Cardinals Minor League Notebook

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For the Games of - 08/21/06


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 51-79

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 19 GB

Results: LOST - Matt Albers limited the Redbirds to two runs on four hits in seven innings as visiting Round Rock edged Memphis, 3-2, on Monday.

Brian Gordon gave Round Rock the early lead with a solo shot in the second off Memphis starter John Webb. Webb surrendered two runs on three hits in six innings for Memphis (51-79). Andy Cavazos (0-4) took the loss, despite striking out three in two innings.

Notes: Following the current final homestand the Redbirds will hit the road for the final eight games of the season. Memphis will square off with Round Rock for the second time in as many weeks beginning Monday, August 28th. After four games with the Express the Redbirds will wrap up the 2006 regular season at New Orleans with a four-game slate with the Zephyrs. The final game of the season will be Monday, September 4th at 2 p.m.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

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

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 12 GB

Results: Off Day on Monday - Did Not Play

Notes: On the DL, Chris Lambert with a pulled muscle in his right biceps (8/12).

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Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 31-26 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place, 2.0 GB

Results: LOST - The Lucie Mets scored runs in the first three innings to build up a 6-1 lead and then coast to a 9-2 rout of the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday night, dropping the first game of a crucial series at Roger Dean Stadium.

St. Lucie moves two games ahead of Palm Beach with twelve games to play.

Notes: Nick Webber (6-5) didn't fare well in his 24th start of the season, getting pulled with two outs in the second inning, surrendering three runs, on three hits and walking four batters.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 34-23 (34-34, 1st half)

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

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities fell short of completing their third series sweep of the season Monday night, as Luke Hochevar, the top overall pick in the 2006 draft, led the Burlington Bees to a 5-3 win at Community Field. Thanks to Kane County's 11th-inning win over Cedar Rapids, the loss drops the Swing into second place in the Midwest League's Western Division, a half-game behind the Cougars and a half-game ahead of third-place Beloit.

Adam Daniels (7-11) suffered the loss, as control problems caused him to fall behind hitters in the count. In only 4.1 innings, the southpaw from Canada allowed four runs – three earned – on six hits while fanning six and walking three. Since throwing seven scoreless innings in his first August start, Daniels has gone 0-3 over his last three outings with a 5.71 ERA and 23 hits allowed in 17.1 innings of work.

Notes: After a couple of off-days, the Swing will begin a home-and-home series in Peoria against the Chiefs on Thursday night, as RHP Adam Ottavino (1-2, 3.97) will take the mound for the opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and coverage on Progressive Talk AM-1270 will begin at 6:45 p.m.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 30-28

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 3rd place, 0.5 GB

Results: The Spikes split a pair with the Auburn Doubledays on Monday evening, falling in game one by the score of 2-1, and taking the finale 5-1. Jim Rapoport went 4-for-5 in the two games with an RBI and a run scored. Spikes starting pitching continued to impress in the two games, as Gary Daley Jr. and Brad Furnish combined to allow only one earned run in the doubleheader. After splitting the pair, the Spikes are now only 1/2 a game behind the Scrappers and Doubledays for for the Pinckney Division lead and 1.5 games behind Oneonta and Brooklyn for the Wild Card.More

Notes: OF Nathan Southard leads the offensive improvement on the road, as the former Tulane star is hitting .388 on the road with 16 extra base hits and 22 RBI, while hitting just .202 with eight extra base hits, and nine RBI at home. Southard has also reached base safely in all 23 road games in which he has played. His on-base percentage on the road if .475.

Spikes outfielder Luke Gorsett was a star at Nebraska, hitting 14 home runs in the Huskers' first 29 games last year. He was destined for greatness before a back injury sidelined him for the second half of the season. His injury hurt his stock in the 2006 draft, but the Cardinals took a chance on him in the seventh round. Now he's back in action, and hoping to help the Spikes make a playoff push.

"It was rough," Gorsett told the Centre Daily Times. "I wanted to make sure I was healthy. I forgot what it was like to play again because I was out for so long." 



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 28-31

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 10.0 GB

Results: Day Off - Did not play.

Notes: Appalachian Pitcher of the Week - Blake King, Johnson City

1-0, 0.77 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 16 SO

King shut down Greeneville on Monday, striking out seven over six shutout innings as the Cardinals coasted to a 5-0 win. The 19-year-old did not factor into the decision on Saturday, although he pitched well enough to win. Over 5 2/3 innings, King allowed just one run on two hits and struck out nine batters.




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