Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 3, 2022

photo: Nick Raposo (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Springfield DH Nick Raposo, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Other standouts include Hancel Rincon, Masyn Winn, Juan Yepez, and Evan Mendoza.

Results from games played Friday, September 2.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds were topped by the Sounds in a 6-5 Friday night road game. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up five runs on four hits, struck out three and walked five. Williams took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Zach McAllister relieved and surrendered a home run with two inherited runners from Williams on base. He finished his 2 2/3 innings with no further damage. Genesis Cabrera threw two scoreless innings. Packy Naughton tossed a scoreless eighth.

Nashville racked up all six of their runs in the first three innings, with one in the first, two in the second, and three in the third.

Memphis rallied in the fourth for five runs to cut the lead to one. Luken Baker began the inning with a walk. Cory Spangenberg and Delvin Perez singled. Baker scored on a wild pitch. Kramer Robertson walked. Evan Mendoza plated Spangenberg and Perez on a single. Juan Yepez doubled as Robertson and Mendoza scored.

Juan Yepez

Neither team scored after the fourth inning.

Yepez was 2-for-5 with two RBI. His double was the only Memphis extra base hit. Mendoza was 2-for-4 with a walk and two driven in.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 26th base of the season. Mendoza swiped his 15th bag.

In the field, Pedro Pages had a passed ball.

Memphis is 64-62 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 13 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, Connor Thomas LHP (6-7, 4.98) vs. Tyler Herb RHP (5-5, 4.41) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 2 at Wichita 7

The Springfield Cardinals lost to the Wind Surge in a 7-2 road game on Friday night. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned six and walked two.

Gordon Graceffo

John Beller relieved and surrendered three runs before getting the final out in the fifth. Michael Brettell allowed three runs in the sixth. Griffin Roberts relinquished the final Wichita run in two innings of relief. Gianluca Dalatri tossed a scoreless ninth. Beller took the loss, his first.

The game was scoreless until Springfield scored in the fourth on a solo home run by Nick Raposo. In the sixth, Wichita put up six runs to take the 6-1 lead.

The Cardinals added a second run in the seventh on a double by Raposo.

Nick Raposo

Raposo was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Masyn Winn was 3-for-3.

In the field, Aaron Antonini had a missed catch error. Jordan Walker had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 28-27 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas. They are eight games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  at Wichita, Kyle Leahy RHP (8-7, 5.85) vs. Brent Headrick LHP (2-2, 4.75) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 6

The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Timber Rattlers in a Friday night contest at Dozer Park. Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up six runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked two. Pereira took the loss, his seventh of the season.

Edgar Manzo relieved Pereira and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Chris Gerard hurled a scoreless eighth. Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Peoria tied it in the second. Mack Chambers singled and Fernando Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Chambers scored on a single by Tommy Jew.

The Timber Rattlers scored five runs in the sixth to take the 6-1 lead. Neither team scored after that.

Chambers was 2-for-4. Jew was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Jew stole his 29th base of the season.

Peoria is 24-34 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 13 games back of first place South Bend. The Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Zane Mills RHP (4-6, 4.09) vs. Carlos Rodriguez RHP (2-1, 1.78) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 2

The Palm Beach Cardinals edged the Tortugas in a 3-2 contest on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium for their seventh consecutive win. Starter Hancel Rincon pitched six innings, gave up two runs, one earned on five hits, struck out one and walked one to earn his third win.

Hancel Rincon

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved Rincon and threw a scoreless seventh. Alfredo Ruiz hurled a scoreless eighth. Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save.

Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Palm Beach tied it in the fourth. Thomas Francisco doubled. R.J. Yeager singled. Chris Rotondo plated Francisco on a single.

The Beach Birds added two runs in the fifth.  Joshua Baez had an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

The Tortugas added their second run in the sixth.

No Cardinal had multiple hits in the game. Baez and Rotondo each had an RBI. The only extra base hit was the double by Francisco.

On the base paths, Alex ladisernia stole his second base of the season. In the field, Jeremy Rivas made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 34-23 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East, 4.5 games ahead of St. Lucie. Their playoff magic number is five.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Daytona, RHP Yonael Dominguez (3-2, 3.51) vs. Andrew Moore RHP (0-0, 5.40) 5:00 CT.

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