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Minor-league report: Walker homers, drives in four runs; Thompson strikes out eight in five innings

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Cardinals minor-league spring training day four in Jupiter

Cardinal minor-league pitcher Zack Thompson throws on Thursday, March 10, 2022, for live batting practice during day four of minor-league spring training at the practice facility in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Home runs by Jordan Walker, Pedro Pages, and Todd Lott that lifted Springfield to a win, and a solid outing by Memphis lefty Zack Thompson highlighted Friday’s Cardinals minor-league games.

These are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Third baseman Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: Walker continued his Double-A success  by going 2-for-4 on Friday that included a three-run home run, a double and a sacrifice fly in Springfield’s 12-9 win. His four RBIs on Friday were a season-high. Since the start of May, Walker’s offensive totals include two homers, six doubles, a triple, and eight RBIs. He is batting .342 through his first 104 at-bats to begin the year and is slugging .943.

Left-handed pitcher Zack Thompson, Class AAA Memphis: Across five innings of work, Thompson limited the Tides to one run on four hits. The lefty walked two batters and struck out eight in Memphis’ 4-2 win over Norfolk. The former first-round pick worked himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning when he struck out first baseman Patrick Dorrian swinging, and got second baseman AJ Graffanino to fly out to end the inning.

Thompson’s eight strikeouts were one shy of a season-high, and his five innings of work were the second consecutive outing where he’s pitched five-plus frames. The lefty’s ERA dropped to 3.86 in the outing.

Right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy, Class High-A Peoria: Despite giving up three runs over five innings, McGreevy’s struck out seven batters during Peoria’s 5-4 loss on Friday, tying for his second-most strikeouts in a game this season. Six of the seven strikeouts McGreevy collected were swinging. The former first-round pick gave up a run in the first inning and two in the second inning, but retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced before being replaced to start the sixth frame.

Catcher Pedro Pages, Class AA Springfield: Pages had his first multi-homer game of his minor-league career after he belted a pair of solo homers against the Sod Poodles. The 23-year-old homered on a line drive to right field in the fourth inning, then belted a 2-1 pitch during the seventh inning that had a similar flight path over the right field wall as his previous homer. Pages is batting .294 with a .998 OPS in 68 at-bats for Springfield.

Left fielder Todd Lott, Class AA Springfield: Following an April where he hit .128, Lott continued his bounce back month by going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a solo home run. Lott hit a two-out, RBI double in the second inning to open the scoring for the S-Cards. During the sixth inning, Lott homered — his first of 2022 — to break a 5-5 tie and put Springfield up a run. In seven games in May, Lott is hitting .292 and has an .851 OPS after posting a .404 OPS in the first month of the season.

Misses

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AA Springfield: Gomez, the Texas League’s hottest hitter to start the year, went 0-for-5 and stuck out twice on Friday in what appears to be a quieter month at the plate for Gomez following his scorching start to 2022. Through 41 at-bats to begin the second month of the season, Gomez is hitting .220 despite homering three times and driving in six runs. Gomez is 4-for-24 (.167) over his last six games after he lost an eight game hit streak on May 7. The 23-year-old still leads the Texas League in homers (13), slugging percentage (.827) and OPS (1.227).

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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