Making his first appearance in a live game since Sept. 6, Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (left thumb sprain) went two-for-three with two doubles and a run scored while suiting up for Class AAA Memphis on Friday.
The first of the two doubles by Carlson came as a left-handed on a pitch he pulled into the right field corner to lead off the fourth inning of Memphis’ 7-6 loss to Iowa. The second of the 23-year-old’s two doubles came as a right-handed hitter and was an opposite-field hit to the right-center gap.
Along with Carlson’s rehab outing for the Redbirds, these are some of the notable performances around the Cardinals' minor leagues:
Outfielder Dylan Carlson (rehab assignment), Class AAA Memphis: Carlson’s appearance during Memphis’ road contest against the I-Cubs was the first of three scheduled for this weekend, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said prior on Friday. Carlson is scheduled to appear as the Redbirds’ designated hitter on Saturday and then play the field again on Sunday. He is expected to rejoin the Cardinals next week ahead of their west coast road trip.
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Prior to being moved to the injured list with the right thumb strain, Carlson batted .196 in his last 92 at-bats in the big leagues. As a switch-hitter, Carlson has batted .318 against lefties while batting .209 against righties.
First baseman/Outfielder Juan Yepez, Class AAA Memphis: Yepez collected three RBIs on a night where he went one-for-three and his only RBI hit pushed across one run. The first of Yepez’s three RBIs came after the 24-year-old grounded out in the fourth inning with Carlson standing on third base after he advanced on a wild pitch.
Yepez was credited with a second RBI after he grounded into a double play in the sixth inning that allowed Kramer Robertson to cross the plate. Yepez collected his third RBI on a line drive single in the eighth inning.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy, Class AA Springfield: Leahy, who will participate in the 2022 Arizona Fall League, matched a season-high in strikeouts with nine and limited Tulsa to two runs and eight hits over six innings. The righty’s strong start during Springfield’s 7-5 win continued a positive finish to his 2022 Texas League regular season.
With the start, Leahy allowed two runs over his last 18 innings and struck out 15 batters. He will finish the Texas League with a 5.23 ERA over career-high 141 innings.
Designated hitter Chandler Redmond, Class AA Springfield: Having already hit a grand slam to begin the S-Cards’ final series of the season, Redmond connected on a three-run homer on Friday night. The three-run blast gave Redmond his 21st home run of the season. Over nine games since the start of September, Redmond is batting .303 with a .937 OPS.
Shortstop Kramer Robertson, Class AAA Memphis: Robertson went two-for-three with a double, a walk, and three runs scored hitting from the second spot in Memphis’ lineup. The multi-hit game was Robertson’s second such performance in his last four games and continued a productive stretch of offense for the 27-year-old as the season winds down. Robertson is batting .280 over his last 50 at-bats.
Robertson, who spent time in the Mets and Braves organization this year, has batted .246 with a .772 OPS in 33 games since returning to the Cardinals’ minor-league system in early August.
Catcher Pedro Pages, Class AAA Memphis: Pages went one-for-four with an RBI double, but struck out three times in Memphis’ loss. The three strikeouts gave Pages nine in his last 24 at-bats since the start of September. He had struck out seven times in 44 at-bats in August. In 40 games while with Memphis, Pages is slashing .224/.288/.343, but is batting .333 with a .931 OPS in his last 12 games. Pages, along with Leahy, will be one of eight Cardinals prospects who will play in this year’s Arizona Fall League.
Left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore, Class AAA Memphis: Two mistake pitches on changeups left up in the zone led to Liberatore’s shortest outing of the season. Against Iowa, Liberatore was removed after allowing four runs and recording just two outs in his start. The lefty was removed from the game in the middle of the last batter he faced as he reached 41 pitches. It is typical for Cardinals minor-league pitchers to have a limit of around 40 pitches in a given inning.
With the four runs allowed to Iowa on Friday, Liberatore has surrendered four or more runs in five of his last nine starts as a Redbird. In total since mid-July, Liberatore has allowed 36 runs over 45 innings.
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