The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played on Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 9-8 in 11 Innings
It took a while but the Memphis Redbirds ended a three-game losing streak Wednesday by defeating Salt Lake 9-8 in 11 innings.
Starting pitcher Chris Narveson left the game after a wild pitch, complaining of a sore shoulder after only facing three batters. Starting pitcherChris Lambert forced into action took the reins for 4.1 innings, giving up only one run but seven hits, before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Redbirds manager Chris Maloney got his 1000 win with the victory.
RECORD: 17-17, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 5-3
Cardinals' starter Jaime Garcia struggled on Wednesday night, as Springfield dropped a 5-3 decision to Wichita. Through 5.1 innings Garcia gave up four walks to include three walks to open three innings.
Relievers Matt Scherer and newly acquired Ryan Meaux combined to work 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief out of the Cardinals' bullpen. LF Sean Danielson and SS Tyler Greene led the Cards, each with two hits. 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir hit his fourth home run of the season as Springfield out-hit Wichita ten to five in the losing cause.
OF Juan Encarnacion winding down in one of his final rehab contests went 0-for-4 to see his batting average with the Double-A club drop to .154. The St. Louis Cardinals are going to have to make a roster move to make room for Encarnacion's return meaning its likely OF Skip Schumaker or OF Ryan Ludwick will be sent back to Memphis by the end of the week.
RECORD: 13-16, 3rd Place, 2 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 9-6 over Dunedin
1B Mark Hamilton had a huge night with two home runs and a career high five RBI to lead the Cardinals to a 9-6 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Hamilton swinging one of the hottest bats in the organization, hitting .366 in his last 10 games, has also hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
Starter Trey Hearne picked up his second win on a night he didn't have his best stuff, scattering eight hits, allowing five runs in just six innings. He struck out one and didn't walk anybody which always goes a long way to pick up a win.
RECORD: 1st Place, 18-14
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-2 over Lansing
The Swing of Quad Cities moves to five games over .500 with a 6-2 win Wednesday against the Lansing Lugnuts.
Tandem starter Tyler Herron (1-4) picked up his first win of the season after retiring the first 10 batters he faced, striking out five and again not issuing a walk over 3.2 innings pitched.
Brad Furnish started the game for Quad Cities pitching four innings giving up just one earned run on two hits, while striking out four batters and walking just one, good enough for a win, if the club wasn't using this tandem starting system, using two starters for each game.
RECORD: 19-14, 2nd 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
Picked up his first win of the season Wednesday night, retiring the first 10 batters he faced.
Minor League Player of the Day
Hit two home runs and drove in a career high five runs Wednesday night for the Palm Beach Cardinals.