The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-2 over Omaha
Parisi pitched 4.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits, but struggled with his control, walking six batters, while striking out only one. The good news is that he did manage to work his way out of the jams.
Sillman picked up his easiest win of his career, facing only one batter and making only one pitch to 3B Mike Aviles, in a bases loaded jam, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sillman managed to get Aviles to ground out into a double-play to end the inning and eventually earn Sillman his second win of the season. Memphis closer Brian Falkenborg worked a scoreless ninth inning, walking one batter and striking out another one, to pick up his fifth save of the season.
The victory on Saturday was particularly sweet because it was Stubby Clapp day at the ballpark as the Memphis Redbirds retired his #10.
RECORD: 7-10, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Drilled by Drillers 7-4
The Cardinals jumped out on a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Tulsa Drillers responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to go ahead. The Cardinals scored again in the fourth and fifth inning, but both times the Drillers responded with two runs in the fourth and another one in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Cory Rauschenberger (0-2) took the loss after five runs on eight hits through four innings.
1B Joe Mather continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .370 so far this season, Saturday Mather was 2-for-4 and drove in one of the Cardinals four runs.
While the offense and the pitching have had their struggles thus far in 2007, the defense has been consistant and outstanding. Going into Saturday's game, the Cardinals lead the league in fielding percentage at .986, committing a league-low six errors. The Cards have not made an error in their last two games and in three of their last four. Last year, Springfield was fifth in the league with a .973 fielding percentage.
RECORD: 4-8, 4th Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 3-2 over Brevard County in 12
It took 12 innings on Saturday but the Palm Beach Cardinals pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Brevard County Manatees to cap off the marathon.
Tyler Norrick started for the Cardinals and went six complete innings giving up only two hits and allowing just one run.
Reliever Jason Motte the former catcher came in the game in the eighth inning and pitched two innings with a chance to pick up a save, but a lead off double in the top of the ninth to 2B Michael Bell who eventually scored on a sac fly, gave Motte is first blown save of the season.
The Cardinals came back in the bottom of the 12th inning when LF Ian Church singled to left to lead off the inning. Church advanced to second on a sac bunt, then later scored when the Brevard County center fielder misplayed a ball hit to center by PR-DH A.J. Van Slyke allowing Church to score the winning run.
RECORD: 9-6, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lose 7-4 to Fort Wayne
It's not that they didn't have the opportunity, Swing had 10 hits in Saturday's contest but left 10 runners stranded on the bases as Fort Wayne handed Quad Cities their fifth loss in the last six games.
Starting pitcher Brad Furnish (0-2), allowed four runs (only one earned) in 3.2 innings pitch to took the loss for the club. Tyler Herron the second starter of the day for Quad Cities in their experimental tandem rotation, pitched three perfect innings before giving up three runs in the eight.
Catcher Omar Falcon provided most the offense for the Swing, with a 2-for-five day that included a two-run homer in the top of the ninth with two out, his third of the season, but the next batter flew out to center field to end the game.
RECORD: 7-9, 6th Place, 4 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
Hey folks, he comes into the game with the bases loaded, with only one out. He faces one batter, he makes one pitch, he gets out of the inning, no runs scored and picks up a win. I don't care who you are, that is the "Pitcher of the Day."
Minor League Player of the Day
Clapp played in 425 games for Memphis from 1999-2002 and still holds several franchise records. In his four years in Memphis, Clapp set career records with 87 doubles, 19 triples, 222 walks and 258 runs scored, hitting .269 as a Redbird.