Cardinals Minor League Notebook

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mark Mulder is expected to make another Minor League rehab start this week and while no official announcement has been made, it is expected that he'll pitch for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals on Thursday.



For the Games of - 08/13/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 48-74

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

Results: WON - Travis Smith pitched a four-hitter and four Redbirds homered as Memphis pounded visiting Iowa, 11-2, on Sunday.

Junior Spivey and John Rodriguez led the offense hitting solo homers and finishing with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored apiece for the Redbirds (48-74). Mike Rose and Rico Washington added two-run blasts. Skip Schumaker, Jorge Toca and Rose each collected two hits.

Notes: Saturday Memphis and Iowa split a doubleheader with the Redbirds winning the first game 4-2 and the Cubs picking up the win in the second game in extra innings 11-7.




Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 20-30 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place, 9 GB

Results: LOST - The Midland RockHounds got out to a hefty lead on Sunday night, never letting up in an 11-3 win over the Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field. Springfield falls to 20-30 in the second half, now nine games behind Wichita in the North Division. 

Midland chased Springfield's starting pitcher, Stuart Pomeranz (7-4) by scoring three times in the third, as Kevin Melillo's three-run blast to left-center field made it 5-0. Pomeranz, limited to a 65-pitch limit, allowed five earned runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out three as well.

Notes: Stuart Pomeranz made his 17th start of the season Sunday and first since June 30. Pomeranz suffered a strained left oblique taking batting practice before his scheduled start on 7/5 at Tulsa and was placed on the DL.

The Cardinals have added LHP Troy Cate from Palm Beach (A) and placed Chris Lambert on the disabled list. In his first appearance with Springfield, Cate picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Cate was 2-2 with a 1.54 ERA in 34 appearances with PB. holding opponents to a .139 batting average. Cate was signed by St. Louis as a free agent during the off-season.

Lambert left after one inning of work Friday night with a pulled muscle in his right arm.

St. Louis has announced that Mark Mulder will make a third rehab start before he returns to the starting rotation for St. Louis. The final decision has not been announced when and where Mulder will make his next rehab start. In his second rehab start, Mark Mulder allowed four runs with four walks over four innings of work in a no-decision with Memphis Friday. If Mark continued on four days rest, his next start would be Wednesday and Springfield is the only Cardinals affiliate with a home game on that day. 




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 27-23 (39-31, 1st half)

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


Notes: Saturday the Palm Beach Cardinals overcame numerous miscues on the field to come away with their second consecutive walk-off victory, dropping the Jupiter Hammerheads, 5-4, at Roger Dean Stadium.




Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 29-20 (34-34, 1st half)

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

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities' bats mustering only three hits on Sunday afternoon lost 3-1 to the West Michigan Whitecaps at John O'Donnell Stadium.

Quad Cities (29-20, 63-54) fell out of first-place with the loss, dropping a half-game behind Beloit. The Snappers, who are coming off a sweep of Fort Wayne, will welcome the Swing to Pohlman Field for a four-game series beginning Monday that will determine first place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Swing's Tyler Norrick (1-2) took the loss despite pitching well, as the southpaw out of Southern Illinois fanned seven without issuing a walk in seven innings of work. He scattered seven hits and allowed only two runs, just one of which was earned. 

Notes: OF Jon Jay continued to rake Saturday night, driving in the game-winning run with a single in the fourth. Going into Sunday's game, Jay is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, the second-rounder out of the University of Miami is hitting .429 (15-35) with 10 runs scored, four RBI, and three stolen bases. Through 39 games as a pro, he has driven in 33 runs while batting .348.

Saturday, Trey Hearne picked up his 10th win of the season as Swing defeated West Michigan 5-2.




State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 28-24

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd Place, .5 GB

Results: WON - The State College Spikes won their seventh game in a row in front of a sellout crowd at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park by the score of 2-1. As has become the standard for the Spikes, State College scored twice in their last turn at bat to climb out of a 1-0 hole to take a thriller from the Vermont Lake Monsters. Yonathan Sivira was the hero on Sunday evening, as his eighth inning double opened up the scoring and propelled the Spikes to within ½ a game of first place Mahoning Valley.

Notes: The Spikes kept up their winning ways on Saturday night thanks to a dominant pitching performance from starter Kyle Sadlowski, who lead State College to a 1-0 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters. Sadlowski, a Reading, PA native, tossed eight innings of shut out ball, allowing only six hits while striking out two. Offensively, a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in the bottom of the sixth supplied all the offense the Spikes would need thanks to Sadlowski's dominance.




Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 23-28

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

Results: WON - Johnson City came back from 3 runs down by the second inning and defeated Greenville Sunday by a score of 5-3.

Notes: First-baseman Brandon Buckman hit two home runs (7,8) on Sunday, driving in three runs to lead the Cardinals to victory.

Saturday, Greenville had defeated the JC Cardinals 8-6.



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