The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 9-4 to Arkansas
Former St. Louis Cardinals' prospects John Gall and Scott Seabol put it to the Memphis Redbirds on Monday night. John Gall went 4-for-5 with an RBI and Scott Seabol belted a three-run homer as the Topes beat the Redbirds 9-4.
OF John Rodriguez has started getting his stroke back recently, last night he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.
1B-RF Tagg Bozied hit his eighth home run Monday and added a double, while driving in two runs in what turned out to be a losing cause.
Starter Troy Cate's record fell to 1-2 as he surrendered five runs (four earned), on six hits and three walks in just 3.1 innings.
OF Rick Ankiel was 0-for-4 Monday, but had a .412 average (14-for-34) with two home runs and 11 RBIs in his last 10 games, leading up to last night's contest.
RECORD: 16-16, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-3 over Arkansas
The Springfield Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead Monday night with a two-run homer by Jarrett Hoffpauir in the second inning. The Travelers came back within a run, scoring one in the fifth only to have the Cardinals take back the two-run lead with another run this time driven in by OF Juan Encarnacion in the bottom frame. With a 4-1 lead going into the top of the ninth, the Travelers fought back scoring two before it was all over in an exciting wild finish.
Closer Chris Perez gave up a two-run homer, then loaded the bases with two walks and hit a batter (he's probably destined to be a St. Louis Cardinals closer) before he struck out the next two batters to record his seventh save on the season.
Starter Mitchell Boggs evened his record at 2-2 tossing 6.1 innings Monday night. Boggs held Arkansas in check giving up just one run on four singles with five strikeouts. He did walk four batters, but he also at one time between the first and fourth innings, retired 10 batters in a row.
The Ultimate Road Warrior Joe Mather is hot, at least when the Cardinals are on the road. The first baseman leading up to Monday's game was batting just .211 (9-for-44) at home with five homers and seven RBI, but out on the road he's been a .449 (22-for-49) hitter with six homers and 13 RBIs. True to form, Mather was 0-for-4 last night at home.
RECORD: 12-15, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 7-1 to Sarasota
The number seven wasn't lucky Monday night, at least for the Cardinals as it was the Sarasota Reds putting a seven on the scoreboard while holding Palm Beach to just four hits to knock the Cardinals out of first to a half game back of the division leading Daytona Cubs.
Palm Beach starter Tyler Norrick (3-2) pitched a good game, giving up for three runs but only two of them earned, on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings.
The Cardinals only run came off the bat of catcher Brandon Yarbrough with his first home run of the season in the second inning.
From the FSL Notebook Monday; SS Allen Craig continues to wield a hot bat. He was named the FSL Offensive Player of the Week for the period of April 22-28 and for good reason. He had four home runs and seven RBIs while hitting .379 during that week. And he has shown little signs of cooling off. In his last 16 at-bats prior to Monday's game, Craig had six RBIs and two homers. In his last 10 games Craig, a UC-Berkeley product, had 13 RBIs, five home runs, 11 runs, 16 hits in 37 at-bats. Last night Craig went 0-for-4.
RECORD: 16-14, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Swing Split a Double-Header
Winners in game one 4-1, the Swing dropped game two by a score of 4-2. 1B Brandon Buckman went 5-for-7 between the two games to include a 4-for-4 performance in game one with his seventh home run of the season.
Editor's note: Both of these games were seven inning affairs, you will see some reports including some official, recording information about players' performances in the ninth inning, don't be confused those reports are incorrect.
SP Blake King improved to 2-0 with the win in game one, his best performance of the season. King gave up just two hits and one run over six innings, striking out five and walking only one batter. At one time, he retired 12 batters in a row.
Closer Kenny Maiques recorded his eighth save in eight save opportunities.
Game two, Brandon Dickson who started the night with a five-game winning streak, was tagged for the loss, giving up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.
From the Midwest League Notebook; 1B Brandon Buckman tied for third in the league last week with seven RBIs to give him a league-leading 26 RBIs on the season. He is batting .300 (33-for-110) in 28 games with nine doubles and six home runs this season prior to Monday's game. RHP Kenneth Maiques (0-0, 0.90 ERA) tied for second with two saves last week, giving him a league-leading seven saves on the season leading up Monday night's contests.
RECORD: 17-14, 3rd Place, 2.0 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
Swing starting pitcher Blake King improved to 2-0 with the win in game one of a double-header Monday night. It was his best performance of the season. King gave up just two hits and one run over six innings, striking out five and walking only one batter. At one time, he retired 12 batters in a row.
Minor League Player of the Day
This kid is on fire for Quad Cities. Last night he went 5-for-7 in a double-header, drove in three runs on the night and hit his seventh home run of the season. In 30 games, Buckman is hitting .325, 7 HR, 29 RBI, plus he has hit 10 doubles and walked five times.