Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 23, 2022

photo: Mack Chambers (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is shortstop Mack Chambers, who went 3-for-5 including a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Peoria’s win at Cedar Rapids.

Results from games played Friday, April 22.

Memphis 3, Omaha 9

The Memphis Redbirds lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers by a 9-3 score on Friday night at AutoZone Park. The starter for Memphis was T.J. Zeuch. The right hander pitched two innings, gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits, struck out three and walked five. Zeuch took the loss, his third of the season as his ERA grew to 10.91 over four starts.

Angel Rondon relieved in the third and walked in a run before fanning the side.  He was pulled after a solo home run and a walk to open the sixth. The right-hander allowed two earned runs in his three-plus innings. Kyle Ryan yielded two more runs of his own in the four-run sixth. Blake Parker threw a scoreless seventh, and Zach McAllister tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Zach McAllister

The Storm Chasers posted one run in the first inning to take the early lead. Memphis immediately tied it in the bottom of the first. Kramer Robertson doubled and Cory Spangenberg singled. Robertson scored on a sac fly by Juan Yepez.

Omaha answered with two runs in the second and two runs in the third to go ahead 5-1. In the sixth, the Storm Chasers expanded their lead to 9-1.

The Redbirds started a rally in the eighth but were only able to get two runs closer. An Ivan Herrera RBI single led to the first run and the second scored on a ground out by Clint Coulter. The offense scored their three runs on five hits.

In the field, Robertson made a fielding error, and Herrera had a passed ball.

Memphis has a record of 8-8 and is tied for fifth place with Omaha in the West Division of the International League, four games back of the first place Columbus Clippers.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Omaha, LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-2, 6.28) vs. LHP Austin Cox, 3:05 CT.

Springfield 7, Tulsa 10

The Springfield Cardinals fell to the Tulsa Drillers 10-7 in a Friday night game at Hammons Field. Kyle Leahy took the mound for Springfield. The right hander pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up eight runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked one. Leahy took the loss, his second of the season as his ERA grew to 11.37.

Sean Kealey surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Tyler Pike threw three scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and with two strikeouts. Mike Brettell tossed a clean ninth.

Tulsa took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Springfield scored one run in the bottom half of the first on a sac fly by Moises Gomez.

In the third, the Cardinals took the lead with a six-run outburst. Chase Pinder hit a solo home run. Gomez then blasted a two-run shot. Chandler Redmond followed with a two-run blast. The final run of the inning came home on a single by Irving Lopez.

The 7-3 lead was short-lived. In the top of the fourth, the Drillers posted their own crooked number, scoring seven runs to retake the lead 10-7. The slugfest ended there, and neither team was able to score further.

Moisés Gómez

Jordan Walker was 2-for-5 and Gomez was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Redmond drove in two.

On the base paths, Walker stole his third base of the season. Delvin Perez swiped his seventh. Gomez was picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 5-8 on the season and is are last place in the North Division of the Texas League, four games back of first-place Tulsa.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Domingo Robles LHP (1-0, 0.75) vs. John Rooney LHP (1-1, 4.66) 5:35 CT.

Peoria 8 at Cedar Rapids 2

The Peoria Chiefs were victorious over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field on Friday night. Right-handed starter Dionys Rodriguez pitched four innings and gave up two runs on three hits, fanned five and walked three.

Levi Prater threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Wilfredo Pereira added 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his first of the season. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs got on the board first in the third inning on a solo home run by Mack Chambers. Cedar Rapids quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

In the fourth, Mike Antico drove in two runs on a double to give Peoria a 3-1 lead. The Kernels cut the lead to 3-2 in the home half of the frame.

The Chiefs widened their lead to 7-2 in the seventh. Chambers drove in a run on a single and then scored on a single by Aaron Antonini. Tommy Jew drew a walk and stole second. Antonini came home on a throwing error. Thomas Francisco singled to plate Jew. Peoria added an eighth run in the eighth on a second RBI single by Chambers.

Mack Chambers

Chambers went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Francisco was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Antico, Chambers, Antonini and Jew each stole a base. For Chambers it was his first. Chambers also made a throwing error in the field.

The Chiefs are 7-6 on the season and stand in third place in the West Division of the Midwest League, three games back of Cedar Rapids.

Saturday’s game:  Cedar Rapids, RHP Austin Love (0-1, 9.72) vs. Sawyer Gipson-Long RHP (1-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at Lakeland 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals were defeated by the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Friday night at Publix Field. Palm Beach starter Trent Baker pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, struck out one and walked two. Baker suffered his second loss of the season.

Reliever Roy Garcia surrendered two runs in the fourth. Andrew Marrero started the fifth and issued three walks to load the bases. Marrero was replaced by Alex Cornwell. Cornwell induced a ground ball for one out but two scored on a throwing error by second baseman Brandon Hernandez. Cornwell continued through a scoreless sixth. Edgar Manzo and Hayes Heinecke each tossed a scoreless inning.

Lakeland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Beach Birds tied it in the top of the second on an RBI double by Ryan Holgate. The Flying Tigers retook the lead with a run in the home second.

The Cardinals retied the score in the top of the third on a solo home run by Sander Mora. In similar fashion, Lakeland regained their one run lead in the bottom of the third. The Flying Tigers pushed the lead wider with a four-run fourth.

The Flying Tigers added two more scores in the fifth. Palm Beach was unable to rally in the final innings. Cleanup hitter Jeremy Rivas went 2-for-4 with a run scored but his teammates had just three more hits combined. Palm Beach hitters fanned 13 times, including three by Hernandez batting second.

On the base paths, Rivas stole his first base of the season, while Tyler Reichenborn was caught stealing for the third time.

In the field, Hernandez made a throwing error and Rivas had a fielding miscue. Roblin Heredia had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 5-8 on the young season and sit in last place in the East Division of the Florida State League, three games behind the first place St. Lucie Mets.

Saturday’s game:  at Lakeland, Zane Mills RHP (0-0, 1.64) vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

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