Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 21, 2022

photo: Moises Gomez (Springfield Cardinals Fanatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-1 on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Memphis right fielder Moises Gomez, hit his MiLB-leading 37th home run of the season. Justin Toerner also stood out.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 20.

Memphis 3, Gwinnett 6

The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Gwinnett Stripers (Atl) in a 6-3 contest at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. Starter Connor Thomas pitched three innings, gave up four runs on four hits, struck out four and walked four. Thomas took the loss, his 11th of the season.

Grant Black relieved Thomas and threw two scoreless innings. Johan Quezada surrendered one run in the sixth. Ljay Newsome tossed two scoreless innings. Zach McAllister allowed one unearned run in the ninth.

Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Memphis quickly answered in the home half to tie it on a solo home run by Moises Gomez. His 37th long ball is most in Minor League Baseball and tied for the most by any Cardinals minor leaguer since at least 1960.

Moisés Gómez

The Stripers scored three runs in the fourth to retake the lead. They added a run in the sixth to widen the lead to 5-1.

In the seventh, Memphis cut the lead to 5-3 on a solo home run by Justin Toerner and an RBI single by Kramer Robertson. Gwinnett added an insurance run in the ninth for the final tally of 6-3.

Justin Toerner

Toerner was 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Redbird with multiple hits. Gomez and Robertson each had an RBI. The Memphis offense went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his 29th base of the season. In the field, Austin Allen had a throwing error, and Cory Spangenberg had a fielding miscue. Toerner had an outfield assist at home.

Memphis is 69-73 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 17 games back of first place Nashville. The Redbirds have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Gwinnett, Garrett Williams LHP (0-7, 7.65) vs. Kyle Muller LHP (6-8, 3.22) 12:05 CT.

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