Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 8, 2022

photo: Ramon Mendoza (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-4 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Palm Beach left fielder Ramon Mendoza who went 2-for-4 with two walks, three RBI and three runs scored. Other standouts include Luken Baker, Michael Brettell and Jeremy Rivas.

Results from games played on Saturday, May 7th.



Memphis 4 vs. Jacksonville 6

The Memphis Redbirds (15-14) fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (MIA, 17-12) on Saturday at AutoZone Park.

TCN’s no. 8 prospect Zack Thompson tossed 5 1/3 innings and yielded four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks. The left hander struck out seven.

The Redbirds scored in the first inning with a solo homer from Nolan Gorman, his 12th of the year. Luken Baker hit his sixth home run and second in two games in the fourth to make it 2-0. The Jumbo Shrimp then took the lead with four runs over the fifth and sixth innings.

Luken Baker

James Naile pitched 1 1/3 innings and was responsible for two runs on four hits. The right hander struck out two and took the loss. Kyle Ryan threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings and surrendered two hits. Zach McAllister tossed a scoreless ninth inning and was charged with one walk and two strikeouts.

Alec Burleson scored Kramer Robertson and Gorman in the sixth inning to tie the game at four. But the Jumbo Shrimp responded with two in the seventh against Naile to take the lead, 6-4.

Baker recorded the only multi-hit game with two. The Redbirds went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position and struck out eight times.

Thompson and Evan Mendoza both recorded their first errors of 2022.

Sunday’s game: vs Jacksonville, LHP Connor Thomas (1-1, 4.26) vs. RHP Jeff Lindgren (1-1, 7.64) 2:05 CT

Springfield 0 vs NW Arkansas 4

The Springfield Cardinals (11-15) were shut out by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC, 13-13) on Saturday at Hammons Field.

Right hander Connor Lunn started for the Cardinals and went five innings. The 23-year-old was charged with four runs on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Lunn took the loss.

Mike Brettell

Michael Brettell tossed three scoreless innings and gave up only one hit. The right hander struck out three. Sean Kealey threw a scoreless ninth on one hit.

Matt Koperniak had two of the three Cardinal hits. Jonah Davis recorded the other. The Cardinals went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four runners on base.

Sunday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, RHP Dalton Roach (2-1, 4.23) vs. LHP Anthony Veneziano (1-4, 14.54) 6:05 CT

Peoria 2 at South Bend 3 (7 innings, Game 1)

The Peoria Chiefs (12-13) fell to the South Bend Cubs (CHC, 13-12) in Game 1 at Four Winds Field on Saturday.

Chiefs starter Logan Gragg threw five innings and surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks. The 6’5 right hander struck out four. Michael YaSenka pitched one scoreless inning and gave up only one walk.

The Chiefs scored both runs in the third inning. Masyn Winn scored Noah Mendlinger on a sacrifice bunt and an error on the pitcher. Jacob Buchberger plated Zade Richardson on a double play.

Gragg yielded three runs over the third and fourth innings and recorded his second loss.

Matt Chamberlain

Winn and Matt Chamberlain both had two hits. The lineup had seven hits but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Chamberlain stole his third bag of the year.

Peoria 0 at South Bend 4 (7 innings, Game 2)

The Peoria Chiefs (12-14) were shut out by the South Bend Cubs (CHC, 14-12) in Game 2 at Four Winds Field on Saturday. This was the makeup of Thursday’s rainout.

Michael McGreevy went six innings and allowed four runs on 11 hits. TCN’s number no. 7 prospect only struck out two. He took his first loss of the season.

Aaron Antonini had the only multi-hit game for the Chiefs with two. Jacob Buchberger and Thomas Francisco both recorded a hit.

The Chiefs only had four hits and two walks. The lineup struck out 10 times in seven innings.

Mike Antico

Mike Antico stole two bags, bringing his Midwest League lead in stolen bases to 16. Antonini stole his third of the season.

Sunday’s game: at South Bend, RHP Gordon Graceffo (2-0, 0.65)  vs. LHP DJ Herz (0-0, 1.06) 1:05 CT

Palm Beach 13 vs. St. Lucie 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals (10-16) outslugged the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 18-8) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

In his first start, Chris Gerard pitched well. In four scoreless innings, he surrendered two hits and two walks. The left hander struck out three.

The Beach Birds struck first with two runs in the third off the bat of Jeremy Rivas. The Mets responded with a three-run fifth inning. The Cardinals took back the lead in the home half with a two-run homer from Ramon Mendoza.

Ramon Mendoza

In his 2022 debut, Edwin Nunez pitched the fifth inning and was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks. However, the Cardinals scored nine runs over the next three innings to pull ahead.

Tyler Reichenborn cleared the loaded bases in the sixth with a double. Luis Rodriguez and Aaron McKeithan each drove in one in the seventh. Mendoza scored one and Osvaldo Tovalin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Rivas added one in the seventh and Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season in the eighth to make it 13-4.

Roy Garcia tossed the sixth through eighth and yielded one run on four hits and one walk. The right hander struck out three and recorded his first win. Pitching the ninth with a 13-4 lead, Edgar Manzo gave up five runs on five hits. Three of the five runs came on two long balls.

The Cardinals recorded 14 hits and eight walks. The lineup went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Reichenborn and Rivas drove in three each, as did Mendoza, who reached base four times on a single, home run and two walks and scored three times.

Sunday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, RHP Inohan Paniagua (0-2, 2.33) vs. TBA 11:00 CT


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Memphis Redbirds Notebook – 2022 Week 5


2022 Prospect Guide now available

Now available, The Cardinal Nation 2022 Prospect Guide is back for a fifth year. It includes 276 pages of in-depth commentary about the very best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including dozens of color photos, scouting reports and much more.

Order TCN’s 2022 Cardinals Prospect Guide


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Special limited time bundle

Save 25% on your first year’s subscription to The Cardinal Nation – just $59.95 when you also purchase The Cardinal Nation’s 2022 Cardinals Prospect Guide in printed book form.

This is our best-ever subscription price! You receive $120.00 of value for $99.90! This offer ends when the supply of Prospect Guides is exhausted – so don’t wait!

Special Limited Time Bundle – The Cardinal Nation Subscription plus Prospect Guide

Follow Luke Kotcher on Twitter @luke_kotcher.

© 2022 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.