The St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Notebook
Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): PCL Day Off
The Memphis Redbirds closed out April winning nine of their last 10 games to finish with a 15-11 record in the first month of the season. The Redbirds have fallen on tougher times in May with a 5-10 record to date. Of course it doesn't help that this month that OF Ryan Ludwick and closer Brian Falkenborg have been called up to St. Louis and OF Rick Ankiel, 1B Tagg Bozied and Chris Narveson have all been placed on the DL during the first half of the month.
RECORD: 19-21, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 7-4 over Arkansas
Down 4-3 in the third inning after they had started the game with three runs in the first, the Cardinals battled they way back with two runs in the seventh inning and for good measure added two more runs in the ninth to hand the Arkansas Travelers a 7-4 loss Wednesday night.
Springfield starter Kevin Ool (W, 3-0) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings to pick up his third win. He struck out one and walked one while his ERA edged up to 3.12. Closer Christopher Perez struck out three in two hitless innings to earn his ninth save.
OF Jon Jay's second homer of the season gave Springfield a 5-4 lead. Jay was 1-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. Cody Haerther was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in his first game of the season after being sidelined because of a sore right wrist.
RECORD: 16-20, 3rd Place, 4.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to the St. Lucie Mets 5-2
Palm Beach starter Gary Daley (L, 2-2) lost his second game of the season Wednesday, giving up five runs (only three of them earned) on eight hits in only 4.2 innings pitched.
Relievers Donnie Smith and Matthew Trent combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to give their team a chance to get back in the game, but the offense couldn't come back from the three run deficit.
3B Allen Craig had another good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .324, but he made his 10th error of the season, that gives me some cause for concern.
RECORD: 20-18, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Day Off for Quad Cities
Swing of the Quad Cities right-hander P.J. Waters was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the period lasting from May 7-13, becoming the second Swing player to receive a weekly award from the league this season.
Walters picked up road wins against both Lansing and Burlington last week, going 2-0 with eight strikeouts and no walks over nine scoreless innings of work. The University of South Alabama product is 3-1 with a 2.87 ERA through nine outings (six starts) this year, boasting a 36-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 37.2 innings pitched.
The 22-year-old from Daphne, Alabama, has been especially effective over his last five outings. Pounding the strike zone consistently and utilizing a devastating changeup, Walters is 3-0 with one save and a 0.78 ERA since April 24, adding 24 strikeouts against just two walks over 23 innings of work.
COMING UP: After an off-day on Wednesday, the West Michigan Whitecaps will be in town for a Bent River Brewing Company Thirsty Thursday with Rock 104.9's Dave and Darren on the River Pavilion. Friday will feature a breathtaking fireworks display, and fans arriving early to Saturday night's contest will get a free Mt. Dew T-shirt! Sunday's Family Fun Day will wind down the weekend, but the homestand continues with more great promotions and a visit from the South Bend Silver Hawks from May 21-24.
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
Springfield Cardinals' closer Christopher Perez struck out three in two hitless innings to earn his ninth save.
Minor League Player of the Day
OF Jon Jay's second homer of the season gave Springfield a 5-4 lead. Jay was 1-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.