The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 3-2 over Salt Lake
The Redbirds scored two runs in the first, another one in the third and that was all the offense Memphis would need Friday night as they defeated the Salt Lake Bees 3-2, gaining a split in the four-game series.
Starting pitcher Blake Hawksworth (W, 2-4), the Cardinals 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, picked up his second win of the season, going six innings, giving up only two runs, one of the earned, on five hits. He struck out three batters but the key to his success Friday was that he didn't walk anyone which means everything in a one run game.
1B Tagg Bozied hit his seventh home run in the first inning, driving in two runs to give the Redbirds the early lead.
Reliever Andy Cavazos pitched two scoreless innings and closer Mark Worrell earned his first Triple-A save with a perfect ninth inning, despite a throwing error that allowed a runner on first with two outs, Worrell retired the next batter in the critical situation for the save.
RECORD: 18-18, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 8-6 over Wichita
The Springfield Cardinals scored eight runs on 16 hits Friday night to give the Wichita Wranglers all they could handle.
3B Juan Richardson led the offense with a 4-for-5 night, scoring a run and driving in another. The designated hitter Sean Danielson singled, doubled and drove in two runs, Joe Mather went 3-for-3 on the night.
The Cardinals Top Ranked Prospect OF Colby Rasmus scored two runs and drove in another one, going 2-for-4, with a walk.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion went 1-for-5, scored a run and struck out twice, in what may be his last Double-A rehab game. He's expected to join the Cardinals on Sunday and could leave Wichita Saturday to fly to San Diego.
Reliever Chris Perez earned his eighth save Friday, even though he gave up two hits, walked a batter and allowed a run to score.
RECORD: 14-17, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Dunedin Blue Jays 6-4
The Cardinals dropped their second consecutive game to the Dunedin Blue Jays Friday night as the Blue Jays take a two-games-to-one lead in the four game series.
Starting pitcher Gary Daley (L, 2-1) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on the night. The three runs given up may not seem so bad, but Daley walked seven batters in only six innings. The bottom line is, the Blue Jays scored four runs off of Daley, three of them earned on just three hits.
RF Nathan Southard was 1-for-4 and had two RBI and a stolen base, Mark Hamilton went 1-for-4 and has 14 hits and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
RECORD: 18-16, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Big Winners 11-5 over Lansing
The Swing of Quad Cities came out swinging Friday night collecting 13 hits and taking six walks, together generating 13 runs, eight of the earned.
The Swing's offense came from an unlikely source in the person of third baseman Donovan Solano. Solano hitting just .186 at the start of Friday night's game was in a 0-for-22 slump. Last night he went 4-for-5, scored a run and drove in five runs, raising his batting average to .212. Solano had driven in only 14 runs in 32 games prior to Friday's contest.
Starting pitcher Brandon Dickson (W, 6-2) picked up his league leading sixth win on the season, pitching five complete innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
Reliever Blake King gave up a run in three innings of relief retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced and Kenneth Maiques gave up a run in his one inning of work.
Quad Cities (20-15) took the series with the victory, improving to 8-3 in the month of May and 5-3 on their current 10-day road trip.
RECORD: 20-15, 3rd Place, 1.0 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
Earned his first Triple-A save of his career, working his way out around an error in the ninth inning to preserve a narrow 3-2 victory.
Minor League Player of the Day
Last night Solano went 4-for-5, scored a run and drove in five runs, raising his batting average 26 points, up to .212