The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/10

The Springfield Cardinals' Joe Mather hit his league-leading 17th homer and drove in four runs combined in the double-header as the Cards split a pair in North Little Rock Saturday to keep Springfield at the .500 mark with a 29-29 record.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Memphis loses 9-3 to Isotopes

Former St. Louis Cardinals prospect the 32-year-old Scott Seabol came back and haunted the Redbirds Saturday. He homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Albuquerque to a 9-3 win over visiting Memphis.

RF Nick Stavinoha hit a two-run homer and scored twice and SS Brendan Ryan went 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Redbirds who have now lost five straight.

Starter Troy Cate (L, 1-4) allowed eight runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts over five innings to take the loss.

Seabol was signed to a minor league contract by the Cardinals in 2003. In 2005 he appeared in 59 games for St. Louis before being released at the end of the year.


RECORD: 27-36, 4th Place, 10.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Split a Double-Header

The Cardinals split a double-header with the Arkansas Travelers Saturday, with Arkansas taking game one 5-3 and Springfield coming back to win the nightcap 5-2.

In game one, Cardinals starter Kevin Ool gave up two runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings. Leaving the game down 2-1 the Cardinals would rally in the sixth with to take a brief lead. Reliever Michael Cooper (L, 1-2) would be tagged with a blown save and loss, giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Slugger Joe Mather hit a two-run homer, his Texas League-leading 17th, in the sixth inning of game one.

In game two, the Cardinals would come back and take one from the Travelers to split the double-header.

It was Joe Mather again providing the offense with a two-run double in the seventh to give Springfield the win.

Cardinals' starter Jose Garcia pitched four innings giving up two runs on three hits, three walks and three strike outs. Reliever Nick Webber (W, 1-1) earned the win pitching two scoreless innings and closer Christopher Perez pitched a scoreless seventh for his 15th save on the season.

Joe Mather is having a break-out year, on his way to numerous career-bests. Wednesday night, Mather ripped his 16th homer of the year in his 54th game of the season, tying a career-best that was established last season at Palm Beach of the Florida State League, over 124 games. Mather is a career .249 hitter, but is batting .303 this year (6th in the league), which would be a career-high. Mather is more than half-way to a new career best in RBIs with 39. His career-high in RBIs is 74, also set last year in Palm Beach.



RECORD: 29-29, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Pounded Tampa 9-1

The Palm Beach Cardinals pounded the Tampa Yankees into the ground Saturday with a big 9-1 win to split the four-game series.

Allen Craig was 2-for-4 on the day to include a three-run homer and two runs scored. Ian Church had three hits and three RBI and Mark Hamilton hit his third home run to provide the offense for the Cards.

Starter Adam Daniels (W, 4-5) pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts to win his second straight start.


RECORD: 33-28, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost 2-1 to Cedar Rapids in 10

It was a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on Saturday as Cedar Rapids' Mark Trumbo singled and scored the go-ahead unanswered run in the top of the 10th inning.

The Swings only run would come off the league leading 14th homer of the year from Brandon Buckman in the fourth that gave Quad Cities the early lead.

Quad Cities' first starter P.J. Walters was on his game pitching four scoreless frames, giving up only four hits, a walk and striking out five to keep Cedar Rapids from scoring.

MWL All-Star reliever Kenny Maiques (L, 0-3) was tagged with his third loss of the season, pitching 1.2 innings and giving up the winning run in the 10th.

After six consecutive scoreless appearances and a 30-inning scoreless streak, Walters had two shaky outings in a row before Saturday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work, so it was good to see him come back and shut down Cedar Rapids last night.


RECORD: 34-27, 4th 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)

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


VSL Cardinals (R) Did Not Play on Saturday

The Cardinals were swept in a double-header on Friday by the Pirates to see their record fall to 11 games below the .500 mark.




RECORD: 6-17, 9th Place, 13.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

P.J. Walters

The Quad Cities starter pitched four scoreless frames Saturday striking out five batters in the process to give his club the chance for a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.


Minor League Player of the Day

Joe Mather

The Springfield Cardinals' Joe Mather hit his league-leading 17th homer and drove in four runs combined in the double-header as the Cards split a pair in North Little Rock Saturday to keep Springfield at the .500 mark with a 29-29 record.



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