The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
SUMMARY – Memphis picked up their first win of the season, with the Palm Beach Cardinals dropping a game to even their record at 1-1. The Springfield Cardinals lost for the second night in a row and the Swing of Quad Cities game was postponed due to high winds and an unbearable wind chill factor.
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Won 4-0 over Oklahoma
The Redbirds staked starting pitcher Mike Smith (1-0) to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, on 1B Tagg Bozied's two-run triple followed by an RBI single by OF Rick Ankiel. Three runs was all Memphis would need on Friday night. Starting pitcher Mike Smith pitched six shutout innings, allowing only four hits, while walking just one batter and striking out six, to pick up the win.
OF Nick Stavinoha added a home run in the third inning for insurance with relievers Mark Worrell, Dennis Dove and Andy Cavazos all pitching scoreless relief in the winning cause. Stavinoha showed up in spring training and looked to me to be in much better shape than he was in last season. Keep an eye on Stavinoha, he could put up some monster numbers this season.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 4-3 in 10 Innings to Midland
Starting pitcher Chris Lambert threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and left the game with a one run lead looking for his first win of the season. The Cardinals had a three run lead going into the ninth, but a three-run homer by Midland tied the game and an error in the outfield in the 10th inning allowed a runner to score from first on a base hit as the RockHounds handed Springfield their second consecutive loss.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 2-0 to Jupiter
The Palm Beach Cardinals were shut out by the Jupiter Hammerheads on Friday night with starting pitcher Adam Ottovina taking his first loss of the season, after allowing two runs (one earned), on three hits, in 4 IP, walking three batters and striking out five.
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Game Postponed
Strong winds and the accompanying cold wind chill factor forced Friday's game to be postponed. The LumberKings and Swing will make up the game Saturday afternoon as part of a doubleheader.
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.
Gulf Coast League Cardinals
Season starts on Wednesday, June 20th.