The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played on Wednesday, April 18 2007
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Zephyrs 7-6 over Memphis
The Redbirds lost to the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday despite out-hitting them 11-8 to fall to two games below the .500 mark with a record of 6-8 on the season.
Chris Narveson (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits over six innings, despite striking out nine batters in the losing cause.
The Redbirds scored four times in the final two innings but needed six runs for the win. Rick Ankiel hit his fifth home run of the season, but he is only hitting .191 so far.
RECORD: 6-8, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): An Off Day on Wednesday
The Springfield Cardinals are on the road and will play a four game set with Tulsa with the first game, Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CDT.
Eric Haberer (0-0, 11.25 ERA) will make the start for the Cardinals Thursday night.
The Cardinals have lost their last four games.
RECORD: 2-7, in last place, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Complete Sweep of the Mets
The Palm Beach Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Port St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday with a ninth inning comeback from a 5-3 deficit.
The late rally made a winner of reliever Michael Cooper (1-0) who pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Converted pitcher from catcher, Jason Motte kept St. Lucie in check in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his second save of the season. This Motte kid is someone Cardinal fans need to keep an eye on this season.
RECORD: 7-5, 1st Place, FSL East Division
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Dragons Burn Swing Again 5-2
The Dayton Dragons extended their winning streak to nine games with the win over the Swing of Quad Cities on Wednesday night and remain the only unbeaten team in minor league baseball.
The Swing tried to pull out a win in the eight, but 1B Brandon Buckman was thrown out at home after trying to score from second on a base hit by DH Mark Shorey. RF Luke Gossett hit his first home run of the season to lead off the ninth, but again it was too little, too late.
Swing starting pitcher, Michael Schellinger (0-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over six innings. Schellinger struck out four batters on the day and walked only two.
Elvis Hernandez was named Monday at the Midwest League Pitcher of the week. Hernandez has an ERA of 0.83 after three outings. He has struck out 13, walking only three and allowing only five hits in 10.2 innings of work.
RECORD: 6-7, 5th place, 3 GB
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
Jason Motte the former catcher turned pitcher picked up his second save of the season on Wednesday, pitching a scoreless frame in the ninth inning to preserve the win 6-5 comeback win for the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Minor League Player of the Day
LF Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-4 for Memphis in a losing cause on Wednesday. He hit is second home run of the season and at the end of the day he had raised his batting average to .294.