Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 21, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Wednesday with Peoria’s game postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder Moises Gomez, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Springfield’s loss.

Results from games played Wednesday, April 20.

Memphis 6, Omaha 9 (eight innings)

The Memphis Redbirds (7-7) fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers in a Wednesday afternoon contest at AutoZone Park. After an hour rain delay, Zack Thompson took the mound for Memphis. The left hander pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked one.

Reliever Blake Parker surrendered two additional runs in the fifth and took the loss. Packy Naughton threw scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Zach McCallister began the eighth and allowed two runs. The game was delayed again at the start of the ninth inning, with Junior Fernandez announced to pitch, but the game was ultimately called before play resumed.

Omaha scored two quick runs on Thompson in the first inning and added a third run in the second. Memphis responded in the bottom half of the second with two runs on RBI singles by Scott Hurst and Brendan Donovan.

The Storm Chasers increased the lead with one run in the third to make it 4-2. In the bottom frame of the third a two-run long ball by Cory Spangenberg tied the game at 4-4 and Hurst hit his second RBI single to make it 5-4.

Cory Spangenberg

Omaha stormed back with three solo home runs, one against Thompson and the other two against Parker to retake the lead 7-5. Justin Toerner made it 7-6 on a sac fly.

The Storm Chasers added two unanswered runs in the eighth. The rain came and the game was called, with the Redbirds defeated 9-6. Ali Sanchez went 2-for-4. Toerner was 2-for-2 and Hurst was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Spangenberg drove in two. Nolan Gorman singled, but his home run streak ended at five games.

Clint Coulter had an outfield assist at home plate.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Omaha, LHP Connor Thomas (0-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Jackson Kowar, 6:45 CT.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 7

The Springfield Cardinals (4-7) were defeated by the Drillers at Hammons Field on Wednesday night. Connor Lunn suffered his second loss of the season. The right hander pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up six runs on 10 hits, fanned seven and walked one.

Cory Thompson threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Kevin Marnon surrendered one run in 2/3 of an inning and Grant Black tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings on one hit with two strikeouts.

Tulsa got on the board with two runs each in the third and fourth innings. The Cardinals scored for the first time in the bottom of the fourth. Moises Gomez singled and walks by Malcom Nunez and Todd Lott loaded the bases. Gomez scored when Julio Rodriguez drew a free pass.

Moisés Gómez

The Drillers increased their lead to 6-1 in the fifth. Springfield scored three in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4 on a two-run single by Rodriguez and a force out from Roberto Baldoquin.

Julio Rodriguez

Tulsa scored again in the seventh to make it 7-4, but the Cardinals answered in the bottom frame with a run on an RBI single by Chandler Redmond. A ninth inning rally with Jordan Walker on third base with one out, fell short as the final two batters struck out.

Gomez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Walker was 2-for-5. Rodriguez drove in three.

In the field, Walker made a throwing error, his third of the season.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Dalton Roach RHP (0-0, 2.08) vs. Gus Varland RHP (0-1, 5.68) 6:35 CT.

Peoria at Cedar Rapids (postponed)

The game between Peoria (6-4) and Cedar Rapids was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Thursday’s games:  at Cedar Rapids (Game 1), RHP Michael McGreevy (0-0, 0.00) vs. Sean Mooney RHP (0-0, 6.00) 5:30 CT; (Game 2), RHP Gordon Graceffo (2-0, 0.82) vs. RHP Casey Legumina

Palm Beach 0 at Lakeland 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals (5-6) were blanked by the Flying Tigers by 9-0 score on Wednesday night at Lakeland’s Publix Field. Jose Moreno made the start for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched four innings, gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits, struck out three and walked three. He suffered his first loss of the season.

Ludwin Jimenez relieved and surrendered three runs in the fifth. Newcomer Bryan Pope threw a scoreless sixth. Nelfri Contreras allowed four unearned runs in the seventh and Alex Cornwell tossed a scoreless eighth.

Luis Rodriguez

The Beach Birds offense had just five hits, including a double by Osvaldo Tovalin. Luis Rodriguez singled twice in four at-bats. The Cards were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners.

The Cardinals committed three errors that led to the five unearned runs. Franklin Soto made a throwing error, Tovalin had a fielding miscue, and Contreras had a missed catch error.

Thursday’s game:  at Lakeland, Ihohan Paniagua RHP (0-0, 1.80) vs. TBA 5:30 CT.

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