Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 17, 2022

photo: Domingo Robles (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Saturday with wins by Springfield, Peoria and Palm Beach. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Springfield starter Domingo Robles, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Offensive standouts include Moisés Gómez and Hansel Otamendi.

Results from the games played Saturday, April 16th.

Memphis 5 at Charlotte 12

The Memphis Redbirds (6-5) were outslugged by the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 5-6) at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Starter T.J. Zeuch gave up eight runs on nine hits and two home runs in his 4 1/3 innings. Kyle Ryan tossed 1 2/3 giving up one run on two hits. In the eighth, Zach McAllister yielded a three-run homer. Junior Fernández threw a scoreless ninth.

Nolan Gorman

All of the Redbirds’ runs came via the long ball. Nolan Gorman recorded his fifth of the year and fifth in his last five games. Evan Mendoza hit his first and Luken Baker and Conner Capel each recorded their second.

Capel went 2-for-4, the only Redbird with a multi-hit night.

Memphis led 5-1 in the fourth inning but could not respond to the Knights’ eight-run fifth.

Sunday’s game: at Charlotte, LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-1, 6.23) vs. LHP John Parke (0-1, 7.71) 12:05 CT

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 0

The Springfield Cardinals (4-5) shut out the Arkansas Travelers (SEA, 5-4) on one hit at Dickey-Stephens Park Saturday night.

Domingo Robles made the start for Springfield. The left-hander delievered a stellar eight-inning performance in which he did not allow the first hit until the seventh. Robles walked three and struck out three. Freddy Pacheco closed out the game with two strikeouts.

Domingo Robles

Matt Koperniak scored Moisés Gómez in the second and Malcom Nuñez plated Gómez in the fifth. Gómez added a two-run blast in the seventh to increase the lead to 4-0.

Moisés Gómez

The three through six batters in the Cardinals lineup all recorded multiple hits. Gómez crossed the plate three times and Jordan Walker went 3-for-5.

Walker, Gómez and Koperniak all stole a bag. Gómez also recorded an outfield assist.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday and Monday)

Peoria 6, Great Lakes 5 (11 innings)

 On Saturday night, the Peoria Chiefs (5-3) walked off the Great Lakes Loons (2-6) for the second time in three games at Dozer Park.

The Loons took an early 1-0 lead against Chiefs starter Dionys Rodriguez. The right-hander remained for five innings and gave up just the one run on one hit. He struck out four and walked one.

Dionys Rodriguez

With Peoria down 1-0 in the third, Mack Chambers and Jacob Buchburger recorded RBI doubles to make it 2-1. The Loons responded in the seventh off Levi Prater. In his 2 1/3, the lefty gave up one run on one hit. He walked four and struck out four. Wilfredo Pereira worked the next 3 1/3 innings, with one hit given up and three strikeouts.

Wilfredo Pereira

With a 2-2 tie, the game went into extra innings. There was no scoring until the 11th when the Loons recorded three runs against Colin Schmid in his 2/3. Leonardo Taveras recorded the final out but the damage appeared to be done.

With just three outs remaining, the Chiefs were down 5-2. Matt Chamberlain was placed on second to open the home 11th. Peoria then recorded four runs on a small ball outburst consisting of three walks, an error, a hit by pitch and a sac fly by Aaron Antonini to win the game 6-5. Taveras recorded the win for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs recorded nine hits and eight walks and the team went just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position but found a way to win. Chambers, Noah Mendlinger and Francisco Hernandez all recorded two hits on the night.

Mendlinger recorded his first stolen base of the season.

Sunday’s game: vs. Great Lakes, RHP Austin Love (0-1, 7.94) vs. RHP Gavin Stone 1:35 CT

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 2 (10 innings)

Continuing an amazing stretch, for the fourth consecutive night the Palm Beach Cardinals (5-3) walked off the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 2-6) at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday. Hansel Otamendi recorded the game-ending single in the 10th.

The Cardinals took the early lead in the second scoring two runs off wild pitches as Roblin Heredia and Ryan Holgate came across the plate.

Trent Baker

Trent Baker made the start for the Beach Birds and was strong. The 2021 draft pick yielded zero runs and three hits in his 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven. Andrew Marrero relieved but was charged with two unearned runs on two hits. At the end of the seventh, the game was tied 2-2.

Chris Gerard and Andre Granillo each pitched two scoreless innings at the back end of the game. Gerard gave up one hit and struck out four. Granillo struck out four and gave up no hits. Each recorded one walk.

With the game still tied at the end of the ninth, the game went to extra innings. After a scoreless top of the 10th, Jeremy Rivas was placed on second for Palm Beach. After an intentional walk to Osvaldo Tovalin, Wade Stauss dropped down a sacrifice bunt and the opposing catcher committed a throwing error to load the bases. Otamendi singled on an 0-2 pitch to score Rivas and win the game, 3-2.

Heredia and Holgate each went 2-for-4 and a run scored. Granillo recorded the win.

Sunday’s game: vs. Daytona, RHP Zane Mills (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Alexander Johnson (0-0, 3.86) 11:00 CT

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