Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/23/11

The Cardinals system went 4-4 on Friday as Trevor Rosenthal crafted a one-hitter over 8 2/3 innings on the road for Quad Cities.

Results from games played Friday, July 22.


Oklahoma City 5, Memphis 2


Adron Chambers went 0-for-3 with a walk in the leadoff spot.


Shane Robinson hit 1-for-3 with a walk and stole his first base for Memphis.


Matt Carpenter went hitless in four at-bats.


Pete Kozma went 1-for-3 with a walk.  He's posting a .553 OPS, which is last in the Pacific Coast League and over .100 points behind the second worst player.


Though his 16-game hitting streak was broken, Tyler Greene walked twice and stole his eighth base for Memphis.


Nick Additon struck out an impressive nine batters over 5.2 innings pitched, but he gave up nine hits, five runs, and three walks.


NW Arkansas 11, Springfield 6


Springfield finally got to top prospect Jake Odorizzi in the 7th, which included a home run off of the bat of Matt Adams (surprise, surprise).  The three-run blast was Adams' 22nd of the year, and he currently leads all Texas League batters in slugging percentage.


Daryl Jones went 2-for-4 with a double, as he continued to smash Texas League pitching since being demoted from Memphis.


Ryan Jackson hit his second triple of the year, which came off Odorizzi.  The shortstop finished 2-for-3 with two walks.


Jose Garcia went 2-for-4 from the ninth spot of the order.


Zack Cox was hitless in four at-bats, as he walked once and committed his 13th error in Springfield.


John Gast walked four batters and gave up four hits, which led to seven runs in his five innings pitched.  He struck out just one and gave up a home run, two doubles, and a triple.  He also hit a batter.


Francisco Samuel made his 2011 Texas League debut and pitched a scoreless inning out of the pen.  He gave up two singles and struck out two batters.


Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 3


Rainel Rosario hit cleanup and went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, and two RBI.


Kyle Conley was also 3-for-4, which included a solo HR in the fifth inning.


Niko Vasquez hit third in the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a walk.  He's still struggling to make consistent contact with a .226 batting average since being demoted from Springfield.


Greg Garcia was 2-for-5 with a double.


Xavier Scruggs was 1-for-3 and also hit his 20th double of the year.  He finished with two RBI and one walk.


Robert Stock went hitless in five at-bats, but he has maintained a steady batting average and good patience since being promoted to Palm Beach.


Blaine Boyer continued his trek back to St. Louis with five shutout innings.  He gave up just one hit, one walk, and struck out five batters.


Keith Butler gave up two runs to push his ERA above 1.00, but he also struck out five batters in 2.1 innings and remains one of the more interesting relievers in the farm.


Quad Cities 3 at Lake County 1


Kolten Wong led off, went hitless in five at-bats, and had a fielding error.  This was just his second hitless night in his past 10 games.  The first-round pick is showing very good patience with 11 walks in 22 games played.  He may or may not receive a late promotion to Palm Beach, but the Cardinals should be very happy with his performance so far.


Cody Stanley went a perfect 4-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning.  The catcher has cooled off since his hot start to the season, but is still posting a decent slash line of .263/.322/.439.


Victor Sanchez recorded the only other extra-base hit for Quad Cities with a double as his only hit.


Michael Swinson finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and stole his seventh base.  He committed his third fielding error.


Packy Elkins also went 2-for-4 on the night but was caught stealing.


Trevor Rosenthal pitched one of the best games of his young career, as the single he gave up in the first was the only hit recorded off of him on the night.  He struck out eight, gave up an unearned run, and walked one batter.  The only negatives were that he threw one wild pitch and hit a batter.  Rosenthal has posted stellar groundball numbers all season, and this night was no different with 10 groundouts compared to two flyouts.


Jamestown 7 at Batavia 4


Joey Bergman led off the game and had a double as his sole hit in five at-bats.  Since being demoted from Quad Cities, he has 10 walks to 13 strikeouts and is hitting .321 in 20 games.  He also committed his seventh error.


