Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 25, 2022

photo: Pedro Pages (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is catcher Pedro Pages. TCN’s no. 39 prospect went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a stolen base in Springfield’s win over Tulsa. Other Sunday standouts included Alec Burleson and Jeremy Rivas.

Results from games played Sunday, April 24th.

Memphis 7, Omaha 9

The Memphis Redbirds (9-9) fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers (KC, 9-9) on Sunday at AutoZone Park. The clubs split the six-game series.

All nine of the Storm Chasers’ runs came in the first two innings, starting with eight in the first. Starter Johan Oviedo went only 2/3 of an inning and gave up six runs on five hits and one walk. Four of the six runs came via the long ball. Thomas Parsons pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief. The right hander yielded three runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out three.

The Redbirds bats came alive in the fourth with Nolan Gorman’s eighth homer of the year, a two-run shot. Ali Sanchez scored Alec Burleson to make the deficit 9-3.

Alec Burleson

Alec Burleson hit his fifth home run of the year in the seventh and Juan Yepez drove in Brendan Donovan in the eighth. The score was 9-5 going into the ninth.

Brendan Donovan hit his first home run of the season to make it 9-7, but the attempted comeback ended there.

The bullpen was strong in the final six innings with no runs allowed. James Naile went two innings and surrendered two hits and one walk. Brandon Waddell pitched two innings and gave up one hit. Kyle Ryan yielded one hit and struck out two in his inning of work. Junior Fernández closed out the ninth with no hits and one strikeout.

Burleson went 2-for-4 with the only multi-hit game for the Redbirds. Every player except Scott Hurst reached safely.

Tuesday’s game: at Durham, LHP Zack Thompson (0-0, 5.93) vs. TBA 10:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 12, Tulsa 8

The Springfield Cardinals (6-9) topped the Tulsa Drillers (LAD, 10-5) at Hammons Field on Monday. The Cardinals went 2-4 against the Drillers in the six-game series.

Tulsa scored twice in the first two innings against Springfield starter Garrett Williams. The left hander pitched four innings and gave up two solo home runs and walked two. He struck out four.

Pedro Pages

The Cardinals scored seven runs in innings two through four to take a commanding lead. Pedro Pages and Jonah Davis each recorded an RBI in the second. Chandler Redmond drove in Malcom Nunez and Pages hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot. Jordan Walker singled in two more in the fourth to make it a 7-2 Springfield lead.

Edgar Escobar pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief and gave up four runs on four hits. Cory Thompson relieved him and threw 2/3 of an inning and yielded no runs on one hit and three walks. Despite his rough outing, Escobar received the win for the afternoon.

Springfield scored five more runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Pages recorded another RBI and Matt Koperniak hit an inside-the-park home run which scored Jonah Davis. Moises Gomez hit his ninth homer of the season with a two-run shot in the eighth.

Freddy Pacheco threw 1 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on one hit and two walks. Johan Quezada recorded the final out of the game with a strikeout.

Six different Springfield players recorded multiple hits. Pages and Redmond each had three. Walker extended his on-base streak to 13 games and stole two bags. Pages and Nunez each stole a base.

Tuesday’s game: at San Antonio, RHP Connor Lunn (0-2, 6.19) vs. RHP Reggie Lawson (0-1, 13.50) 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 6

The Peoria Chiefs (7-8) fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN, 12-3) at Perfect Game Field on Sunday. The Chiefs took only one of the six-game set against the Kernels.

Peoria scored first as Masyn Winn hit his first home run of the year. Matt Chamberlain added an RBI to make it 2-0 in the first. But the lead was short-lived as the Kernels scored all six runs in the first two innings.

Chiefs starter Logan Gragg recorded his first loss of the season after going only three innings. He yielded six runs on 10 hits. Michael YaSenka pitched three scoreless innings and yielded only one hit. Leonardo Taveras and Enmanuel Solano shared the final two innings and recorded no hits.

Michael YaSenka

Thomas Francisco hit his first homer of the season in the fourth and Jacob Buchberger plated Mike Antico in the eighth.

L.J. Jones had the only multi-hit day for Peoria. The Chiefs were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Michael McGreevy (0-0, 0.51) vs. LHP Russell Smith (0-0, 7.11) 6:05 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 6 at Lakeland 7

The Palm Beach Cardinals (6-9) fell to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET, 7-8) at Publix Field on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals won just once during the six games at Lakeland.

The Beach Birds got on the board early with two runs in the first as Jeremy Rivas and Osvaldo Tovalin each recorded an RBI.

The Flying Tigers answered back with three runs against Cardinals starter Carlos Guarate. The right hander pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits and three walks and took the loss. Chris Gerard threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and four walks.

Rivas recorded another RBI in the third with a single to tie the game, but Lakeland scored two in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead 7-3.

In a late comeback, the Cardinals scored three runs in the seventh. Franklin Soto crossed home on an error, Tovalin drove in his second of the game and Ryan Holgate recorded a RBI to close the deficit to 7-6.

Nelfi Contreras pitched one scoreless inning on a hit and walk. Bryan Pope threw the final two innings and yielded no runs on two hits. The right hander struck out three.

The Palm Beach offense could not get anything going after the seventh, however. Both Rivas and Holgate had three hits and Tovalin had two. The rest of the lineup only recorded two hits.

Jeremy Rivas

Number three hitter Rivas singled, doubled twice, plated two and scored twice. Sander Mora scored three runs after two walks and a triple. The Cardinals left eight runners on and struck out 12 times.

Soto recorded his first stolen base of the year.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

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