The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 11-7 over the Cubs
The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Iowa Cubs for the second night in a row with a wild 11-7 slugfest, to improve their record to 12-11.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the organization with a 2-for-4 night, to include his seventh home run of the season and driving in five runs on the night.
Memphis starter Mike Smith (3-2) picked up his third win of the season, due in large part to offensive breakout Saturday. Smith gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in 6.1 IP.
RECORD: 12-11, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Drillers 10-5 over the Cardinals
The Cardinals three-game home winning streak came to an end on Saturday as the Tulsa Drillers doubled up on the Cardinals by a score of 10-5. The loss puts the Cardinals a game back in the standings to the first place Drillers.
The Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched fairly well, certainly good enough for a win if the bullpen could hold up, with the Cardinals scoring five runs. In five innings pitched, he gave up five hits and three runs, two of them earned, while striking out eight batters. He did hit a batter and had a wild pitch, but overall it was a good outing for Garcia.
Hugo Castellanos (1-2) actually took the loss Saturday, coming in the game in the sixth inning for two innings, giving up two runs that cost the Cardinals the game.
The offensive star of the night for the home team was the Cardinals' shortstop Tyler Greene. Greene went 2-for3 with a walk, two doubles and scoring two runs in the loss.
A sloppy game for the Double-A Cardinals who committed four errors on the night, two fielding and two throwing, that led to three unearned runs for Tulsa.
RECORD: 8-10, 2nd Place, 1 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 8-4 over Vero Beach
Both clubs had 11 hits on the night, but it was the Palm Beach Cardinals who came back from being behind twice last night to defeat the Vero Beach Devil Rays 8-4.
The Cardinals 2006 Top Draft pick Adam Ottavino started the game, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits, three runs, two of them earned and walking three batters while striking out eight. Ottavino didn't factor into the decision as the Cardinals sent five pitchers to the mound on Saturday with Scott Vander Weg (2-0), picking up his second win of the season, pitching just one and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits. He walked one batter and struck out one.
Third baseman Allen Craig had another big night at the plate, going 3-for-four, with a home run and a walk and raising his batting average up to .351.
Four Cardinals actually hit home runs Saturday; Mark Hamilton (2, 6th inning, 1 on, 0 out), Danilo Sanchez, D (2, 6th inning, 0 on, 0 out), Allen Craig (5, 7th, inning, 0 on, 1 out), Nathan Southard (1, 8th inning, 0 on, 0 out).
RECORD: 12-9, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners Stinging the Bees 10-9
The Swing just kept on swinging after being down 8-2 as they came to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning.
LF Mark Shorey went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs as Quad Cities rallied for a 10-9 victory over visiting Burlington on Saturday, to even their record at 11-11 and pull within two games of first place.
Reliever Brandon Dickson (4-1) became the Midwest League's first four-game winner after allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks over four innings. Kenneth Maiques worked a perfect ninth for his league-leading fifth save.
Swing left-handed hurler Brian Schroeder is not the only one in the family with a rocket arm. His dad, former pro quarterback Jay Schroeder, made a name for himself during a 10-year NFL career that included 114 touchdown passes and a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins in 1987. Prior to his days on the gridiron, however, Jay was picked third overall in the 1979 baseball draft by Toronto. He swatted 36 home runs over four years in the Jays' organization as a catcher, third baseman, and outfielder before hanging up his spikes in 1983.
RECORD: 11-11, 5th Place, 2.0 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
The Swing's Brandon Dickson (4-1) became the Midwest League's first four-game winner after allowing just one run on three hits over four innings. He had two strikeouts and no walks in Saturday's game.
Minor League Player of the Day
Naming Memphis Redbird Ryan Ludwick as the Player of the Day is becoming almost a daily event. Last night Ludwick went 2-for-4, to include hitting his seventh home run of the season and driving in five runs on the night as he becomes the Player of the Day for the second day in a row.