Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Tyler Herron has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for this past week. Herron has won his past four decisions after losing his first five.



For the Games of - 08/15/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 50-74

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

Results: WON - Ricardo Rodriguez tossed seven-plus innings of five-hit ball as visiting Memphis blanked Oklahoma, 4-0, on Tuesday.

Rodriguez (2-1), struck out three and walked two for his first win since his Redbird debut on July 29.

The 28-year-old right-hander retired 15 of 16 batters following a leadoff single in the third. He was pulled after giving up back to back singles to start the eighth.

Josh Kinney & Brian Falkenborg each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to shut out the Oklahoma Redhawks.

Notes: The Cardinals optioned RHP Brad Thompson to Memphis (AAA) prior to tonight's game and recalled OF Timo Perez from the Pacific Coast League club.

Perez, who appeared in 18 games with the Cardinals earlier this season (.240-1 HR-2 RBI),was batting .291 at Memphis with a team-leading 15 doubles & 13 home runs along with 39 RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals left hander Mark Mulder is expected to make his third rehabilitation start (and second for the Redbirds) on Thursday in Oklahoma City. In his second rehab start, Mulder allowed four runs with four walks over four innings of work in a no-decision with Memphis Friday. Mulder has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a left shoulder impingement and an inflamed rotator cuff.




Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 21-31 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 9.5 GB

Results: LOST - The Midland RockHounds exploded for six runs in the eighth and then three in the eleventh, dropping the Springfield Cardinals by a final score of 9-6 on Tuesday night at Hammons Field.

Springfield's Cory Doyne (1-6) took the loss, allowing three runs while recording just one out in the 11th inning.

Notes: Reid Gorecki has been transferred to Triple-A Memphis to take the spot of Skip Schumaker who left the Redbirds to join the U.S. Olympic qualifying team which will compete in Havana, Cuba, from Aug. 25-Sept. 5 (he was officially named to the 24-man U.S. Olympic qualifying team yesterday and is the only Cardinals minor leaguer that was selected to participate in the 12-team tournament).

Gorecki batted .251 with a team-high 16 homers in 85 games for Springfield. He was batting .306 since the beginning of August.




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 28-24  (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place, 1 GB

Results: LOST - Lakeland defeated the Palm Beach Cardinals 5-2 on Tuesday. Starter Cory Meacham fell to a record of 3-3 for the Cardinals, being pulled out of the game after four innings in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits.

Notes: The Cardinals are just one game back, despite being in third place.




Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 31-21 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st Place

Results: WON - The Swing of the Quad Cities got another strong outing from their bullpen Tuesday night at Pohlman Field, securing a 4-3 win over the Beloit Snappers to stay in first place. After tossing four hitless innings on Monday, the relief corps allowed three hits over six shutout innings on Tuesday to turn a tenuous one-run lead into a win.

Quad Cities (31-21, 65-54) improved to a season-best 11 games above .500 with the win, and will end the night a half-game ahead of Kane County and 1.5 games in front of the Snappers in the Midwest League's Western Division. Beloit (30-22, 65-55) failed to take advantage of 14 men left on base by the Swing, and has lost each of their last five meetings with Quad Cities at Pohlman Field.

Notes: IF Jose Martinez was placed on the DL on 8/6, backdated to 8/3, with a bone bruise in his left foot.

RHP Mark McCormick returned from a month-long DL stint (6/2-7/10) to make one start on 7/10, but was scratched from his next outing and placed on the DL again on 7/20 due to shoulder inflammation.

RHP Phillip Andersen was placed on the DL on 4/25 with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on 5/17. Neither pitcher is currently with the team.




State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 28-25

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd place, 1.5 GB

Results: OFF DAY - No Game Scheduled for Tuesday

Notes: Monday Night's Game - 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.




Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 25-28

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 9.5 GB

Results: WON - Defeated Greenville 5-2

Notes: Tyler Herron, has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week, for this past week, his line:

2-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO

Herron has won his past four decisions after losing his first five. On Monday against Burlington, the 20-year-old allowed three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out five. Six days later, the streaky right-hander surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits while striking out a season-high seven batters.




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