The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Tuesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-1 over Omaha
The St. Louis Cardinals Top Pitching Prospect Blake Hawksworth (1-4) picked up his first win on the season Tuesday night, pitching seven strong innings to take down the Omaha Royals on the road 4-1.
Closer Brian Falkenborg, who I thought the Cardinals would have promoted instead of Dennis Dove to replace the loss of Josh Hancock, set down the side in order in the ninth for his league leading eighth save.
OF Rick Ankiel was 2-for-3 with a run score and an RBI as well as a walk. Ankiel's batting average is up to a more respectable .261, to go along with his seven homeruns on the season.
The Memphis Redbirds have now won five games in a row, their longest winning streak of the season.
RECORD: 15-11, 1st Place
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): RAINED OUT WICHITA
The Tuesday night game against Wichita was rained out and will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday.
You can catch some early baseball today online as the Cardinals take on the Wranglers with an 11:00 a.m. CDT, start.
Mitchell Boggs who was suppose to start Tuesday will make his fifth start and second straight against Wichita on Wednesday. Boggs has not allowed a run in his last two outings covering 11.1 innings pitched.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion continues to struggle in rehab. He is hitting just .077 (2-for-26) in his first six games. He's on the road with the club now in Wichita and his rehab is likely going to be extended when the club returns home Sunday.
RECORD: 9-11, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 7-6 over Daytona
Catcher Brandon Yarbrough didn't something you don't expect from a catcher, he hit an RBI triple in the ninth inning and scored the go ahead run to give the Cardinals the lead as they defeated the Daytona Cubs 7-6 Tuesday.
Reliever Luke Gregerson came in and picked up his first save on the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two batters to preserve the win.
Yarbrough on the night was 4-for-4 with three extra base hits (2-doubles, triple) and four RBI, as well as scoring two runs in the winning cause.
Starter Gary Daley who didn't have one of his better performances of the season, pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He walked one batter and struck out two. In four starts Daley is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA after Tuesday's game.
RECORD: 14-11, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 4-2 over Great Lakes
Down 2-0 going into the eighth inning the Swing came out swinging and scored four runs in the bottom frame to hand the Great Lakes a 4-2 loss.
Reliever Michael Schellinger (1-2) picked up his first win on the season, pitching three innings in relief, giving up just one run on two hits.
Quad Cities starter Shaun Garceau pitched very well Tuesday, giving up just one run, a solo home run in the third inning. Garceau struck out five batters and walked only one. In six games Garceau is 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA.
Two errors in the eight led to the Swing scoring their runs in what was otherwise a quiet night for the club's bats.
Signs of good things to come perhaps, the Swing went 12-12 during April, finishing the season's opening month two games behind first-place Cedar Rapids. Quad Cities' batters led the league in home runs (17) and hits (206) in April while only Great Lakes (187) recorded more strikeouts than the Swing pitching staff (177).
RECORD: 13-12, 5th Place, 1.0 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
Hawksworth picked up his first win on the season Tuesday, pitching seven strong innings, scattering eight hits and giving up only one run, striking out three batters and walking none.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals' catcher went 4-for-4 with three extra base hits (2-doubles, triple), had four RBI and scored two runs to include the go ahead run to lead his team to a 7-6 over the Daytona Cubs.