The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/04

John Rodriguez found his power stroke at the right time Sunday, hitting two home runs, with three RBI and scoring four times to help Memphis to a 14-10 win over Las Vegas.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 14-10 over Las Vegas

The Memphis bats were hot on Sunday, LF John Rodriguez had three hits, two of them home runs and a walk, scored four times. SS Mick McCoy provided some unexpected offense, with a three for five day, falling just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. McCoy drove in four runs with the aid of his first home run of the season a three-run blast in the seventh inning.

Memphis starter Mike Smith allowed five runs on nine hits, walking on and striking out four in 4.1 innings, before turning the game over to the bullpen. Reliever Mark Worrell (W, 1-0) picked up his first win of the season, despite his ineffective inning of relief, giving up two runs on three hits, but striking out the side to avoid any more damage. The Redbirds scored six times in the bottom of the seventh giving Worrell his first Triple-A win.

Pitcher Randy Keisler got into the action Sunday, but not from the mound. He came in to pinch hit for reliever Andy Cavazos and hit a two-run double to right, scoring John Rodriguez and Mike McCoy.


RECORD: 27-31, 4th Place, 7.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Split a Double-Header with the Hooks

The Cardinals were badly beaten by the Hooks 15-3 in game one of a double-header on Sunday, but managed to come back in game two and win 6-4.

In game one Cardinals starter Kevin Ool (L, 3-2) gave up 10 runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out one in four innings. Reliever Jose Garcia came in and allowed five runs on five hits in just two innings. Nick Webber pitched a scoreless frame in the seventh inning to finish the game.

The Cardinals could only come up with three runs with their eight hits in game one. 3B Juan Richardson, LF Mark Shorey and PH Michael Ferris each drove in a run in the losing cause.

In game two the Cardinals got up off the mat after the earlier knock out and came back and beat the Hooks 6-4 in dramatic fashion. Down 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, the final inning, with two outs and two runners on base, 3B Juan Richardson hit a three run walk-off home run to win the game.

Big Joe Mather hit his league leading 14th homer and Colby Rasmus his league leading 22nd double in Sunday's contest.

Springfield starter Eric Haberer gave up only two runs on three hits, but walked four batters with just one strike out in five frames but did not get a decision. Reliever Jason Motte (W, 1-1) earned his first win of the season after giving up a hit and fanning one in 1.2 scoreless innings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Jaime Garcia has pitched better than his 2-5 mark would indicate. He turned in another solid outing on Saturday night in Springfield's 10-6 win over Corpus Christi. Garcia picked up his first victory at Hammons Field and earned his first win since his first start of 2007, when he beat Frisco on the road on Monday, April 9th. Garcia has only allowed two earned runs on 13 hits over his last three starts and 19.2 innings, but yet is just 1-2 in those three games, as the offense had only scored one run in his two prior starts to Saturday's game.



RECORD: 25-27, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 3-2 to Clearwater

The Cardinals jumped out with two runs in the top of the first, but that would be all the runs they could put on the board Sunday as Clearwater came back and beat the Redbirds 3-2 giving starter Tyler Norrick his first lost since being named to the Florida State League All-Star team.

Norrick (L, 5-4), pitched six innings giving up three runs, walking five, but striking out seven to keep the game close.

The Cardinals only runs came off of back-to-back home runs from a couple of other FSL All-Stars, 3B Allen Craig and 1B Mark Hamilton in the first inning.


RECORD: 30-25, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 4-2 over Wisconsin

Swing starter Blake King gave up one run without allowing a hit in three innings. King continues to have control problems, walking five, but then he turns around and strikes out six batters in just three innings. On a positive note, he walked four in the first inning and only one in the next two innings, but clearly King is a work in progress.

Reliever Michael Schellinger (W, 2-2) struck out one batter in one inning for his second win. Closer Kenneth Maiques pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save as Quad Cities extends their winning streak to five games.

LF Daryl Jones and 1B Brandon Buckman each drove in two runs for the Swing on Sunday to provide all the scoring the club would need.

GAMENOTES: Brandon Buckman's fifth-inning blast Sunday moved him back into sole possession of the Midwest League lead for home runs and RBI (47).

With 13 games remaining in the first half, Quad Cities enters Monday's play just two games behind second-place Clinton and 3.5 games behind first-place Beloit.


RECORD: 32-24, 3rd 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

Jason Motte

The Springfield Cardinals reliever earned his first win of the season Sunday, giving up only one hit and striking out one in 1.2 innings of relief.


Minor League Player of the Day

John Rodriguez

The Memphis left-fielder hit two home runs on Sunday, scoring four times to help lead the Memphis Redbirds to a 14-10 win over Las Vegas.



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