Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 20, 2022

photo: Austin Romine (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Sunday with the lone win from Memphis. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is catcher Austin Romine who went 2-for-4 with three RBI in his Memphis debut. Other standouts include Gordon Graceffo, Masyn Winn and Tyler Reichenborn.

Results from games played Sunday, June 19th.

Memphis 7, Nashville 6

The Memphis Redbirds (38-28) edged the Nashville Sounds (MIL, 39-26) at AutoZone Park on Sunday afternoon.

Matthew Liberatore threw five innings with three runs, two earned, surrendered on six hits and two walks. The left-hander fanned five.

The Redbirds scored three runs over the first three innings. Catcher Austin Romine made his Memphis debut and recorded a double to drive in two. Alec Burleson plated one in the third inning. After the Sounds responded in the fifth with three runs, the Redbirds took the lead after Luken Baker drove in Paul DeJong.

Austin Romine

With a 4-3 lead, Nashville scored two in the seventh but was answered with two Memphis runs in the home half. Baker scored his second of the game and Romine plated his third. DeJong added an insurance run in the eighth.

Aaron Brooks tossed the remaining four innings with three runs yielded on six hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out two and earned his third win. DeJong’s insurance run proved to be key after the Sounds hit a solo shot in the ninth.

Romine went 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first game with the Redbirds. Baker had two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Ben DeLuzio had two hits and two walks and Burleson had a hit, two walks, an RBI and a run scored. The lineup left nine runners on base, walked seven times and struck out only five times.

Scott Hurst stole his sixth bag of the year. He also made a throwing error and recorded an outfield assist in right field.

The Redbirds split the series with first place Nashville this week and are 1.5 games behind.

Tuesday’s game: at Indianapolis, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Springfield 2, Corpus Christi 4

The Springfield Cardinals (25-38) fell late to the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, 28-35) at Hammons Field on Sunday.

Gordon Graceffo threw a solid seven innings with two runs yielded on three hits, no walks and six strikeouts. TCN’s no. 12 prospect has a combined 1.67 ERA between Peoria and Springfield this year.

Gordon Graceffo

The Cardinals scored one run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Moisés Gómez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Masyn Winn slammed his fourth home run in Double-A in the fifth inning.

Masyn Winn

Freddy Pacheco absorbed his fifth loss after he yielded two runs in the ninth inning, breaking the 2-2 tie. The right-hander pitched two innings and gave up two hits, one walk and fanned three.

Winn and Jordan Walker recorded the only Cardinal hits. Nick Dunn had three walks and the lineup took nine free passes. Malcom Nunez struck out three times. The team went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Cardinals were 2-4 at home against the Hooks this week. They are in last place in the Texas League North, 12 games behind Tulsa.

Tuesday’s game: at NW Arkansas, TBA vs. TBA 7:05 CT

Peoria 5, West Michigan 7

At Dozer Park, the Peoria Chiefs (27-36) fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps (DET, 30-33) after a late comeback attempt fell short.

Dionys Rodriguez tossed 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits and four walks. The right-hander fell to 1-7 this season. Enmanuel Solano pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout yielded.

In the third, Tyler Reichenborn hit his third homer in Peoria, a solo shot. Osvaldo Tovalin drove in Mike Antico in the fifth inning.

Tyler Reichenborn

Leonardo Taveras threw an inning with one run surrendered on three hits. Nathanael Heredia was charged with two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Andre Granillo tossed a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Chiefs mounted a late comeback attempt in the ninth inning. Tovalin doubled to bring in two runs and make the score 7-4. Todd Lott doubled and plated Tovalin to make it a two-run game with one out. With the tying run at the plate, L.J. Jones had a 10 pitch at-bat that ended with a strikeout. Aaron Antonini was the final hope for the Chiefs but lined out.

The Chiefs recorded nine hits and five walks but only scored five. Lott and Luis Rodriguez had two hits each. Tovalin went 1-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Reichenborn went 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

Reichenborn stole his seventh base of the season. Antico took two bags and leads the Midwest League with 31.

The Chiefs went 2-4 against the Whitecaps this week. They currently sit in fifth place in the Midwest League West and are 14 games behind Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday’s game: at South Bend, TBA vs. TBA 6:05 CT

Palm Beach 2 at Clearwater 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (27-34) fell to the Clearwater Threshers (PHI, 32-30) at BayCare Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

Trent Baker tossed 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks. TCN’s no. 30 prospect fanned six and recorded his sixth loss.

After the Threshers scored two runs in the first, the Beach Birds responded in the third. Jhon Torres doubled to score two runs.

Jhon Torres

Jose Moreno pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with a walk and one strikeout yielded. Andrew Marrero surrendered two runs on two hits in one inning. Nelfri Contreras threw a hitless eighth inning.

The Cardinals only had five hits and two walks. Torres recorded the only RBI and extra base hit. The lineup did not threaten often, going 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position and leaving four runners on base.

Palm Beach dropped three straight at Clearwater this weekend after they won the first three games. The Cardinals are in third place of the Florida State League East, 12.5 games behind St. Lucie.

Tuesday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, TBA vs. TBA 5:30 CT

FCL Cardinals – Off

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

DSL Cardinals – Off

Monday’s game: at DSL Cubs Blue, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT

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