The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to New Orleans 3-2
The Redbirds lost by one run for the fourth consecutive night on Friday as New Orleans defeated Memphis by a score of 3-2.
Starting pitcher Blake Hawksworth record fell to 0-3 Friday after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Hawksworth walked four batters and struck out six and after three starts his ERA is at 5.28, not the kind of start I was expecting from him this season.
Down 3-0 in the ninth, the Redbirds staged another comeback scoring two runs. With one out, outfielder Ryan Ludwick, the player of the day the last two days, doubled to left. On a 0-1 pitch, first baseman Tagg Bozied tripled to left scoring Ludwick from second to put the Redbirds on the board with only one out and a runner on third. Outfielder Rick Ankiel hit a sacrifice fly to center, Bozied tagging up and scoring from third to bring the Redbirds within one run again. On the first pitch, third baseman Travis Hanson flied out to center to end the game.
RECORD: 6-10, 4th Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 7-0 over Tulsa
After losing their first three road games this season the Springfield Cardinals have now won four straight away from the friendly confines of Hammons Field.
The Cardinals got out to an early 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Jarrett Hoffpauir. The Cardinals added two more runs to the tally in the fourth, then Joe Mather opened the sixth inning with his fifth home run of the season to put Springfield out in front 5-0 and the game out of reach for Tulsa who could only manage three hits on the night.
Starting pitcher Mitch Boggs (1-2) picked up his first win of the season going 5.1 innings, giving up all three hits to Tulsa plus four walks while striking out five batters to help lower his ERA to 4.61. Relievers; Hugo Castellanos, Kevin Ool and Chris Perez combined for 3.2 shutout innings of relief and as a matter of fact didn't even give up a hit.
Catcher Bryan Anderson hit is first home run of the season in the sixth inning to help put the game out of reach for the Tulsa Drillers
RECORD: 4-7, 4th Place, within 2 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 5-0 over Brevard County
The Cardinals scored on an RBI single by 3B Allen Craig in the fourth to drive in 2B Isaias Garcia to take a lead that they would never relinquish.
The Cardinals sent nine batters to the plate in the seventh inning and added four more runs to the score in the process.
Daley earned his first win of the season with seven shutout innings, giving up only four hits in the process, walking two and striking out three.
Gregerson pitched two shutout innings of relief in a non-save situation, walking just one batter and striking out another.
RECORD: 8-6, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lose Game and Series to Dragons
The Dragons got their revenge on Friday night beating Swing of Quad Cities 9-5. Quad Cities handed the Dragons their first lost of the season on Thursday night, but couldn't put back to back wins together to take the series.
Jared Schweitzer hit his first professional home run of his career in the third inning, but his teammates couldn't generate enough offense to slay the Dragons two nights in a row.
Elvis Hernandez (2-1) took his first loss of the season, giving up four runs, three of them earned on seven hits over four innings.
Tandem starter P.J. Walters didn't fare much better, giving up five runs and recording only two hits in the seventh inning, after a perfect frame in the sixth.
Second baseman Jaime Landin in his second game with the Swing went 2-for-4 and had another RBI. In his first two games with Quad Cities, Landin is 5-for-9, .556, with three runs scored and five RBI.
RECORD: 7-8, 6th Place, 4.5 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 Gary Daley is the Pitcher of the Day as he earned his first win of the season with seven shutout innings, giving up only four hits in the process, walking two and striking out three. The win puts the Cardinals alone at the top of the Florida State League Eastern Division standings.
Minor League Player of the Day
Quad Cities' second baseman Jaime Landin is the player of the day, after a 2-for-4 night and another RBI to bring his two day totals with the Swing to 5-for-9, for a .556 batting average, with three runs scored and five RBI.