Cardinals Minor League Notebook - 08/01

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


For the Games of - 07/31/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 44-65

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division -

Results: LOSS - Colorado defeats Memphis Monday night, 8-4 in spite of the Redbirds 14 hits on the night. Dennis Tankersley was saddled with the loss as his record fell to 4-12 for the season, in spite of a respectable 3.93 ERA.
Three Memphis errors led to three unearned runs as the Redbirds continue to struggle this season en-route to one of their worst records of all time.

Notes: The Cardinals may have a hard time finding anyone on this team to call up in September.

Recent Transactions:

July 28: Junior Spivey activated off the suspension list.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 17-21 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 3rd Place - 4.5 games back

Results: The Tulsa Drillers got a grand slam and five RBIs from Tino Sanchez, as they knocked off the Springfield Cardinals on Monday night, winning by a final score of 12-7 at Hammons Field. The loss for the Cards leaves them still 4 ½ games back of Wichita in the North Division.

Chris Lambert (9-9) took the loss for Springfield, allowing seven runs on eight hits over just five innings.

Notes: Gabe Johnson has hit a home run in five of the eight games of this home stand thus far. He has 13 RBI's in the last week, most in the Texas League. In his last five games, Johnson is batting .455 going into Monday's game.

Larry Bigbie is expected to return to Springfield on Wednesday to continue his Major League rehab assignment.

Recent Transactions:

July 28: Iker Franco placed on the DL (right elbow tendonitis)

July 28: Reid Gorecki activated off the DL

July 26: Dennis Dove transferred from Palm Beach (A)

July 26: Justin Garza transferred to Palm Beach (A)

July 24: Brendan Ryan sent to State College (Short-Season A) as part of a rehab assignment



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 17-21 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd Place - 6 games back

Results: WON - The Palm Beach Cardinals picked up a 4-3 victory to open a three-game series against the Vero Beach Dodgers at Roger Dean Stadium, Monday. Starter Nick Webber pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out five batters.

Reliever Zach Zuercher (4-2) picked up the victory by working the seventh. Mike Sillman shut the door in the ninth for his league-leading 25th save of the season.

Notes: The Palm Beach Cardinals have struggled in the second half, four games below .500 after finishing the first half of the season with a 39-31 record, eight games above .500.

Recent Transactions:

July 28: Unconditionally Released INF Kevin Collins

July 27: Assigned to Palm Beach (Quad Cities) INF Luis Cotto

July 26: Retired INF Matt Shepherd

July 24: Assigned to Palm Beach (Quad Cities) INF Randy Roth



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 21-15 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 2nd place - just 1.5 games back

Results: LOST - The Swing of Quad Cities came up short Monday night in spite of putting seven runs on the board with nine hits. Kane County scored 11 runs in a sloppy game that saw a total of five errors being committed, Swing (3) - Kane County (2). The St. Louis Cardinals 2006 Top Draft Pick, Adam Ottavino gave up seven runs, (only three earned) on five hits in just 2.2 innings pitched, to pick up his first lost for Swing.

Notes: On Monday as LHP Adam Daniels was named the Midwest League's Pitcher of the Week for the period lasting from July 24-30, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced.

Daniels, a 15th-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Oklahoma State, went 2-0 during the week without allowing an earned run in a pair of starts against Southwest Michigan and Kane County. That included 13 strikeouts over 11.2 innings of work with seven hits allowed and five walks.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 17-21

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 4th place - three games back

Results: LOST - For the fourth game in a row, the State College Spikes fell to the Auburn Doubledays, this time by the score of 11-2. The Doubledays pounded out 15 hits, including seven hits and six runs off of Spikes starter, Centralia Illinois native, Lance Marcum (1-3) who made the start in place of the injured Eddie Degerman. Offensively the Spikes collected only seven base hits, but left 14 runners on base thanks to five Auburn walks and three errors. David Carpenter went 2-for-4 and was the only Spikes player with more than one hit.

Notes: A.J. Van Slyke the son of former All-Star Andy Van Slyke is batting .265 with 0 homers and six RBIs in 13 games for the Spikes.

Recent Transactions:

July 24: 1B Mark Hamilton was assigned to the Swing of the Quad Cities. (Midwest League)

July 19: RHP Adam Ottavino was assigned to the Swing of the Quad Cities. (Midwest League)



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 17-22

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place - 9.5 games back

Results: LOSS - The Johnson City Cardinals took it on the chin with a 11 to 1 loss to Danville on Monday. Cardinal starter pitcher, Matthew North, took the loss as his record falls to 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA.

Notes: The Century 21 Act III Realty, Little League Home Run Derby, which was scheduled for Saturday, July 29th was postponed due to rain. We will post a new date for this event as soon as it has been rescheduled.





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