Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 10, 2023

photo: Jacob Buchberger (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Jacob Buchberger, homered, tripled, scored twice and drove in one in Springfield’s seventh straight win. Other standouts include Juan Yepez, Victor Scott, Chris Rotondo and Chase Adkison.

Results from games played on Saturday, September 9th.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 8

The Memphis Redbirds (26-36) were walked off by the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 33-28) on Saturday at First Horizon Park.

Starter Connor Thomas yielded two runs in 3 2/3 frames on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts. In relief, Grant Black surrendered two runs in an inning. Logan Sawyer gave up three runs in one inning.

The Redbirds made the score 2-1 in the second as Moisés Gómez blasted a solo home run, his 29th of the season. Juan Yepez tied the game in the third with a forceout.

In the fourth, Memphis put up four runs. Juniel Querecuto came across on a fielder’s choice. Yepez drove in three runs with a double and Matt Koperniak plated one via single.

Juan Yepez

Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. In his continuing rehab assignment, Wilking Rodríguez pitched a scoreless frame. Chris Roycroft took his fifth Triple-A loss after he was charged with a run in 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander fanned three.

Gómez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run. Yepez drove in four runs and came across once. Koperniak walked twice, singled and plated one run. The lineup was 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

The Redbirds are one game from being eliminated in the International League West.

Sunday’s game: at Nashville, RHP Michael McGreevy (9-5, 4.30) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (1-0, 4.91) 2:05 CT

Springfield 8, Tulsa 3

The red-hot Springfield Cardinals (34-28) extended their winning streak to seven as they topped the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 22-40) at Hammons Field.

Connor Lunn earned his seventh win of the year after he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 frames. The 25-year-old struck out seven.

Connor Lunn

The Cardinals tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning on Victor Scott’s RBI double.

In the fourth, the Cardinals put up five runs. Errol Robinson singled to plate two and Aaron Antonini blasted a two-run home run, his fourth at Double-A. Back-to-bac, Jacob Buchberger hit his 16th homer of the year, a solo shot. Arquímedes Gamboa singled in the seventh to score one and make the score 8-2.

Jacob Buchberger

In relief, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson was charged with a run in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Jack Ralston tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

The lineup recorded 14 hits in the contest. Scott was 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Chandler Redmond, Gamboa and Buchberger had two. Robinson and Antonini drove in two runs apiece. Buchberger had one home run and a triple. Every player in the lineup had a hit.

Victor Scott

Scott stole his 90th base of the season. Redmond, Mike Antico and Pedro Pagés took one each.

Springfield continued their winning streak and now are ahead of Wichita in the Texas League North by half a game with seven remaining.

Sunday’s game: vs. Tulsa, RHP Brandon Komar (4-6, 4.74) vs. RHP Kendall Williams (2-3, 4.45) 4:35 CT

Peoria 6, Beloit 8

The Peoria Chiefs (36-29) fell to the Beloit Sky Carp (MIA, 28-37) at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

In his High-A debut, Benjamin Arias threw five innings and gave up six runs on nine hits, two walks and four strikeouts. The 21-year-old fanned four and took the loss. Nathanael Heredia pitched two scoreless frames.

After the Sky Carp went up 6-0 in the fourth, the Chiefs scored four runs in the fifth inning. Tyler Reichenborn hit a solo home run, his sixth of the season. Chris Rotondo drove in two with a single and Thomas Francisco doubled to score one. In the sixth, Jimmy Crooks drove in a run with a single.

Chris Rotondo

Edwin Nunez gave up two runs in the eighth inning. Andrew Marrero fanned two in a scoreless ninth.

Beloit added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. In the bottom half, Alex Iadisernia blasted a solo homer, his eighth in High-A. With the tying run at the plate and no outs in the ninth, the Chiefs were not able to tie the game.

Ramon Mendoza, Osvaldo Tovalin, Rotondo and Iadisernia recorded two hits. Rotondo drove in two and came across once. The lineup went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners.

On the bases, Rotondo took two bags and Iadisernia stole one. In the field, Reichenborn and Tovalin both committed an error. Crooks had a passed ball.

In the Midwest League West, the Chiefs already clinched a playoff spot, but since have lost three straight.

Sunday’s game: vs. Beloit, RHP Ian Bedell (4-2, 2.35) vs. RHP Alex Williams (2-8, 4.79) 1:05 CT

Palm Beach 9, Clearwater 8

The Palm Beach Cardinals (27-35) walked off the Clearwater Threshers (PHI, 35-29) on Saturday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Starter Brycen Mautz yielded three runs, one earned, in four innings on four hits and three walks. TCN’s no. 12 prospect struck out four. Jose Davila pitched two innings and surrendered three runs.

Won-Bin Cho blasted a solo home run in the third inning, his seventh of the season. After the Threshers made the score 6-1 in the sixth, the Beach Birds responded with three runs in the home half. William Sullivan walked with the bases loaded. Chase Adkison drove in two with a single.

Chase Adkison

Out of the bullpen, Augusto Calderon was touched for a run in two frames with two punchouts. Henry Gomez earned his first Low-A win despite giving up an unearned run in the ninth inning.

In the seventh inning, Michael Curialle grounded out to plate one run. Cho brought in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Tre Richardson tied the contest with a single. Adkison tied the game again in the ninth via sacrifice fly. Lizandro Espinoza won the game for the Cardinals with an RBI single.

Joshua Baez went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one walk. Zach Levenson and Espinoza recorded two hits. Adkison drove in three runs and Sullivan walked three times.

On the base paths, Richardson stole his seventh bag of the year. In the field, Palm Beach committed five errors. Curialle had two. Richardson, Gomez and Graysen Tarlow committed one. Jose Cordoba recorded an outfield assist from left field. Tarlow had a passed ball.

The Cardinals clinched a spot in the Florida State League playoffs in the first half of the season but have been eliminated in the second half race.

Sunday’s game: vs. Clearwater, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT

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