Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 26, 2022

photo: Delvin Perez (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-2 on Wednesday, with Memphis suspended by weather. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, RF Delvin Perez, drove in the deciding runs on a two-run double in Springfield’s comeback win. Other standouts: Francisco Hernandez, Tink Hence and Jeremy Rivas.

Results from games played Wednesday, May 25.

Memphis vs. Iowa (suspended)

The game between Memphis and Iowa that began on Wednesday afternoon at AutoZone Park was suspended due to rain. The game was tied 4-4 with two runners on for the Cubs and one out in the top of the eighth when the rain stopped play. The game was suspended shortly after.

The game will be resumed on Thursday, May 26. Both games will be nine innings.

Thursday’s games:  vs Iowa, TBD vs TBD (suspended game), LHP Connor Thomas (2-2, 3.65) vs. Cam Sanders RHP (0-1, 2.79) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 4

The Springfield Cardinals were the victors over the Drillers in a 7-4 game in Tulsa on Wednesday night. Edgar Escobar started for Springfield. The right hander pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits, struck out two and walked five.

Michael Brettell surrendered one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Johan Quezada and Freddy Pacheco each tossed a scoreless inning. Brettell received the win, his third of the season. Pacheco earned his seventh save.

Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the fourth and increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth. The Cardinals surged in the sixth and jumped ahead with a six-run rally for a 7-4 Springfield lead. The inning began with Jordan Walker and Moises Gomez drawing walks. Pedro Pages grounded into a force out that eliminated Gomez. Justin Toerner singled to plate Walker.

Delvin Perez

Malcom Nunez walked. Nick Dunn walked, and Pages scored. Delvin Perez doubled to score Toerner and Nunez. Masyn Winn posted his first Double-A RBI with a sac fly to drive in Dunn. Perez then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch. Springfield led 6-4.

The Cardinals added a final run in the seventh. Walker walked, Gomez singled, and Pages plated Walker on a sac fly. The Springfield bullpen did its job and held Tulsa to the four runs.

Gomez went 2-for-4. Perez had two RBI. Winn, Pages, Toerner, and Dunn each drove in a run.

On the base paths, Perez stole his 10th base of the season.

Springfield is 17-23 and remains in last place in the Texas League North, 7.5 games back of first place Tulsa.

Thursday’s game:  at Tulsa, Michael McGreevy RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Clayton Beeter (0-2, 5.73) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 1, Lake County 5 (eight innings)

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the Lake County Captains in a rain-shortened eight inning contest at Dozer Park on Wednesday night. Zane Mills took the mound first for Peoria. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up four runs on seven hits and walked two in his first start since being promoted to Peoria. Mills took the loss.

Michael YaSenka surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Nathanael Heredia secured the first out of the eighth before the rain stopped the game.

Lake County scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Chiefs tied it up in the third on a solo home run by Francisco Hernandez.

Francisco Hernandez

The Captains scored in the fourth to regain the lead, 2-1. Lake County added two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth to increase the edge to 5-1.

Peoria was held to one run on two hits. Aaron Antonini doubled in addition to the long ball by Hernandez.

Mike Antico stole his 19th base of the season. Antico was also caught stealing, as was Mack Chambers.

Antico also made a fielding error.

Peoria has a record of 17-24 and is in fourth place in the Midwest League West, 10 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Lake County, LHP John Beller (2-0, 1.83) vs. Mason Hickman RHP (0-3, 6.75) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals fell to the Tortugas in a 5-3 contest in Daytona on Wednesday night. Tink Hence started for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out five and walked two.

Tink Hence

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved and surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Alex Cornwell allowed three runs in the final 2 1/3 innings. Cornwell took the loss, his first of the season.

The game was scoreless until fourth inning when Daytona put up two runs. The Beach Birds tied it up in the fifth. Jeremy Rivas led off with a double and Matt Chamberlain walked. Rivas advanced to third on a fly out and came home on a passed ball. Chamberlain scored on a ground out by Luis Rodriguez.

The Tortugas broke the tie with a three-run eighth. The Cardinals attempted a rally in the ninth but could only plate one run, on an RBI single by Rivas.

Jeremy Rivas

Rivas was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Three other hits belonged to Jake Burns, Osvaldo Tovalin, and Brady Whalen. The offense was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

In the field, Hence picked a runner off first base. Burns had a passed ball.

Palm Beach is 14-27 on the season and is in last place in the Florida State League East, 13 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Daytona, Chris Gerard LHP (1-2, 4.58) vs. Jose Franco RHP (1-1, 4.30) 6:05 CT.

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