The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Omaha 7-2
The Redbirds scored both their runs in the top of the first inning but that was all the offense they could muster on Thursday, as they dropped their second game in a row to Omaha.
LHP Randy Keisler (0-1) took his first lost in the minors this season, giving up six runs on nine hits, while striking out three and walking one in 6.1 innings.
RECORD: 15-13, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Split Double-Header with Wichita
The Double-A Cardinals split a double-header against the Wichita Wranglers on Thursday, with the Cardinals taking game one, 7-5 and the Wranglers coming back and taking game two 6-5.
OF Colby Rasmus homered twice on the day to help lead the Cardinals offense.
Matthew Scherer (L, 1-2) suffered the loss in the second game.
RECORD: 10-13, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 5-1 over Brevard County
The St. Louis Cardinals 2006 top draft pick Adam Ottavino along with two relievers; Scott Vander Weg and Zachery Zuercher combined on a four-hitter as visiting Palm Beach defeated Brevard County, 5-1, on Thursday night.
Ottavino (2-3) tossed five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Scott Vander Weg walked one in three hitless frames before Zachary Zuercher fanned one in a perfect ninth inning.
The offensive star of the day Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4, to include a two-run single in a three-run sixth for the Cardinals.
RECORD: 16-10, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 3-0 over Great Lakes
Walters picked up his first win of the season and with a perfect ninth inning, Maiques earned his sixth save on the season.
1B Brandon Buckman's two-run homer in the first inning would be all the offense the Swing needed.
RECORD: 14-12, Tied for 3rd 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 Swing starter scattered five hits over five innings, did not give up a run, struck out seven batters on the day to pick up his first win on the season. The win pulled Swing within one game of the division leaders.
Minor League Player of the Day
The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect went a combined 4-for-7 in the Springfield Cardinals double-header on Thursday, to include 2 HRs, a double, 2 RBI, a walk and four runs scored.