The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Defeated Cubs 8-5
Fan favorite outfielder Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 Sunday with four RBI to lead Memphis to an 8-5 win over the Iowa Cubs.
Struggling Third baseman Travis Hanson who is hitting only .197 on the season, hit a two-run double in the fourth, only his second extra-base hit this season. Outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Edgar Gonzalez extended their hitting streaks to 13 and 12 games respectively.
Starter Chris Narveson (3-1) picked up the win, despite giving up five runs on nine hits with a walk in just six innings on the mound. Closer Brian Falkenborg pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save on the season.
RECORD: 13-11, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners over Tulsa 4-2
The St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer to right to lead of the eighth inning to give Springfield a 3-2 lead. It was Rasmus' second home run of the season and the first in front of the home crowd at Hammons Field.
Matt Scherer (1-0) continued to dominate Texas League batters recording his first win of the season with a scoreless eight inning. Scherer is holding opposing batters to a .097 batting average this year.
Closer Chris Perez worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.
Starter pitcher Chris Lambert who was pitching one of his best games of the season, was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting Cubs catcher Rick Guarno who had come to the plate after 2B Jeffrey Dragicevich had hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. Lambert had given up only one hit before Dragicevich's home run.
Outfielder Jon Jay also homered on the day.
RECORD: 9-10, Tied for 1st Place with Tulsa
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 5-3 over Daytona
A.J. Van Slyke's two-run walk off home run in the ninth lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to a 5-3 win over Daytona Sunday.
Reliever Jason Motte (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first win of the season. Motte the former catcher turn pitcher is holding opposing batters to a .090 batting average. This kid that will remind you of the toughness of a Bob Gibson on the mound with the brains of former Cardinals' catcher Mike Matheny, is someone you need to keep an eye on.
Gregerson is having a great season, in nine appearances, 15.1 innings pitched, he has given up only eight hits and just three runs. The reliever has struck out 19 batters with the opposition hitting only .145 against him this year.
RECORD: 13-9, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-2 over Burlington Bees
The Swing took three-of-four from the Burlington Bees with the third win coming Sunday as Quad Cities held the Bees to just five hits on the day.
Elvis Hernandez tossed five shutout innings and P.J. Walters fanned a career-high six out of the bullpen, as the tandem starters led the Swing of the Quad Cities to their 12th win of the season, moving above the .500 mark for the first time since April 16th.
Second baseman Jaime Landin was the hitting star of the day going 3-for-4 to include a double and his second home run of the season. Landin also scored two runs to help Quad Cities to the win.
RECORD: 12-11, 5th Place, 1.5 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
The Palm Beach Cardinals' reliever pitched two perfect innings in relief to give his club the chance to win in the end. Gregerson is holding opposing batters to a .145 batting average this season.
Minor League Player of the Day
Quad Cities' second baseman Jaime Landin went 3-for-4 on Sunday, to include his second homer of the season and a double, while scoring two runs to help lead his team to victory.