Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Blake Hawksworth has made 9 starts for the Springfield Cardinals, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.69 ERA. He's yet to record a decision in August after three starts, but has pitched effectively, allowing 6 runs over 18 innings.



For the Games of - 08/22/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 52-79

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

Results: WON - Anthony Reyes picked up the win Tuesday as the Memphis Redbirds defeated Round Rock 4-3 Tuesday. Reyes didn't allow a run while striking out nine batter and walking only two, improving his AAA record to 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Notes: As far as I'm concern the Cardinals had no reason to send Reyes down recently. If he is going to be a key member of the rotation next season, no time like the present for him to get major league experience under his belt.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 22-36 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 13 GB

Results: LOST - The Cardinals losing streak is at four now, falling 7-5 to the Tulsa Drillers on Tuesday night in the opening game of a four-game series at Drillers Stadium.

The loss for the Cards drops them to 22-36 in the second half and 61-65 overall. Blake Hawksworth (3-2) will go to the mound for Springfield on Wednesday evening, taking on Tulsa's Juan Morillo (10-8). Game time from Drillers Stadium in Tulsa is 7:05pm.

Blake Hawksworth has made 9 starts for the Springfield Cardinals, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.69 ERA. He's yet to record a decision in August after three starts, but has pitched effectively, allowing 6 runs over 18 innings. Blake was the starting pitcher for the East Division team in the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Notes: Seven players from the Springfield roster will be participating in the Arizona Fall League this season, which begins October 10th. Dennis Dove, Stuart Pomeranz, Eric Haberer, Mike Parisi, Brendan Ryan, Amaury Marti and Nick Stavinoha will represent the Cardinals' prospects that make up the Peoria Saguaros roster (along with prospects from the Padres, Yankees, Nationals and Phillies). All seven will be participating in the AFL for the first time. The Cardinals' AFL contingent also includes one member of the team's supporting personnel, athletic trainer Brad LaRosa.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

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

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place, 2 GB

Results: Tuesday night's game between the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals has been postponed due to rain. A doubleheader has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 23rd, starting at 5:05 pm.

Notes: A sweep on Wednesday by Palm Beach would propel the Cardinals into a first place tie with the St. Lucie Mets. The Cardinals only have 12 games remaining in the regular season.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

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

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

Results: Off Day

Notes: The Swing will have a couple of days off before they begin a four-game home series with Peoria, that begins on Thursday.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 31-28

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

Results: WON - The State College Spikes beat the Williamsport Crosscutters on Tuesday evening by the score of 9-1. The win was the Spikes eighth victory in ten games against their intra-state rivals. Matt Lane (3-2) continued to impress on the mound for the Spikes, allowing only one run through his seven innings of work. Offensively, Jim Rapoport continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. With the win, the Spikes remain only ½ a game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for first place in the Pinckney Division and moved within one game of the Brooklyn Cyclones in the race for the Wild Card.

Notes: RHP Matt Lane spent the entire 2005 campaign with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League. In 13 games, all starts, Lane was 2-6 with a 5.37 ERA. In 55.1 innings of work, he striking out 51 batters, and his 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings was 6th best among all Cardinals minor league starters.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 29-31

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

Results: WON - Johnson City scored 11 runs Tuesday night to defeat Bluefield 11-7 as the JC Cardinals winning streak hits four games. Infielder Mark Shorey hit his team leading 12th home run of the season Tuesday to help the cause.

Notes: Johnson City needs to get their act together on their website. It may be the worst site in all of professional baseball. It is very hard to believe that is an official website, "Bless their hearts".




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