Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/09/10

Joe Mather's two homers help lead Memphis to opening game win. Springfield is rained out. Quad Cities lost two players, but Shelby Miller K's 13 in shutout victory. Joey Bergman, Juan Castillo came through with great play at the plate to save Batavia from extras.

Memphis Beat Oklahoma City 7-5

 

In game one of the best-of-five series, the visiting Hawks took the early 1-0 lead on a pair of doubles, but the Redbirds moved ahead in the third inning en route to their eighth consecutive playoff win. Joe Mather hit a solo home run and Donovan Solano followed with a two-run single. OKC tied it up after a bases-empty home runs in the fourth and fifth. Allen Craig and Joe Mather answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of two-run long-balls to open up a 7-3 lead. Mather became the first Memphis player to ever hit two home runs in a playoff game.

 

Brandon Dickson earned the win allowing all five runs, four earned, on eight hits. He departed after 5 1/3 innings as OKC plated their final two runs in the sixth. Josh Kinney worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn the save.

 

Individual Highlights:

Jim Rapoport 2-for-4 with one walk.

Daniel Descalso 1-for-4 with one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.

Allen Craig 1-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Mark Hamilton 1-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Joe Mather 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs.

Amaury Cazana 1-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.

Ruben Gotay 2-for-3 with one double, one run, one walk, and one throwing error.

Donovan Solano 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one hit by pitch.

Matt Scherer entered in the sixth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (1). (p-s:6-5)(g/f:1-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Eduardo Sanchez entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:25-14)(g/f:4-0)

Josh Kinney entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the save (1). (p-s:12-9)(g/f:0-2)

 

Rough Outing:

Tony Cruz 0-for-4 with one strikeout and grounded into one double play.

Brandon Dickson started and pitched 5.1 innings.  He allowed eight hits, five runs (four earned), two home runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-0). (p-s:100-65)(g/f:6-5)

 

Boxscore

Memphis Redbirds Official Site Post Game

Memphis Commercial Appeal Post Game

 

 

Springfield @ Arkansas Postponed Due to Rain

 

Springfield and Northwest Arkansas tried to get their best of five Divisional Series underway, but could not due to continual rain in the Springdale, Arkansas area due to tropical storm Hermine. The Cardinals will host games three and four (if necessary) at Hammons Field on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

 

Boxscore

Springfield Cardinals Official Site Announcement

 

 

Quad Cities Beat Kane County 4-0

 

Shelby Miller struck out a career-high 13 batters over seven shutout innings while allowing only two hits as the River Bandits went on to take their first game of the best-of-three series.

 

The Bandits put their first run on the board in the fourth inning. Colin Walsh singled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Devin Goodwin single. Quad Cities made it 2-0 in the seventh as Frederick Parejo singled home Alan Ahmady. Robert Stock hit a solo home run in the ninth before Luis Mateo tripled and scored on a Ross Smith single.

 

Daniel Calhoun and Jose Rada followed Miller and each pitched a scoreless inning.

 

Individual Highlights:

Ross Smith 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI and two strikeouts.

Rainel Rosario 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and  two strikeouts.

Colin Walsh 1-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Devin Goodwin 1-for-4 with one RBI, one stolen base, one strikeout, and assisted in two double play.

Alan Ahmady 1-for-4 with one double, one run, and assisted in one double play.

Edgar Lara 1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Frederick Parejo 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Robert Stock 1-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Luis Mateo 2-for-4 with one triple, one run, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.

Shelby Miller started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck 13 out for the winning decision (1-0). (g/f:4-4)

Daniel Calhoun entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (1). (g/f:2-0)

Jose Rada entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and assisted in one double play. (g/f:3-0)

 

Rough Outing:

Michael Swinson 0-for-1 with one strikeout.

 

Notes:

Steve Patterson of the Quad-City Times reports that Michael Swinson left the game early with a right knee injury and that there was an accident in the bullpen that may leave the team one catcher short in Cody Stanley with a shoulder issue.

 

Boxscore

Quad Cities River Bandits Official Site Post Game

 

 

Batavia Beat Tri-City 5-4

 

The Muckdogs' 2010 season hinges on one game as they shrugged off a walkoff 11-inning loss on Tuesday to win in game two of the three-game series against Tri-City. The game was played in cool, drizzly conditions in Batavia.

 

The ValleyCats scored two runs in the first on a groundout and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch misfired by starter Zack Russell. Russell would go on to allow just one hit over six innings. Juan Castillo's sac fly in the second closed the gap to one. The Muckdogs took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a Jonathan Rodriguez RBI single and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Joey Bergman. Rodriguez plated another in the same manner in the seventh and Victor Sanchez' RBI single in the eighth made the score 5-2. After Tri-City scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, the game ended when Castillo handed a perfect strike from Bergman, tagging out what would have been the tying run at home plate.

 

Individual Highlights:

Chris Edmondson 1-for-4 with two runs, one stolen base, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Victor Sanchez 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, two stolen bases, one sacrifice, and assisted in one double play.

Nick Longmire 2-for-4 with one double, one walk, one strikeout, and one outfield assist.

Jonathan Rodriguez 3-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.

Joey Bergman 1-for-2 with one RBI and two walks.

Geoff Klein 1-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Juan Castillo 0-for-3 with one RBI and one sac fly.

Zack Russell started and pitched six innings.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, four walks, hit one batter, and struck two out for the winning decision (1-0). (g/f:9-6)

 

Rough Outing:

Pat Biserta 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Justin Edwards entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), one walk, struck three out, and assisted in one double play for the hold (1). (g/f:2-0)

Keith Butler entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the save (1). (g/f:1-1)(ir-s:2-2)

 

Notes:

Photographer Mike Janes caught the last play of the game and posted it on youtube as Joey Bergman gunned down the tying run at home with Juan Castillo making the bock.

 

Boxscore

Tri-City Valley Cats Official Site Post Game

The Batavian Post Game

The Daily News Live Blog

 

 


Thursday's Probables:

 

Oklahoma City - Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 3.36 ERA) @ Memphis - P.J. Walters (8-5, 3.81 ERA)

NW Arkansas - Danny Duffy (5-2, 2.95 ERA) @ Springfield - Scott McGregor (6-5, 3.46 ERA)

Kane County - Jonathan Joseph (2-5, 3.33 ERA) @ Quad Cities - Mike Blazek (8-4, 2.71 ERA)

Tri-City - David Martinez (5-2, 3.02 ERA) @ Batavia - Andrew Moss (8-2, 3.35 ERA)

 

 

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