Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 27, 2022

photo: Alec Burleson (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 on Thursday with wins from Memphis and Palm Beach. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Alec Burleson, had a walkoff home run and four RBI for Memphis. Other standouts include Masyn Winn, John Beller and Osvaldo Tovalin.

Results from games played Thursday, May 26th.

Memphis 5, Iowa 8 (completion of 5/25 game)

The Memphis Redbirds (23-21) fell to the Iowa Cubs (CHC, 23-20) with five runs given up in the final two innings. With Wednesday’s game suspended in the eighth inning, the contest was completed on Thursday.

Zack Thompson took the mound for the Redbirds and went five innings with one run yielded on two hits and four walks. The left hander struck out six. James Naile surrendered two runs on four hits in two innings.

Zack Thompson

Memphis scored four of their five runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Luken Baker plated one and Ben DeLuzio brought in two in the fourth. Paul DeJong drove in one in the fifth. With a tie game in the eighth and two opposing runners on base, the game was suspended due to rain.

The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Blake Parker was charged with four runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth. As [play resumed, Kyle Ryan gave up one run in the ninth. Parker took his second loss of 2022.

Luken Baker hit a solo shot in the ninth but the Redbirds could not get anyone else across.

The lineup went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Conner Capel and Baker had two hits each. Baker drove in two and came home twice.

Ben DeLuzio stole his eighth bag of the year.

Memphis 7, Iowa 5 (10 innings)

The Memphis Redbirds (24-21) walked-off the Iowa Cubs (CHC, 23-21) in the 10th inning at AutoZone Park on Thursday. Starter Connor Thomas tossed 5 2/3 innings and yielded all five Cubs runs on nine hits and three walks.

Alec Burleson started his four RBI game with one in the third inning. Luken Baker also plated one to take the lead, 2-1.

With the Redbirds down 3-2 in the fifth, Burleson tied it with an RBI double. Cory Spangenberg brought in two and made the score 5-3. The Cubs tied it in the sixth on a long ball.

The bullpen pitched the final 4 1/3 innings and gave up no runs. Zach McAllister threw 1 and 1/3 innings and was charged with no hits. Jake Walsh tossed the eighth and ninth and surrendered two hits and one walk. Brandon Waddell took his first win with a hitless 10th inning.

Burleson was the hero on Thursday with a two-run homer in the 10th inning, his 10th of the season.

Alec Burleson

The lineup went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Burleson had three hits with four RBI and two runs scored.

Conner Capel and DeLuzio both stole a bag.

Friday’s game: vs. Iowa, RHP Aaron Brooks (0-2, 8.22) vs. RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 6.75) 7:05 CT

Springfield 6 at Tulsa 8

The Springfield Cardinals (17-24) fell to the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 25-15) at ONEOK Field on Thursday. Michael McGreevy made his Springfield debut and took a loss. TCN’s no. 7 prospect surrendered six runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. Four of the six runs came on three long balls.

Moisés Gómez plated one in the first but the Drillers drove in five runs in the first three innings. In the fifth, Masyn Winn scored on a wild pitch. Nick Dunn came home on a groundout from Delvin Pérez in the sixth.

Sean Kealey tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. The left hander fanned five. Grant Black threw the final inning and yielded no hits with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals were down 8-3 in the ninth but mounted a comeback. Chandler Redmond and Pérez reached base and Winn drove them in with an inside-the-park home run, his first in Double-A.

Masyn Winn

In his second game in Springfield, Winn went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. The lineup went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.

Pérez committed his ninth error of the season. Koperniak recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s games: at Tulsa,
Game 1: RHP Gordon Graceffo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Landon Knack (1-1, 3.60) 4:35 CT
Game 2: TBA vs. RHP Jose Martinez (2-1, 6.67) (Makeup of 5/24)

Peoria 2, Lake County 3

The Peoria Chiefs (17-25) lost to the Lake County Captains (CLE, 21-20) after a late comeback attempt fell short at Dozer Park on Thursday. In his starting debut, John Beller tossed a hitless 3 1/3 innings and gave up only one walk and fanned seven.

John Beller

Aaron Antonini hit a solo shot in the second to give Peoria a 1-0 lead. The Captains had a three-run fifth inning against Nick Trogrlic-Iverson. The right hander gave up four hits, two walks and took his second loss of 2022.

The rest of the bullpen was charged with no hits and no walks. Leonardo Taveras tossed two innings with four strikeouts. New Chief Andre Granillo threw one inning and fanned two. The pitching staff struck out 14 batters.

Jacob Buchberger drove in Mack Chambers in the eighth to cut the lead at 3-2. In the ninth, the Chiefs had two runners on with no outs. After a questionable call for Tommy Jew to steal third, he was caught and Francisco Hernandez did not advance to second. Peoria could not drive in Hernandez and the contest concluded with the Chiefs’ third straight loss to the visiting Captains.

Mike Antico stole his Midwest League-leading 20th bag of the year. Buchberger took his sixth base of 2022.

Wasting a strong performance from the pitching staff, the Chiefs could only score two runs. They went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times.

Friday’s game: vs. Lake County, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (0-4, 4.54) vs. RHP Gavin Williams (2-1, 1.54) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 7 at Daytona 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals (15-27) topped the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 18-24) on Thursday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Chris Gerard tossed five innings and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks. The left hander fanned three and recorded his second win.

The Beach Birds scored in the first off the bat of Brady Whalen but the Tortugas responded with one in the home half. The Cardinals scored two in the second with back-to-back homers from Darlin Moquete and Aaron McKeithan.

Palm Beach scored four runs over the fifth through seventh innings. Osvaldo Tovalin hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Adanson Cruz plated one in the sixth and Matt Chamberlain drove in one in the seventh.

Osvaldo Tovalin

Jose Moreno threw two innings of relief and was charged with two runs on five hits. The right hander fanned three. Edgar Manzo recorded his first save with one run yielded in two innings. He struck out four. The pitching staff fanned 10 but was responsible for 12 hits.

Tovalin went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Chamberlain, Moquete and Sander Mora all recorded two hits. The lineup recorded 13 hits and every player in the lineup had at least one.

Friday’s game: at Daytona, RHP Bryan Pope (0-0, 0.79) vs. RHP Chase Petty (0-2, 4.05) 6:05 CT

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