While Class AA Springfield strung together 15 hits in a win over Amarillo, the other Cardinals’ affiliates including Palm Beach who was no-hit, struggled to find much offense on Tuesday night.
These are some of Tuesday’s notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:
Third baseman Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: The 19-year-old went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the S-Cards’ 11-10 win over the Sod Poodles. Walker got Springfield on the scoreboard in the first inning when he doubled home Edmundo Sosa, who is on a rehab assignment, with no outs in the first inning. Through his first 25 games of Triple-A, Walker is batting .319 with six doubles, 10 RBIs, 16 walks, and an .875 OPS.
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First baseman Malcom Nunez, Class AA Springfield: Nunez took part in Springfield’s offensive outburst by going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, three walks, and a home run. Nunez singled home catcher Pedro Pages on a line drive in the first inning, then hit a solo homer to left-center field in the sixth inning.
The homer was Nunez’s second of the year and ended a streak of eleven games since the last time he homered. Nunez, who hit .196 and slugged .321 in 56 at-bats in April, is batting .292 in his first 24 at-bats in May where he also has a .452 on-base percentage. He has driven in five runs, and hit safely in five of eight games to begin the month.
Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AA Springfield: After going hitless in his last two games, Gomez doubled and drove in a run when he went 2-for-4 against Amarillo. Gomez’s RBI single came in the first inning when he brought left fielder Matt Koperniak around to score on a ball Gomez hit to left field.
After his scorching start to the season, Gomez is batting a .281 across his last 32 at-bats and has three homers and six RBIs in that span. He has also struck 13 times in eight games in May after striking out 18 times in 17 games in April.
Designated hitter Chandler Redmond, Class Springfield: Redmond led Springfield in RBIs on Tuesday when he drove in a single-game high five runs despite going 1-for-4 in the ballgame. The 25-year-old’s only hit on Tuesday was a three-run homer run he delivered to left-center field in the sixth inning.
Redmond also brought in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and was credited with another RBI after he reached base on a fielding error in the first inning. The former 29th round pick is batting .228 in 21 games this season, but has gone 8-for-27 (.296) in his last seven games.
Low-A Palm Beach Cardinals hitters: The Palm Beach Cardinals were no-hit by the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels during a 3-0 loss. PB-Cards hitter struck out a total of 14 times, and the only offense the affiliate could muster were three walks. The no-hitter comes as Palm Beach has struggled to find consistent offense to begin 2022. The PB-Cards are batting a collective .210 and have a .589 team OPS through 28 games — both of which rank last among Florida State League teams.
The no-hitter is the first suffered by Palm Beach since May 6, 2010 when they were no-hit by the Jupiter Hammerheads. Jupiter’s no-hitter was also a combined effort, and the Hammerheads’ starting pitcher in the effort was former Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller.
Left-handed pitcher Colin Schmid, Class High-A Peoria: In an inning of work, Schmid surrendered four runs (three earned) on three hits and walked a batter in Peoria’s 10-1 loss to Cedar Rapids. He walked the first batter he faced, then proceeded to give up back-to-back singles, a double, and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch all before recording the first out of the inning. Schmid, 24, has an 11.05 ERA in 7 1/3 innings this season with the Chiefs. Throughout his minor-league career, he possesses a 4.75 ERA across 189 1/3 innings since getting drafted by the Cardinals in 2018.
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