Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 30, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Matthew Liberatore, with seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in Memphis’ road win. Other standouts include Domingo Robles, Pedro Pages and Mack Chambers.

Results from games played Friday, April 29.

Memphis 2 at Durham 1

The Memphis Redbirds secured a one-run victory on Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Memphis starter Matthew Liberatore pitched seven scoreless innings for the second consecutive outing. The left hander allowed four hits, fanned seven and walked three to earn his third win.

Matthew Liberatore

Junior Fernandez threw a scoreless eighth. Jake Walsh surrendered one run in the ninth but earned his fifth save.

The Redbirds scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Ali Sanchez. Memphis added one in the seventh on a solo shot by Evan Mendoza.

Memphis’ offense scored its two runs on just six hits. Alec Burleson went 2-for-4. Lars Nootbaar and Kramer Robertson singled.

In the field, Burleson had an outfield assist at second base. Liberatore picked a runner off first base. Sanchez picked a runner off second.

Memphis is 12-10 and is in fourth place in the International League West, three games back of first place Columbus.

Saturday’s game:  at Durham, RHP Johan Oviedo (1-2, 9.77) vs. TBA, 5:35 CT.

Springfield 7 at San Antonio 6

The Springfield Cardinals edged the San Antonio Missions in a 7-6 contest on Friday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium. S-Cards’ left-handed starter Domingo Robles pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one.

Domingo Robles

Cory Thompson came on with two runners in scoring position to secure the final out of the sixth. All six San Antonio runs scored in the seventh. Michael Brettell surrendered five runs and Grant Black allowed one before getting the third out of the long inning. Black was charged with a blown save but was also awarded the win when his offense came back in the eighth. Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

Springfield took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Moises Gomez drove in a run on a double. Two more runs scored on a single by Pedro Pages. The fourth run came home on a throwing error.

The Cardinals increased the lead to 5-0 in the top of the seventh. Pages singled and later scored on a single by Todd Lott. In the home half of the seventh San Antonio rallied for six runs to take a 6-5 lead.

Springfield took the lead back in the eighth on an RBI double by Gomez and a sac fly by Pages. Gomez, Pages and Delvin Perez each had two hits. Pages had three RBI and Gomez drove in two.

Pedro Pages

Matt Koperniak, Jordan Walker, and Perez each stole a base.

Springfield has a record of 8-11 and stands in last place in the Texas League North, four games back of first place Tulsa.

Saturday’s game:  at San Antonio, Garrett Williams LHP (0-1, 5.27) vs. TBA, 7:05 CT

Peoria 13, Wisconsin 10

The Peoria Chiefs prevailed in a Friday night slugfest with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Dozer Park. Peoria starter Austin Love pitched three innings and gave up six runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

Out of the bullpen, Wilfredo Pereira surrendered three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Leonardo Taveras threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season. Enmanuel Solano started the ninth and walked all three batters he faced. Ryan Loutos allowed a run to score that was charged to Solano but got all three outs for his second save.

Peoria got on the board first with one run in the first inning. Mike Antico doubled, stole third base, and scored on a passed ball. Wisconsin answered in the second inning with five runs on two long balls and added a sixth run in the third inning on a solo home run.

The Chiefs cut the lead to 6-3 in the home half of the third. Antico drove in a run on a single and a second run scored on a sac fly by L.J. Jones. Peoria scored one more in the fourth on a solo home run by Carlos Soto.

The Timber Rattlers made it 7-4 in the fifth. Peoria responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by Jacob Buchberger.

In the seventh, Wisconsin widened their tally by two more runs. The Chiefs then let it rip in the home seventh. Jones doubled to plate a run. Mack Chambers blasted a three-run home run. Masyn Winn tripled to score two and Peoria led 11-9.

Mack Chambers

In the eighth the Chiefs padded their lead to 13-9 on an RBI single by Jones and a ground out by Chambers. Wisconsin attempted to rally in the ninth but added only one run.

Antico, Buchberger, Chamberlain and Jones each had two hits. Jones drove in three and Chambers plated four.

The Chiefs were running wild early as Antico stole three bases, and Buchberger and Winn had two apiece, all in the first three innings. Noah Mendlinger stole his third base of the season but was also picked off first base.

Peoria is 10-9 and is in third place in the Midwest League West, five games back of Cedar Rapids.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Logan Gragg RHP (0-1, 6.75) vs. Justin Jarvis RHP (1-1, 7.04) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 11

The Palm Beach Cardinals were blanked by the Jupiter Hammerheads in a lopsided contest on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium. Zane Mills got the start for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits, struck out five and walked one.

Alex Cornwell surrendered four runs without recording an out. Bryan Pope followed and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Nelfri Contreras allowed two runs in the ninth, before Ludwin Jimenez got the final out of the ninth. Mills took the loss.

The Beach Birds offense managed only two hits, singles by Tyler Reichenborn and Jeremy Rivas.

On the base paths, Ramon Mendoza was caught stealing for the first time this season. In the field, catcher Roblin Heredia had a passed ball.

Palm Beach has a record of 8-11 and sits in last place in the Florida State League East, four games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, Carlos Guarate RHP (0-1, 4.40) vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

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