This Week in the Minors - May 9, 2005

Leonda Markee's weekly snapshot of the Cardinals' minor league system.

AAA – Memphis Redbirds
Overall Record – 17 - 12
Weekly Record – 5 - 2
Current Standing – First, one game in front of Nashville (Brewers)
Current Week Team Batting - .317/.389/.575
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.93 ERA in forty-two innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 9.95 ERA in nineteen innings pitched
Who's Hot – RHS Adam Wainwright's line is 1.29 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and 7:1 K/BB ratio; OF Scott Seabol at .517/.576/1.172 in twenty-nine at bats
Who's Not – LHR Carmen Cali's line is 109.1 ERA with a 15.15 WHIP; Hector Luna at .200/.355/.320 in twenty-five at bats
Transactions – 05/02/05 - Activated RHS Nerio Rodriguez from DL; 5/4/05 – Traded OF Dee Haynes to Washington Nationals; 05/05/05 – C Brad Cresse to DL (oblique), Acquired C Javier Cardona from Colorado; 05/06/05 – RHR Jimmy Journell optioned from St. Louis, LHR Carmen Cali optioned from St. Louis, RHR Brad Thompson called up to St. Louis, RHP Nerio Rodriguez given unconditional release,
Summary - Shhhhh. Nobody look but the Redbirds are in first place. The week started off well as the Redbirds used two consecutive big innings on Monday to rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 9-8. Outfielder Raul Gonzalez was the hitting star, going 2-for-5 with three rbi's. (Gonzalez hit .323/.371/.516 with seven runs scored and six rbi's for the week.) The five runs were given up by Bill Pulsipher who pitched, or tried to, the first one and two-thirds innings of the game. Anthony Reyes gave another attention-grabbing performance on Tuesday by carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning. He eventually allowed one run in seven innings with seven strike outs and two walks for a weekly ERA of 1.69. Scott Seabol continued to notice that the calendar has changed from April by going 3-for-5 with three rbi's and was a key contributor to the Redbirds' 8-1 victory. Seabol has to be a real candidate for the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week award with weekly stats like a .517 batting average with nine runs scored and twelve rbi's. The Redbirds' six-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday as they fell 10-2. Nerio Rodriguez, in his last outing as a Redbird, showed the rust that a DL-induced lay-off will bring by coughing up eight runs in four and two-thirds innings pitched. Rodriguez was released on Thursday. Wednesday also saw outfielder Dee Haynes traded to the Washington Nationals. The trade was initiated at Haynes' request to either be played or traded. Haynes' bright promise has been dimmed by a series of injuries and he appeared in only two games this year due to two DL stints, going 1-for-5 for a .200 average. The Redbirds hit six home runs on Thursday to win 8-5. The big blow was by outfielder/first baseman John Gall who had a three-run home run to give put the Redbirds up 5-1. It was Gall's only hit of the game. Shortstop John Nelson hit the first and last home runs of the game, both solo shots. Adam Wainwright was the main attraction in Friday's 9-5 win, as he seems to be every time he pitches. Wainwright scattered six hits over seven innings, allowed only one run, earned, and walked one batter while striking out seven. Newly returned Jimmy Journell pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two and allowing only a two-out single. That was nice to see. Carmen Cali, however, had a seriously ugly outing in the ninth. Here is his ninth – single, single, triple – two runs score, single – run scores, strike out, walk and here comes Gabe White. A fourth run credited to Cali scored on a single allowed by White. Ugh! The game featured three two-run blasts by catcher Javier Cardona and outfielders Brandon Berger and Scott Seabol. Saturday's game was a wild one that saw Redbirds pitchers walk thirteen in a losing cause as the Redbirds lost 14-11 to the Iowa Cubs. Seven of the eleven runs scored by the Cubs were put on base by walks and an eighth batter scored after being hit by a pitch. Starter Scott Sedlacek only lasted two innings while coughing up seven runs on a mere three hits. There were six batters walked, however. Tyler Johnson took the loss when he served up a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Gabe White gets mentioned because he pitched a scoreless eighth and did not walk anyone. White has done very well so far in his stint with the Redbirds. Gabe is unscored upon in five and one-third innings pitched with seven strikeouts and one walk. John Nelson went 2-for-3 with two walks and two rbi's while John Gall added three rbi's. On Sunday Anthony Reyes dominated the Iowa Cubs as the Redbirds won 10-2. Reyes retired the first ten batters he faced and ended up allowing two runs, both earned, on seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven through his nine innings of work. Chris Duncan went 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 rbi's. It is reported that Duncan has a slightly tender groin which may explain the limited action he saw this week. He may also be sitting against lefties.
Upcoming Week – at fourth and last-place Iowa Cubs on 9th, vs. third-place (Pacific South division) Las Vegas 51s (Dodgers) 10th through 13th, vs. first-place (Pacific South division) Tucson Sidewinders (Diamonbacks) 14th and 15th.

