Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 9, 2023

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Springfield tied for first place with eight games remaining. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, LF Juan Yepez, was 2-for-3 with three RBI in Memphis’ win. Other standouts include Mike Antico, Sem Robberse, and Wilfredo Pereira.

Results for games played on Friday, September 8.

Memphis 8 at Nashville 4

The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Sounds in Nashville on Friday by the score of 8-4, snapping a four-game losing skid. Starter Sem Robberse pitched five innings, his longest outing to date as a Cardinal. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits, struck out eight and walked two to earn his first win as a member of the organization.

Sem Robberse

Kyle Leahy relieved Robberse and threw two scoreless innings. Andre Granillo surrendered two runs in the eighth. Dalton Roach tossed a scoreless ninth.

Memphis went up 2-0 in the first inning. In his second game in the Cardinals system, Michael Siani doubled and later scored on a sac fly by Juan Yepez with a fielding error. Yepez came home on a single by Juniel Querecuto.

Memphis made it 3-0 in the top of the third. Siani singled and crossed the plate on a sac fly by Yepez. Nashville cut the lead to 3-2 in the home half of the third.

The Redbirds added four runs in the fifth to widen the lead to 7-2. Kramer Robertson singled. César Prieto singled. Robertson was driven in on a single by Siani. Prieto scored on a single by Yepez. Matt Koperniak plated Siani and Yepez on a single.

Juan Yepez

Memphis added a run in the top of the eighth for an 8-2 lead. Nashville scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to shrink the final score to 8-4.

Yepez was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Siani was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Querecuto and Koperniak were each 2-for-5 with an RBI. Robertson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Memphis Redbirds (26-35) are 12 games out of first place in the International League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, LHP Connor Thomas (4-4, 5.72) vs. Eric Lauer LHP (1-4, 5.52) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 12, Tulsa 3

The Springfield Cardinals walloped the Drillers by nine runs at Hammons Field on Friday. Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched seven innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out nine and walked two to earn his ninth win of the season.

Wilfredo Pereira

Jose Martinez relieved Pereira and tossed the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Victor Scott II singled and Noah Mendlinger walked. Mike Antico followed with a three-run home run. Arquimedes Gamboa singled and scored on a single by Errol Robinson.

Mike Antico

Springfield added on in the third via a solo home run by Chandler Redmond to lead 5-0. It was his 30th of the season, two off a share of the team’s all-time single-season record.

The Cardinals widened the lead to 10-0 in the fourth. Scott walked, stole second, and scored on a Mendlinger single. Mendlinger came home on a double by Pedro Pages. Redmond walked. Antico crossed the plate after a wild pitch. L.J. Jones plated Pages and Redmond on a single.

Tulsa scored two runs in the top of the sixth. The Cardinals added two final runs in the home half of the sixth. Redmond and Gamboa singled. Redmond scored on a wild pitch. Gamboa was driven in on a sac fly by Robinson.

The Drillers added their third and final run in the seventh.

Antico was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Robinson was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Mendlinger was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Redmond was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Jones had two RBI.

On the base paths, Scott II and Gamboa each stole two bases.

In the Texas League North, the Springfield Cardinals (33-28) are tied for first place with Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Connor Lunn RHP (6-6, 4.75) vs. Ben Casparius RHP (2-6, 6.49) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 1, Beloit 3

The Peoria Chiefs were defeated by the Sky Carp by a 3-1 score at Dozer Park on Friday. Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched six innings, gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits, struck out three and walked two. Paniagua took the loss.

Inohan Paniagua

Dionys Rodriguez threw a scoreless inning of relief. Joseph King surrendered an insurance run in the final two innings.

Beloit scored one run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Peoria tied the game in the third. R.J Yeager singled and later came home on an error.

Beloit made it 2-1 in the fifth and added a third run in the ninth.

The Peoria offense scored one run on four hits. No Chief had multiple hits. The offense was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

On the base paths, Brody Moore stole his ninth base of the season. Jeremy Rivas swiped his 22nd bag.

In the field, Yeager had a missed catch error. Chris Rotondo had an outfield assist at home plate.

In the Midwest League West, the Chiefs (36-28) are in second place, 2.5 games ahead of third. They have clinched the second-place spot and a playoff berth because the first place Cedar Rapids Kernels won the division in the first half.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Beloit, Benjamin Arias RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Karson Milbrandt RHP (0-3, 4.70) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 7

The Palm Beach Cardinals fell to the Threshers by four runs at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday. Starter Hancel Rincon pitched six innings, gave up four runs on six hits and struck out seven. Rincon took the loss.

Cade Winquest surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Tanner Jacobson threw 1/3 of a scoreless inning. Angel Cuenca tossed a scoreless ninth.

Clearwater took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added three in the fourth to lead 4-0. The Beach Birds responded with three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3. Tre Richardson doubled. Zach Levenson walked. William Sullivan singled to score Richardson. Joshua Baez grounded into a force out, eliminating Levenson. Sammy Hernandez plated Sullivan and Baez on a single.

Sammy Hernandez

The Threshers scored three final runs in the eighth for a 7-3 lead.

Sullivan was 2-for-4 with an RBI. He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Hernandez had two RBI.

On the base paths, Baez stole his 30th base. Won-Bin Cho was caught stealing. Richardson was picked off first base.

In the field, Rincon and Hernandez each made a throwing error. Lizandro Espinoza had a fielding miscue.

The Palm Beach Cardinals (26-35) are tied for second place in the Florida State League East. They are 5 ½ games back and have been eliminated but clinched a playoff spot in the first half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, TBA vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

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