The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played, on Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): New Orleans 7-6 over Redbirds
Starter Matt Ginter (1-2) lasted only 2.2 innings Thursday night, giving up six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits, before giving way to reliever Mark Worrell and the Memphis Bullpen in the bottom of the second with two outs. Ginter's record fell to 1-2 with the loss.
RF Ryan Ludwick had another 3-for-4 night to include two home runs in his first two at-bats and four RBI to raise his batting average to .327. With the team down to it's final out and a runner at third, Ludwick's sacrifice fly in the ninth score the runner from third bringing the Redbirds within one run, but it wasn't enough as the Redbirds fell to New Orleans 7-6.
For those on the Rick Ankiel watch, he had two hits on the night and scored two runs. The two hits help raised his batting average to .216.
RECORD: 6-9, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): 13-1 over Tulsa
Eric Haberer made his first start of the 2007 season after making a relief appearance over last weekend against Frisco. Eric gave up five runs on five hits in just four innings in his first outing, but Thursday night his teammates staked him to a 10 run lead by the end of the top of the 5th, as Haberer picks up the win, pitching five complete innings, giving up only one run on four hits.
Colby Rasmus the St. Louis Cardinals top prospect hit his first home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning, driving in OF Jon Jay ahead of him. Rasmus reach base four times in last night's contest.
The 13-1 win over Tulsa on Thursday ended a four game losing streak, as the Cardinals get off to a shaky start for the 2007 campaign picking up only their third win in the first ten games.
According to Baseball America's Top Prospect Rankings, the St. Louis Cardinals have stocked the Springfield Cardinals with five of their top six prospects and nine of their top 30. Colby Rasmus (#1), Jaime Garcia (#2), and Chris Perez (#3) lead the way, with Jon Jay. (#5), Bryan Anderson (#6), Mitchell Boggs (#11), Chris Lambert (#14) and Tyler Greene (#17) rounding out the list.
RECORD: 3-7, 4th Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Manatees edge Cards in ninth
The Palm Beach Cardinals lost 3-1 to Brevard County Manatees on Thursday as the entire St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom continues to struggle to consistently put runs on the board.
Cardinals' starter Adam Daniels had a good start giving up only one run in eight innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven batters and deserved a win for his efforts.
Palm Beach reliever Michael Cooper (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs in the ninth inning, before giving way to Jon Mikrut who closed out the game.
RECORD: 7-6, Tied for 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Slay the Dragons Finally
Quad Cities (7-7) set season high marks Thursday night with 15 runs and 13 hits scratching and clawing their way back to the .500 mark and annihilating the previously undefeated Dragons by an embarrassing 15-4 score.
Second baseman Jaime Landin was the offensive star for the Swing Thursday, with a 3-for-4 night to include a double, triple and a home run, just a base hit from hitting for the cycle. Landin also scored three runs in the 15-4 rout.
Brandon Dickson came on in relief in the fifth inning and pitched four scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win.
RECORD: 7-7, 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
Palm Beach Cardinals starter Adam Daniels didn't figure into the decision Thursday night, but he deserved the win after pitching eight innings and giving up only one run, scattering seven hits and striking out seven batters only to see the game slip away from the Cardinals in the ninth. Regardless, Daniels was the man on Thursday.
Minor League Player of the Day
LF Ryan Ludwick with another 3-for-4 night, to include back to back homers in his first two at-bats and driving in four runs on the night to keep the Memphis Redbirds close, but his heroic efforts were for not, as Memphis fell to New Orleans by a score of 7-6.