Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 10, 2022

photo: Gordon Graceffo (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield’s Gordon Graceffo, pitched six scoreless innings on three hits and seven strikeouts. Other standouts include Ivan Herrera, Francisco Hernandez, Ramon Mendoza and Alex Cornwell.

Results from games played Friday, September 9.

Memphis 5, Norfolk 6

The Memphis Redbirds were edged by the Tides by a 6-5 score at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Starter Garrett Williams pitched two innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two. Williams took the loss, his sixth.

Ljay Newsome relieved Williams and surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Grant Black allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings. T.J. McFarland tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Norfolk took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, then added four runs in the fourth to go up 6-0. Memphis scored their first run in the home half of the fourth on a solo home run by Ivan Herrera.

Iván Herrera

Herrera hit the long ball again in the sixth, this time a two-run shot to cut the Tides lead to 6-3. The Redbirds scored two runs in the ninth to bring the lead to within one run but fell short of their goal. The inning began with a walk to Clint Coulter. Cory Spangenberg singled, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Evan Mendoza walked. Chase Pinder flied out to left and Coulter scored. Spangenberg advanced to third on a fly out. Mendoza attempted to steal second base and Spangenberg scored on a throwing error. Herrera flied out to end the rally.

Herrera was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Coulter was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Mendoza was picked off and caught stealing. Luken Baker made a fielding error. Coulter had two outfield assists at home plate.

Memphis is 65-68 on the season and is in sixth place in the International League West, 16.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Matthew Liberatore LHP (5-7, 5.42) vs. Mike Baumann RHP (2-6, 4.20) 3:05 CT.

Springfield 6, San Antonio 5

The Springfield Cardinals topped the Missions in a one run win at Hammons Field on Friday night. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched six scoreless innings, allowed three hits and fanned seven to earn his sixth win at Double-A.

Gordon Graceffo

Michael YaSenka relieved Graceffo and surrendered three runs in the seventh. Connor Lunn allowed two unearned runs in the eighth. In his Springfield debut, Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Springfield got on the board in the first inning with one run on an RBI double by Brady Whalen. In the second, Chandler Redmond walked and later scored on a single by Mike Antico. The Cardinals led 2-0.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the fourth on a long ball by Jonah Davis. In the fifth, Whalen singled, advanced, to second on a balk, and scored on a single by Nick Raposo.

San Antonio finally scored with three runs in seventh to cut the lead to 5-3. Springfield made it 6-3 in the home half of the seventh on a single by Nick Dunn.

The Missions added two runs in the eighth to make It 6-5, but the Cardinals held on for the victory.

Whalen and Raposo were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Errol Robinson was 2-for-4. Davis had two RBI.

On the base paths, Robinson, Antico, and Masyn Winn each stole a base. Redmond was caught stealing.

Jordan Walker made a fielding error but had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 32-29 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 4.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Kyle Leahy RHP (9-7, 5.58) vs. TBA 6:05 CT.

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 6

The Peoria Chiefs edged the River Bandits 7-6 in a road contest on Friday night. Starter Zane Mills pitched three innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked two.

Edgar Manzo relieved Mills and surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Leonardo Taveras allowed one run in two innings. Jack Ralston tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win, his first.

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Peoria scored their first run in the third to cut the lead to 2-1. Francisco Hernandez doubled and scored on a single by Todd Lott.

The River Bandits increased their lead to 3-1 in the home half of the third. In the fifth, the Chiefs added a run. Osvaldo Tovalin singled. Tyler Reichenborn walked. Hernandez singled moving Tovalin to third. Tovalin scored on a wild pitch.

Francisco Hernandez

Quad Cites made it 5-2 in the sixth. Peoria scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Ramon Mendoza.

The River Bandits scored again in the eight to bring the score to 6-3. In the ninth the Chiefs rallied for four runs to take the lead 7-6. Reichenborn walked then advance to second on a wild pitch. Hernandez singled. Lott reached on an error and Reichenborn scored. Jacob Buchberger tripled to plate Hernandez and Lott. Buchberger scored on a single by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Hernandez was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jones was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Buchberger had two RBI.

On the base paths, Mendoza was caught stealing for the first time. Lott was picked off second base.

Peoria is 27-37 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend. They are eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Austin Love RHP (7-12, 5.70) vs. Beck Way RHP (3-3, 3.31) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 8 at Dunedin 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals overwhelmed the Blue Jays 8-1 in a road contest on Friday night. Starter Alex Cornwell pitched five innings, gave up one unearned run on four hits, and fanned seven to earn his fifth win of the season.

Alex Cornwell

Tanner Jacobson relieved Cornwell and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Matt Hickey and Nelfri Contreras combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Palm Beach scored first with one run in the first inning. Chris Rotondo doubled. R.J. Yeager and Leonardo Bernal walked. Rotondo scored on a walk by Elijah Cabell.

Dunedin tied it in the second. The Beach Birds regained the lead with three runs in the third on a double by Yeager, a sac fly by Brody Moore, and a ground out by Michael Curialle.

Michael Curialle

The Cardinals added one run in the fourth on a solo home run by Lizandro Espinoza. An RBI single by Alex ladisernia in the fifth made it 6-1.

Curialle singled home a run in the seventh, and Victor Scott did the same in the ninth for the final score of 8-1.

Curialle was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Yeager was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Rotondo was 3-for-6 with two runs scored. Scott, Cabell, Moore, ladisernia, and Espinoza each had an RBI.

In the field, Yeager had a missed catch error.

Palm Beach is 37-26 in the second half and has clinched the FSL East Division with a five-game lead over St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Jose Davila (1-2, 2.61) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.


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