Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Mulder has not pitched since June 20 due to an impingement in his left shoulder as well as irritation and inflammation in his left rotator cuff.



For the Games of - 08/20/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 51-78

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 18.5 GB

Results: LOST - Memphis was held to just two hits by Round Rock's Ezequiel Astacio Sunday, as the Express blanked the Redbirds, 5-0, on at AutoZone Park.

Memphis starter Ricardo Rodriguez (2-2) allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. He fanned five and walked two.

Notes: Anthony Reyes is expected to make two starts for Memphis before being recalled to St. Louis when the rosters expand in September.

St. Louis Cardinals lefthander Mark Mulder will return from the 15-day disabled list and start Wednesday against the New York Mets.

Mulder has not pitched since June 20 due to an impingement in his left shoulder as well as irritation and inflammation in his left rotator cuff.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 22-35 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 12.0 GB

Results: LOST - Jordan Pals had another quality start on Sunday in Frisco, but got a no-decision in a 4-3 setback to the RoughRiders

Notes: The Frisco RoughRiders jumped on Cards' starter Mike Parisi early in beating the Cardinals 8-1, Saturday. Parisi (8-6) gave up seven runs in just 3.1 innings, as the Riders won for the second straight night. Juan Richardson had two hits for Springfield, which collected just four hits on the day. Frisco starter Eric Hurley (3-1) got the win, allowing just one unearned run in six innings.

Reid Gorecki was transferred to Triple-A Memphis to take the spot of Skip Schumaker who left the Redbirds to join the U.S. Olympic qualifying team. Springfield has yet to make a corresponding move but still have four OF's on the roster. Gorecki batted .251 with a team-high 16 homers in 85 games for Springfield.

Springfield, now 22-35 in the second half, will take an off-day on Monday, before continuing their road trip in Tulsa on Tuesday night. Eric Haberer (3-1) will take on Jon Asahina in the first game of the four-game set. Game time from Tulsa on Tuesday night will be 7:05pm.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

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

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 2nd place, 1.0 GB

Results: WON - The Palm Beach Cardinals captured their sixth consecutive series, after starter Cory Meacham dazzled the Daytona Cubs in a 6-1 victory at Roger Dean Stadium. The win moves the Cardinals back into second place ahead of the Cubs in the Florida State League's Eastern Division race.

Notes: The Cardinals have won 16 out of their last 20 games and will welcome the first-place St. Lucie Mets to Roger Dean Stadium tomorrow, for the first of a three-game series ending on Wednesday.


Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

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

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st place

Results: WON - The Swing of the Quad Cities won their third consecutive game over Burlington on Sunday afternoon, edging the Bees by a 3-2 score at Community Field. Quad Cities' magic number to make the playoffs fell to five with the victory, while a loss by Kane County moved the Swing into sole possession of first place in the Midwest League's Western Division.

Notes: Quad Cities (34-22, 68-56) improved to a season-best 12 games over .500 while winning at Community Field for the first time this season. Burlington (22-35, 57-67) has now lost five games in a row, and will send the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Luke Hochevar, to the mound to try to avoid a series sweep on Monday.

RHP Trey Hearne picked up his team leading 11th win of the season Friday while lowering his ERA to 2.27—fourth in the MWL. The Swing are 11-4 in his 15 starts this season, by far the best winning percentage among starters in 2006.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 29-27

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 3rd place, 1 GB

Results: POSTPONED - Sunday's game between the State College Spikes and Auburn Doubledays was postponed and will be made up Monday evening as part of a double-header where the squads will partake in two seven inning ball games.

Notes: Saturday just after two days off for the All-Star break, the State College Spikes pitching staff picked up right where they left off, as Matt Lane (2-2) lead the Spikes to a 3-2 win over the Aberdeen Iron Birds. Lane allowed only two unearned runs on three hits, striking out seven, while walking none in 7.2 innings of work. Matt Wilkerson paced the Spikes offense going 1-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season. The win coupled with a Scrappers loss, puts the Spikes only ½ a game behind Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division.

OF Nathan Southard, IF Allen Craig and IF A.J Van Slyke represented the Spikes in the NYPL All-Star Game in Aberdeen earlier this week. Later this month, the Cardinal jerseys that the players wore in the game will be auctioned off at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with all proceeds benefiting the NYPL Charitable Foundation.


Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 28-31

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 10 GB

Results: WON - The Cardinals defeated the Kingston Mets, 7-4 Sunday, despite making three errors in the game.





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