Sod Poodles plated two in the third to take the lead. In the home half of the third Springfield tied it at 2-2 on a solo home run by Pedro Pages.

Amarillo regained the lead with one score in the top of the fourth. Springfield answered in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run blast by Jordan Walker.

Jordan Walker

In the sixth, the Sod Poodles scored two to knot the game at 5-5. The Cardinals posted two runs in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Lott and a throwing error to retake the lead, 7-5.

The back and forth continued into the seventh as Amarillo added three runs to go up 8-7. The unrelenting Springfield team blew it open with a five-run bottom of the seventh. Pages thumped a solo long ball right center, his second of the night. Chandler Redmond and Julio Rodriguez each drew walks. Matt Koperniak pinch ran for Redmond. Roberto Baldoquin singled and Koperniak scored on a wild pitch. Malcom Nunez doubled to plate Rodriguez and Baldoquin. Nunez later scored on a sac fly by Walker.

Pedro Pages

Walker was 2-for-4, with a double and home run, and four RBI. Pages was 2-for-5 with two solo home runs. Baldoquin was 2-for-4 and Lott was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Nunez plated two.

In the field, Pages and Walker each made a throwing error.

Springfield is 13-18 on the season and sits in last place in the Texas League North, 5.5 games back of first place Tulsa.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Amarillo, Dalton Roach RHP (2-1, 4.96) vs. Slade Cecconi RHP (1-1, 6.66) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 5, Cedar Rapids 4

The Peoria Chiefs edged the Kernels by the score of 5-4 in Friday night game at Dozer Park, ending their nine-game losing streak. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits and fanned seven to earn his second win of the season.

Michael YaSenka surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Ryan Loutos threw the final two scoreless innings to collect his fourth save.

Cedar Rapids posted the first run in the first inning, then added two more in the second. Peoria answered with four runs in the third inning. Zade Richardson was hit by a pitch. Masyn Winn doubled. Matt Chamberlain followed with a double to plate Richardson and Winn. Chamberlain advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a second throwing error on a ball off the bat of L.J. Jones. Jones later came home on a fielding error.

The Chiefs added a fifth run in the fourth on an RBI single by Richardson. The Kernels made it 5-4 in the seventh, ending the scoring for the evening.

Peoria accumulated its five runs on six hits. No Chief had more than one hit. Chamberlain doubled, walked and plated two.

Matt Chamberlain

On the base paths, Tommy Jew stole his ninth base of the season. Noah Mendlinger swiped his fourth.

Peoria has a record of 13-18 and stands in fourth place in the Midwest League West, nine games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Saturday’s game:  Gordon Graceffo RHP (2-1, 1.07) vs. Sawyer Gipson-Long RHP (1-1, 2.01) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 3 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were blanked by the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels in the first game of a twin bill on Friday at Hammond Stadium. This was the makeup for Thursday’s rainout. Carlos Guarate took the mound for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits, struck out one and walked two. Guarate took the loss, his third of the season.

Reliever Bryan Pope surrendered one run in the final two innings.

Fort Myers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then added a third run in the fifth. The Beach Birds offense was held to five hits, a triple by Ramon Mendoza and four singles. The Cardinals were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, struck out eight times and drew two walks. Jeremy Rivas was the only Palm Beach hitter with multiple hits, as the shortstop and cleanup hitter went 2-for-3.

Jeremy Rivas

On the base paths, Rivas stole two bases. Brandon Hernandez stole his first base of the season. In the field, Hernandez made a fielding error. Pope picked a runner off first base, and Luis Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 3 (seven innings, Game 2)

Palm Beach was topped by Fort Myers in the second game of the twin bill at Hammond Stadium on Friday. Hayes Heinecke started for the Cardinals. The left hander pitched two innings and gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked two. Heinecke suffered his second loss of the season.

Jose Moreno

Jose Moreno threw three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one baserunner while striking out seven. Gianluca Dalatri tossed a scoreless sixth.

The Mighty Mussels took an early lead with one run in the first and two in the second. The score remained 3-0 until the sixth when the Cardinals scored two. Aaron McKeithan singled to begin the inning but was eliminated on a force out by Ramon Mendoza. Tyler Reichenborn singled and Osvaldo Tovelin singled to plate Mendoza. Reichenborn came home on a fielding error. The Beach Birds were unable to score in the final inning.

The listless Palm Beach offense managed only three hits, all singles, drew just one walk and fanned 10 times collectively. On the field, Wade Stauss had a passed ball.

Palm Beach is 11-19 and is in last place in the Florida State League East, 9.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  Chris Gerard LHP (1-1, 3.07) vs. Steve Hajjar LHP (0-1, 3.77) 3:00 CT.

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