Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 6, 2023

photo: Brandon Komar (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Brandon Komar, pitched eight one-run innings with six strikeouts in Springfield’s win. Other standouts include Arquimedes Gamboa, Victor Scott II, and Chase Davis.

Results for games played on Tuesday, September 5.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds were defeated by the Sounds in Nashville by the score of 6-2 on Tuesday. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out six and walked four. Graceffo took the loss.

Kyle Leahy surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Andre Granillo relinquished two runs in the final two innings.

Nashville scored two runs in the first inning and added a run in the third to lead 3-0.

Memphis cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth. Juniel Querecuto walked and later came home on a single by Matt Koperniak. Nashville scored single runs in the home half of the fifth and sixth to increase the lead to 5-1.

In the top of the seventh, a solo home run by Irving Lopez shrunk the gap to 5-2.

Irving Lopez

Nashville answered with one run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-2 lead.

The Memphis offense scored two runs on four hits. No Redbird had multiple hits. They were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

The Redbirds (25-33) are 11 games out of first place in the International League West.

Wednesday’s games:  at Nashville, RHP Jake Woodford (0-1, 2.77 at Triple-A) vs. Evan McKendry RHP (10-5, 4.25) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 9, Tulsa 1

The Springfield Cardinals blew past the Drillers in a 9-1 contest at Hammons Field on Tuesday. Starter Brandon Komar pitched eight innings, gave up one run on six hits and struck out six to earn his fourth win of the season.

Brandon Komar

Jack Ralston relieved Komar and tossed a scoreless ninth.

Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as L.J. Jones doubled and later came home on a single by Noah Mendlinger.

Tulsa tied the game in the top of the fourth. In the home half of the fourth, the Cards retook the lead at 2-1. Mike Antico walked, stole two bases, and scored on a single by Pedro Pages.

Springfield extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth. Errol Robinson was hit by a pitch and later came home on a sac fly by Chandler Redmond.

In the eighth, the Cardinals put up six runs to lead 9-1. Redmond drew a walk. Antico singled. Pages walked. Arquimedes Gamboa hit a bases clearing double. Gamboa came home on a sac fly by Jones. Robinson walked. Victor Scott II followed with a two-run home run.

Arquimedes Gamboa

Gamboa was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Scott II was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Antico stole two bases and now has 51 for the season. Robinson stole his stole his third base. Gamboa swiped his 19th base.

In the field, Scott II had an outfield assist at second base.

In the Texas League North, the Springfield Cardinals (30-28) are in second place, two games out of first place.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Tink Hence RHP (2-4, 6.47) vs. Orlando Ortiz-Mayr RHP (3-5, 4.27) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 3, Beloit 6

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the Sky Carp in a 6-3 contest at Dozer Park on Tuesday. Starter Ian Bedell pitched four innings, gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Dionys Rodriguez relieved Bedell and threw a scoreless fifth. Matt Hickey surrendered three runs in 2 2/3 innings and took the loss. Nathanael Heredia tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Leading off, R.J. Yeager hit a solo home run. Ramon Mendoza walked. Chris Rotondo followed with a two-run home run.

Chris Rotondo

Beloit came back to tie the game in the fourth. The Sky Carp added three more runs in the sixth to lead 6-3. Peoria failed to score again after the first inning.

The Chiefs scored three runs on five hits. No Chief had multiple hits. Rotondo had two RBI. The offense was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.

On the base paths, Alex ladisernia stole his 16th base of the season. In the field, Bedell made a throwing error.

In the Midwest League West, the Chiefs (35-26) are in second place, three games ahead of third. If Peoria finishes in second, they will clinch a playoff spot because the first place Cedar Rapids Kernels won the division in the first half. Peoria’s Magic Number to clinch is two.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Beloit, Edgar Manzo RHP (3-3, 5.52) vs. Ike Buxton RHP (2-1, 3.38) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 7

The Palm Beach Cardinals fell to the Threshers in a four-run home defeat on Tuesday. Starter Chen-Wei Lin pitched two innings, gave up four runs on three hits, stuck out one and walked three. Lin took the loss, his third at Low-A.

Augusto Calderon threw three scoreless innings of relief on two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Wilmer Ortega surrendered three runs in three innings pitched. Tyler Bradt tossed a scoreless ninth.

Augusto Calderon

Clearwater took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. The Beach Birds scored one run in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1. Joshua Baez was hit by a pitch and came home on a double by Chase Davis.

Chase Davis

Palm Beach added a second run in the sixth to shrink the lead to 4-2. Baez tripled and was driven in on a single by Davis. The Cardinals added a third run in the seventh. Dakota Harris doubled and crossed the plate on a single by Won-Bin Cho. The Threshers led 4-3.

Clearwater added three runs in the eighth to widen the lead to 7-3.

Davis was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Cho was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Baez scored two runs.

On the base paths, Baez stole his 28th base of the season. Lizandro Espinoza swiped his 13th bag.  Espinoza was also caught stealing.

The Palm Beach Cardinals (25-22) are in second place in the Florida State League East, 4 ½ games back, but clinched a playoff spot in the first half.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

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