Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 26, 2022

Photo: Paul DeJong (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Paul DeJong, who had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored for Memphis. Other standouts include Aaron Antonini, Darlin Moquete and Maycol Justo.

Results from games played Saturday, June 25th.

Memphis 6 at Indianapolis 5

The Memphis Redbirds (41-30) edged the Indianapolis Indians (PIT, 34-35) after a late comeback at Victory Field on Saturday.

Starter Matthew Liberatore tossed seven innings with five runs surrendered on eight hits and a walk. The left-hander yielded two home runs and struck out seven. James Naile threw two hitless frames and earned his third win of the season.

After Memphis was down 4-0, Scott Hurst blasted a solo home run in the third. The Redbirds scored five runs in the last three innings to mount a comeback. In the seventh, Paul DeJong hit a three-run homer, his 11th for the Redbirds. Austin Romine recorded an RBI single in the eighth and Luken Baker plated the go-ahead run in the ninth.

Paul DeJong

Hurst and DeJong both had three hits and came across twice. The top four spots in the lineup went 10-for-20 with five RBI on Saturday. The lineup went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and struck out six times.

Sunday’s game: at Indianapolis, LHP Connor Thomas (4-2, 3.96) vs. RHP Bryse Wilson (3-0, 3.08) 12:35 CT

Springfield 13 at NW Arkansas 10

The Springfield Cardinals (30-38) out-slugged the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC, 31-36) at Arvest Ballpark on Saturday. Every pitcher except Ryan Loutos yielded at least two runs.

Gordon Graceffo yielded four runs on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander fanned seven and earned his third win for Springfield. Grant Black gave up four runs on five hits in one inning pitched.

The Cardinals scored five runs over the second and third innings. Chandler Redmond plated two and new Cardinal Aaron Antonini brought in two in the second. Moisés Gómez hit his MiLB-leading 23rd home run in the third inning.

Michael YaSenka surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Ryan Loutos earned his third save for the Cardinals with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.

The lineup added eight runs over the sixth and seventh innings. Malcom Nunez hit a two-run home run and Justin Toerner drove in a run. Jordan Walker plated Antonini via sacrifice fly in the sixth. Antonini brought in two and Masyn Winn hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

In three games with Springfield, Antonini is batting .385 and had four RBI on Saturday. Six different players had two hits but Nick Dunn went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Walker was the only player without a hit but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Nick Dunn

Winn stole his fifth base with Springfield.

Sunday’s game: at NW Arkansas, RHP Kyle Leahy (3-6, 6.65) vs. LHP Anthony Veneziano (4-4, 5.46) 2:05 CT

Peoria 0 at South Bend 1

The Peoria Chiefs (28-40) were walked-off by the South Bend Cubs (CHC, 36-32) on Saturday at Four Winds Field.

Logan Gragg tossed a solid five scoreless innings with five hits surrendered. Levi Prater threw a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Nathanael Heredia was charged with the lone run after he pitched 2 2/3 innings. The Cubs walked-off the Chiefs in the ninth inning with Gianluca Dalatri on the mound.

Logan Gragg

Ramon Mendoza had the only multi-hit game with two. Mike Antico and Luis Rodriguez recorded the only other hits. The Chiefs struck out 14 times and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Tyler Reichenborn stole his eighth bag for the Chiefs.

The defense turned four double plays in the contest.

Sunday’s game: at South Bend, RHP Austin Love (3-7, 7.39) vs. RHP Manuel Espinoza (3-3, 3.17) 1:05 CT

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals (32-34) walked-off the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 40-27) at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday night. The Cardinals have won their past five games against the first place Mets.

Starter Trent Baker threw four innings with two runs surrendered on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Andrew Marrero tossed a hitless inning. Jack Ralston yielded two runs on four walks and could not make an out.

Five of the seven Cardinal runs came in the second and third innings. Sander Mora scored on a wild pitch in the second. Aaron McKeithan drove in a run and Matt Chamberlain tripled to bring in two. The left fielder scored on a fielder’s choice. Adanson Cruz brought in one via sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

Jose Moreno gave up two runs on a walk and one hit in two innings. Chris Holba and Griffin Roberts both pitched scoreless innings. Roberts earned his first win of the season.

With a tie game in the ninth, Darlin Moquete blasted a game-winning solo home run, his sixth of the year.

Darlin Moquete

Moquete and Chamberlain both had two hits. The Cardinals walked six times and went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Mora stole two bags and Brandon Hernandez took one.

Sunday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, LHP Alex Cornwell (1-1, 5.52) vs. RHP Robert Colina (0-1, 5.95) 11:00 CT

FCL Cardinals 5, FCL Marlins 9

The Florida Complex League Cardinals (7-7) fell late to the Marlins (8-7) on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals used eight different pitchers in the contest.

Starter Jose Davila pitched 3 1/3 innings with four runs given up on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Wilmer Ortega threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Americo Lugo surrendered a run in an inning pitched. Ettore Giulianelli tossed a hitless inning.

All five Cardinal runs came in the fifth through seventh innings. Samil De La Rosa plated two in the fifth. In the sixth, Roblin Heredia recorded an RBI double to score two runs. De La Rosa hit a solo shot in the seventh, his third of the season.

Samil De La Rosa

Edwin Nunez recorded his first loss of the season after he surrendered three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk. Ludwin Jimenez threw a scoreless inning with three strikeouts. Randel Clemente pitched 2/3 of an inning with a run yielded on three walks. Yordy Richard got the last out of the game.

The lineup went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times. De La Rosa went 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Patrick Romeri and Carlos Linarez both took a base.

Monday’s game: vs. FCL Marlins, TBA vs. TBA 11:00 CT (The Cardinals are off on Sunday)

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Braves 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (7-9) topped the Braves (9-6) on Saturday morning.

Leonel Sequera took the mound for the first four innings and yielded no runs on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Diego Dominguez surrendered two runs, one earned, and earned his third win of 2022. The 17-year-old gave up two hits, two walks and fanned three batters.

In the first, Maycol Justo scored on a passed ball and Miguel Vargas drove in a run in the third. Luis Rodriguez plated two in the fourth and Yaisel Ramos added one more to take a 5-0 lead. Vargas scored on a passed ball in the sixth and Justo hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Maycol Justo

Oliver Lopez threw two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks given up. Miguel Marinez was charged with two runs on a hit and two walks in one inning.

Justo went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Ramos and Yancel Guerrero both had two hits. The lineup scored seven times with 11 hits and five walks.

Ramos, Guerrero and Vargas all took their second bags of the year.

Monday’s game: at DSL Brewers 1, TBA vs. TBA 10:00 CT (The Cardinals are off on Sunday)

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