Minor league report: Pinder and Walker walk without a strike in Springfield’s 4-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas Minor leagues

As the Cardinals’ only minor league affiliate and only minor league game played Monday night, Class AA Springfield dropped its second game of the second 4-3 against Northwest Arkansas.

Here are some of the notable performances of Springfield’s defeat:

Third Baseman Jordan Walker: After an action-packed weekend, Walker was hitless Monday night when he went 0-3 with a strikeout, a walk and a run as the S-Cards designated hitter. The 19-year-old entered Monday night’s contest on a weekend in which he won with a home run and three RBIs from 3-on-8 action on Saturday and Sunday. He has played 3-14 in his first four games at the AA level.

First baseman Todd Lott: Lott stayed hitless in his five at-bats and knocked out twice against the Travelers. Both of his strikeouts swung. The 24-year-old has won 2-for-13 with a double and an RBI in his debut season with Springfield. A season ago, Lott averaged .254 and had .806 OPS after spending a total of 91 games with the Low-A and High-A classes. He’s a career .250 hitter in 559 at-bats in the minor leagues.

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Outfielder Chase Pinder: Pinder Hot Bat was chilled Monday when he went batless from the leadoff spot. He got into the ballgame against the Naturals after accumulating nine hits in his last 11 at-bats, which came Monday. Beginning his fifth season in the minor leagues, the former Cardinals seventh-round pick has cut .250/.361/.351 during the 2017 draft since making his pro debut the same year he was drafted. He’s coming off a 2021 season in which he was limited to 23 games due to injury.

Left-handed pitcher Domingo Robles: Robles sidestepped some troubles in his start against Northwest Arkansas when he limited the Travelers to a six-hit, two-walk run. The 23-year-old gave up three straight hits to start the second inning – which included back-to-back doubles – but managed to hold the Travelers on the only run he gave up on the night. He also stuck two runners in both his third and fourth innings of work before being raised after more than four innings.

Born in the Dominican Republic, the southpaw was first signed by the Pirates in 2017. In July 2020, he was traded to the Cardinals for cash. During his first full season in the Cardinals minor league system in 2021, Robles averaged a 6.09 ERA in 91 2/3 innings with Class AA.

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