Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 25, 2023

photo: Moises Gomez hitting against Miles Mikolas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Wednesday as the pitching allowed 29 runs. Palm Beach was postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis CF Moises Gomez, hit two solo home runs. Other standouts include Taylor Motter, Nick Dunn and Edgar Manzo.

Results for games played on Wednesday, May 24.

Memphis 7, Norfolk 9

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Tides for the second consecutive game at AutoZone Park on Wednesday. Starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings, gave up nine runs on 10 hits, struck out one and walked two. Thomas suffered his third loss of the season.

Dalton Roach relieved Thomas and threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  James Naile tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Norfolk put five runs on Thomas in the second inning to take the lead. Memphis cut the lead to 5-1 in the home half of the second on a solo home run by Moises Gomez.

The Tides continued to score against Thomas with two in the third and two in the fourth.

The Redbirds scored again in the fifth on another solo home run by Gomez.

Moisés Gómez

Memphis rallied in the eighth with five runs to make it a two-run game. The inning began with singles by Errol Robinson, Masyn Winn and Matt Koperniak. Luken Baker plated Robinson and Winn on a single. Gomez walked. Koperniak, Baker and Gomez scored on a double by Taylor Motter.

Taylor Motter

Motter was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Gomez was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Koperniak was 2-for-4. Baker had two RBI.

Memphis dropped to 25-22 on the season and is in second place in the International League West, three games back of Iowa.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, RHP Michael McGreevy (2-0, 3.07 at AAA) vs. Drew Rom LHP (4-2, 3.40) 6:45 CT.

Springfield 1, Wichita 13

The Springfield Cardinals were shellacked by the Wind Surge in a 13-1 blowout loss at Hammons Field on Wednesday. Starter Logan Gragg pitched five innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, struck out five and walked one. Gragg took the loss, his second of the season.

Chris Roycroft surrendered five runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. With the Cards down by 12, Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless ninth.

The first two innings were scoreless. In the third, Wichita put up four runs to take the lead. The Wind Surge added a run in the fourth.

Springfield scored their only run of the game in the sixth. Nick Dunn led off the inning with a double. Pedro Pages followed with a single. Chandler Redmond grounded into a force out and Dunn scored.

Nick Dunn

Wichita answered in the seventh with five runs and three more in the eighth.

Dunn was 4-for-5 on the night. Jacob Buchberger was 2-for-3. The offense scored only one run on 10 hits.

In the field, Gragg picked a runner off first base. Pages had a passed ball.

Springfield is 18-23 on the season and is in last place in the Texas League, eight games back of Arkansas.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Wichita, Brandon Komar RHP (1-4, 6.43) vs. TBA 7:05 CT.

Peoria 4, Great Lakes 7 (10 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs were defeated by the Loons in extra-innings on Wednesday night at Dozer Park. Starter Tink Hence pitched three innings, gave up three runs on three hits, struck out five and walked two.

Edgar Manzo relieved Hence and threw four scoreless innings. Andrew Marrero surrendered two runs, one earned in two innings. Alfredo Ruiz relinquished two runs in the 10th. Marrero took the loss.

Edgar Manzo

Great Lakes put up three runs in the top of the first to take the lead. Peoria answered with one run in the home half of the first. Darlin Moquete doubled and scored on a single by Aaron McKeithan.

The Chiefs cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh. Jeremy Rivas singled and later scored on a double by Thomas Francisco.  Osvaldo Tovalin’s solo home run in the ninth tied the game at 3-3.

In the top of the 10th, the Loons scored four times, but Peoria answered with just one run on no hits.  The inning started with Luis Rodriguez on second base. Rodriguez advanced to second and third on fly outs by Francisco Hernandez and Victor Scott II before coming home on a wild pitch.

The Chiefs offense scored four runs on eight hits. Nathan Church was 2-for-4. McKeithan, Tovalin and Francisco each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Scott II was picked off and caught stealing. In the field, Hence made an error on a pickoff.

Peoria is 21-20 on the season and is in fourth place in the Midwest League West, two games back of South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (1-2, 3.71) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach vs. Tampa (postponed)

Wednesday night’s game at Roger Dean was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, May 25.

First-place Palm Beach (24-16) has a two-game lead over Jupiter in the Florida State League East Division.

Thursday’s games:  vs. Tampa, LHP Pete Hansen (2-1, 3.34) and RHP Hancel Rincon (5-1, 2.41) vs. TBA/TBA 3:00 CT (Game 1)    

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