Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 18, 2023

photo: Chandler Redmond (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-0 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Chandler Redmond, hit a three-run homer to give Springfield a late lead and clinch a spot in the Texas League playoffs. Other standouts include Michael McGreevy, Tres Barrera and Tink Hence.

Results from games played on Sunday, September 17th.

Memphis 7 at Norfolk 1

The Memphis Redbirds (29-40) defeated the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 39-30) in the series finale at Harbor Park.

Michael McGreevy threw five innings and gave up one run on seven hits and one walk. TCN’s no. 3 prospect struck out four and earned his team-high 10th win.

First baseman Tres Barrera singled in the second inning to give Memphis a 1-0 lead. The Tides tied it in the third. In the fourth, Moisés Gómez blasted a solo home run, his 30th of the season. Barrera hit a two-run shot and Matt Koperniak walked with the bases loaded. Irving Lopez plated one in the sixth with a single and Nick Dunn made it 7-1 in the eighth after he grounded into a forceout.

Tres Barrera

Out of the bullpen, Kyle Leahy fanned two in two scoreless frames. Dalton Roach tossed two scoreless innings.

The lineup recorded 13 hits and six walks. Barrera was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Lopez also had three hits. Dunn came across twice and Iván Herrera walked three times.

In the field, Michael Siani threw a runner out at home from center field.

In their final road series of 2023, Memphis went 3-3 at Norfolk this week. They are eliminated from playoff contention in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Charlotte, TBA vs. TBA 6:45 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 7 at San Antonio 5

In their last regular season game, the Springfield Cardinals (38-31) topped the San Antonio Missions (SD, 33-36) to clinch a playoff berth.

Tink Hence pitched five frames and yielded an unearned run on four hits and a walk. TCN’s no. 2 prospect struck out three.

Tink Hence

The Cardinals put up three runs in the first inning. Arquímedes Gamboa walked with the bases loaded and two runs scored after a throwing error.

In relief, Bryan Pope could not secure an out and was touched for three runs, two earned, on three hits. Ryan Shreve tossed two hitless innings to earn his fourth win of the season. Jack Ralston saved his second Double-A game despite surrendering a run in two innings.

Aaron Antonini grounded into a double play in the sixth inning and Gamboa scored. After the Missions tied the game in the sixth, Chandler Redmond blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning, his 31st of the season.

Chandler Redmond

Springfield had seven hits and six walks in the regular season finale. Noah Mendlinger went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Pedro Pagés walked and scored twice.

On the bases, Gamboa stole a bag and Victor Scott was caught stealing. In his first full season, between High-A and Double-A, Scott stole 97 bases in 111 tries.

In the field, Jacob Buchberger, Errol Robinson, Redmond and Gamboa each committed an error.

The Cardinals went 3-3 against San Antonio this week. They have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2016.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas Travelers (SEA), TBA vs. TBA, 6:35 p.m. (Division Series Game 1). Game 2 (and 3 if needed) will be at Arkansas on Thursday (and Friday). If Springfield advances, they will play in the Texas League Finals, which will start Sunday afternoon.

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