The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/03

DH Allen Craig went 2-for-4, with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to a 6-5 win over Brevard County.


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.

Relievers Mark Worrell and Hugo Castellanos combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

The Redbirds only run came in the top of the first, after a leadoff walk to SS Brendan Ryan, 2B Edgar Gonzalez doubled to left, moving Ryan to third who then scored on a sac fly by LF John Rodriguez.


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.

Reliever Nick Webber (W, 2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth and Luke Gregerson earned his second save on the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

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

Brandon Dickson

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

Allen Craig

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.



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