Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 7, 2022

photo: Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are 1B Juan Yepez, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, and Dakota Hudson, who pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in Memphis’ win. Other standouts include Kramer Robertson, Cory Spangenberg, L.J. Jones and Gustavo Rodriguez.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 6.

Memphis 12, Norfolk 0

The Memphis Redbirds blanked the Tides in a 12-0 walloping on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park. Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed eight hits, fanned eight and walked two to earn the win.

Dakota Hudson

Zach McAllister got the final out of the ninth.

Memphis got on the board in the first inning with one run scored. Scott Hurst and Kramer Robertson walked and Hurst advanced to third on a throwing error. Alec Burleson plated Hurst on a single.

The Redbirds added three runs in the second on an RBI double by Cory Spangenberg and a single by Evan Mendoza. Ivan Herrera plated a run on a sac fly in the fifth to give Memphis a 5-0 lead.

The Redbirds put up six runs in the sixth on a three-run home run by Robertson, a two-run long ball by Juan Yepez and a single from Spangenberg. Memphis added their final run the seventh on an RBI single by Yepez.

Juan Yepez

Yepez was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Mendoza was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Burleson was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Robertson was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Spangenberg was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Conner Capel was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Mendoza stole his 16th bag of the season.

Memphis is 65-64 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 14 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Norfolk (2), RHP Tommy Parsons (10-3, 4.71) and Garrett Williams LHP (0-5, 6.55) vs. TBA 5:05 CT.

Springfield 4, San Antonio 8

The Springfield Cardinals were defeated by the Missions in an 8-4 contest at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. Starter Steven Matz, rehabbing for St. Louis, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and three walks.

Domingo Robles relieved Matz and surrendered four runs in four innings. Michael Brettell threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Connor Lunn allowed two runs in the eighth and Michael YaSenka relinquished two runs in the ninth. Lunn took the loss.

Springfield opened scoring in the third inning on a solo home run by Mike Antico. San Antonio took the lead in the top of the fourth with two runs. The Cardinals tied it up in the home half of the fourth. Brady Whalen singled and later scored on a single by Errol Robinson.

Springfield regained the lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Jordan Walker. The lead changed hands once again when the Missions scored two runs in the sixth to lead 4-3.

The Cardinals knotted it up again in the seventh on a sac fly by Matt Koperniak. San Antonio added two runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to win the game 8-4.

Jordan Walker

Walker was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chandler Redmond was 3-for-4. Antico, Koperniak, and Robinson each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Walker stole his 18th base of the season. Antico swiped his 23rd bag with Springfield and 60th overall.

Mike Antico

In the field, Matz made an error on a pickoff.

Springfield is 30-28 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas, five games back of first place Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, RHP Michael McGreevy (6-3, 4.57) vs. Henry Henry RHP (3-1, 5.40) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 7 at Quad Cities 8 (12 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs dropped a hard-fought extra innings contest at the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday night. Starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked three.

Nathanael Heredia relieved Rodriguez and surrendered two runs in two innings. Jack Ralston followed with two scoreless innings. Andre Granillo allowed two in the final 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, his fourth of the season.

The Chiefs took the 1-0 lead in the third inning on a solo home run by Mack Chambers. Quad Cities quickly responded with three runs in the home half of the third to take a 3-1 edge.

Peoria cut the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Aaron McKeithan. The Chiefs tied it up 3-3 in the top of the sixth on a solo long ball by L.J. Jones.

The River Bandits answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead 5-3. Peoria rallied again in the eighth to knot it at 5-5 on a two run double by Jones.

LJ Jones IV

The game went into extra innings. The Chiefs scored one in the top of the 10th to lead 6-5. Osvaldo Tovalin plated ghost runner Todd Lott on a single. Quad Cities did the same in the bottom half of the 10th to tie it up 6-6.

In the 12th, Lott singled in a run for Peoria to make it 7-6. Undaunted, the River Bandits added two in the bottom of the inning to win in a walk off 8-7.

Jones went 2-for-6 with three RBI. Lott was 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Chambers was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Noah Mendlinger was 2-for-5. Tovalin and McKeithan each had an RBI.

On the base paths, Patrick Romeri stole his second base at High-A. In the field, Wade Stauss’ passed ball enabled the winning run to score.

Peoria is 25-36 in the second half and eliminated from playoff contention. They are 12 games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities, RHP Inohan Paniagua (8-6, 2.81) vs. Noah Cameron LHP (2-0, 2.51) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Dunedin 3

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays by one run in Dunedin on Tuesday night. The win clinched a playoff berth for Palm Beach.

Starter Trent Baker pitched five innings, gave up three runs on nine hits, fanned six and walked one.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez

Gustavo Rodriguez relieved Baker and threw three scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and five strikeouts to earn his third win. Pitcher of the Month Andrew Marrero tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save.

Dunedin took the early lead, scoring one run in the second. The Beach Birds answered in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by Jeremy Rivas to go up 2-1. The Blue Jays regained the lead in the home half of the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the seventh, Palm Beach tied the game 3-3. Chris Rotondo drew a walk and stole second base. Rotondo advanced to third on a passed ball. Victor Scott plated Rotondo on a sac fly.

Chris Rotondo

The Cardinals added an insurance run in the ninth. Rotondo singled and Scott walked. Jimmy Crooks reached on an error and Rotondo scored.

Rotondo was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Rivas had two RBI.

On the base paths, R.J Yeager stole his second base of the season. Rotondo swiped his third bag.

Palm Beach is 35-25 in the second half and remains in first place in the FSL East, four games ahead of St. Lucie.

Wednesday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Tink Hence (0-1, 1.49) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

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