AA – Springfield Cardinals
Overall Record – 13 - 17
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – Third, six and one-half games behind Tulsa (Rockies)
Current Week Team Batting - .228/.308/.370
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.80 ERA in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.31 ERA in twenty and one-third innings pitched
Who's Hot – Closer Josh Kinney pitched five innings of scoreless ball, picking up one win and two saves; Third baseman Travis Hanson at .400/.483/.840
Who's Not – RHR Nick Stocks' line is 211.76 ERA and 23.5 WHIP with seven earned runs allowed in one-third of an inning pitched; Outfielder Tyler Minges at .185/.267/.370
Transactions - 05/02/05 – RHR Andy Cavazos optioned to Palm Beach; 5/05/05 – Signed RHP Mark Nussbeck, INF Matt DeMarco optioned to Palm Beach; 05/07/05 – OF Rick Ankiel to DL (back spasms);
Summary – "We feel like we hit rock bottom" third baseman Travis Hanson told the Springfield News-Leader on Monday night as the Cardinals lost 8-0, their ninth loss in thirteen games. To exacerbate the situation the St. Louis Cardinals' farm director Bruce Manno, hitting coordinator Gene Tenace and field coordinator Jim Riggleman were all in town on a previously scheduled visit. Way to impress the bosses. Yikes! Manager Chris Maloney had a rare private team meeting after the game. The meeting appears to have paid dividends at the Cardinals went 4-2 the balance of the week. The majority of the credit for Tuesday's 5-4 victory goes to Hanson as he had a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. He followed that up with a game-winning single that scored Tyler Minges from second in the eleventh inning. Closer Josh Kinney got the victory with two scoreless innings. The next night Jeremy Cook took a perfect game into the sixth but was undermined by four errors which allowed three unearned runs to score. Cook's line for the night was seven innings pitched with four hits, seven strike outs and no walks with only one earned run allowed. Newly-promoted reliever Cory Doyne picked up his first AA victory in support of Cook by pitching a perfect eighth as the Cardinals won 5-4. Closer Josh Kinney picked up his seventh save of the season. (Quick trivia question - when was the last time Kinney allowed an earned run?) Thursday's game was a pitching duel with the Cardinals falling 2-1. Oscar Alvarez took the hard luck loss as the only runs he allowed came on a single followed by a home run. Former and now current Cardinal Mark Nussbeck made his Springfield Cardinals debut by pitching two scoreless innings. The Cardinals' sole run came when Travis Hanson doubled home Tyler Minges. Cory Doyne's first week in Double-A was very impressive. Doyne pitched five and one-third innings of scoreless ball. Cory's control, however, was a little off as he walked four. Josh Kinney got his eighth save on Friday when he closed out a 6-4 victory in support of starter Jordan Pals. By the way, that victory was over the Astros' Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks. They play at Whataburger Field. I…am…not…joking. Pals was both the pitching and hitting star, as he picked up his first Double-A win and blasted a two-run home run. He left the game after five and two-thirds innings pitched, leading 6-2 but the triple allowed by Rich Scalamandre scored both runners Pals had put on base. Cory Doyne came into the game after Scalamandre walked the next batter. Doyne induced a grounder and then pitching a scoreless seventh. A sign of how badly the Cardinals want to win right now is that they rode closer Josh Kinney for the last two innings. Travis Hanson also had a two-run home run and Reid Gorecki had a solo shot. Yes, Reid is still alive and playing centerfield on the Springfield Cardinals. Now if his bat would just wake up. The Springfield Cardinals were on the winning end of a hitting clinic Saturday when they held on for a 9-8 victory over the Hooks. Reliever Mark Nussbeck came into a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the eighth of a tie game. Seven pitches later the Cardinals were out of the jam and Nussbeck had two strike outs. They scored two runs in the top of the ninth on rbi singles by catcher Robinson Cancel and left fielder Shaun Boyd that scored Andy Schutzenhofer and Travis Hanson. That lead was the Cardinals' first of the game as they had battled back from 3-0 and 7-3 deficits. Nussbeck gave one back in the bottom of the ninth but picked up his first win as a Springfield Cardinal. The bottom of the ninth is usually Josh Kinney's spot but he had been used in three of the prior four games for a total of five innings and does not appear to have been available. Kinney was not needed on Sunday as the Cardinals fell to the San Antonio Missions 4-2. LHS Randy Leek absorbed his first loss of the year when he allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits in seven innings. However, this game is definitely a case for the numbers not telling the entire story. Cardinals' second baseman Aaron Herr bobbled two double play balls, resulting in three earned runs being charged to Leek. Catcher Robinson Cancel had a good week, going .389/.450/.556 in five games and eighteen at bats. (Answer to the trivia question – Josh Kinney last gave up an earned run on April 12th.)
Upcoming Week – at second-place (West division) San Antonio Missions (Mariners) 9th through 11th, vs. fourth-place Wichita Wranglers (Royals) 13th through 15th.

