Cardinals Minor League Notebook

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. Published Monday through Friday.



For the Games of - 08/-6




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 45-79

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place 17.5 GB

Results: WON - Jonathan Sanchez and two relievers combined on a four-hitter as Fresno beat visiting Memphis, 10-1, on Sunday.


Notes: Brad Thompson finally got a decision as the Redbirds snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Sacramento 8-2 at Raley Field. The right-hander was making his fifth start and eighth appearance overall since coming down from St. Louis. Thompson is 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched for Memphis.

He is expected to return to St. Louis in September when the 25 man roster is expanded.




Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 19-24 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place 5 GB

Results: DAY OFF SUNDAY - The Springfield Cardinals and Arkansas Travelers split a double-header on Saturday night, as the Travs rallied to win game one in their final at-bat, winning by a score of 5-4. Springfield's offense exploded in game two, as the Cards picked up a 7-1 win at Ray Winder Field.

Notes: Nick Stavinoha finished Saturday's double-header with two homers and seven RBIs, helping the Cards earn a split in Little Rock. Stavinoha was the Birdhouse's Minor League Player of the Year in 2005.




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 22-22 (39-31, 1st half)

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

Results: WON - Jose Garcia provided a fantastic start Sunday afternoon as the Palm Beach Cardinals picked up a series victory over the Tampa Yankees with a 7-5 win. The win gives the Cardinals a 22-22, .500 record for the second half.

Garcia (5-2) finished the sixth inning for the first time this season, allowing six hits and a single run, while walking one and striking out two.

Notes: Reliever Troy Cate picked up the save as Mike Sillman was unavailable after pitching in five consecutive games.




Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 26-71 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division = FIRST PLACE

Results: WON - Cardinals' hurler Mark Mulder take the mound for their home team in a 5-2 win over Clinton on Sunday.

Mulder struck out one and walked two and at one time retired 10 batters in a row.

Notes: Second baseman Jose Martinez has been placed on the Disabled List with a bone bruise to his left foot, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced Sunday.

Martinez, 20, was hitting .270 with seven home runs and 35 RBI as the everyday second baseman for Quad Cities. The native of Venezuela pulled up lame defensively on a groundball single up the middle in the third inning of Wednesday's game in Lansing, and has not seen game action since being replaced the next inning. The injury was suffered to the Sesamoib bone, a floating bone located in the ball of his left foot.





State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 21-24

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 4th place 4.5 GB

Results: LOST - The State College Spikes dropped a tough one on Sunday evening, falling to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6-3 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes only managed to collect three hits, all of which went for extra bases, with Allen Craig leading the way with a double and a two-run home run. Kyle Sadlowski made the start for State College and allowed only one run through five, but the bullpen faltered in the seventh as the Scrappers scored five times to take a commanding lead that the Spikes couldn't overcome.

Notes: The St. Louis Cardinal's yesterday assigned Spikes infielder Jose Salazar to The Swing of the Quad Cities in Iowa. Salazar was hitting .296 with one home run and 16 RBI at the time of his promotion. Salazar, however, was on a downward spiral, hitting just .143 (3-21) over his last 10 games.

To fill Salazar's spot on the roster, the Spikes have added Luke Gorsett, a 6'2, 200-pound outfielder the roster. Gorsett was the Cardinal's seventh-round selection in this year's draft out of the University of Nebraska.




Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 19-25

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th Place 10.5 GB

Results: WON - Johnson City defeated Burlington Sunday by a score of 8-2

Notes: First-baseman, Brandon Buckman hit his 6th home run of the season to help JC to a win on Sunday. Brandon, selected in the 19th round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Going into Sunday's game Buckman was hitting .305 with five homers with 23 RBIs in 41 games for the Cardinals.





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