Cardinals Minor League Notebook - 08/04

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 - 08/03




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 44-68

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place - 15 GB

Results: LOST - The Memphis Redbirds scored only one run Thursday night and it wasn't near enough as Sacramento River Cats embarrassed the Redbirds by scoring 15 runs, Memphis drops to 24 games below .500 with the loss.

Notes: My momma always told me if you can't something good, don't say anything at all, so I'll move on to the other teams.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record: 18-23 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings: Texas League, East Division - 4th Place (last) - 3.5 GB

Results: LOST - The Springfield Cardinals let one slip away on Thursday night, as the Arkansas Travelers scored the game's final five runs, beating the Redbirds by a final score of 5-3 at Ray Winder Field.

Springfield starter Jordan Pals (7-6) suffered the loss, although he allowed just one unearned run on only two hits through the first six innings. Pals went 6 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs, three earned.

Notes: Mark Worrell picked up his Texas League leading 26th save last night, tied for third most among all minor leaguers (Brian Anderson with San Jose has 31). Worrell needs 10 more saves in the final weeks of the season to set a new career high, surpassing the 35 saves he had with Palm Beach last season (in which he won 2005 Relief Man of the Year for Minor League Baseball). The most saves he's ever recorded in one month was nine (May of this season and August of 2005). Worrell already holds Springfield's all-time franchise high in saves.

The Cards return to Hammons Field on Thursday, August 10th, as they open a seven-game home stand against Frisco and Midland. Don't forget that on Monday, August 14th, 2,500 fans will receive a free Bob Gibson Bobblehead Doll thanks to Cingular! Tickets are available for the upcoming home stand by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record: 19-22  (39-31, 1st half)

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

Results: LOST - The Cardinals were shut out 2-0 Thursday by the Yankees in a game that was called in the 7th inning due to rain. Florida starter Jaime Garcia pitched six innings, giving up six hits and just two earned runs. With the loss, Garcia is now 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA.

Notes: Colby Rasmus, the Cardinals first round selection, (28th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft is hitting just .216 after going 0-for-3, Thursday.




Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record: 23-17 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings: Midwest League, West Division - 2nd Place - 1 GB

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities got a taste of their own medicine Thursday night at Oldsmobile Park, as a critical eighth-inning error opened the door for three runs to break a previously tied ballgame in a 6-4 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts. Every game this series has been tied at some point during the eighth inning or later, but it was the Swing emerging victorious in each of the first two games of the set.

Quad Cities (23-17, 57-51) missed an opportunity to pull into a first-place tie with Kane County, dropping to one full game behind the rained-out Cougars. Lansing (17-24, 57-51) overcame two errors that led to the game-tying run in the sixth inning, and has committed 10 miscues in the series.

Notes: According to Baseball America, the Quad Cities roster features four players who are among the top thirty in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system:

#3—SS Tyler Greene (1st Round (30th), 2005)

#5—RHP Mark McCormick (Sup-1st (43rd), 2005) *DL*

#11—OF Daryl Jones (3rd Round, 2005)

#28—IF Jose Martinez (Free Agent, 2005)




State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record: 19-22

Standings: New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 4th place - 3.5 GB

Results: WON! Nathan Southard ended an 11-inning marathon with an inside the park home run that gave the Spikes a thrilling 3-2 victory over the rival Williamsport Crosscutters. Starter Matt Lane had arguably the best pitching performance of any Spikes hurler during the 2006 season, but received a no decision as the Spikes bullpen faltered in the ninth. The lanky right-hander tossed eight innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits, while walking one and striking out six.

Notes: The St. Louis Cardinals have called up 6'3", 200-pound Luke Gregerson and placed him on the Spikes roster. Gregersonwas the Cardinal's 28th round selection in this year's draft. Gregerson spent the 2006 season with St. Xavier University. He will wear uniform No. 3.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record: 18-22

Standings: Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd Place 10 GB


Notes: The game scheduled for Thursday, August 3rd against the Devil Rays has been postponed due to rain. A double header has been scheduled for Friday, August 4th with the 1st game scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m





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