High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
Overall Record – 14 - 15
Weekly Record – 1 - 4
Current Standing – Fourth, two and one-half games behind Daytona (Cubs)
Current Week Team Batting - .185/.251/.236
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.25 ERA in twenty-eight innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 7.36 ERA in fourteen and two-thirds innings pitched
Who's Hot – RHS Chris Lambert was not scored upon in his six and two-thirds inning start this week while striking out five and walking two; DH/OF Cody Haerther at .313/.476/.438
Who's Not – RHR Wayne Lundgren's line is 10.37 ERA and 2.30 WHIP in four and one-third innings pitched; So many offensive choices here – OF Mike Evans went hitless in seventeen at bats with one walk
Transactions - 05/02/05 - RHR Cory Doyne called up to Springfield; RHP Nate Cotton and C Ben Rosenthal given their unconditional releases, LHR Scott Schweitzer activated from DL
Summary – Last week's "Who's Hot", Cody Haerther, was named the Florida State League's Player of the Week.on Tuesday. He was also number nineteen on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet for the week. Otherwise, it was a light week for the Palm Beach club as their games against the Daytona Cubs on both Wednesday and Thursday were rained out. It may well have been very fortunate that Wednesday's game was postponed as the Cubs had jumped out to a 9-0 lead when the game was called in the second inning. The Cardinals lost most of the games that did get played as it is difficult to win when you offense is hitting a collective .185. Stuart Pomerantz took yet another tough luck loss on Tuesday as the Cardinals fell 7-1. He went seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs – two earned. In fact only two of the seven runs allowed were earned. Pomerantz' overall K/BB ratio needs work as it is 1.7:1. Tyler Adamczyk lost on Friday despite giving up only two earned runs, four runs overall, in six innings. Tyler struck out six and walked only one. Friday's score was 4-0. Chris Lambert continues to go undefeated as he pitched the Cardinals to their only victory of the week, 4-0 over the Ft. Myers Miracle. Lambert has a cumulative ERA of 1.87 to go with a 1.07 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 3.33:1 or thirty strike outs and nine walks in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched. Brendan Ryan may have avoided real trouble in Saturday's game when a ball hit the butt of his bat instead of his knuckle during a seventh inning at bat. The very last thing the Palm Beach offense needs if for Ryan to go on the DL although Brendan went .188/.188/.188 for the week. He had a lot of company in the "Lousy Hitting for the Week" category. Ty Parker made one of his two hits for the week really count as it was a bases-clearing double to score three runs en route to the victory. Palm Beach fell to Ft. Myers 5-1 on Sunday with defensive lapses leading resulting in three unearned runs. LHR Scott Schweitzer took the loss without allowing either a hit or an earned run when three consecutive errors in the top of the eighth led to two runs.
Upcoming Week – vs. second-place (West division) Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) 9th, at third-place (West division) Dunedin Blue Jays 11th through 14th, at suxth-place (West division) Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) 15th.

