Cardinals Minor League Notebook - 08/02

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 - 08/01


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 44-66

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place 14.5 games out

Results: LOST - Colorado defeated Memphis even though the Redbirds were able to put eight runs on the board. It wasn't enough as Colorado scores 10 runs on 16 hits to hand the Redbirds another loss. Memphis starter John Webb saw his record fall to 5-9 for the season, after giving up five runs, four of them earned in 5.1 innings pitched, Tuesday night.

Notes: The Redbirds worst record in history for a single season is 62-81 in 2001.

Bo Hart fans, Bo has played in 26 games for the Redbirds and he is hitting just .181 with one home run and six RBIs in 72 at bats.

Junior Spivey is back after his three game suspension and you have to wonder how much longer he's going to be wearing a Redbird uniform. Signed last winter to be the Cardinals everyday second baseman, Spivey has made 12 errors at Memphis in just 69 games and is hitting a paltry .171.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 17-22 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place 4.5 games back

Results: LOST - The Springfield Cardinals dropped their second straight game on Tuesday night, dropping the series finale to the Tulsa Drillers by a final score of 7-6 at Hammons Field. The loss leaves Springfield 4 ½ games behind Wichita, who also lost on Tuesday night.

Cards' starter Blake Hawksworth went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits but did not figure into the decision.

Carmen Cali who came into the game in the fifth inning, gave up two runs, one earned in just one inning pitched, just enough to pick up his second loss of the season.

Notes: Travis Hanson hit his first Double-A home run of the season in the second inning. Hanson had 20 HR's last season in 546 at-bats, but had just one in 223 Triple-A at-bats this year and the homer Monday was his first in 134 Double-A at-bats.

The Cardinals Minor League Hitting Coordinator, Gene Tenace has been in Springfield working with Hanson on his hitting during this home stand.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 18-21 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place - 5 games out

Results: WON! - The Cardinals came away with a victory in Tuesday night's 6-5 extra innings victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers.

Vero Beach put up a four-spot in the third inning against Palm Beach starter Jose Garcia. Third baseman Blake Dewitt picked up the key hit, singling to left-center scoring both Jamie Hoffmann and Xavier Paul.

Palm Beach responded quickly with three runs of their own in the bottom half. Matt Dryer knocked in two of his game-high 3 RBIs on a single up the middle scoring Luis Cotto and Juan Lucena.

The contest ended up going extra-innings, ending with a Cardinals walk-off victory in the tenth courtesy of Rayner Laya singling past a diving Shane Justis at second base, scoring Randy Roth.

Relievers Brian Stitt, Justin Garza and Matt Scherer each did their job out of the bullpen. The three right-handers combined to toss 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Scherer (8-5) picked up the victory working the top half of the tenth.

Notes: Ryan Barthelemy batted .309 (30-97) with five home runs and 14 RBI in July. The Cardinals' closer Mike Sillman sports a 1.24 ERA (43.2 IP / 6 ER) and has 63 strikeouts while allowing just 16 walks going into Monday's game.


Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 22-16 (34-34, 1st half)

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

Results: WON! - The Swing of the Quad Cities scored four runs with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night at Oldsmobile Park, erasing a spectacular performance from Lansing starter Aaron Tressler to shock the Lugnuts with a 4-2 victory. Tressler, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, held the Swing to just one hit through eight innings before giving way to the bullpen in the ninth.

Quad Cities (22-16, 56-50) pulled off their 22nd come-from-behind victory of the season.

Notes: When LHP Danny Borne uncorked a wild pitch in the seventh inning on Monday night, it marked the 112th wild pitch charged against the Swing pitching staff this season. That number is the highest in the league, as only one other team as thrown more than 100 (Wisconsin—105). The 112th wild pitch also established

a new single-season franchise high, as Quad Cities teams had previously thrown 111 wild pitches in 1964 and then against in 1987.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 17-22

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 4th place - four games out

Results: LOST - The Spikes dropped their fifth in a row to the Auburn Doubledays Tuesday night by the score of 4-1.

Notes: The longest losing streak in State College Spikes' history continued with a 4-1 loss to Auburn in front of 1,924 witnesses Tuesday at Falcon Park.


Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 18-22

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

Results: WON! - The Rookie Cardinals defeated the Danville Braves Tuesday night, 3-2 behind the strong start by Tyler Herron, who pitched seven complete innings, giving up only four hits and allowing one earned run. Herron struck out five batters and walked only one, in just his second win of the season.

Herron's record now stands at 2-5 with a 4.47 ERA

Notes: One of the first products from the Cardinals' Dominican pipeline, pitcher Elvis Hernandez has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the period July 24 through July 30.





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