The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/12

The Springfield Cardinals 1B/OF Joe Mather picked up his second Texas League Player of the Week honors, Monday. Mather hit .435 last week, going 10-23 in seven games, with three home runs and a league-best 12 RBIs. Mather continues to lead the Texas League with 17 homers, and 44 RBI.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 7-1

Memphis starter Mike Parisi (L, 4-5) took the loss after allowing five runs, but only one of them earned on just five hits while striking out three and walking two in seven innings.

OF Skip Schumaker hit a home run in the first for the only scoring from Memphis on Monday.

WHO'S HOT/NOT: 3B Rico Washington hit .409 (9-for-22) over his last nine games. RHP Anthony Reyes owned a 1.93 ERA over two starts, giving up three earned runs over 14 innings. SS John Nelson had a .118 average (2-for-17) in an eight-game span this past week.


RECORD: 28-37, 4th Place, 10.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 3-2 over Arkansas

Springfield starter Cory Rauschenberger (W, 5-4) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6.1 innings to lower his ERA to 5.97.

Reliever Nick Webber fanned three in 1.2 perfect innings and closer Christopher Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save on the season.

LF Sean Danielson led off the game with his second homer of the season and lifted a sacrifice fly in the second to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Yesterday Danielson went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a sacrifice fly and two runs batted in. Catcher Bryan Anderson chipped in two hits and an RBI.

NEWS & NOTES: Outfielder Colby Rasmus was named the Topps Texas League Player of the Month for May. The Alabama native batted .340 with a league leading eight homes and 24 RBI in 29 games. He also had a 2007 team-high 12-game hitting streak and hit safely in 16 of his first 17 May games. He is among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 1B Joe Mather has been named Texas League Player of the Week for the second time this year. Mather hit .435 last week, going 10-23 in seven games, with three home runs and a league-best 12 RBIs. Mather continues to lead the Texas League with 17 homers, 44 RBI and is fourth in the league with a .311 average. Mather's second Player of the Week Award is the fourth this year for the Cards. Colby Rasmus and Sean Danielson won the award earlier this season, with Rasmus being honored, just last week.


RECORD: 31-29, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 12-9

Score nine runs and still lose, I hate it when that happens.

Cardinals starter Trey Hearne (L,3-6) retired only two batters before being sent to the showers Monday. Hearne was charged with seven runs on six hits in just two-thirds of an inning pitched. Reliever Donnie Smith surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks over 3 1/3 frames and Scott Vander Weg finally stopped the bleeding allowing only one run on four hits in four innings.

The Cardinals had plenty of offense, including three home runs; catcher Brandon Yarbrough led off the sixth with his second homer of the season before 3B Allen Craig hit a two-run shot four batters later with his 14th homer. LF Ian Church's hit a grand slam in the eighth as the Cards gallantly fought back, but could not overcome the 12 run lead the Manatees had by the end of their half of the sixth inning.

FSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mark Hamilton It's only June, and Mark Hamilton has already set career highs in RBIs and home runs. The Tulane alumnus blistered his way through his personal records last week by hammering five home runs and collecting nine RBIs. Hamilton set his career marks in fashion on Monday when he hit three homers and drove in six runs as Palm Beach pounded Clearwater, 11-5. On the season, Hamilton is tied for the Florida State League lead in RBIs (47) and ranks second in home runs (12).

RELEASED: The Cardinals released outfielder Matt Lemanczyk on Monday. The 26-year-old, who was 10th round draft pick of the club in 2002, had spent the entirety of the past two seasons on the Palm Beach disabled list.

DL: Jason Scott our minor league editor is reporting outfielder Shane Robinson was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, swapping places with right-hander Gary Daley Jr., we'll be getting more information on Daley's injury ASAP.


RECORD: 33-30, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 3-0 over Wisconsin

Quad Cities starter Eddie Degerman (W, 1-1) allowed just one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts over five innings. Monday's piggy-back starter Shaun Garceau gave up just four hits and a walk in three-plus frames before closer Kenneth Maiques got the final three outs for his 14th save on the season.

Last night's shutout was the second one in a row for the Swing as they remain in the playoff picture with just six games left in the first half. The Swing lowered their team ERA to 2.99 after yesterday's shutout. As much as I'm not happy with this tandem rotation thing in Quad Cities, for this team it is paying big dividends.

WHO'S HOT/NOT: RHP Elvis Hernandez ranked third in the league in strikeouts last week with 10. In 14 games, seven starts, he is 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA. Over 49 innings, he has 53 strikeouts compared to only 17 walks. OF Daryl Jones is batting .185 (31-for-168) with a team-high tying 45 strikeouts in 55 games.


RECORD: 36-27, 4th Place, 4.0 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)

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


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Houston 6-4

Monday the VSL Cardinals gave up 13 hits, leading to six runs as they fall to Houston's VSL Astros 6-4.



RECORD: 7-18, 8th Place, 14.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Eddie Degerman

The Quad Cities starter allowed just one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts over five innings Monday to earn his first win this season.


Minor League Player of the Day

Joe Mather

Today's "Player of the Day" goes to Springfield's 1B/OF Joe Mather who just picked his second Texas League Player of the Week honors on Monday.



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