Cardinals Minor League Notebook 8/18

Mark Mulder gave up five runs in four innings Thursday night, pitching for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in his third rehab start.



For the Games of - 08/17/06



Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 50-76

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 17.5 GB

Results: LOST - Mark Mulder didn't help matters much as Memphis took another loss on the chin Thursday night, losing to Oklahoma 5-2.

Notes: Mark Mulder gave up five runs in four innings Thursday in his third rehab start, for Triple-A Memphis. The guy who is suppose to be the Cardinals #2 starter, walked five and yielded seven hits -- including a two-run homer by Joaquin Arias. Only 50 of his 92 pitches were strikes, and he benefited from two runners being thrown out from the outfield.

This was suppose to be his final rehab start, personally I just don't think he is ready to pitch at the major league level. He claims to be healthy, but there are major problems with his mechanics and I don't see any sign that, that he is improving.

The recently demoted Brad Thompson pitched three innings of scoreless relief giving up just one hit, while striking out two batters and walking none. He'll be back in the majors in a couple of weeks when the rosters expand in September.

Twenty six games under .500, it doesn't get much worse than this for Memphis Redbird fans.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 22-32 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 10.5 GB

Results: Blake Hawksworth is still flying high with another great outing on Thursday night, leading the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Frisco RoughRiders, in the opening game of the eight-game road trip at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Hawksworth had his third straight quality start, Thursday pitching seven strong innings, allowing just one run on only two hits. The Cardinals right-hander has now allowed just one run on seven hits in his last 13 innings.

The Cards end a two-game skid with the victory, moving to 22-32 in the second half and 61-61 overall.

Notes: Cardinals' closer Mark Worrell has had just two save opportunities in the last 16 games, including one blown save on Tuesday night. Worrell leads the Texas League with 26 saves but also leads the league with seven blown saves. Worrell entered August needing 10 saves to surpass the career-high of 35 he had with

Palm Beach in 2005 but there are now just 18 regular season games remaining in the season. He'll need one save for at least half the games left to tie his career-high record of 35 saves.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

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

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place, 1.5 GB


Notes: Former Palm Beach Cardinal Amaury Marti introduced himself to the professional baseball world with a mammoth homerun, during his second plate appearance at Palm Beach. He was moved to Springfield five weeks ago and has played in 30 games. In July, the Cuban slugger compiled a .305 batting average, 4 homeruns and 8 RBIs. The month of August hasn't been as kind, smashing just one homerun in 42 at-bats and his age was moved from 27 years old to 32.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 31-22 (34-34, 1st half)

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

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities were hanging tight until the sixth inning Thursday night at Pohlman Field, when the Beloit Snappers reeled off six singles in a row to cement a 5-0 win. After the Swing took the first two games of the series and the Snappers won the next two, the clubs will end their series the same way they began it – with Beloit sitting a half-game ahead of Quad Cities atop the Midwest League's Western Division standings.

Notes: Adam Ottavino (1-2) suffered the loss Thursday despite what may have been his strongest outing with the Swing. The only run he allowed was the one manufactured by Patterson in the bottom of the first, as the Cardinals' first-round pick scattered four hits over five innings of work. He struck out six while issuing one walk and left the game with his team trailing by just one run.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 29-25

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

Results: WON - Aberdeen jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off of Spikes' starter Matt Lane, but the Spikes came back to score three runs of their own to defeat Ironbirds 3-2.

Matt Lane picked up his second win of the season, improving to 2-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the season.

Notes: With the win Thursday nights the Spikes picked up a whole game in the standings and now stand just .5 game back of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 25-30

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - Tied 3rd place, 11.5 GB

Results: Greenville scored four runs in the bottom of the night to defeat the Johnson City Cardinals 5-4.

Notes: Friday August 18th will be a double-header with Game 1 scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.

Scheduled game time is 7 p.m. for all other home games.




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