Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/15/11

The Cardinals minor league system went 3-2 on Sunday as Tyler Rahmatulla was 3-for-3 including two doubles for Johnson City.

Results from games played Sunday, August 14.


Memphis 2, Tucson 0


The Redbirds offense didn't amount to much as Nick Stavinoha went 2-for-4 with one RBI and was the only Memphis hitter to record more than one hit.


Tyler Greene went hitless in three at-bats, but he also walked once and stole his 11th base.  Though Greene's 178 at-bats represent somewhat of a sample size, he's currently second with a 1.054 OPS for all Pacific Coast League shortstops who qualify with at least 170 at-bats on the season.


Matt Carpenter was 0-for-3 on the night as his hitting streak ended at 18 games.


Pete Kozma and Andrew Brown each went 1-for-3.


Tony Cruz started behind the plate and finished 1-for-2 with a walk.


Adam Ottavino was very effective, yet somewhat wild in his seven scoreless innings of work.  He gave up just two singles, struck out three, and walked four batters.  Ottavino's BB% of 10.9 is fifth worst in PCL starting pitchers who qualify with at least 100 innings pitched.


Chuckie Fick and Victor Marte both pitched a perfect inning.  Marte recorded his 23rd save.


Corpus Christi 5 at Springfield 3 (10 innings)


Eric Duncan and Zack Cox both went 2-for-5 on the night, which were all singles.  In July and August combined, Cox has an OPS of 1.002 and has settled very well in Double-A.  Despite having slow starts to both the Florida State League and Texas League, Cox has come back to hit exceptionally well.


Audry Perez had a very nice night at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles.  He had a passed ball but also threw a man out stealing.


Ryan Jackson went 0-for-4, but his walk in the ninth inning tied the game to send it into extra innings.


Matt Adams was 1-for-5 and has seen his average dip in July and August, even though he still ranks second of all Texas League batters in slugging percentage.


Mike Blazek had a good start as he posted a line of 7 IP, three hits (all singles), three walks, and six strikeouts.  9 of the 12 outs that were in the field came via the groundball.


Francisco Samuel was wild again as he walked one and threw a wild pitch.  He gave up two runs off two hits in just a third of an inning.


Palm Beach 9 at Fort Myers 3


Niko Vasquez was 3-for-4 with a double.


Robert Stock went 1-for-4 with a double and walk.  Stock has boosted his numbers since being promoted from Quad Cities.  The boost in batting average has a lot to do with an increase in his batting average of balls in play from .174 to a more normalized .316.  His BB%, K%, and isolated power between both levels remain roughly the same, so it was mostly due to bad luck in Quad Cities.  He's posting league average stats for a catcher, but that's a big improvement over his numbers last year.


Xavier Scruggs hit a solo-HR in the third inning (his 17th) and finished 2-for-5.


Starlin Rodriguez also went 2-for-5 but had a double and was caught stealing.


Adam Melker had a single and three RBI in three at-bats.


Alan Ahmady went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI, and two walks.


Coming off his 7-inning no-hitter, Tyler Lyons had another very solid start as he gave up one run on three hits (one double), and two walks.  He struck out two on the night.


Justin Smith and Justin Wright both pitched a perfect inning out of the pen.


Wisconsin 12, Quad Cities 3


Chris Edmondson was the only Bandits batter to record more than one hit as he finished 2-for-3 with two doubles.


Geoff Klein walked twice and singled.


Oscar Taveras had a double as his sole hit in five at-bats.


Both Edgar Lara and Colin Walsh went 1-for-4, but Lara also made a throwing error.


Packy Elkins walked twice in the ninth spot of the order.


Five was the theme for Ryan Copeland after he struck out five and gave up five runs off of nine hits in five innings pitched.  He walked just one on the night.


Hector Corpas struck out one and pitched a perfect inning.


Vermont at Batavia


The game was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled.


Johnson City 6 at Elizabethton 4


Tyler Rahmatulla went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.  He also recorded his sixth error.  If you want a newcomer to keep an eye on, this is your guy.  He's posting a very good BB% of 12.4, has an OPS of 1.048 (second in the Appalachian League), and is showing impressive power for a second baseman.  Rahmatulla is going to have to keep this up in high-A if he is there next season to really gain some attention nationally, but he is on the right track.


Matt Williams was 1-for-4 with a double and was hit by a pitch.  He also had a throwing error.


Neal Pritchard had a three-run homer in the sixth and finished 1-for-3 with his fifth error for Johnson City.


Roberto De La Cruz was 1-for-4 with a double.  De La Cruz has a slugging percentage of .578 and is showing the power that was touted when he was signed by the Cardinals.


Ronald Castillo hit in the ninth spot and went 2-for-4 with a double


Jose Pasen struck out a very impressive nine on the night and walked zero batters.  He gave up three runs on five hits (one homer).  He had a groundout:flyout ratio of 6:2.


Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League Cardinals were off Sunday


Monday's probables


Memphis vs. Tucson @ 7:05 P.M. – Maikel Cleto

Springfield vs. Corpus Christi @ 7:07 P.M. – Arquimedes Nieto

Palm Beach is off

Quad Cities at Wisconsin @ 1:05 P.M. – Drew Benes

Batavia is off

Johnson City is off

GCL Cardinals vs. Astros @ noon ET

DSL Cardinals home-and-home DH vs. Athletics @ 10:30 A.M. ET



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