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Minor-league report: Winn hits his sixth triple of season; Liberatore struggles in start against Jacksonville

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Cardinals minor-league spring training day four in Jupiter

Cardinal minor-league infielder Masyn Winn leaves the batting cage on Thursday, March 10, 2022, during day four of minor-league spring training at the practice facility in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

After weather postponed some Cardinals minor-league games on Thursday, Friday featured five minor-league games around the Cardinals' affiliates that included a doubleheader for Class AAA Memphis.

These are some of Friday’s notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits                                       

Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class High-A Peoria: Winn went 2-for-5 with a triple in Peoria’s 4-2 loss to South Bend. The triple was Winn’s sixth of the season as he leads all Midwest hitters in that category. In 19 games this season, Winn is batting .389 with a 1.118 OPS. The 20-year-old leads the Midwest League in average, on-base percentage (.465) and OPS (1.118).

Third baseman Kramer Robertson, Class AAA Memphis: Robertson set season-highs with three hits and five RBIs in the second leg Memphis’ doubleheader. The performance included a two-RBI double in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fifth inning of the Redbirds’ 10-6 loss to Jacksonville. Robertson’s multi-hit game contributed to a three-game stretch where the 27-year-old went 6-for-11 with six RBIs.

Left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike, Class AA Springfield: The 28-year-old set a season-high in innings pitched when he completed four hitless frames in Springfield’s 2-1 win over the Naturals. Across his last four outings, Pike has struck out 14 batters and not given up a run in his last 13 innings. He has allowed three hits in that span and sports a 2.25 ERA. Since making his minor-league debut in 2012, Pike holds a 4.03 ERA across 790 1/3 innings.

Outfielder Tyler Reichenborn, Class Low-A Palm Beach: With a 2-for-4 night in the PB-Cards' 8-3 loss to the St. Lucie Mets, Reichenborn extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. In that span, Reichenborn has seven multi-hit games and is batting .486 across his last 35 at-bats. Reichenborn, who is a career .235 in his minor-league career, is batting .295 with a .404 on-base percentage this season.

Misses

Left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore, Class AAA Memphis: The Cardinals’ top pitching prospect was unable to make it past the sixth inning as he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings of work in the first leg of the Redbirds' doubleheader against the Jumbo Shrimp. Liberatore came into Friday off back-to-back outings where he pitched seven scoreless innings in each of his last two starts. In his latest start, the Liberatore allowed a season-high nine hits  Redbirds’ 7-3 loss in game 1 of the doubleheader.

The lefty gave up two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and three in third after surrendering a three-run homer to Jacksonville’s Willians Astudillo. In his first six starts to begin the season, Liberatore possesses a 4.24 ERA in 34 innings and has allowed five homers.

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Guarate, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Guarate gave up six runs on four hits including a homer in his start against St. Lucie on Friday night. His most troublesome inning came in the third, as he allowed three runs after he gave up a walk, double, and single to the first three hitters he faced to begin the frame. In the fifth, Guarate gave up a two-run homer with two outs. In his first six outings of the season, the 21-year-old has a 5.56 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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