Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 4, 2022

photo: Jimmy Crooks (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Palm Beach catcher Jimmy Crooks, was a double away from the cycle and drove in four. Other standouts include Mike Antico, Kyle Leahy and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Saturday, September 3rd.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 4

The Memphis Redbirds (64-63) fell to the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 78-49) on Saturday at First Horizon Park.

Connor Thomas tossed four innings and was charged with three runs on eight hits and three walks. The left-hander fanned two and took his eighth loss of the season. Johan Quezada recorded a scoreless fifth and T.J. McFarland surrendered a run in the sixth.

Alec Burleson doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Juan Yepez grounded out to score Burleson. The Redbirds could not bring any more across after the fourth.

Freddy Pacheco struck out two batters in a scoreless inning and Ryan Loutos had a scoreless frame.

The lineup had seven hits and no walks. Burleson had the only multi-hit night with two. Memphis went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: at Nashville, LHP Matthew Liberatore (5-6, 5.01) vs. Caleb Boushley (11-2, 3.55) 2:05 CT

Springfield 8, Wichita 2

The Springfield Cardinals (29-27) topped the Wichita Wind Surge (MIN, 35-21) at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Starter Kyle Leahy tossed six scoreless innings and struck out five batters. The right-hander earned his ninth win of the season.

Kyle Leahy

Mike Antico blasted a solo home run in the first inning, his seventh in Double-A. Irving Lopez came across on an error in the third and Errol Robinson scored in the fifth. The Cardinals led 3-0 until the seventh inning.

Tyler Pike surrendered two runs on four hits in three innings. The 28-year-old fanned three and saved his third game of 2022.

The Cardinals brought across five runs over the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Masyn Winn plated one and Jordan Walker doubled to bring Winn home. Robinson singled to score Nick Raposo and Antico drove in two runs in the eighth.

Mike Antico

Antico had two hits, one run and three RBI. Robinson and Lopez each had two hits and two runs scored. Every player was on base at least once except Julio Rodriguez.

Matt Koperniak and Lopez both took a bag.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wichita, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-10, 6.90) vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Peoria Chiefs (24-35) fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 29-30) at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

Starter Zane Mills tossed five scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Chris Roycroft yielded a run in 1 2/3 innings on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

Zane Mills

The Timber Rattlers had a perfect game through 7 1/3 innings until Aaron McKeithan singled. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Francisco Hernandez grounded out and McKeithan came across. That was it for the Chiefs offense.

Leonardo Taveras was charged with three runs on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in two innings. Andre Granillo recorded the last out in the ninth.

McKeithan and Patrick Romeri had the only hits for the Chiefs. The lineup went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Tommy Jew threw a runner out at third and recorded an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Austin Love (7-12, 5.90) vs. Stiven Cruz (1-1, 0.56) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 7, Daytona 11

The Palm Beach Cardinals’ (34-24) seven-game winning streak ended as they were defeated by the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 20-37) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Alex Cornwell was charged with seven runs in only 1 2/3 innings. Bryan Pope recorded a scoreless 3 1/3 innings.

In the first, Jimmy Crooks III blasted a solo shot, the second of his professional career. The Tortugas responded with seven runs in the second inning. The Beach Birds brought the score to 7-4 in the home half. Nathan Church and Crooks both drove in a run. Michael Curialle came across on an error. Crooks tripled in two more in the fourth to tie the score at 7-7.

Jimmy Crooks

The Cardinals pen faltered in the eighth as Roy Garcia was charged with two runs in 2 1/3 innings and took his sixth loss of the season. Matt Hickey yielded two runs in only 2/3 of an inning and Ljay Newsome had a scoreless ninth in his continuing rehab assignment from Memphis.

Crooks went 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer, two runs and four RBI. Church had two hits, a walk, one run and an RBI. The lineup went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: vs. Daytona, RHP Jose Davila (1-0, 1.86) vs. Hunter Parks (3-6, 4.72) 11:00 CT


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