Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 4, 2022

photo: Pedro Pages (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are Springfield CF Moises Gomez and C Pedro Pages, who combined for four hits, five RBI and four runs scored in the Cardinals win over NW Arkansas. Other standouts include Peoria starter Gordon Graceffo, with six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and Memphis’ Juan Yepez with three RBI.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 3.

Memphis 6, Jacksonville 8

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in a Tuesday night contest at AutoZone Park. St. Louis’ Drew VerHagen pitched 1 2/3 innings in his first rehab start. The right hander gave up one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one.

Connor Thomas scuffled through 3 1/3 innings of relief. The regular starter surrendered six runs, four earned, on nine hits to take his first loss of the season. Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings. Blake Parker relinquished one run in the eighth and Brandon Waddell hurled a scoreless ninth.

Memphis scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Lars Nootbaar led off with a single and stole second base. Nolan Gorman plated Nootbaar on a single.

Jacksonville tied the game at 1-1 in the second, then added two runs in the third and two runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. The Redbirds cut the lead by one in the home half of the fourth. Ali Sanchez walked, and Conner Capel doubled. Luken Baker drove in Sanchez on a ground out.

The Jumbo Shrimp widened their tally to 7-2 in the fifth. In the seventh, Memphis scored four to make it 7-6 on a solo home run by Baker and a three-run home run by Juan Yepez, who was called up to St. Louis after the game.

Juan Yepez

In the eighth, Jacksonville added their final run on a balk. Memphis was unable to rally.

The Redbirds offense scored six runs on six hits. No Memphis player had more than one hit. Yepez had three RBI and Baker plated two.

On the base paths, Nootbaar stole his first base. In the field, Nootbaar and Yepez each made a throwing error.

Memphis is 14-11 and is in fourth place in the International League West, three games back of first place Nashville.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, Angel Rondon RHP (1-0, 2.84) vs. Matthew Kent LHP (1-1, 4.35) 12:05 CT.

Springfield 12, NW Arkansas 5

The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a 12-5 contest at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. Dalton Roach started for Springfield. The right hander pitched six innings, gave up two runs on five hits and fanned seven to earn his second win of the season.

Kevin Marnon relieved and surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Cory Thompson threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Michael Brettell tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals took an early lead with three runs in the first inning.  The inning began with back to back walks from Matt Koperniak and Jordan Walker. A double steal by Koperniak and Walker resulted in Koperniak scoring on a throwing error. Malcom Nunez doubled to plate Walker, then scored on a single by Chandler Redmond.

Springfield added to the 3-0 lead with two runs in the second on a two run double by Pedro Pages. The Naturals got on the board in the fourth with two runs scored. The Cardinals answered with one run in the home half of the fourth on a solo home run by Moises Gomez, his MiLB-leading 12th of the season.

Moisés Gómez

In the sixth, Springfield brought four more runs home. Walker was hit by a pitch and Gomez walked. Pages was hit by a pitch. Nunez walked and Walker scored. Redmond singled to plate Gomez.  Todd Lott drew a bases loaded walk to score Pages.  Nunez scored on a walk by Delvin Perez.

NW Arkansas rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh. The Cardinals responded with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh on a two run double by Pages.

Pedro Pages

Gomez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Pages was 2-for-3 with four RBI. Redmond was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Walker drew three walks and scored four times.

The Cards were active on the base paths as Koperniak stole his fifth base, Walker stole his ninth base and Gomez stole his second base of the season.

In the field, Walker made two throwing errors.

Springfield is 10-12 on the season and sits in last place in the Texas League North, 3.5 games back of first place Tulsa.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Kyle Leahy RHP (0-3, 8.66) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4 at South Bend 5 (10 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs were topped by the South Bend Cubs in an extra innings on Tuesday night at Four Winds Field. Gordon Graceffo started for Peoria. The right hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, fanned eight and walked one while lowering his ERA to a league-best 0.85.

Gordon Graceffo

Levi Prater relieved and surrendered one run in the seventh. Colin Schmid threw 1 2/3 innings and allowed three runs.  Schmid was charged with the blown save. Enmanuel Solano relinquished one unearned run in the 10th and took the loss, his second of the season.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead.  Mack Chambers led off with a single. Francisco Hernandez singled. Thomas Francisco was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chambers scored on a wild pitch. Tommy Jew walked, and Hernandez scored.

Peoria made it 4-0 in the eighth. Hernandez doubled and Francisco followed with a double that plated Hernandez.  Masyn Winn singled to score Francisco.

South Bend finally got on the board with one run in the home half of the eighth.  In the ninth, the Cubs tied it up 4-4.

The game went into the 10th. The Chiefs failed to bring the runner on second home in the top of the 10th, but South Bend succeeded in doing so and walked the game off, 5-4.

Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. No other Chiefs player had multiple hits.

On the base paths, Mike Antico stole two bases, increasing his total to 13 on the season. Winn stole his 11th base. Jew was caught stealing.

In the field, Matt Chamberlain had an outfield assist at third base.

Peoria has a record of 12-10 and sits in third place in the Midwest League West, 3.5 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday’s game:  at South Bend, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (0-1, 2.00) vs. RHP Kohl Franklin 10:05 am CT.

Palm Beach 1 at St. Lucie 3

The Beach Birds took the early lead but could not hold on as they lost to the Mets in a close contest in Port St. Lucie Tuesday evening. Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched six innings. The righty allowed nine hits, two earned runs and struck out five opposing hitters.

Inohan Paniagua

Osvaldo Tovalin doubled, scoring Ramon Mendoza in the bottom of the first inning. The Cards led 1-0 after one. Paniagua surrendered the lead in the next inning via a solo home run to tie the score.

Paniagua allowed baserunners in the next few innings but managed to escape unscathed each time. That was the case until the fifth inning when St. Lucie notched another solo homer against Palm Beach’s starter.

The Cardinals managed six hits on the evening but could not capitalize on them. The team left 10 runners on base in total.

St. Lucie homered again in the eighth inning, with their third solo shot sealing the loss for the Cardinals. Tyler Reichenborn led the way with two hits. Paniagua suffered the loss, his second of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Trent Baker RHP (1-2, 3.15) vs. Mike Vasil RHP (0-1, 3.18) 5:30 CT.

Note: The above Palm Beach game recap was written by TCN’s local reporter, Kevin Garcia, who covered the game in person Tuesday night. Join The Cardinal Nation to catch Kevin’s in-depth reports on the Beach Birds each Tuesday morning all season long.

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