StL MiLN - Sunday April 8, 2007

The last of seven Stanford Cardinals players to be drafted last season, Saturday James Rapoport played like he was the first one picked. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, leading the Swing of Quad Cities to a 7-4 win over Clinton in the first game of a doubleheader.


The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Sunday, April 8 2007


SUMMARY – The Memphis Redbirds won for the second consecutive night; The Springfield Cardinals game was snowed out, yes snowed out; The Jupiter Hammerheads hammered the Palm Beach Cardinals 5-3; Swing of Quad Cities split a double-header with Clinton


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 3-2 over Oklahoma

It was the Memphis Redbirds winning their second game in a row over the Oklahoma Redhawks by a score of 3-2 on Saturday. Memphis starter Chris Narveson pitched five complete innings giving up the two runs Oklahoma scored, but did not factor into the decision. Relievers; Mike Sillman (W 1-0), Kelvin Jimenez (H, 2) and Brian Falkenborg (S,1) pitched four scoreless innings to preserve the win for the Redbirds. Providing the offensive punch, Memphis scored their three runs in the sixth, on RBIs by LF Ryan Ludwick, 1B Tagg Bozied and RF Nick Stavinoha.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Game Snowed Out

Saturday's game between the Springfield Cardinals and Midland RockHounds has been postponed due to snow. The game will be made up as part of a double-header at Hammons Field at a time and date to be determined.

Mitchell Boggs is now scheduled to throw in Sunday's opener at Frisco. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Jupiter 5-3

After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, the Palm Beach Cardinals could only muster one more run the rest of the game, leaving eight runners on base as the Jupiter Hammerheads beat them 5-3 on Saturday.

RHP Trey Hearne started for the Cardinals pitching five complete innings and giving up three runs on six hits. Reliever Donnie Smith was saddled with the loss when he gave up two runs in the sixth inning. Scott Vanderweg came in, in the seventh to close out the game.

DH Mike Ferris provided some of the offense for the Cardinals, with a RBI double and scoring a run in the losing cause.


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Split a Double-Header

The Swing of Quad Cities split a double-header with the Clinton LumberKings on Saturday with Swing taking the first game, 7-4 and dropping the nightcap by a score of 2-1.

Elvis Hernandez picked up the win in the first game, pitching three shutout innings in relief of P.J. Walters.

In the nightcap, Brad Furnish started and pitched four innings, giving up just two runs, but that was all that the LumberKings needed to give Furnish his first loss of the season. Tyler Herron came on and pitched two scoreless innings in relief, walking one batter and striking out three.

The offensive star of the day was CF James Rapoport in the first game. Rapoport tripled in the first inning and scored. He scored two more times in the first game and drove in a run.

In the second game, Swing could only come up with three hits on the night with 1B Brandon Buckman getting two of them, to include a double.


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.




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

RHP Elvis Hernandez picked up his first win of the season and helped his club to a 7-4 victory by pitching three scoreless innings in relief of starter P.J. Walters. Hernandez struck out four batters and walked only one over three hitless innings.


Minor League Player of the Day

The former Stanford star James Rapoport went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, leading the Swing of Quad Cities to a 7-4 win over Clinton in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Rapoport led off the game with a triple and scored on Mark Shorey's sacrifice fly as the Swing put up two runs in the top of the first. The 21-year-old center fielder later singled in a run, stole second and scored during a three-run second and walked and came home on Donovan Solano's two-run single in the sixth.



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