photo: Austin Love (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Easter Sunday with another walk off win by Peoria. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Peoria starter Austin Love, fanned 10 in five scoreless innings. Chiefs second baseman Jacob Buchberger went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Results from games played Sunday, April 17th.
The Memphis Redbirds (6-6) fell to the Charlotte Knights (CWS, 6-6) for the second consecutive game at Truist Field. Via home runs, Nolan Gorman and Juan Yepez accounted for Memphis’ only scoring.
Left hander Matthew Liberatore started and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven in his 5 2/3 innings. Thomas Parsons pitched one inning and James Naile tossed 1 1/3. Parsons gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits and two walks. Naile struck out two and yielded one run on one hit. Every Memphis pitcher gave up a home run.
Hello, Juan Yepez!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 17, 2022
Yepez scored Evan Mendoza on a home run in the third inning. He has five homers and 16 RBI on the season so far. Gorman hit his sixth home run in his last six games, a solo shot.
Nolan Gorman has homered in 4️⃣ consecutive games and has six total over his last six games. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/sWHXlAyXKG
— Cardinals Player Development (@CardsPlayerDev) April 17, 2022
The rest of the Redbirds’ bats were quiet. Conner Capel went 1-for-4 and Evan Mendoza went 2-for-4. The team went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Omaha, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)
The Springfield Cardinals (4-5) are off Sunday and Monday.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, TBA vs. TBA 6:35 CT
The red-hot Peoria Chiefs (6-3) edged the Great Lakes Loons (LAD, 2-7) with another walk-off win at Dozer Park. The Chiefs walked off the Loons all three days this weekend and have won five in a row.
Austin Love was dealing today 💪
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) April 17, 2022
Starter Austin Love went five scoreless innings on two hits and three walks. He struck out 10. Michael YaSenka pitched the sixth and seventh and was charged with two hits and no runs.
The Chiefs got on the board in the third inning as Jacob Buchberger plated Masyn Winn. Thomas Francisco drove in Buchberger in the fifth. The Chiefs held the 2-0 edge going into the eighth.
In the top of the eighth, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson gave up four runs on three hits and a walk. He could not secure an out. Ryan Loutos came in for Trogrlic-Iverson and pitched the final two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits.
With the Chiefs down 5-2 in the home eighth, the bats came alive. Masyn Winn had the first RBI, Buchberger plated his second of the game and Matt Chamberlain drove in two more to make it 6-5 Chiefs.
The Loons tied it up in the ninth with a home run off Loutos. For the third time in four games, the Chiefs walked it off in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Antico reached, advanced and scored on three throwing errors for the victory.
Greats Lakes committed six errors while Peoria had only one. Buchberger went 3-for-4 plus a walk. He recorded two RBI. Five different Chiefs had a multi-hit day. Loutos received the win.
Mike Antico and Tommy Jew recorded their fourth stolen bags of the season.
Tuesday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, LHP Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 6.00) vs TBA 6:35 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)
The Palm Beach Cardinals (5-4) could not continue their walk-off streak against the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 3-6) dropping a one-run game at Roger Dean Stadium Sunday.
Zane Mills delivered a quality start for the Beach Birds. He went six innings with two runs given up on six hits and four strikeouts. Mills yielded two solo home runs. Roy Garcia was charged with the final two runs on two hits including a home run. He fanned three and took the loss for the Cardinals. Gianluca Dalatri pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts. Palm Beach pitching did not issue a walk all afternoon.
With the Tortugas holding a 2-0 lead in the seventh, the Cardinals tied it with a double from Osvaldo Tovalin. He scored Elijah Cabell and Brandon Hernandez. Representing the lead run Jeremy Rivas was thrown out at home.
The Tortugas got those runs back with a two-run homer off Garcia. Palm Beach went into the bottom of the ninth looking to come back for a fifth consecutive game. Rivas brought in one to reduce the deficit to one. Tovalin looked to be the hero again but grounded into a double play to end the game.
Brandon Hernandez and Tovalin each went 2-for-4. Sander Mora was 2-for-3 including a double and a run scored. The Beach Birds collected nine hits but went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Tuesday’s game: at Lakeland, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)
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