Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 25, 2022

photo: Paul DeJong (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-2 on Tuesday as Springfield was rained out. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, shortstop Paul DeJong, went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Memphis’ win. Other standouts include Ben DeLuzio, Kramer Robertson, Wilfredo Pereira, Jeremy Rivas and Trent Baker.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 24.

Memphis 9, Iowa 4

The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Iowa Cubs in a 9-4 contest at AutoZone Park on Tuesday. Jake Woodford got the start for Memphis. The right hander pitched three innings, gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits, struck out three and walked one.

Packy Naughton relieved and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season. Brandon Waddell hurled 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Zach McAllister tossed a scoreless eighth. Kodi Whitley surrendered one run in the ninth.

Iowa scored three runs in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Memphis put up one run in the home half of the first. Paul DeJong doubled to left and later scored on a single by Conner Capel.

Paul DeJong

The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of third on a two-run home run by DeJong. Memphis took the lead in the fourth with a four-run burst. Luken Baker singled, Ali Sanchez and Evan Mendoza walked to load the bases. Ben DeLuzio blasted a grand slam to left to increase the Memphis lead to 7-3.

Ben DeLuzio

In the sixth, Mendoza and Kramer Robertson walked. The runners advanced on a balk, before DeJong drove in both on a line drive single to center.

DeJong went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. DeLuzio also plated four. Robertson reached base four times, including three walks, and scored a pair of runs.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his seventh base of the season. In the field, Mendoza made a fielding error.

Memphis has a record of 23-20 and sits in fourth place in the International League West, seven games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Iowa, LHP Zack Thompson (2-1, 4.42) vs. Caleb Kilian RHP (2-0, 1.31) 11:05 am CT.

Springfield at Tulsa (postponed)

Tuesday’s game between the Cardinals and the Drillers was postponed due to rain in the Tulsa area. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, May 27.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa, RHP Edgar Escobar (2-1, 5.47) vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Peoria 4, Lake County 6 (11 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs were defeated in extra innings by the Lake County Captains at Dozer Park on Tuesday night. It was an odd night in that Chiefs pitching retired a team-record 28 consecutive batters but gave up runs on each end to take the loss.

Logan Gragg took the mound to start for Peoria. The right hander pitched six innings, gave up four runs on four hits and struck out three.

Wilfredo Pereira

Wilfredo Pereira threw four perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts. Gianluca Dalatri surrendered two unearned runs in the 11th and took the loss, his first of the season.

Lake County took the early lead with a four-run first inning. The Chiefs put up one run in the second. Jacob Buchberger led off with a single. Carlos Soto doubled and Noah Mendlinger plated Buchberger on a single.

In the sixth, Peoria cut the Captains’ lead to 4-3. Mike Antico began with a double. Mack Chambers singled. Antico scored on a passed ball. Chambers scored on back to back ground outs.

The Chiefs tied the game in the ninth on a bases loaded walk by Mendlinger. In extra innings, neither team scored in the 10th but in the 11th, Lake County scored twice. Peoria was unable to answer.

Antico went 3-for-5. Buchberger was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Soto was 2-for-4. Mendlinger had two RBI.

In the field, Mendlinger made a throwing error. Gragg made an error on a pickoff.

Peoria is 17-23 and stands in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lake County, RHP Zane Mills (Peoria debut) vs. RHP Aaron Davenport 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals were topped by the Daytona Tortugas in a one-run road game on Tuesday night. Starter Trent Baker pitched six innings, gave up two runs, none earned, on two hits, struck out five and walked five.

Hayes Heinecke threw the final two innings and surrendered three runs. Heinecke took the loss and was tagged with a blown save.

After two scoreless innings, the Beach Birds took a one-run lead in the third. Osvaldo reached base on a dropped third strike, advanced to second on a single by Brady Whalen and scored on a single by Jeremy Rivas.

Palm Beach increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a solo home run by Darlin Moquete and a sac fly by Tyler Reichenborn.

In the fifth, Daytona plated two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. The Tortugas took a 4-3 lead in the seventh.

The Cardinals tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Rivas. Daytona walked it off with a run in the home half of the ninth to take the 5-4 win.

Jeremy Rivas

Rivas went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Moquete was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Rivas was caught stealing for the second time this season. In the field, Baker made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 14-26 on the season and is in last place in the Florida State League East, 12 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  at Daytona, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 3.00) vs. Javi Rivera RHP (1-2, 3.33) 6:05 CT.

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