The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
For Games Played on Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 10-9 to Albuquerque
It was a walk in the park Friday night as Memphis pitchers walked seven batters that led to seven runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
OF Ryan Ludwick continued to be one of the hottest hitters in the organization with two hits and four RBI. SS Brendan Ryan and OF Rick Ankiel each had three hits. The Redbirds had three home runs on the night; Rick Ankiel (8), Tagg Bozied (4) and Rico Washington (2), but the Redbirds just couldn't generate enough offense to overcome all the free passes from the pitching staff.
3B Travis Hanson continues with his season struggle at the plate with a 0-for-5 night, to see his batting average drop down to .180.
Reliever Andy Cavazos was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on one hit and two walks in the eighth inning.
Starter Chris Narveson had one of his worst outings on the season, pitching just 3.2 innings, giving up four hits, which you could normally live with, but then you add four more walks and Albuquerque scores six runs.
RECORD: 15-14, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Wichita 4-3 in 11 Innings
Juan Richardson had his fourth straight multi-hit game for Springfield, going 2-for-6 with a homer and a double.
Rehabbing St. Louis outfielder Juan Encarnacion finally put together a decent night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Going into Friday night's game, Juan had been just 3-for-33 for a miserable .091 batting average through his first eight games.
Cards' outfielder Jon Jay extended his hitting streak Thursday night to nine games, but probably won't get the chance to make it ten straight for a couple of days. After an RBI triple in game two of last night's double-header, Jay slid into third and jammed his right shoulder. X-rays came back negative Friday, which means Jay will only be out a few days for precautionary reasons.
RECORD: 10-14, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 6-2
Second place Brevard County pulled within a ½ game of Palm Beach last night with a 6-2 win.
CF Shane Robinson was 2-for-4 on the night and had his ninth stolen base of the season, to help lead what little offense the Cardinals could muster.
Starter Trey Hearne (1-2) took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings.
RECORD: 16-11, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Cedar Rapids 4-3
Starter Tyler Herron (0-4) still looking for his first win on the season suffered his fourth loss after he gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
1B Brandon Buckman continued his hitting ways with a 2-for-5 night, with a double and two RBI.
RECORD: 15-13, 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
There really was no stand out performances Friday night, though Quad Cities starter Tyler Herron (0-4) who is still looking for his first win on the season, gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, which on a lot of nights would have been could enough to pull out a win with some help from his offense.
Minor League Player of the Day
Ok, he's not really a minor league player, but after going 3-for-33 through his first eight games at Springfield, he was beginning to look like one. Last night Encarnacion went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Let's hope that it's a sign of better days ahead.