Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2022

photo: Alec Burleson (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis LF Alec Burleson, was 3-for-5 with four RBI. Other standouts include Dionys Rodriguez, Julio Rodriguez and Tink Hence.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 31.

Memphis 9 at Nashville 3

The Memphis Redbirds picked up a road win over the Sounds by the score of 9-3 on Wednesday night. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched six innings, gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked four to earn his 10th win of the season.

Tommy Parsons

Ryan Loutos surrendered one run in 2/3 innings. T.J. McFarland threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. James Naile tossed a scoreless ninth.

Memphis took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Ivan Herrera singled. Juan Yepez walked. Alec Burleson doubled, and Herrera scored. Kramer Robertson walked. Yepez came home on a sac fly by Luken Baker.

The Redbirds added two more runs in the third on a Burleson single and a Baker double. In the fourth, Memphis increased the lead to 6-0 on a two-run single by Burleson.

Alec Burleson

Nashville got on the board in the home fourth to cut the Redbirds lead to 6-2.

In the seventh, Pedro Pages plated a run on a single. The Sounds added a third run in the home half of the inning to make it 7-3.

Juan Yepez smacked a two-run home run in the eighth to increase the lead to the final score of 9-3.

Burleson went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Herrera was 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Pages was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Cory Spangenberg was 2-for-4. Yepez drove in two.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 25th base of the season.

Memphis is 64-60 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 11 games back of first place Nashville.

Thursday’s game:  at Nashville, TBA (MEM) vs. Dylan File RHP (8-6, 4.49) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 4 at Wichita 5

The Springfield Cardinals were edged by the home Wind Surge by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night. Starter Jack Flaherty, in his final rehab start for St. Louis, pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, fanned nine and walked two.

Michael Brettell relieved Flaherty and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless ninth. Brettell took the loss.

Springfield scored their first run in the fifth. Julio Rodriguez doubled and scored on a single by Irving Lopez. Rodriguez blasted a three-run home run in the sixth to widen the lead to 4-0.

Julio Rodriguez

Wichita made it 4-3 in the seventh, then scored two in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead. Springfield failed to rally in the bottom frame of the inning.

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Lopez had an RBI.

On the base paths, Matt Koperniak was caught stealing for the fourth time. Roach made a fielding error. Jordan Walker had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 28-25 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, five games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Wichita, RHP Logan Gragg (0-0, 6.67) vs Kody Funderbunk LHP (8-5, 2.90) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 7

The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers by a 7-4 score at Dozer Park  on Wednesday night. Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five scoreless, hitless innings with seven punchouts and two walks.

Dionys Rodriguez

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson relieved Rodrigue and surrendered five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Chris Gerard allowed two unearned runs in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Peoria got on the board first with one run in the fourth inning. Noah Mendlinger reached on an error. Jacob Buchberger walked. Mendlinger scored on a sac fly by L.J. Jones.

The Chiefs added a second run in the fifth on a single by Mendlinger. Wisconsin scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game, then went up 5-2 in the eighth.

Peoria answered in the home half eighth with two runs to cut the lead to 5-4. Jones walked and Mack Chambers doubled. With runners on second and third, Francisco Hernandez singled to plate both runners.

Wisconsin added two runs in the ninth to make it 7-4. The Chiefs were unable to answer.

Mendlinger was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Chambers was 2-for-4. Hernandez had two RBI.

On the base paths, Wade Stauss stole his first base of the season. Mendlinger was caught stealing for the third time.

In the field, Chambers made two errors, one throwing and one fielding.

Peoria is 23-33 in the second half and is in last place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of first place South Bend.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, RHP Inohan Paniagua (8-6, 2.69) vs. Israel Puello RHP (1-3, 5.40) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 6, Daytona 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Tortugas in a Wednesday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned six and walked one.

Tink Hence

Memphis rehabber Ljay Newsome relieved Hence and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Roy Garcia threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Peoria rehabber Ian Bedell allowed one run in the eighth. Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth. Garcia received the win and Marrero earned his ninth save.

The Cardinals scored first on a third inning solo home run by Joshua Baez. The Beach Birds made it 3-0 in the fourth. R.J. Yeager singled but was eliminated in a force out by Leonardo Bernal. Chris Rotondo was hit by a pitch. Brody Moore singled and Bernal scored. Jeremy Rivas plated Rotondo on a single.

Daytona finally scored in the sixth with two runs to make it 3-2. In the seventh, Palm Beach increased the lead to 5-2 on a single by Thomas Francisco and a bases loaded walk by Rotondo.

The Tortugas scored one more in the top of the eighth. Victor Scott got the run back on an RBI triple in the home eighth to make it 6-3.

Scott was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Baez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Yeager was 2-for-4. Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In the field, Bernal made a throwing error. Baez had an outfield assist at second base.

Palm Beach is 32-23 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East, 4 games ahead of St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Daytona, Trent Baker RHP (9-7, 3.12) vs. Jose Acuna RHP (0-1, 2.32) 5:30 CT.

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