The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/30

CF Colby Rasmus had a career-high seven RBIs as the Springfield Cardinals beat the San Antonio Missions, 12-10, on Tuesday. Heating up this month, Rasmus has a .343 average, eight homers and 24 RBIs in 27 games in May.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 2-0 to Tucson

The Redbirds were shutout 2-0 at home Tuesday night by the Tucson Sidewinders as Memphis falls 5.5 games back in the standing.

Starter Mike Smith (L, 5-5) who like a lot of pitchers in the Cardinals organization didn't get any support for his quality start that goes unrewarded, while pitching 7.0 innings, scattering just six hits and allowing just two runs.

RF Skip Schumaker had the only extra base hit for Memphis Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double in the second. Schumaker is hitting .276 for Memphis since being sent down from St. Louis.


Game Notes: Brian Falkenborg's next save (34) will set a franchise record currently held by Rick Heiserman.

RECORD: 25-28, 4th Place, 5.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 12-10 over San Antonio

CF Colby Rasmus had a career-high seven RBIs as Springfield beat San Antonio, 12-10, on Tuesday.

Jumping in on the slugfest for the Cardinals 1B Joe Mather went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks and three runs scored and Jarrett Hoffpauir went 1-for-four with a walk and a two-run double.

As to the pitching, Michael Cooper (W, 1-1) picked up the win in 2.1 innings in relief of Mitchell Boggs who gave up eight runs through four innings. Relievers Nick Webber and Jason Motte combined for 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and closer Chris Perez struck out the side in the 9th for his 12th save of the season.


GAME NOTES: Outfielder Cody Haerther suffered a broken hamate bone in his right hand while at the plate on Sunday in Corpus Christi. Haerther had missed the first six weeks of the 2007 season with a sore right wrist and had only been with the team for less than two weeks. Haerther will travel to St. Louis and have surgery on Thursday to have the hook of the hamate bone removed. Haerther was hitting .308 (12-39) with five RBIs in just ten games this year. Haerther is expected to be out for a minimum of two months.

DL LIST: The list is getting a little crowded with Cody Haerther with broken hamate bone in right hand; Jon Jay with jammed right shoulder; Brian Stitt with sore right elbow; Reid Gorecki with broken hamate bone in left hand; Stuart Pomeranz with strained right shoulder.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Jupiter 5-3

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but that wouldn't hold up as they could only muster one more run to the Hammerheads' five runs on Tuesday night.

1B Mark Hamilton was 1-for-4, his one hit a two run double in the first.

Adam Daniels started the night for the Cardinals. He pitched six complete innings scattering eight hits, giving up three earned runs. He walked one batter and struck out five on a night he didn't get a decision.

Reliever Scott Vander Weg (L, 3-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs in 1.2 innings pitched.

GAME NOTES: Going into Monday's Memorial Day Game, Who's Hot and Who's Not: 1B Mark Hamilton is hitting .343 in his last 10 games with eight RBIs. He has 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats. CF Ian Church is on the other side of the coin, hitting just .105 in his last five games (two hits in 19 at-bats) and .162 in his last 10 games (six hits in 37 at-bats).


RECORD: 28-23, 2nd Place, 3 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost 2-1 to Clinton Lumberkings

Four errors contributed to the Swing's loss Tuesday night, spoiling an otherwise good effort from starter Shaun Garceau (L, 3-2) who took the loss despite five strikeouts and allowing only two runs, one of them earned, over 3.2 innings of work. The 19-year-old righty scattered six hits without issuing a walk.

Catcher Chris Grossman drove in the only run on the night with an RBI single in the first inning to give the Swing a lead they would only hold onto until the third inning.


GAME NOTES: Some roster moves were made on Tuesday, giving the Swing a new look on Tuesday, as OF Mark Shorey (.293-3-30, 15-2B) was promoted to Double-A Springfield to fill in for injured OF Cody Haerther, and OF Jim Rapoport (.219, 22R, 10 SB) is heading to high Class-A Palm Beach to replace injured OF Shane Robinson. Meanwhile, 19-year-old's Tommy Pham and Wilmer Alvarado are flying in from Florida to join the Swing.

RECORD: 27-24, 4th Place, 5.5 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)

The Cardinals will open their season on Wednesday, June 20th.



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Chris Perez

It was a wild night for the Springfield Cardinals with the opposition scoring 10 runs, but Perez did his job in ninth striking out the side for his 12th save of the season.


Minor League Player of the Day

Colby Rasmus

CF Colby Rasmus had a career-high seven RBIs as the Springfield Cardinals beat the San Antonio Missions, 12-10, on Tuesday.



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