Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 13, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez hitting against Miles Mikolas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is center fielder Moises Gomez, who was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Springfield’s road win. Cory Spangenberg and Zane Mills were other standouts.

Results from the games played Tuesday, April 12.

Memphis 9 at Charlotte 2

The Redbirds smoked the Knights 9-2 in a Tuesday night contest at Truist Field. Matthew Liberatore earned his first win of the Memphis season, pitching five innings and giving up two runs on six hits. The left hander fanned six.

The pen was strong as Blake Parker tossed a scoreless sixth. Packy Naughton threw two scoreless innings and Zach McCallister closed with a scoreless ninth.

Charlotte got on the board first with their two runs in the second inning. Memphis came back in the fourth with a six-run burst to take the lead. Luken Baker drew a bases loaded walk to score the first run. Conner Capel grounded into a force out and two runs came home with the aid of a throwing error. Cory Spangenberg topped off the inning with a three-run home run.

Cory Spangenberg

The Redbirds added three insurance runs in the ninth. RBI singles by Ben DeLuzio and Juan Yepez brought in two runs and the other scored on a force out by Alec Burleson. Donovan, Yepez, DeLuzio and Ali Sanchez each had two hits. Spangenberg drove in three.

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

Wednesday’s game:  at Charlotte, Johan Oviedo RHP (0-1, 7.20) vs. Emilio Vargas RHP (0-1, 11.25) 5:35 CT.

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 3

The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers on Tuesday afternoon at Dickey-Stephens Park in the opener of a six-game series in Little Rock.

The Springfield offense amassed 11 hits, including two long balls on the way to the victory. Moises Gomez drove in four of the Cardinals six runs on a three-run home run and a solo shot. The latter occurred in the third inning to get the Cardinals on the board and tie the score at one apiece.

Moisés Gómez

The Travelers regained their lead in the bottom of the third. In the fourth, a ground out by Todd Lott knotted the game again and Gomez followed with his three-run blast to give Springfield a 5-2 lead. That lead held until the ninth, when Irving Lopez added an insurance run on a single.

Off-season free agent signee Gomez was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Julio Rodriguez was 3-for-4. Matt Koperniak was 2-for-5.

Garrett Williams started for Springfield. The left hander gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks. Edgar Escobar tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Freddy Pacheco added a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Edgar Escobar

On the base paths, Koperniak stole his second base of the season. In the field, Jordan Walker committed a fielding error and Delvin Perez missed a catch. Williams picked a runner off first base.

Wednesday’s game:  at Arkansas, Connor Lunn RHP (0-0, 6.23) vs. George Kirby (0-0, 3.86) 6:35 CT.

Peoria 2, Great Lakes 15

The Chiefs were walloped by the Loons by a 15-2 score in Peoria’s home opener at Dozer Park on Wednesday. Austin Love took the loss for Peoria, pitching 3 1/3 innings and giving up nine runs on seven hits. The right hander struck out three and walked three.

Michael YaSenka surrendered five runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Colin Schmid threw two scoreless innings to follow. Leonardo Taveras tossed the final two innings and allowed one run.

Colin Schmid

The Chiefs offense scored two runs on five hits. Thomas Francisco got Peoria on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. The Chiefs did not score again until the ninth, on an RBI single by Mike Antico. No Chiefs hitter had multiple hits. Masyn Winn had the only extra base hit, a triple.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Nathanael Heredia LHP (0-0, 9.00) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Daytona 3 (10 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were edged in extra innings by the Tortugas on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium in the first game of the series against Daytona.

The Beach Birds’ offense had 10 hits but could only push two runs home. They scored first in the fifth inning when Ramon Mendoza led off with a single and scored on a throwing error and a passed ball.

Daytona tied it in the sixth, but Palm Beach broke the tie in the seventh on a sac fly by Jeremy Rivas following a Mendoza double and a sac bunt by Tyler Reichenborn. The Tortugas knotted it up again in the eighth on a wild pitch. The game advanced into the 10th inning when Daytona scored the winning run, again on a wild pitch.

Rivas, Mendoza, and Luis Rodriguez each had two hits. Rivas had the only RBI.

Zane Mills

Zane Mills started for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched five scoreless innings, allowed three hits, fanned six, and walked one. Chris Gerard relieved and was charged with a blown save. The left hander gave up the first run scoring wild pitch and two runs in 2 2/3 innings total. Roy Garcia was the final pitcher. The right hander surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings, took the loss and was charged with a blown save thanks to the second wild pitch.

On the base paths, Franklin Soto was picked off second base.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Daytona, Andrew Marrero RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Tanner Cooper RHP (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.

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