Cardinals Minor League Notebook - 08/03

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 - 08/02


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 44-67

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place 14.5 GB

Results: LOST - The Sacramento River Cats defeated the Memphis Redbirds in a 5-0 shutout victory on Wednesday night at Raley Field in the two teams' first meeting of the season. The shutout marks the 14th time the Redbirds have been shutout this season, the most in a single season in team history (over 100 years of Memphis professional baseball).

Notes: Outfielder Brian Martin hit .320 (8-for-25) during the just-completed eight-game homestand.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 18-22 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - Tied-3rd place 3.5 GB

Results: WON - Reid Gorecki (15) and DH Larry Bigbie (1) hit back-to-back home runs to start the game and the Springfield Cardinals (18-22, 57-51) went on for a 5-2 victory over the Arkansas Travelers (18-22, 42-67). RHP Mike Parisi struck out seven batters over 6.1 innings and allowed eight hits and two runs for the win. Cardinals pitchers struck out 11 batters while Travs pitchers walked nine and hit two Springfield batters.

Springfield RHP Mark Worrell saved his league-leading 26th game with a shutout ninth inning.

Notes: The Cardinals opened a four-game series Wednesday against the Arkansas Travelers with a win. Wednesday's game is part of a seven-game, eight-day road trip. The Double-A Cardinals will have Sunday off, and then play a three-game set in Midland, Texas, before returning to Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri on August 10.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 19-21 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place 4 GB

Results: WON - It was a 4-3 victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers at Roger Dean Stadium as the Cardinals completed a three game sweep. The Cardinals ended up winning the season-series against the Dodgers, 12 games to 6.

Palm Beach starter Mitchell Boggs (9-6) tried for his second complete game victory of the year, but allowed the first two batters of the ninth inning to reach base. Boggs ends a three-game losing streak, throwing eight innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits.

Notes: Closer Mike Sillman (S, 26) allowed the two inherited runners to score, but allowed no further runs in order to pick up his Florida State League leading 26th save of the season.


Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 23-16 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division -2nd place .5 GB

Results: WON - The former Southern Illinois University hurler, Tyler Norrick had a rough first inning but managed to work out of the jam enough to pick up Quad Cities, 23rd come-from-behind win Wednesday afternoon in Lansing. Western Division leader, Kane County lost their matinee today, as the Swing move back to just a half game back in the division.

Swing starter Tyler Norrick overcame a shaky start to pitch a solid outing. After allowing three runs on five hits in the first inning, the sixth-rounder out of Southern Illinois blanked the Lugnuts the rest of the way. He gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings, picking up seven strikeouts while walking two.

Scott VanderWeg threw the 7th inning and picked up the win. Jon Mikrut closed the 8th and 9th.

Notes: Quad Cities (23-16, 57-50) improved to a season-best seven games above the .500 mark after winning the first two games of the series, and will look to clinch the set Thursday night. Lansing (16-24, 56-51) has committed eight errors over the last two games, leading to six unearned runs for the Swing.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 18-22

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 4th place 4 GB

Results: WON - Jim Rapoport paced the Spikes offense Wednesday night, going 2-for-2, with three runs scored from the leadoff spot, in State College's 8-7 win over the Auburn Doubledays in Pinckney Division action

Notes: The St. Louis Cardinals have called up 6'2", 205 lb. RHP Marco Gonzalez and placed him on the Spikes roster. Gonzalez, 22, started the year in Johnson City was 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in seven appearances out of the Cardinal's bullpen. In 12.1 innings of work, he struck out 14 and walked just three, while holding opposing hitters to a .073 average. He is expected to work out of the bullpen.

Gonzalez was also named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week this past week for obtaining all three of his wins this season this past week. He pitched six innings from a stretch of July 18-22, obtaining all three victories during that stretch.


Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 18-22

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


Notes: The Johnson City Cardinals got a stellar pitching effort from Tyler Herron and held on at the end to beat the Danville Braves, 3-2 and avoid a three-game sweep Tuesday night at American Legion Post 325 Field at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.








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