The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Omaha 4-1
It was bound to happen sooner or later the Memphis Redbirds had beaten the Omaha Royals six consecutive times this season, but failed to extend the streak to seven with a 4-1 loss on Wednesday. The loss drops the Redbirds out of sole possession of first place in the PCL North Division.
Memphis starter Troy Cate (L, 1-1) lasted five innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned, while walking one batter and striking out three.
RECORD: 15-12, Tied for 1st Place
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 15-10 to Wichita
Ten runs on Wednesday wasn't enough for the Springfield Cardinals with the Wichita Wranglers scoring 15, yes 15 runs, to drop the Cardinals to 9-12 on the season.
Cardinals' starter Mitchell Boggs was roughed up for nine runs on 12 hits in just five innings.
Making his Double-A pitching debut, Jason Motte gave up three runs to the Wranglers in the eighth.
3B Juan Richardson led the Cardinals offense, going 4-for-5 with his third home, four RBI and two runs scored on the night.
Getting in on the action, Texas League home run leader Joe Mather added two hits and three RBI on the night, while the Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI.
RECORD: 9-12, 4th Place, 1 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 6-5 over Brevard County
The Cardinals started the night ½ game back of the Brevard County, the FSL East Division leaders, by the time it was over, Palm Beach held a slim ½ game lead over Brevard County with the slim 6-5 win Wednesday.
Palm Beach starter Tyler Norrick, the Minor League Pitcher of the Month for the St. Louis Cardinals, didn't have one of his better days, he pitched seven innings, but gave up seven hits and five runs, all of them earned. Fortunately for Tyler, his teammates pulled him out of the fire and kept him for getting tagged with a loss.
3B Allen Craig the DH for the night, led the Cardinals offense, going 2-for-4, with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI.
RECORD: 15-10, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 13-6 over the Great Lake Loons
The Swing came out swinging in the fifth to score 10 runs to knock the Great Lake Loons out, Wednesday.
Swing starter Brandon Dickson improved to 5-1 on the season to become the first pitcher in the Midwest League to reach five wins. Dickson entered the ballgame 4-0 with a save and a 0.82 ERA over his previous five appearances. Dickson gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings.
LF Mark Shorey led the offense going 3-for-5, driving in four runs and scoring once in the 10 run fifth inning.
RECORD: 14-12, 5th Place, 1 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 Quad Cities starter picked up his league leading fifth win of the season Wednesday, going five innings, giving up three runs, only two of them earned on four hits.
Minor League Player of the Day
3B Allen Craig the DH for the night, led the Palm Beach Cardinals offense, going 2-for-4, with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI on the night. The team needed every bit of his contribution Wednesday beating Brevard County by just one run, 6-5.