photo: Justin Toerner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-0 on Wednesday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, center fielder Justin Toerner, hit a three-run home run in Memphis’ win over Gwinnett. Other standouts were Luken Baker and Clint Coulter.
Results from games played Wednesday, September 21.
The Memphis Redbirds topped the Gwinnett Stripers in a 6-5 contest at AutoZone Park on Wednesday afternoon. Starter Garrett Williams pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked one.
New Redbird Kyle Leahy relieved Williams and surrendered three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Ryan Loutos threw a scoreless seventh. Kodi Whitley hurled a scoreless eighth and received his first win of the season. Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Ivan Herrera singled. Moises Gomez went to first on a wild pitch third strike. Luken Baker singled to score Herrera.
Clint Coulter hit a solo home run in the second inning to increase the Redbirds lead to 2-0. Gwinnett tied the score at 2-2 in the third, then went ahead 5-2 in the fifth.
Welcome back to Memphis, Justin!
First Triple-A @IntlPaperCo homerun for Justin Toerner 👏 pic.twitter.com/vG5PtEnSEV
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) September 21, 2022
In the sixth, Memphis retied the game with a three-run long ball by Justin Toerner. The Redbirds took the 6-5 lead in the eighth. Baker walked and Coulter singled. Baker went to third on a sac bunt by Toerner. A wild pitch sent Baker home.
Baker was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Coulter was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Herrera was 2-for-2. Toerner had three RBI.
On the base paths, Toerner was picked off and caught stealing. Herrera was picked off first base.
Memphis is 70-73 on the season and is in fifth place in the International League West, 16.5 games back of first place Nashville. Memphis is eliminated from playoff contention.
Thursday’s game: vs. Gwinnett, Matthew Liberatore LHP (6-8, 5.42) vs. Mike Soroka RHP (0-2, 6.43) 6:45 CT.
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