The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Salt Lake Bees 11-3
The Salt Lake Bees jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. Not knowing at the time that that would be all the runs they would need on the night, the Bees continued to sting the Redbirds unmercifully, scoring six more runs in the fifth and another one in the seventh to beat the Redbirds 11-3.
Memphis starting pitcher Mike Parisi (L, 3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, getting knocked out of the game after pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 10 earned runs on 12 hits.
OF Rick Ankiel led what little offense Memphis had on the night with his ninth home run of the season, going 2-for-4, raising his average to a respectable .281.
1B Rico Washington hit his third homer of the year in the losing cause.
RECORD: 17-18, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Wichita 6-1
It was a night the Cardinals were going to play a double-header, but the first game was delayed for 2 hours and 50 minutes and cut back to a seven inning contest with the second game being postponed.
Once the tarp was removed from the field, it was the Wichita Wranglers who decided to continue to rain on the Cardinals parade, beating them 6-1 in the rain shorten seven inning affair.
Cardinals' starter Jose Garcia (L, 1-2) took the loss, giving up six runs, five of them earned on eight hits in four innings. Garcia walked two batters and struck out three.
Reliever Nick Webber pitched three scoreless frames, giving up only three hits, to finish the night.
Who's Hot: Sean Danielson has been doing nothing but hitting since arriving in the Texas League. The outfielder is hitting .414 (12-29) in his first ten games as a Springfield Cardinal. He has hit in four of his last five contests, including three multi-hit games. Danielson began the year in Palm Beach, batting .345 (10-29) in 11 games. He has already recorded two four-hit games, one with Palm Beach on 4/10 and one with Springfield on 5/6.
On the sideline: Cards' outfielder Jon Jay currently has the longest hitting streak on the team at nine games. During the streak, he's batting .306 (11-36) with a homer and six RBIs. Jay, who injured his right shoulder sliding into third base last week in Wichita, he is expected to miss a few more days before returning to action.
Encarnacion watch: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion was 0-for-1 Thursday night with two bases on balls and a run scored. With just two potential games left on his rehab assignment, Encarnacion is hitting just .151 for Double-A Springfield.
Encarnacion had surgery in December to repair a ligament in his left wrist and has missed all of 2007 thus-far. His rehab assignment with Springfield will conclude this weekend.
The second game of Thursday night's Texas League doubleheader between Wichita and Springfield was postponed due to the extended rain delay. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 6:10 p.m. ET.
RECORD: 13-17, 3rd Place, 3 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 5-3 to Dunedin Blue Jays
The Cardinals took an early 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning but the Blue Jays came back in the top of the third scoring two runs adding a couple of insurance runs, one in the sixth and one in the ninth. The Cardinals could only manage to add one more run after the second inning, falling to the Blue Jays 5-3 on Thursday.
The Cardinals' starter Kyle McClellan (0-1), making his first start after two relief appearances, took the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits over three innings. Reliever Donnie Smith yielded an unearned run over three frames, while Scott Vander Weg hurled two scoreless innings before giving up a home run in the ninth.
LF Ian Church led the Cardinals offense with a 3-for-4 night to include a triple, a run batted in and a run scored.
Infielders Casey Rowlett and Dan Nelson each contributed an RBI sacrifice fly to contribute to the scoring.
The loss drops the Cardinals down to third place in the standings, one game back of the division leading Daytona Cubs.
RECORD: 18-15, 3rd Place, 1 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Lansing 7-5
Quad Cities' DH Brandon Buckman couldn't do it own his own Thursday, but he tried. The 23-year-old left-handed slugger went 3-for-4 on the night raising his season batting average to .344. His three hits all for extra bases included; a double, a triple and his ninth home run of the season, just a mere single away from hitting for the cycle.
Buckman reached base three times stretching his hitting streak to a Swing season-high nine games. The 6-foot-6 lefty has hit safely in every game he has played in this month, to include hitting four home runs, 16 RBI, four doubles and a triple in the process.
Starting pitcher Shaun Garceau (L, 2-1) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on six hits, walking two batters and striking out four.
Catcher Chris Grossman who came into Thursday night's game as a pinch hitter, has impressed everyone with his play behind the plate this season. The team has a record of 11-4 and a staff ERA of 2.29 when he is catching.
RECORD: 19-15, 2nd Place (3-way tie), 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
After nearly a three hour rain delay, the Springfield Cardinals found themselves down 6-1 in the fourth inning as their starter was chased to the showers. Reliever Nick Webber came in and pitched three scoreless frames to give his team a chance to get back in the game. Unfortunately the Cardinals did not take advantage of the opportunity.
Minor League Player of the Day
The 23-year-old left-handed slugger for Quad Cities went 3-for-4 last night raising his season batting average to .344. His three hits all for extra bases included; a double, a triple and his ninth home run of the season, coming down to just a single away from hitting for the cycle. Buckman also had three RBI and scored twice.