Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 13, 2022

photo: Luken Baker (Springfield Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Thursday with a win from Memphis. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Memphis first baseman Luken Baker who went 3-for-4 including two doubles and a run scored. Other standouts include Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore, Drew VerHagen and L.J. Jones.

Results from games played Thursday, May 12th.

Memphis 5 at Norfolk 2

The Memphis Redbirds (17-16) topped the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 15-18) with a late comeback in the final innings at Harbor Park. Starter Matthew Liberatore pitched six innings with just one run given up. TCN’s no. 3 prospect yielded four hits, four walks and five strikeouts.

Matthew Liberatore

With the Redbirds down 1-0 in the fifth, Iván Herrera drove in Conner Capel to tie the score.

Angel Rondón tossed two innings and was responsible for one run, a homer, off the bat of top Orioles prospect Adley Rutschman. Rondón struck out two and thanks to the timing of his outing, recorded the win.

The Tides were up 2-1 after Rutschman’s home run but the Redbirds’ bats came alive in the final two innings. Nolan Gorman hit his 13th home run of the year as Memphis took the 3-2 lead in the eighth. Herrera and Cory Spangenberg each drove in one with doubles in the ninth to add insurance.

Brandon Waddell threw a scoreless ninth to record his second save. The left hander allowed no hits and struck out two.

The Redbirds recorded eight hits and three walks but struck out 14 times. Gorman and Cory Spangenberg each fanned three times. Gorman and Herrera had two RBI each and red-hot Luken Baker went 3-for-4 including two doubles with a run scored.

Luken Baker

In 10 May games, the big first sacker has five home runs, nine RBI and is slashing .342/.375/.789/1.164.

Shortstop Paul DeJong went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first game back in Memphis.

Ben DeLuzio stole his second bag of the year.

Friday’s game: at Norfolk, LHP Zack Thompson (1-0, 4.23) vs. LHP Kevin Smith (0-1, 1.15) 6:05 CT

Springfield 2, Amarillo 5 (10 innings)

The Springfield Cardinals (12-18) fell to the Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI, 16-14) in 10 innings at Hammons Field.

Drew VerHagen

Drew VerHagen started for the Cardinals on a rehab assignment. The veteran St. Louis right hander went two scoreless innings and struck out three. Regular starter Edgar Escobar came in relief and threw five innings with two runs given up. The 25-year-old yielded five hits and five strikeouts.

The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Matt Koperniak scored Julio Rodriguez and Jordan Walker plated Irving Lopez. The Sod Poodles answered in the sixth to tie the score at two each. The game remained knotted until the 10th inning.

Johan Quezada threw a scoreless eighth inning and allowed no hits.

Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless ninth but could not get an out in the 10th inning. The right hander took the loss and was responsible for three runs, two earned, on two hits and four walks. Tyler Pike recorded the final three outs and was charged with no runs and one hit.

Chandler Redmond had two of the five Cardinal hits. The lineup went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out 11 times.

Friday’s game: vs. Amarillo, RHP Connor Lunn (2-3, 4.41) vs. LHP Blake Walston (0-1, 31.50) 6:35 CT

Peoria 1, Cedar Rapids 13

The Peoria Chiefs (12-18) were blown out by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN, 22-8) at Dozer Park. Peoria is on a nine-game losing streak. TCN’s no. 5 prospect Masyn Winn had the night off.

Starter Logan Gragg threw 5 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs on eight hits and one walk. The right hander struck out eight and took his third loss of the season. Wilfredo Pereira tossed 2 2/3 innings and yielded four runs on four hits and one walk. Three of the four runs came on a home run.

The only Chiefs run came via a homer off the bat of L.J. Jones in the eighth inning, the outfielder’s first of the season.

LJ Jones IV

Leonardo Taveras pitched the ninth inning and was charged with four runs on two hits and two walks. A home run plated three of the four runs.

Peoria recorded nine hits and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Jones and Zade Richardson had two hits. The lineup struck out 16 times and took just three walks. The top three hitters in the lineup combined for nine strikeouts.

Richardson and Mack Chambers each stole a bag. Aaron Antonini had a rough night on the base paths after he was caught stealing and picked off. Matt Chamberlain recorded an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids, RHP Michael McGreevy (1-1, 2.10) vs. LHP Cade Povich (2-1, 3.32) 6:35 CT

Palm Beach at Fort Myers postponed

Due to inclement weather, Thursday’s Palm Beach at. Fort Myers contest was postponed until  May 13th. Both Friday games will be seven-inning affairs.

Friday’s games:
LHP Chris Gerard (1-1, 3.07) vs. TBA 3:30 CT (Game 1)
RHP Carlos Guarate (0-2, 5.56) vs. TBA, time TBA (Game 2)

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