Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 8, 2022

photo: Leonardo Bernal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is C Leonardo Bernal, whose three-run homer powered Palm Beach to a win in extras. Other standouts include Todd Lott, Tommy Parsons, Aaron McKeithan, and Tink Hence.

Results from games played Wednesday, September 7.

Memphis 0, Norfolk 1 (eight innings, Game 1)

The Memphis Redbirds were blanked 1-0 by the Tides in the first game of a scheduled twin bill at AutoZone Park on Wednesday. Starter Tommy Parsons pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Tommy Parsons

Packy Naughton surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Naughton took the loss, his first.

The game was a pitcher’s duel as neither team scored through its scheduled seven innings. In extras, in the top of the eighth, Norfolk broke the tie with one run.

In the home half of the eighth, Memphis was unable to respond, and the Tides took the 1-0 win.

The Redbirds offense was held to three hits, singles from Luken Baker, Evan Mendoza and Juan Yepez. The offense was 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base.

On the base paths, Mendoza was picked off and caught stealing second base.

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

Memphis, Norfolk (Game 2, suspended)

The second game of the twin bill between Memphis and Norfolk at AutoZone Park was suspended due to an active shooter situation in Memphis. The game will be resumed on Thursday at 5:05 CT as the first game of a doubleheader. The regularly scheduled Thursday game will begin 30 minutes after the end of game one.

Thursday’s games: vs Norfolk, Garrett Williams LHP (0-5, 6.55) / Connor Thomas LHP (6-8, 5.04) vs. TBA/TBA 5:05 CT

Springfield 0, San Antonio 7

The Springfield Cardinals were blanked by the Missions in a 7-0 game on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 6 1/3 innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and fanned six. McGreevy took the loss, his fourth.

Gianluca Dalatri surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Griffin Roberts tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Missions scored four runs in the second inning to take the lead. They added two runs in the seventh and the one run in the eighth for the final score of 7-0.

The Springfield offense was held to two hits, singles from Matt Koperniak and Justin Toerner. The were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

McGreevy made a fielding error.

Springfield is 30-29 in the second half and is tied for second place in the Texas League North with Arkansas, six games back of first place Wichita.

Thursday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Logan Gragg RHP (0-1, 8.31) vs. Kevin Kopps RHP (1-1, 3.91) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 2

The Peoria Chiefs defeated the River Bandits by the score of 4-2 on Wednesday night. Peoria starter Inohan Paniagua pitched three innings, gave up one run on one hit and struck out four.

Chris Gerard

Chris Gerard relieved Paniagua and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his first. Chris Roycroft allowed one run in the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his first save.

Peoria took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Todd Lott. The Chiefs added three runs in the third. Lott drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. L.J. Jones singled. Osvaldo Tovalin doubled to plate Lott. Aaron McKeithan followed with a double that scored Jones and Tovalin.

Aaron McKeithan

Quad Cities scored the first of their two runs in the home third. They added the final run in the ninth.

McKeithan was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Lott was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tovalin had one RBI.

Mack Chambers stole two bases. Tyler Reichenborn was caught stealing for the sixth time.

Peoria is 26-36 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 11 games back of first place South Bend. The Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Thursday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Wilfredo Pereira RHP (6-7, 4.87) vs. William Fleming RHP (2-4, 5.73) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at Dunedin 3 (11 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays in a 6-3 extra innings contest on Wednesday night. Starter Tink Hence pitched four scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

Tink Hence

Roy Garcia relieved Hence and surrendered two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Hickey allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief and got the win, his first. Bryan Pope tossed a scoreless inning to earn his fourth save.

Palm Beach took the lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jimmy Crooks. The score remained 1-0 until the eighth when the Beach Birds added a second run. Michael Curialle singled to begin the inning. Jeremy Rivas singled. Curialle scored on a double play off the bat of Lizandro Espinoza.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Jays scored two runs to send the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Palm Beach took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Rivas. Dunedin answered in the home half to tie the score a second time.

In the 11th, the Cardinals scored three to go ahead 6-3 on a three-run long ball by Leonardo Bernal. Pope held the Blue Jays scoreless in the bottom of the 11th.

Leonardo Bernal

Crooks and Rivas were each 2-for-5 with an RBI. Bernal drove in three.

Scott stole his 13th base of the season.

Palm Beach is 36-25 in the second half and clinched first place in the FSL East, 4.5 games ahead of St. Lucie.

Thursday’s game:  at Dunedin, RHP Hancel Rincon (3-8, 4.78) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

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