Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 7, 2022

photo: Kramer Robertson (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Friday with Springfield winning and Memphis dropping two. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, 3B Kramer Robertson, went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI in the Redbirds’ Game 2 loss and 4-for-7 for the night. Other standouts include Luken Baker, Tyler Pike and Masyn Winn.

Results from games played Friday, May 6.

Memphis 3, Jacksonville 7 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the first game of a twin bill on Friday at AutoZone Park. Matthew Liberatore took the mound for Memphis. The left hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up six runs on nine hits, fanned seven and walked two. Libertore suffered his third loss of the season.

In relief, Tommy Parsons surrendered one run in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Jacksonville got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Memphis responded with one run in the home half. Lars Nootbaar walked and stole second base. Luken Baker singled to score Nootbaar.

The Jumbo Shrimp added to their lead with one run in the second, then widened their tally with three runs in the third. In the fourth, the Redbirds scored two on a two-run home run from Baker.

Jacksonville cemented their lead with one score in the seventh. Memphis failed to score after the fourth inning. Baker went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Luken Baker

On the base paths, Nootbaar stole his second base of the season. In the field, Baker made a fielding error. Nootbaar had an outfield assist at second base.

Memphis 6, Jacksonville 10 (nine innings, Game 2)

The Redbirds were swept in the twin bill with Jacksonville in extra innings at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Johan Oviedo took the mound in game two. The right hander pitched six innings and gave up four runs seven hits, struck out three and walked three.

Brandon Waddell relieved and surrendered one run in the seventh. Junior Fernandez struggled, allowing five runs, four earned in 1 1/3 innings. Blake Parker got the final two outs in the ninth. Fernandez took the loss.

The Jumbo Shrimp jumped ahead 3-0 in the second and third innings. Memphis answered back with two runs in the home half of the third on a two-run double by Kramer Robertson.

The 3-2 lead lasted until Jacksonville added one run each in the sixth and seventh. The Redbirds tied it in the bottom half of the seventh on a three-run home run by Robertson.

Kramer Robertson

The game was originally scheduled for seven innings but went into extras. Neither team scored in the eighth. In the ninth, Jacksonvillle put up a crooked number, scoring five runs to take a 10-5 lead.

Memphis rallied in the bottom of the ninth but were only able to push one run across, on an RBI triple by Conner Capel.

Robertson went 3-for-4 with five RBI. No other Redbird had multiple hits.

Memphis is 15-13 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 3.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Jacksonville, LHP Zack Thompson (1-0, 4.03) vs. Braxton Garrett LHP (2-1, 3.86) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 1

The Springfield Cardinals topped the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a 2-1 game on Friday night at Hammons Field. In his first career start, right-hander Edgar Escobar pitched four innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one.

Tyler Pike

Tyler Pike threw four scoreless innings in relief to earn his first win of the season. Freddy Pacheco tossed a scoreless ninth and collected his fifth save.

NW Arkansas took an initial 1-0 in the first inning. Springfield tied it up in the second when Nick Dunn doubled and scored on a single by Matt Koperniak. The game remained tied until the fifth when the Cardinals plated a second run on a single by Moises Gomez.

Dunn went 2-for-4. Koperniak and Gomez each drove in a run.

On the base paths, Jordan Walker was caught stealing for the second time.

Springfield has a record of 11-14 and sits in last place in the Texas League North, 5 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Connor Lunn RHP (2-2, 3.90) vs. Drew Parrish LHP (2-1, 3.38) 6:05 CT.

Peoria 2 at South Bend 4

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the Cubs on Wednesday night in South Bend by the score of 4-2. Austin Love started for Peoria. The right hander pitched five innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked two. Love took the loss, his third of the season.

Wilfredo Pereira surrendered two runs in two relief innings pitched. Leonardo Taveras tossed a scoreless eighth.

South Bend got off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Chiefs scored one run in the fourth on an RBI single by Francisco Hernandez.

Masyn Winn

The Cubs expanded their lead to 4-1 in the sixth. In the eighth, Peoria added their second and final run. Masyn Winn tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Chiefs scored two runs on eight hits. Winn was 2-for-5 including the triple and a run scored, with the leadoff man raising his batting average to .389. Tommy Jew was 2-for-4.

Hernandez and Mack Chambers each stole a base.

Peoria is 12-12 on the season and is in third place in the Midwest League West, 4.5 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.

Saturday’s games:  doubleheader at South Bend, Game 1: RHP Logan Gragg (1-1, 5.29) vs. Max Bain RHP (1-0, 3.60) 1:30 CT. Game 2: RHP Michael McGreevy (1-0, 1.27) vs. LHP Jordan Wicks.

Palm Beach 3, St. Lucie 8

The Palm Beach Cardinals were defeated by the St. Lucie Mets in an 8-3 contest at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday. Carlos Guarate started for Palm Beach. The right hander pitched four innings, gave up six runs on eight hits, struck five and walked two. Guarate took his second loss of the season.

Jose Moreno surrendered one unearned run in three innings of relief. Gustavo Rodriguez allowed one unearned run in the eighth. Gianluca Dalatri tossed a scoreless ninth.

St. Lucie took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, then increased their lead to 4-0 in the third. The Beach Birds score their first run in the home half of the third. Sander Mora doubled and Hansel Otamendi drew a walk. Tyler Reichenborn walked, and Mora scored on a wild pitch.

The Mets posted two more runs in the fourth to widen the deficit to 6-1. The Cardinals added their second run in the bottom of the fourth on a sac fly by Otamendi.

Palm Beach scored a third time in the fifth inning. Ramon Mendoza walked to begin the inning and later scored on a single by Osvaldo Tovalin.

Osvaldo Tovalin

St. Lucie widened their tally to 8-3 with run one scored in the seventh and one in the eighth. The Cardinals did not score after the fifth.

Riechenborn and Tovalin each had two hits. Tovalin and Otamendi drove in one each. In the field, Moreno made an error on a pickoff. Rodriguez made a throwing error.

Palm Beach is 9-16 on the season and sits in last place in the Florida State League East, 9 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, LH Chris Gerard (1-1, 4.22) vs. TBA 2:00 CT.

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