Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 23, 2022

photo: Lars Nootbaar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday with wins by Memphis and Peoria. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis OF Lars Nootbaar, hit three home runs and drove in seven. Other standouts include Alec Burleson, Conner Capel, Blake Parker, Masyn Winn and Jose Moreno.

Results from games played Sunday, May 22nd.

Memphis 10 at Gwinnett 4

The Memphis Redbirds (22-20) ended a four-game losing skid against the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 21-21) on Sunday at Coolray Field.

Starter Johan Oviedo went a solid five innings and gave up a just solo shot. The right hander recorded his fourth win and yielded two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.

Lars Nootbaar

The offense was led by Lars Nootbaar, who had three home runs and seven RBI. Nootbaar hit a solo shot in the first but was answered in the home half to tie the game at one. The right fielder blasted a two-run homer in the third and Conner Capel plated one as Memphis took a  4-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Nootbaar came up to bat with the bases loaded, and hit a grand slam. Alec Burleson drove in Paul DeJong to make the score 9-1.

Kyle Ryan hit some trouble with two runs and four hits given up in 2/3 of the sixth inning. Cape Girardeau native James Naile tossed 1 1/3 innings and was responsible for one run, one hit and a walk.

The Redbirds added one more run in the ninth with an RBI from Capel.

Zach McAllister and Blake Parker each threw a scoreless inning to close out the game. McAllister was charged with one hit and two strikeouts. Parker went 1-2-3 on five pitches.

Conner Capel

Nootbaar was 3-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBI. Burleson’s bat stayed hot with three hits including two doubles, two runs scored and his 30th RBI of the season.

Alec Burleson

Capel went 4-for-5 with two RBI, Evan Mendoza had three hits and Ali Sánchez had two. The lineup recorded 16 hits and left only six runners on base.

Capel stole his ninth bag of the season and Mendoza swiped his fourth.

The Redbirds went 2-4 at Gwinnett this week after multiple players were called up to St. Louis. They sit seven games back of first place Nashville.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Iowa, TBA vs. TBA 12:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 1 at Wichita 2

The Springfield Cardinals (16-23) were walked-off by the Wichita Wind Surge (MIN, 23-14) on Sunday at Riverfront Stadium. Domingo Robles tossed 5 2/3 innings and yielded only one run on five hits and three walks.

Domingo Robles

The first Cardinal run came in the sixth inning off the bat of Julio Rodriguez. The Wind Surge tied the game on a balk with the bases loaded by Grant Black. The run was the only one charged to Robles.

Black went 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Ryan Loutos surrendered the game winning run in the ninth and took his first Double-A loss. He tossed 1 1/3 innings and was charged with one hit and a walk.

After scoring nine runs Saturday, the Cardinals could only plate one. Delvin Pérez recorded the only multi-hit game with two. Nick Raposo was on base three times with a hit and two walks. The lineup went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and struck out 13 times.

Rodriguez took a bag and Pérez stole his ninth of the year.

The Cardinals went 2-4 against the Storm Surge this week and sit in last place of the Texas League North, 8 ½ games behind first-place Tulsa.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 5 at Beloit 1

The Peoria Chiefs (17-22) topped the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 12-27) on Sunday at ABC Supply Stadium. Austin Love tossed five innings and surrendered one run on six hits and six strikeouts. The right hander won his second game of 2022.

Austin Love

Mike Antico put one on the board in the first but the Sky Carp responded with one in the home half. The Chiefs scored one run in each of the fifth through seventh innings and the ninth.

Aaron Antonini plated Tommy Jew in the fifth and Matt Chamberlain hit his second homer of the season in the sixth. Masyn Winn brought in Jew in the seventh and Antico added one more in the ninth with a double.

The bullpen was very solid with only one hit given up in four innings. John Beller threw two innings and struck out three. Nathanael Heredia went 1-2-3 in the eighth and Gianluca Dalatri surrendered the lone hit in the ninth.

Masyn Winn

With the help of three Sky Carp errors, Peoria scored five times on eight hits. Winn went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. TCN’s no. 5 prospect is batting .349 with a .970 OPS in 129 at bats. Antonini and Jew each had two hits and Antico drove in two. Three of the five runs came via sacrifice flies.

Francisco Hernandez stole his eighth bag of the year.

The Chiefs won the series 4-2 at the Sky Carp this week. They are in fourth place, nine games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lake County, RHP Logan Gragg (1-4, 5.23) vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (14-25) fell to the Bradenton Marauders (PIT, 19-20) on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium. Inohan Paniagua took the bump and went five innings with one run given up on six hits and two walks. The right hander struck out six.

Inohan Paniagua

The Beach Birds scored two runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Aaron McKeithan plated Osvaldo Tovalin in the fourth and Brandon Hernandez scored Sander Mora in the fifth. With the Cardinals up 2-1, the Marauders scored five runs in the sixth inning.

Edwin Nunez surrendered five runs on four hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning. The right hander took his first loss and blown save of 2022. Jose Moreno tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and three walks given up. Bryan Pope secured the final out on a strikeout.

Palm Beach slowly came back with three runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Ramon Mendoza scored on an error in the seventh. Jeremy Rivas drove in one and Brady Whalen came across on a double play in the eighth.

Tovalin, Whalen, McKeithan and Mora recorded two hits each. The lineup drew no walks, but had 11 hits and went 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Even with three Marauders errors, the Beach Birds only scored five times.

The Cardinals split the series 3-3 with the Marauders and are 12 games back of St. Lucie.

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

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