The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 7-1 over Omaha
Starting pitcher Chris Narveson pitched a complete game on Monday night allowing only five hits as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Omaha Royals 7-1.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick hit his fifth home run of the season with a three-run shot in the first inning. Rick Ankiel added a two run shot in the third, his sixth homer of the season. Ludwick drove in another run in the third inning with a sacrifice fly to allow 2B Edgar Gonzalez to score from third base.
RECORD: 9-10, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to the Wranglers 6-1
The Cardinals continue to have problems playing at home this season, losing to the Wichita Wranglers 6-1 on Monday night. Springfield had never been swept at home and had never had a winless home stand prior to this past home stand at Hammons Field. Midland won the only game of a weather-shortened three-game series, while Frisco took all three games of that set. The Cards were outscored 33-17, allowing a season-high 17 runs last Sunday in a 17-8 loss to Frisco. Their home record over the first two seasons was 79-59, going 38-30 last year.
RECORD: 5-9, 4th Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Defeated by the Cubs 9-5
Starting pitcher Adam Ottavino (1-3), was tagged with hit third loss of season Monday night after he gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in just 4.2 innings. He struck out seven batters on the night.
RECORD: 9-7, Tied for First Place with the Port St. Lucie Mets
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 7-4 over Fort Wayne Wizards
A Mike Shorey grand slam in the seventh inning Monday night gave the Swing of Quad Cities a 7-4 lead that they would hold onto to move back to the .500 mark on the season with a 9-9 record.
SP Brandon Dickson (3-1) picked up the win after allowing just two hits in five shutout innings.
Closer Kenneth Maiques earned his third save of the season, pitching in the ninth, giving up a hit and a base on balls before eventually striking out the side to beat the Wizards.
RECORD: 9-9, 5th Place, 2 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
Narveson pitched a complete game Monday night allowing only five hits. The complete game was the third in his career and the first since 2003. The 25-year-old left-hander walked one, struck out seven and threw 79 of 118 pitches for strikes.
Minor League Player of the Day
A three-run homer in the first, his sixth of the season and another RBI in the third on a sac fly is all Ludwick needed to be the Minor League Player of the Day. OF Ryan Ludwick had a .368 average (14-for-38) with three home runs and seven RBIs over a 10-game span, going into Monday's game.