Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 9, 2022

photo: Hancel Rincon (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-4 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Hancel Rincon, tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts for Palm Beach. Other standouts include Logan Gragg, Aaron Antonini and Levi Prater.

Results from games played Thursday, September 8th.

Memphis 2, Norfolk 7 (7 innings, completion of 9/7 Game 2)

The Memphis Redbirds (65-66) fell to the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 63-68) on Thursday night at AutoZone Park. This was the resumption of the second game Wednesday night suspended in the bottom of the first inning.

In a bullpen game, Garrett Williams and Johan Quezada each tossed one inning. Williams recorded a scoreless frame and Quezada took his first loss of the season after two runs were surrendered. Freddy Pacheco was charged with an unearned run in two innings.

The first Redbirds run came in the second inning. Cory Spangenberg singled to score Iván Herrera. Pedro Pages plated Scott Hurst in the sixth via single.

Génesis Cabrera pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three batters. Ryan Loutos gave up four runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning. T.J. McFarland recorded the last out in the seventh.

Evan Mendoza recorded the only multi-hit performance with two. The Redbirds had seven hits, all singles, two walks and went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Herrera stole his fifth bag of the year.

Memphis 0, Norfolk 5 (7 innings, Game 2)

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Memphis Redbirds (65-67) were blanked by the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 64-68) at AutoZone Park.

Connor Thomas pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits and two walks. The left-hander took his ninth loss of 2022. Kodi Whitley fanned three but surrendered a solo homer in 1 2/3 innings.

Juan Yepez, Moisés Gómez and Clint Coulter (double) had the only Redbirds hits. The lineup went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

Kramer Robertson and Coulter both committed an error. Yepez threw a runner out at home.

Memphis is four games from elimination in the International League West. They are 15.5 games behind Nashville.

Friday’s game: vs. Norfolk, TBA vs LHP Alexander Wells 7:05 CT

Springfield 6, San Antonio 3

The Springfield Cardinals (31-29) topped the San Antonio Missions (SD, 28-32) at Hammons Field on Thursday night.

Starter Logan Gragg tossed six innings and yielded an unearned run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Logan Gragg

In the second inning, Aaron Antonini grounded out and Brady Whalen came across. Jordan Walker plated Mike Antico on a single and Whalen scored Walker on a groundout to make the score 3-1 in the third.

Michael Brettell gave up two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Dalton Roach won his sixth game of the season after a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

After the Missions tied the game in the eighth, the Cardinals took the lead in the home half as Errol Robinson drove in Whalen. Antonini added some insurance with a two-run homer, his first for Springfield.

Aaron Antonini

Every player in the lineup was on base at least once. Antonini drove in three and Whalen went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. There could have been more scoring, but the lineup went just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Antico, Walker and Robinson all stole a bag. Antico has 61 stolen bases between Peoria and Springfield. Robinson had a rough defensive night with three errors.

The Cardinals are five games behind Wichita and five games from elimination in the Texas League North.

Friday’s game: vs. San Antonio, RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-4, 4.52) vs. RHP Thomas Eshelman (3-4, 4.68) 6:35 CT

Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 6

The Peoria Chiefs (26-37) were defeated by the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 27-36) at Modern Woodmen Park on Thursday.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira tossed 5 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out four and took his eighth loss of the season.

The only Chiefs runs came at the end. In the eighth, Noah Mendlinger grounded out and Todd Lott came across. Patrick Romeri doubled in the ninth to score Mack Chambers.

Levi Prater

Levi Prater recorded a scoreless 2 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts.

L.J. Jones had two hits. Lott, Romeri and Wade Stauss each had one hit. The lineup went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Jacob Buchberger took two bags. Lott and Chambers both stole one.

The Chiefs are eliminated from playoff contention and sit in last place in the Midwest League West.

Friday’s game: at Quad Cities, RHP Zane Mills (4-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Rylan Kaufman (1-7, 5.30) 6:30 CT

Palm Beach 3 at Dunedin 4 (10 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (36-26) fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR, 37-24) in extra innings at TD Ballpark on Thursday.

Starter Hancel Rincon tossed six scoreless innings on three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Alfredo Ruiz surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Hancel Rincon

R.J. Yeager plated the first run of the game on a single in the first. Elijah Cabell blasted a solo homer in the seventh, his eighth of the season. Cabell scored the go-ahead run in the ninth via sacrifice fly but the Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half.

In 1 1/3 innings, Andrew Marrero yielded an unearned run on three hits and two walks. Bryan Pope took his fourth loss of 2022 after he gave up an unearned run in the 10th inning.

The Beach Birds could not advance the runner at second in the 10th inning. The Blue Jays walked off Palm Beach in the home half.

Victor Scott II and Jeremy Rivas each had two hits. The lineup went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

Nathan Church recorded an outfield assist.

The Cardinals have clinched first place in the Florida State League East.

Friday’s game: at Dunedin, LHP Alex Cornwell (4-3, 5.54) vs. TBA 5:30 CT

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