Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 15, 2024

photo: Gerardo Salas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Behind strong pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Palm Beach’s Gerardo Salas, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Other standouts include Gordon Graceffo, Sem Robberse, Cooper Hjerpe, Inohan Paniagua, Miguel Villarroel and Luis Rodriguez.

Results for games played Tuesday, May 14.

Memphis 6, Gwinnett 1 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Memphis Redbirds beat the Stripers in the opener of a twin bill on Tuesday at AutoZone Park. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched the full seven innings, gave up one run on five hits, struck out five and walked four to earn his fourth win of the season.

Gordon Graceffo

Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Victor Scott II walked, stole second and came home on a double by César Prieto.

Gwinnett tied the game in the top of the third. In the home third, the Redbirds broke the tie with five runs to lead 6-1. Jordan Walker doubled and scored on a double by José Fermín. Prieto reached on an error. Thomas Saggese singled to plate Fermín. Luken Baker followed with a three-run home run to left center field.

Luken Baker

Memphis posted six runs on eight hits. Prieto was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Walker was 2-for-3. Baker had three RBI.

On the bases, Scott II stole two bases. Walker swiped his second bag.

Memphis 0 at Gwinnett 1 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Redbirds were blanked by the Stripers by a 1-0 score in the second game of Tuesday’s twin bill.  Starter Sem Robberse pitched six innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out five and walked one. Robberse took the hard-luck loss, his second.

Sem Robberse

Gwinnett scored the only run of the game in the first inning of this pitcher’s duel. Memphis was scoreless and held to only one hit, a single by Thomas Saggese.

Memphis is 20-20 on the season.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Zach Thompson LHP (1-0, 0.84) vs. Darius Vines RHP (0-0, 3.52) 12:05 CT.

Springfield 4, Midland 6

The Cardinals fell to the RockHounds by two runs at Hammons Field on Tuesday. Starter Tekoah Roby pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up all six Midland runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked three. Roby took the loss.

Leonardo Taveras relieved Roby and threw 1/3 scoreless innings. Keynan Middleton came in to begin the sixth, walked the first batter and the game was delayed by rain. Middleton did not return to pitch afterward. Ryan Shreve relieved when the game resumed and threw two scoreless innings. Matt Svanson tossed the final two scoreless innings.

The RockHounds took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Springfield answered with two runs in the home fourth. Jimmy Crooks drew a walk and R.J. Yeager doubled. Mike Antico plated both runners on a single.

Mike Antico

Midland made it 6-2 in the fifth. The Cardinals added one run in the sixth on a solo home run by Matt Lloyd. Springfield rallied for one more run in the seventh. Noah Mendlinger singled and later scored on a single by Bryan Torres.

The offense scored four runs on six hits. Torres was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Antico had two RBI.

On the bases, Antico was caught stealing for the second time.

Springfield is 20-13 on the season.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Midland, Edwin Nuñez RHP (0-1, 4.82) vs. TBD 6:35 CT.

Peoria 1, West Michigan 0

The Chiefs blanked the Whitecaps by a 1-0 score on Tuesday at Dozer Park. Starter Cooper Hjerpe pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out seven and walked two. The lefty threw 59 pitches.

Cooper Hjerpe

Inohan Paniagua relieved Hjerpe and threw four scoreless innings on three hits and a walk to earn his second win.

Inohan Paniagua

Tanner Jacobson tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save, assisted by a game-ending catch in short right field by Chris Rotondo.

Chris Rotondo

Peoria put up the only run of the game in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Zach Levenson.

The Chiefs scored one run on three hits. Michael Curialle and Dakota Harris each singled.

On defense, Curialle made a fielding error.

Peoria is 13-21 on the season.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. West Michigan, Pete Hansen LHP (0-3, 4.99) vs. Joe Miller LHP (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 3

The Cardinals defeated the Mets by the score of 5-3 at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday. Starter Gerardo Salas pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two to earn his second win of the season.

Gerardo Salas

Ettore Guilianelli relieved Salas and surrendered one run in 1/3 of an inning. Angel Cuenca yielded two runs in the final two innings.

The Beach Birds went up 1-0 in the third inning. Lizandro Espinoza singled and later came home on a fielding error.

Palm Beach added three runs in the fifth. Jose Cordoba singled and Johnfrank Salazar walked. Miguel Villarroel plated Cordoba on a single. Chase Davis drove home Salazar and Villarroel on a single.

The Mets put their first run on the board in the top of the seventh. In the home half of the seventh, the Cardinals produced two runs. Villarroel singled. Chase Adkison was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a balk and scored on a single by Trey Paige.

Miguel Villarroel

In the top of the eighth the Mets added a run. Palm Beach did the same in the bottom of the eighth. Salazar doubled and scored on a single by Adkison.

The Mets posted their final run in the ninth.

Villarroel was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Davis and Paige each had two RBI.

On the bases, Espinoza stole his fourth base of the season.

Palm Beach is 19-15 on the season.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, RH Darlin Saladin (1-0, 2.33) vs. Kade Morris RHP (0-3, 4.55) 5:30 CT.

FCL Cardinals 15 at FCL Mets 5

Behind a small ball outburst, the rookie level Cardinals defeated the Mets in a 15-5 blowout in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. Starter Packy Naughton, pitching on a rehab assignment from Memphis, hurled one scoreless inning with no hits and two strikeouts.

Nelfy Ynfante

Regular starter Nelfy Ynfante followed Naughton and surrendered one unearned run in four innings to earn the win. Randel Clemente yielded four runs in 1/3 of an inning. Juan Severino threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Jovi Galvez tossed the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Yancel Guerrero drew a walk and Raul Guzman singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Yordalin Pena plated Guerrero on a single. Guzman came home on a wild pitch. Jose Suarez and Heriberto Caraballo walked. Pena scored on a walk by Luis Rodriguez.

The Mets put up one run in the fourth. In the fifth, the Cardinals added six runs to lead 9-1. Pena singled. Suarez walked. Rodriguez singled. Arfeni Batista grounded into a force out and Pena was out at home. Suarez crossed the plate on a single by Guerrero. Rodriguez scored on a walk by Guzman. Anyelo Encarnacion drove in Batista on a single. Yasiel Ramos singled to plate Guerrero and Guzman. A wild pitch sent Encarnacion home.

The Cardinals increased the lead to 10-1 in the top of the sixth. Suarez doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Mets posted four runs in the home sixth to cut the lead to 10-5.

In the top of the seventh, Pena and Suarez walked and crossed the plate on a double by Rodriguez. Batista singled. Guerrero singled to drive home Rodriguez. Batista scored on a single by Guzman. The Cardinals led 14-5.

The final Cardinal run came home in the ninth. Rodriguez walked and later scored on a wild pitch.

Luis A. Rodriguez

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Guzman was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Guerrero was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Pena was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Ramos had two RBI.

The offense had 10 singles and two doubles and drew 14 free passes from Mets pitching, including three taken by Suarez.

On the bases, Pena stole his first base of the season. On defense, Encarnacion made a fielding error. Ynfante made an error on a pickoff.

The Cardinals are 5-3 on the season.

Wednesday’s game:  Off.

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