The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/22

Rick Ankiel returned to the Memphis Redbirds' starting lineup Monday night after missing 10 games while on the DL. Ankiel played in right field for the first time this season and batted fifth, going 1-for-3 on the night with an RBI.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A):

The Memphis Redbirds defeated their state rivals the Nashville Sounds Monday night 6-5, thanks in large part to four solo Memphis home runs; Nick Stavinoha (6), Edgar Gonzalez (2), B. Ryan (1), Skip Schumaker (1).

For Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker it was their first home runs on the season.

Starting pitcher Mike Parisi (W, 4-2) picked up his fourth win, pitching seven complete innings, giving up just three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four on the night. A much better performance than his last start when Parisi gave up seven runs on 12 hits in just four innings.

Closer Brian Falkenborg, earned his 10th save, giving up a run on two hits in the ninth, but striking out two batters to stop Nashville at five runs.


NOTES: 3B Travis Hanson, a former organizational Minor League Player of the Year and Top Ten Prospect, went 0-for-4 Monday to see his batting average drop down to .194.

OF Rick Ankiel has been activated off the DL and was back in the lineup Monday night for the first time in 10 days, OF John Rodriguez was placed on the DL and catcher Eli Marrero has been released by the Cardinals.

Catcher Matt Pagnozzi was beaned by a pitch in the second inning of Monday night's game and left the came as a precaution. I'd consider him day to day for a couple of days.

RECORD: 22-23, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Off Day

NOTES: Apparently the "Defense does Rest" While they put up great numbers in the month of April, the Cards have slipped from the top of the defensive standings in the month of May. Springfield has two four-error games this year and committed five errors on the most recent home stand (5/11 vs. Wichita). Despite three straight error-free games, now 17 on the year, their fielding percentage stands at .975, fifth (as of 05/20) in the Texas League.

RECORD: 19-21, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 3-2 over Fort Meyers

Cardinals' starting pitcher Gary Daley (W, 3-2) scattered four hits over six scoreless innings as visiting Palm Beach edged Fort Myers, 3-2, on Monday.

Reliever Luke Gregerson, who I have told you early in the season to keep an eye on this year, struck out three over 1 1/3 hitless innings for his eighth save.

The offense of the night came off of three big bats for the Cardinals, CF Ian Church stroked a two-RBI double in Palm Beach's three-run second inning. 1B Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RF Nathan Southard finished 3-for-4.


NOTES: Inside the numbers, reliever Luke Gregerson has appeared in 18 games this season, pitching 25 innings and has an ERA of just 1.06, again keep an eye on this kid.

RHP Adam Ottavino has been lights-out of late. The St. Louis Cardinals 2006 top draft pick hasn't given up an earned run in his last 6 1/3 innings while striking out 11 and walking only two.

RECORD: 25-19, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to South Bend 6-5

Quad Cities scored five runs on 13 hits Monday night, but it wasn't enough as South Bend scored six runs on just 12 hits to beat the Swing by a score of 6-5.

Swing starter Brandon Dickson pitched a solid five innings, giving up just one run on five hits, walking two and striking out two.

After Dickson, the bullpen racked up two blown save opportunities and a loss for their efforts Monday night.

3B Donovan Solano went 3-for-4, with a double and an RBI and scored a run. 2B Jaime Landin and DH Jared Schweitzer both hit their third home run of the season Monday.


NOTES: Who's hot? IF Jared Schweitzer ranked seventh among league batters last week in hitting .462 (6-for-13) with a home run and five RBIs in three games. Through nine games, prior to Monday's game, this season, he is batting .387 (12-for-31) with a double, two home runs and six RBIs.

RECORD: 23-19, 3rd Place, 4.5 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.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Gary Daley

The Palm Beach Cardinals' starting pitcher Gary Daley (W, 3-2) scattered four hits over six scoreless innings Monday night to pick up his third win on the season, as visiting Palm Beach edged Fort Myers, 3-2.


Minor League Player of the Day

Donovan Solano

The Quad Cities third baseman went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and scored a run in Monday's tough 6-5 loss to South Bend.



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