Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 27, 2022

photo: Paul DeJong (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are SS Paul DeJong, who drove in three, and OF Moises Gomez, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Memphis’ home win.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 26.

Memphis 8, Norfolk 6

The Memphis Redbirds took home the victory against the Norfolk Tides at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs on two hits, fanned seven and walked three.

Kyle Ryan finished the fifth in scoreless fashion to earn his sixth win of the season. Ryan Loutos surrendered one run in two innings pitched. Johan Quezada allowed one run in the eighth. Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

Memphis put up the bulk of their runs in the first inning to take a 6-0 lead. Paul DeJong and Moises Gomez each blasted two run long balls for the first four runs. Pedro Pages singled and advanced on a single by Evan Mendoza and a walk by Delvin Perez. He then scored from third on a wild pitch. Mendoza scored on a single by Ben DeLuzio.

Paul DeJong

Norfolk scored two in the top of the third, but the Redbirds answered with one more run in the home half of the inning. Gomez singled, Luken Baker walked. Mendoza flew into a sacrifice double play that scored Gomez.

Moisés Gómez

The Tides cut the lead to 7-4 in the fifth, then made it 7-5 in the top of the seventh. Memphis added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a sac fly by DeJong. Norfolk added a sixth run in the ninth.

DeLuzio was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gomez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. DeJong drove in three.

On the base paths, Scott Hurst was picked off and caught stealing.

Memphis is 52-42 on the season and is in third place in the International League West, 4.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Norfolk, Thomas Parsons RHP (6-2, 4.35) vs. Mike Baumann RHP (1-5, 4.86) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 6, Frisco 10

The Springfield Cardinals were defeated by the Rough Riders in a 10-6 contest at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 3 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on eight hits, struck out one and walked one.

Three relievers also yielded runs. Domingo Robles surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Dalton Roach allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. John Beller relinquished two runs in the ninth. Robles took the loss, his fifth.

Frisco went ahead 1-0 in the first inning. The RoughRiders then increased the lead with four runs in the fourth.

Springfield made it closer in the home half of the fourth on a three-run home run by Malcom Nunez. The Cardinals tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth on RBI doubles by Jordan Walker and Chase Pinder.

Malcom Nuñez

Frisco regained the lead with three runs in the seventh. The Cardinals answered with one run in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Antico doubled and scored on a single by Nick Dunn.

The RoughRiders cemented their victory with two runs in the ninth. Springfield was unable to answer.

Nick Dunn

Dunn went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Walker and Pinder were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nunez drove in three.

On the base paths, Pinder was caught stealing for the fifth time this season. In the field, Walker made a fielding error.

Springfield is 13-9 in the second half and is tied for first place in the Texas League North with Wichita.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Gordon Graceffo RHP (5-1, 3.21) vs. TBA 6:35 CT.

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 11

The Peoria Chiefs were walloped by the Tin Caps on Tuesday night at Dozer Park. Austin Love took the mound for Peoria. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits, fanned seven and walked three. Love took the loss.

Nathanael Heredia relieved first and surrendered six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Chris Roycroft allowed two runs in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Fort Wayne took a 3-0 lead in the third and added three more in the sixth to go up 6-0. The Chiefs finally answered in the home half of the sixth with a three-run home run by L.J. Jones to cut the lead in half.

LJ Jones IV

The Tin Caps continued to pummel Peoria pitching, adding four more runs in the eighth and the final run in the ninth. The Chiefs responded in the bottom of the ninth with just run. Carlos Soto doubled and scored on a single by Noah Mendlinger.

Peoria scored four runs on five hits. No Chiefs hitter had multiple hits. Jones had three RBI.

On the base paths, Tyler Reichenborn was picked off and caught stealing.

Peoria is 10-15 in the second half and is in fifth placed in the Midwest League West, eight games back of first place South Bend.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (1-10, 4.91) vs. Robert Gasser LHP (4-8, 3.96) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 8

The Palm Beach Cardinals were overmatched by the Mets in St. Lucie on Tuesday night. New arrival Hancel Rincon started for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched 1 2/3 innings, gave up six runs on three hits, struck out one and walked three. Rincon took the loss, his first in Class-A.

Alfredo Ruiz relieved and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Andrew Marrero followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Hayes Heinecke surrendered two runs in 2/3 of an inning. Nelfri Contreras got the final out of the eighth.

The Mets took the 6-0 lead in the second inning against Rincon. The score remained there until the seventh when the Beach Birds finally scratched a run home. Lizandro Espinoza and Jeremy Rivas singled. Thomas Francisco grounded into a force out and Espinoza scored.

Palm Beach plated a second run in the eighth on a solo home run by Patrick Romeri. St. Lucie increased its lead to 8-2 in the home half of the eighth.

Patrick Romeri

Romeri was 2-for-4 with an RBI. The only other extra base hit was a double by Francisco.

In the field, Rincon made an error on a pickoff. Ruiz picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 14-11 in the second half and is in first place in the FSL East

Wednesday’s games:  at St. Lucie, Tink Hence RHP (0-1, 0.99) vs. TBA 5:10 CT.

FCL Cardinals 0, FCL Marlins 3

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (15-17) were blanked by the Marlins in a 3-0 contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday morning. Starter Diorys Guerrero pitched one scoreless inning, allowed one hit and struck out three.

Edwin Nunez relieved Guerrero and threw two scoreless innings. Ludwin Jimenez surrendered one run in the fourth and took the loss, his second of the season. Wilmer Ortega followed with two scoreless innings. Angel Cuenca hurled a scoreless seventh. Randal Clemente allowed two runs in the eighth.

Carlos Linarez

The Cardinals offense scattered five hits. Carlos Linarez was 2-for-3. The other hits, all singles came from Luis Pino, Samil De La Rosa and Tre Fletcher. The offense was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six runners stranded.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals – Off

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 4.5 games behind the Rockies in the DSL South.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Twins, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 am CT.

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