Minor League Notebook – 03/25
Springfield defeated Memphis 5-3, and Palm Beach beat Quad Cities 9-1 in a pair of brief inters quad games on Sunday, while the St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 5-4 in Roger Dean Stadium.
SPRINGFIELD 5 MEMPHIS 3
The Memphis Redbirds sent the 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Blake Hawksworth to the mound, where he allowed five runs on seven hits in just four innings. Reliever Dennis Dove, who still could earn a role in the Cardinals bullpen, threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Fan favorite Rick Ankiel was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, raising his minor league spring average to .476 with 7 doubles in just 21 AB's. He's doing everything he can to try to get back to the Major Leagues. He's playing better now, than he had earlier in camp.
Amaury Cazana Marti homered to right for his fifth home run this spring and he continues to swing one of the hottest bats this spring. Randy Roth doubled and homered in his two AB's as he continues to play well this spring. The question with Roth still remains, where is he going to play, and we not only mean at what level, but what position? He's played first and has started catching recently.
PALM BEACH 9 QUAD CITIES 1
In the other inter-squad game Sunday, for Palm Beach' Adam Ottavino allowed six hits, but just one run in 2.2 IP, that said, Adam is still struggling with his mechanic early this spring but has improved significantly since I watched him pitch in his first side sessions, where he was all over the place.
Luke Gregerson worked two scoreless IP while allowing just one hit and no walks and he looked a lot better than he had earlier, he came into today's game, in four games he was carrying a 15.75 ERA, giving up seven earned runs in just four innings.
Quad Cities' Yuery Valera pitched 1.1 IP, giving up 4 hits, allowing 7 runs, four earned, four walks absorbed most of the damage, Jon Mikrut allowed one run in his inning and Brian Schroeder worked a scoreless inning.