The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played on Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-3 over Albuquerque
The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-3 on Saturday to pull within one game of the division leading Nashville Sounds.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, playing in his last game for the Redbirds, went 2-3 with his eighth HR of the season, a solo shot. Ludwick got the call to report to St. Louis on Sunday.
Memphis starter Mike Parisi had one of his best starts this season, giving up just three runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched, but did not factor into the decision.
Reliever Mike Smith worked his way out of a jam giving up two hits in the eight to pick up his first win of the season.
Closer Brian Falkenborg pitched a 1-2-3 perfect ninth inning to earned his Pacific Coast League-leading ninth save on the season. I wouldn't be surprise to see Falkenborg in St. Louis sometime this month.
RECORD: 16-14, 2nd Place, 1 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 1-0 over Arkansas
The Springfield Cardinals could only come up with one run on Saturday on four hits, but that was all that starter Eric Haberer would need. In his best Double-A performance ever, Haberer pitched eight shutout innings, giving up only four hits, walking two and striking out two to pick up his second win of the season.
Shortstop Tyler Greene provided all the offense Springfield would need with a solo home run shot in the third inning, his third homer of the season.
Closer Chris Perez worked around two walks to pick up his sixth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder Juan Encarnacion at the start of Saturday's game was hitting just .158 (6-38) in his first nine rehab appearances. Saturday Juan had another 0-for-3 day. The good news, what little there is of it, is that Friday night in Wichita, he recorded his first multi-hit game, going 3-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Encarnacion is expected to remain with Springfield during the upcoming eight-day home stand. What is interesting, with the promotion of OF Ryan Ludwick Saturday to St. Louis, one has to wonder, will Encarnacion's job will be waiting for him at the end of his rehab stint in Springfield?
RECORD: 11-14, 3rd Place, 2 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 4-1 to Sarasota
The Palm Beach Cardinals suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Sarasota Reds on Saturday.
The Florida State League "Player of the Week" 3B Allen Craig was 1-3 on the day and drove in the only run for the Cardinals with a sac fly in the first to give the Cardinals a slim lead that they could not hold on Saturday.
Starting pitcher Adam Daniels took his third straight loss, after giving up four runs on three hits in 4.2 innings pitched.
RECORD: 16-12, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 5-4 over Cedar Rapids
The Swing came out ahead of the Cedar Rapids Angels Saturday by a score of 5-4. Eddie Degerman who was just promoted from extended spring training made his Quad Cities debut, pitching five decent innings, giving up three runs and four hits, striking out six, but did not factor into the decision.
Shaun Garceau got his second win on the season, pitching three innings, scattering five hits while striking out four batters, limiting the damage to just one run.
Kenneth Maiques worked around a pair of singles in the ninth to record his Midwest League-leading seventh save.
1B Brandon Buckman continues to be very impressive at the plate, going 2-for-4 on Saturday and driving in two runs. The two RBI on Saturday, his 25th and 26th, puts Buckman in sole possession of the Midwest League RBI-lead.
RECORD: 16-13, 3rd 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
In his best Double-A performance ever, Haberer pitched eight shutout innings, giving up only four hits, walking two and striking out two to pick up his second win of the season. Clearly the best performance of the day.
Minor League Player of the Day
Congratulations to Ludwick who got the call Saturday to report to St. Louis. In his final game, at least for a while anyway, Ryan went 2-for-4 to include his eighth home run of the season.