Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 8, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-0 on Sunday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Matthew Liberatore, surrendered one run and struck out 10 in six innings for Memphis. Other standouts include Mike Antico, Luis Rodriguez and R.J. Yeager.

Results from games played Sunday, August 7th.

Memphis 2 at Jacksonville 1

The Memphis Redbirds (55-49) beat the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (MIA, 59-46) at 121 Financial Ballpark on Sunday, breaking their five-game losing skid and avoiding being swept.

Starter Matthew Liberatore surrendered the only Jacksonville run in six innings pitched. The left-hander struck out 10 batters. James Naile recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

Matthew Liberatore

In the fifth, Austin Allen hit a solo home run, his first for the Redbirds. The Jumbo Shrimp hit a solo shot in the sixth. Roberto Baldoquin responded with a single in the seventh to score Iván Herrera and take a 2-1 lead.

Junior Fernández struck out one in an inning but was pulled after walking the bases loaded in the ninth. Grant Black really earned his first save for Memphis by securing the final two outs via a ground out and strikeout.

Grant Black

Allen, Baldoquin and Luken Baker had the only hits for the Redbirds. The lineup walked four times and left six runners on base.

The Redbirds are eight games behind Nashville in the International League West.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Indianapolis, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Redbirds are off Monday)

Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 2 (10 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (17-16) edged the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 15-18) at Whataburger Field in extra innings on Sunday.

TCN’s no. 5 prospect Gordon Graceffo tossed five innings and gave up two runs on four hits and four strikeouts.

The Cardinals started the scoring with a run in the first. After Mike Antico walked, Nick Dunn doubled him in. The Hooks hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth.

Michael Brettell pitched three scoreless innings with only one hit surrendered. Dalton Roach earned his third win of the season after a scoreless two innings.

In the ninth, Chase Pinder tied the game. As the right fielder grounded out, Masyn Winn came across. Antico scored Brady Whalen in the 10th inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Mike Antico

Dunn and Matt Koperniak had two hits each. Antico had one hit, one walk, a run scored and an RBI. Winn and Dunn doubled.

Winn and Antico both had a stolen bag.

The Cardinals went 2-4 against the Hooks this week. They are 2.5 games behind first place Wichita in the Texas League North.

Tuesday’s game: at Amarillo, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT (The Cardinals are off Monday)

Peoria 9 at Dayton 2

The Peoria Chiefs (17-19) topped the Dayton Dragons (CIN, 11-23) at Day Air Ballpark on Sunday. This was the second consecutive day they slayed the Dragons by the same 9-2 score.

Dionys Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Nathanael Heredia earned his third win of the season after a scoreless two innings.

Dionys Rodriguez

In the first inning, Tyler Reichenborn singled to score two runs. Todd Lott plated two runs in the second with a single.

In the seventh, the Chiefs added five more runs. L.J. Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Reichenborn plated one run via sacrifice fly. Ramon Mendoza and Luis Rodriguez recorded RBI singles. To close out the scoring, Tommy Jew walked with the bases loaded.

Jack Ralston surrendered two runs on three walks and three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Roycroft had a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.

Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez had three hits, one walk, an RBI and a run scored. Lott had two hits and Reichenborn drove in three. The lineup had eight hits and nine walks.

Mack Chambers and Jew both took a base.

The Chiefs went 4-2 against the Dragons this week and are 6.5 games behind first place South Bend in the Midwest League West.

Tuesday’s game: at Great Lakes, RH Inohan Paniagua (0-1, 6.75) vs. TBA 6:05 CT (The Chiefs are off Monday)

Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals (22-14) walked off the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA, 17-18) on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starter Jose Davila tossed five innings and surrendered an unearned run. The 19-year-old yielded three hits, walked two and struck out two.

Jose Davila

In the first inning, 2022 draftee Chris Rotondo hit a solo home run, the first of his professional career. Thomas Francisco brought in a run via sacrifice fly in the third. In the sixth, Jeremy Rivas and Alex ladisernia recorded RBI doubles. After a wild pitch, ladisernia came across to make the score 5-1.

Gustavo Rodriguez gave up three runs, two earned in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Gerard yielded a solo home run in 2 2/3 innings but received his fourth win of the year.

After the Hammerheads tied the game in the eighth inning, the Beach Birds walked it off in the ninth. With the bases loaded, R.J. Yeager singled to score Darlin Moquete.

R.J. Yeager

Moquete had the only multi-hit game with two. Palm Beach left eight runners on base but went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The defense committed six errors, led by Moquete and Rodriguez with two each. Rivas and Yeager committed one.

The Cardinals went 5-1 against the Hammerheads this week. They are two games ahead of St. Lucie in the Florida State League East.

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

FCL Cardinals – Off

The rookie level Florida Complex League Cardinals are 18-23, in fifth place, 9.5 games behind the Nationals in the six-team FCL East.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT

DSL Cardinals – Off

The rookie level Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 26-21, in sixth place, 5.5 games behind the Rockies in the nine-team DSL South.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Colorado, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT

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