Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 11, 2022

photo: Matthew Liberatore (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Saturday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Matthew Liberatore, tossed six scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Other standouts include Justin Toerner, Kyle Leahy and Nick Trogrilc-Iverson.

Results from games played Saturday, September 10th.

Memphis 4, Norfolk 1

The Memphis Redbirds (66-68) topped the Norfolk Tides (BAL, 65-69) on Saturday at AutoZone Park.

TCN’s no. 6 prospect, Matthew Liberatore, struck out five batters over six scoreless innings. The left-hander earned his sixth Triple-A win.

Matthew Liberatore

In the fourth, Scott Hurst opened the scoring with a solo homer, his eighth of 2022. The center fielder plated another run in the fifth. Clint Coulter blasted a two-run shot in the sixth inning to make the score 4-0.

Zach McAllister recorded two hitless innings with two strikeouts. Kodi Whitley surrendered a run in the ninth inning.

The lineup had 12 hits and three walks. Hurst, Moisés Gómez, Luken Baker and Roberto Balqouin each had two hits. The pitching held the Tides to only six hits and two walks.

The Redbirds are two games from elimination in the International League West and are 15.5 games behind Nashville.

Sunday’s game: vs. Norfolk, RHP Thomas Parsons (10-3, 4.46) vs. LHP Bruce Zimmermann (4-2, 3.64) 2:05 CT

Springfield 8, San Antonio 6

The Springfield Cardinals (33-29) beat the San Antonio Missions (SD, 28-34) at Hammons Field on Saturday night.

In his second rehab start, St. Louis lefty Steven Matz tossed an inning and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. Regular starter Kyle Leahy pitched six scoreless innings on five hits, three walks and one strikeout. The right-hander earned his 10th win of the season.

Kyle Leahy

The Cardinals scored all eight runs in the third through sixth innings. Justin Toerner hit a three-run homer in the third, his sixth of the year. Brady Whalen came across in the fourth and tripled in the fifth to score two.

In the sixth, Irvin Lopez drove in a run via sacrifice fly. Toerner added one more after he doubled to make the score 8-2.

Justin Toerner

John Beller was charged with three runs in 1 1/3 innings on one hit and two walks. Dalton Roach surrendered a run in 2/3 of an inning.

Toerner went 2-for-4 with two walks, four RBI and two runs scored. Whalen and Errol Robinson each had two hits. The lineup had eight hits and four walks.

Robinson, Lopez and Whalen all stole a bag. The defense turned three double plays.

Springfield is three games from elimination in the Texas League North. They are five games behind first-place Wichita.

Sunday’s game: vs. San Antonio, RHP Edgar Escobar (7-10, 6.83) vs. RHP Nolan Watson (4-6, 6.07) 4:35 CT

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 3

The Peoria Chiefs (28-37) edged the Quad Cities River Bandits (KC, 27-38) on Saturday at Modern Woodmen Park.

In his final start of 2022, Austin Love tossed four innings and was charged with three runs on seven hits, four walks and five strikeouts. TCN’s no. 30 prospect struck out 151 batters in 125 2/3 innings this season.

Osvaldo Tovalin recorded an RBI single in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Noah Mendlinger tripled in the third to score Todd Lott. Tovalin drove in Mendlinger with a single.

Nick Trogrlic-Iverson

Nick Trogrilc-Iverson pitched the last five innings and only gave up a hit and a walk. The right-hander struck out five and earned his fourth win of the year.

After the River Bandits tied the game in the third, there was no further scoring until the eighth inning. Mack Chambers came across on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.

Mendlinger and Tovalin both had three hits. Every starter was on base at least once for the Chiefs. Even with 10 hits and six walks, Peoria struck out 16 times.

Mendlinger, Tovalin and Chambers all stole a bag.

The Chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs in the Midwest League West and play their final game of the season on Sunday.

Sunday’s game: at Quad Cities, RHP Dionys Rodriguez (3-11, 4.21) vs. RHP Chandler Champlain (1-3, 8.69) 1:00 CT

Palm Beach 3 at Dunedin 9

The Palm Beach Cardinals (37-27) fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR, 38-25) at TD Ballpark on Saturday.

Starter Jose Davila tossed 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks. The 19-year-old took his second Single-A loss. Alfredo Ruiz recorded 2 2/3 scoreless innings and fanned four batters.

Alfredo Ruiz

In the first, Nathan Church singled to bring Chris Rotondo across. The Blue Jays answered with five runs in the next three innings. Jeremy Rivas scored Church in the fourth to make the score 5-2.

Nelfri Contreras and Matt Hickey both had scoreless innings. Roy Garcia was charged with four runs in one inning.

The Beach Birds tried to come back in the ninth and managed to have the bases loaded with two out. Thomas Francisco walked with the bases loaded but Church popped out to end the game.

Every player except Michael Curialle had a hit. The lineup struck out 14 times and left 11 runners on base.

Church recorded an outfield assist.

Palm Beach has clinched the second half title in the Florida State League East. They wrap up their final regular season series on Sunday.

Sunday’s game: at Dunedin, RHP Trent Baker (9-7, 3.14) vs. TBA 11:00 CT


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