Cardinals Minor League Notebook - 07/31

The Minor League Notebook, the newest feature at the Birdhouse, will be a daily recap of games played by the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League teams.




 For the Games of - Sunday, July 30, 2006


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 44-64

Standings - 3rd Place - 13.5 games out of first place

Results: WON - Mike Rose and Bo Hart cranked back-to-back home runs in the 16th inning to lift Memphis past visiting Colorado Springs, 9-8, on Sunday. Alan Benes (4-3), the sixth reliever for Memphis, earned the win after yielding two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks over five innings.

Notes: Remember Brad Thompson? He started for the 'Birds and allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in five innings. He's likely to be called up on September 1, when the roster expands.

The Memphis Redbirds have won four games in a roll.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 17-20 second half

Standings - 2nd place - 4.5 games back of Wichita

Results: WON -The Springfield Cardinals won for the fifth time in their last six games, as they defeated the Tulsa Drillers by a final score of 8-6 on Sunday evening. Springfield improves to 17-20 in the second half, now 4 ½ games behind Wichita in the North Division.

Notes: Shaun Boyd's infield single in Saturday's game, extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games...Gabe Johnson saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end, striking out in his only at-bat last night...The next longest streak belongs to Nick Stavinoha, who has hit in nine straight, but didn't play Saturday.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 16-21

Standings - 3rd place - 7.5 games out of first

Results: DID NOT PLAY Sunday

Notes: Next Game, Monday July 31 vs. Vero Beach Dodgers


Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 21-15

Standings - 2nd Place - 1.5 games out of first place

Results: WON - Quad Cities cut the Cougars' division lead to 1.5 games, using a five-run eighth inning to ensure their second win through the first three games of the series. Kane County (23-14, 63-43) will need a win in the series finale on Monday to salvage a split, while the surging Swing will look to creep to within a half-game of first place.

Notes: While OF Shane Robinson's franchise record 21-game hitting streak is in the books, the sparkplug out of Florida State has still managed to reach base in 24 consecutive games despite

an 0-for-13 skid since the streak's end. In fact, the fifth-rounder has been on base in 33 of his 34 games since turning pro, going into Sunday's game.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 17-19

Standings - 2.5 games back

Results: LOST - The Spikes lost their third game in a row to the Auburn Doubledays by the score of 6-1. The game was played at a rain soaked Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, as the game was delayed by 2 hours and 46 minutes due to rain. Brad Furnish started the game for the Spikes, and went 4 1/3 innings before being lifted after the delay. The only blemish on his mark was a solo home run by Shawn Scobee, making it 1-0 Doubledays.

Notes: All fans with tickets for Sunday evening's game can redeem them at the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park box office for a $3 discount on tickets for any Spikes game during the remainder of the 2006 season, based on availability.


Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 17-21

Standings - 3rd place - 8.5 games out of first

Results: LOSS- The Cardinals were shut out by Danville 8-0 on Sunday. Henderson Lugo suffered the loss, pitching five innings, giving up five runs, four of them earned, while striking out four batters and walking just one. Lugo's record stands now at 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

Notes: Wonder how the other Pujols is doing in baseball? In 21 games, Wilfrido Pujols is hitting just .179 with 0 home runs and just two RBIs




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