The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/03

Palm Beach Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton went 3-for-5 Saturday to include a two-run homer, driving in three runs and scoring another to lead the Cardinals to a 6-4 win over Clearwater.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 5-4 to Las Vegas 51s

The St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect left-hander Blake Hawksworth was roughed up on Saturday, giving up five runs on 10 hits, picking up the loss to see his record fall to 3-7 with a 3.47 ERA.

Relievers Chris Lambert and Hugh Castellanos combined for four innings of scoreless relief and kept their teammates close and in the game but the Redbirds who rallied and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth fell one run short as they lose the first game of a four-game series to the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate.

LF John Rodriguez was 1-for-4 on the night and hit his fourth home run and drove in two runs to lead the Redbirds offense. Nick Stavinoha went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and run scored.

Shortstop Brendan Ryan was promoted to St. Louis and made his major league debut on Saturday with the Cardinals. LHP Troy Cate was sent back down to Memphis.

NOTES: Memphis continues to report that Chris Duncan was placed on the DL Saturday that decision has not been made by the St. Louis Cardinals as of late Saturday night. Troy Cate was sent down to make room on the roster for Ryan.


RECORD: 26-31, 4th Place, 8.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 10-6 over Corpus Christi

3B Juan Richardson went 2-for-5 , a two-run homer and two-run double, while scoring twice himself Saturday as the Springfield Cardinals snapped Corpus Christi's 10-game winning streak with a 10-6 victory. It was the second time this season Richardson had driven in four runs and with Scott Rolen injured, Travis Hanson on the DL, Richardson is moving up on the food chain.

Right fielder Sean Danielson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while catcher Bryan Anderson and shortstop Tyler Greene stroked solo shots in the seventh for the Cardinals. It was Anderson's fourth home run on the season and Greene's fifth.

Springfield starter Jaime Garcia (W, 2-5) allowed two unearned runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout over six innings to lower his ERA to 3.18 and to pick up his first win since April 9th.

I don't know how much longer the Cardinals will keep Colby Rasmus at Double-A, the kid is playing like Mr. Natural himself. Saturday the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for May Rasmus, went 2-for-4 with a run scored to raise his batting average to .299, but here's the scoop, he had two outfield assists, one at first base and one at home.

Rasmus hit .340 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in 29 games in May, with a batting line of, .340/.439/.699, plus seven stolen bases. The only flaw in his game appears to be against left-handed pitching, where Rasmus is hitting a mere .224 with only one home run and 11 RBI, ironically of his 11 hits against lefties, eight of them (7 doubles, 1 HR) are for extra bases.

I say I don't know, but I do, the plan is for St. Louis to keep Rasmus at Springfield for most of the season if not all of it, to work on his at-bats against left-handers and to gain additional experience.

NOTES: Friday's game between Springfield and Corpus Christi was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, now scheduled for two seven-inning games beginning at 4:10pm. Friday's rainout is the seventh this year for the Cards.


RECORD: 24-26, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 6-4 over Clearwater

3B Allen Craig hit his 11th home run Saturday, a one out solo shot in the first inning to move him into a tie for the Florida State League lead. 1B Mark Hamilton had another big night, going 3-for-5 to include a two-run homer in the third. Hamilton drove in three runs and scored one as the Cardinals defeated Clearwater 6-4.

Palm Beach starter Gary Daley didn't have one of his better outings, going only three innings, giving up three runs, only one of them earned. He didn't give up a hit which is amazing, but he walked five batters, do I need to say more?

Relievers Kyle McClellan (W, 3-1) striking out three in two scoreless innings for his third win. Luke Gregerson fanned one in a perfect ninth for his 12th save.


RECORD: 30-24, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 7-2 over Wisconsin

Quad Cities was down 2-0 from fifth inning, but came back and scored two runs in the eight inning to tie the game and added five more runs in the ninth for insurance, defeating Wisconsin 7-2 Saturday.

Starting pitcher Eddie Degerman as part of the tandem rotation experiment, carried a no hitter through four innings, retiring the first 13 batters he faced. He finished the night pitching five innings for Quad Cities giving up two runs on one hit, walking two batters, but striking out eight.

Shaun Garceau (W, 4-2) pitched four scoreless innings giving up just two hits, while not walking anyone and striking out nine, yes nine. Combined the two starters struck out 17 batters Saturday.

I'm not fan of the tandem rotation, but it certainly worked Saturday. Quad Cities has now won four in a row.

Pinch hitter and second baseman Jared Schweitzer had a 2-for-4 night Saturday to include a three run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach for Wisconsin. Schweitzer also scored another run in the game. This kid is hitting .338 with four home runs in just 22 games for the Swing. Look for him to see more playing time, unless the Cardinals decide to go with a tandem infield.

NOTES: After blowing consecutive save opportunities from May 19-21, RHP Kenny Maiques has gotten back on track. Over his last three outings, he has retired all nine batters he has faced to raise his save total to 12


RECORD: 31-24, 4th Place, 3.5 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

Shaun Garceau

Part-two of the Quad Cities starting rotation, Shaun Garceau (W, 4-2) pitched four scoreless innings giving up just two hits, while not walking anyone and striking out nine Saturday to pick up his fourth win.


Minor League Player of the Day

Mark Hamilton

Hamilton went 3-for-5 Saturday to include a two-run homer, driving in three runs and scoring another to lead the Cardinals to a 6-4 win over Clearwater.



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