The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/23

P.J. Walters pitched five shutout innings for Quad Cities Tuesday night, but did not factor into the decision. Walters has not allowed a run in the entire month of May. He is 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and just four walks issued since April 24.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 3-1 to Nashville

Redbirds starter Blake Hawksworth (L, 2-6) was sharp Tuesday night scattering just four hits over six innings, giving up only two runs, but that would be all that Nashville would need as Memphis could only manage to score one run for the beleaguered Memphis starter who saw his record fall to 2-6 for the season.

Hawksworth threw 81 pitches, 59 of them for strikes, walking one while striking out five. Blake also had a balked called on him and gave up a two-out home run in his fifth inning of work. A 2-6 record with a 3.40 ERA and you would expect Hawksworth to have a more respectable record.

Skip Schumaker batting leadoff and playing center field, went 2-for-4 with a double and driving in the only run for the Redbirds. Schumaker is hitting .312 for Memphis.


NOTES: Travis Hanson struck out four times, the first time a Redbirds hitter has done that this season, as his batting average dropped down to .189. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi had no after affects Tuesday after being hit in the head by a pitch Monday night. He is being held out as a precautionary measure.

RECORD: 22-24, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 3-2 to San Antonio

Down two to nothing going into the ninth, the Cardinals fought back scoring two runs to tie the game. 3B Juan Richardson singled with one out and C Bryan Anderson followed with a drive over the right-field fence for his third home run of the season. Anderson and Richardson each had two of the Cardinal's five hits.

It was a wild night on the mound for the Cardinals despite the low score. Springfield starter Kevin Ool was just three pitches away from pitching a shutout, but it was three wild pitches that led to two runs scoring that contributed to the Cardinals' loss to the Missions Tuesday night. Other than the wild pitches, Ool had a good night actually, giving up two runs with only one of them being earned, on just four hits over 6.1 innings.

Reliever Nick Webber (L, 0-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth.


NOTES: The Springfield Cardinals are on the road until Monday, May 28th, when they return to Hammons Field to take on the San Antonio Missions. Don't forget about World Series Replica Ring Giveaway on Tuesday, May 29th, as 1,250 fans will receive a FREE World Series Replica Ring! Great seats are still available by calling (417) 863-2143.

RECORD: 19-22, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB


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

It was the Palm Beach Cardinals slipping by the Fort Myers Miracles who came up just one short Tuesday night as they fell to the Cardinals 3-2.

Tyler Norrick (W, 5-3) picked up his fifth win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, but he walked four batters he had to work around, though he did manage to strike out five and come out with a win.

Closer Luke Gregerson struck out two batters in the ninth inning to earn his ninth save.

DH Brandon Yarbrough had a 1-for-4 night, with a triple that drove in two runs and he scored the go ahead run as well for the Cardinals.


NOTES: Tuesday night's win over Fort Myers moves the Cardinals to within one game back of the division leading Brevard County Manatees. The Cardinals should be back in sole possession of first place by the weekend. If everything goes according to my plan.

RECORD: 26-19, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 3-2 over South Bend in 10

Quad Cities cracked out 11 hits, scoring three runs Tuesday to beat South Bend 3-2.

The Swing's starter P.J. Walters was on his game, giving up only two hits, pitching five complete scoreless innings, walking two batters while striking out four before giving way to the bullpen.

Armando Carrasco earned his first win of the season, pitching a scoreless top of the 10th and his team scoring the winning run in the bottom half of the 10th.

Catcher Randall Grossman had a 3-for-5 night with an RBI. 3B Donovan Solano and LF Daryl Jones each had an RBI to lead the Cardinals past South Bend.


NOTES: P.J. Walters has not allowed a run in the month of May. He is 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and just four walks issued since April 24.

RECORD: 24-20, 3rd Place, 5.0 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.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

P.J. Walters

Quad Cities' starter P.J. Walters continues to be one of the best starters in the league, giving up only two hits, pitching five complete scoreless frames Tuesday night. He walked two batters and struck out four to keep South Bend shut out through five.

Walters has yet to allow a run in May, though he did not factor into the decision Tuesday, he has a record of 3-0 for this month.


Minor League Player of the Day

Brandon Yarbrough

DH Brandon Yarbrough had only one hit Tuesday in four at-bats, but the one hit was an exciting two RBI triple with Yarbourgh scoring later. He contributed to the three runs that Palm Beach needed to beat Fort Myers 3-2.



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