Low-A – Quad Cities Swing
Overall Record –14 - 15
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – Fourth, four and one-half games behind Clinton (Rangers)
Current Week Team Batting - .245/.328/.342
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.91 ERA in twenty-nine and one-third innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 1.63 ERA in twenty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched
Who's Hot – RHR Dennis Medina's line is 0.00 ERA and 1.3 WHIP in four and one-third innings pitched – his cumulative numbers are 0.93 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in nine and two-thirds innings pitched; OF Chris Patrick went .429/.471/.643 in fourteen at bats
Who's Not – Former RHS, now RHR, Kyle McClellan's line in his last start is 12.30 ERA and 2.73 WHIP in three and two-thirds innings pitched; 1B Mike Ferris went .087/.160/.087
Summary – On Monday the Swing overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 5-2. Outfielder Simon Williams, eleventh round of the 2004 draft, put the Swing up with a two-run home run. Eric Haberer picked up his third win of the season by scattering nine hits over five innings while allowing two runs, both earned. Closer Mike Sillman worked out of an inherited two-on, one-out situation in the eighth with a strike out and a ground out. He subsequently picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Tuesday evening saw the Swing fall 5-1 with Kyle McClellan taking the loss. McClellan subsequently was moved to the bullpen with Quinton Robertson going into the rotation. McClellan pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's game. The Swing lost again on Wednesday by the score 9-4. Catcher Brandon Yarbrough, hitting in the seven hole, went 3-for-4 with a rbi. The Swing rebounded on Thursday by crushing the Lansing Lugnuts 14-3 for a split in their four-game series. Starter Dennis Dove was the recipient of the Swing's hitting bounty, picking up his second win of the season. Dove has one of his better outings this year by going six innings, striking out eight and giving up only a solo-shot home run while walking none. Infielder Chris Patrick, playing his second game at second base, was the hitting star. Patrick 4-for-5 with three doubles, five rbi's and two runs scored. The Swing picked up their eighth comeback win on Friday by defeating the Clinton LumberKings 4-3. The difference in the game was designated hitter Derry Hammond's two-out two-run homer in the top of the eighth. Reliever Kevin Ool picked up his fourth win of the season which is more wins than any Swing starter. Ool went two innings, allowing one run on a hit batsman followed by two singles. Closer Mike Sillman got his six save of the season. Clinton beat the Swing on Saturday 4-1. Eric Haberer took the loss, giving up three earned runs in four and two-thirds innings pitched. Jarrett Hoffpauir drove in the sole Swing run by doubling home Wes Swackhamer who reached on a fielding error. The Swing ended the week in fine fashion by rallying from a 6-0 deficit to win 8-7 behind catcher Brandon Yarbrough's ninth-inning grand slam. Yarbrough had an excellent week in limited action, going .417/462/.667 in three games and twelve at bats. Lefty reliever Kevin Ool picked up his club-leading fifth win in relief of starter Quinton Robertson. Mike Sillman earned his seventh save of the season.
Upcoming Week – at first-place Clinton LumberKings (Texas) 9th, vs. seventh-place Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels) 11th through 13th, vs. third-place Beloit Snappers (Twins) 14th and 15th.

The Stat Sheet
This week we are back to look at some pitching stats. The top starter and reliever, per category, will be given at each level. All stats given are year-to-date.

Earned Run Average
RHS Adam Wainwright – 1.96 ERA in 41.1 IP Second in the Pacific Coast League
RHR Toby Borland – 4.05 ERA in 13.1 IP Our best relievers get promoted
LHR Gabe White – 0.00 ERA in 5.1 IP

RHS Jeremy Cook – 2.27 ERA in 31.2 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 0.45 ERA in 20 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Chris Lambert – 1.87 ERA in 33.2 IP Fourth in the Florida State League
LHR Scott Schweitzer – 2.70 ERA in 10 IP

Quad Cities
LHS Eric Haberer – 3.06 ERA in 35.1 IP
RHR Dennis Medina – 0.93 ERA in 9.2 IP

WHIP Leaders
RHS Anthony Reyes – 0.85 WHIP in 41.1 IP
LHR Gabe White – 0.75 WHIP in 5.1 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 1.02 WHIP in 45 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 0.85 WHIP in 20 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Chris Lambert – 1.07 WHIP in 33.67 IP Note: This is the identical WHIP Lambert had two weeks ago
RHR Roberto Batista – 0.93 WHIP in 15 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Dennis Dove – 1.24 WHIP in 33 IP
LHR Kevin Ool – 0.89 WHIP in 15.2 IP

K/BB Leaders
RHS Adam Wainwright – 6.8:1(34 SO, 5 BB) in 41.1 IP
LHR Gabe White – 7:1 (7 SO, 1 BB) in 5.1 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 9:1 (27 SO, 3 BB) in 45 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 10:1 (20 SO, 2 BB) in 20 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Chris Lambert – 3.33:1 (30 SO, 9 BB) in 33.2 IP
RHR Jose Garcia – 5:1 (25 SO, 5 BB) in 23.2 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Dennis Dove – 2.38:1 (19 SO, 8 BB) in 33 IP
LHR Kevin Ool – 13:1 (13 SO, 1 BB) in 15.2 IP

In His Own Category
RHR Cory Doyne. In less that thirty days Mr. Doyne has risen from Low-A Quad Cities to Double-A Springfield. His cumulative numbers –
16.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 0 HR
0.72 WHIP, 3.5:1 K/BB ratio, 11.3 K/9 IP

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