Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 29, 2022

photo: Trent Baker

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Thursday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Palm Beach starter Trent Baker. The 2021 draftee went seven scoreless and struck out eight for his first career victory. Other standouts include Dionys Rodriguez and Tyler Pike.

Results from games played Thursday, April 28th.

Memphis 2 at Durham 8

The Memphis Redbirds (11-10) fell to the Durham Bulls (TB, 8-13) on Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Starter T.J. Zeuch only pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on 11 hits and one walk. The right hander struck out three as his ERA rose to 11.64. James Naile yielded one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Kyle Ryan threw one inning and gave up one run on two hits. Thomas Parsons pitched the final inning and yielded no hits with one strikeout.

Memphis struck quickly with RBI from Juan Yepez (double) and Ali Sanchez (single) in the first inning. The Bulls answered with one in the bottom of the first and six more over the third, fourth and fifth.

Conner Capel recorded the only multi-hit game for the Redbirds with a single and a double. Nolan Gorman singled, increasing his hitting streak to 15 games. The lineup went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Zeuch took his fourth loss of the year.

Kramer Robertson stole his fifth bag of the season.

Friday’s game: at Durham, LHP Matthew Liberatore (2-2, 4.22) vs. TBA 5:35 CT

Springfield 0 at San Antonio 1

The Springfield Cardinals (7-11) were blanked by the San Antonio Missions (SD, 6-12) on Thursday at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Starter Kyle Leahy went five innings and gave up one run on four hits. The 24-year-old struck out five and walked one in his best outing of 2022 to date. Tyler Pike pitched the final three innings with his only baserunner a hit-by-pitch. The left hander struck out six while keeping his team in the game, but the Springfield offense could not break through

Tyler Pike

The Missions scored their only run in the second via a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals offense had only four hits on the night.

Red hot Moisés Gómez went 2-for-3 with a walk. Pedro Pages and Roberto Baldoquin recorded the other two hits. Springfield left eight runners on base and Leahy took the hard-luck loss, his third of the season.

Friday’s game: at San Antonio, LHP Domingo Robles (1-1, 4.60) vs. LHP Gabe Morales (0-0, 4.32) 7:05 CT

Peoria 2, Wisconsin 6

The Peoria Chiefs (9-9) fell late to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, 12-6) at Dozer Park on Thursday.

Dionys Rodriguez

Dionys Rodriguez started for the Chiefs and went six strong innings. The right hander gave up one run, a solo home run, and six hits. He struck out eight. Levi Prater pitched only 1/3 of an inning and yielded five runs, four earned, on two hits and two walks.

The only runs for the Chiefs came in the seventh inning and later when they were already down 6-0. Francisco Hernandez recorded an RBI single in the seventh and Mack Chambers’ single in the ninth finished the scoring.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief on two hits and struck out two. Colin Schmid pitched the final inning and yielded no hits and struck out two.

L.J. Jones recorded the only multi-hit night with a single and double. The Chiefs struck out 10 times and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Rodriguez took his first loss of the season.

Jacob Buchberger and Jones each stole a bag.

Friday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, RHP Austin Love (0-2, 9.00)  vs. LHP Antoine Kelly (1-0, 2.63) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach 8, Jupiter 1

The Palm Beach Cardinals (8-10) outhit, outpitched and outscored the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA, 9-9) at Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday.

Trent Baker

Starter Trent Baker went seven strong innings and gave up two hits, no walks and no runs. The right hander struck out eight in recording his first professional win. Chris Gerard pitched one inning and walked two and struck out one. Andrew Marrero tossed the final frame and gave up one run on one hit and one walk.

Ryan Holgate got the Chiefs on the board in the third with an RBI triple. Trying to stretch it an inside-the-park home run, the outfielder was tagged out at home.

The Beach Birds scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Luis Rodriguez hit an RBI double and Tyler Reichenborn plated two more with a single. Osvaldo Tovalin and Adanson Cruz drove in one each. Reichenborn and Tovalin added RBI in the eighth.

Reichenborn went 2-for-4 with three driven in and Tovalin was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Holgate and Franklin Soto each went 2-for-4. The Cardinals recorded 12 hits compared to Jupiter’s three.

Reichenborn stole his first base of the year.

Friday’s game: vs. Jupiter, RHP Zane Mills (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Chris Mokma (1-1, 5.17) 5:30 CT

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