The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 9-3 over Omaha
1B Tagg Bozied drove in three runs Monday to help Memphis to a 9-3 victory over the Omaha Royals as the Redbirds took sole possession of 1st Place in the PCL North Division.
OF Ryan Ludwick stretched his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run double in the sixth inning. Ludwick is leading the Pacific Coast League with 31 RBI. Going into yesterday's game, Ludwick had been one of the hottest hitters in the league, he had batted .447 (17-for-38) with five home runs and 17 RBIs over his last 10 games.
2B Edgar Gonzalez hit a home run and a double, driving in two runs and scoring three runs on the night.
Memphis starter Mike Parisi (3-0) picked up his third win of the season, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out one and walking two batters in five innings. Reliever Matt Ginter pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, preserving the win in a non-save situation.
RECORD: 14-11, 1st Place
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Division Leading Tulsa
The Cardinals started the day tied with the Tulsa Drillers on top of the Texas League North Division, nine innings later Tulsa pulled ahead with an 8-2 victory over Springfield.
"Mighty Joe" Mather did what he could, driving in both runs for the Cardinals and hitting his 10th Texas League-leading homer in the sixth inning. Mather is just one home run behind Lynchburg's Steven Pearce for the minor league lead.
Springfield starter pitcher Eric Haberer (1-1) took the loss giving up five runs in the fifth inning, six runs total for the day, with only one of them being earned. Always working with runners on the bases it seemed, Haberer gave up 11 hits in his five innings pitched.
Rehabbing St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion was 0-for-5 Monday night and I don't know what to say about Encarnacion. The guy is hitting .077 (2-for-26) in six games for Springfield, a Double-A club. Encarnacion has just two total bases in 26 at bats with an OBP of .111. How do you bring him back up to St. Louis?
RECORD: 9-11, 2nd Place, 1 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to the Daytona Cubs 5-4
Daytona jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of Cardinals' starter Adam Daniels (1-3). Daniels was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs (one earned), on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings.
On the positive side, the Cardinals fought back and tied the Cubs with two runs in the first and two runs again in the third inning.
Third baseman Allen Craig was the offensive star of the day, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Palm Beach.
A player you should keep an eye on at Palm Beach is reliever Luke Gregerson. He has eight strikeouts and just two walks in six innings pitched this season.
RECORD: 13-10, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Great Lakes 1-0
Brad Furnish (0-3) certainly pitched well enough Monday to pick up a win. A part of the Quad Cities experimental tandem starting rotation, Furnish was pulled after the fourth inning, after giving up just two hits and one run. He struck out four batters and walked three.
The Swing (do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with sentences that sound right when a club is called "Swing of Quad Cities"), had chances to beat Great Lakes, they left 10 runners on the bases Monday but couldn't get anyone to cross home plate.
The offensive star of the day, SS Christian Lopez went 2-for-3 and had a walk on the day.
RECORD: 12-12, 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
Reliever Matt Ginter pitched four scoreless innings in relief for Memphis Monday, giving up just one hit, preserving the win for the Cardinals in a non-save situation.
Minor League Player of the Day
2B Edgar Gonzalez hit a home run and a double, driving in two runs and scoring three runs on the night to contribute in Memphis' 9-3 win over Omaha.