photo: Nick Raposo (Springfield Cardinals)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-1 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, catcher Nick Raposo, had three hits including two home runs, three runs and five RBI. Other standouts include Alec Burleson, Tyler Reichenborn, Leonardo Bernal and Samil De La Rosa.
Results from games played Saturday, July 23rd.
The Memphis Redbirds (50-42) fell to the Gwinnett Stripers (ATL, 46-46) at AutoZone Park on Saturday night.
Jake Woodford surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. The right-hander fanned four and took his third loss. Garrett Williams yielded three runs, one earned, in two innings. The 27-year-old struck out four batters.
Luken Baker hit a solo home run in the fourth, his 16th of the year. Scott Hurst recorded an RBI double and Paul DeJong drove in a run in the fifth inning.
Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless two innings. The right-hander has a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings since his promotion to Memphis. Kyle Ryan gave up a run in the ninth inning.
In the ninth, the Redbirds tried to mount a comeback. Alec Burleson hit a three-run shot, his 17th of the season, but that was the end of the scoring.
Burleson and Delvin Pérez each had two hits. The Redbirds went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and struck out nine times.
Evan Mendoza stole his 12th bag of the year.
Sunday’s game: vs. Gwinnett, RHP Aaron Brooks (5-4, 5.69) vs. RHP Bryce Elder (5-4, 4.78) 2:05 CT
The Springfield Cardinals (12-8) topped the Northwest Arkansas Travelers (KC, 7-13) at Arvest Ballpark on Saturday.
Connor Lunn gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings on six hits and one walk. The right-hander struck out five and earned his third win. Domingo Robles recorded the last out in the seventh inning.
Nick Raposo hit a solo home run in the second inning. Jordan Walker scored on an error in the third. Raposo hit another homer, a three-run shot.
Griffin Roberts and Dalton Roach closed out the final two innings. Roberts yielded a run in the eighth. Roach surrendered a solo home run in the ninth.
In the eighth, Raposo drove in another run. After a 12 pitch at-bat, Julio Rodriguez singled to plate a run.
Raposo went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI. The rest of the lineup had three hits combined. The Cardinals took advantage of their limited opportunities, going 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Nunez and Masyn Winn each took a base. Second baseman Errol Robinson went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Cardinals debut.
Sunday’s game: at NW Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (6-5, 6.94) vs. RHP Alec Marsh (1-8, 7.07) 2:05 CT
The Peoria Chiefs (9-14) outslugged the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN, 12-11) on Saturday at Perfect Game Field.
Starter Wilfredo Pereira tossed 5 1/3 innings with five runs given up on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The right-hander earned his fifth win.
The Chiefs scored eight runs in the second through fourth innings. Tyler Reichenborn recorded an RBI in the second. Tommy Jew broke an 0-for-22 slump with a two-run shot to take a 3-0 lead. Reichenborn hit a grand slam in the fourth, his fifth homer with Peoria. Jacob Buchberger tripled in the fourth to score a run.
Gianluca Dalatri was charged with two runs on two hits and four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Levi Prater yielded three runs in two innings.
The Chiefs added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Luis Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his first in Peoria. Jew scored on a wild pitch. Peoria hit three solo home runs in the ninth inning. L.J. Jones and Osvaldo Tovalin went back-to-back. Francisco Hernandez also hit one.
Every player in the lineup scored a run except Todd Lott and Brady Whalen. Buchberger, Reichenborn and Hernandez all recorded two hits. Tovalin came across three times and Reichenborn had four RBI.
Whalen stole his first bag for Peoria and Jew took his 21st.
Sunday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, RHP Zane Mills (3-7, 4.27) vs. RHP David Festa (6-0, 1.86) 2:05 CT
The Palm Beach Cardinals (14-9) defeated the Daytona Tortugas (CIN, 7-15) at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Saturday.
Starter Alex Cornwell threw six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk. The left-hander fanned six and earned his fourth win.
Aaron McKeithan hit a solo shot in the second inning. Leonardo Bernal hit a two-run home run, his second of the year. Patrick Romeri blasted a solo homer in the fourth.
Jack Ralston tossed an inning with one run yielded and three strikeouts. Bryan Pope surrendered a solo home run in two innings.
Bernal hit a solo homer in the seventh, his second of the game. The catcher plated two more runs in the eighth inning to provide the final cushion.
Bernal went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. McKeithan and Romeri both had two hits. Lizandro Espinoza had a platinum sombrero in the contest (five strikeouts in five at-bats).
Sunday’s game: at Daytona, RHP Trent Baker (3-4, 3.25) vs. RHP Chase Petty (0-4, 3.39) 4:35 CT
The Florida Complex League Cardinals (14-16) topped the Astros Orange on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals used nine different pitchers in the contest.
Starter Benjamin Arias tossed two innings with two runs, one earned, given up on three hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Victor Villanueva recorded his third win after a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Alec Willis fanned two batters in an inning.
After the Astros scored a run in the first, the Cardinals responded in the bottom half. Luis Pino recorded an RBI single to tie the game. In the second, the Cardinals scored three runs. Javier Bolivar plated one, Samil De La Rosa doubled to score one and came across after a balk.
Angel Cuenca threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Edwin Nunez recorded a scoreless inning. Ludwin Jimenez surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals scored five times in the sixth through eighth innings. Tre Fletcher grounded out to bring across a run in the sixth and Carlos Linarez plated one in the seventh. In the eighth, De La Rosa singled to score one and Bolivar came across on a wild pitch to make the score 9-4.
Wilmer Ortega recorded a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. Omar Sanchez yielded two runs, one earned, in only 1/3 of an inning. Americo Lugo recorded the final two outs and earned his second save.
De La Rosa went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Pino also had two hits. The lineup went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position and struck out 14 times but still found a way to win.
Adari Grant and De La Rosa both stole a bag.
Monday’s game: at FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)
DSL Cardinals – Off
The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (19-18) did not play Saturday. The rookie-level Cards are 4.5 games behind the first place Rockies in the DSL South.
Monday’s game: vs. DSL Giants Orange, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)
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