Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 16, 2022

photo: Nolan Gorman (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Nolan Gorman who went 2-for-5 including a home run, two runs scored and a stolen base in Memphis’ win over Norfolk. Other standouts include Matt Koperniak, Malcom Nunez, Masyn Winn and Nathanael Heredia.

Results from games played Sunday, May 15th.

Memphis 5 at Norfolk 4

The Memphis Redbirds (20-16) edged the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 15-21) on Sunday at Harbor Park. It was a bullpen game with six different pitchers used, none of whom were scheduled starter Aaron Brooks.

The Tides scored in the first inning against Angel Rondón. The right hander tossed two innings and surrendered a two-run homer.

The Redbirds responded in the second with two runs to tie the game. With the bases loaded, Cory Spangenberg drove in one on a ground ball to the shortstop. Evan Mendoza scored on a wild pitch.

Zach McAllister threw one inning and gave up a solo shot. The right hander yielded the one hit and one walk. Kyle Ryan pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings with one hit and two walks given up. He struck out two and recorded his second win.

With the Redbirds down 3-2 in the fifth, they scored two runs to take the lead. Ali Sánchez plated one and Alec Burleson brought in the go-ahead run.

Blake Parker, Thomas Parsons and Kodi Whitley closed out the final 4 1/3 innings. Parker went 1 1/3 scoreless innings and was charged with one hit. Parsons pitched one scoreless inning and yielded one hit. Whitley tossed the final two innings and allowed a solo homer. He recorded his first save since rejoining the team last week.

Nolan Gorman added a run with his 14th home run of the year in the seventh. The Tides scored one in the eighth but the Redbirds held on.

Nolan Gorman

Gorman went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. TCN’s no. 1 prospect also stole his third bag of the season. The lineup struck out 11 times and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position but found just enough offense and pitching to win.

Memphis went 5-1 in Norfolk this week and sit 4.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Tuesday’s game: at Gwinnett, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 7, Amarillo 6 (11 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (14-19) walked-off the Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI, 17-16) in the 11th inning on Sunday at Hammons Field. Matt Koperniak drove in the game winning run.

Matt Koperniak

Springfield starter Kyle Leahy tossed six innings and yielded one run on four hits and three walks. The right hander fanned four. Johan Quezada pitched the seventh inning and allowed one run on one hit and a balk.

Kyle Leahy

In the seventh. Chandler Redmond hit his fifth homer of the year and Irving Lopez doubled to tie the game at 2-2.

Tyler Pike threw 1 1/3 innings and was charged with two runs on one hit and one walk. Freddy Pacheco had an interesting ninth inning on the mound. Cardinals manager Jose Leger was ejected and a balk was awarded to the Sod Poodles. Pacheco went 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits. The right hander fanned four.

The Sod Poodles and Cardinals went back and forth with two runs in both the ninth and 10th innings. Pedro Pages and Malcom Nunez each hit solo home runs in the ninth to tie the game at four apiece.

With the Cardinals down 6-4 in the 10th, Chase Pinder drove in a run and Moisés Gómez hit his MiLB-leading 15th home run of the season to tie the game once again.

Moisés Gómez

Koperniak pinch hit for Roberto Baldoquin in the 11th and drove in Nick Dunn to win the game.

Grant Black recorded his second win of the season with a scoreless and hitless 11th inning. The right hander struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Malcom Nuñez

Redmond had the only multi-hit game for Springfield with two. Nunez went 1-for-2 with a hone run, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. The Cardinals struck out 14 times and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Springfield split the series with Amarillo and are six games back of Wichita.

Tuesday’s game: at Wichita, LHP Domingo Robles (1-1, 4.02) vs. RHP Matt Canterino (0-1, 1.31), 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 6

Despite solid relief work, the Peoria Chiefs (13-20) fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN, 24-9) at Dozer Park on Sunday.

Starter Dionys Rodriguez tossed only four innings and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks. The right hander struck out three and took his third loss. Nathanael Heredia pitched two perfect innings and fanned four.

Nathanael Heredia

With the Chiefs down 5-0 in the fourth, they tried to mount a comeback, with three runs over the fourth through sixth innings. Carlos Soto brought in one with a double in the fourth. Mike Antico drove in Masyn Winn in the fifth and Soto scored one more in the sixth.

Colin Schmid yielded one run on a walk in one inning. The rest of the bullpen pitched hitless ball. Levi Prater and Nick Trogrlic-Iverson each went one scoreless inning. Trogrlic-Iverson fanned two.

Leadoff man Winn went 2-for-5 with a double and triple, scored one but also fanned three times. The Chiefs had eight hits, two walks and the Kernels committed four errors, but the home team could only score three runs. The lineup went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Chiefs went 1-5 against the Kernels this week and were outscored 47-12 in the process. Peoria is 11 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (11-22) were shut out by the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (MIN, 20-10) on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.

Beach Birds starter Inohan Paniagua tossed a strong six innings with only one unearned run given up. The right hander yielded seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Paniagua took the hard luck loss, his third of the season.

Inohan Paniagua

Gustavo J. Rodriguez threw only 1/3 of an inning and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk. Andre Granillo pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks. The right hander struck out two.

The Cardinals only recorded four hits and two walks. Osvaldo Tovalin had the only extra-base hit, a double, and also walked. The lineup struck out 11 times and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Center fielder Trejyn Fletcher fanned all three times up and since joining the club is 0-for-16 with every at-bat ending in a strike out.

Catcher Wade Stauss committed two throwing errors.

The Beach Birds went 0-6 against the Mighty Mussels and were outscored 28-6 in the series. Last-place Palm Beach (11-22) is 12 games behind first-place St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Bradenton, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

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