Cardinals Minor League Notebook

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start this Friday as the Redbirds take on the Iowa Cubs at 7:10 p.m. The start will be Mulder's second rehab outing with his first coming at Single-A Quad Cities last Sunday.



For the Games of - 08/09/06



Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 46-71

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

Results: Day Off Wednesday - Did Not Play

Notes: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start this Friday as the Redbirds take on the Iowa Cubs at 7:10 p.m. The start will be Mulder's second rehab outing with his first coming at Single-A Quad Cities last Sunday.

I'm expecting Mark to rejoin the Cardinals on August 15, when the Cardinals return to St. Louis for a short three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 19-27 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place, 8 GB

Results: LOST - Starter Jordan Pals gave the Cards seven quality innings on Wednesday, but the Cards' offense stalled for a third straight game in Midland as the Rock Hounds defeated the Double-A Cardinals 2-1.hem to 19-27 in the North Division, now eight games behind Wichita.

For a third straight game, the Cards' offense was held to just a single run, as they were swept in a three-game series for only the second time in franchise history.

Notes: Catcher Iker Franco was activated off the DL prior to last night's game and

Dan Moylan "The Kid" was transferred to Palm Beach (A). It's the first stop in A-ball for Moylan since 2002 and first since he's been with the St. Louis organization. In 23 games with Springfield this season, Moylan was batting .310 with a homer and four RBI's. Franco hasn't played in a game since July 23 due to right elbow tendinitis. 

Don't forget that on Monday, August 14th, the first 2,500 fans will receive a free Bob Gibson Bobblehead Doll thanks to Cingular!



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 25-22 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd Place, 2 GB

Results: WON - Starting pitcher Cory Meacham (3-2) tossed seven scoreless innings Wednesday night as the Palm Beach Cardinals beat the Clearwater Threshers, 1-0, picking up their sixth consecutive win.

Palm Beach Cardinals second baseman Juan Lucena provided the only run of the game, hitting a solo homerun over the left field fence, for his 3rd homerun of the year. Lucena also ended the game with a tremendous defensive play, ranging to his left and throwing to a stretching Randy Roth to retire Bryan Hansen.

Notes: Closer Mike Sillman continues to rack up saves at an alarming rate, picking up his league-leading 30th save. With 23 games remaining, he sits just eight saves back of the Florida State League record held by three players.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

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

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st Place

Results: Day Off Wednesday - Did Not Play

Notes: Coming on Strong: After losing his job as the Swing closer earlier in the season, RHP Scott Vander Weg struggled through May with a 6.48 ERA. He has re-found the touch as of late, however, and has been lights out over his last four appearances. In that time he is 3-0 with five strikeouts in 5.2 scoreless innings of work, allowing three hits and on walks.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 24-24

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 3rd Place, 2 GB

Results: WON - The Spikes continued their winning ways on Wednesday evening, downing the Williamsport Crosscutters by the count of 8-7 in ten innings. Brad Furnish made the start for State College and tossed six strong innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits while walking none and striking out a season-high nine, but received a no decision as the bullpen faltered in the ninth, surrendering the Spikes 7-3 lead. In the tenth, Yonathan Sivira scored on a wild pitch, with what turned out to be the winning run. Offensively, it was the bottom of the Spikes lineup that did the damage, as batters five through nine all had an RBI, lead by A.J Van Slyke who finished the evening 4-for-5.

Notes: The St. Louis Cardinal's have promoted Spikes reliever Jason Motte to The Swing of the Quad Cities. Motte left the State College airport early Wednesday morning. He is the sixth Spikes player to be promoted from the NYPL to the Midwest League.

To take Motte's spot on the Spikes roster, St. Louis has added RHP Ashley Hooks from the roster. Hooks started this year Quad Cities and went 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 20 outing, all out of the bullpen. He is expected to join the team tomorrow, as he is driving to State College from Iowa.

Last year, Hooks split time between Johnson City and New Jersey and went a combined 1-2 with a 6.25 ERA in 25 games, all out of the bullpen. He racked up one save in 36.0 innings pitched, while he struck out 36 and walked 15.

A 6'2, 180-pounder, the 23-year-old Hooks was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent out of Brewton-Parker College in 2005.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 20-27

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th Place, 9.5 GB

Results: LOST - Johnson City took a beating Wednesday night at the hands of the Pulaski Blue Jays, 15-3 in the first game of a three-game series.

Johnson City starter Blake King (3-3) surrendered eight runs -- six earned -- on six hits with three walks in two innings.

Notes: The Cardinals will have their hands full with the Blue Jays, who are just one game out of first place in the Eastern Division of the Appalachian League. A sweep of the Cards could propel the Blue Jays into first place past the Danville Braves.




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