Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 18, 2022

photo: Trent Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Palm Beach starter Trent Baker, who tossed seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 shutout over Bradenton. Other mound standouts include Johan Oviedo and Austin Love.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 17.

Memphis 8 at Gwinnett 2

The Memphis Redbirds won their sixth straight by defeating the Gwinnett Stripers in an 8-2 contest at Coolray Field on Tuesday night. Johan Oviedo started for Memphis. The right hander pitched seven innings and gave up one run on four hits, fanned six and walked three to earn his third win of the season.

Johan Oviedo

Junior Fernandez threw a scoreless eighth. Brandon Waddell surrendered one run in the ninth.

The Redbirds scored their first run in the first inning. Kramer Robertson walked, and Nolan Gorman doubled. Robertson scored on a sac fly by Paul DeJong.

Memphis added three runs in the second on an RBI double by Ivan Herrera, a ground out off the bat of Ben DeLuzio, and a throwing error.  In the third, Herrera drove in his second run on a double.

Back-to-back home runs by Robertson and Gorman in the fourth increased the lead to 7-0. In the seventh, Gwinnett scored one run to end the shutout.

Nolan Gorman

Alec Burleson drove in the eighth run in the top of the ninth. The Stripers answered in the home half with one additional run for the final score of 8-2.

Gorman went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The home run was his 15th of the season. Conner Capel was also 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Burleson was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Herrera was 2-for-3 with two RBI and was charged with a passed ball.

Memphis has a record of 21-16 and is in third place in the International League West, 4.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Matthew Liberatore LHP (3-3, 3.83) vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Springfield 9 at Wichita 11

The Springfield Cardinals were the victims of a bullpen meltdown that put them in the loss column in this 11-9 slugfest in Wichita on Tuesday. Starter Domingo Robles went 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs on eight hits, struck out two and walked two to get a no decision.

In the fifth with Springfield holding a 5-1 lead, Michael Brettell relieved with one out and the bases loaded and gave up a game-tying grand slam. He then surrendered four runs of his own in the seventh with the help of Sean Kealey, who took over in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs. Kealey was responsible for the final two runs of the six-run seventh inning. Ryan Loutos tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Kealey took the loss and was charged with a blown save.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on long ball by Nick Dunn. The lead increased to 4-0 in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by Delvin Perez.

The Wind Surge posted their first run in the home half of the fourth. Springfield came back in the top of the fifth to add more run to their tally to make it 5-1 on a solo home run by Moises Gomez, his MiLB-leading 16th.

Moisés Gómez

After Wichita tied the game on the grand slam in the fifth, the Cardinals answered with three runs in the sixth to make it 8-5. Irving Lopez began the inning with a walk. Jordan Walker walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Gomez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Pedro Pages cleared the bases on a double to left field.

In the seventh inning, the Cardinals bullpen gave up the lead as Wichita scored six. A brief rally began in the ninth but fell short. Nick Dunn singled and scored on an Irving Lopez double with two outs. A fly out by Matt Koperniak ended the rally.

Pedro Pages

Lopez went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Pages was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Dunn was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

In the field, Walker and Gomez each made a throwing error. Perez had an outfield assist at third base.

Springfield is 14-20 and is in last place in the Texas League North, seven games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wichita, Edgar Escobar RHP (2-1, 5.64) vs. Louie Varland RHP (4-1, 3.69) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 5 at Beloit 2

The Peoria Chiefs blew past the Sky Carp with a three-run victory on Tuesday night at ABC Supply Stadium in Beloit. Austin Love took the mound for Peoria. The right hander pitched six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two. Love took the win, his fourth of the season.

Austin Love

Leonardo Taveras threw two scoreless innings. In his 2022 Peoria debut, Gianluca Dalatri tossed a scoreless ninth for the save.

Beloit got on the board first with one run in the first inning. The 1-0 lead remained until the fifth when the Chiefs put three runs on the board. Carlos Soto drew a walk. Noah Mendlinger was hit by a pitch and Masyn Winn walked. Mike Antico plated Soto and Mendlinger on a single. Aaron Antonini singled to score Winn.

The Sky Carp scored their second run in the sixth. Peoria increased its lead to 5-2 in the eighth on a two run double by Thomas Francisco.

Going 2-for-3, Mack Chambers was the only Chief with multiple hits. Antico and Francisco each had two RBI.

On the base paths, Winn stole his 13th base of the season. Antico swiped his 17th base. Chambers was picked off second base.

In the field, Antico had an outfield assist at third base.

Peoria is 14-20 and sits in fourth place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit, RH Logan Gragg (1-3, 5.60) vs. Pat Monteverde, 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 0

The Palm Beach Cardinals blanked the Bradenton Marauders on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium, breaking their six-game losing skid. Trent Baker was on the bump for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two to earn his second win of the season.

Trent Baker

Jose Moreno tossed the final two scoreless innings. The right hander was awarded his first save of the season.

The Beach Birds scored the first run on a solo home run by Brady Whalen in the second inning. Osvaldo Tovalin drove in the second run on a double in the third.

The lead remained 2-0 until the eighth. Whalen and Jeremy Rivas walked. Aaron McKeithan moved the runners up on a single. Whalen scored on a ground out by Luis Rodriguez. A wild pitch sent Rivas home and the Beach Birds led 4-0, a score that held in the ninth.

On the base paths, Whalen stole his first base of the season. Tyler Reichenborn was caught stealing for the fourth time and had an outfield assist at third base.

Palm Beach has a record of 12-22 and is in last place in the Florida State League East, 12 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Zane Mills RHP (1-2, 3.47) vs. Valentin Linarez RHP (0-3, 8.44) 5:30 CT.

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