The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/13

The much anticipated pitching duel between two top organizational prospects; Memphis hurler Anthony Reyes and the Sounds' Yovani Gallardo, didn't disappoint the fans at AutoZone Park in Memphis Tuesday night. Reyes came out on top in the pitching duel with a 2-1 win, his first Triple-A win this season for the Redbirds.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 2-1 over Nashville

Memphis left-fielder Nick Stavinoha hit a solo home run in the fourth, his ninth on the season, with two outs, to give the Redbirds a 2-1 lead that would stand for the night.

Closer Brian Falkenborg, struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 13th save this season.

Recently signed Major League veteran closer Troy Percival did not appear in Tuesday's game, as some had expected. He pitched a 35 pitch session Monday night and expects to appear in only three or four games before St. Louis will call him up.

FYI, he has a clause in his contract that will let him opt out if it, if he isn't promoted to the Majors within two weeks.

Reyes (W, 1-1) pitched eight complete innings Tuesday night, allowing just one run on four hits, walking one and striking out six.


RECORD: 29-37, 4th Place, 10.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 7-6 over Arkansas

The lead changed four times in last nights game before the first place Springfield Cardinals closed the door on their 32nd win of the season and the ninth win in their last 12 games.

Cardinals shortstop Tyler Greene's solo home run in the eight inning gave Springfield the go-ahead and winning run on the night. Greene who must have taken a little offense from Cardinals management, when they said that no one stood in the way of this year's top draft pick, shortstop Peter Kozma, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base on top of his home run.

Since draft day, Green has gone 7-for-23 in his last seven games, with a double, a home run, a stolen base and has scored five runs.

Starter Jaime Garcia who has pitched in tough luck most of the season, didn't have his best stuff going for him Tuesday. He was lit up for five runs on seven hits in just 4.2 innings.

Reliever Matthew Scherer (W, 3-3) picked up his third win of the season, striking out four, including the side in the eighth, in two perfect frames, to even his record at 3-3,

Closer Christopher Perez hit the first two batters to start the ninth inning but retired the next three for his 17th save.

ALL-STARS: The Texas League Office announced 2007 Texas League All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon, naming a franchise-record eight Springfield Cardinals to the North Division team. The Texas League All-Star Game will be held at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, June 26th.

Four of the eight are tabbed to start, as Joe Mather will be at first base, Colby Rasmus in center field, Bryan Anderson at catcher and Juan Richardson at Designated Hitter. Jarrett Hoffpauir will be the infield reserve while Sean Danielson has been selected as the outfield reserve. Pitchers Chris Perez and Jaime Garcia will also represent Springfield, most likely working out of the bullpen.

By virtue of being in first place going into play Tuesday, the Cardinals will also send their coaching staff to Corpus Christi for the All-Star Game, as Manager "Pop" Warner, Hitting Coach Derrick May, Pitching Coach Blaise Ilsley and Athletic Trainer Brad LaRosa will work with the North Division roster.

BUG: The Minor League Baseball statistical department, which supplies a statistical data link to all minor league websites recently had a bug that has caused some confusion in the Texas League standings on various websites, including and Tulsa's loss to Wichita on Sunday was not reflected in the standings and therefore has created a mix-up at the top of the North Division. Entering Tuesday's action, Springfield (31-29) is a season-best two games over .500 and percentage points ahead of Tulsa (32-30) for first place in the North Division.


RECORD: 32-29, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 2-1

The Cardinals starter Fernando Salas (L, 2-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up two runs on four hits without walking a batter and fanning four in six innings, Tuesday night.

DH Dan Nelson singled in sixth to drive in the only run for the Cardinals, who only had five hits and left just three runners on base in the low scoring affair.

Relievers Matt Trent and Kyle McClellan pitched a combined three innings of scoreless relief giving the Cardinals a chance for a comeback that never came.

The Brevard County Manatees completed a three-game sweep of the Palm Beach Cardinals and reduced their magic number to two for clinching the Florida State League's East Division first-half championship. I really thought the Cardinals had a chance to take the first-half championship just about 10 days ago, but the sweep killed their chances.

FYI: Roger Dean Stadium is proud to announce that it will host two spectacular fireworks displays to celebrate the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 4th. Those nights promise to feature the largest Independence Day fireworks celebration in northern Palm Beach County.


RECORD: 33-31, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 4-2

After being shutout by Quad Cities on Monday, it was payback time Tuesday as Wisconsin beat the Swing 4-2, despite being outhit 8-7.

Quad Cities starter Blake King (L, 2-2) lasted only 2.1 innings Tuesday, giving up all four runs to Wisconsin, on four hits and four bases on balls.

With Blake King on the mound it is usually all or nothing. King possesses some traits that are common to young power pitchers, boasting a blazing fastball and a sharp slider among his arsenal. While King has racked up 50 strikeouts over 45 innings this season, he has also walked a league-high 37 batters and uncorked 12 wild pitches, prior to Tuesday's game.

Brandon Dickson who came into the game after a couple of relievers as the second starter of the night, pitched four solid scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out one. After a bumpy series of outings in Mid-May, Dickson has regained his early season form. Leading up to last night's contest, he had gone 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA (23.2IP/3ER) over his last five appearances, holding the opposition to one earned run or less in each outing.

THE LONG ROAD TO SUCCESS: 2B/LF Jaime Landin blasted two home runs on Monday night to account for all of the game's offense, raising his season's total to five. The former Texas-A&M Corpus Christi standout went un-drafted in 2005, and after signing with the Cardinals was released during spring training. He spent 2006 with the Coastal Bend Aviators (American Association), and after being invited to training camp in 2007 played all spring without a contract. He was not signed until after camp broke, and his long-awaited arrival in affiliated ball came on April 19—his 24th birthday—when he finished the game a single shy of the cycle and drove in four against Dayton.


RECORD: 36-28, 4th Place, 5.0 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) Shut out by Philadelphia 4-0

The VSL Cardinals fall to 7-19 on the season and into last place, 14.5 games back of Houston, after Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Philadelphia.

The Cardinals could manage only three hits yesterday, leaving all the runners on base.

Shortstop Ted Obregon made two errors in the contest, his 10th and 11th error of the season, in just 19 games.

How does a team fall to a 7-19 record? It could be because the club is hitting just .210 on the season and has hit a total of three home runs through the first 19 games.

Not much here to write home about, but that has never stopped us before.


RECORD: 7-19, Last Place, 14.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) NEW!

We are now online and able to report results from the Dominican Summer League.

Currently the DSL Cardinals have a record of 3-6 and are tied for third place, 5.0 GB of the division leading Oakland A's.




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Anthony Reyes

Picked up his first Triple-A win Tuesday.


Minor League Player of the Day

Nick Stavinoha

It was his home run in the eighth inning that led to the 2-1 win for Memphis last.



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