The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Friday April 6, 2007
SUMMARY – The St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates dropped three of the four season openers, with the Palm Beach Cardinals picking up the only win on Thursday.
The "Player of the Day" was Palm Beach's third baseman Allen Craig who scored three runs and went 3-for-5, with a two-run home run and a double. LHP Tyler Norrick, the "Pitcher of the Day", picked up his first win of the season pitching six strong innings, giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out four batters on the day.
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Oklahoma Redhawks 5-4
The Memphis Redbirds lose lead in the ninth to drop their season opener at home 5-4 to the Oklahoma Redhawks.
The Redbirds' closer Brian Falkenborg was unable to hold onto the narrow 4-3 lead going into the ninth. A pair of walks and a wild pitch followed by a double was all that Oklahoma needed for its first win of the season.
Left-hander Randy Keisler started for the Redbirds allowing only one run in 5 IP, on five hits while striking out five batters.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Midland Rockhounds 7-1
Stake to a one run lead in the first off a home run by outfielder Joe Mather, in his first career Double-A at-bat, the Springfield Cardinals were unable generate any more offense off of Midland's starter Dallas Braden who allowed just two hits over six innings.
Cory Rauschenberger (0-1) took the loss even though he just allowed one base runner through the first four innings.
Springfield is now 0-3 in franchise history on opening day.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Won 9-3 over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Former SIU-C pitching star Tyler Norrick (1-0)) pitched six strong innings, giving up just four hits and one earned run in his first game of the season to help lead his team to a 9-3 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday
The offensive player of the day was third baseman Allen Craig who went 3-for-5, with a two-run home run and a double, while also scoring three runs.
First baseman Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, shortstop Jose Martinez doubled twice and catcher Brandon Yarborough drew a pair of walks and drove in two runs to contribute to the winning cause.
RHP Jonathan Mikrut picked up his first save of the season, with 1.2 innings of perfect relief, striking out two batters.
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Clinton LumberKings 8-4
The Clinton LumberKings handed the Swing their first lost of the season. Swing starter Brandon Dickson allowed seven runs, only four earned on nine hits in three plus innings to take the loss.
The Swing were held scoreless until the fifth inning when outfielder Daryl Jones hit a solo home run to right to put Quad Cities on the board. Catcher Omar Falcon batting in the clean-up spot drove in a couple of more runs but it was too little, too late. Third baseman Donovan Solano was 2-for-4 for the night, to include a double to and scoring a run in the seventh inning.
Batavia Muckdogs (SS)
Season opens on Tuesday June 19th, against the Auburn Doubledays.
Johnson City Cardinals (R)
The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Greenville on Tuesday, June 19th.