The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 12-5 over Colorado Springs
After dropping the first two games of a four-game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Memphis Redbirds came flying back Monday night scoring 12 runs on 15 hits to beat the Sox 12-5.
Of course with the team scoring 12 runs almost everyone got in on the attack. 1B Rico Washington went 4-for-4, to include a home run, three RBI and scoring four runs. RF Nick Stavinoha had a 2-for-4 night with a home run and four RBI. C Brian Esposito also hit a home run in Monday night's contest.
LHP Randy Keisler (W, 1-2) picked up his first win of the season despite giving up five runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings pitched.
OF Rick Ankiel was placed on the DL earlier in the day.
RECORD: 19-20, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 4-3 to Arkansas
OF Colby Rasmus hit a home run in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, to bring the Cardinals within one run, but that would be all the offense Springfield could muster in the ninth as they fell to the Travelers 4-3, Monday.
Springfield starter Jaime Garcia (L, 1-3) gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out three and walking two, to take his third loss on the season.
Outfielder Cody Haerther, who has remained at Extended Spring Training with a sore left wrist, will be activated today, but won't join the team until Tuesday night in Arkansas. Haerther, who's been taking batting practice for the last several weeks, will be seeing his first action of 2007. He's spent time with Springfield the last two years, batting .298 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 65 games in 2005 and then .277 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs in 120 games in 2006.
RECORD: 15-20, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Rained Out
Monday night's Florida State League between Palm Beach and St. Lucie was suspended due to rain at Tradition Field. The game will resume Tuesday as part of a double-header, game time at 5:00 p.m.
RECORD: 18-17, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Burlington 4-3 in 11
Swing let one slip away Monday night as the Burlington Bees rallied with two runs in the ninth to score the tying run then breaking the tie in extra innings with a run in the 11th inning as Burlington defeats Quad Cities by the score of 4-3.
Swing reliever Kyle Sadlowski (L, 0-1) gave up one run on a hit and a walk in one inning for the loss. Starter Eddie Degerman allowed one unearned run on three hits in five solid innings, striking out seven and deserved a much better fate than a no decision.
The Quad Cities (22-16) pitching staff registered a season-high 17 strikeouts but also blew their first save of the season.
RECORD: 22-16, 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
Quad Cities' starter Eddie Degerman threw extremely well for the Swing over the first five innings of the game, striking out seven without issuing a walk. Degerman allowed only one unearned run on three hits and retired the last eight batters that he faced in order. Swing lost the game after Degerman left the game.
Minor League Player of the Day
Memphis first baseman Rico Washington went 4-for-4, Monday night to include a home run, three RBI and scoring four runs to help lead his team to a 12-5 win over Colorado Springs