Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 31, 2022

photo: Todd Lott (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Todd Lott, had three hits including a walk-off home run for Peoria. Other standouts include Pedro Pages, Luis Rodriguez, Samil De La Rosa, Jonathan Mejia and Ronny Oliver.

Results from games played Saturday, July 30th.

Memphis 5, Norfolk 2

The Memphis Redbirds (54-44) topped the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 46-52) at AutoZone Park on Saturday. In his second of three planned rehab appearances, St. Louis’ Yadier Molina caught five innings and went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk.

In a bullpen game after scheduled starter Aaron Brooks was placed on the injured list earlier in the day, Grant Black tossed the first three innings. The right-hander gave up the only two Norfolk runs. Dalton Roach recorded a scoreless fourth inning. Garrett Williams pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Redbirds were held scoreless until the seventh inning. Pedro Pages singled home Roberto Baldoquin to close the deficit to 2-1. The new third baseman plated the tying run in the eighth with his single scoring Luken Baker. Ben DeLuzio (single) and Pages (ground out) brought across two more and DeLuzio scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-2.

Pedro Pages

Freddy Pacheco recorded his first win with Memphis after 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Ryan Loutos saved his second game for the Redbirds.

DeLuzio, Conner Capel and Cory Spangenberg recorded two hits each. Pages drove in two runs. The lineup went 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base.

Moisés Gómez recorded an outfield assist as he threw out a runner at home.

Sunday’s game: vs. Norfolk, LHP Matthew Liberatore (4-3, 4.61) vs. LHP DL Hall (2-5, 4.45) 2:05 CT

Springfield 1, Frisco 4

The Springfield Cardinals (15-11) fell to the Frisco RoughRiders (TEX, 14-12) at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Starter Edgar Escobar threw six innings and surrendered four runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander took his sixth loss.

The only Cardinals run came in the fifth inning after Julio Rodriguez hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Julio Rodriguez

Griffin Roberts recorded a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Leonardo Taveras fanned three batters in 1 2/3 innings.

The only three hits came off the bats of Masyn Winn, Jordan Walker and Rodriguez. The lineup went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Antico walked twice and stole his 14th bag in Springfield, his 51st between High-A and Double-A.

Sunday’s game: vs. Frisco, RHP Michael McGreevy (5-2, 4.53) vs. LHP Avery Weems (1-5, 5.32) 1:35 CT

Peoria 7, Fort Wayne 6

The Peoria Chiefs (13-16) walked-off the Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD, 13-16) on Saturday at Dozer Park.

Zane Mills surrendered five runs in six innings pitched. The right-hander yielded six hits, three walks and two strikeouts.

After the TinCaps scored two runs in the second, the Chiefs responded with two in the home half. Luis Rodriguez grounded out to score one and Ramon Mendoza’s single plated the other. Rodriguez’ single brought across another in the sixth and Jacob Buchberger plated Tommy Jew on a ground out in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Nathanael Heredia gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings on two hits and three walks. Andre Granillo struck out the final batter in the ninth and won his first game at High-A..

The TinCaps scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning but the Chiefs staged a comeback in the ninth. Tommy Jew singled and Todd Lott hit a walk-off two run home run, his seventh for Peoria.

Todd Lott

Lott had three hits and Mendoza recorded two. Rodriguez plated three runs and Jew came across twice. The lineup went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Francisco Hernandez swiped his 14th base of the year.

Sunday’s game: vs. Fort Wayne, RHP Austin Love (5-9, 6.23) vs. LHP Jackson Wolf (4-6, 4.55) 1:35 CT

Palm Beach 0 at St. Lucie 2

The Palm Beach Cardinals (16-13) were blanked by the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 15-14) on Saturday at Clover Park.

Starter Hancel Rincon took his second loss after giving up the only two runs in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded four hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Hayes Heinecke struck out three batters in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Alfredo Ruiz tossed two scoreless innings and fanned five.

Nathan Church

2022 draftees Nathan Church and Michael Curialle each recorded their first professional hit. Darlin Moquete had the only other Beach Bird hit. The lineup left all six runners on base.

Church stole two bags and Curialle took one.

Sunday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, TBA vs. TBA 11:10 CT

FCL Cardinals 4, FCL Mets 7

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (15-21) lost to the Mets (23-14) at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday morning.

Wilmer Ortega tossed three scoreless innings and struck out five batters. Edwin Nunez surrendered three runs in 2 2/3 innings. Angel Cuenca gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings and took his first loss of the season.

In the second, Samil De La Rosa doubled to score one and Adari Grant singled home a run. Won-Bin Cho scored on a wild pitch in the third. The Cardinals tried to come back in the ninth inning after De La Rosa recorded an RBI single but it was too little and too late.

Ludwin Jimenez yielded a run in one inning on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Randel Clemente was charged with two runs in the ninth inning.

Samil De La Rosa

De La Rosa went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. TCN’s no. 18 prospect, Cho, went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. The lineup went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Prospect outfielders Cho and Joshua Baez took two bags each.

The Cardinals are 9.5 games behind the Nationals in the FCL East.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Nationals, TBA vs. TBA 9:30 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Giants Black 1

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (23-18) beat the Giants Black (15-27) on Saturday morning. The Cardinals used six different pitchers in the contest.

Leonel Sequera tossed three scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Ronny Oliver struck out an impressive eight batters in three run-free innings and recorded his first win of the season. Jovi Galvez surrendered an unearned run in 2/3 of an inning. Henry Gomez recorded the last out in the seventh.

Ronny Oliver

The Cardinals scored seven of their nine runs in the fourth through sixth innings. Jonathan Mejia opened it in a big way with a grand slam in the fourth, his third homer of the year. In the fifth, Miguel Vargas hit an RBI double. Anyelo Encarnacion and Mejia scored on wild pitches in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-0.

Esteban Contreras and Yordy Herrera both had scoreless innings to close out the game.

In the ninth, Maikel Hernandez drove in a run via groundout. Encarnacion scored the ninth run of the game via sacrifice fly.

Even though the Cardinals scored nine runs, they went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Mejia went 2-for-4 with two walks and a grand slam. Miguel Vargas had three hits. Every batter reached base at least once in the game as the Cards totaled seven hits and drew 13 walks.

Encarnacion stole his eighth bag of the year.

The Cardinals are 3.5 games behind Seattle in the DSL South.

Monday’s game: at DSL Mariners, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off Sunday)


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