Cardinals Minor League Notebook

The St. Louis Cardinals have three minor league teams still in the hunt for a championship season.



For the Games of - 08/16/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 50-75

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 16 GB

Results: LOST - Miguel Ojeda had two hits and scored twice en route to Oklahoma's 3-1 victory over visiting Memphis on Wednesday. Memphis starter John Webb (6-11) yielded all three runs on seven hits over six frames. He struck out five and walked four.

Notes: St. Louis Cardinals left hander Mark Mulder will make his third rehabilitation start (and second for the Redbirds) tonight 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 - 21-32 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 11 GB

Results: LOST - For the second straight night, the Midland RockHounds tallied three runs in the 11th inning, knocking off the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

Ronnie Merrill's two-run homer off of Cards' reliever Dennis Dove (0-2) broke a 2-2 tie, giving the RockHounds the lead for good at 4-2. The Hounds added another run in the 11th, on Casey Myers' sac fly, making it 5-2.

Notes: Springfield is now 21-32 in the second half and 60-61 overall. The Redbirds hit the road on Thursday, opening up an eight-game road trip in Frisco on Thursday evening. Blake Hawksworth (2-2) will make his tenth Double-A start, as he goes for the Cards. Frisco will counter with right-hander Luis Mendoza (1-1).

The Cards return home to Hammons Field for the final four-game home stand of the 2006 regular season on Saturday, August 26th.




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 29-24 (39-31, 1st half)

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

Results: WON - The Palm Beach Cardinals got the ball in the hands of their star closer Mike Sillman and he did the rest, working a perfect ninth inning, sealing a 7-6 victory over the Lakeland Tigers.

Cardinals' starter Nick Webber (6-4) battled through a troubled first inning, allowing four runs and five hits, to eventually settle down and collect his 6th victory of the season. Webber finished the night, giving up six runs on ten hits.

Shortstop Brendan Ryan collected four hits in five at-bats and scored two runs.

Notes: Mike Sillman now has a league-high 31 saves on the season and certainly is in line for a postseason All-Star nomination for the Florida State League.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

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

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 2nd place, 0.5 GB

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities came back to tie Wednesday night's game at Pohlman Field on two separate occasions, but that was not enough to avoid a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Beloit Snappers.

Notes: The Swing of the Quad Cities will wrap of their series with the Beloit Snappers on Thursday night, as RHP Adam Ottavino (1-1, 4.58) will take the mound opposite RHP Yohan Pino (11-2, 2.28). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Quad-Cities players have recorded 123 wild pitches this season, already 12 above the previous franchise record set in 1964 and equaled in 1987.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 28-25

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

Results: DID NOT PLAY - NY Penn League All Star Game

Notes: The Spikes had an off day on Tuesday and the NY Penn League All Star Game was played on Wednesday. State College returns to action tonight on the road against Aberdeen.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 25-29

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 10.5 GB

Results: LOST - Greenville defeated Johnson City 9-2 Wednesday.




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