Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 18, 2023

photo: Won-Bin Cho (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is RF Won-Bin Cho, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI in Palm Beach’s win. Other standouts include Justin Toerner, Irving Lopez, and Jimmy Crooks.

Results for games played on Wednesday, May 17.

Memphis 4, Gwinnett 10

The Memphis Redbirds were pounded by the Stripers in a 10-4 defeat at AutoZone Park on Wednesday. Starter Zack Thompson pitched 2 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on four hits, struck out two and walked four. Thompson took the loss.

Dalton Roach surrendered four runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Kyle Leahy allowed one run in the seventh. Andrew Suarez tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Gwinnett took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. In the home first, Memphis cut the lead to 3-1. Moises Gomez doubled and scored on a single by Luken Baker.

The Stripers increased the lead to 5-1 in the second and added another run in the third to make it 6-1. Gwinnett continued to pad their lead with three in the fifth.

In the sixth the Redbirds posted three runs on a double by Gomez and a two-run home run by Juniel Querecuto. Gwinnett scored their final run in the seventh.

Juniel Querecuto

Gomez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Querecuto had two RBI.

In the field, Roach made an error on a pickoff.

Memphis is 24-17 on the season and dropped to second place in the International League West, 0.5 games back of Iowa.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, TBA (MEM) vs. Beau Burrows RHP (2-0, 5.23) 11:05 CT.

Springfield 11 at NW Arkansas 2

The Springfield Cardinals walloped the Naturals in an 11-2 blowout on Wednesday. Starter Connor Lunn pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out five and walked one to earn his first win of the season.

Connor Lunn

Edgar Escobar relieved Lunn and tossed two scoreless innings.

The Naturals scored their only two runs in the first inning. In the top of the second Springfield cut the lead to 2-1. Nick Dunn walked and came home on a single by Noah Mendlinger. In the third, the Cardinals tied the game on a triple by Justin Toerner followed by a sac fly from Mike Antico.

Springfield took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Antico. The Cardinals blew up the score in the final innings. In the seventh, Toerner hit a three-run home run. In the eighth, two more runs scored on a double from Irving Lopez and a bases loaded walk from Toerner.

Justin Toerner

The final blows came in the ninth starting with Pedro Pages’ solo long ball. Chandler Redmond doubled and scored on an error. Lopez plated a run on a single.

Toerner was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Lopez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Noah Mendlinger was 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Antico had two RBI.

On the base paths, Antico stole his fifth base of the season. Mendlinger was picked off and caught stealing.

Springfield is 15-20 on the season and is in last place in the Texas League North, 8 games back of Arkansas.

Thursday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Logan Gragg RHP (0-1, 7.88) vs. Anthony Veneziano LHP (4-1, 1.45) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 6 at Cedar Rapids 4

The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Kernels in a 6-4 win on Tuesday. Starter Trent Baker pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with five strikeouts. However, he left the game with what appeared to be a right leg injury.

Edgar Manzo surrendered four runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Leonardo Taveras threw two scoreless innings and earned the win, his first. Matt Hickey tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save.

Peoria got on the board first with two runs in the second inning. Jimmy Crooks led off with a solo home run. Jeremy Rivas and Brody Moore singled. Rivas stole home.

The Chiefs added three runs in the third on a two-run triple by Crooks and a single by Rivas. Peoria led 5-0.

Jimmy Crooks

Cedar Rapids fought back with four runs in the fifth. In the eighth, the Chiefs plated their final run on a Moore double.

Crooks was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Rivas was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Jeremy Rivas

On the base paths, Moore stole his second base of the season. Victor Scott II swiped his 28th bag. As noted, Rivas stole home.

Peoria is 19-16 on the season and is in fourth place in the Midwest League West, 1.5 games back of Beloit.

Thursday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Tink Hence RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. James Nowlin LHP (1-3, 3.96) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 8 at St. Lucie 4

The Palm Beach Cardinals beat the Mets in a four run victory in St. Lucie on Wednesday. Starter Hunter Hayes pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out two and walked three. Hayes received the win, his second of the season.

Jose Davila surrendered one run in four innings of relief to earn his first save.

José Dávila

The Beach Birds went up 3-0 as Chris Rotondo began the first inning with a walk. Alex ladisernia singled. Rotondo and ladisernia advanced on a wild pitch. Rotondo scored on a ground out by Michael Curialle. Leonardo Bernal plated ladisernia on a single. Bernal advanced to second and third on two walks and scored on a wild pitch.

Palm Beach increased the lead to 4-0 in the third on singles by Won-Bin Cho and Brandon Hernandez and walks from R.J. Yeager and Curialle. A wild pitch brought the fifth run home in the fourth.

The Mets started a comeback in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. In the top of the sixth, a two-run double by Cho and another wild pitch plated three runs to make it 8-3. St. Lucie scored one more run in the home half of the sixth.

Won-Bin Cho

Cho was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Hernandez was 3-for-5. Rotondo was 2-for-5.

On the base paths, Cho was picked off first base. In the field, Cho had an outfield assist at third base.

Palm Beach is 22-13 on the season and is in first place in the FSL East.

Thursday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Pete Hansen LHP (2-1, 3.56) vs. Saul Garcia RHP (1-3, 4.86) 5:10 CT.

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