The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/09

Adam Ottavino the St. Louis Cardinals 2006 Top Draft Pick has pitched much better than his 2-3 won-loss record would seem to indicate. Also in the news; Brandon Buckman, John Rodriguez, Juan Encarnacion, Randy Keisler, Jason Motte and all the results from Tuesday's minor league games.


The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Stung by Bees in 7-4 Loss

The Salt Lake Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning off of Memphis starter, left-hander Randy Keisler (0-2, 5.48) to take a 4-0 lead. Memphis pulled to within one run with a run in the fourth and two in the sixth, but the Bees answered with a run scored in the sixth, seventh and eighth to beat the Redbirds 7-4.

Randy Keisler remained winless this season, despite going the distance for the Redbirds The left-hander gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits and a walk with three strikeouts over eight innings. Keisler was with the St. Louis Cardinals from April 9 – April 27, appearing in three games, with a record of 0-0, 5.65.

LF John Rodriguez has started hitting, going 3-for-4 last night to include a double and a triple, to raise his batting average to a semi-respectable .257. There is still some concerns about his shoulder and power stroke, he's hit only one home run this season in 25 games, and 74 at bats.


RECORD: 16-17, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-2 over Arkansas

Perhaps sensing his major league job may be on the line, St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder Juan Encarnacion came through for Springfield Tuesday night with an RBI single in the second inning to give the Cardinals a lead that they would not surrender. Encarnacion was 1-for-3 on the night raising his batting average to just .167 over 12 games since arriving at Springfield.

Starting pitcher Cory Rauschenberger (2-2) picked up his second win in as many starts, allowing two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Rauschenberger retired 13 straight batters after giving up a home run in the second inning. Reliever Michael Cooper followed with an inning of scoreless relief to earn his second hold of the season, while Jason Motte retired all four batters he faced to collect his first save this year.


RECORD: 13-15, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 3-1 over Sarasota

Tied 1-1 after each club scored in the fourth, Palm Beach recorded two unanswered runs in the seventh to hand Sarasota a 3-1 loss Tuesday.

1B Mark Hamilton had a big night going 3-for-4 to include an RBI double and scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh.

Starter Adam Ottavino is showing everyone why he was the Cardinals #1 draft pick last year. He pitched 6.2 innings, giving up only one run on six hits, striking out six batters and walking only one. Ottavino's is 2-3 this season with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 40 batters in just 35.2 innings pitched, but what you have to like the most is, he's given up only one home run.

Cardinals' reliever Zach Zuercher (1-0) struck out two in 1.1 innings before Luke Gregerson retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.


RECORD: 17-14, 1st Place, Tied for first with Daytona


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 7-4 over Lansing

For the record, I'm not related to Brandon Buckman. If he stops hitting every night, I'll stop writing about him everyday. Last night Buckman hit his Midwest-leading eighth home run as the visiting Quad Cities beat Lansing, 7-4.

Buckman is swinging one of the hottest bats in all of baseball. He's hit safely in every game this month. Tuesday the 23-year-old first baseman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a three run homer leading the Swing past Lansing in the third inning. In his last seven games before last night, he was hitting .538 with 13 RBI to boost his batting average to .331.

P.J. Walters (2-1) picked up the win with four scoreless innings of one-hit relief. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Starter Elvis Hernandez pitched 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, striking out five while walking just two batters. After a shaky start in the first inning Hernandez retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.

Schedule Change: The team announced on Tuesday that the Saturday ballgames scheduled for August 11 and August 25 have been moved from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., so mark your calendar if you are planning to attend.


RECORD: 18-14, 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

Adam Ottavino

He didn't get the decision Tuesday but Adam Ottavino pitched 6.2 innings, scattering six hits, giving up only one run. On the season he is 2-3 in seven starts with just a 2.52 ERA. If Adam was getting any run support he'd have a better record.


Minor League Player of the Day

Brandon Buckman

The "Player of the Day" again is Brandon Buckman after he went 2-for-3 Tuesday with his Midwest League-leading eighth home run, a three run shot in the third inning to lead his team to a win. Buckman also scored two runs last night.



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