Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 6, 2022

photo: Hayes Heinecke (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-2 on Thursday with postponements for Memphis and Peoria. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Hayes Heinecke, who struck out four in two perfect innings for Palm Beach. Other standouts include Moisés Gómez and Zane Mills.

Results from games played Thursday, May 5th.

Memphis vs. Jacksonville postponed

Due to inclement weather Thursday, the Memphis vs. Jacksonville contest at AutoZone Park will be played as a doubleheader on Friday, May 6th.

Friday’s games: vs. Jacksonville, RHP Matthew Liberatore (2-2, 3.18) vs. LHP Daniel Castano (0-0, 11.57) 5:05 CT (Game 1), RHP Johan Oviedo (2-2, 6.75) vs. RHP Max Meyer (2-0, 1.71), Time TBA (Game 2)

Springfield 6, NW Arkansas 9

The Springfield Cardinals (10-14) fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC, 12-12) at Hammons Field on Thursday.

Springfield struck first with four runs in the second inning. Todd Lott and Nick Dunn each drove in one. Delvin Pérez brought in two more but was called out at third when trying to stretch his double into a triple.

Domingo Robles started for the Cardinals and went five innings. The left hander surrendered two runs on eight hits and two walks.

With a score of 4-2 in the fifth, Moisés Gómez hit his 14th home run of the year to make it 5-2. The outfielder continues to lead both Major League and Minor League Baseball in home runs.

Moisés Gómez

The Cardinals yielded seven runs in the fifth and sixth as the game got away from the home team. Grant Black only pitched 1/3 of an inning and was responsible for five runs, four earned, on three hits including two home runs. The right hander recorded his third loss and second blown save. Cory Thompson threw 1 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on five hits.

Jonah Davis hit his first homer of the year in the seventh to make the deficit 9-6. The bats could not get anything else in the final innings.

Michael Brettell and Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings. Brettell gave up no hits and struck out one. Pacheco surrendered one hit and struck out two. The pitching yielded 17 hits and four home runs on the night.

Gómez recorded the only multi-hit night with two. The lineup went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.

Jordan Walker stole his 10th bag of the year and Nick Dunn took his first.

Friday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, RHP Edgar Escobar (2-1, 7.43) vs. RHP Alec Marsh (0-1, 6.89) 6:35 CT

Peoria at South Bend postponed

Due to inclement weather, Thursday’s Peoria at South Bend contest will be played as a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7th.

Friday’s game: at South Bend, RHP Austin Love (0-2, 10.59) vs. RHP Max Bain (1-0, 3.60) 6:05 CT

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 4 (11 innings)

The Palm Beach Cardinals (9-15) fell to the St. Lucie Mets (NYM, 17-7) in the 11th inning at Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday.

Cardinals starter Zane Mills went seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk. The right hander struck out seven. Hayes Heinecke pitched a perfect two innings and struck out four. Andre Granillo struck out four in his two innings but recorded the loss due to an unearned run in the 11th.

Hayes Heinecke

The Beach Birds were down 3-0 in the bottom of the  ninth but came back to tie the score and force extra innings. Brandon Hernandez walked with the bases loaded. Ryan Holgate drove in one on a double play and Hansel Otamendi brought in the tying run with a single.

In the top of the 11th, with a runner placed on second, Granillo walked the first batter. After a defensive indifference play advanced the runners, the Mets brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

In the home 11th, the Cardinals had Wade Stauss on third with no outs after a wild pitch but could not get him across.

Tyler Reichenborn went 2-for-4, the only multi-hit game for the Cardinals. The team went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Osvaldo Tovalin, Tyler Reichenborn and Hernandez all recorded an error.

Holgate stole his first bag of the year and Reichenborn was picked off.

Friday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, RHP Carlos Guarate (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Calvin Ziegler (0-1, 3.07) 5:30 CT

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