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Minor-league report: After struggles, Cardinals rookie Nolan Gorman has multi-hit game

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Cardinals infielder Nolan Gorman doubles on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, to score Lars Nootbaar in the seventh inning of a game against the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mired in a zero-for-13 skid at the plate that included nine strikeouts in three games with Class AAA Memphis, second baseman Nolan Gorman got what he and the Redbirds were looking for during his fifth-inning at-bat on Friday against Gwinnett. Gorman, who struck out in his first trip to the plate of the 4-3 loss, pulled a line drive single to left field on the first pitch he saw.

The single was the first hit of the night for Memphis and Gorman’s first hit since returning to the minors on Monday. On an ever larger scale, it was his first at any level of pro baseball since he doubled in the eighth inning of a Sept. 10 Cardinals road game in Pittsburgh.

Along with Gorman’s multi-hit game, these are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: The fifth-inning single from Gorman was a part of a two-for-four night that included an opposite-field double from the 22-year-old. Gorman’s double hit high off the left field wall at AutoZone Park. Gorman had gone zero-for-20 and struck out 13 times in his last six games between the major leagues and the minors coming into Friday.

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Two pitches after Gorman secured Memphis’ first hit of Friday night, Gomez drove in its first two runs. Gomez connected on a 1-0 pitch that was hit to center field for a two-run homer — his 38th of the year. 

The 38th homer made Gomez the single-season home run record holder for a Cardinals minor-leaguer. He surpassed former Cardinals minor-leaguers Tyrone Horne (1998) and Felix DeLeon (1962) with his home run against the Stripers. Gomez’s homer also was his 15th as a Redbird. He is slashing .267/.341/.545 with 36 RBIs in 56 Class AAA games.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Gomez collided with the right field wall and landed on the warning track after attempting to make a leaping catch on a ball hit of the wall. He laid on the ground and got up to his feet on his own power before he was looked at by a team physician. 

Gomez remained in the game. Following the loss, he said that his shoulder and arm felt fine, noting that he had the wind knocked out of him and just needed to catch his breathe after the collision.

Left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera, Class AAA Memphis: Cabrera flashed a 97 mph fastball and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning during which he struck out a batter. The clean inning gives Cabrera his fourth consecutive scoreless outing. Since he allowed three runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings on Sept. 11, Cabrera has completed 4 1/3 innings scoreless of work, struck out five batters, and hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk. Cabrera has allowed six runs in 11 innings of work since he was optioned.

Misses

Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: As Memphis’ starting catcher following a night off on Thursday, Herrera went zero-for-four with three strikeouts. The hitless game lowered Herrera’s average to .272 on the year. Since the start of September, Herrera has gone nine-for-37 with six walks and 10 strikeouts.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons, Class AAA Memphis: Parsons cruised through the first four innings of his start against Gwinnett by limiting hitters to no hits and one walk while striking out five of the first 13 batters he faced. His success continued through the fifth inning despite allowing a pair of singles as he matched Gwinnett starter Jared Shuster scoreless frame-for-scoreless frame to begin the ballgame. Then came the sixth inning.

Parsons allowed a double followed by two walks with one out in the inning before he allowed a grand slam. The slam put Memphis behind 4-2 and proved to be the deciding swing in the loss. Parsons, whose record dropped to 11-4 on the year with the loss, was removed at the start of the seventh inning. His ERA rose to 4.27 following the loss.

 

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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