Virgil Hill hit 1-for-4 on the night with his fourth triple since being demoted.  Hill was best known for his speed when he was drafted, but he has started to show some power with six extra-base hits in his last 10 games.  However, he is still struggling to maintain consistent contact with a high K% hovering over 30% on the year and has seen his batting average suffer as the result.


Romulo Ruiz and David Medina both went 2-for-5 on the night, all of which were singles.  Medina missed a catch for his seventh error on the season.


Casey Rasmus started behind the plate and allowed a passed ball.  He finished the night 2-for-4, and the younger Rasmus is off to a blazing start in his short professional career.  He is hitting .391 in limited playing time and has also shown some speed, as he stole his third base on the year.  Nobody expects him to keep up his batting average of over .400 of balls in play, but he's off to an interesting start.


Jeremy Patton hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning (his third on the year) and finished 2-for-4 in the cleanup spot.


Pat Daugherty was very wild in his 3.1 innings of work.  He walked four batters and gave up six hits, including a home run.  The damage led to five earned runs, but the one positive was that he didn't give up a fly out or an extra-base hit outside of the home run.


Corey Baker gave up three doubles in 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball, but he also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.  He struck out two on the night.


Kingsport 11, Johnson City 8


Steven Ramos led off the game and finished 1-for-5 with a hat trick in strikeouts and a stolen base.  In 123 at-bats, he's shown speed (16 stolen bases/0 caught stealing) but has only one walk on the season.


Gary Apelian hit a solo-homer in the third inning and finished 1-for-4 with a walk.


Anthony Garcia had a double and single in five plate appearances.  He's been a bit lucky with balls in play, but he's posting a respectable walk rate and is showing impressive power with isolated power of .226 in limited play for Johnson City.


David Bergin had three singles in four at-bats and committed his second error on the season.


Jesus Montero started at catcher and went 1-for-3 with a walk.


Tyler Rahmatulla went hitless for only the second time in his past nine games.


Tyrell Jenkins came off three straight solid starts and gave up six runs (five earned) in 2.2 innings of work.  He gave up seven hits (only one of which went for extra bases), walked one, struck out three, and hit a batter.  All four of his outs that reached the field were groundballs.  Jenkins was recently named the 47th best prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law in his recently updated Top 50 prospect list.


Roberto Canache gave up just one hit in 2.1 shutout innings out of the pen.  He struck out four on the night and also had all four of his other outs come via the groundball.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 3


Ildemaro Vargas started at shortstop and went 3-for-5 with his first stolen base on the year.


Hector Garcia went a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk.


Rehabbing Phil Cerreto hit in the DH spot and struck out in three of his four plate appearances, adding a sacrifice fly.


Luis Perez caught all nine innings of the game and finished 1-for-3 with a walk.


Ramon Ulacio gave up just one run in six innings.  He showed impeccable control with zero walks, as he gave up four hits, and struck out five total batters.  Only one out of his eight total outs in the field was a flyball.


DSL Cardinals 9, DSL Astros 1


Leobaldo Pina led off and went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.


Daniel Barbuena was 1-for-3 and hit the only extra-base hit of the night for the Cardinals, which was a triple.  He committed his 16th error of the season.


Ronnierd Garcia went 1-for-2 on the night.


Amauris Capellan was hitless in 2 at-bats but walked twice.


Jonathan Escudero gave up one unearned run over three innings.  He struck out four, gave up one hit, three walks, and threw two wild pitches.

Saturday's Probables


Memphis (51-48) at Oklahoma City: 7:05 PM CT – Brandon Dickson

Springfield (10-17) at NW Arkansas: 7:00 PM CT – Scott Schneider

Palm Beach (15-14) at Daytona: 7:05 PM ET – Arquimedes Nieto

Quad Cities (16-11) at Fort Wayne: 7:00 PM ET – Zack Russell

Batavia (19-16) at Aberdeen: 7:05 PM ET – Todd McInnis

Johnson City (20-11) at Kingsport: 7:00 PM ET – Josh Lucas

GCL: Cardinals (16-11) vs. Nationals: 12:00 PM ET

DSL: Cardinals (15-31) are off



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