Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 2, 2021

photo: Matt Koperniak (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, right fielder Matt Koperniak, was 3-for-5 with two RBI in Springfield’s win over Tulsa. Other standouts include Matthew Liberatore, Nick Plummer and Matt Chamberlain.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 1.

Memphis 2 at Gwinnett 3

The Redbirds were topped by the Stripers in Wednesday night contest at Coolray Field.  Memphis took the early 2-0 lead, but Gwinnett came back late and kept the Redbirds at bay.

Memphis scored their first run in the second inning.  Juan Yepez led off with a double and scored on a single by Dennis Ortega.  The lead increased to 2-0 in the third inning on a solo home run by Nick Plummer, his first at Triple-A.

Nick Plummer

The Stripers cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning on a solo home run.  In the seventh, Gwinnett scored two to take the 3-2 lead on a two-run home run.  The Redbirds failed to score after the third inning.  Four of the five runs scored between the two teams came on the long ball.

Yepez, Ortega, and Kramer Robertson were each 2-for-4. In addition to his home run, leadoff man Plummer walked twice and stole a base, his second for Memphis.

Matthew Liberatore

Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, fanned six and walked two.  The left hander absorbed the tough-luck loss, his eighth of the season.  Tommy Parsons tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Memphis is 48-55 on the season and remains in fifth place in the Triple-A East Southeast Division, 18.5 games back of first place Durham.

Thursday’s games: doubleheader at Gwinnett to make up 8/31 postponement, Zack Thompson LHP (2-7, 6.38) /Johan Oviedo RHP (1-5, 7.41) 4:05 CT (Game 1)

Springfield 9 at Tulsa 3

The Cardinals blew past the Tulsa Drillers in a six-run win at ONEOK Field on Wednesday afternoon.  Starter Grant Black earned his first win of the season, pitching five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits while fanning four and walking two. Cory Thompson and Freddy Pacheco relieved and tossed two scoreless innings each.

Springfield got off to a quick start.  Justin Toerner led off the game with a double to right. Leandro Cedeno was hit by a pitch.  Chandler Redmond singled to drive in Toerner. Matt Koperniak singled and Cedeno scored. The Cardinals were up 2-0.

The Drillers responded in the home half of the first with a solo home run and took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the second.

In the third, the Cardinals bounced back with the crooked number to take a commanding lead with the help of the Tulsa defense.  Cedeno reached on a fielding error and Julio Rodriquez reached on a missed catch error.  Koperniak doubled and Cedeno scored.  Moises Castillo drew a walk.  Irving Lopez drove in Rodriguez and Koperniak on a single.  David Vinsky walked.  Toerner doubled to plate Castillo and Lopez.  Vinsky came home on a wild pitch.  Springfield went up 8-3.

The Drillers were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.  The Cardinals added a run in the eighth on a third error by the Tulsa defense that allowed Lopez, who reached base on a hit by pitch, to score.

Matt Koperniak

Koperniak was 3-for-5 on the afternoon with two RBI.  Toerner and Redmond were both 2-for-5.  Toerner and Lopez each had two RBI.

Cedeno stole his first base for Springfield. Nick Dunn made a fielding error.

Springfield is 38-66 on the season and sits in last place in the Double-A Central North Division, 23.5 games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  at Tulsa, RHP Dakota Hudson (MLB Rehab) vs. Clayton Beeter RHP (0-0, 1.42) 7:05 CT.

Peoria 2 at West Michigan 8

The Chiefs were defeated by the West Michigan Whitecaps by an 8-2 score at LMCU Ballpark on Wednesday night. Starter Mac Lardner had a tough night on the mound, pitching four innings and giving up eight runs on nine hits while striking out three.  The bullpen kept the game from getting worse than it was, as Jack Ralston tossed two scoreless innings in relief.  Colin Schmid and Fabian Blanco followed with a scoreless inning each.  Lardner took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Peoria was kept off the board for most of the night.  The Chiefs put up two runs late, one in the seventh and one in the eighth.  In the seventh, Matt Chamberlain singled and stole second base.  He scored on a single by Tyler Reichenborn. Chamberlain drove in the second Peoria run on a single that plated Jordan Walker, who singled and advanced on a single by Todd Lott.

Matt Chamberlain

Lott and Chamberlain were both 2-for-4.  Chamberlain stole his eighth base of the season.  Walker made two errors, one fielding and one throwing.

Peoria is 39-65 on the season and is in last place in the High-A Central West Division, 29.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.

Thursday’s game:  at West Michigan, Connor Lunn RHP (5-7, 4.01) vs. TBD 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach at Dunedin (postponed)

Wednesday’s game at Dunedin was postponed due to inclement weather and will made up as in a Thursday doubleheader.

Thursday’s games:  doubleheader at Dunedin, Michael McGreevy (0-0, 9.00) / Levi Prater (1-6, 6.08) 4:00 CT (Game 1)

FCL Cardinals – Off

Thursday’s game:  at FCL Mets, TBD vs. TBD 11:00 am CT

DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Thursday’s game:  at DSL Angels, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red – Off

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets2, TBD vs. TBD 9:30 am CT.

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