Cardinals Minor League Notebook

The Palm Beach Cardinals are 9-1 over the last 10 games, Mike Sillman has earned six saves over those 10 games.



For the Games of - 08/08/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 46-71

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place (16.5 GB)

Results: WON - Reliever Alan Benes singled in the go-ahead run in the 15th inning as visiting Memphis outlasted Fresno, 6-3, on Tuesday.

The Redbirds (46-71) went scoreless for 13th innings but loaded the bases to begin the 15th against reliever Dusty Bergman (0-1) on consecutive singles by Derek Wathan, Rico Washington and Timo Perez.

Benes (5-4) pitched two scoreless innings giving up just one hit and striking out two batters.

Notes: Skip Schumaker has hit safely in nine of his last 12 games (.340, 17-50).

According to the Memphis Redbirds website, Brian Daubach will have season-ending surgery on his right hand later this week in St. Louis.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 19-26  (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place  (7 GB)

Results: LOST - The Midland RockHounds earned their second straight ninth-inning, walk-off win over the Springfield Cardinals, picking up a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Citibank Ballpark in Midland.

Notes: Travis Hanson had three of Springfield's six hits, ending a six-game hitless streak.

Springfield falls to 19-26, now seven games back of Wichita in the North Division.

The Springfield Cardinals activated catcher Iker Franco from the disabled list on Tuesday



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 24-22 (39-31, 1st half)

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

Results: WON - The Palm Beach Cardinals picked up their seventh victory in August, courtesy of an error filled game by the Clearwater Threshers, winning 9-3 at Roger Dean Stadium. Starter Jaime Garcia (3-3) evened his record after going 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits, while striking out three and walking just one.

Notes: Palm Beach is 9-1 over the last 10 games. Mike Sillman has gathered six saves over the span of those 10 games.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 27-18 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st Place

Results: WON - The Swing of the Quad Cities scored seven runs in the first inning while pitchers Donnie Smith and Tyler Norrick threw a combined two-hitter, blanking the Clinton LumberKings, 11-0, at John O'Donnell Stadium Tuesday night. Smith picked up the win with five two-hit innings for the Swing, but Norrick came on late to steal the show with nine strikeouts over four perfect frames.

Notes: St. Louis Cardinals G.M. Walt Jocketty, who's in town to check on things at JOD. "I figured it was a good time to come to the Quad Cities to see the club's new players from the (MLB) draft that I haven't seen yet," said Jocketty.

"These guys are able to move in and play at a higher level to start their pro career's. Guys are obviously holding their own here which is great to see."

Despite seven solid innings on Monday, RHP Trey Hearne suffered the loss to Clinton. It ended a run of six consecutive wins for the control-artist from Lufkin, Texas, who leads the Swing with nine victories on the year. During his six-game

winning streak that lasted from June 16-July 26, Hearne posted a 1.98 ERA (50IP/11ER) with 34 hits allowed and 46 strikeouts over eight starts.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 23-24

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - Tied-3rd (2.5 GB)

Results: WON - The Spikes won their first home series last night, in what has been described as the biggest win of the season for the Spikes. It was State College's fourth win in their last six games and moved them within 2.5 games of the first-place

Notes: The New York-Penn League is expected to announce rosters for its all-star game today. Outfielder Nathan Southard, who entered Tuesday hitting .315 with a league-high 22 extra-base hits and third baseman Allen Craig (.281 with four homers and 26 RBI) are candidates to receive a spot on the team comprised of players from National League affiliates.

Closer Jason Motte was unavailable to pitch last night because he was promoted to The Swing of the Quad Cities... Right hander Ashley Hooks was demoted from Quad Cities to replace Motte on the Spikes roster. Hooks had a 5.60 ERA in four months in the Midwest League... Rehabbing shortstop Brendan Ryan sat for the second straight game with back spasms.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 20-26

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - Tied for 3rd Place (9.5 GB)

Results: LOST - Burlington defeated JC on Tuesday night 2-1.

Notes: Johnson City starter Logan Collier pitched five shutout innings, allowing only one runner to reach second base.




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